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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 )

 
 

Debate on EU countries' economic policy performance

Plenary Session Economic and monetary affairs20-10-2014 - 18:23

Parliament will hold a debate on Tuesday morning with the Italian Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Finance, Mr Della Vedova and Commissioner Katainen on EU countries' progress in implementing the 2014 priorities for economic policy coordination under the European Semester. MEPs are expected to criticise member states for their poor implementation of recommendations they themselves endorsed and to suggest improvements. (Read more: Debate on EU countries' economic policy performance )

 
 

MEPs to debate counter-terrorism policies with UN’s Jean-Paul Laborde

AFET External relations16-10-2014 - 09:31
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The external and internal aspects of policies for combatting terrorism, radicalisation and the rising phenomenon of “foreign fighters” will be the focus of a debate between Foreign Affairs and Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committees and Jean-Paul Laborde, Executive Director of the UN Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED) on Thursday at 11:30. (Read more: MEPs to debate counter-terrorism policies with UN’s Jean-Paul Laborde )

 
 

European Semester: act on your economic policy pledges, MEPs urge EU countries

ECON Economic and monetary affairs13-10-2014 - 17:51

EU countries need to do more to put their EU economic policy reform pledges into effect at home, especially in the euro area, urged Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs on Monday. Noting that only 10% of the European Commission's country-specific reform recommendations (CSRs) for 2013 were implemented in full and that little or no progress was made on 45% of them, MEPs also pressed the Commission and the Eurogroup President to see that they are put into practice. (Read more: European Semester: act on your economic policy pledges, MEPs urge EU countries )

 
 

Over 3,100 workers made redundant by Peugeot Citroën Automobiles (PSA) in France and crude steel producer Carsid SA Belgium are to get EU aid worth €13.5 million to help them to find or create new jobs. The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aid, approved by Budgets Committee MEPs on Monday, still has to be approved by Parliament as a whole and the Council of Ministers. (Read more: EU job-search aid for former car workers in France and steel workers in Belgium )

 
 

Syria and Iraq: debate on the human rights situation of refugees

DROI Human rights13-10-2014 - 12:29

Representatives of UNHCR, the Yezidi federation of Europe and other organizations will assess the human rights situation in Syria, Iraq and neighbouring countries, with a focus on refugees and internally displaced persons, with Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights on Monday at 16.30. (Read more: Syria and Iraq: debate on the human rights situation of refugees )

 
 

Commissioner Štefan Füle’s plan to focus on strengthening democratic institutions and public administration in EU accession candidate and potential candidate countries was welcomed by Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs on Wednesday. In a debate following the Commission’s approval of the 2014 EU enlargement package earlier the same day, many also stressed the need to communicate the concrete and visible results of the EU enlargement process better. (Read more: EU enlargement package 2014: MEPs stress need to communicate benefits better )

 
 

Three finalists for the 2014 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of thought

AFET DROI DEVE Human rights07-10-2014 - 18:35

Ukrainian movement EuroMaidan, Congolese gynaecologist Denis Mukwege and Azerbaijani human rights activist Leyla Yunus are the three finalists for this year's European Parliament Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, as voted jointly on Tuesday by the Foreign Affairs and Development committees. (Read more: Three finalists for the 2014 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of thought )

 
 

Over a thousand former workers at firms producing metals in Communidad Valenciana (Spain) and cars around Genk (Belgium) should get EU aid to help them find new jobs, the Budgets Committee recommended on Tuesday. The proposed European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aid still needs to be approved by both Parliament as a whole and the Council of Ministers. (Read more: EU job-search aid for former metal workers in Spain and carmakers in Belgium )

 
 

Figures detailing 2015 budget funding for the EU’s priority growth and jobs policies, education - including the EU's Erasmus+ student mobility programme - and its humanitarian and support work in war-stricken and neighbouring zones were approved by Budgets Committee MEPs on Tuesday. These figures will be put to a vote by Parliament as a whole at the October plenary session. (Read more: Proper funding for EU priorities: Budgets Committee puts figures on 2015 budget )