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Interparliamentary Conf. on Stability, Economic Coordination, Governance in EU - meeting17/02/2016 (Read more: Interparliamentary Conf. on Stability, Economic Coordination, Governance in EU )

 

MEPs visit Turkey to assess response to Syrian refugee crisis

Others Immigration / Humanitarian aid / Delegations08-02-2016 - 16:13
Image of a Syrian refugee camp  

Turkey plays a crucial role in the refugee crisis: not only is it hosting more than 2.5 million Syrian refugees but also most of the one million migrants who reached the EU last year passed through the country. MEPs have called on EU countries to deliver on the €3 billion refugee facility for Turkey. As the EU searches for the best approach to tackle the crisis, two delegations from the civil liberties and budgets committees travel to Turkey this week to assess the situation on the ground. (Read more: MEPs visit Turkey to assess response to Syrian refugee crisis )

 

Plenary highlights: UK referendum, migration, taxes, ECB, TiSA

Plenary Session Institutions05-02-2016 - 09:30
 

The debate on the upcoming UK referendum on EU membership dominated Parliament´s first February plenary alongside migration, the future of Schengen, the liberalisation of services and car emissions. In addition Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari addressed MEPs. Read on for more details of what happened during this week's plenary session. (Read more: Plenary highlights: UK referendum, migration, taxes, ECB, TiSA )

 

Lange on TTIP: "If there is no ambitious deal on the table, there is no deal"

Others External/international trade04-02-2016 - 14:30
EP facebook chat with Mr Bernd Lange on TTIP and other trade negotiations  

Trade agreements can affect anything from employment to migration, so no wonder that people are interested in them. On 3 February our Facebook fans had the chance to ask Bernd Lange, the chair of the international trade committee, all about them during a chat. The German member of the S&D group, who is also in charge of drafting Parliament's position on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), managed to answer more than 60 questions on trade agreements such as TTIP. (Read more: Lange on TTIP: "If there is no ambitious deal on the table, there is no deal" )

 

EU islands: call for action to overcome permanent handicaps

Plenary Session Regional policy04-02-2016 - 12:59
Cyprus Island sea coast  

MEPs urge the European Commission to take concrete steps to address the permanent handicaps that EU islands face and make full use of their potential, in a resolution voted on Thursday. The text also stresses the unique difficulties that southern insular regions face due to the increased migration flows and asks that special tax regimes should continue. (Read more: EU islands: call for action to overcome permanent handicaps )

 

MEPs call for urgent action to protect religious minorities against ISIS

Plenary Session External relations04-02-2016 - 12:53

MEPs urge the international community to take urgent action to counter the systematic mass murder of religious minorities by the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Daesh, in a resolution voted on Thursday. The text wraps up a 20 January debate with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, in which many MEPs called for measures to protect all religious and minority groups against ISIS attacks. (Read more: MEPs call for urgent action to protect religious minorities against ISIS )

 

EU must maintain its aid to Libya, say MEPs

Plenary Session External relations04-02-2016 - 12:33

Economic disintegration and violence in Libya are worsening its fragility and enabling extremist organisations to flourish there, warned MEPs in Wednesday’s debate with Dutch foreign minister Bert Koenders, representing the EU foreign policy chief. Spillovers from Libya’s conflicts are also destabilising the Sahel region, they add. In a resolution voted on Thursday, MEPs urge the EU and international community to be ready to support Libyans’ efforts to implement the Libyan Political Agreement. (Read more: EU must maintain its aid to Libya, say MEPs )

 

Human rights: Crimean Tatars, Mohammed Ramadan, missing publishers in Hong Kong

Plenary Session External relations04-02-2016 - 12:29

Parliament condemns the unprecedented levels of human rights abuses perpetrated against Crimean Tatars, calls on the Bahrain to grant Mohammed Ramadan a royal pardon or to commute his death sentence, and for the immediate safe release of the five missing book publishers in Hong Kong, in three resolutions voted on Thursday. (Read more: Human rights: Crimean Tatars, Mohammed Ramadan, missing publishers in Hong Kong )

 

MEPs call on Serbia and Kosovo to pursue their reform agenda

Plenary Session External relations04-02-2016 - 12:17

The start of EU accession negotiations with Serbia and the progress made in normalising relations between Serbia and Kosovo was welcomed by MEPs in two resolutions passed on Thursday. They also stressed that these relations would be helped if all EU member states were to recognise Kosovo. (Read more: MEPs call on Serbia and Kosovo to pursue their reform agenda )

 

Attacks against women: MEPs call for zero tolerance

Plenary Session Women's rights/Equal opportunities04-02-2016 - 10:44

MEPs debated the issue of sexual harassment and violence against women in public spaces on Wednesday evening, with Commissioner Corina Crețu. Everything possible must be done to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice, regardless of their culture or origin, they insisted. (Read more: Attacks against women: MEPs call for zero tolerance )