European Parliament

Worries raised over transport supply chain

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Dutch MEP Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, rapporteur on Parliament’s transport committee, has written to Transport Commissioner Jacques Barrot to request withdrawal and reconsideration of a proposal for a regulation on enhancing supply chain security aiming to...

Understanding Iraq requires understanding Iran

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On November the 14th, on the occasion of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly gathering in the city of Quebec, a US Congressman acknowledged to me his bewilderment with what he perceived as a gigantic U-turn...

EU must avoid hypocrisy with Russia

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Signing of a new partnership agreement with Russia is an essential step in our collaboration. It will have an impact on solving the energy problem that is so important for the EU. Moreover, considering...

French Minister Christian Estrosi awarded by RCE in European Parliament

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On December 5, in parallel to the Justice and Home Affaires Council, French Regional Development Minister Christian Estrosi received in Brussels the prestigious “Liberty Prize 2006” from the Rabbinical Centre of Europe (RCE) for his “commitment...

A Totalitarian Veil

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We are still used to the simple and transparent political pattern of the cold war. The enemies were on the other side of the borders and the borders were easy to point out. Behind...

Bush’s admission may help German suing US

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US President George Bush’s acknowledgment that the US set up secret interrogation sites abroad has bolstered the lawsuit of a German who claims the CIA abducted and mistreated him, lawyers said. Lebanese-born Khaled El-Masri...

PMI funds European fight against contraband and counterfeit cigarettes

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On July 9th 2004, Phillip Morris International (PMI) pledged USD 1.25 Billion to the European Commission, to battle contraband and counterfeit cigarettes in the Member States. The way in which this money was to...

Size matters? Globalisation and Discrimination

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When Commission President Barroso proposed the creation of a Fund to combat the so-called “asymmetric effects of globalisation,” he received a positive welcome from the European Council. Member states, the Commission and the European...

Realising the potential of energy research

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Political and economic debate across Europe has recently been focused on energy matters including both energy efficiency and climate change on one side and security of supply and strategic relations with supply countries on...

EU reaches agreement on REACH

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The European commission on December 1 hailed a new deal over a controversial draft law on toxic chemicals, while activists slammed the agreement as a sell-out to the industry. The bill, known as REACH...

The Euratom Programme reaches toward future fusion

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With its own budget of 2700 Million Euro, the Euratom programme is a distinct section of the European research activities in the field of nuclear research and should be considered an extension of the...

Let’s make Europe more competitive in research

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With the final adoption of the 7th Framework Programme in second reading, we have made a big step forward towards the European Research Area and the fulfillment of the Lisbon Agenda. As rapporteur for...

Non-nuclear issues are important to research centre

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As rapporteur on the position on the European Commission’s proposal concerning the non-nuclear actions of the Joint Research Centre under the relevant FP7 Specific Programme, I have to express my satisfaction with the Commission’s...

Parvanova calls for patient and consumer rights

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Bulgarian and Romanian accession to the European Union on January 1, 2007 has gotten the favorable decision of the European Parliament. Even with some critical remarks the achievement made by the two countries were...

Bulgaria earned the right to be a member

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Bulgaria applied to join the EU 11, in 1995, and negotiations were opened five years later. Since those days there have been remarkable changes. On the economic front, GDP has doubled, foreign investment has...

Romania is ready to join the European Union

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The process of Romania’s - and Bulgaria’s - accession has reached its final stage in November, when the European Parliament adopted, by a very large majority, its ultimate report on the accession of Romania,...

Keep children safe while browsing the internet

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Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education and the Council reached an agreement on November 28 to protect children from inappropriate content on the Internet.The group adopted without amendments a second reading report by Marielle...

Doha: a way out of the “silent diplomacy” is needed

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  Three months have elapsed since the sine die suspension of the Doha negotiations, and yet political declarations on the determination of trading partners for resumption have not so far been translated into action. The EU and the...

Iraqi leaders defends “nascent democracy” there

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Barham Salih, Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq, delivered a fairly optimistic account of the current situation in Iraq to Members of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee on November 20. He described Iraq as...

Creation of a Black Sea Community urged

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Concerns about Europe’s energy supply were a key factor in an influential European Parliament committee decision November 22 to support the creation of an EU-Black Sea Community.The Community, designed to renew relations between the...

Mavrommatis wants states to control their own gaming

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Greek MEP Manolis Mavrommatis, during debate on the expansive services directive passed by the European Parliament, argued that the decisions on how to control gaming and sports betting in the European Union should be...

Juncker says Euro area okay, but too many jobless

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Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker gave an upbeat assessment of prospects for the Euro area to the European Parliament on November 22. Speaking to the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, the chairman of the...

Saakashvili warns his problems are also Europe’s

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Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, in addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg, spoke on November 14 not only of his “strategic goal” to join the European Union, but stressed his country’s issues with neighbouring Russia...

Lawmakers come down hard on Israel

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Members of the European Parliament on November 16 voted to back a resolution condemning the recent attacks on Beit Hanoun by Israeli forces, killing Palestinian civilians, and called for a cessation of violence from...

Lawmakers clear the way for EU-wide services directive

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European lawmakers on November 15 approved a disputed bill aimed at opening up cross-border competition in Europe’s multi-billion-Euro services sector, seeking to create a single EU-wide services market that would make it easier for...

Integration of mortgage market gets the okay

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Members of the European Parliament said an EU-wide mortgage proposal which got initial approval on November 14 would remove barriers which dissuade lenders for selling mortgages in other member states and prevent people from shopping around...

Saakashvili warns his problems are also Europe’s

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Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, in addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg, spoke on November 14 not only of his “strategic goal” to join the European Union, but stressed his country’s issues with neighbouring Russia...

Poland rebuffs lawmakers on secret CIA camp charges

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European lawmakers investigating alleged US secret service activities in Europe went to Poland on November 6 to find out whether the country has hosted clandestine US-run detention centres, but got little information, members of...

Sending illegal immigrants home costs

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The European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee voted on November 6 to give the go-ahead to the proposed European Return Fund, which aims to improve the management of the return of illegal immigrants to their...

Ministers fail to agree on working hours law

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European Union employment ministers on November 7 failed to reach much-needed agreement on changing a disputed EU working-hours law, bringing national governments under risk of costly legal action.That immediately set off a storm of...

Need for integration of women immigrants into EU

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With a vast majority, the European parliament adopted during the last plenary session the report by Greek MEP Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou on the role and place of immigrant women in the European Union.The report presented for the...

British barometer could become history

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The traditional British barometer has once again come under threat from the European Commission after some lawmakers said it ignored the wishes of the European Parliament and published legislative proposals to outlaw the use...

Air security battle looms with Brussels

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An organisation which the British House of Commons criticised as “half-baked and half-cocked” and “an accident waiting to happen,” is poised to take more powers from the the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority in air...