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MEPs to debate Kobane siege, ISIS and European “foreign fighters”

Plenary Session External relations / Security and defence22-10-2014 - 10:35

Renewed fierce fighting in the besieged Syrian city of Kobane, the wider threat posed by the advance of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS), and growing concern that Europeans returning home after fighting for ISIS pose a threat to the EU’s internal security will be debated on Wednesday afternoon with Italian Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr Della Vedova. (Read more: MEPs to debate Kobane siege, ISIS and European “foreign fighters” )

 
 

EP votes on the new European Commission

Plenary Session Institutions22-10-2014 - 07:00
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MEPs decide today whether to approve the new European Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker. In a debate before the vote, they can also say what they think about Juncker’s plans as Commission president for the next five years. As part of European Commission election process, all candidate commissioners were questioned by MEPs to assess if they were fit for the job. Now the Parliament has the final say. Watch the vote live on our website. (Read more: EP votes on the new European Commission )

 
 

After reviewing the last two hearings of commissioners-designate held the day before in Strasbourg, the Conference of Presidents, the group leaders, unanimously declared the hearings process closed. (Read more: Hearings of candidate commissioners closed; vote on new Commission tomorrow )

 
 

Denis Mukwege: winner of Sakharov Prize 2014

Others Human rights21-10-2014 - 19:14
Denis Mukwege ©BELGA_ANP COMM_SVEN TORFINN  

Denis Mukwege is the laureate of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought 2014, following today's decision by EP President Martin Schulz and the political group leaders. Mukwege will be invited to Strasbourg on 26 November to receive the award during the plenary session. (Read more: Denis Mukwege: winner of Sakharov Prize 2014 )

 
 

Mr Giovanni Buttarelli was voted top candidate for the post of European Data Protection Supervisor by the Civil Liberties Committee on Tuesday after three and a half hours of hearings on Monday evening. Top candidate for Assistant Supervisor is Mr Wojciech Wiewiorowski. The appointments still need to be agreed with the Council of Ministers. (Read more: Civil liberties MEPs vote on their preferences for EU data protection watchdog )

 
 

Barroso: "Europe is not the cause of the crisis - it's part of the solution"

Plenary Session Institutions21-10-2014 - 18:32
Photo 1) Interview with President of the European Commission Josè Manuel Barroso  

After two mandates and 10 years as the head of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso is ready to pass the torch on to Jean- Claude Juncker. We talked to the European Commission President just after his speech in plenary on Tuesday 21 October, in which he looked back at his second term. Barroso said that the crisis wasn't caused by the EU but by financial markets acting irresponsibly and some countries spending excessively. (Read more: Barroso: "Europe is not the cause of the crisis - it's part of the solution" )

 
 

EU values must be respected in Hungary and in all other member states, MEPs say

Plenary Session Fundamental rights21-10-2014 - 15:00

Concerns about perceived threats to democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights in Hungary were raised by MEPs in a debate with the Italian Presidency of the Council, represented by Benedetto Della Vedova, and Commissioner Martine Reicherts on Tuesday. Hungarian laws and practices having an overall impact on pluralism, freedom of speech, media freedom and civil society were some of the issues discussed during the debate. (Read more: EU values must be respected in Hungary and in all other member states, MEPs say )

 
 

European Semester: MEPs call for better implementation and democratic scrutiny

Plenary Session Institutions21-10-2014 - 14:25
European Semester debate (L-R): Philippe DE BACKER (Rapporteur), Benedetto DELLA VEDOVA (Council), Jyrki KATAINEN (Commission), Dariusz ROSATI (PPE), Tibor SZANYI (S&D), Sampo TERHO (ECR), Sylvie GOULARD (ALDE), Marisa MATIAS (GUE/NGL), Bas EICKHOUT (Verts/ALE), Steven WOOLFE (NI).  

EU countries coordinate their economic policies to create the best conditions for growth, employment and balanced budgets as part of the European Semester. However, during a debate on 21 October, MEPs stressed that recommendations should be better implemented, while the decision process should be more transparent. MEPs will vote on the report on the European Semester on Wednesday 22 October. (Read more: European Semester: MEPs call for better implementation and democratic scrutiny )

 
 

About 2,800 former workers at firms producing various metals in Spain, steel in Belgium, and cars in France and Belgium will get EU aid to help them find new jobs after Parliament approved the applications on Tuesday. The requests for European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aid, together amounting to €15.2 million, also need to be approved by the EU Council of Ministers. (Read more: EU job-search aid for former metal and car workers in Belgium, France and Spain )

 
 

Opening: Schulz warns against attempts to disrupt Northern Ireland peace process

Plenary Session Institutions20-10-2014 - 19:02
EP Presidnet Martin Schulz walk in the plenary chamber to open October Plenary session  

All sides in the Northern Ireland peace process should refrain from “dangerous mutual provocation” urged European Parliament President Martin Schulz in his opening address at its October session. (Read more: Opening: Schulz warns against attempts to disrupt Northern Ireland peace process )