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Full moratorium on West Bank settlement

Full moratorium on West Bank settlement

The EU should step up pressure on Israel to stop expanding settlements on the West Bank, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Ahmed Abu Gheit told MEPs on Tuesday. Egypt also wants an agreement on the borders of the new Palestinian state. Source : © European Parliament

Maternity leave directive: paid paternity leave creates controversy among MEPs

Maternity leave directive: paid paternity leave creates controversy among MEPs

Maternity leave should be extended from 14 to 20 weeks, says MEP Edite Estrela (S&D, PT) in a report, debated by Womens’ Rights Committee MEPs on Tuesday, on proposals to update the EU “maternity leave” directive.

MEPs favour maintaining a strong, reformed, common agricultural policy

MEPs favour maintaining a strong, reformed, common agricultural policy

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) can benefit all EU citizens, if equipped to face new challenges such as climate change, food security and water management, but it must be maintained and supported to meet new global demands, agreed most Agriculture Committee MEPs on Tuesday, in a workshop on the CAP’s future after 2013.

"Visa liberalisation not a substitute for accession negotiations"

"Visa liberalisation not a substitute for accession negotiations"

“Visa liberalisation must not be a substitute for the start of accession negotiations. It is an instrument for further integration; it is not a goal in itself”, Foreign Affairs Minister of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Antonio Milososki told MEPs on Tuesday. Source : © European Parliament

Court of Auditors 2008 report: further improvements needed, say MEPs

Court of Auditors 2008 report: further improvements needed, say MEPs

Although control of EU spending has improved and errors are down, more needs to be done, said Budgetary Control Committee MEPs on Tuesday as the Court of Auditors presented its 2008 report. The presentation launched the 2008 discharge procedure

Massoud Barzani on Iraqi elections, Turkey and oil

Massoud Barzani on Iraqi elections, Turkey and oil

Iraqi Kurdistan’s President Massoud Barzani discussed Iraq’s forthcoming elections, relations with Turkey, oil supplies, minority rights and honour killings with MEPs on Tuesday. MEPs paid tribute to Mr Barzani’s role in stabilising northern Iraq.