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Things we learnt in plenary: conflict minerals, migration, maternity leave

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22/05/2015

Institutional affairs

MEPs approved measures to prevent proceeds from conflict minerals being used to fund armed conflicts and called on governments to break the deadlock on plans to harmonise maternity leave across Europe. They also debated measures to tackle irregular migrants coming to the EU during the plenary in Strasbourg on 18-21 May as well as green-lit tougher rules to prevent money laundering.

 

Tougher rules on money laundering to fight tax evasion and terrorist financing

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20/05/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Justice and citizens rights

The ultimate owners of companies will have to be listed in central registers in EU countries, open both to the authorities and to people with a "legitimate interest", such as investigative journalists, under new rules already agreed with the Council and endorsed by Parliament.

 
 

Special coverage

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EU response to Ebola

In response to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the EU is contributing humanitarian aid, expertise, international coordination and longer-term development assistance.

 
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EU sanctions against Russia over Ukraine crisis

In response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and deliberate destabilisation of a neighbouring sovereign country, the EU has imposed restrictive measures against the Russian Federation.

 
The economic crisis – The EU’s response

The economic crisis – The EU’s response

The European Union has been responding to the global economic crisis through actions on different levels.

 
Multiannual financial framework 2014-2020

Multiannual financial framework 2014-2020

The multiannual financial framework (MFF, formerly ‘financial perspectives’) is a spending plan that translates the EU priorities into financial terms.

 
Europe 2020 – Europe's growth strategy

Europe 2020 – Europe's growth strategy

The strategy should ensure that Europe’s high quality of life, underpinned by its unique social model, is sustained and further enhanced.

 
EU Enlargement – State of play

EU Enlargement – State of play

EU Enlargement – State of play

 
 

Latest press releases and statements

Statement by the Spokesperson on Cross-Taiwan Strait relations

External relations and foreign affairs, European External Action Service (EEAS) | 25/05/2015 11:24

Statement by the Spokesperson on a new Russian law on "undesirable" non-governmental...

External relations and foreign affairs, European External Action Service (EEAS) | 24/05/2015

Remarks by the High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini at the press conference...

External relations and foreign affairs, European External Action Service (EEAS) | 24/05/2015

Co-Chairs' statement 24th GCC-EU Joint Council and Ministerial Meeting

External relations and foreign affairs, European External Action Service (EEAS) | 24/05/2015

How the EU is supporting UkraineChoose translations of the previous link 

External relations and foreign affairs, European Commission | 22/05/2015 19:40

EU boosts assistance for the Sahel to increase resilienceChoose translations of the previous link 

External relations and foreign affairs, European Commission | 22/05/2015 15:45

EU helps bring new vital aid into YemenChoose translations of the previous link 

European Commission | 22/05/2015 14:47

Europe's organised civil society examines EU migration and development policies at EESC...

Employment and social rights, European Economic and Social Committee | 22/05/2015 12:01

Daily News 22 / 05 / 2015Choose translations of the previous link 

European Commission | 22/05/2015 12:00

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Press conference opening remarks by Donald TUSK, President of the European Council

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Press conference opening remarks by Laimdota STRAUJUMA, Latvian Prime Minister

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On the Agenda: a VIP-packed Brussels mini-plenary

22/05/2015 13:10

The MEPs will vote on the Trade Committee's report on TTIP, debate the forthcoming G7 summit and hear from the UN Secretary-General, the Tunisian PM and the CAR President.

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Exterior views of the European Commission

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Arrival and doorstep Löfven (SE)

22/05/2015 11:59

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Arrival and doorstep Rõivas (EE)

22/05/2015 11:59

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Eastern Partnership Summit Highlights

22/05/2015 10:31

Highlights of the Eastern Partnership Summit on 21-22 May 2015 in Riga, Latvia.

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Foreign Affairs (Development) Council Preview

22/05/2015 10:26

This is a preview clip of the Foreign Affairs (Development) Council on 26 May 2015, in Brussels. Ministers will discuss how to finance development aid in the light of the new global challenges.

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22/05/2015 09:26

Arrival and doorstep by Alexander STUBB, Prime Minister of Finland, at the Eastern Partnership Summit, on 22 May 2015, in Riga.

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Arrival and doorstep Merkel (DE)

22/05/2015 09:26

Arrival and doorstep by Angela MERKEL, Federal Chancellor of Germany, at the Eastern Partnership Summit, on 22 May 2015, in Riga.

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Arrival and doorstep Cameron (UK)

22/05/2015 09:10

Arrival and doorstep by David CAMERON, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, at the Eastern Partnership Summit, on 22 May 2015, in Riga.

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Arrival and doorstep EU HR Mogherini

22/05/2015 09:10

Arrival and doorstep by Federica MOGHERINI, EU HR for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, at the Eastern Partnership Summit, on 22 May 2015, in Riga.

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Arrival and doorstep Iohannis (RO)

22/05/2015 09:10

Arrival and doorstep by Klaus IOHANNIS, President of Romania, at the Eastern Partnership Summit, on 22 May 2015, in Riga.

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Roundtable (EU footage)

22/05/2015 09:10

Extracts from the roundtable (EU footage) of the Eastern Partnership Summit, on 22 May 2015, in Riga.

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