Interview with Denis Mukwege winner of the Sakharov Prize 2014 : "Rape is a weapon that dehumanises women"
"We hope to find solutions to stop rape being used as a weapon of war, sometimes even as a war strategy." For years Denis Mukwege, this year's Sakharov Prize laureate, has been helping the victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo despite threats and his family being attacked. The gynaecologist was honoured for his work by the Parliament during an award ceremony on Wednesday 26 November in plenary.Read more : Interview with Denis Mukwege winner of the Sakharov Prize 2014 : "Rape is a weapon that dehumanises women"
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced the creation of a new EU strategic investment fund designed to mobilise at least €315 billion over the next three years to jump-start the EU economy. After his presentation in Parliament’s plenary session on Wednesday, MEPs from most political groups voiced support, but also demanded swift action to boost growth in the EU.Read more : Investing €315 billion to jump-start the EU economy
The EU-Canada agreement on the transfer of Passenger Name Records (PNR) should be referred to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on whether it is in line with the EU treaties and Charter of Fundamental Rights, MEPs said in a vote on Tuesday. This is the first time that Parliament has asked that a PNR agreement be given a preliminary check by the Court before the final vote on the deal.Read more : MEPs refer EU-Canada air passenger data deal to the EU Court of Justice
Protecting human dignity was a key theme of the formal address delivered by Pope Francis to Members of the European Parliament on Tuesday. Immigration, protecting the environment and promoting human rights and democracy were among the topics stressed in a speech that enjoined "Europe to rediscover the best of itself". Opening the formal sitting, Parliament’s President Martin Schulz said that the loss of confidence of people in politics, both at national and European level, is "tremendous", stressing that no institution can operate if it lacks support.Read more : Pope Francis delivers a message "to all the citizens of Europe" at the European Parliament
What will the MEPs be working on during this week's Plenary Session in Strasbourg ? Highlights include: - Pope Francis to pay official visit to the European Parliament - 2014 Sakharov Prize to be awarded to Dr Denis Mukwege - Juncker to present €300bn investment package to MEPs - MEPs to debate and vote on whether Palestine should be recognised as a state - Parliament to vote on motion of censure on the European CommissionRead more : EP Plenary Session Newsletter 24-27 November 2014
Fifteen finalists are competing in this event to win the title of National Europe Direct Soapbox Winner 2014. The contestants must present a three minute speech for or against the topic "The Internet does more harm than good" before a public audience and a panel of judges. Prizes include a trip to Brussels and a visit to the European Parliament sponsored by MEP Matt Carthy, who will present the prizes to winners in Farmleigh on the day. Our photo shows winners David Williams (Mountmellick) and Siobhan Fitzgerald (Galway) with their winning certificates and Matt Carthy MEP to the right of picture.Read more : National Final of the Europe Direct Soapbox Competition, Farmleigh, Dublin