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Juncker statement on EU free movement of people puts Cameron between rock and hard place

Juncker statement on EU free movement of people puts Cameron between rock and hard place

Opinion by Denis MacShane Any hopes that David Cameron might have that the new centre right dominated European Commission would help him on the question of EU citizens living and working in Britain evaporated when the new European Commission president Jean Claude Juncker said he “would not compromise on free movement of people as a […]

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Plea against UK tear gas exports to Hong Kong delivered in European Parliament

Plea against UK tear gas exports to Hong Kong delivered in European Parliament

A personal testimony that tear gas and pepper spray exported from Britain have been used against democracy protesters in Hong Kong, has been delivered in the European Parliament today (22 October). Labour Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Richard Howitt MEP related how student protester Kristine Chan had told him today the umbrella was not simply a symbol […]

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Schulz on election of Juncker Commission

Schulz on election of Juncker Commission

Commenting on today’s (22 October) positive vote for the Juncker Commission, European Parliament President Martin Schulz said: “The new European Commission starts under the right auspices. Its President benefits from the strongest possible legitimacy. Today his team has received backing from a very large majority of the Parliament, and his own nomination is the direct […]

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Israel, Palestinians set to resume Gaza talks in Cairo next week

Israel, Palestinians set to resume Gaza talks in Cairo next week

Israel and a Palestinian delegation are expected to resume talks in Cairo next week over a long-term Gaza ceasefire, after Egypt reportedly extended invitations. Egyptian-brokered open-ended truce on 26 August, which put an end to Israel’s 50-day Operation Protective Edge against Hamas in Gaza has held firm. However, the terms stipulated that Israel and Hamas, […]

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
OCEANA alerts that EU is turning blind eye to swordfish overfishing

OCEANA alerts that EU is turning blind eye to swordfish overfishing

OCEANA, the international marine conservation organization, has sounded the alarm today on the European Union’s reluctance to take measures for the recovery of Mediterranean swordfish. According to an assessment carried out by scientists earlier this year, the stock is overfished; it has declined steeply since the 1980s, falling to levels that are currently 70% lower […]

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Juncker statement on EU free movement of people puts Cameron between rock and hard place

Juncker statement on EU free movement of people puts Cameron between rock and hard place

Opinion by Denis MacShane Any hopes that David Cameron might have that the new centre right dominated European Commission would help him on the question of EU citizens living and working in Britain evaporated when the new European Commission president Jean Claude Juncker said he “would not compromise on free movement of people as a […]

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Juncker pledges investment plan for jobs

Juncker pledges investment plan for jobs

The incoming head of the EU executive, Jean-Claude Juncker, told the European Parliament on Wednesday (22 October) that he would present his €300 billion plan for investment to bolster growth and jobs by the end of this year. Switching significantly to German during a keynote address ahead of a parliamentary vote to endorse his new […]

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
European Parliament elects new European Commission

European Parliament elects new European Commission

MEPs approved the new college of 27 Commissioners, as presented by its President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday morning (22 October), with 423 votes in favour, 209 against and 67 abstentions. The new Commission now needs to be formally appointed by EU heads of state or government to enable it to take up duty on 1 […]

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
European Parliament votes on new European Commission

European Parliament votes on new European Commission

MEPs decide today (22 October) whether to approve the new European Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker. In a debate before the vote, they can also say what they think about Juncker’s plans as Commission president for the next five years. As part of European Commission election process, all candidate commissioners were questioned by MEPs to […]

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Fundamental rights and forced returns of migrants: Ombudsman opens investigation

Fundamental rights and forced returns of migrants: Ombudsman opens investigation

The European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, has opened an investigation into how Frontex ensures the respect of fundamental rights of migrants who are subject to forced returns from the EU to their countries of origin. The EU agency, based in Warsaw, co-ordinates and finances joint return operations (JROs) in co-operation with member states. The Ombudsman sent […]

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Denis Mukwege: Winner of Sakharov Prize 2014

Denis Mukwege: Winner of Sakharov Prize 2014

Denis Mukwege is the laureate of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought 2014, following the decision by European Parliament President Martin Schulz and the political group leaders on 21 October. Mukwege will be invited to Strasbourg on 26 November to receive the award during the plenary session.Announcing Mukwege as the 2014 laureate, President Schulz […]

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
#EER2016: Search for Europe’s most entrepreneurial city or region begins

#EER2016: Search for Europe’s most entrepreneurial city or region begins

The Committee of the Regions (CoR) has launched the 2016 edition of the European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) Award. Any EU region or city, regardless of their size or wealth, with outstanding, future-oriented entrepreneurial strategies can apply until 16 March 2015. The most successful, forward-looking and promising strategies will be rewarded and monitored over the coming […]

| October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
European climate and energy policy ‘risks being undone’ say Greens

European climate and energy policy ‘risks being undone’ say Greens

The European Parliament will today (21 October) debate this week’s EU summit, at which EU climate and energy policy to 2030 will top the agenda. Commenting in the context of the debate, Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms said: “There is a real risk that this week’s summit could undo EU climate and energy policy if EU […]

| October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
MEPs defend under-fire Sakharov Prize 2014

MEPs defend under-fire Sakharov Prize 2014

MEPs have leapt to the defence of the European Parliament´s under-fire Sakharov Prize, awarded annually for human rights. This year’s award has been heavily criticized following the GUE group withdrawing its candidate, after it emerged he had made racist comments. Further controversy followed over the shortlisting of human rights activist Leyla Yunus who faces serious […]

| October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

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