Thousands of young Europeans have now applied to take part in the European Youth Event (EYE2014) in Strasbourg in May when the European Parliament in Strasbourg will open its doors to thousands of young people aged between 16 and 30 from all over the EU. Participants will have the chance to meet with other young Europeans, inspired thinkers, political decision-makers and key figures from business, research, culture and society to exchange ideas and perspectives on issues that are critical for our common future.
This event takes place on Wednesday 16 April 2014 from 11:00 am to 1.00 pm in NUI Maynooth. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions, share your thoughts and participate in the discussion before the European Parliament elections take place on 23rd May 2014. The Europe Direct stand will provide advice and information on how to register to vote, eligibility etc. All welcome.
The European Parliament in co-operation with Irish Rural Link is hosting a seminar on rural isolation from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm in Jacksons Hotel, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal on Friday, 11 April. The aim of this seminar - with special guest speaker Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, the former RTE sports commentator - is to focus on issues that affect people arising from rural isolation and to seek proposals for new or improved solutions as to how the problem of rural isolation can be alleviated.
New EU rules on the information that small investors must be given before they sign a contract were approved by Parliament on Tuesday. This information will be set out in a mandatory, three-page A4 Key Information Document (KID). Before signing a contract, all small (non-professional) investors should be given three-page A4 standard format KIDs to help them to understand and compare packaged retail and insurance-based investment products (PRIIPs), estimate the total cost of their investment as well as be aware of its risk-reward profile.
Anyone legally residing in the EU would have the right to open a basic payment account, and no-one could be denied this right on grounds of nationality or place of residence, under a new law passed by Parliament on Tuesday. This law should also ensure that fees and rules for all payment accounts are transparent and comparable and make it easy to switch to another payment account that offers better terms.
Three measures to ensure that banks shoulder the risks of failure rather than relying on taxpayers to bail them out were approved by Parliament on Tuesday. Two deal with restructuring and winding down troubled banks, and the third ensures that banks, not taxpayers, guarantee deposits under €100,000 in the event of a run on a bank.
No-one has the answer, but the question is on everyone’s mind. Based on the current state of play of public opinion in the EU member states, the European Parliament and its contractor TNS Opinion propose a weekly projection of seats in the Parliament’s hemicycle.
What will the MEPs be working on during this week's Plenary Session in Strasbourg ?
- World War I centenary
- Banks: MEPs seal protection package for taxpayers
- Improving protection for workers posted abroad
- Keeping pension rights when moving to another EU member States