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EVENTS

Marian Harkin MEP will host an information seminar in Galway on Friday, 12 February 2016 on issues relating to the delivery and accessibility of health services in the region. The seminar will look at the blend of local initiatives and European policies. Developments in European legislation and the case law of the European Court of Justice relating to health services will be outlined. To register, email events-epdublin@ep.europa.eu or tel. 01-6057900.
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Brian Hayes MEP will host a consultation with stakeholders on Friday 15th January to encourage the submission of projects for funding under the EU's Plan for Investment, otherwise known as the "Juncker Plan". The event will be held in conjunction with the European Parliament Information Office in Ireland and with the cooperation of the European Commission and takes place at EU House, 12-14 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2.
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LATEST NEWS

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Delegations- -Turkey/refugees -Germany/refugees -Human trafficking -Saudi Arabia and Qatar -President's diary
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MEPs debated the issue of sexual harassment and violence against women in public spaces on Wednesday evening, with Commissioner Corina Crețu. Everything possible must be done to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice, regardless of their culture or origin, they insisted.
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The European Commission must table a communication on a new strategy for gender equality and women’s rights 2016-2020 as soon as possible and deliver on its political commitments, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Wednesday. The communication should address gender equality issues which is in line with the international agenda, they add.
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A move to veto a plan to temporarily raise NOx emission limits for diesel cars was rejected by MEPs on Wednesday, after the EU Commission promised a review clause and tabled a long-term legislative proposal to revamp the EU car approval regime. This followed pressure from Parliament in the wake of the Volkswagen scandal.
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What will MEPs be working on during next week's Plenary Session in Strasbourg? Highlights include: -Refugee crisis, border control and Schengen rules -ECB annual report -Financing refugee facilities in Turkey -Women's rights and gender equality -EU platform against undeclared work -Humanitarian situation in Yemen -Preparation Summit 18-19 February
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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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21-12-2015

December Zapping: Climate deal, Sakharov Prize, Corporate tax  

December Zapping: Climate deal, Sakharov Prize, Corporate tax

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Saudi Arabian blogger hailed Sakharov laureate 2015  

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Paris climate conference - expectations  

Paris climate conference - expectations

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