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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to address European Parliament

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to address European Parliament

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will attend tomorrow (8 July) morning’s key plenary debate on the fate of Greece and the conclusions of his summit meeting on Tuesday with EU leaders and of the 25-26 June European Council. Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will join the debate, which starts at […]

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Parliament approves extra €69.6 million to help cope with migrants

Parliament approves extra €69.6 million to help cope with migrants

Three agencies managing migration flows into the EU and two EU funds for migration measures should get a €69.6 million budget boost for extra staff and other expenses for this year, after Parliament backed a European Commission proposal on Tuesday (7 July). Parliament has been calling for the bigger budgets in the wake of the […]

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EU response to Greece dominates debate on outgoing Latvian presidency

EU response to Greece dominates debate on outgoing Latvian presidency

Greece and the referendum on the bail-out proposals were the focus of the 7 July plenary debate on the outgoing Latvian presidency of the Council. Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma also discussed the challenges and the achievements of the outgoing Council presidency with MEPs and Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission. Latvian Prime Minister […]

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Circular economy: The importance of re-using products and materials

Circular economy: The importance of re-using products and materials

The average European consumes 14 tonnes of raw materials and generates five tonnes of waste a year. These figures look alarming considering our resources are limited, but there might be a solution. Many products and materials can be reused or repaired, thus reducing waste. On Monday (6 July) MEPs debated a report that called on […]

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Former head of Israel’s Shin Bet becomes new chairman of delegation for relations with the European Parliament

Former head of Israel’s Shin Bet becomes new chairman of delegation for relations with the European Parliament

By Yossi Lempkowicz, Europe Israel Press Association (EIPA) A former head of Israel’s General Security Services(Shin Bet), Yaakov Peri (pictured), has become the new chairman of the Knesset delegation for relations with the European Parliament. A member of Israel’s parliament for the Yesh Atid centrist party, 71-year-old Peri joined this party prior to the 2013 elections. […]

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Bernd Lange on TTIP: ‘We have to be transparent’

Bernd Lange on TTIP: ‘We have to be transparent’

Bernd Lange Parliament is finalizing its recommendations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). They will be debated by MEPs on Tuesday (7 July) and voted on Wednesday. The vote on the European Parliament recommendations was postponed in June due to the large number of amendments. Now it seems a compromise could be possible. […]

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ETS reform: Everything you need to know in a nutshell

ETS reform: Everything you need to know in a nutshell

The Parliament is working on making the EU’s emissions trading scheme more efficient © BELGA_AGEFOTOSTOCK The EU’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) was set up to reduce gas emissions and fight climate change, but it is not working as efficiently as it could be. MEPs discuss on 7 July an informal deal with member states to […]

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