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Safety first: protecting children from watching harmful videos online

Plenary Session Justice and home affairs25-04-2017 - 17:32
 

Children are at risk of coming across videos containing violence or hate speech when online. The culture committee proposed several measures to better protect them when it adopted its position on a proposed update of the audiovisual media services directives on 25 April. But do you know how much time children spend online or the best way to protect them from harmful content? Watch our video to find out. (Read more: Safety first: protecting children from watching harmful videos online )

 

E-commerce: ending unjustified geo-blocking across the EU

IMCO Free movement of goods / Free movement of services25-04-2017 - 15:22

MEPs beefed up rules to ensure that buyers of goods or services from another EU country are treated like local customers in a committee vote on Tuesday. (Read more: E-commerce: ending unjustified geo-blocking across the EU )

 

Products and services to be made more accessible for disabled persons in the EU

IMCO Citizens' rights / Free movement of goods / Free movement of services25-04-2017 - 15:11

Key products and services, like phones, e-book readers, operating systems and payment terminals, will have to be made more accessible to people with disabilities, under draft EU rules amended in committee on Tuesday. (Read more: Products and services to be made more accessible for disabled persons in the EU )

 

Children should have the same protection whether they are watching TV, a web-shared video or a web-streamed film, said committee MEPs on Tuesday. (Read more: Media services: same rules needed for TV and internet to protect children better )

 
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Asylum seekers should be able to work in the EU no later than two months after applying for asylum, instead of the current nine months, said Civil Liberties Committee MEPs on Tuesday. (Read more: Ease access to labour market for asylum-seekers to boost integration, MEPs say )

 

Sexual abuse and exploitation of children: committee hearing

LIBE Police cooperation25-04-2017 - 11:17

MEPs will look at how EU rules to prevent sexual abuse and exploitation of children have been implemented by EU countries in a committee hearing on Tuesday afternoon. (Read more: Sexual abuse and exploitation of children: committee hearing )

 

EU plan to tackle root causes of migration should focus on the poor, MEPs say

AFET BUDG DEVE Development and cooperation / External relations / Budget24-04-2017 - 18:48

An EU scheme to mobilise €44 billion in private sector investment in Africa and the EU’s neighbourhood should focus on the poor, said committee MEPs on Monday. (Read more: EU plan to tackle root causes of migration should focus on the poor, MEPs say )

 
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A wide variety of internal and external issues are up for debate at this week’s plenary session in Brussels. MEPs discuss the recent referendum in Turkey with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini while developments in Greece, Hungary and Venezuela are also on the agenda. In Parliament’s committees, MEPs are to vote on the protection of minors online and on limiting the geoblocking of services. Also up for a vote is the establishment of an EU fund to fight the root causes of migration. (Read more: In Parliament this week: Turkey, geoblocking, social protection, migration )

 

European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018: why it is important

Plenary Session Institutions21-04-2017 - 13:31
 

Cultural heritage plays an important role in the history and identity of Europe’s countries and indeed of the continent as a whole. A vital part of Europe’s economy, promoting our cultural treasures can only help boost growth and employment. On 27 April, Parliament votes on making 2018 the European Year of Cultural Heritage. More on this initiative, which aims to strengthen a sense of European identity, in our interview with Romanian MEP Mircea Diaconu. (Read more: European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018: why it is important )

 
 

Antonio Tajani stressed the importance of a deal to safeguard people’s rights in the wake of Brexit during a meeting with UK Prime Minister Theresa May this morning. "The European Parliament's message is clear: strongly defending their interests is our first priority,” he said. The Parliament President was in London to discuss the institution’s position on the Brexit negotiations, which was adopted in plenary on 5 April. He also invited May to address the Parliament. (Read more: Tajani in London: “People deserve certainty regarding their post-Brexit future” )