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EYE hearings: empowering young people

Others Youth02-12-2016 - 12:46
INTRO: Remember #EYE2016? Well it’s not over yet! In the past weeks participants at May’s European Youth Event addressed members of the EP on their ideas for a better Europe.  

Some 7,500 young people came to the Parliament in May 2016 to come up with ideas on how the improve the situation in Europe as part of the European Youth Event (EYE). In recent weeks a number of these participants were invited to present their ideas on anything from asylum policy to e-voting to Parliament committees. Thanking participants at the end of the hearings this week, Vice-President Mairead McGuinness said: “Your future is determined by politics, make sure you are involved in it." (Read more: EYE hearings: empowering young people )

 

Tunisian President: "Islam is not incompatible with democracy"

Others External relations01-12-2016 - 15:39
Mohamed Beji Caid Essebsi, President of Tunisia, addressing the European Parliament  

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, visited today the European Parliament in Brussels, where he was welcomed by Parliament President Martin Schulz. They had a meeting during which they discussed developments in Tunisia and EU-Tunisia relations. Essebsi called the visit is a "historic and highly symbolic moment" and addressed MEPs on his country's commitment to democracy and freedom. (Read more: Tunisian President: "Islam is not incompatible with democracy" )

 

Parliament approves €31.5m in EU aid to repair flood damage in Bavaria

Plenary Session Budget01-12-2016 - 15:01

MEPs approved €31.5 million in EU aid to repair flood damage in Bavaria in a plenary vote on Thursday. Seven people died in the May and June 2016 floods, which affected more than 47,000 people in Lower Bavaria. Over 2,000 were still unable to return to their homes two months later. Hardest hit was the Rottal-Inn district in Lower Bavaria. The aid will come from the EU Solidarity Fund (EUSF). (Read more: Parliament approves €31.5m in EU aid to repair flood damage in Bavaria )

 

Data protection: "Snowden case showed US needs to deliver on trustworthy rules"

Plenary Session Judicial cooperation / Justice and home affairs01-12-2016 - 14:22
Jan Albercht on Data protection_  

Trust in the US took a hit following revelations of mass surveillance by Edward Snowden, but an agreement on data protection adopted by MEPs today should help to restore it. The deal known as the umbrella agreement covers the transfer of all personal data exchanged across the Atlantic when dealing with criminal offences, including terrorism. Green German MEP Jan Albrecht, who was responsible for steering the deal through Parliament", said it would ensure “high standards and high protection”. (Read more: Data protection: "Snowden case showed US needs to deliver on trustworthy rules" )

 

Commission code of conduct: MEPs call for detailed declarations of interest

Plenary Session Justice and home affairs01-12-2016 - 12:30

The European Commission should revise its code of conduct for Commissioners, to ensure that their declarations of interests give a complete picture of the financial situation and activities of a Commissioner and his or her family, said MEPs in a non-binding resolution voted on Thursday. The “cooling off” period for ex-Commissioners should be prolonged to 36 months, they added. (Read more: Commission code of conduct: MEPs call for detailed declarations of interest )

 

EU budget 2017 approved: better support for youth and growth initiatives

Plenary Session Budget01-12-2016 - 12:17
President Schulz sings the Budget for 2017_  

For next year’s budget, MEPs have ensured better support for unemployed youngsters and additional funds to boost key initiatives supporting SMEs, transport infrastructure projects, research and Erasmus+ student mobility. Commitment appropriations for 2017 total €157.8578 billion, and payment appropriations €134.49 billion. (Read more: EU budget 2017 approved: better support for youth and growth initiatives )

 

MEPs back EU-US data protection deal on exchanges for law enforcement purposes

Plenary Session Justice and home affairs01-12-2016 - 12:09

The EU-US Umbrella Agreement on the protection of personal data exchanged for law enforcement purposes was backed by a broad majority of MEPs on Thursday. The deal will ensure high, binding data protection standards for data exchanged by police and law enforcement authorities across the Atlantic. (Read more: MEPs back EU-US data protection deal on exchanges for law enforcement purposes )

 

Parliament demands better protection for small investors

Plenary Session Economic and monetary affairs01-12-2016 - 12:00

Small investors need better information about the possible risks and fees for investment products they might buy, say MEPs. They voted on Thursday, by 561 votes to 9 with 75 abstentions, to delay the introduction of a key explanatory document supplied by investment providers to consumers, while the EU Commission comes up with better proposals. (Read more: Parliament demands better protection for small investors )

 

UN Syria envoy: “I cannot say how long eastern Aleppo will last”

Others Development and cooperation / External relations30-11-2016 - 16:13
De_Mistura_on Syria_  

UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura has warned MEPs that Aleppo's besieged eastern part could be obliterated by Christmas. After six years of war, the suffering of civilians in Syria continues unabated and in recent days more than 50,000 people have fled eastern areas of Syria’s second city as government forces advance. In an interview following his meeting yesterday with Parliament’s foreign affairs and development committees, the UN envoy spoke of the need for a political solution. (Read more: UN Syria envoy: “I cannot say how long eastern Aleppo will last” )

 

Coming soon: use your online film subscription while abroad

Others Information society30-11-2016 - 16:01
 

It's a common problem on holiday: you are unable to watch your favourite TV show because the online subscription service you have at home won't work abroad due to copyright restrictions. This could soon change. On 29 November Parliament's legal affairs committee backed a proposal to give consumers the right to use their online subscriptions to films and other digital content when they temporarily stay in another EU country. Watch the video to find out more. (Read more: Coming soon: use your online film subscription while abroad )