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Conall Devaney

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European Parliament plenary session, 28 January 2015

Written by Conall Devaney On Wednesday 28 January MEPs will meet in plenary session in Brussels. The recent terrorist attacks in Paris, in which 17 people were killed, continue to cast a shadow over much of the political debate in Europe and the European Commission will use the session to make a statement on anti-terrorism … Continue reading

Changes to the ECB’s voting rules

Written by Conall Devaney and Aidan Christie With Lithuania joining the euro area on 1 January 2015, the total number of states using the single currency reaches 19, consequently bringing about significant changes in the decision-making structures of the European Central Bank (ECB). In particular, there is a new rotation system for the votes of … Continue reading

Getting Members up to speed before plenary sessions

Written by Conall Devaney Every month, ahead of the European Parliament’s plenary sessions in Strasbourg, we publish a set of ‘At a glance’ notes, one-page round-ups covering many of the key issues that will be up for discussion when MEPs come together in the Alsatian capital. The aim is to provide Members with a set … Continue reading

LUX Prize increases audience for European films

Written by Conall Devaney The LUX Prize 2014 was today awarded to ‘Ida’ directed by Paweł Pawlikowski, succeeding last year’s winner, ‘The Broken Circle Breakdown’ by Felix van Groeningen. The vote among MEPs between the three shortlisted films concluded yesterday, with the prize awarded during the European Parliament’s monthly plenary session in Strasbourg. The LUX … Continue reading

December’s plenary session

Written by Conall Devaney The European Parliament’s final 2014 plenary session takes place between 15 and 18 December in Strasbourg. Although legislative business is not yet in full swing as the new Commission finds its feet, the European Parliamentary Research Service has prepared notes for Members on a number of items on the agenda. On … Continue reading

Changed rules for qualified majority voting in the Council of the EU

Written by Eva-Maria Poptcheva and Conall Devaney From 1 November 2014, decisions in the Council of the EU (Council of Ministers) requiring a ‘qualified majority’ are adopted by means of the new ‘double majority’. The change lowers the threshold required for adoption by Council, and is intended to increase the speed and efficiency of Council … Continue reading

Universal Children’s Day 2014

Written by Conall Devaney 20 November 2014 is Universal Children’s Day. This annual event is promoted by the United Nations, with member countries encouraged to raise awareness of issues which specifically effect children such as potential infringements on their basic rights, access (or lack of) to education and both the physical and psychological abuse which many … Continue reading

The European Union and Northern Ireland

Written by Conall Devaney and Aidan Christie The European Union has played a key role in assisting Northern Ireland’s recovery from decades of conflict and division. The political support of the Commission, and the channelling of EU funds to Northern Ireland, has helped pave the way for several key projects aimed at improving cross-community cooperation … Continue reading

The New European Commission – ready to take office on 1 November

Written by Conall Devaney On Wednesday 22 October the European Parliament formally endorsed the new Commission proposed by Jean-Claude Juncker, President-elect of the Commission, for the period 2014-19. There had been growing doubt some 10 days before that as to whether or not the new Commission would be able to begin work on 1 November … Continue reading

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