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Kazakhstan: Anticipating Expo-2017

Kazakhstan: Anticipating Expo-2017

Kazakhstan is busy with preparations for ‘Expo-2017′. Astana – the new capital of Kazakhstan – has grown into a successful host of international forums. With its vibrant energy of a young state, neutral status and a climate of religious tolerance, it has attracted the representatives of states with varied religious and cultural backgrounds, which was one […]

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Maritime transport: Commission clarifies EU rules on cabotage and reports on developments in sector

Maritime transport: Commission clarifies EU rules on cabotage and reports on developments in sector

The European Commission has given new guidance on the interpretation of the regulation to provide cabotage within a member state1, thus providing an internal market for the provision of maritime transport services. With the new guidance competent authorities will have more legal certainty when awarding public service contracts and imposing public service obligations. Shipowners will […]

Opening up education: Vassiliou welcomes ‘Opening up Slovenia’ initiative

Opening up education: Vassiliou welcomes ‘Opening up Slovenia’ initiative

Europe’s schools and universities risk losing ground against their international counterparts if they fail to make the most of the digital revolution. This will be one of the themes addressed at an event promoting ‘open courseware’ – free-to-use educational material for teachers – in Ljubljana on 23 April. Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth Commissioner Androulla […]

New EU support for renewable energy and fighting climate change in the Pacific

New EU support for renewable energy and fighting climate change in the Pacific

Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs and New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully will undertake a joint mission to the Pacific on 23-27 April to further strengthen development co-operation in that region. The visit will focus above all on renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, several of them co-financed by New Zealand and the EU in Samoa, […]

‘Let’s Clean Up Europe!’ on 10 May

‘Let’s Clean Up Europe!’ on 10 May

Every year, millions of tonnes of litter end up in Europe’s streets, oceans, beaches, forests and natural areas. And every year millions of Europeans get out in their neighborhoods to clean up in voluntary actions. ‘Let’s Clean up Europe!’ is an initiative that aims to encourage more such actions, to raise awareness about the scale […]

Ombudsman calls on member states to back EU Transparency Register

Ombudsman calls on member states to back EU Transparency Register

European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has called on the Council of the European Union to participate in the Transparency Register of EU interest representatives. She also encouraged the European Commission to follow the European Parliament’s example of introducing much stronger incentives for lobbyists to register. This follows the 15 April vote on a revised Transparency Register […]

Dynamic tool for direct democracy in EU: Learning from first two years of European Citizens’ Initiative

Dynamic tool for direct democracy in EU: Learning from first two years of European Citizens’ Initiative

An overwhelming number of European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) campaigners and stakeholders from various institutions and organizations met at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) to discuss the lessons learned so far and to draw up a list of recommendations to make this instrument for direct democracy more effective and user-friendly. ECI Day 2014, the […]

Antitrust: Commission welcomes Parliament vote to facilitate damages claims by victims of antitrust violations

Antitrust: Commission welcomes Parliament vote to facilitate damages claims by victims of antitrust violations

The European Parliament has approved a proposal for a Directive which will help citizens and companies claim damages if they are victims of infringements of the EU antitrust rules, such as cartels and abuses of dominant market positions. The Directive is based on a proposal by the Commission of June 2013 (see IP/13/525 and MEMO/13/531), […]

At end of seventh legislature: Presidential debate, election night, constitution of groups, constitution of new Parliament

At end of seventh legislature: Presidential debate, election night, constitution of groups, constitution of new Parliament

The end of the European Parliament’s seventh term will be followed by a presidential debate, election night, the formation of new political groups and the constitution of the new Parliament. The European Parliament has completed the final session of its seventh term, passing 70 acts. Over the past five years, Parliament adopted 970 legislative acts. […]

Ukraine prime minister vows to punish people behind fliers ordering Jews to register

Ukraine prime minister vows to punish people behind fliers ordering Jews to register

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said on 20 April that he’s going to find and punish “the bastards” distributing leaflets ordering Jews in eastern Ukraine to register with pro-Russian separatists. “I made a clear statement and urged Ukrainian military and security forces and Ukrainian Department of Homeland Security urgently to find these bastards and to […]

Ukraine: Geneva halt for Easter

Ukraine: Geneva halt for Easter

The call to all sides to refrain from provocation and violence came as the major conclusion of this week’s Geneva talks between US, Russia, European Union and Ukraine foreign ministers. With the signature on the final document, Ukrainian citizens observed the creation of a second major international declaration, destined to resolve the profound crisis of Ukrainian […]

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DVD Movie Review: Freaks (1932)

DVD Movie Review: Freaks (1932)

‘We accept her, one of us!’ This was the film that virtually ended the career of Tod Browning, the director of Dracula (1931) – he only made four more films after this, his last in 1939, with his longstanding career as silent actor and silent/talkies director having been effectively derailed by the controversy his film […]

Ukraine: MEPs call for EU sanctions against Russian energy firms

Ukraine: MEPs call for EU sanctions against Russian energy firms

The EU must step up sanctions targeting individual Russians and be ready to impose economic sanctions on Russia immediately, MEPs said in a vote on 17 April. They also called for EU measures against Russian firms and their subsidiaries, especially in the energy sector, and Russia’s EU assets, against a background of violence designed to […]

Statement by President Barroso on passing away of Gabriel García Márquez

Statement by President Barroso on passing away of Gabriel García Márquez

“It is with great sadness that I have learned of the passing away of Gabriel García Márquez. “Gabriel García Márquez was a voice of Latin America who became a voice of our world. His imagination has made us richer, and his passing away makes us poorer. His work will endure. “I present my sincere condolences […]

Human rights: North Korea; persecution in Pakistan; vulnerable groups in Syria

Human rights: North Korea; persecution in Pakistan; vulnerable groups in Syria

The European Parliament passed three resolutions on 17 April, supporting the recommendations of the UN Commission of Inquiry into human rights violations in North Korea; expressing deep concern at the increase in sectarian violence and religious intolerance in Pakistan; and condemning the recent attacks against religious and ethnic communities and the suffering of women and […]

Things we learned in plenary: Banking union, posted workers, aid for natural disasters

Things we learned in plenary: Banking union, posted workers, aid for natural disasters

A reform of Europe’s banking system, quicker aid for member states hit by natural disasters and stricter checks for workers posted abroad… It might have been the last plenary session before the European elections in May, but MEPs managed to approve many new laws that will benefit Europeans for years to come. Read on for […]

Greens: ‘Geneva talks must be first step to stabilizing Ukraine’

Greens: ‘Geneva talks must be first step to stabilizing Ukraine’

Commenting in the context of the Geneva talks on the situation in Ukraine and following the adoption of a resolution on the situation in Ukraine by the European Parliament, Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms said: “Expectations are low for the Geneva talks but the stakes could not be higher for Ukraine. Everything possible should be done […]

Illegal waste shipments target of new EU rules

Illegal waste shipments target of new EU rules

On 17 April, the European Parliament confirmed a legislative agreement revising EU rules on waste shipments. The Greens welcomed the vote on the legislation, which is being shepherded through Parliament by Green MEP Bart Staes, Parliament’s rapporteur/draftsman. The new rules will strengthen controls on waste shipments. After the vote, Staes said: “The need to tighten […]

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At end of seventh legislature: Presidential debate, election night, constitution of groups, constitution of new Parliament

At end of seventh legislature: Presidential debate, election night, constitution of groups, constitution of new Parliament

The end of the European Parliament’s seventh term will be followed by a presidential debate, election night, the formation of new political groups and the constitution of the new Parliament. The European Parliament has completed the final session of its seventh term, passing 70 acts. Over the past five years, Parliament adopted 970 legislative acts. […]

Illegal waste shipments target of new EU rules

Illegal waste shipments target of new EU rules

On 17 April, the European Parliament confirmed a legislative agreement revising EU rules on waste shipments. The Greens welcomed the vote on the legislation, which is being shepherded through Parliament by Green MEP Bart Staes, Parliament’s rapporteur/draftsman. The new rules will strengthen controls on waste shipments. After the vote, Staes said: “The need to tighten […]

FRONTEX rules an improvement but concerns remain as regards treatment of refugees say Greens

FRONTEX rules an improvement but concerns remain as regards treatment of refugees say Greens

On 16 April, the European Parliament voted to confirm new EU legislation governing sea missions by FRONTEX, the EU’s border management agency. The Greens acknowledged some improvements in the new rules but expressed concern that it will still fail to offer full protection to MEPs. After the vote, Green migration policy spokesperson Ska Keller said: […]

EU law means one million Britons will have right to access basic banking services

EU law means one million Britons will have right to access basic banking services

Labour MEPs will vote tomorrow (16 April) for the European Union to establish a right for EU consumers to open and access a basic payment account. It is estimated more than 58 million individuals (10%) over the age of 18 across the EU do not have access to a bank account. The new law means […]

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