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European Parliament resolution on recognition of Palestine statehood

European Parliament resolution on recognition of Palestine statehood

The European Parliament supports “in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two state solution, and believes these should go hand in hand with the development of peace talks, which should be advanced”, it said in a resolution passed on Wednesday (17 December). To support EU diplomatic efforts in the Middle East peace process, it […]

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Get connected: Discover the European Parliament on social media

Get connected: Discover the European Parliament on social media

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| December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
Statement from Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos on occasion of International Migrants Day (18 December)

Statement from Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos on occasion of International Migrants Day (18 December)

Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, on the occasion of International Migrants Day'(18 December) made the following statement: “On International Migrants Day, we are reminded that migrants are an important part of our daily lives. Migration has helped us grow stronger economically, culturally and socially. “Legal migrants in the European Union have become […]

| December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
Things we learned in plenary: EU’s 2015 budget, Palestine, CIA torture

Things we learned in plenary: EU’s 2015 budget, Palestine, CIA torture

The last plenary session of 2014 saw the European Parliament adopt a hard-fought compromise on the EU budget. Other topics on the agenda included Palestine statehood, the use of torture by the CIA and media freedom in Turkey. MEPs also reappointed Emily O’Reilly as European Ombudsman until 2019 and awarded the Lux Film Prize to […]

| December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
Two major challenges for Europe: Investment and eastern neighbourhood

Two major challenges for Europe: Investment and eastern neighbourhood

On 18 December, EU leaders focused on Europe’s two most important challenges: boosting investment, and the situation at its eastern borders. European Council Conclusions – 18 December 2014  It was the first European Council chaired by Donald Tusk as president and it followed a shorter format, a ‘one day summit’. It allowed EU leaders to take […]

| December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
European Council 18-19 December 2014

European Council 18-19 December 2014

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| December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
Schulz: ‘Investing is about building bridges to a successful future’

Schulz: ‘Investing is about building bridges to a successful future’

Martin Schulz called on government leaders to back the €315 billion investment plan for the EU and help plug the investment gap with the US and China. Speaking at the opening of the EU summit in Brussels, the European Parliament President said: “The Investment Plan is a strong signal that we are committed to a […]

| December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
European Economic and Social Committee launches third annual online video competition

European Economic and Social Committee launches third annual online video competition

This year’s challenge, organized in partnership with the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, is called Europe in Harmony and is open to amateur video-makers, choirs and singing groups from all 28 member states. Unlike the previous editions of the competition, this year’s EESC video challenge has an additional element to it […]

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
Is politics back in Brussels?

Is politics back in Brussels?

Opinion by Policy Network There is now greater clarity over the EU’s future direction of travel. This week the European commission presented a streamlined work programme for 2015. Eighty pending proposals have been withdrawn, and there will be only 23 new initiatives. The first vice-president of the commission, Frans Timmermans, made clear that this did […]

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
Martin Schulz on conclusion of Association Agreement between European Union and Republic of Georgia

Martin Schulz on conclusion of Association Agreement between European Union and Republic of Georgia

“I warmly welcome today’s (18 December) conclusion of the Association Agreement between the Republic of Georgia and the European Union. I would like to congratulate the people of Georgia on what is nothing less than a historic moment in the relationship between the EU and Georgia. “The conclusion of the agreement was supported by an […]

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
Downward trend in bank robberies continues

Downward trend in bank robberies continues

The number of bank robberies in Europe continues to decline according to data collected by the European Banking Federation. A total of 2,347 bank robberies were reported by the 32 countries that are represented in the EBF over 2013, 11% less than a year earlier. A total of 175 attacks on cash-in-transit were registered, down […]

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
‘We need an ambitious review of the EU waste targets – and we need it soon’

‘We need an ambitious review of the EU waste targets – and we need it soon’

“The time has come to turn waste into a useful resource by increasing the re-use, repairing, refurbishing and recycling of materials and products,” Mayor of Cumpăna (PES/RO) Mariana Gâju (pictured) has said. She urged an ambitious review of EU  waste targets and called on the European Commission to explain how yesterday’s (17 December) announcement to […]

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
EUA statement on European Commission’s EU Investment Plan

EUA statement on European Commission’s EU Investment Plan

On 26 November, the European Commission presented details of a new Investment Plan, which it said aimed: “to get Europe growing again and get more people back to work”. Following the EC announcement and the report of the EU Task Force on Investment published on 9 December, the European University Association (EUA) has today published […]

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
Impact of TTIP on regions and cities must be clarified and better taken into account within negotiations

Impact of TTIP on regions and cities must be clarified and better taken into account within negotiations

A draft opinion on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) adopted on 17 December by the Committee of the Regions’ Commission for Economic and Social Policy (ECOS), warns that the trade agreement’s impact on local and regional authorities has not been sufficiently clarified, especially with regards to public procurement and public services.     Regions and […]

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
EU structural fund investments worth €820.2 million for Irish regions with special boost for small businesses

EU structural fund investments worth €820.2 million for Irish regions with special boost for small businesses

The European Commission has today (18 December) adopted the 2014‑2020 ‘Operational Programmes’ for the southern and eastern regions, worth €498.2 million – with €249.1m coming from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and for the border, Midlands and West worth €320.2m – with €160.1m coming from the ERDF. The investments will benefit small and medium-sized […]

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

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