European Parliament

Lawmakers push for peace in Spains Basque country

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The European Parliament has adopted a resolution, by a narrow 321-311 vote, with 24 abstentions, supporting victims of terrorism in Spains Basque region and urging more rapid movement in the peace process there.Parliament President...

Early warning and rapid response plan backed

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Approving by an overwhelming majority the report of Greek? MEP Dimitrios Papadimoulis, the Parliament in Strasbourg? supported significant improvements that will enable the EU to act more effectively? when dealing with accidents and disasters within its borders...

MEPs support common EU energy policy

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Vladimir Putin was recently a signpost on the road to unite EU countries for a common energy policy. The Russian president may have proved himself a provocative dinner guest at the Lahti informal summit...

Belarus opposition leader wins Sakharov Prize

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Alexander Milinkevich is this years winner of the European Parliaments prestigious Sakharov Prize. The Conference of Presidents - the political groups leaders of the European Parliament - decided to award the prize for freedom...

Double discrimination faced by immigrant women

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The European Parliament has adopted a report which proposes ways to help immigrant women overcome the discrimination lawmakers said they face economically, and as frequent victims of human rights abuses.The report was drafted by...

MEPs call for a peaceful resolution to the conflict

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The European Parliament adoptedin Strasbourg a resolution on South Ossetia on October 26. MEPs reiterated their call for a peaceful resolution of the conflict and their commitment to support the peace process, and call...

European Parliament turns spotlight on human rights

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The European Parliament adopted a resolution in Strasbourg on October 26 condemning the human rights situation in Uzbekistan but rejected a call for EU sanctions to be expanded to include authoritarian President Islam Karimovs...

EU gives US access to criminal cases data

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The European Union and the United States have agreed on a new deal which would give the US access to European data regarding criminal cases under investigation, according to an agreement approved by EU...

EU patent reforms on track

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The European efforts for better, cheaper procedures to apply, obtain and retain patents got another boost last week as the European Parliament gave tentative approval to plans to create a pan-European patent system while...

European Parliament urges India to sign nuclear treaty

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European Parliament President Josep Borrell said on October 11 that EU lawmakers support India’s push for civilian nuclear energy, but wanted it to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to speed up international civilian...

European Parliament lawmakers want more control over spending

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At a European Parliament hearing on budgetary control over European Union expenses last week, lawmakers met with national members of parliament to find ways to have more oversight over the annual 110 billion Euro...

North Korean MP defends reported nuclear test

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A North Korean MP in Brussels on October 10 defended his country’s apparent nuclear test as a defensive measure against the United States which he said was threatening North Korean security. “We have to...

EU businesses face phase-out of toxic chemicals

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European companies seeking to produce or import hazardous chemicals in the European Union will have to use safer alternative substances when available under rules endorsed by EU lawmakers on October 10.Substituting safe chemicals for...

Iranian delegation hopes for better ties with EU

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An Iranian parliamentary delegation met with members of the European Parliament on October 10, discussing ways to improve relations with the European Union and talking about issues that have created some dissension, reported www.irna.ir.The...

European Parliament lawmakers split over human rights agency

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A proposal to replace the European Union’s anti-racism watchdog, the European Racism Monitoring Centre, with a new fundamental rights agency divided the European Parliament last week, with members debating its value and possible effectiveness.The...

Uncertainty reigns over US-EU air data deal

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European parliamentarians last week said a deal which lets the US have limited access to information about air travellers from the EU still provides too much data and doesn’t go far enough to safeguard...

Italians, Germans, probe alleged CIA flights

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Italian prosecutors want to charge 26 CIA agents, along with two top Italian secret service agents, in connection with the alleged abduction three years ago of an Egyptian citizen, Ansa news agency reported Oct....

Free media sought in developing countries

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The European Parliament committee has adopted a report recommending the EU join with African, Caribbean and Pacific developing countries to insure journalist’s safety and safeguard the ability of the media to report on corruption...

EU lawmakers want more cooperation on terrorism

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European and national parliamentarians, and judges, last week called for more joint European Union action on counter-terrorism and justice, saying the very foundation of survival was being threatened, but that civil liberties and terrorist...

Strasbourg buildings to be bought for politicians

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A week after a petition signed by an estimated one million people that urged the European Parliament to abandon its practice of monthly travels from Brussels to Strasbourg for plenary sessions, lawmakers last week...

Child exploitation in EU human trafficking cited

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EU countries are not doing enough to protect children from being exploited by human traffickers, European Parliament member Simon Coveney of Ireland said last week, presenting a report to the Foreign Affairs Committee.The finding...

SWIFT violated privacy rules in aiding US

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The Belgian banking consortium SWIFT breached European privacy rules when it aided the US anti-terrorism program by providing confidential information about money transfers, Belgium’s privacy protection commission concluded last week, even as a European...

European Parliament Launches Indian Festival

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Labour MEP Neena Gill launched a three-week long Indian Festival in the European Parliament Oct. 5 by opening a bright and lively “Colours of India” photo-picture display. Of Indian origin, Gill is the first...

EU deal reached with US on exchange of passenger data

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European Union and United States negotiators on Oct. 7 clinched an interim deal allowing the transfer of key personal data on American-bound air passengers to US law enforcement agencies. The agreement, part of a...

EU anti-dumping fines set on cheap shoes from China, Vietnam

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After months of horse-trading and backroom manoeuvres, the European states last week agreed to impose definitive antidumping duties against imports of leather shoes from China and Vietnam. Chinese shoes will be 16.5 percent more...

And now, EU business casts eye on India

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With a population of 1.1 billion, India is the world’s largest democracy, representing one-sixth of the earth’s population, with a vast wealthy middle-class, skilled young workers in technology, growing home for American and European...

EU air quality standards set, to some criticism

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The European Commission and Parliament last week sparred over how tough air quality standards should be in the European Union, where a reported 360,000 people die annually from air-pollution related diseases, and the average...

Darfur death zone leaves little hope, but EU pushes for solution

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As civil war rages in Darfur in the African country of Sudan, killing as many as 450,000 people and being classified as a genocide, the European Parliament last week said the EU must help...

Lebanese premier presses for “bold” action in Mideast

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Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora has told the European Parliament and EU leaders that world powers must bring forth “new and bold initiatives” aimed at bringing peace to the troubled Mideast region.“The international community...

More – not fewer – migrants needed for EU labour force

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With a predicted shortage of workers to fill an estimated 20 million jobs in EU countries from 2010 to 2030, the European Parliament has adopted a proposal that would provide for a common immigration...

Call for EU lawmakers to have secret reports

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An academic expert on intelligence operations of  European and American agencies told a European Parliament committee investigating alleged use of EU countries by the CIA for the transport and detention of possible terrorist suspects...

Competition rules not at airports of the EU

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Every traveller arriving at the Athens International Airport knows all about it and Manolis Mavrommatis, dynamic member of European Parliament put it into words asking the European commission, “Whether the competition laws are being implemented among...

Parliament weighs enlargement

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The European Parliament meeting this week in Strasbourg is more than a usual circus as the critics of the two-seat institution like to call it. After the big bang enlargement of 2004, Romania and...

Romania, Bulgaria, hopeful of EU accession

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The European Commission said that while it will postpone the publication date of crucial reports on the progress of Turkey and Croatia towards European Union membership, that the keenly awaited reports on the date...

Astana, the capital of spirit

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The President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, is a Statesman with considerable vision, one of those few mandataries that, as General de Gaulle once said, understand politics as “the action at the...

Friends of Israel attracts 200 lawmakers, diplomats

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A pro-Israel organisation comprising European parliamentarians was officially launched last week at a reception in Brussels attended by members of the Knesset, European Parliament and European national parliaments, and an array of diplomats and...

Indian politician addresses EU diplomats

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The chief minister of the Indian-administered state of Jammu and Kashmir, Ghulam Nabi Azad last Tuesday criticised Pope Benedict XVI for making anti-Islamic remarks. “The first thing, he shouldn’t have said it because he...