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This Week's Top Stories from the European Parliament - 2-6 December 2019

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Article - Emissions from planes and ships: facts and figures (infographic)

Greenhouse gas emissions from international aviation have more than doubled over the past two decades, while those from shipping have also increased. Check out our infographics.


Article - Globalisation: how the EU's trade policy helps to promote human rights

Globalisation and international trade can affect human rights, so the EU's trade policy include tools to protect them. Find out how.


Press release - Malta: MEPs conclude fact-finding visit to assess Caruana Galizia murder inquiry

Following recent developments in the investigation into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia in 2017, MEPs visited Malta between 3-4 December to take stock of the situation on the ground.
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs


Press release - 8th Euronest Assembly: the future of relations with Eastern partners

Energy security, EU-Eastern relations and geopolitical challenges are set to be among the focus points of the 8th session of the joint parliamentary assembly.


Article - What's behind the decline in bees and other pollinators? (infographic)

Find out what pollinators are, why they are important and why they are declining.


Press release - MEPs call for a reduction in pesticides to protect bees

Further reducing use of pesticides, more funds for research and better monitoring are urgently needed to save the EU's bees, says the Environment Committee.
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety


Press release - Biodiversity: MEPs call for legally binding targets, as for climate change

Next year's UN biodiversity conference, the COP15, should be the biodiversity equivalent of the Paris agreement on climate change, says the Environment Committee.
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety


Press release - Sakharov Prize 2019: book your interview slot

The award ceremony for this year's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, conferred to Uyghur human rights activist Ilham Tohti, will be held on 18 December.


Press release - New ECB boss quizzed for the first time by Economic Affairs Committee

Christine Lagarde, European Central Bank President since 1 November, was heard for the first time in her new office by the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee.
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs


Article - In Parliament this week: biodiversity, pollinators, EU Ombudsman hearings

MEPs will vote on an EU roadmap to tackle bee decline, call for ambitious targets for biodiversity and vet the candidates for the post of EU Ombudsman.


Press release - Rule of law: MEPs travel to Malta to meet with government, NGOs and journalists

Following developments in the investigation into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia in 2017, MEPs will visit Malta 3-4/12 to take stock of the situation on the ground.


Article - European Charter of Fundamental Rights: five things you need to know

The 10th anniversary of the European Charter of Fundamental Rights was marked on 1 December. Here are five facts you should know about it:


Article - Plenary highlights: new Commission, EU's 2020 budget, climate change

MEPs voted into office the new European Commission, approved the EU's budget for 2020, called for a climate neutral Europe and awarded the LUX film prize.


Press release - Sakharov Walk of Freedom: inauguration ceremony

The European Parliament will inaugurate the "Sakharov Walk of Freedom" on the Solidarnosc Esplanade in Brussels on Tuesday 10 December at 14.30.
Committee on Foreign Affairs
Committee on Development
Subcommittee on Human Rights


Press release - Climate change should be Parliament's first priority, according to citizens

Combating climate change should be Parliament's top priority, new Eurobarometer reveals, highlighting youth-led climate protests as great influencers.


Article - Voting in European elections (video)

Elections for the European Parliament take place every five years.


Press release - Petitions Committee to hear candidates for the next EU Ombudsman

Candidates running for the post of European Ombudsman will present their priorities in a hearing organised by the Petitions Committee on 3 December.
Committee on Petitions


Press release - MEPs call on Russia to stop illegitimate prosecution of Lithuanian judges

Russia should stop illegitimately prosecuting Lithuanian judges and EU countries should refuse any legal assistance, says European Parliament.
Committee on Foreign Affairs


Press release - Give rapid support to food producers penalised by Airbus ruling, urge MEPs

The EU must act swiftly to help EU farmers unduly affected by newly imposed US tariffs worth €6.8 billion, says Parliament on Thursday.
Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
Committee on International Trade


Press release - The European Parliament declares climate emergency

EU should commit to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the UN Conference, says Parliament.
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety


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