On Wednesday, the European Parliament meets for an extradordinary plenary session in which European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, will present the revised long-term budget and recovery plan.
The Internship Scheme in European Union Institutions will go ahead again this year it has been announced by the Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Senator Seán Kyne. The scheme is focused on the provision of opportunities for graduates to acquire work placements in the special subject field of translation and proofreading. Deadline for applications: 17 June 2020, 12 noon
COVID-19 is yet another reminder, to us all, of how important trusted news sources are for society and for democracy. During this crisis we have seen waves of fake news being spread by dubious online channels and repeated on our WhatsApp groups as well as other social media networks. With this in mind, the European Parliament has launched an advertisement campaign targeting sources of misinformation while also supporting our reliable local newspapers.
Eurofound’s COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch collates information on national-level responses, aiming to map measures introduced to cushion the effects of the crisis. This database complements the launch of the ongoing e-survey ‘Living, working and COVID-19’. Join us this Thursday 28 May at 4pm where the findings of the survey and the impact of COVID-19 on work, life and well-being will be further discussed during the European Youth Event (EYE) online event.
An Irish company is receiving EU funding to help develop a rapid diagnostic test for Covid-19 that can deliver results in less than an hour. The project, called HG nCoV19 test from Dublin-based SME Hibergene Diagnostics, will allow health workers to make a speedy, accurate diagnosis, meaning patients can be isolated and quarantined quickly. It could also identify essential workers without Covid-19 so they can avoid unnecessary quarantine and continue to deliver vital services and supplies.
Applications are now open for the 2020 European Citizen's Prize. Citizens, groups of citizens, associations or organisations can apply or nominate another citizen or organisation for the prize. The European Parliament awards this prize every year to projects and initiatives that facilitate cross-border cooperation or promote mutual understanding within the EU. Deadline: 30 June 2020 (23:59, Brussels time)
As the European Youth Event (#EYE2020) which was to take place in Strasbourg on 29-30 May is postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the European Parliament presents a special online edition of the event, with different activities organised in digital formats. Young people from all over the EU and beyond will meet virtually, share their stories and exchange their views with experts, decision-makers, activists and influencers.
Parliament's calendar is colour coded to indicate activities of a particular week - plenary sittings in Strasbourg, plenary sittings in Brussels; meetings of committees and interparliamentary delegations; political group meetings and weeks where MEPs concentrate exclusively on constituency work. View Parliament's calendars here.
Keep up to date with what the EU has done, is doing and plans to do by downloading the Citizens App. Find out about local and national initiatives on 20 different themes. Access multmedia content such as videos, podcasts, slideshows and more. Available via AppleAppsStore and Google Playstore.
What Europe does for me
What Europe does for me is a website launched by the European Parliament in the run-up to the European elections 2019. This multi-lingual interactive website gives lots of examples of the positive impact that the EU makes to citizens' everyday lives. Find out what Europe has done in your town, city or region or get more detailed background papers on EU policy.
Newshub is an online tool relaying live all items published by MEPs, political groups, the President and the institution on their communication channels: websites, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc.
European Parliament Think Tank
The Think Tank will systematically search Parliament studies, library briefings, impact assessment and European added value papers, STOA and economic dialogue documentation, surveys on public opinion and EU fact sheets and provide you with solid background information in a policy field.
The European Parliament's Multimedia Centre is a single platform for parliament's audiovisual material. You can watch, download, or share audiovisual media of parliamentary activities - news footage, videos, images, audio sound bites and live streaming of parliamentary sessions and committee meetings.