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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

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

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