The migratory movements have led to questions on the way of thinking. The challenges are indeed great, climate change is becoming more and more felt, especially in the poorest countries, and together with the European Commission and Member States, we are trying to find answers. Now, we recognise an important role between development policy and migration but also between development and security. This means if we can help people in Africa, in different countries, in Asia, in America, maybe the people who live there can create possibilities for themselves, industrial, social, then maybe, they don’t have to ride the waves of migration. They see Europe as a big paradise. We have recognised that the private sector can provide much more assistance than it has given so far, but it needs guarantees. There are good examples of private investment in the alternative energy sector and the European Union’s co-financing investment is crucial because when developing countries get energy, their situation will improve significantly. In 2050, we will have a world population of 9 billion people. We have to be flexible, to change something. It’s necessary to have different goals, but also to be really prepared for our reaction to the challenges that may come.


Never forget. This is the battle of a lifetime for anti-Nazi icon Beate Klarsfeld. At 78 years old, she was the distinguished guest of a ceremony for Holocaust Remembrance Day at the European Parliament. She remains as convinced as ever of the cause she’s fighting for... The problem with Nazi criminals has ended of course, since the most important ones have all been convicted. Now there are more battles to fight, like the one against the populism that has taken hold of Europe. With her husband Serge, Beate Klarsfeld kept tracking Nazis throughout her life to try and catch those responsible for the Holocaust, so that they could be prosecuted. Holocaust Remembrance Day marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz camp on 27 January 1945. Europe's institutions, its member states, its citizens, must oppose and fight against anti-semitism. The antidote is to remember, but also to look forward to the future. Alongside the new president of the European Parliament and Tony Blair,Beate Klarsfeld is warning the European people : Europe was not made for extremists to hold power. Do we want a Europe of the extreme right, or do we want a democratic Europe? This is something we need to decide.


For the first time since 1982, Parliament went through four rounds of votes before electing its new president, conservative Italian Antonio Tajani. 15.000 asylum-seekers are currently stranded on the Greek islands, battling a cold front with freezing temperatures Lawmakers urge for emergency aid on their behalf. That's how many members of Parliament voted in favor of a set of European social rights that would boost labor protection in a digital economy. 11 countries are on the black list for allowing money laundering and terrorist financing. MEPs also want to add states that enable tax crimes to the list. Freight transport within the EU will have increased by 70% by 2050; bad news for the environment. Parliament calls for cargo to favor a combination of trains, ships and trucks to reduce pollution.


If you invite 751 people to a party, you need to find the best way to organise it. Or you could do what the European Parliament does and have eight different parties! The Parliament's 751 members and the groups they belong to represent views across the European Union’s political spectrum. This short animation explains how these political groups are set up and what their MEPs do.

From budgets to foreign affairs, the European Parliament tackles many complex issues. If all 751 members were to debate these issues together, there would be too many cooks in the kitchen! The Parliament found a better recipe for decision making by creating a number of committees. Satisfy your appetite for knowledge by learning more about Parliament committees and their activities.

I feel that this prize is a prize for every woman and girl that has been sexually enslaved by IS. I, myself, was sold four times by IS, and every single time I was sold, I tried to escape. The last IS member who bought me was an Iraqi doctor called Islam. I managed to escape with my childhood friend, Catherine and Almas, a nine-year-old child. During our escape, Catherine accidentally walked over a landmine. And it exploded. It was the last sound I heard from her. I very much ask you and urge you to promise that never again will you allow such a crime to happen. The International Criminal Court must act, it must investigate crimes committed by the so-called Islamic State, because these crimes against humanity by the IS must be taken to the International Criminal Court. Without a doubt the IS committed a genocide. This genocide is not only carried out by killing, but also by systematically enslaving women and taking children. IS wanted to break our will to live. They started by killing the disabled and the elderly, and women they did not desire for themselves. Then they destroyed places of worship and infrastructure, so that we wouldn’t return. From here I would like to tell IS and all the terrorists in the world: if you have chosen for yourself the path of indignity, then Europe has chosen for itself the path of humanity and honour. Thank you.

Abdulrahman Al Mawwas is a member of the White Helmets, a humanitarian organisation of 3000 volunteers in Syria. With 2 other members, he was invited to speak in front of the foreign affairs committee of the European Parliament. Having helped civilians for the past 3 years, saving more than 73.000 lives, the work of the White Helmets is internationally acclaimed. They even received the Right Livelihood award. All conditions are against us unfortunately: the number of airstrikes and double targeting of the same areas is what volunteers have to deal with. And a lack of support, aid and equipment. And the fear of being targeted during duty. Honestly, there are a lot of volunteers and this makes us optimistic. And a lot of people ask to join the organisation. The bright side of the civil defense is the love and respect for Syrian people and even the world. All people call us heroes. That’s a privilege for us. Sometimes we’re tired of being heroes. We need a rest now. Honestly, there is a lack of fuel, food and water in several regions of Syria and not just in Aleppo. But the siege of Aleppo has lasted for more than 105 days. Unfortunately, this siege is being used as a weapon against civilians, which is a war crime. We’ve always said there needs to be neutrality for citizens, women and children moved away from the conflict. We need a no-fly zone, with a civil protection. We asked for that 2 years ago. Andunfortunately, no one answered. So today, we ask for a humanitarian corridor to send humanitarian aid to help civilians, and planes to drop aid. If we were at all connected to any terrorist organisation, we wouldn’t be here now. We work for Syrians in every region. Unfortunately, the regime and its allies have always targeted our teams. And the last target was yesterday during work. They targeted our work center. Honestly, we know the regime and its allies’ propaganda. They use the media to prevent any successful stories outside of regime control. So we don’t even care about this propaganda. And our goal has been always to save the biggest number of lives in the shortest time.

The Cyber Security Directive is the latest component in Europe's drive for digital supremacy. For the first time, coordination is being sought for essential services such as air traffic control, health and financial markets. But to lead the world, first things first: ironing out any chinks in your armour that could leave your system vulnerable to cyber attacks. If there is a hacker out there that tries to hack your hospital data, this data should be protected in such a way that there is no danger of it being displayed anywhere other than is allowed. Companies would need robust enough systems to ward off online threats and report any serious incidents to a national authority. But beyond the sectors a country could deem as crucial to protect, the likes of Google, Microsoft, and social media sites would also fall within its ambit. These internet giants and network specialists are just asked to inform public authorities about structured attacks, the information about cyber attacks that they gather. The days of the internet's Wild Wild West could soon be coming to an end.

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