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Commission publishes spring European Economic Forecast 2015

Commission publishes spring European Economic Forecast 2015

On 5 May 2015, the European Commission will publish its spring European Economic Forecast. It will cover 2014, 2015 and 2016 and will include data on Gross Domestic Product (GDP), inflation, employment, budget deficits and public debt, amongst others. This forecast focuses on all 28 EU member states, plus the candidate countries as well as […]

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Indonesia’s executions: MEPs call for immediate moratorium on death penalty

Indonesia’s executions: MEPs call for immediate moratorium on death penalty

Members of all European Parliament political groups condemned the recent execution of eight people in Indonesia, and called for an immediate moratorium on the death penalty there. In a debate on Thursday with International Cooperation Commissioner Neven Mimica, MEPs stressed that even though they respect Indonesia’s sovereignty and its fight against drug trafficking, the death […]

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Human rights: Yarmouk refugee camp, activists in Algeria and Nadiya Savchenko

Human rights: Yarmouk refugee camp, activists in Algeria and Nadiya Savchenko

Parliament condemned IS/Daesh terror attacks on the Palestinian refugee camp in Yarmouk, Syria, the harassment of labour and human rights activists in Algeria and the illegal detention of Ukrainian pilot and MP Nadiya Savchenko (pictured) in Russia, in three resolutions voted on 30 April. Terror attacks on Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria MEPs condemn the […]

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European Parliament’s upcoming ‘conflict minerals’ vote: More comprehensive responsible sourcing requirement needed to meet demands of 140 church leaders

European Parliament’s upcoming ‘conflict minerals’ vote: More comprehensive responsible sourcing requirement needed to meet demands of 140 church leaders

The regulation as voted by the INTA committee could still allow conflict minerals to enter electronic devices sold in Europe. The plenary vote in May must improve this, says Mgr Ambongo from DRC. On Tuesday 19 May 2015, the European Parliament will vote in plenary session on the regulation on responsible mineral sourcing (the so-called […]

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Mightier than the sword: Sakharov Prize laureates discuss importance of press freedom

Mightier than the sword: Sakharov Prize laureates discuss importance of press freedom

The cartoon shows a child drawing the future in the form of a new house with the sun shining on the ruins of the devastation and destruction caused by oppression in all its forms © علي Ali Ferzat The European Parliament has awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to several journalists and advocates […]

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European Parliament this week (4-8 May 2015): Undeclared work, Crimea, digital single market

European Parliament this week (4-8 May 2015): Undeclared work, Crimea, digital single market

MEPs vote this week (4-8 May) on proposals to clamp down on undeclared work and a resolution on the military situation in the Black Sea. The tax rulings committee debates the recently launched investigations on state aid being given by a number of member states, while the industry, research and energy committee discusses the EU’s […]

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Things we learned in plenary: Migration, plastic bags, road safety, alcohol

Things we learned in plenary: Migration, plastic bags, road safety, alcohol

MEPs called for more measures to prevent the loss of migrant lives in the Mediterranean, including more funding for search and rescue missions, during the plenary session on 27-30 April. They also voted in favour of phasing out plastic bags in the EU and installing emergency call devices in new car models, while calling for […]

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