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This Week's Top Stories from the European Parliament - 13-17 January 2020

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Article - Biodiversity loss: what is causing it and why is it a concern?

Plant and animal species are disappearing at an ever faster rate due to human activity. What are the causes and why does biodiversity matter?


Press release - To save biodiversity, MEPs call for binding targets at global and EU level

MEPs want the upcoming global biodiversity conference COP 15 to agree on legally binding targets, as was the case for the Paris agreement on climate change.
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety


Press release - Venezuelan crisis: MEPs reaffirm their support for Juan Guaidó

The European Parliament condemns the recent attempted coup to prevent Juan Guaidó from being re-elected President of the Venezuelan National Assembly.
Committee on Foreign Affairs


Press release - Rule of law in Poland and Hungary has worsened

The EU's discussions with Poland and Hungary have not yet led these countries to realign with the EU's founding values, Parliament warned on Thursday.
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs


Press release - Human rights breaches in Nigeria and Burundi

On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted two resolutions taking stock of the human rights and rule of law situation in Nigeria and Burundi.
Subcommittee on Human Rights


Press release - Number of members in Parliament's committees to change after Brexit

On Wednesday, MEPs voted on the post-Brexit size of Parliament's 20 committees and two subcommittees.
Committee on Constitutional Affairs


Article - Jordan's King Abdullah II addresses MEPs

The King of Jordan underlined the importance of peace in the Middle East during an address to MEPs in Strasbourg on Wednesday 15 January.


Press release - Citizens to be the cornerstone of the Conference on the Future of Europe

Citizen and Youth meetings should set the tone for EU reform, according to the resolution adopted on Wednesday.


Press release - Parliament supports European Green Deal and pushes for even higher ambitions

MEPs support the European Green Deal, but highlight challenges, including ensuring a just and inclusive transition and the need for high interim targets.
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety


Article - Europe's one trillion climate finance plan

Find out how Europe wants to fund projects to tackle climate change and support regions that are most affected by the transition to a green economy.


Press release - Brexit: MEPs concerned about citizens' rights

Parliament highlights that assurances are needed on the protection of citizens' rights to ensure its consent to the Withdrawal Agreement.


Press release - Croatian Presidency priorities discussed in the European Parliament

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic presented the priorities of the Croatian presidency to the European Parliament and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.


Press release - Jordan's King Abdullah II to address MEPs

The King of Jordan, His Majesty Abdullah II ibn Al-Hussein, will address MEPs during a formal sitting in Strasbourg on Wednesday at 12.00.
Committee on Foreign Affairs


Article - Iran: can the EU help to defuse the situation?

MEPs debate the situation in Iran following recent escalations today. What led to the current state of affairs and what role can the EU play?


Press release - Opening - January I plenary session

President Sassoli led a minute of silence to remember the victims of the Ukrainian passenger jet crash, at the opening of the session in Strasbourg.


Article - Understanding the gender pay gap: definition and causes

Working women in the EU earn on average 16% less per hour than men. Find out how this gender pay gap is calculated and the reasons behind it.


Article - Young people for the future of Europe: register now for EYE2020

Take part in the European Youth Event (EYE) in Strasbourg on 29-30 May and help shape the future of Europe with other young Europeans.


Press release - Negotiations on new EU collective redress rules to begin

The Legal Affairs Committee confirmed on Thursday Parliament's negotiating position on a new bill introducing EU-wide rules on collective redress.
Committee on Legal Affairs


Press release - Parliament President Sassoli to meet Fayez Al-Sarraj today at 14:30

EP President David Sassoli will meet Fayez Al-Sarraj, Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya and Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord, today at 14:30.


Article - European Parliament in 2019: legislative work and new term

The European elections in May split 2019 in two halves for the Parliament: the first focused on adopting laws, the second on starting up a new parliamentary term.

Source : © European Union, 2019 - EP


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