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Festival of Europe - European Parliament open days

Others Institutions01-05-2015 - 10:30

On Saturday 2 May in Strasbourg and on Saturday 9 May in Brussels and Luxembourg, the European Parliament and other EU institutions will open their doors to the general public in order to celebrate Europe Day in a fun and festive way for the whole family. (Read more: Festival of Europe - European Parliament open days )

 

Mightier than the sword: Sakharov Prize laureates discuss press freedom

Others Citizens' rights30-04-2015 - 18:24
The cartoon represents a child drawing the future in the form of a new house with the sun shining on the ruins of the devastation and destruction caused by oppression in all its forms - including police repression of the media over a period of 50 years in Syria." © علي Ali Ferzat  

The European Parliament has awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to several journalists and advocates of freedom of press since it was launched in 1988. We talked to some of those laureates about their experiences, current challenges and the importance of the press ahead of World Press Freedom Day on Sunday 3 May. (Read more: Mightier than the sword: Sakharov Prize laureates discuss press freedom )

 

Human rights: Yarmouk refugee camp, activists in Algeria and Nadiya Savchenko

Plenary Session Humanitarian aid / Development and cooperation / External relations30-04-2015 - 17:38

Parliament condemned IS/Daesh terror attacks on the Palestinian refugee camp in Yarmouk, Syria, the harassment of labour and human rights activists in Algeria and the illegal detention of Ukrainian pilot and MP Nadiya Savchenko in Russia, in three resolutions voted on Thursday. (Read more: Human rights: Yarmouk refugee camp, activists in Algeria and Nadiya Savchenko )

 

Things we learnt in plenary: migration, plastic bags, road safety, alcohol

Plenary Session Institutions30-04-2015 - 17:15
 

MEPs called for more measures to prevent the loss of migrant lives in the Mediterranean, including more funding for search and rescue missions, during the plenary session on 27-30 April. They also voted in favour of phasing out plastic bags in the EU and installing emergency call devices in new car models, while calling for an alcohol strategy to tackle the negative effects of alcohol consumption. Read on for our summary of the plenary session in Strasbourg. (Read more: Things we learnt in plenary: migration, plastic bags, road safety, alcohol )

 

Indonesia’s executions: MEPs call for immediate moratorium on the death penalty

Plenary Session External relations30-04-2015 - 16:27

Members of all European Parliament political groups condemned the recent execution of eight people in Indonesia, and called for an immediate moratorium on the death penalty there. In a debate on Thursday with international cooperation Commissioner Neven Mimica, MEPs stressed that even though they respect Indonesia's sovereignty and its fight against drug trafficking, the death penalty can never be justified. (Read more: Indonesia’s executions: MEPs call for immediate moratorium on the death penalty )

 

Milan Expo 2015: EU must foster global food security, MEPs say

Plenary Session Agriculture30-04-2015 - 13:30
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The EU should use the Milan Expo 2015 to encourage sustainable agronomic practices, promote fairness in the supply chain, and fight food waste and malnutrition, says a resolution voted by Parliament on Thursday, the eve of the official opening of the event. The ultimate aim of these efforts should be to strengthen global food security, it adds. (Read more: Milan Expo 2015: EU must foster global food security, MEPs say )

 

Kenya killings and persecution of Christians

Plenary Session External relations30-04-2015 - 13:18

The EU should launch a military training mission in Kenya and supply equipment to the Kenyan army and police to help halt the spread of the Al-Shabaab terrorist group, say MEPs on a resolution voted on Tuesday. It should also make it a priority to address the persecution of Christians, they add. This follows Al-Shabaab’s 2 April attack on Kenya’s Garissa University, which killed 147 Christian students and injured 79 others. (Read more: Kenya killings and persecution of Christians )

 

Nigeria: MEPs call for international cooperation to stop Boko Haram

Plenary Session Development and cooperation / External relations30-04-2015 - 13:02

The massacres perpetrated by the terrorist sect Boko Haram in Nigeria were vehemently condemned by the European Parliament in a vote on Thursday. MEPs urge the Nigerian authorities to do their utmost to end the violence and tackle the root causes of the terrorism, including corruption. Parliament also urges Nigeria’s neighbours and the international community to cooperate with efforts to starve Boko Haram of income and prevent it spreading terror abroad. (Read more: Nigeria: MEPs call for international cooperation to stop Boko Haram )

 

Albania and Bosnia & Herzegovina need to resolve domestic differences, say MEPs

Plenary Session Enlargement30-04-2015 - 12:37

Political wrangling held back the progress of reform in Albania and Bosnia & Herzegovina in 2014, say MEPs in two separate resolutions voted on Thursday. Both countries need to strengthen their democratic processes, tackle corruption and put in place professional and depoliticised public administrations. By cooperating to achieve these aims, their political forces can move them closer to the EU, they add. (Read more: Albania and Bosnia & Herzegovina need to resolve domestic differences, say MEPs )

 

The European Parliament Conference of Presidents (EP President and political group leaders) this morning decided that Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee will address the situation in Hungary as a matter of urgency, further to the statement by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán about a possible restoration of the death penalty and the preparation of a questionnaire designed to encourage Hungarian citizens to state positions on immigration questions. (Read more: Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee to address situation in Hungary )