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13-10-2014

What's happening in the European Parliament: 13-19 October

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European Parliament Brussels

In the week preceeding the October plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg,  the EP president and the political group leaders will meet this week to discuss the committee evaluations of the candidate commissioners and decide the next steps.  Also on the agenda EU security and the threat posed by ISIS, human rights in Syria, Iraq and neighbouring countries, announcement of this year's Sakharov Prize.   Read on.

The winner of this year's Sakharov Prize will be announced on Thursday.  In addition the foreign affairs and civil liberties committees debate EU security and the threat posed by ISIS, while the human rights subcommittee discusses the violation of human rights in Syria.

On Thursday the foreign affairs and civil liberties committees will debate the new terrorism threats stemming from the rise of ISIS and its implications for EU security with Jean-Paul Laborde, the UN's executive director for counter terrorism.

The human rights subcommittee discuss the human rights situation in Syria, Iraq and neighbouring countries on Monday.

On the same day the economic committee votes on a resolution on the progress made by member states in implementing the economic policy priorities - known as the European Semester - for 2014.

On Thursday EP president Martin Schulz and the leaders of the political groups announce the laureate of the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for 2014.

Finally, the political groups will prepare for next week plenary session in Strasbourg where president-elect Jean-Claude Juncker will present his team for the next European Commission. Following a debate, MEPs will vote on whether to approve the new Commission.