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Little attention is paid to volunteers, but their tireless and sometimes dangerous work helps to make a difference to the millions of victims of natural and man-made disasters. Every year World Humanitarian Day is held on 19 August to honour the people who dedicate their lives to making a difference. Read on to find out what the EU, the world´s largest humanitarian aid donor, is doing to support their work. (Read more: World Humanitarian Day: honouring those who help others )

 

More than 2,000 years before the scientific means were developed to prove the existence of atoms, ancient Greeks already theorised about their existence. Their descendants continue to be at the forefront of scientific research as shown by the Nestor project in Pylos, in southwestern Greece. This involves creating an underwater telescope at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea. It will track neutrinos in a bid to unravel some of the universe’s biggest mysteries. (Read more: Nestor: unravelling the universe’s mysteries from the bottom of the sea )

 

Young, promising and unemployed. It might be International Youth Day on 12 August, but for the more than 5.3 million Europeans under 25 without a job, there will be little to celebrate. All the more reason for the EU to make tackling unemployment a priority. Read on to discover what is being done to help young people. (Read more: International Youth Day: how the EU is working to reduce unemployment )

 

Welcome to Nuorgam in Finland, the EU’s northernmost point. The sun kisses the monumental fells next to the small village, while stunted mountain birches push themselves through the snow. Spring is coming, but wind still gets under the clothes. It is in this beautiful setting that the Sámi live. This article was originally published in May as part of our Frontiers of the EU series. We are republishing it to mark the International Day of Indigenous Peoples on 9 August. (Read more: Up north: reviving Sámi culture )

 
Press releases (second part)
 

The Governing Council of the ECB met on Thursday and decided that the interest rate on the main refinancing operations and the interest rates on the marginal lending facility and the deposit facility will remain unchanged at 0.15%, 0.40% and -0.10% respectively. Please find below the reaction of the chairman of Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, Roberto Gualtieri (S&D, IT): (Read more: ECON chairman Gualtieri wants "bolder action" for euro area )

 

The quality of life in Europe today, Ukraine, a photo contest, the composition of the new Parliament and cheaper phone calls were the topics of our most-read articles of the first half of the year on the European Parliament’s website. Check out our links to experience the highlights of the year so far. (Read more: Summer reading: top five of Parliament's most popular articles )

 

An abandoned rail road, a sand castle and a secret Soviet bunker... Last year Parliament asked you to discover Europe with the help of our list of 28 little-known attractions, one per member state. This year, we are making a tradition of it and asking you to re-discover Europe once again with our new Foursquare tip list. (Read more: Re-discover Europe with Parliament’s new Foursquare list )

 

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 )

 
 
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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
#EP_economics chair @gualtierieurope reacts to #ECB #Draghi: "bolder action needed for euro area". Press release: http://t.co/8Ep39BqMRD
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
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...
Hearing of EU Commissioner-designate #Reicherts (LU) starting now in @EP_Justice @EP_Legal @EP_GenderEqual. LIVE: http://t.co/Gvr85gvXZK
Mon 14/7 at 7pm: Hearing of EU Commissioner-designate Martine #Reicherts @EP_Justice, @EP_Legal @EP_GenderEqual. LIVE http://t.co/xt3XO1I5Pj
RT @EURightsAgency: New FRA data available on #victimsrights and support in the #EU #CrimeVictims http://t.co/ikWLfBODHQ
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Establishment of EU Public Prosecutor will change OLAF investigations of illegality affecting financial interests http://…
RT @EU_Commission: #FF for @ReichertsEU, EU Commissioner for @EU_Justice, covering #Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship
.@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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