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A new President for the European Parliament – January EP Plenary Session

Written by Clare Ferguson, The agenda this session is dominated by the election of the new President of the European Parliament, with time allowed on Tuesday for multiple rounds of voting. Candidates wishing to stand have to have their name put forward before Monday evening, when the January Parliamentary session opens with an announcement of … Continue reading

Electing the European Parliament’s President [Plenary Podcast]

Written by Silvia Kotanidis, At the January plenary sitting, the European Parliament (EP) is due to elect its 30th President, to hold the office until the next European parliamentary elections, due in 2019. The President has an important and increasingly visible function in the EU institutional and international setting, mirroring the influential role of the … Continue reading

December EP Plenary Session: Human rights in focus: Yazidi activists win Sakharov Prize

Written by Clare Ferguson with Jack Meredith, Yazidi survivors and public advocates Nadia Murad Busee and Lamiya Aji Bashar will receive the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought – the European Parliament’s recognition of human rights activism, bestowed annually – on Tuesday. Parliament’s Conference of Presidents selected the activists on 27 October, ahead of the other finalists: Turkish journalist … Continue reading

Deep-sea fisheries in the north-east Atlantic [Plenary Podcast]

Written by Jean Weissenberger, Deep-sea species and marine ecosystems are particularly sensitive to human activities. The European Parliament is now to finalise the adoption of a regulation aimed at sustainable deep-sea fishing activities, while freezing their zonal footprint and protecting vulnerable deep-sea ecosystems. This regulation is the outcome of lengthy negotiations between the EP and … Continue reading

Market access to port services [Plenary Podcast]

Written by Marketa Pape, To improve commercial efficiency and increase the financial transparency of the major EU seaports, the European Commission proposed a new regulation in 2013. Following agreement with the Council in trilogue the new regulation is now to be voted in plenary in December. In contrast to previous, rejected proposals on ports, this … Continue reading

All about the money: EU Budget, Data Protection, Tunisia – November II Plenary Session

Written by Clare Ferguson, The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have spent three weeks negotiating a provisional agreement on the Commission’s proposed 2017 EU budget, which comes before Parliament’s November plenary session for a vote in plenary on Wednesday. The proposals use the flexibility of the multi-year spending programme, the Multiannual … Continue reading

Establishing a Skills Guarantee [Plenary Podcast]

Written by Monika Kiss, Surveys reveal that 70 million adults have insufficient basic skills, which can lead to problems at individual and societal levels. The Skills Guarantee aims to encourage upskilling pathways at national level, with implementation and monitoring supported by the European Commission. The European Parliament highlights the importance of the involvement of social … Continue reading

National emission ceilings for air pollutants [Plenary Podcast]

Written by Didier Bourguignon, Despite improvements in recent decades, air pollution in Europe remains a concern. To address this, in 2013 the European Commission proposed to update and expand the National Emission Ceilings Directive. First-reading negotiations with the Council of the European Union delivered a compromise, which now awaits a vote in the European Parliament’s … Continue reading

Creating a better environment for economic health – November I Plenary Session

Written by Clare Ferguson Changes in the labour market over the past few decades have highlighted a mismatch between citizens’ skills levels and labour market priorities. An OECD survey points out that 70 million adults lack basic reading, writing and digital skills. This situation was recognised in the Commission’s new skills agenda for Europe, aimed … Continue reading

Values and Budget – October EP Plenary Session 2

Written by Clare Ferguson, The European Parliament’s plenary session agenda in October covers many of the main priorities facing the European Union today, with items on fundamental EU values, youth and employment, agriculture, energy and how EU actions are decided and paid for. Listen to podcast: EU mechanism on democracy, the rule of law and … Continue reading

EU mechanism on democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights [Plenary Podcast]

Written by Anja Radjenovic, The European Union is founded on values, including democracy, the rule of law and respect for fundamental rights, laid down in Article 2 TEU. Those values are common to all Member States and a precondition for a well-functioning Union based on mutual trust. In recent years, events in some Member States … Continue reading

Volunteering in the EU [Plenary Podcast]

Written by Ivana Katsarova, Volunteering is a core expression of civic participation. Over the last 20 years, some 100 000 young people have taken part in international volunteering through the European Voluntary Service, thus contributing to sectors as varied and diverse as education, youth, culture, sport, environment, health, social care, consumer protection, humanitarian aid, development policy, … Continue reading

Climate change, Cotonou, Colombia and more – October I Plenary Session

Written by Clare Ferguson There is a distinctly global feel to the agenda for the first European Parliament plenary session of October. In preparation for the 22nd Conference of Parties of the UNFCCC in Marrakesh, Members return to the subject of climate change on Tuesday, with the ambition of the EU’s current pledges to cut … Continue reading

Summer’s over – September Plenary Session

The Parliament resumes work after the summer break this year with a number of high-profile issues on the agenda. Continue reading

Keeping their eye on the ball – Plenary Session July

Written by Clare Ferguson, In the light of the recent political upheaval in Europe, and with the Euro 2016 tournament almost behind us, Members will most likely be happy to get back to – not business as usual, but rather business regardless – this week, as the July Plenary session puts some of the EU’s … Continue reading

European Border and Coast Guard Agency [Plenary Podcast]

Written by Alexandra Gatto, A proposed regulation establishing a European Border and Coast Guard Agency (the Agency) is expected to be submitted to the European Parliament for a vote at first reading during the July plenary, and subsequently to the Council for adoption. The text agreed in trilogue negotiations between the two institutions expands the … Continue reading

Facing change – June II Plenary Session

Written by Clare Ferguson, To paraphrase Benjamin Disraeli, change is constant and inevitable, and necessary for society’s progression. This session Parliament will consider several issues in fast-moving policy areas, where change is being driven by new technologies, by climate change and by the pressure for democratic change. Following a formal sitting addressed by Reuven Rivlin, … Continue reading

Nuclear, new technology and the space race: June Plenary Session

Written by Clare Ferguson, Access to space is becoming ever cheaper and easier, which makes it ideal timing for the European Union to renew efforts to build a European space policy. Space capabilities now number an array of practical applications, such as weather and natural disaster forecasting, and defence capabilities, however, to date, Europe’s space … Continue reading

Safety of nuclear installations in Belarus [Plenary Podcast]

Written by Naja Bentzen, Thirty years after the Chernobyl accident in neighbouring Ukraine, Belarus is building its first nuclear power plant (NPP). The first unit is set to become operational in 2018 with Russian assistance. However, as the project advances, safety concerns are mounting. Belarus to realise nuclear power aspirations with help from Russia The … Continue reading

EU space policy: Industry, security and defence [Plenary Podcast]

Written by Vincent Reillon and Patryk Pawlak, Autonomous space capabilities play a key role for in enhancing situational awareness, response to complex crises (natural disasters), management of natural resources (water, forests), delivery of services (health, energy, transport, communication, weather forecasting), and national security. With an increasing number of countries gaining access to outer space, the … Continue reading

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