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Parliament is not just there to amend and approve new laws, but also to scrutinise the EU institutions. One of the tools at its disposal are committees that investigate specific issues. In recent months committees have been set up to look into revelations on car emissions cheating and wealthy individuals stashing money offshore. Read on to find out how Parliament uses its investigative powers to address people’s concerns and put important issues on the political agenda. (Read more: Democratic control: Parliament’s powers of investigation )

 

The environment is something Europeans care deeply about: 67% of them would like to the EU to do more on environmental protection, according to a Eurobarometer survey commissioned by the European Parliament. Read our article to find out more about what the EU is already doing and will be doing to protect your health, safeguard biodiversity and fight climate change. (Read more: Environment: 67% of Europeans want the EU to do more )

 

From Brexit to the migration crisis: 2016 has proved a very eventful year, but Parliament's work is far from finished. Until the end of the year MEPs will be working on a broad range of issues, from tackling the terrorism threat to improving the digital single market. Read on for an overview of the challenges MEPs will be dealing with the coming months. (Read more: Priorities: what Parliament will be working on for the remainder of 2016 )

 

Traineeships at the Parliament offer a unique chance to launch your career, gain valuable insights into how the EU operates and above all have an unforgettable experience. From 15 August you will have two months to apply for the next round of traineeships. Read on to find out more on the traineeships offered by the Parliament and how to apply for them. (Read more: Stepping stone: how to apply for a traineeship at the European Parliament )

 
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The migration crisis showed you can’t have a Schengen zone of free movement without strong external borders. According to the latest Eurobarometer survey, 71% of Europeans want the EU to do more to protect these borders. Parliament is working on a range of initiatives to beef up those controls. (Read more: Border security: how Parliament is helping to keep Europe safe )

 

If you find the EU's inner workings and policies hard to understand, then help is now at hand. Our How it Works videos are there to answer all your questions on topics ranging from data protection to the European Council. Continue reading to find out more. (Read more: How it works: the Parliament’s work explained in videos )

 

Launched in 2011, Snapchat has been expanding rapidly. More than 100 million people use it every day to watch and send stories to their friends and follow events from around the world. As one third of Snapchat users live in Europe, the European Parliament opened an account in May 2015 to give them the chance to find out more about European politics. Already more than 15,000 people follow the Parliament on Snapchat. Read on to find out more details. (Read more: Snapchat: European Politics in pictures )

 

The EU has experienced an unprecedented influx of migrants over the last few years. 74% of Europeans want the EU to do more to manage the situation, according to the latest Eurobarometer poll commissioned by the European Parliament. In addition two thirds of respondents said EU action on migration was insufficient. Read on to discover what measures the European Parliament is working on. (Read more: Migration crisis: 74% of Europeans want EU to do more )

 

The European Parliament has had an eventful six months. MEPs worked hard to help member states contain the migration crisis, updated rules for the protection of personal data and adopted new measures to fight the terrorist threat. Those with an interest in European politics were also very keen to read about it on our website. Revisit the articles that proved the most popular in the first half of 2016. (Read more: Read all about it: Parliament's most popular online articles so far this year )

 

Chair of the European Parliament’s Human Rights committee MEP Elena Valenciano (S&D,ES) expressed on Monday her concern and solidarity with Cuban human rights activist and Sakharov Prize Laureate 2010 Guillermo Fariñas and other Cuban human rights activists on hunger strike. Mr Fariñas is on a hunger and thirst strike to protest against the torture and mistreatment of political prisoners by the Cuban Government. (Read more: Valenciano: concerns on hunger strike by Sakharov Laureate Fariñas )

 
 
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Press release: MEPs at #UNCTAD14: "Trade has to work for development": https://t.co/auceOSAMYC @EP_Trade
Press release: Joint statement - committee chair @ElmarBrok_MEP and rapporteur @KatiPiri on Turkey:https://t.co/cD7QyQo5GZ
RT @europarlAV: Extraordinary @EP_ForeignAff meeting following attempted coup in #Turkey. Watch LIVE REPLAY→ https://t.co/FxdwD8y8OP https:…
Joint statement of @EP_ForeignAff committee chair @ElmarBrok_MEP and rapporteur @KatiPiri on #Turkey: https://t.co/kZYAmPltNh
.@ElmarBrok_MEP: 2/3 of foreign direct investment comes from Europe, let's not give the impression that we depend on #Turkey.
Many @EP_ForeignAff MEPs call on #Turkey to stick to democracy, rule of law and basic human rights, otherwise risk future relations w/ EU.
.@EP_HumanRights chair @ElenaValenciano calls for alleviation of humanitarian crisis in #Aleppo #Aleppo https://t.co/KM4ksRwRJf
.@EP_HumanRights Chair statement on #Turkey: awb://bit.ly/29YFBdH
RT @France24_fr: VIDÉO. Tentative de coup d'État en #Turquie : "Le président #Erdogan est invisible depuis 1 semaine" https://t.co/UaGZBXse…
This week: @EP_Defence visiting #Mali and EU missions helping to Malian armed & security forces @eutmmali1 @EucapSahelMali
Chair of @EP_Defence #Fotyga condems terrorist #NiceAttack. Deepest condolences to the families of victims https://t.co/TDIV1oC7gz
Security challenges in #Iraq. @EP_Defence resumes to take a look what is at stake. Live https://t.co/S0qV0RGkDO
RT @GdnDevelopment: 'Humanitarian airstrikes': a reassuring gloss for the actions of politicians https://t.co/8tpbO3TnNm
RT @Oxfam: #Yemen has become one of the most pressing humanitarian crises in the world with 80% of people needing emergency aid https://t.c…
RT @europeaid: The EU is still supporting people & communities in the tsunami-struck region of 2004 #FridayFact #globaldev https://t.co/8Lo…
EU requests WTO panel over spirits dispute with Colombia https://t.co/qqZckIxYeQ via @ReutersUK
RT @POLITICOEurope: The fight over Italian tinned tomatoes that is threatening the relations between the EU and Australia https://t.co/g3mW…
RT @eaDevPol: UK aid minister promises to keep 0.7% target post-Brexit https://t.co/3ne750wK8k https://t.co/d2SxynTOtf
.@EP_Budgets Chair @JeanArthuis visits EU-funded projects in #Gaza https://t.co/zkSSDBwYrY (photo: arrival in Gaza) https://t.co/iAcAcZCgBk
Next #BUDG meeting on #31AUG - Debate on Draft #EUBudget 2017 w/ @EuropaJens & @indrektarand https://t.co/AFJp0vSQQ0
#BUDG gearing up to #EUBudget 2017 negotiations in the autumn - all docs and videos here: https://t.co/ALX3UGMttl https://t.co/EAfiEknXVo
EU #YouthGuarantee scheme in Italy: Good start, structural problems remain, says @Mdlabajova https://t.co/E9X7t0Mdnu
.@EP_BudgControl fact-finding mission to Southern Italy 18-19 July @Mdlabajova details: https://t.co/vCw9zl42au
.@EP_BudgControl MEPs @MarianMarinescu propose to grant discharge 2014 @iterorg @fusion4Energy, ARTEMIS, ENIAC https://t.co/hiOjQunfKJ
.@EP_Economics lawmakers urge further EU-US cooperation on financial regulation: https://t.co/m7Z18gIKJ9
Press release @eu2016sk prio's now updated with economic ones, presented by @KazimirPeter in @EP_Economics on 13/7: https://t.co/Yxk6m52LxO
.@Europarl_EN report on social inclusion of refugees by @brandobenifei PRESS RELEASE https://t.co/o4xiQJzIYT
.@Europarl_EN adopted report on social inclusion of refugees by @brandobenifei PRESS CONFERENCE at 15:30 https://t.co/qwmG6M9eOG
.@EPSocialAffairs Debate with @jyrkikatainen in Structured Dialogue starting NOW . follow LIVE https://t.co/mY8B1Ic6I9
Access to #medicines: press conference by rapporteur @SoledadCabezon today 12.30 Webstream https://t.co/tmlcQesDdG
#airquality - #health committee endorses deal with Council https://t.co/eDtGbOMerN
Towards beefed up official #food checks from farm to fork https://t.co/InZWNS6l2x
.@EP_Industry meeting live now with @eu2016sk: https://t.co/vL0QS2VPXI
.@EP_Industry vote on @AdamGierek: more renewables & consumers' awareness . Press release: https://t.co/iM0l0eCzgk
RT @ep_emissions: .@ep_emissions Hearings END for the summer - next meeting with former Commissioner Günter Verheugen is scheduled for 30 A…
#CleanerCars: on 5 September @EP_SingleMarket will discuss draft report on EU type approval by @ddalton40. Agenda https://t.co/KoViBFeQ7E
RT @DSMeu: 3 pillars, 16 innitiatives: Everything about EU #DigitalSingleMarket strategy is here https://t.co/HlXXASmiKK https://t.co/NpWvI…
Now @EP_Transport: EU funding and investment in tourism: https://t.co/mXtuXd4Yx6 speakers: https://t.co/A9hiHOtvV5 https://t.co/loK9owvKXY
From 15h00 @EP_Transport: Central and Eastern Europe transport connections and investment in tourism, webstreaming https://t.co/mXtuXd4Yx6
.@EP_Transport at 16h00: EU funding and investment in tourism, agenda and webstreaming https://t.co/weg9Myk2u3 https://t.co/N6uVQ9h9ml
" #Cohesionpolicy has a positive impact on all #EU regions, say @EP_Regional MEPs". More info here: https://t.co/CqswD6r55C
Deputy PM for #investment P.Pellegrini presents to @EP_Regional the #Slovak Presidency @eu2016sk priorities. Live: https://t.co/iFAcFY6UMM
RT @EU_Regional: .@eprc_eu On Wed S Kah present findings of @EP_Regional report on synergies btwn #esifunds &other instruments #h2020 https…
#Dairy crisis: @EP_Agriculture MEPs give new aid package a cautious welcome in a debate w/@PhilHoganEU. More here: https://t.co/RLgpGWftK6
.@EP_Agriculture debate w/@PhilHoganEU on new package to help #dairyfarmers starts now Live: https://t.co/zh0eIbV7Fs https://t.co/X3BxHFuBQY
.@EP_Agriculture will debate 19/7 @ 8h30 w/@PhilHoganEU new package to help #dairyfarmers. Live: https://t.co/zh0eIbV7Fs #agricrisis #milk
.@EP_Fisheries MEPs debate today w/ Minister Gabriela Matecna @eu2016sk Live at 15h00: https://t.co/76Mb7vmXWP
11-12 July: Committee vote on #deepsea Presentation of @EU2016SK Agenda: https://t.co/FhpPXWN37M Live: https://t.co/bdEhZmB9NZ
RT @Isabel_thomasEU: Réglementation de la pêche profonde : accord trouvé en trilogue avec @EU2016NL, avec interdiction sous 800m https://t.…
RT @EU_Eurostat: For International #YouthDay #Eurostat data visualisation and facts & figures https://t.co/XnHEroZklw https://t.co/DqALCYr…
RT @EPinUK_edu: Apply for the #CulturalHeritage @Europanostra awards 4 your heritage projects & initiatives: https://t.co/ohYL39mQfl https:…
RT @luxprize: Congratulations to the 3 films competing in the #LuxPrize2016 Official Competition! https://t.co/T0U0Clori8
#JURI meeting starting NOW! With Lucia Žitňanská, Justice Minister on SK presidency priorities & @mariannethyssen https://t.co/Z0X8YRiv4Z
.@EP_Legal @HeidiHautala vote on Monitoring EU law application in 2014 postponed till September
RT @ClaudeMoraesMEP: New UK Commissioner on #SecurityUnion anti-terrorism must be approved by EP @EP_Justice Hearing will take place soon h…
RT @ckyenge: Conferenza stampa con la delegazione di europarlamentari che ho guidato in missione a Malta @EASO @EP_Justice https://t.co/XxE…
RT @ckyenge: Visitando la sede di @EASO a #Malta con il Direttore José Carreira e la delegazione deputati UE @EP_Justice https://t.co/8tKYC…
Now: @EPInstitutional discusses future of EU. Draft reports by @GuyVerhofstadt, @ElmarBrok & @mercedesbresso here: https://t.co/RcnDKZjVvJ
In 10 min: @EPInstitutional debate EP rules of procedure, then future of EU institutions & Lisbon treaty. LIVE https://t.co/30fmcRw1if
Starting 15h: @EPInstitutional debates #NL presidency w Pieter de Gooijer, then #defence union & #EUbudget. LIVE: https://t.co/di7f0iREw6
Press release: #worklifebalance: action needed at EU and national level to improve it, say MEPs @EP_GenderEqual & @EPSocialAffairs
Report on creating labour market conditions favourable for #worklifebalance adopted 50/4/9 @EP_GenderEqual & @EPSocialAffairs
Vote to start on creating labour market conditions favourable for #worklifebalance @EP_GenderEqual & @EPSocialAffairs. Follow live.
Next @EP_Petitions meeting (Thu 14/7) continues at 09h. Read more: https://t.co/RrTaHus99L. Follow live: https://t.co/uFmg4A7i7c
At 15.00h @EP_Petitions meeting continues with petitions on #energy & #agriculture. Follow live: https://t.co/mEhwxdlGhD
Water management in #Spain should comply better with EU law, say @EP_Petitions. Read more: https://t.co/seVX8TVF9H
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