The European Parliament is hosting a conference on 16 and 17 July 2015 in the Cavan Crystal Hotel, Cavan focusing on Women in Politics. The conference will concentrate particularly on politics at the European level and will feature presentations by European Parliament Vice President Mairead McGuinness and MEP Marian Harkin on Friday morning, 17 July. To register for this free event Tel. (01) 6057900 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What will the MEPs be working on during next week's Plenary Session in Strasbourg ?
- Prospects for the EU Dairy Sector
- Green Employment Initiative
- Commission Work Programme 2016
Starting today, the rotating six-month presidency of the Council of the EU will be in the hands of one of the smallest, yet most experience member states. Luxembourg will have to deal with many pressing issues, including the Greek debt crisis, an increase in irregular migration and the preparation for the climate change conference in Paris in December. We asked all of the country's six MEPs what they see as the main challenges. Read on to find out what they said.
An informal deal to ban surcharges ("roaming fees") for making mobile phone calls, sending text messages or using the internet while abroad in another EU country from 15 June 2017 was struck by MEPs and EU ministers in the small hours of Tuesday morning. MEPs also inserted guarantees that all internet traffic is treated equally, without discrimination. To enter into force, this informal deal needs to be formally endorsed by the full Parliament and the Council of Ministers.
The European Commission’s weak response to the first EU citizens’ initiative (ECI) petition, on the “Right2Water”, could discredit the ECI system, warn Environment Committee MEPs in a resolution voted on Wednesday. It “lacks any real ambition and failed to meet the demands of the organizers”, they add. ECIs enable citizens to ask the Commission to propose laws in areas within its competence, if they can muster at least one million signatures from at least a quarter of EU member states.
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The weeks in the Parliamentary calendar are coded with different colours each indicating that period’s particular activities. Blue weeks are when MEPs meet with other members from their political group. Pink weeks are dedicated to committee meetings. Red weeks indicate plenary sessions when MEPs debate important issues, take significant decisions through votes by adopting, amending, or rejecting legislation. Turquoise weeks when MEPs undertake activities outside the Parliament, either in their constituency in their home country, or in Parliamentary delegations. Parliament's calendar explained here.