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Greek student Aliki, Irish entrepreneur Trish and Danish designers Jens and Sedsel were among the faces of the EP’s election information campaign before the European elections. They shared with all of us why the EU matters to them and why voting was so important. These are their stories (Read more: This time it was different: the voices of the 2014 European elections )

 

Exactly 100 years ago Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, triggering a conflict that would soon spread throughout Europe and the world and become known as the Great War. “Remembering this lesson is the best way to honour those who fought and died”, EP president Martin Schulz said ahead of the sad anniversary. (Read more: 28 July 1914: the day an isolated crisis turned into a global conflict )

 

Erasmus keeps getting bigger and better! In 2012-2013 a record-breaking 270,000 students took part in one of the popular EU programmes for studying or training abroad. And the numbers are expected to rise even further in the future as the European Parliament backed the new and improved Erasmus+ programme that kicks off this September. What are the most popular destinations and which students are the most active in the programme? Read on. (Read more: Record-breaking number of students take part in Erasmus programme )

 

The EU imports more than half of the energy it consumes and that can make it vulnerable to external energy suppliers such as Russia. To improve the situation, the European Commission presented a plan to reduce this dependence, which was discussed by Parliament’s industry committee this week. Read on to find out the key facts and figures about the EU’s energy imports and how it varies from country to country. (Read more: The EU's energy dependence: facts and figures )

 
Press releases (second part)
 

A free-trade agreement with the US has the potential to boost the European economy with billions, but this should not come at the expense of consumers or workers. Last week the sixth round of negotiation of the so-called Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) took place. We spoke to Bernd Lange, a German member of the S&D group who is the chair of the international trade committee, about the agreement and other upcoming challenges for the committee. (Read more: US free-trade deal: "In the end Parliament decides on the agreements" )

 

The priorities of the Italian Council Presidency are being outlined to the various parliamentary committees by Italian ministers, on 22 and 23 July. This text will be updated daily. (Read more: Italian Presidency priorities discussed by EP committees )

 

Italy took over the EU Council presidency from Greece on 1 July. During the Parliament's first plenary session since the European elections, Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi told MEPs it was necessary for Europe to act with conviction and determination. We asked the leading Italian MEPs in Parliament's political groups for their views and expectations for the next six months. (Read more: Italian Council presidency: MEPs share their views on the priorities )

 

MEPs quizzed trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht MEPs on the US position in transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP) talks and the findings of the EU Commission’s public consultation on TTIP proposals on investor-state dispute settlement mechanisms. Some wondered about fate of a proposed trade deal with Canada, which has been described as „to be signed soon" for a year already, and asked that Parliament be given more access to trade talks documents. (Read more: MEPs discuss EU trade policy with Commissioner Karel de Gucht )

 

EU sanctions against Russia must be stepped up, the Ukrainian border closed to halt arms flows from Russia, and the bodies of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash victims returned, MEPs insisted in today’s debate with Ukraine’s foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin. Mr Klimkin called on the EU to show its solidarity now, as Ukraine is “being punished for its EU aspirations”. The debate opened with a minute’s silence for victims of the 17 July crash. (Read more: MH17 crash: MEPs call for solidarity with Ukraine and sanctions against Russia )

 

The three films competing for this year’s Lux Prize have been announced: Class Enemy (Razredni sovražnik) from Slovenia, Girlhood (Bande de filles) from France and Polish/Danish co-production Ida will all be competing for the European Parliament's annual firlm award. The finalists will be subtitled into the EU's official 24 languages and be screened in all 28 member states during the LUX Film Days this autumn. The winner will be chosen by MEPs and announced on 17 December. (Read more: And the finalists are... Three European films battle it out for the Lux Prize )

 
 
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Press release: #ItalianPresidency priorities discussed by #EPcommittees: http://t.co/JEbEhWZF1a #IT2014EU
Press release: #ItalianPresidency priorities discussed by #EPcommittees: http://t.co/JEbEhWZF1a
Press release: MH17 crash: MEPs call for solidarity with #Ukraine and sanctions against #Russia: http://t.co/RY4kivI3zR @EP_ForeignAff
Debate summary - #MH17 crash: MEPs call for solidarity with #Ukraine and sanctions against #Russia http://t.co/EZisJSeuGr
debate w/ FM @PavloKlimkin continues: MEPs urge to close #Ukraine border with #Russia to stop weapon flow- live http://t.co/5zMCOJtfYL #MH17
.@EP_ForeignAff chair #Brok doubts if political solution w/#Putin possible anymore.#EU has to step up sanctions #MH17 http://t.co/pHW6e0V6Yg
#EPlenary #humanrights: #Sudan; freedom of expression in# Egypt, recent attacks in #Nigeria. Full press release: http://t.co/Myla9NqMOq
#HumanRights & #Democracy are key EP priorities: http://t.co/eaFDeVfBzq #EPlenary debates live from 10am: http://t.co/oDuDJBK86O
#MalalaDay: Young Pakistani campaigner for girls' education received the #SakharovPrize in 2013. Take a look back with #EPvideo:...
Anna #Fotyga (ECR, PL) elected Chair of @EP_Defence for 2,5 years term
Meet the new @EP_Defence MEPs: list of full members here http://t.co/Zsis9NGBQy 1st meeting on 7 July @18.00 to elect Chair & Vice-chairs
#Horn of #Africa - @EP_Defence discusses w/ @EUCAPNESTOR Head E.#dePoncins & @eu_eeas #CPCC G.#Janvier LIVE http://t.co/BuZPTcEeJs
"Humanitarian advocacy is the main priority for our Presidency" said @lapopistelli #IT2014EU http://t.co/lq5yoSHZ8Y
Italian presidency priorities in development #it2014eu with @lapopistelli @EP_Development now: http://t.co/cQDbHJioEI
Chair @EP_Development is @LindaMcAvanMEP. Vice chairs: Ponga, Paavo Vayrynen, Kostas Chrysogonos, Nirj Deva http://t.co/FwqUStdxjb
new @EP_Trade political group coordinators:@caspary,@davidmartinmep, @EmmaMcClarkin,@MarietjeSchaake,@yjadot #HelmutScholz,#WilliamDartmouth
Watch yesterday's debate: MEPs discuss EU #trade policy with Commissioner #deGucht #CETA #TTIP http://t.co/jT4Zl0KtYF
Debate on EU trade policy and #TTIP round six outcome with @Trade_EU #deGucht today http://t.co/jT4Zl0KtYF
Unpaid bills pile up, funds run out: MEPs debate solutions to #EUbudget 2014-15 w @EUCouncil, @EU_Commission at15h: http://t.co/IsWBMnleAi
MEPs heard commissioner candidates last night. Read what happened here: http://t.co/babgSOZMxZ . #Juncker in EP live http://t.co/IsWBMnleAi
Commissioner-designate Jacek Dominik is heard in @EP_Budgets at 18:30. Follow live here: http://t.co/L98C87YQmk
MEPs heard commissioner candidates last night. Read what happened here: http://t.co/77IakqPqFr . #Juncker in EP live http://t.co/iJwIv6hTQZ
Commissioner-designate Jacek Dominik heard by @EP_Budgets and @EP_BudgControl MEPS at 18:30. Follow live here: http://t.co/Jfl5zkTGWl
Want an easy way to follow MEPs activities on @Twitter? #EPNewshub shows all their posts at one spot: http://t.co/HdV3n8lmqP
summary of the Monday evening #EP_economics #ECB #Draghi discussion http://t.co/xjNO8O3CJS
#EP_economics vote on adoption of the Euro by Lithuania 46 in favour, 8 against, 1 abstentions
New vice chairs of #EP_economics Johan van Overtveldt ECR, BE @mariannethyssen EPP, BE
Statement by new @EPSocialAffairs chair Thomas Handel http://t.co/i9izIPPd2T
New @EPSocialAffairs committee appoints Thomas Handel as chair. Vice chairs are Marita ULVSKOG @DJazlowiecka Ulla TØRNÆS Agnes JONGERIUS
At 3.45 p.m. @EPSocialAffairs will appoint its new Chair and vice chairs. Follow here http://t.co/uDyNBEMDjj
Speaking before #MEPs, @IT2014EU vows to boost green growth and jobs http://t.co/3OUmcnjVqe @giovannilavia
Do you know what you eat? Why #FoodLabelling is so important? Check the @EPvideo and learn more: http://t.co/Uin8KKDkiI
Committee meeting 15H w. @IT2014EU priorities by ministers #Galetti & @bealorenzin LIVE http://t.co/MiU0lO9j0J Docs http://t.co/VNV0ZRjvYH
New/reappointed @EP_Industry rapporteurs: @delcastillop for #telecom package, @JerzyBuzek & @toiapatrizia standing #TTIP co-rapporteurs
On @EP_Industry agenda 22 July: #EnergySecurity Strategy, #EUbudget 2015 & #TTIP talks. Meeting docs: http://t.co/SSalZgH480
2/2 ... new @EP_SingleMarket Vice-Chairs: @annaMariaCB (EPP, SE), @robertrochefort (ALDE, FR), @C_Stihler_MEP (S&D,UK), @cofferati (S&D,IT)
1/2 @EP_SingleMarket decision made - its new Chair @vickyford (ECR,UK) http://t.co/FI0FKeJntb
In 5 min. @EP_SingleMarket will choose its new Chair and Vice-Chairs. Follow live http://t.co/zA2ruYGpGX
Istvan Ujhelyi (S&D, HU) elected 4th Vice-Chair of TRAN committee
Tomasz Piotr Poreba (ECR, PL) elected 3rd Vice-Chair of TRAN committee
Dieter-Lebrecht Koch (EPP, DE) elected 2nd Vice-Chair of TRAN committee
Scheduled to explain @IT2014EU priorities for #REGI today, @graziano_delrio postpones appointment w/ @EP_Regional to September.
Tomorrow in #REGI debate w/ @EU_Commission & @IT2014EU on REGI priorities - Stream http://t.co/2ZBdXLLF1R Agenda http://t.co/PEvgTniMaf
Check out this #EP background briefing on the role and election of the President of the @EU_Commission http://t.co/WsD2n6tF4B #EP2014
Catch up with @EP_Agriculture first general debate on milk and fruit scheme revision http://t.co/gPmQnJzrvx
EP_Agriculture starts debate on #schoolfruit and #schoolmilk aid scheme revision. Live: http://t.co/HelN97KsJp
EP_Agriculture coordinators @rohde_jens (ALDE, DK), Senra Rodriguez (GUE/NGL, ES), @martinhaeusling (Greens/EFA, DE), Agnew (EFDD, UK)
#PECH meetg @ 16:30 - Debate w/ @EU_Commission on #CFPreform implementation - Stream: http://t.co/F1V0nTCWmf Agenda http://t.co/cXaA1dZiqd
RT @xpavard: #EUfisheries: after many delays, the protocol to the EU-Morocco partnership agreement will enter into force. http://t.co/LV5x4…
Check out this #EP background briefing on the role and election of the President of the @EU_Commission http://t.co/4RAVKP0min #EP2014
What can the EU do, to lower the #YouthUnemployment and make the job market work well again? #EPvideo: http://t.co/BdVDNzpMEH
Slovenian, French and Polish films are the #LuxPrize finalists. The winner will be chosen by MEPs and announced on 17 December...
Mon 14/7 at 7pm: Hearing of EU Commissioner-designate Martine #Reicherts @EP_Justice, @EP_Legal @EP_GenderEqual. LIVE http://t.co/xt3XO1I5Pj
First ordinary @EP_Legal meeting tomorrow, 10 July, at 9. Newsletter: http://t.co/C13Dh1Pvjo Meeting docs and agenda: http://t.co/N1PO0NrDYP
Next @EP_Justice meeting will be on 3-4 Sept http://t.co/T2TNlU1MqX. Find out more about the members of @EP_Justice: http://t.co/eiVyMPRZdq
#EUdataP rapporteur @JanAlbrecht: @EUCouncil should conclude general approach so that we can start trialogues. It is the time to deliver.
State of play on #EUdataP starting now @EP_Justice http://t.co/WQEWw4vE6w
.@EPInstitutional meeting today at 15: @sandrogozi will present priorities of Italian Presidency @IT2014EU . LIVE: http://t.co/La0xjiHeQB
New @EPInstitutional vice-Chairs:Barbara Spinelli(GUE/NGL,IT),Pedro Silva Pereira(S&D,PT),Kazimerz Ujazdowski(ECR,PL) &Paulo Rangel(EPP, PT)
#EP2014: Who is who in Brussels? Ahead of EU elections #EP2014 an infographic on EU institutions http://t.co/fkbKQ7GkrE
Withdrawal of #Maternity leave directive is at #EPlenary's agenda watch live @19.00h: http://t.co/6iwhur7V1c
Withdrawal of #Maternity leave directive is at #EPlenary's agenda. Don't remember what it is about? #EPvideo http://t.co/YT0PWScqcx
Hearing of EU Commissioner-designate #Reicherts (LU) starting now in @EP_Justice @EP_Legal @EP_GenderEqual. LIVE: http://t.co/FAsQCDxtCD
New @EP_Petitions vice-Chairs are Rosa Estarás (EPP, ES), @RobertaMetsola (EPP, MT), @MarleneMizzi (S&D, MT) & Pál Csaky (EPP, SK)
.@EP_Petitions to elect its Chair and 4 vice-Chairs today at 5.15pm - Follow it live http://t.co/oRCwtM8xzF
RT @mvandenbroeke: #EP press team selfie on last day of last session in Strasbourg #EP2014 http://t.co/ROIQm4aEz1
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