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European Parliament President Tajani on official visit to France
European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, is paying an official visit to France from 21 to 22 September 2017.

Ahead of the trip, the President declared: “France is a great country that, along with other EU member states, can push for the change needed to make Europe more effective, democratic, and truly able to respond to our citizens’ most pressing concerns. As the only EU institution directly elected by the people, the European Parliament must play a key role in shaping this process. The future of Europe will therefore be at the centre of my meetings in Paris."

State of the Union debate: shaping the future of the EU

Political groups welcomed Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s ambitious vision for a strong and united Europe 2025 in the annual “State of the Union” debate Wednesday morning.

Plans on defence, security, legal migration, international trade, social equality and on how to strengthen the Union’s budgetary capacity and democratic decision-making process were discussed by political group leaders in a three-hour debate. 

For more information check out our special page on State of the Union debate

Parliament in session: Securing gas supply across the EU
An EU country facing an urgent gas shortage can trigger cross-border assistance from its neighbours, under new cooperation rules approved by Parliament today.

Sufficient gas supply for households, district heating and essential social services such as hospitals take priority. A member state can activate the solidarity mechanism and call on other member states to help tackle a severe crisis.

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