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Workers at fashion retailer Sprider Stores in Greece and at jewellery maker Andersen Ireland Limited in Ireland are to receive EU aid worth €8.8 million to help find or create new jobs. The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aid applications, already accepted by the Council of Ministers, were approved by Parliament on Wednesday. (Read more: EP approves EU aid for former workers at Greek retailer and Irish jeweller )

 
 

MEPs call on Turkey to stop provocations in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone

Plenary Session External relations13-11-2014 - 11:56

MEPs condemned Turkey’s “maritime survey” activities as encroaching upon the Republic of Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone and its sovereign right to explore the natural resources within it, in a resolution voted on Thursday. The text also calls on Turkey to stop its “provocative actions” and “threats” against the Republic of Cyprus. (Read more: MEPs call on Turkey to stop provocations in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone )

 
 

European Parliament backs EU-Moldova association deal

Plenary Session External relations13-11-2014 - 11:50
Satellite image of Moldova with the country's flag covering it  

The European Parliament gave its consent to the EU-Moldova Association agreement, which includes a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA), on Thursday in Brussels. The deal will form the backbone of strengthened political association and economic integration between the EU and Moldova and provide for mutual free market access. (Read more: European Parliament backs EU-Moldova association deal )

 
 

South Sudan: MEPs call on the global community to impose targeted sanctions

Plenary Session Development and cooperation13-11-2014 - 11:30

The European Parliament strongly condemned the resumption of violence in South Sudan which has caused the deaths of more than 10,000 people, in a resolution voted on Thursday. It also called for an immediate ceasefire and urged the global community to impose targeted sanctions. (Read more: South Sudan: MEPs call on the global community to impose targeted sanctions )

 
 

Northern Ireland peace process: MEPs urge all parties to restart stalled talks

Plenary Session Regional policy13-11-2014 - 11:21
Graffiti on the Cupar Way wall, in Belfast, Northern Ireland  

The European Parliament called on all parties to join talks to restart the stalled Northern Ireland peace process in a resolution voted on Thursday. MEPs stressed the need to combat low pay and unemployment, so as to halt violent and criminal efforts to undermine the process. Talks broke down in December 2013 due to disputes over issues such as welfare spending, flags and emblems, and parading. (Read more: Northern Ireland peace process: MEPs urge all parties to restart stalled talks )

 
 

Check EU spending results, not just payment errors, says Parliament

Plenary Session Budgetary control12-11-2014 - 19:58
 

The EU should check what EU funds spent in member states achieve, and not just that they are spent according to the rules, said MEPs debating the European Court of Auditors (ECA) annual report on EU spending in 2013 in plenary session on Wednesday. Data from member states on how they spend EU funds are too often unreliable, they added. The overall error rate in 2013 was 4.7%, slightly down on 2012. 80% of all funds are spent in and by the member states. (Read more: Check EU spending results, not just payment errors, says Parliament )

 
 

Parliament commemorated 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall

Plenary Session Enlargement / Taxation12-11-2014 - 18:46
People standing on the Berlin wall, celebrating and waving a German flag. 1989. ©Belga/DPA  

At the beginning of the plenary session on Wednesday, the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz and political group leaders commemorated the events of 9 November 1989, when citizens peacefully tore down the Berlin Wall and thus paved the way for German reunification. (Read more: Parliament commemorated 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall )

 
 

MEPs call for tax harmonisation and transparency in 'Lux leaks' debate

Plenary Session Taxation12-11-2014 - 18:30
EC President Jean Claude Juncker is pictured during the debate on the fight against tax avoidance  

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker appeared in person for Parliament’s extraordinary debate on the fight against tax avoidance, prompted by the recent revelation of secret deals granting preferential tax treatments to multinational companies in Luxembourg. (Read more: MEPs call for tax harmonisation and transparency in 'Lux leaks' debate )

 
 

Opening: debate on tax avoidance with Messrs Juncker and Moscovici added

Plenary Session Institutions12-11-2014 - 17:32
Opening of EP Plenary Nov I _  

The November I session opened with a commemorative round of speeches by President Martin Schulz and political group leaders on the fall of the Berlin wall. This was followed by agenda changes to allow for a debate with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and taxation Commissioner Pierre Moscovici on tax avoidance, in response to reports of leaked secret tax deals giving preferential tax treatment to multinational firms. (Read more: Opening: debate on tax avoidance with Messrs Juncker and Moscovici added )

 
 

MEPs prolong Ukraine's duty-free access to the EU market

Plenary Session External/international trade23-10-2014 - 12:26

Plans to prolong a largely duty-free access to the EU market for Ukraine’s exports until the end of 2015 were backed by the European Parliament on Thursday. (Read more: MEPs prolong Ukraine's duty-free access to the EU market )