Parliament's March plenary session is taking place this week in Strasbourg. On Monday the Foreign Affairs Committee will discuss the €11 bn. EU aid package to Ukraine ahead of a debate and vote on Wednesday. Also on the agenda NSA inquiry, the Troika performance and Package Travel. Read on for more information.
The Leitrim Peace and Reconciliation Partnership are the Irish national winners of the European Charlemagne Youth Prize 2014. Their project "Embracing Change Programme" focussed on young people in Leitrim and was aimed at establishing meaningful cross-community and cross-border initiatives that would improve trust and tolerance and reduce levels of sectarianism and racism. The Embracing Change Programme will now go forward to be considered with 28 winners from other EU countries for the overall Charlemagne Youth Prize.
Today the MEPs of the Economic Affairs Committee will hear Mario Draghi, in his dual capacity as chair of both the European Central Bank and the European Systemic Risk Board, and discuss issues such as the banking union and inflation. Read on to see what else is being discussed at Parliament's committee and political group meetings in Brussels this week.
International Women's day will be marked in Dublin Castle Conference Centre and the event is already a sell-out! Jointly hosted by the European Parliament Office in Ireland and Network Ireland, a full-house of 150 people will throng to Dublin Castle to hear an excellent panel of speakers including Emer Costello MEP, and speakers from the National Women's Council of Ireland and Concern International, one of Europe's largest development agencies with operations in over 50 countries.
On 4 March from 8.00-10.30 GMT, Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament will participate in an interactive event hosted by Emily O'Reilly, the European Ombudsman. This event is being organised ahead of the European elections to give you the citizen a chance to be heard on the type of Europe you want for the coming five years. Also participating will be José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission. This event will be webstreamed live.