The European Parliament Information Office and SIPTU are jointly organising a Forum on The European Pillar of Social Rights on Friday 28 October from 9.30 am-1.00 pm in Liberty Hall, Dublin. Speakers will include Lynn Boylan MEP and Jack O'Connor, General Secretary, SIPTU. To reserve your place email email@example.com or tel. 01.605.7900.
The European Parliament is organising a special session in Dingle/Daingean Uí Chúis on Friday 14 October 2016. All are invited to meet local MEPs Seán Kelly and Liadh Ní Riada from 11.30 am to 2.30 pm in An Díseart Centre. To book a place, ring 01-6057900 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The European Parliament is delighted to be teaming up with Triskel Christchurch, Cork for the free screening of the 2015 LUX Film Prize winner Mustang by Deniz Gamze Erguven. The film is being show simultaneously across Europe in cinemas of the Europa Cinemas network and will be followed by a streamed Q&A and a Twitter wall allowing audiences from across Europe to interact directly with the film director. Tickets are available from 5pm on the day.
We have now launched our 2016 competiton for schools. We are asking students to design a poster depicting events taking place in the capital cities of Europe while the Easter Rising was unfolding in Dublin in 1916, a snapshot of what life was like across Europe at the time of the Easter Rising. The prize? A trip for 24 students and two teachers from your school to the European Parliament in Strasbourg to take part in Euroscola, a one-day youth parliament for 16-18 year olds. Closing date: 18 November, 5.00 pm.
The Commission has today announced plans to introduce a common consolidated corporate tax base (CCCTB) as part of a broader package of corporate tax reforms. In reaction, the chairman of Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee Roberto Gualtieri (S&D, IT) made the following statement:
“The European Parliament has always been on the lead to increase corporate transparency in the area of taxation and to guarantee that profits are taxed where they are generated. Therefore, we welcome the Commission proposals for a Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB) and the related measures of the corporate taxation package as an important step forward in the fight against tax avoidance and also as a relevant building block of the Capital Markets Union project.
Ireland's CoderDojo joined people and organisations from across Europe in the Parliament in Brussels on 12 October for the European Citizens’ Prize award ceremony that highlighted their contributions to Europe. Parliament Vice-President Sylvie Guillaume, who chairs the jury, said: “Europe is going through particularly hard times and it sometimes seems to be disintegrating before our eyes. Yet European citizens show us that Europe is alive and they put European values into practice every day."
“We have no problem with the 12,5% corporate tax rate in Ireland”, Commissioner Margrethe Vestager told Irish Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee members in a hearing on competition policy on Monday. “But we want to be sure that tax rulings are not being used to grant selective advantages to companies through the backdoor”, she added, referring to the illegal tax ruling that resulted in a minimal tax bill for the American multinational.
Ms Vestager spoke about a range of topical competition issues, varying from corporate tax rulings to state aid for banks, to legislative initiatives, to the different cases against Google and the recent record high €2.9 billion fine for a cartel of five truck producers.
What will MEPs be working on in next week's plenary session in Strasbourg? Highlights include; debate the outcome of the EU summit outcome with President Juncker and Presifdent Tusk; Commission Work Programme: Vote on EU budget for 2017 ; Industrial trans fats in food; Annual health check on fundamental rights in EU member states; Proposal for Common Consoidated Tax base; Disabled and elderly people to get easier access to online public services.
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.
The 2016 LUX Film Prize has selected the three films in its Official Competition. The 10th-anniversary edition of the award will have Leyla Bouzid’s As I Open My Eyes (France/Tunisia/Belgium/United Arab Emirates), Claude Barras’ My Life as a Courgette (Switzerland/France) and Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann (Germany/Austria/Romania) as the final contenders.
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.
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.