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Brian Hayes, MEP speaking at the Stakeholder event
The EPIO Dublin and member of the European Parliament’s Economic Committee, Brian Hayes, held a consultation in Dublin today (Tuesday 19 July) with leaders from a cross section of Irish society to update them on current state-of-play with the Pensions Directive and the implications for pension providers. The consultation took place at 13:00 19 July in the offices of the European Parliament at 12-14 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2. Participants representing a broad range of stakeholders took part; these included pension scheme trustees, pension fund managers, financial advisors, legal advisors, regulators and civil servants.
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Car emissions: Members of the Inquiry Committee on Emission Measurements in the automotive sector (EMIS) will visit the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) facilities in Ispra, Italy. The JRC played a crucial role in developing on-road emission testing. MEPs will visit the laboratory, meet officials and researchers and attend a demonstration of tests using portable emission measurement systems. (Monday and Tuesday)
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Martin Schulz
This morning, I would like to express my deep sorrow following the attack last night in Nice. On behalf of the European Parliament, I would like to extend my condolences to the families and friends of the many victims. I send my wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured. I commend the courage and solidarity of both the emergency services and ordinary citizens of Nice.
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EU countries will have to introduce stronger controls on “blank-firing” guns, to prevent them being converted to fire live ammunition, under Internal Market Committee amendments, voted on Wednesday, to a draft update of the EU firearms directive. The changes approved by MEPs ensure that any firearm which has been converted to firing blanks continues to be covered by EU gun control rules. This closes a legal loophole which became evident in the aftermath of last year’s terrorist attacks in Paris.
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What will MEPs be working on during next week's Plenary Session in Strasbourg? Highlights include: - Plenary debates on priorities of the incoming Slovak presidency in the Council and review of the outgoing Dutch presidency. - MEPs to debate EU’s 28-29 June summit conclusions on Brexit vote - Parliament to vote stance on setting up a common European Border and Coast Guard
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EVENTS

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The European Parliament Information Office in Ireland is partnering this year's Merriman Summer School which has as its theme "Gallant Allies in Europe", taken from the Easter Proclamation. Speakers, including current and former MEPs, TDs, artists, authors, youth leaders, journalists and noted academics, will endeavour to place the Easter Rising in its international context and consider Ireland's relationship with the United Kingdom and the EU 100 years on from 1916.
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PARLIAMENT'S PRIZES

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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.
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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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USEFUL INFORMATION

European Parliament calendar
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.
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Welcome to the Think Tank - an online platform that brings together all sources of European Parliament 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

Summer Agenda  

Summer Agenda

15-07-2016

The Agenda:  11-15 July  

The Agenda: 11-15 July

08-07-2016

Martin Schulz: UK government must trigger Article 50  

Martin Schulz: UK government must trigger Article 50

Brussels - 28-06-2016

Britain votes to leave:  Reactions from the European Parliament  

Britain votes to leave: Reactions from the European Parliament

Brussels - 24-06-2016