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Virtual Currencies
In recent years currencies such as Bitcoin have emerged that are not issued by banks but exist in the digital world only, relying on public and shared databases to have balances and transactions verified. The EU should set up a task force to monitor developments in this area and prepare to step in with regulations if necessary, according to a report debated by MEPs on 25 May and voted today.

Press release: Virtual currencies: "The technology is rapidly evolving and we must follow it”
Official visit of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands
King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands addressed Parliament in Brussels in a formal sitting for the first time since his accession to the throne in April 2013. Speaking of identity and solidarity, the King said he belonged to the first generation of Europeans in history to enjoy the good fortune of peace and expressed the hope future generations would have this opportunity too: “It’s all too easy to take peace for granted.“

Press release: King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands: “It’s all too easy to take peace for granted”
Exchange of views with Syrian Opposition Coalition leader
The Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Elmar Brok, with other members of the European Parliament, held an exchange of views today with the leader of the Syrian Opposition Coalition Anas al-Abdah, accompanied by representatives of main Syrian opposition groups.

During a press point Mr Brok insisted on the need to establish a real ceasefire and to remain at the negotiation table.  Mr al-Abdah called on Europe to play a stronger role in the ongoing political process.
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