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No EU visa-free travel for Turks, if rule of law is undermined, say MEPs

AFET External relations14-06-2016 - 16:49

If Turkey goes on undermining rule of law principles and stripping Members of the Turkish Parliament of their immunities, then it should not expect to be granted an EU visa-free regime, said Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs on Tuesday in a debate with Selahattin Demirtaş, co-chair of pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP). They also voiced solidarity with Mr Demirtaş’ efforts to revive the Kurdish peace process talks. (Read more: No EU visa-free travel for Turks, if rule of law is undermined, say MEPs )

 

Future of ACP-EU relations depends on stepping up parliamentary oversight

Others Delegations / External relations13-06-2016 - 17:10

"The Cotonou Agreement remains unique in the world, and whatever form the next partnership takes, it will have to be tailored to today’s world, and include wider civil society participation and stronger parliamentary oversight and diplomacy », said Michèle RIVASI (Greens/EFA, FR), EU Co-President ad interim of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) meeting in Windhoek, Namibia, for its 31st session. (Read more: Future of ACP-EU relations depends on stepping up parliamentary oversight )

 

Human rights: Cambodia, prisoners of conscience in Tajikistan, Vietnam

Plenary Session Humanitarian aid / Development and cooperation / External relations09-06-2016 - 12:19

Parliament deplores the worsening climate for opposition politicians and human rights activists in Cambodia, calls on Tajikistan to allow opposition groups, lawyers and journalists to operate freely, and urges Vietnam to put an immediate end to all harassment, intimidation, and persecution of political activists, journalists, bloggers, dissidents and human rights defenders, in three resolutions voted on Thursday. (Read more: Human rights: Cambodia, prisoners of conscience in Tajikistan, Vietnam )

 

La revoca dell'immunità ai 138 deputati turchi mina lo Stato di diritto

Tornata Relazioni esterne09-06-2016 - 11:28

La decisione del parlamento turco di revocare l'immunità dai procedimenti giudiziari a 138 dei suoi membri è stata criticata dai deputati nel corso del dibattito di mercoledì con il commissario europeo per la politica di vicinato e l'allargamento, Johannes Hahn. Secondo i deputati, è un tentativo del Presidente turco Erdogan di zittire l'opposizione e acquisire maggior potere per minare lo Stato di diritto e la libertà di espressione, danneggiando probabilmente le relazioni UE-Turchia. (Seguito: La revoca dell'immunità ai 138 deputati turchi mina lo Stato di diritto )

 

Sì del PE a prestito di 500 milioni di euro alla Tunisia

Tornata Commercio estero/internazionale08-06-2016 - 14:18

Un prestito di 500 milioni di euro alla Tunisia, effettuato a condizioni favorevoli, per aiutare il paese a ridurre il suo debito estero e consolidare i propri meccanismi democratici, è stato approvato dal Parlamento mercoledì. Per avere accesso al credito, la Tunisia dovrà firmare un memorandum di intenti con la Commissione europea, impegnandosi a realizzare riforme strutturali e a perseguire una sana gestione delle finanze pubbliche. (Seguito: Sì del PE a prestito di 500 milioni di euro alla Tunisia )

 

Nella risoluzione non vincolante approvata mercoledì, il Parlamento ha espresso serie preoccupazioni su "l'apatia mostrata dagli Stati membri e le istituzioni dell'UE" per quanto riguarda il riconoscimento di "molteplici violazioni dei diritti fondamentali e dei casi di tortura" che si sono verificate in territorio europeo tra il 2001 e il 2006. Nel testo, si chiede all'Italia di rinunciare al segreto di Stato per i membri del SISMI coinvolti nel caso del rapimento dell'imam egiziano Abu Omar. (Seguito: CIA: il PE chiede agli Stati membri di assicurare i responsabili alla giustizia )

 

Venezuela: free political prisoners and respect constitution, urge MEPs

Plenary Session External relations08-06-2016 - 13:44

Venezuela’s government should release all political prisoners immediately and respect the constitution, including the procedures that may lead to the impeachment of the country´s President, urged the European Parliament on Wednesday. In a resolution passed by 501 votes, to 94 against with 73 abstentions, MEPs backed mediation efforts by the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) to launch a national dialogue between Venezuela’s government and opposition. (Read more: Venezuela: free political prisoners and respect constitution, urge MEPs )

 

MEPs back WTO deal to end customs duties on 201 high-tech devices

Plenary Session External/international trade08-06-2016 - 13:15
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A WTO deal struck by the EU and 24 countries, including Japan, China, and the USA, to stop charging custom duties on trade in 201 different high-demand information technology products, such as video game consoles, medical imaging machines and touch screens, was backed by MEPs on Wednesday. The EU has signed the deal, but now has Parliament’s green light for it to enter into force. (Read more: MEPs back WTO deal to end customs duties on 201 high-tech devices )

 

International farm projects in Sub-Saharan Africa need land grab safeguards

Plenary Session Development and cooperation07-06-2016 - 13:10

Projects under the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition (NAFSN), an EU-backed G8 initiative to boost agriculture and relieve poverty by working with private companies in Sub-Saharan Africa, need to include environment protection measures and safeguards against land grabs, said MEPs in a resolution voted on Tuesday. They also called on the EU to address transparency and governance issues, to better target development goals. (Read more: International farm projects in Sub-Saharan Africa need land grab safeguards )

 

31st Joint Parliamentary Assembly session

Delegations / External relations03-06-2016 - 13:46

The 31st plenary session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) took place in Windhoek, capital of Namibia, in Southern Africa, from June 13 to 15 2016. The session was opened formally by its Co-President ad interim Michèle Rivasi for the European Parliament, and Co-President Netty Baldeh (Gambia) for the ACP. (Read more: 31st Joint Parliamentary Assembly session )