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Albert Reynolds RIP

Leave a Comment 21/Aug/2014

It was with great sadness that I heard of the passing of former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds this morning. May he Rest in Peace. He was not only a close personal friend of mine and my family’s but also the creator of the peace we have today, North and South. My thoughts are with Kathleen and [...]

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Brian Crowley MEP Statement

Leave a Comment 23/Jun/2014

23rd June 2014 “I have decided to leave the ALDE Group in the EU to join the ECR Group, which will allow me to provide a better service for my constituents. The ECR Group (European Conservatives and Reformists Group) is a non-federalist, pro-EU group who believes in giving a much stronger say to National Governments [...]

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Final Strasbourg Plenary Session 14 – 20 April 2014

Leave a Comment 14/Apr/2014

Agenda Banking Union.  MEPs will debate and vote on measures to make banks shoulder the risks of failure rather than relying on taxpayers to bail them out. These complement the single bank supervision system and take the EU far down the road of banking union. (Debate and vote Tuesday) Basic bank accounts.  New rules enabling [...]

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Brussels Plenary Mini Session 02 April – 03 April 2014

Leave a Comment 02/Apr/2014

Ukraine. MEPs are to give their green light to lifting EU customs duties on imports from Ukraine, so as to boost its ailing economy. The EU’s action on Russia following the recent events in Crimea and its strategy towards Iran will be addressed in a joint debate with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on [...]

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STRASBOURG PLENARY SESSION 10 – 16 March 2014

Leave a Comment 11/Mar/2014

Ukraine. The invasion of Ukraine by Russia and rapidly unfolding developments on the Crimea are up for a debate and vote on Wednesday. On Monday evening, the Foreign Affairs Committee will discuss the €11 bn. EU aid package to Ukraine. Data protection. MEPs are set to beef up safeguards for data transfers to non-EU countries [...]

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Strasbourg Plenary Session 24 – 27 February 2014

Leave a Comment 24/Feb/2014

Ukraine. MEPs will discuss and vote a resolution on developments in Ukraine and EU action in response to the violent repression of demonstrations there. (Debate Wednesday and vote Thursday) Tobacco. MEPs are set to approve an agreement with Council on legislation to make tobacco products less attractive to young people. It would increase the size [...]

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Strasbourg Plenary Session 03 – 09 February 2014

Leave a Comment 03/Feb/2014

Banking Union. MEPs are set to vote on the single resolution mechanism and related bank-financed fund – the third and final step towards the launch of a banking union – after further negotiations with Council on Wednesday. The rules will make banks safer thanks to better supervision, protect depositors’ savings and stop taxpayers from being [...]

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Strasbourg Plenary Session 13 – 19 January 2014

Leave a Comment 13/Jan/2014

Council presidency. Parliament will discuss the programme of the incoming Greek Presidency of the Council with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Commission President Barroso on Wednesday morning. In a separate debate, on Tuesday, MEPs will review the outgoing Lithuanian Presidency with President Dalia Grybauskaitė. Free movement. MEPs will debate the right to freedom of movement [...]

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STRASBOURG PLENARY SESSION 9 – 12 December 2013

Leave a Comment 10/Dec/2013

Fisheries. Next in the series of votes on policy programmes funded by the EU’s long-term budget (MFF), approved at the last session, will be the EU’s fisheries policy and the €6.574 billion fisheries fund regulation for the next seven years. Reform plans include a ban on discarding unwanted fish at sea and new requirements for [...]

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Parliament Adopts Budget

Leave a Comment 20/Nov/2013

Good news in Plenary this week that we have adopted the new seven year financial budget programme (MFF) and certainty is now given to the long term planning for programmes like the CAP, Research and Innovation, European Social and Cohesion Funds. There will still be an annual budget process and governments will now have to [...]

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