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European Ombudsman: transparency a key concern for citizens in 2013

Plenary Session Ombudsman15-01-2015 - 13:07

MEPs stress the citizen’s right to good administration, and endorse the European Ombudsman’s calls for more transparent policymaking and an information campaign on the TTIP talks, in a resolution voted on Thursday. They also reiterate that the Ombudsman has a crucial role in addressing citizens’ concerns and helping the EU institutions become more open, effective and citizen friendly. (Read more: European Ombudsman: transparency a key concern for citizens in 2013 )

 
 

MEPs voice concerns at attacks on media freedom and rule of law in Turkey

Plenary Session Human rights15-01-2015 - 13:02
Workers of the Zaman newspaper hold placards in Istambul  

MEPs condemn the police raids and arrests of journalists in Turkey in December in a resolution adopted on Thursday. They call on the Turkish government to address media freedom as a priority, recalling that "a free and pluralistic press is an essential component of any democracy" and pointing to the need to make progress with reforms in order to gain pre-accession funding. (Read more: MEPs voice concerns at attacks on media freedom and rule of law in Turkey )

 
 

Commission's 2015 work programme: no resolution adopted

Plenary Session Institutions15-01-2015 - 13:00

On Thursday MEPs voted on seven draft resolutions dedicated to the 2015 work programme setting out the Commission's priorities for the 12 months ahead. None of the resolutions won the necessary majority to be adopted. (Read more: Commission's 2015 work programme: no resolution adopted )

 
 

Ukraine: MEPs condemn terrorist acts and say sanctions against Russia must stay

Plenary Session External relations15-01-2015 - 12:58

EU sanctions against Russia should stay in place until it changes its aggressive policy in Ukraine, respects the ceasefire, withdraws its troops and stops supporting separatists, says Parliament in a resolution voted on Thursday. MEPs condemn “acts of terrorism” in Ukraine. urge the EU to come up with a plan to counter the Russian "information war" and help Ukraine to carry out reforms, cope with its humanitarian and health emergency and enhance its defence capabilities. (Read more: Ukraine: MEPs condemn terrorist acts and say sanctions against Russia must stay )

 
 

MEPs call for Italian marò accused of killing Indian fishermen to be repatriated

Plenary Session External relations15-01-2015 - 12:51

The European Parliament hopes that diplomatic dispute between Italy and India over the prosecution of two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen in 2012 during anti-piracy operations will soon be settled, under Italian jurisdiction and/or through international arbitration, it says in a resolution voted on Thursday. Members also called for the marines to be repatriated, as their detention without charge is a "serious breach of human rights". (Read more: MEPs call for Italian marò accused of killing Indian fishermen to be repatriated )

 
 

Human rights: The case of Alexei Navalny in Russia; Pakistan; Kyrgyzstan

Plenary Session External relations15-01-2015 - 12:48

Parliament passed three resolutions on Thursday: stressing that the convictions of Alexei Navalny and his brother were "based on unsubstantiated charges" and calling for the judicial proceedings to be "free of political interference"; condemning the "brutal massacre of schoolchildren" in Pakistan; and deeply concerned by the homosexual propaganda bill in Kyrgyzstan. (Read more: Human rights: The case of Alexei Navalny in Russia; Pakistan; Kyrgyzstan )

 
 

MEPs debate European Year for Development 2015

Plenary Session Development and cooperation15-01-2015 - 10:08

Plans for the European Year for Development (EYD2015), aiming to show how development cooperation benefits both rich and poor and help shape the global development agenda for the next 15 years, were debated in plenary on Wednesday with the High Representative Federica Mogherini and the Council. (Read more: MEPs debate European Year for Development 2015 )

 
 

MEPs condemn Boko Haram massacres in Nigeria

Plenary Session Security and defence14-01-2015 - 19:29
Nigerian security inspect the scene of a bomb blast at the Jos Terminus Market,Nigeria  

MEPs strongly condemned the atrocities committed by Boko Haram in Nigeria and voiced their solidarity with the families of victims and the Nigerian people, in a debate with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Wednesday. They also deplored the lack of international attention to the massacre committed in the city of Baga and called on the international community to help Nigeria to eradicate the causes of terrorism there. (Read more: MEPs condemn Boko Haram massacres in Nigeria )

 
 

Foreign policy: MEPs call for more European unity

Plenary Session External relations14-01-2015 - 18:14

The EU must be more united and more coordinated to face new challenges to its security, a majority of MEPs said in Wednesday's debate with Federica Mogherini on the EU's foreign, security and defence policies. Many said, following the Paris terrorist attacks, that internal and external policies must be coherent and called for more cooperation and intelligence- sharing between EU member countries. (Read more: Foreign policy: MEPs call for more European unity )

 
 

Is-sigurtà u l-‘Pjan Juncker’ fid-dibattitu mal-President tal-Kunsill Tusk

Seduta plenarja Kunsill Ewropew14-01-2015 - 17:12
Donald Tusk fl-ewwel żjara tiegħu fil-Parlament Ewropew fi Strasbourg bħala President tal-Kunsill Ewropew biex jiddiskuti l-eżitu tal-aħħar summit.  

"Il-pjan ta’ investiment strateġiku Ewropew mhuwiex il-bakketta maġika. Imma jekk hawn xi ħadd li jaf kif jegħleb il-kriżi ekonomika f’salt wieħed, jekk jogħġbu jqum bil-wieqfa". Hekk qal il-President tal-Kunsill Ewropew Donald Tusk fid-dibattitu dwar l-eżitu tal-Kunsill Ewropew ta’ Diċembru, li kien jinkludi wkoll diskussjoni fuq prattiċi li jintużaw biex tiġi evitata t-taxxa u – speċjalment wara l-attakki f’Pariġi – is-sigurtà u l-informazzjoni dwar l-ismijiet tal-passiġġieri. (Aqra iktar dwar dan: Is-sigurtà u l-‘Pjan Juncker’ fid-dibattitu mal-President tal-Kunsill Tusk )