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Parliament approved the draft EU budget for 2015 and a top-up of the 2014 one on Wednesday. The budget foresees €145.32 billion in commitments and €141.21 billion in payments for 2015, and an extra €4.25 billion to settle unpaid bills in 2014. ˮIt is clear that the amounts that we are to accept will at best only stabilize the level of European debt. What gives me hope is the payment plan aimed at decreasing the amount of unpaid billsˮ, said Budgets Committee chair Jean Arthuis (ALDE, FR), in the final debate on the budgets on 16 December. ˮGovernments had accepted the political commitments but then they failed to pay what they owed. Do we have to recall yet again that payments are only technical consequences of commitments?ˮ he asked.
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On Wednesday at noon President Schulz announced the winner of the European Parliament's 2014 LUX Prize for cinema at a ceremony in the Chamber. "Ida" is the story of a young women looking for her identity, an emotional individual story superimposed over the painful past of Europe. Accepting the award from EP President, the director Pawel Pawlikowsky said: "Ida is a film that has succeeded in touching the public across the whole of Europe. This shows that cinema still has a role to play in our society. (...) The LUX Prize established a new award for European film-makers (...) and has also made it possible for thousands of European citizens to join together in experiencing shared emotions."
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The European Parliament supports "in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two state solution, and believes these should go hand in hand with the development of peace talks, which should be advanced", it says in a resolution passed on Wednesday. To support EU diplomatic efforts in the Middle East peace process, it also decided to launch a “Parliamentarians for Peace” initiative to bring together MEPs and MPs from the Israeli and Palestinian Parliaments.
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The European Commission’s 2015 work programme, in which it outlines 23 new proposals and lists 80 items of pending legislation for withdrawal or amendment, drew a mixed response from MEPs in Tuesday’s debate with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and first Vice-President Frans Timmermans. Parliament will vote a resolution in January on the "new start" promised by the Commission
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Parliament re-elected the current European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly for the EP's 2014-2019 term this Tuesday 16 December 2014. She was backed by 569 MEPs in a secret ballot. Ms O’Reilly, who is Irish, was first elected European Ombudsman on 3 July 2013, after her predecessor retired. In today's ballot she was the only candidate. 569 members voted in favour, 66 against and 43 abstained. The task of the ombudsman is to investigate complaints about maladministration by EU institutions and bodies. Complaints can be submitted by anyone who lives in the EU or is an official citizen, as well as companies and associations with an office in the EU.
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A provisional agreement on the European Union budget for 2015 and the means to settle this year’s most urgent unpaid bills was reached by negotiators for Parliament and the Council on Monday. The deal still needs to be endorsed both by the full Parliament and the Council. For payments, MEPs secured €4.8 billion more to pay bills for 2014-2015. For 2015, the negotiators agreed to a compromise of €145.3 billion in commitments and €141.2 billion in payments.
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Political group and committee meetings take place this week in Brussels. This week MEPs are discussing a number of issues that need to be finalised during the last plenary session of the year which commences in Strasbourg next Monday. Among the issues on this week's agenda are the on-going budget negotiations between the Parliament and Council, a resolution on migration responsibilities and appointments to the banking union's Single Resolution Board. At the Conference of Presidents Jean-Claude Juncker will present the Commission's programme of work for 2015.
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New legislation to allow EU member states to restrict, or ban, the cultivation of crops containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on their own territory, even if it is allowed at EU level, were agreed by Parliament and Council delegations on Wednesday night
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The European Parliament's Conference of Presidents (EP President and political group leaders), meeting today in Riga, decided to authorize Parliament's Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs to draw up two reports on tax fairness in Europe. Because of the complexity of the issue, Parliament's political leaders authorized the preparation of two reports: an inquiry report and a legislative one. For each of these parliamentary acts, the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee may appoint up to two rapporteurs.
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Members of the Agriculture committee welcomed on Wednesday plans to simplify the EU farm policy and called on Commissioner Hogan to come up with new actions to help milk farmers. MEPs also voiced concerns over uneven implementation of greening measures which are due to come into force next year and called on Mr Hogan to do more to tackle effects of the Russian ban on EU farmers.
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The “fresh start” to the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks includes more transparency, to show EU citizens “what’s in there for them”, stepping up civil society involvement in the talks, and “ambitious and realistic” goals for EU access to the US goods, services and public procurement markets, EU trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström told the International Trade Committee on Wednesday.
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