Plenary session of the European Parliament - 23-26 november in Strasbourg

monday 16 november 2009

The plenary session of the European Parliament is where the Parliament formally sits to vote on EU legislation and adopt its position on political issues. The plenary sessions take place 12 times a year in Strasbourg and there are also 6 mini-plenary sessions held in Brussels.

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    • 26 october 2016

      The Austrian National Holiday

    • The Austrian National Council adopted its Constitutional Law and declared its neutrality on 26th October 1955, following the departure in May 1955 of the last troops occupying Austria.The Soviets' agreed to sign the Treaty of the State on the condition that through constitutional law, Austria will "not adhere to any military alliance and will not tolerate the settlement of military bases of foreign states on its territory."
      October 26th was declared the Austrian National Holiday in memory of its restored independence and democracy.
    • 16 november 2016

      International Day for Tolerance

    • In 1996, the UN General Assembly (by resolution 51/95) invited UN Member States to observe the International Day for Tolerance on 16 November, with activities directed towards both educational establishments and the wider public.

      This action followed on the United Nations Year for Tolerance, 1995, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 at the initiative of UNESCO, as outlined in the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance and Follow-up Plan of Action for the Year.

      The 2005 World Summit Outcome document (A/RES/60/1) furthered the commitment of Heads of State and Government to advance human welfare, freedom and progress everywhere, as well as to encourage tolerance, respect, dialogue and cooperation among different cultures, civilizations and peoples.
    • 18 november 2016

      Latvia's National Holiday

    • Until the twentieth century Latvia was dominated successively by the Germans, the Poles, the Swedes and the Russians. The country was finally liberated follozing the First Wolrd War.
      Latvia declared its independence on 18 November 1918; this independence, however, only lasted until the Soviets re-occupied Latvia in 1940.
      The lasting Latvian independence was restored on August 21, 1991.