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Parliament to hold hearings of Commissioners-designate on 11-19 January

Parliament to hold hearings of Commissioners-designate on 11-19 January

The European Parliament has scheduled its hearings of the newly nominated Commissioners to begin on 11 January and end on 19 January. The final vote on the full Commission is planned for 26 January. Source : © European Parliament

MEPs set out demands for EU top jobs

MEPs set out demands for EU top jobs

MEPs focused on top EU jobs in a plenary debate with Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and Commission President José Manuel Barroso on the outcome of the October European Council. MEPs voiced concerns about the tight timetable for appointing candidates, their qualifications, and gender issues

Parental leave is only the first step towards work-life balance, say MEPs

Parental leave is only the first step towards work-life balance, say MEPs

Parental leave is the first step towards achieving a good “work-life balance” and should as such be supported by Parliament, Commission and Council, say MEPs from the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality. Further measures are also needed to encourage men to equally share family responsibilities. Source : © European Parliament

Milk prices: Parliament agrees to urgent procedure to help dairy sector

Milk prices: Parliament agrees to urgent procedure to help dairy sector

A fast track procedure to rapidly approve intervention measures for the dairy market was approved by Parliament on Tuesday.

EU diplomatic service: call for power of scrutiny

EU diplomatic service: call for power of scrutiny

The EP Constitutional Affairs Committee called on Monday for the planned EU diplomatic service to be part of the Commission structure and be funded from the EU budget. This set-up would make the service subject to democratic scrutiny by the European Parliament. Source : © European Parliament