Monthly Archives: February 2019

Death penalty: key facts about the situation in Europe and the rest of the world

Capital punishment: facts and figures By 2017, 142 countries had abolished the death penalty in law or practice, leaving 56 countries still using capital punishment. There were at least 993 recorded executions in 23 countries (excluding China, where thousands of executions are believed to have been carried out), with more than 20,000 people on death…
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Disaster management: boosting the EU’s emergency response

MEPs have approved plans to improve disaster response by updating the EU’s civil defence mechanism and creating additional reserve capacity. On 12 February, MEPs voted in favour of upgrading the EU's civil defence mechanism to help member states respond faster and more effectively to emergencies and disasters, both recurrent and unexpected. They propose to improve…
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Future of the blue planet: Parliament conference on oceans

Worried about what is happening to our oceans? Take part in the Parliament's conference on their future taking place on 19 March. The importance of healthy oceans The oceans are of crucial importance as they are home to a rich biodiversity, act as climate regulators and offer food security. They also contribute to the European…
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Cheap cross-border payments: sharing the benefits of the euro

On 14 February MEPs adopted plans to ensure lower charges on euro payments across the EU and increase transparency on currency conversion fees when a payment involves different currencies. Lower payment charges for countries outside the euro zone Existing rules already provide for low payment costs between euro zone countries. For example, if you live…
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