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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

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

CALENDRIER du 25 au 31 mai 2015Choose translations of the previous link 

European Commission | 22/05/2015 12:00

Accelerated pre-financing for the Youth Employment Initiative: Questions and AnswersChoose translations of the previous link 

Employment and social rights, European Commission | 22/05/2015 12:00

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Eastern Partnership Summit, Riga: all arrivals

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Eastern Partnership Summit, Riga: extracts from the roundtable

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Eastern Partnership Summit, Riga: more arrivals

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Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga: arrival and round table, Martin SCHULZ, EP President to the Plenary session- Official welcome and Family photo.

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Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga: general atmosphere (EC material)

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Eastern Partnership Summit, Riga: extracts from the roundtable (Council material)

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Eastern Partnership Summit, Riga: extracts from the press conference by Laimdota STRAUJUMA, Latvian Prime Minister, Donald TUSK, President of the European Council, and Jean-Claude JUNCKER, President of the EC

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Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga: bilateral meeting Jean-Claude JUNCKER, President of the EC, and Alexis TSIPRAS, Greek Prime Minister (EC material)

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Eastern Partnership Summit, Riga: extracts EU-Ukraine agreements ceremony by Valdis DOMBROVSKIS, Vice-President of the EC in charge of the Euro and Social Dialogue, Natalie JARESKO, Foreign Affairs Minister of Ukraine, and Valeria GONTAREVA, Ukrainian Central Bank Governor, in presence of Petro POROSHENKO, President of Ukraine

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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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