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CAIRO, June 24, 2018 (MENA) – The Egyptian parliament on Sunday approved presidential decree no.266 of 2018 to extend a nationwide state of emergency for three months as of July 14, 2018.

In a plenary session, Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal said the decree was endorsed after securing the required two-thirds majority of votes.

The decree authorizes the army and police to take the necessary steps to combat terrorism in order to preserve the safety of citizens and public property across the nation.

The state of emergency was first imposed in April 2017 after two church bombings killed 47 people. It has been renewed every three months ever since.

CAIRO, June 19, 2018 (MENA) - House of Representatives Secretary General Ahmed Saadeddin Tuesday denied reports on some news websites that a number of Egypt's Parliament members visited Russia to attend World Cup matches at the expense of the Parliament.

A statement released by Saadeddin denied such reports, saying a number of MPs traveled to Russia at their own expenses and the House has nothing to do with it.

The House's statutes do not approve this at all, he said, calling on everyone to verify news before publishing any stories.

Gazette staff

BRUSSELS - Egypt's Speaker of the House of Deputies (parliament) Dr Ali Abdel Aal confirmed the strength of relations between Egypt and Belgium. He said that Egypt was looking forward to boosting these ties through attracting more Belgian investments and through the exchange of official visits by parliamentary and trade delegations from the two countries.

Abdel Aal also called for reinvigorating Belgian tourism to Egypt, especially since Egypt is secure and stable.

Dr Abdel Aal was speaking Tuesday during a meeting, with the Speaker of the Flemish Parliament in Belgium, Jan Peumans, which was part of a series of meetings Abdel Aal held during his current visit to Brussels for talks with the President of the European Parliament and some officials.

The speaker of the Flemish Parliament expressed his appreciation for the exemplary relations binding Egypt and Belgium.

He said that the Belgian people were proud of the ancient Egyptian civilisation, and he pointed out that there was great potential for co-operation between Egypt and the Flanders region.

Discussions also covered ways of strengthening economic and educational ties and promoting the activities of several companies, throughout Egypt.

Dr Abdel Aal met the Chairman of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives, Siegfried Bracke, on the sidelines of his current visit to Brussels upon an official invitation from the Speaker of the European Parliament.

During the meeting Tuesday, Dr. Abdel Aal said that there should be more parliamentary coordination and co-operation between the two countries on issues of mutual concern.

BRUSSELS, June 19, 2018 (News Wires) - The EU’s second highest court on Tuesday upheld a decision by the European Parliament to recover €300,000 from far-right politician and former French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen.

Le Pen, also a member of the European Parliament between 2009 and 2017, had been ordered to pay after Parliament found she had unduly claimed the sum for a parliamentary assistant. Le Pen had taken the case to the EU Court.

“By today’s judgment, the Court dismisses Ms Le Pen’s action and confirms the Parliament’s recovery decision,” the General Court, the EU’s second-highest, said.

Le Pen can still appeal the decision on points of law to the EU Court of Justice, the EU’s top court.

CAIRO, June 17, 2018 (MENA) - Egypt's Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal on Sunday participated in the meeting of the financial committee of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

The Geneva-hosted meeting discussed the IPU's 2019 budget, the House of Representatives said in a statement.

According to the statement, Abdel Aal also partook in the meeting of the union's executive committee.

The two-day meeting will discuss amendments proposed by the member states regarding the union's statute.

Abdel Aal also met with Speaker of the Kuwaiti National Assembly Marzouq Al-Ghanim on the sidelines of the meeting in which they discussed Kuwaiti proposals to amend the union's basic system.

CAIRO, June 11, 2018 (MENA) - Egypt's House of Representatives Speaker Ali Abdel Aal decided on Monday to put off debates on a motion submitted by MP Moustafa Bakri to add a new article to the National Press Authority (NPA) bill as regards the end-of-service gratuity of staffers of all national press institutions.

The article stipulates giving the journalists, administrative employees and workers in the state-owned press institutions an end-of-service gratuity equal to one month's wage for each of their years in service after reaching retirement age.

Bakri said there are two national institutions got more than 1.4 billion pounds as a support from the State last year so it will not be difficult to give employees in these entities an end-of-service gratuity equal to one month's wage for each of their 30 years in service.

Abdel Aal said the house needs to address the Financial Ministry and the state-owned press institutions first to know whether they can provide these funds or not.

He said the National Press Authority bill will be submitted to the State Council after review and debates on this item will be deferred till the bill is sent back to the house for voting.

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