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Denis Mukwege: winner of Sakharov Prize 2014

Others Human rights21-10-2014 - 18:43
Denis Mukwege ©BELGA_ANP COMM_SVEN TORFINN  

Denis Mukwege is the laureate of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought 2014, following today's decision by EP President Martin Schulz and the political group leaders. Mukwege will be invited to Strasbourg on 26 November to receive the award during the plenary session. (Read more: Denis Mukwege: winner of Sakharov Prize 2014 )

 
 

Barroso: "Europe is not the cause of the crisis - it's part of the solution"

Plenary Session Institutions21-10-2014 - 18:32
Photo 1) Interview with President of the European Commission Josè Manuel Barroso  

After two mandates and 10 years as the head of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso is ready to pass the torch on to Jean- Claude Juncker. We talked to the European Commission President just after his speech in plenary on Tuesday 21 October, in which he looked back at his second term. Barroso said that the crisis wasn't caused by the EU but by financial markets acting irresponsibly and some countries spending excessively. (Read more: Barroso: "Europe is not the cause of the crisis - it's part of the solution" )

 
 

Key debate with Jean-Claude Juncker on the new European Commission

Plenary Session Institutions21-10-2014 - 17:00

Jean-Claude Juncker, President-elect of the new European Commission, will present the final composition of his team and its work programme as a college on Wednesday at 09.00. Statements by political group leaders will be followed by a debate on the allocation of portfolios and priorities for the Commission’s work. At midday Parliament will vote on the college as a whole. (Read more: Key debate with Jean-Claude Juncker on the new European Commission )

 
 

Fundamental rights in Hungary under the spotlight

Plenary Session Fundamental rights21-10-2014 - 15:00

Concerns about perceived threats to democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights in Hungary will be raised in a debate with the Council representative and Commissioner Martine Reicherts on Tuesday at around 21.00. (Read more: Fundamental rights in Hungary under the spotlight )

 
 

European Semester: MEPs call for better implementation and democratic scrutiny

Plenary Session Institutions21-10-2014 - 14:25
European Semester debate (L-R): Philippe DE BACKER (Rapporteur), Benedetto DELLA VEDOVA (Council), Jyrki KATAINEN (Commission), Dariusz ROSATI (PPE), Tibor SZANYI (S&D), Sampo TERHO (ECR), Sylvie GOULARD (ALDE), Marisa MATIAS (GUE/NGL), Bas EICKHOUT (Verts/ALE), Steven WOOLFE (NI).  

EU countries coordinate their economic policies to create the best conditions for growth, employment and balanced budgets as part of the European Semester. However, during a debate on 21 October, MEPs stressed that recommendations should be better implemented, while the decision process should be more transparent. MEPs will vote on the report on the European Semester on Wednesday 22 October. (Read more: European Semester: MEPs call for better implementation and democratic scrutiny )

 
 

About 2,800 former workers at firms producing various metals in Spain, steel in Belgium, and cars in France and Belgium will get EU aid to help them find new jobs after Parliament approved the applications on Tuesday. The requests for European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aid, together amounting to €15.2 million, also need to be approved by the EU Council of Ministers. (Read more: EU job-search aid for former metal and car workers in Belgium, France and Spain )

 
 

Opening: Schulz warns against attempts to disrupt Northern Ireland peace process

Plenary Session Institutions20-10-2014 - 19:02
EP Presidnet Martin Schulz walk in the plenary chamber to open October Plenary session  

All sides in the Northern Ireland peace process should refrain from “dangerous mutual provocation” urged European Parliament President Martin Schulz in his opening address at its October session. (Read more: Opening: Schulz warns against attempts to disrupt Northern Ireland peace process )

 
 

Barroso's final speech and European Council debate

Plenary Session Institutions20-10-2014 - 18:30

José Manuel Barroso, the outgoing president of the European Commission, delivers his final speech to Parliament at 3 pm on Tuesday. He will then debate with MEPs and Council the priorities for the 23-24 October European summit, including a new climate and energy policy focused on energy security; the economic situation in the EU; and international developments. (Read more: Barroso's final speech and European Council debate )

 
 

Debate on EU countries' economic policy performance

Plenary Session Economic and monetary affairs20-10-2014 - 18:23

Parliament will hold a debate on Tuesday morning with the Italian Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Finance, Mr Della Vedova and Commissioner Katainen on EU countries' progress in implementing the 2014 priorities for economic policy coordination under the European Semester. MEPs are expected to criticise member states for their poor implementation of recommendations they themselves endorsed and to suggest improvements. (Read more: Debate on EU countries' economic policy performance )

 
 

Hearings today: Maroš Šefčovič and Violeta Bulc

Others Institutions20-10-2014 - 16:11
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Two additional hearings for candidate commissioners will be held in Strasbourg today. Maroš Šefčovič, who has been nominated as the vice-president for the energy Union, will be heard by the environment and industry committees. Meanwhile Violeta Bulc, the new candidate from Slovenia replacing Alenka Bratušek, will be interviewed by the transport committee regarding the transport portfolio she has been assigned. (Read more: Hearings today: Maroš Šefčovič and Violeta Bulc )