The European Parliament is organising a special session in Dingle/Daingean Uí Chúis on Friday 14 October 2016. All are invited to meet local MEPs Seán Kelly and Liadh Ní Riada from 11.30 am to 2.30 pm in An Díseart Centre. To book a place, ring 01-6057900 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
We have recently launched our 2016 competiton for schools. We are asking students to design a poster depicting events taking place in the capital cities of Europe while the Easter Rising was unfolding in Dublin in 1916, a snapshot of what life was like across Europe at the time of the Easter Rising. The prize? A trip for 24 students and two teachers from your school to the European Parliament in Strasbourg to take part in Euroscola, a one-day youth parliament for 16-18 year olds. Closing date: 18 November, 5.00 pm.
The investigative journalists behind the “Panama Papers” revelations were welcomed with applause to the first public hearing of Parliament’s inquiry committee on Tuesday. They explained their findings, which are based on 2.6 terabytes of leaked information compromising banks, heads of state, ministers, criminals and other clients of Mossack Fonseca, a company offering anonymity services and low tax solutions.
Chair Werner Langen (EPP, DE) opened the meeting by saying that the committee’s task is to find out whether - and if so to what extent - member states broke EU law or failed to implement it.
What will MEPs be working on during next week's Plenary Session in Strasbourg? Highlights include:Pre-summit debate on migration, Russia and EU trade policy; Climate change; export ban on “torture goods; conflicts of interest; safety requirements for food contact materials; developments in Syria and Colombia; Calais “jungle” camps ; uniform fair treatment for EU fishermen ; debate women’s rights in Poland
The 2016 LUX Film Prize has selected the three films in its Official Competition. The 10th-anniversary edition of the award will have Leyla Bouzid’s As I Open My Eyes (France/Tunisia/Belgium/United Arab Emirates), Claude Barras’ My Life as a Courgette (Switzerland/France) and Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann (Germany/Austria/Romania) as the final contenders.
The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is awarded each year by the European Parliament to individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to the fight for human rights across the globe, drawing attention to human rights violations as well as supporting the laureates and their cause. Raif Badawi, a Saudi Arabian blogger, human rights activist and author of the website Free Saudi Liberals, whose wife, Ensaf Haidar, accepted the prize on his behalf at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, is the 2015 Laureate.
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Parliament decides its annual calendar of work on the basis of a proposal by the Conference of Presidents. The calendar is divided into plenary sittings (part-sessions) and meetings. It comprises: 12 four-day part-sessions in Strasbourg and additional two-day part-sessions in Brussels, two weeks a month for meetings of parliamentary committees and interparliamentary delegations, one week a month for political group meetings and four weeks a year where MEPs concentrate exclusively on constituency work. The weeks are colour coded indicating that period's particular activities.