European Parliament

Calls for an EU internal market on energy

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Ahead of the European Union summit for March 8-9, some European Parliament lawmakers are calling for a renewed focus on the bloc’s Lisbon Strategy to create an internal market for energy.MEP Alexander Graf Lambsdorff...

The time for action in Darfur is now

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For months now, the international community has postured, posed and made diplomatic calls for intervention that would stop the brutality and slaughter in Darfur, Western Sudan. Before Christmas, it looked as if it might...

European lawmakers back plan to expand Wifi

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The growth of “wireless fidelity,” or Wifi, systems in everything from televisions to computer games to mobile phones has caught the eye of the European Parliament too, where lawmakers are looking at proposals that...

Is it Euratom’s time to be decommissioned too?

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While the 50th anniversary of the Rome Treaty establishing the European Economic Community is receiving much attention this year - 1957 also saw the signature of the Euratom Treaty covering nuclear energy. And while...

The critical difference between the UK and the European Union

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Not many people know of Vladimir Bukovsky. Born in Russia, he spent all his youth and half his adult life fighting the Soviet regime. His highly visible, courageous, and foolhardy opposition was punctuated with...

The flap over CIA flights in Europe isn’t over for some MEPs

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A European Parliament report claiming that the CIA made 1,245 flights into European Union countries, sometimes while carrying suspected terrorists, and that temporary detention facilities may have been located at American military bases in...

European Parliament eases EU-Russia travel

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The European Parliament on February 15 adopted two reports on facilitating the movement of people between Russia and the EU. This is the first serious attempt to put flesh on the agreement reached by...

Parliament not His Master’s Voice

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The days when the European Union succumbed to pressures from across the Atlantic, but also when the Parliament played second fiddle to the Commission and the Council seem to be long gone. This Parliament...

European Parliament approves aid but subject to conditions

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The European Parliament in Strasbourg on February 14 adopted the Commission proposal to the Council with several amendments to grant 45 million Euro in exceptional macro-financial aid to Moldova, one of Europe’s poorest countries,...

MEPs back Iranian resistance movement to democratic solution

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A group of Members of the European Parliament met with the Iranian resistance movement in Strasbourg on February 14 to discuss plans to change Iran from within.As the situation in Iraq deteriorates, the prospect...

Confiscating duty-free goods at airports worries

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Confiscation of massive volumes of duty free goods at EU airports is feeding Euroscepticism could spell disaster for some businesses, especially those such as Aer Rianta shopping and Irish whiskey producers, Irish Member of...

Europe’s waste is growing faster than the economy

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The average citizen in the European Union produces on average daily 500 kilogrammes of waste a year, and the amount is growing faster than the EU’s economy, but how to deal with it, from...

Reform of wine industry to protect vineyards

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Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from all sides have backed a report that aims to protect the historical and cultural position of European wine production. The report also called for cautious reform of...

More tough talk on Darfur, but no action

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The European Parliament, growing increasingly alarmed about the ongoing killings and increasing number of refugees in the Darfur region of Sudan, voted for a resolution on February 14 which calls on the international community...

Let consumers decide on roaming charges

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With the battle still raging over what many European lawmakers feel are unfair and exorbitant roaming charges imposed by cell phone companies, a report pending in the European Parliament seeks to clamp down on...

More to fighting terrorism than banning liquids

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How to approach the war on terror and maintain security while allowing airline passengers a modicum of freedom while traveling brought great debate to the European Parliament.The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats group (ALDE)...

Lawmakers look at tackling illegal fishing

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The European Union is the world’s largest market for fish and a major fishing power, surpassing even that of the famed New England fishermen who scour George’s Bank, but that means protecting the industry,...

Turkish women have social, economic and political rights too

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The European Union has an outspoken commitment to gender equality. A variety of initiatives have been taken in terms of policies and legislations to make the gender equality principle an EU priority. Gender equality...

Taking of environmental crime means sanctions

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The EU needs tough measures to tackle environmental crime, a group of European lawmakers said, in supporting a proposal by the European Commission, which recommends minimum and maximum penalties.MEP Graham Watson of the United...

“In 50 years we will need a 2nd planet”

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The European Parliament has jointed the growing chorus of complainants that global warming could, in a nightmare worst-case scenario, doom the planet, and wants to find ways to do something about it. Lawmakers heard...

EU lawmakers face shortage of “substantial” legislation

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While housing the largest number of deputies ever, the law-making European Parliament this year is likely to be short on big legislative projects, according to leading Euro MPs. As the European Commission, the bloc’s...

Euro lawmakers call for football safeguards

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A report to be presented to the European Parliament in Strasbourg this week urges Europe-wide action to safeguard the future of European football - including the possible setting up of an EU independent supervisory body - with Socialist...

To the rescue in the fight against obesity

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The European Parliament has adopted, by a large majority, a report by MEP Frederique Ries of Belgium on the risks of obesity in Europe. She said that gave unambiguous support to the European Commission...

EU lawmakers want worldwide ban on death penalty

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Ratcheting up European Union efforts to ban the death penalty worldwide, EU lawmakers on February 1 called for immediate action to secure international support for the bid. A universal moratorium aimed at abolishing the...

Pakistani PM sees improved atmosphere with India

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The Prime Minister of Pakistan Shaukat Aziz said on February 1 that the composite dialogue with India is making progress. “A combination of efforts is improving the atmosphere. We have to move forward,” said...

European lawmakers say Commission car emission plan fails

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A watered-down European Commission directive on fuel quality aimed at controlling carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from cars can not work because it doesn’t go far enough in reducing the gases, a group of European...

New waste legislation must improve environment

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Thanks to waste policy in Europe, a great deal has been achieved over the past 30 years. Many harmful substances have been eliminated from products and therefore no longer end up in waste. More...

Calls for a ban on trans-fat foods

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MEP Jim Higgins of Ireland is calling on the European Commission and Council to increase awareness of the what he said are the dangers of trans-fatty acids, by introducing a mandatory labelling system and...

Education discriminates against women and girls

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“Education and training of girls and women is a human right and an essential element for the full enjoyment of all other social, economic, cultural and political rights,” Parliament said last week in a...

European Parliament report criticises Iranian school curriculum

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The Iranian school system came under a scathing attack January 30 in a report “The Attitudes to ‘The Other’ and to Peace in Iranian School Books and Teacher’s Guides,” presentation at the European Parliament.Dr....

Inspiration for INSPIRE,help coming for the environment

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It felt like a real challenge when I was appointed as the rapporteur for the INSPIRE (Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the Community) directive in September 2004. It was my first report in the...

The Greens go after the food or fuels debate

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 The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament last week launched the second phase of its “Food Culture” campaign, with one of the main focuses being to highlight what it said were the dangers posed...

EU Socialists welcome links with Indian Congress

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The leader of the Socialist Group (PES) in the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, on February 1 welcomed moves to improve cooperation between the Socialist International and the Indian Congress Party. The day before, Schulz...

Fight looms over banning seal fur trade

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The European Commission has turned down an appeal by the European Parliament to ban seal products in the European Union, spurring a possible battle with lawmakers. A parliament declaration in September, 2006, adopted by...

Iran’s Textbook: Curriculum for War & Martyrdom

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It is a little known fact that as Iran continues its pursuit of nuclear weapons in defiance of the international community, its school system is implanting another powerful weapon against the West through the...

Completing the reunification of Europe

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The next round of enlargement has increased again the number of countries in the European Union from the original founding six to 27, with the accession of Bulgaria and Romania on January 1. Such...

Parliament uncovers CIA flights

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European Parliament, the only elected body of the European Union last week lambasted Secretary General of European Council comprising of representatives of national governments for not co-operating fully with the year long investigation into...