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    • Conference on the Future of Europe: European Citizens’ Panels set to start

      Conference on the Future of Europe: European Citizens’ Panels set to start

      The European Citizens’ Panels will kick off their deliberations with the first 200-citizen meeting between 17 and 19 September in Strasbourg, EP Press service reported. The first sessions of all four Panels will take place on Parliament’s premises in Strasbourg and begin working on draft recommendations within each Panel’s remit. This first European Citizens’ Panel will focus on a stronger economy, social justice, jobs/education, youth, culture, and sport/digital transformation, based on citizens’ contributions collected from across Europe on the Multilingual Digital Platform, as well as support and presentations from prominent academics.

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    • EP to co-host a high-level Global State of Human Rights conference

      EP to co-host a high-level Global State of Human Rights conference

      On 16 July, Parliament will co-host the first-ever Global State of Human Rights conference to discuss the state of human rights internationally, EP Press service reported on Monday. The conference will bring together MEPs, European Commissioners, Nobel Peace Prize recipients, Sakharov Prize laureates, representatives of international organisations, academia and stakeholders. They will discuss a variety of topics related to the global situation for human rights across three main panels. The conference is jointly organised by the European Parliament and the Global Campus of Human Rights.

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    • EP passes €6.1bn bill on sustainable fisheries

      EP passes €6.1bn bill on sustainable fisheries

      The European Parliament adopted the 2021-2027 fisheries and aquaculture fund to support the blue economy, protect biodiversity and promote international ocean governance. The initiative is also aimed to support fishing communities. The new European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF) encourages Member States to invest in making the fisheries and aquaculture sectors more competitive and helping develop a sustainable blue economy, new markets and technologies.

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    • Europeans want to finally leave this pandemic behind

      Europeans want to finally leave this pandemic behind

      In recent days, travelling through Member States because of NextGenerationEU, I had the opportunity to meet Europeans from all walks of life. I met passionate young women in Brussels, training to become coders in only seven months. I met stage designers at Cinecittà, near Rome. They weave together the time-tested traditional studio production with new digital technologies.

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    • EU guarantees right for safe legal abortion

      EU guarantees right for safe legal abortion

      The European parliament passed a resolution that guarantees the right of every woman for legal and safe abortion, Reuters reported. The bill comes as part of EU efforts to protect women's health. The resolution calls for all 27 Member States to amend legislation. The resolution, approved by 378 to 255 votes, said the Covid-19 pandemic had limited the access to many services crucial for sexual and reproductive health and rights, claiming that pandemic had affected women more than men.

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    • Parliament to sue Commission for failure to act on rule of law

      Parliament to sue Commission for failure to act on rule of law

      In a resolution adopted on Thursday with 506 votes in favour, 150 against and 28 abstentions, Parliament warned it may sue the Commission for failing to strictly impose the rule of law across the Union, the EP press service reported. Furthermore, MEPs instruct EP President David Sassoli to call on the Commission, within two weeks at the latest, to “fulfil its obligations” or risk going to court.

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