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Parliament approved the draft EU budget for 2015 and a top-up of the 2014 one on Wednesday. The budget foresees €145.32 billion in commitments and €141.21 billion in payments for 2015, and an extra €4.25 billion to settle unpaid bills in 2014. ˮIt is clear that the amounts that we are to accept will at best only stabilize the level of European debt. What gives me hope is the payment plan aimed at decreasing the amount of unpaid billsˮ, said Budgets Committee chair Jean Arthuis (ALDE, FR), in the final debate on the budgets on 16 December. ˮGovernments had accepted the political commitments but then they failed to pay what they owed. Do we have to recall yet again that payments are only technical consequences of commitments?ˮ he asked.
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On Wednesday at noon President Schulz announced the winner of the European Parliament's 2014 LUX Prize for cinema at a ceremony in the Chamber. "Ida" is the story of a young women looking for her identity, an emotional individual story superimposed over the painful past of Europe. Accepting the award from EP President, the director Pawel Pawlikowsky said: "Ida is a film that has succeeded in touching the public across the whole of Europe. This shows that cinema still has a role to play in our society. (...) The LUX Prize established a new award for European film-makers (...) and has also made it possible for thousands of European citizens to join together in experiencing shared emotions."
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The European Parliament supports "in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two state solution, and believes these should go hand in hand with the development of peace talks, which should be advanced", it says in a resolution passed on Wednesday. To support EU diplomatic efforts in the Middle East peace process, it also decided to launch a “Parliamentarians for Peace” initiative to bring together MEPs and MPs from the Israeli and Palestinian Parliaments.
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This joint event between the European Parliament Information Office in Ireland, Dóchas and Concern will take place in the European Parliament Information Office, 43, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2 from 11.00am-12.30pm and will help to launch a booklet containing the contributions of all 11 Irish MEPs, and also to showcase the European Year for Development.
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The European Parliament Office in Ireland will be present at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition which takes place in the RDS in Dublin from Thursday 8 to Saturday 10 January. Come along and visit us in the World of Science and Technology (Stand number 30 in the Industries Hall).
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Plenary Zapping - December 2014  

Plenary Zapping - December 2014

18-12-2014

EU aid assistance: Up to the challenge of combating Ebola?  

EU aid assistance: Up to the challenge of combating Ebola?

11-12-2014

On the Agenda: Pope / Sakharov Prize / EU-ACP / Climate change  

On the Agenda: Pope / Sakharov Prize / EU-ACP / Climate change

21-11-2014

Ireland, Europe's economic poster boy?  

Ireland, Europe's economic poster boy?

14-11-2014