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Infographic: how the European Commission will get elected

Others Institutions17-09-2014 - 15:19
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Member states have put forward their candidate commissioners, but in order for the new European Commission to be elected, they will still need to successfully pass the hearings at the European Parliament. Starting 29 September, the parliamentary committees responsible for the proposed portfolios of the candidates will question them one by one. How does this work? Find out in our infographic. (Read more: Infographic: how the European Commission will get elected )

 
 

Getting the European Youth Initiative to deliver jobs

Plenary Session Employment policy17-09-2014 - 14:35

EU member states need to make more efficient use of €6 billon in EU funds to ease the transition from education to jobs for young people and foster entrepreneurship, urged MEPs in Wednesday's debate on the European Youth Initiative. Some advocated simplifying funding procedures, sharing best practices, and promoting apprenticeships, whilst others urged member states to do more to exploit the job-creating potential of new energy-saving and green technologies. (Read more: Getting the European Youth Initiative to deliver jobs )

 
 

EU aid to help workers made redundant in various industries in Spain, The Netherlands, Romania and Greece to find new jobs was approved by the European Parliament on Wednesday. The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) funding, which would complement national efforts, now needs to be approved by the Council of Ministers. (Read more: EP approves aid to redundant workers in Spain, Netherlands, Romania and Greece )

 
 

MEPs question high pricing of certain life-saving medicines

Plenary Session Public health17-09-2014 - 11:56

The pharmaceutical industry is raising the prices of new, life-saving medicines ever higher, thus threatening the equal access to treatments while increasing the burden on healthcare systems, said MEPs during a debate with Council and the Commission on Tuesday. The issue will be discussed during the next informal Health Council meeting of 22-23 September. (Read more: MEPs question high pricing of certain life-saving medicines )

 
 

MEPs split over EU free trade deal with Canada

Plenary Session External/international trade17-09-2014 - 11:48

Hopes and fears for the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which has been negotiated but still needs Parliament’s backing to enter into force, were aired in a debate with EU trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht on Tuesday. (Read more: MEPs split over EU free trade deal with Canada )

 
 
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As countries all over the world discuss how they can work together to tackle the threat posed by ISIS, MEPs will debate on 17 September what the EU can do to improve the situation in the Middle East. Anna Fotyga, a Polish member of the ECR group and chair of the security and defence subcommittee, shared her views with us ahead of the debate, adding that she expects a tough hearing for Federica Mogherini, the EU's incoming foreign affairs chief. (Read more: "We have an asymmetric war against western society coming from all directions" )

 
 

Digital single market needs to be better integrated, say MEPs

Plenary Session Free movement of services17-09-2014 - 10:03

More effort is needed to integrate the EU digital single market, so as to unlock its growth and job-creating potential, stressed MEPs in Tuesday’s debate with EU Internal Market Commissioner Michel Barnier. Measures to bring together the 28 national digital markets should include ending mobile roaming charges, promoting e-commerce, ensuring open access to the Internet for users and neutral treatment of its service providers, and also better data protection, they added. (Read more: Digital single market needs to be better integrated, say MEPs )

 
 

Youth unemployment: how successful were measures to boost the job market?

Others Youth / Employment policy16-09-2014 - 17:31
 

Are measures to help reduce youth unemployment working? MEPs will assess the progress of two key programmes - the European Youth Guarantee and the Youth Employment Initiative - with the Council and the Commission on Wednesday 17 September. This evaluation is sorely needed considering as many as 5.2 million young people were out of work in the EU in May. Check out the graph to see how unemployment evolved in the UK, Ireland and the EU over the last 15 years. (Read more: Youth unemployment: how successful were measures to boost the job market? )

 
 
EU ombudsman Emily O'Reilly handing over her annual report to EP President Martin Schulz  

“You have to be able to persuade, coax and cajole sometimes reluctant institutions to change long-standing mind-sets or to be more open in their decision making," said European ombudsman Emily O'Reilly. "This is where being an ombudsman can seem more like an art than a science." Elected by MEPs in July 2013, the former Irish national ombudsman is the first female European ombudsman. We talked to her about her first year in office. (Read more: Emily O'Reilly: “Being an ombudsman can seem more like an art than a science” )

 
 

EU budget 2015: back your policy pledges with money, MEPs urge ministers

Plenary Session Budget / Research and innovation16-09-2014 - 17:15

The Council’s version of the draft EU budget for 2015 disregards its own political pledge to spur economic growth and job creation, MEPs said after Council Presidency representative Enrico Zanetti presented it in plenary session on Tuesday. (Read more: EU budget 2015: back your policy pledges with money, MEPs urge ministers )