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EVENTS

On Friday 22 April, MEPs Mairead McGuinness and Mary Honeyball (UK-Labour Party) will host a meeting to discuss the plight of women refugees. Ms Honeyball is the author of the European Parliament’s Report on the situation of women refugees and asylum seekers in the EU. The meeting will host representatives of NGOs that are on the front-line in helping women refugees. The event is organised jointly with the Immigrant Council of Ireland.
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7,500 young people from across Europe are at the European Parliament in Strasbourg this Friday and Saturday at the EYE 2016 to make their views heard on many of the continent's most crucial issues. Ireland is well represented with participants from the Meath Youth Forum, Foroige, Macra na Feirme, The Galway European Youth Capital and Galway 2020 Capital of Culture. The National Youth Council of Ireland are also there with a group of 30 young people and youth workers/leaders from Youth Work Ireland Galway, YMCA Cork, FDYS Wexford, Eco-Unesco, Crosscare, Ronanstown Youth Service, and youth work students from Maynooth and Ian Fahey and Paul Dockery from SpunOut.ie are reporting live from the EYE on Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram.
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LATEST NEWS

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European Border and Coast Guard: Plans to create a European Border and Coast Guard Agency, bringing together the EU’s Frontex border agency and national border authorities, will be put to a vote in the Civil Liberties Committee. The new agency’s mandate would empower it to intervene at EU external frontiers where urgent action is required, even if the EU countries concerned have not asked for help. (Monday) Press conference by rapporteur Artis Pabriks (EPP, LV) on Tuesday at 09:00.
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Consumers should be given more power in the energy market, say MEPs in a resolution on a "new energy deal for energy consumers", voted on Thursday. They recommend collective buying, household power generation, better price comparison tools for all and making it easier to switch energy providers and tariffs. In a non-binding text, intended as an input to Energy Union legislation to be tabled by the EU Commission, MEPs also call for EU funds for energy efficiency to focus on energy poverty.
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The EU Commission should set up a taskforce to monitor virtual currencies, like Bitcoin, to prevent their being used to launder money or finance terrorism, said Parliament in a non-binding resolution voted on Thursday. The proposal, set out in a resolution drafted by Jakob von Weizsäcker (S&D, DE) suggests that the taskforce, which would be overseen by the Commission, should build expertise in the underlying technology of virtual currencies
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The EU Commission should go on negotiating with the USA to remedy “deficiencies” in proposed “Privacy Shield” protection for EU citizens’ data transferred to the US for commercial purposes, Parliament says in a non-legislative resolution passed on Thursday. In the resolution, passed by 501 votes to 119 with 31 abstentions, MEPs welcome the efforts of the Commission and the US administration to achieve "substantial improvements" in the Privacy Shield compared to the Safe Harbour decision which it is to replace.
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What will MEPs be working on during this week's Plenary Session in Brussels? Highlights include: - Address by King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands - Debate: Energy Union to benefit users and alleviate energy poverty - Debate on new digital single market proposals with Andrus Ansip - Crisis in the dairy sector - Debate on run-up to G7 summit in Japan - Virtual currencies - Single Market Strategy & non-tariff barriers - Relocating asylum seekers: vote on extra year for Sweden to take its share - Vote on job-search and start-up aid for redundant workers in France and Greece
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PARLIAMENT'S PRIZES

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The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is awarded each year by the Euroepan 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. This year's prize was awarded to Raif Badawi, a Saudi Arabian blogger, human rights activist and author of the website Free Saudi Liberals. His wife, Ensaf Haidar accepted the prize on his behalf at the European Parliament in Strasbourg during the December plenary session.
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Since 2007, the European Parliament LUX FILM PRIZE casts an annual spotlight on films that go to the heart of European public debate. The Parliament believes that cinema, a mass cultural medium, can be an ideal vehicle for debate and reflection on Europe and its future. The films selected for the competition help to air different views on some of the main social and political issues of the day and, as such, contribute to building a stronger European identity. They help celebrate the universal reach of European values, illustrate the diversity of European traditions and shed light on the process of European integration.
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USEFUL INFORMATION

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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. Parliament's calendar is explained here.
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Welcome to the European Parliament's Think Tank pages - an online platform that brings together all sources of EP expertise and high quality information. This powerful search engine will systematically search the many Parliament studies, library briefings, impact assessment and European added value papers, STOA and economic dialogue documentation, surveys on public opinion and EU fact sheets and provide you with solid background information in a policy field.
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MULTIMEDIA SECTION

The Agenda: 23-27 May 2016  

The Agenda: 23-27 May 2016

20-05-2016

A Parliament office near you  

A Parliament office near you

25-03-2016

Fewer antibiotics for better animal health  

Fewer antibiotics for better animal health

26-02-2016

Sakharov laureate 2015  

Sakharov laureate 2015

23-11-2015