This week a monthly European Parliament plenary session has taken place in Strasbourg. Among other issues it featured debates on the 2014-2020 multiannual financial framework and the 2013 EU budget on which the EU Council and the European Parliament have failed to agree and therefore the EU Commission has to come up with a new proposal; and other trade, transport and foreign affairs questions. (Read more...)
Yesterday, one of the European Parliament conference rooms hosting up to 300 people was packed. Not only the EP staff and representatives from other EU institutions, diplomats, members of the academic community, but also guests from Lithuania, France, Italy and other countries gathered here to meet one of the most significant social thinkers of our age Professor Zygmut Bauman. (Read more...)
European Parliament will soon have a space called "The Baltic Way". The EP Bureau composed of the EP President Martin Schulz along with 14 Vice-Presidents and the five Quaestors has decided to give this name to a corridor in the first floor of the Altiero Spinelli building.
In the end of last week, the Member of the European Parliament visited the Aarhus town in Denmark where he participated in the Lithuanian Days organised by the biggest university in Denmark. On this occasion, L. Donskis has given a lecture to the academic community of the Aarhus University called "Identity of small nations and dilemmas of the European Union - Lithuanian perspective". (Read more...)
Last week, with 47 votes in favour and 4 abstentions the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs adopted the draft EP Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World 2011 and European Union`s Policy on the Matter prepared by Leonidas Donskis.
180 million Euros is the sum needed to ensure that the European Parliament properly functions in its three headquarters in Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg.