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2019

The Brexit Steering Group met on Tuesday 12 November with several committees to look at the part of the Withdrawal Agreement on citizens' rights.
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The Constitutional Affairs Committee will debate the state of play on Brexit with EP Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt on Tuesday at around 14.00 (UK time).
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Following a discussion in the Conference of Presidents on 24 October 2019, EP President Sassoli wrote to EUCO President Donald Tusk.
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MEPs call on EU countries to make full use of existing EU instruments to mitigate the impact of the Thomas Cook bankruptcy.
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President of the European Parliament David Sassoli: an extension request remains on the table.
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UK researchers, students and farmers should continue to get EU support in the event of a no-deal Brexit, under provisions adopted by the full house on Tuesday.
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MEPs approve change to EGF Solidarity Fund to include support for workers that would be affected by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU without an agreement.
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Statement by European Parliament David Sassoli following extraordinary meeting of Conference of Presidents on state of play of the UK withdrawal from EU
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This afternoon European Parliament President David Sassoli opened the European Council in Brussels.
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UK Researchers, students and farmers would continue to get EU support in the event of a no-deal Brexit, under provisions adopted by the Budgets Committee on Monday.  
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Statement by David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament following his meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
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European Parliament President Sassoli to meet Macron, Merkel, and Johnson to discuss budget, Brexit, and global challenges.
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On Wednesday 2/10, Michel Barnier debriefed the Members of EP Brexit Steering group on UK government's latest proposals. Following an exchange of views, the Members agreed on the following statement:
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The Withdrawal Agreement is fair, balanced and provides legal certainty, MEPs say in a resolution reiterating Parliament’s support for an “orderly Brexit”.
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European Parliament’s newly constituted Brexit Steering Group chaired by Guy Verhofstadt met with EU negotiator on 24 July following the change of Prime Minister in the UK.
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The three films competing for Parliament's 2019 LUX Film Prize are: Cold Case Hammarskjöld; God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya; and The Realm.
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In a debate with MEPs, Ursula von der Leyen outlined her vision as Commission President. MEPs will vote on her nomination, held by secret paper ballot, at 17.00 BST.
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Many MEPs are critical of how candidates for EU top posts have been chosen, in disregard to the lead candidate process
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MEPs elected David Sassoli as President of the European Parliament on Wednesday afternoon, having won 345 out of 667 valid votes in the second round.
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The 9th legislature of the European Parliament was officially constituted today in Strasbourg at 10.00 by outgoing President Antonio Tajani.will start on 2 July.
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Over 200 million Europeans voted in the 23-26 May elections, resulting in turnout increasing from 42,61% in 2014 to 51% in 2019. The new legislature will start on 2 July.
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This media advisory presents all relevant information, timing and services available to the media during the election days and during election night on 26 May.
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Didier BAUWERAERTS © European Union 2018 - Source : EP
The European Parliament in Brussels will be the central hub for journalists covering pan-European results in May 2019.
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Lead candidates debate
European political parties nominated lead candidates for the European Commission presidency, a selection of which will participate in the Presidential Debate on 15 May.
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Choose your future film
With just one month until the European elections on 23-26 May, the European Parliament is launching a film "Choose Your Future" to encourage people to vote.
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Latest seat projections for the 9th European Parliament
Parliament released today its final set of seat projections, based on a cross-section of national polls, on the composition of the next (9th) European Parliament.
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Statement by the Conference of Presidents and the Brexit Steering Group of the European Parliament in preparation of the European Council of 10 April 2019.
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UK nationals would be able to enter the EU visa-free for short periods after the country’s exit, provided EU nationals enjoy the same conditions when travelling to the UK.
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In today’s debate, speakers on behalf of political groups representing the majority of MEPs declared their continuing support for the withdrawal agreement.
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UK nationals would be able to enter the EU visa-free for short periods after the country’s exit, provided EU nationals enjoy the same conditions when travelling to the UK.
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Due to its slow rate of decomposition, plastic accumulates in seas, oceans and on beaches © AP Images/European Union-EP
On Wednesday, Parliament approved a new law banning single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery, straws and cotton buds sticks.
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MEPs discuss Brexit and EU summit with Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker© CC-BY-4.0: © European Union 2019 – Source: EP
Recent Brexit developments dominated today’s discussion, with most speakers highlighting that preserving the rights of UK and EU27 citizens is a priority.
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Creatives and news publishers will be empowered to negotiate with internet giants thanks to new copyright rules which also contain safeguards on freedom of expression.
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If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the effects will be felt by people and companies across Europe. The EU has adopted measures to mitigate the impact of a disorderly withdrawal.
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DAINA LE LARDIC © European Union 2019 - Source : EP
European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, met with the EU citizens’ rights grassroots organisations to discuss the political situation in the United Kingdom.
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On Wednesday, the Parliament voted on measures to continue financing all current Erasmus+ learning mobility activities, in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
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Parliament adopts in plenary the continuation of the two territorial cooperation programmes PEACE IV and United Kingdom-Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
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To ensure the least possible disruption, MEPs on Wednesday vote on travel, transport, Erasmus, social security and fisheries measures.
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EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU 27 will keep their social benefits acquired before withdrawal in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
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The Trade Committee on Tuesday endorsed the mandate to start limited EU-US trade talks, but set conditions on the conclusion of a deal.
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Projection of today’s voting preferences across the EU27 onto the distribution of seats in the European Parliament.
Parliament released today the first seat projections, based on a cross-section of national polls, for the composition of the next (9th) European Parliament
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Mathieu CUGNOT © European Union 2018 - Source : EP
EU lawmakers agreed on a set of measures to halt unfair practices in the digital market. More than a million EU enterprises trade via platforms to reach their customers.exit.
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Purchasing power. Goods or services bought by - Banknotes
Mathieu CUGNOT © European Union 2018 - Source : EP
Banks should charge equally for cross-border payments in euro and domestic payments and make currency conversion costs transparent, say new rules.
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Creatives and news publishers will be empowered to negotiate with internet giants thanks to a deal reached on copyright rules which also contains safeguards on freedom of expression.
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Free trade and investment protection deals will boost trade and open door to further trade with SE Asia ©CC0 by chuttersnap on Unsplash
Parliament endorsed the free trade and investment protection deals between EU and Singapore, serving as blueprint for further cooperation with Southeast Asia.
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The Culture Committee will support continued funding to all current Erasmus+ learning mobility activities, in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
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Members reaffirmed the EU’s commitment to protect peace, stability and the integrity of the internal market in Wednesday’s debate on Brexit.
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EP plenary session Marc DOSSMANN © European Union 2019 - Source : EP
UK nationals would be able to enter the EU visa-free for short periods after the country’s exit, provided EU nationals enjoy the same conditions when travelling to the UK.
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Four months ahead of the European elections, the European Parliament has unveiled a new website detailing how to vote in each member state or from abroad.
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EP Brexit Steering Group discussed today the state of play of Brexit in light of last week’s meaningful vote and Prime Minister May’s Statement last Monday.
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EU flag and the UK
In the debate following the UK House of Commons’ meaningful vote, MEPs underlined that Europeans will remain united and that citizens’ rights are still the EP’s priority.
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EU flag and the UK
From 7.30 AM GMT (8.30 AM CET) on Wednesday, Parliament will debate the state of play of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, one day after the UK House of Commons meaningful vote on 15 January.
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Citizens' app
The European Parliament has launched a new mobile application designed to help citizens to discover what the EU has done, is doing and plans to do, is now available.
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