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What future for the Jewish communities in Europe?

Others Institutions23-09-2016 - 12:21

The current situation in Europe of Anti-Semitism and future prospects for Europe’s Jewish communities will be debated at a conference hosted by EP President Martin Schulz and First Vice-President Antonio Tajani in Parliament’s premises on Tuesday afternoon. Anti-Semitism and attacks against Jews in Europe have grown in recent years. (Read more: What future for the Jewish communities in Europe? )

 

Members of the Euro-Latin American parliamentary Assembly “expect and hope” that the “historic” peace agreement between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) will be approved in the referendum to be held on 2 October. Once the deal is approved and the definitive and irreversible laying down of weapons is confirmed, they add, the FARC should be removed from the EU’s list of terrorist organisations. (Read more: EuroLat “expects and hopes” Colombia will approve peace deal on 2 October )

 

With around 1.5 million refugees fleeing to Lebanon since the start of the war in Syria, it is clear that the situation in the country is untenable and that substantial help is needed to avoid a complete breakdown, not only in terms of financial assistance, but also through improved resettlement tools, says Civil Liberties Committee Chair Claude Moraes, who this week headed a delegation to Beirut. (Read more: MEPs in Lebanon: funding alone not enough, better resettlement tools needed )

 

Deepening the integration of the EU and Latin America is the best way to respond to common challenges, agreed parliamentarians from both sides of the Atlantic at the opening of the ninth plenary session of the Euro-Latin Parliamentary Assembly (EuroLat), on Tuesday in Montevideo (Uruguay). The economic situation, trade relations between the EU and Latin America and between both regions and China, managing migration flows and fighting terrorism are also on the agenda. (Read more: EuroLat opening: deeper EU-Latin integration needed to tackle common challenges )

 

Refugee resettlement - Civil Liberties MEPs in Lebanon

LIBE Fundamental rights / Immigration / Asylum policy19-09-2016 - 11:11

A 7-strong delegation of Civil Liberties Committee MEPs will be in Lebanon this week to look into the situation of refugees and resettlement. MEPs will visit refugee camps and meet UNHCR, UNICEF, UNRWA, international NGOs and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) staff working with the refugees. They will also meet representatives of the Lebanese Parliament and Minister for Social Affairs Mr Rashed Derbas (tbc). (Read more: Refugee resettlement - Civil Liberties MEPs in Lebanon )

 

Ninth EuroLat plenary session: migration, trade and research

Plenary Session External relations16-09-2016 - 12:02

Managing global migration flows, trade relations between the EU and Latin American countries, and between both regions and China, plus the setting-up of an EU-CELAC Common Research Area, will be key agenda items at the ninth plenary session of the Euro-Latin American parliamentary Assembly (Eurolat) next week in Montevideo (Uruguay). (Read more: Ninth EuroLat plenary session: migration, trade and research )

 

Uusi matkustusasiakirja ulkopuolisten maiden kansalaisten palauttamista varten

Täysistunto Maahanmuutto / Oikeus- ja sisäasiat15-09-2016 - 13:51

Parlamentti hyväksyi torstaina komission esityksen uudesta eurooppalaisesta matkustusasiakirjasta. Vakiomuotoisen asiakirjan avulla on tarkoitus nopeuttaa sellaisten laittomasti EU:n alueella oleskelevien kolmansien maiden kansalaisten palauttamista, joilla ei ole passia tai henkilökorttia. Parlamentti tavoitteena oli varmistaa, että asiakirja tunnustetaan mahdollisimman kattavasti unionin ulkopuolisissa maissa. Matkustusasiakirjan käyttöönotto edellyttää vielä EU:n neuvoston hyväksyntää. (Lue lisää: Uusi matkustusasiakirja ulkopuolisten maiden kansalaisten palauttamista varten )

 

Euroopan parlamentti tukee Julian Kingin valintaa komissaariksi

Täysistunto Toimielimet15-09-2016 - 13:44
Sir Julian King  

Euroopan parlamentti tukee Julian Kingin valintaa turvallisuusunionista vastaavaksi komissaariksi. Britannian hallitus nimesi Kingin ehdokkaaksi komissaarin tehtävään sen jälkeen kun komission jäsen Jonathan Hill erosi tehtävästään kesäkuussa Britannian EU-kansanäänestyksen jälkeen. (Lue lisää: Euroopan parlamentti tukee Julian Kingin valintaa komissaariksi )

 

EU countries must honour their pledges to accept refugees relocated from Greece and Italy, to relieve migratory pressure on these two “frontline” countries, and at the same time discourage irregular entries by opening up legal and safe routes to the EU, MEPs said on Thursday. (Read more: MEPs urge EU countries to take more asylum-seekers from Italy, Greece and Turkey )

 

MEPs’ priorities for safeguarding endangered species

Plenary Session Environment15-09-2016 - 12:49
A baby African elephant (Loxodonta africana) pictured in the Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa. ©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

As wildlife trafficking is now the fourth largest black market and endangers many species, the EU should help curb demand, inter alia with an EU-wide ban on trade in ivory, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. This sets out MEPs’ priorities for the 17th Conference of Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES, Johannesburg, 24 September–5 October), which the EU will attend for the first time as a party to the convention. (Read more: MEPs’ priorities for safeguarding endangered species )