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Conference of Presidents in Madrid for talks with future Spanish Presidency

Conference of Presidents in Madrid for talks with future Spanish Presidency

Ahead of the Spanish presidency of the Council, which begins in January, EP President Jerzy Buzek and leaders of the political groups in the European Parliament will be in Madrid on Thursday and Friday for meetings with Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, other ministers and members of the Spanish Parliament. The delegation will also be received by King Juan Carlos

2010 budget: conciliation agreement confirmed and EP priorities secured

2010 budget: conciliation agreement confirmed and EP priorities secured

The EU’s 2010 budget was approved at the second reading by the Budgets Committee on Wednesday. This vote confirmed the 18 November budget conciliation agreement with the Council of Ministers and retained Parliament’s first-reading priorities, notably on energy and entrepreneurship.

2010 budget conciliation: funding of economic recovery plan solved

2010 budget conciliation: funding of economic recovery plan solved

The EU’s 2010 budget was agreed by conciliation delegations from Parliament and the Council on Wednesday evening. They found funding for the EU economic recovery plan and of the closure of the Bulgarian nuclear plant Kozlodoy and agreed on emergency aid to milk producers. Payments will be €122,937 million, splitting the difference between the two sides’ initial proposals

Energy-saving buildings: agreement reached

Energy-saving buildings: agreement reached

All buildings built after 31 December 2020 must have high energy-saving standards and be powered to a large extent by renewable energy. Public authorities will lead the way two years earlier and part of the funding for these changes will come from the EU. These are among the key points of a deal reached on Tuesday evening between Parliament and Council negotiators

UN Human Rights Council "bias" disappoints MEPs

UN Human Rights Council "bias" disappoints MEPs

The UN Human Rights Council should drop its “political bias” on human rights in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories and take a more flexible and pragmatic approach to human rights worldwide, said Human Rights Sub-Committee MEPs at a public hearing on Tuesday. It is too soon to judge the HRC, replied its President Alex Van Meeuwen. Source : © European Parliament

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

Changed Council attitude makes 2007 discharge possible

Changed Council attitude makes 2007 discharge possible

Parliament should grant the Council a discharge for the 2007 budget, said the Budgetary Control Committee on Wednesday. Its recommendation followed a marked change in the attitude of the Council, which for years had refused either to meet or to present annual activity reports to the committee

Telecoms package: Parliament and Council to open formal conciliation proceedings

Telecoms package: Parliament and Council to open formal conciliation proceedings

Parliament and Council have decided to open formal conciliation proceedings on the telecoms package on 4 November. The sole point of discussion concerns internet access