EP Plenary Session

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What if your shopping were delivered by drones? [Science and Technology Podcast]

Updated on 02 June 2016 Written by Lieve Van Woensel and Guillermo Garrido-Lestache, With the proliferation of drones and their capacity to increase the efficiency and precision of multiple tasks, in what ways could they become a driving force for the European economy and society? Known as Remotely Piloted Air Systems (RPAS) or Unmanned Aerial … Continue reading

Single-minded about the Single Market – May II Plenary Session

Written by Clare Ferguson, The second plenary session in May will open on Wednesday afternoon with an address by His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, currently holders of the presidency of the Council of the European Union. One of the EU’s highest priorities is the completion of the Single Market, and the main focus … Continue reading

Parental Leave Directive: Towards a revision? [Plenary podcast]

Written by Monika Kiss, In the European Union, parental leave is regulated by a 1996 Directive, last amended in 2013. The implementation of this Directive varies greatly among Member States and parental leave overlaps other types of leaves granted to families. The European Parliament is expected to call for an evaluation of its implementation and … Continue reading

World Humanitarian Summit 2016 [Plenary podcast]

Written by Marta Latek, The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), on 23 and 24 May 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey, will bring together a panoply of representatives of world governments, business, and civil society, in order to find a way to improve humanitarian responses to increasingly challenging conditions. The May plenary is due to hear from … Continue reading

Getting ready for the World Humanitarian Summit: May Plenary Session

Written by Clare Ferguson, The first World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, takes place in a globalised world where record numbers of people – over 89.3 million people in 37 countries – are displaced by conflict, poverty or climate change. The post-World War 2 humanitarian system is struggling to cope, with funding and political concerns seemingly … Continue reading

Financial accountability & Railway operability: April Plenary Session

Written by Clare Ferguson, Following the first item on the agenda (the 2014 annual report of the European Investment Bank, in the presence of Werner Hoyer, the bank’s President), Members will debate a massive 53 reports regarding the discharge procedure for the EU’s annual budget for 2014. This procedure allows for political scrutiny of the … Continue reading

EU action in a globalised world: April plenary session

Written by Clare Ferguson, The key debate on Parliament’s agenda for this Strasbourg session week (Wednesday) will be the Conclusions of the European Council meeting of 17-18 March 2016 and the outcome of the EU-Turkey summit – obviously linked to the migration situation in the Mediterranean. Conscious of the urgent need for a holistic EU … Continue reading

Renewing authorisation for glyphosate

Written by Didier Bourguignon, A scientific controversy has recently erupted over diverging assessments of the carcinogenicity of glyphosate, one of the world’s most widely used active substances in herbicides. Against this backdrop, the European Commission has proposed to renew the authorisation of glyphosate for 15 years. A motion for a resolution adopted by the ENVI Committee … Continue reading

Making the EU better together: March Strasbourg Plenary Agenda

Written by Clare Ferguson, Improving the economy: The European Parliament is consistent in its support for higher social standards in Europe. In the current climate of crisis on many fronts, the call for an alternative to austerity as a cure for the fragile economy is growing louder. Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has stated an ambition that … Continue reading

In it together – jobs and growth: February Brussels Plenary Agenda

Written by Clare Ferguson, The EU is committed to supporting democracy in Tunisia and helping the country to counter the political, security and economic issues it currently faces. With solidarity in mind, negotiations began last October on a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement. The agreement will extend the current cooperation with Tunisia, which was … Continue reading

Nigeria: democratic and economic progress among growing challenges

Written by Ionel Zamfir, Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, its largest economy and a major regional actor, is continuing its democratic progress started in 1999. But numerous security threats and social problems, combined with an unfavourable economic context, are putting this young, dynamic and highly diverse nation under increasing pressure. The Spring 2015 elections followed … Continue reading

Back on the agenda: it’s the economy – February Strasbourg Plenary Agenda

Written by Clare Ferguson, The Strasbourg week begins with an emphasis on trade and the economy, with a visit on Monday by Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank. Draghi will be in the Parliament for the presentation of the Economic Affairs Committee report on the ECB’s annual report for 2014. The report describes the … Continue reading

New Year Resolutions, Reviews and Regulations: January Plenary Agenda

Written by Clare Ferguson, Members of the European Parliament will be back in the debating chamber in Strasbourg on Monday, 18 January 2016, with a full agenda of legislative proposals, reviews and situational oversight before them. Monday Following a discussion on the Annual Report on EU Competition Policy, Members will begin the session by considering the stocks … Continue reading

Peace and goodwill and human rights to all men.., and women, and children

Written by Clare Ferguson, The annual Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought will be formally awarded to Saudi Arabian national Raif Badawi during the 14-17 December Plenary Session of the European Parliament, bringing a fitting end to a year in which global human rights have been severely tested. Human rights are a key priority for the European Parliament, … Continue reading

Working for a better world

Written by Clare Ferguson While all eyes are on rescuing the climate from a consumer-driven catastrophe, the European Parliament sits in plenary this week to discuss a variety of ways in which life in Europe could be made more sustainable – that is making the Union, and the wider world, more equal, fair and liveable … Continue reading

A Sombre Plenary Session

Written by Clare Ferguson Members of the European Parliament will gather in Strasbourg from 23 to 26 November 2015 for the penultimate full plenary session of the year, against the sombre background of the security situation and the ongoing crises affecting Europe, Europeans, and those fleeing to European territories. The key debate, scheduled for Wednesday morning, will … Continue reading

Interoperability for a modern public sector

Written by Ron Davies, The electronic services of European public administrations need to interoperate to support citizens and businesses studying or working in other Member States, as well as to reduce costs and realise efficiencies for governments. A renewed EU programme for 2016-2020 proposes to continue support for interoperable e-government services, emphasising open data and … Continue reading

Back to economic issues

Written by Clare Ferguson Parliament’s next plenary session in Strasbourg, from 26-29 October 2015 will open with a joint debate on Monday evening linked to the Commission’s tax transparency package. The recent public scandals concerning controversial corporate tax practices have prompted the Commission to propose three measures in a tax transparency package: a proposal on mandatory automatic … Continue reading

The Franco-German relationship in the European Union: A short overview

Written by Eva-Maria Poptcheva, With Franco-German relations following the Second World War being at the very origins of the European Union, their bilateral cooperation has often been seen as the ‘engine’ of EU integration. Regular bilateral cooperation between the two countries was institutionalised with the 1963 Elysée Treaty and culminated in joint cabinet meetings and … Continue reading

The King, the President and the Chancellor

Written by Clare Ferguson Some very important people will address the European Parliament during its next plenary session from 5-8 October 2015. A formal sitting on Wednesday marks the official visit to Parliament by Spain’s King Felipe. As an official guest, he will address Parliament from a special rostrum. Parliament also welcomes Chancellor Angela Merkel … Continue reading

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