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Manfried Weber Facebook Chat on the 03/02 at 15:30 CET  

The EU is being challenged by a wide range of issues including the economic crisis, unemployment, immigration, globalisation, and various kinds of security concerns. In such tough times what does the future hold for the Union? This coming Tuesday 3 February you can discuss it on Facebook with Manfred Weber, the chair of the largest group in Parliament, the European People’s Party. (Read more: Facebook chat: your chance to discuss the big EU issues with Manfred Weber )

 
 

Charlemagne Youth Prize: deadline extended to 23 February

Others Youth30-01-2015 - 08:16
Charlemagne Youth Prize logo 2015  

Are you a 16-30 year old running a project with a European dimension? If so, you have until 23 February to register for the 2015 edition of the Charlemagne Youth Prize. The aim of the Prize is to encourage the development of European consciousness among young people, as well as their participation in European integration projects. Read on to be in with a chance of winning a cash prize as well as trips to Aachen and the European Parliament. (Read more: Charlemagne Youth Prize: deadline extended to 23 February )

 
 

Fishermen will have two years to “adapt” before sanctions for failing to comply with the new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) discard ban take effect, under a tentative deal struck by Parliament and Council on Thursday, with European Commission help. The agreement amends the “omnibus” regulation setting out detailed arrangements for enforcing the ban. (Read more: Discard ban: MEPs delay enforcement of sanctions on fishermen who fail to comply )

 
 

Climate change: MEPs discuss roadmap to Paris conference

Plenary Session Environment28-01-2015 - 20:16
The logo of the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference, the Cop 21 summit in Paris, on January 14, 2015. ©BELGA/AFP/J.Demarthon  

The roadmap to the 21st UN climate conference, in Paris (France) in December, was debated by MEPs, the Latvian Presidency and Commissioner Arias Cañete on Wednesday. The conference of parties (COP21) to the UN Convention on Climate Change aims to deliver a worldwide climate agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol. (Read more: Climate change: MEPs discuss roadmap to Paris conference )

 
 

TTIP: spotlight on the sensitive issues at EP public hearing

Others External/international trade28-01-2015 - 19:35
Two container ships in the harbour of Hambourg, Germany © BELGA_AGEFOTOSTOCK  

EU-US negotiations on the TTIP free trade agreement are continuing. The deal which is expected to create new jobs and boost economies on both sides of the Atlantic touches upon sensitive issues, not least rules for the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). On 27 January the international trade and legal affairs committees held a joint public hearing to shed light on the issues at play. (Read more: TTIP: spotlight on the sensitive issues at EP public hearing )

 
 

Juncker plan welcomed by most political groups

Plenary Session Economic and monetary affairs28-01-2015 - 19:33
Euro illustration  

The Commission vice-president for growth and investment, Jyrki Katainen, called on Parliament on Wednesday to do its utmost to ensure the Juncker plan for strategic investment would be up and running by June. He stressed the importance of the plan's three pillars: the fund itself, the project pipeline and the completion of the internal market. (Read more: Juncker plan welcomed by most political groups )

 
 

United by energy concerns

Others Energy28-01-2015 - 18:26
Extraordinary meeting of the ITRE Committee: Creation of a European Energy Union, Presentation by the Vice-President of the Commission for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic  

The EU is at constant risk of energy supply disruption. Too much energy is wasted and 10% of households in the Union cannot afford proper heating, the Commission vice-president for energy union told Parliament's energy and environment committees this week. Maroš Šefčovič was presenting his vision for an energy union to tackle these and other challenges, and also listened to the priorities and concerns of MEPs. An inter-parliamentary seminar on energy security will be held in Turkey next month. (Read more: United by energy concerns )

 
 

MEPs give their views on measures to tackle terrorism

Plenary Session Justice and home affairs28-01-2015 - 16:56
MEPs give their views on measures to tackle terrorism during a debate with Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos today in the EP hemicycle  

Anti-terrorism measures, including the EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) proposal, the role of EU police agency Europol, improving information exchange, preventing radicalisation and the upcoming European Agenda on Security, were addressed in a debate with home affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos on Wednesday. A resolution is to be put to a vote at the 9-12 February plenary session, ahead of the 12 February European Council dedicated to anti-terrorism measures. (Read more: MEPs give their views on measures to tackle terrorism )

 
 

Live: plenary debate on roadmap for Paris climate agreement

Plenary Session Environment28-01-2015 - 15:13
climate-change_EN  

MEPs discuss the roadmap towards a new international climate agreement with Council and Commission representatives today Wednesday. Member states need to negotiate a new agreement as the Kyoto Protocol runs out in 2020. During the UN climate talks in Lima before Christmas NGOs, experts and politicians started preparations on a new agreement to be finalised in Paris this coming December. Follow the debate and check out our infographic to find out more about the effect of greenhouse gases. (Read more: Live: plenary debate on roadmap for Paris climate agreement )

 
 

Live: members to debate new EU-wide anti-terrorism measures

Plenary Session Justice and home affairs28-01-2015 - 13:31
A passport been scanned at an airport border control ©BELGA_ZUMAPRESS  

The recent attacks in Paris have led member states and EU institutions to re-evaluate their security policy and propose new initiatives to step up the fight against terrorism. This afternoon in plenary MEPs and home affairs commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos debate anti-terrorism measures; including tackling radicalisation, the supply of illegal firearms, the European Agenda on Security for 2015-2020, and EU Passenger Name Record proposals. Follow the debate live on this website from 15.00 CET. (Read more: Live: members to debate new EU-wide anti-terrorism measures )