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Foreign fighters as well as “lone wolves” training and preparing terrorist attacks on European soil will be criminalised under new EU-rules to fight terrorism backed on Monday. (Read more: Clampdown on terrorism -new counter-terrorism law backed by civil liberties MEPs )

 

All EU citizens and third country nationals entering or leaving the EU will be checked against databases, e.g. of lost and stolen documents, under a draft law informally agreed by MEPs and EU ministers on Monday. (Read more: Mandatory checks at EU external borders: deal done by MEPs and ministers )

 

Easier access for all rail operators to domestic rail markets should give rail passengers more choice and better quality services under draft rules backed by Transport and Tourism Committee on Monday. (Read more: Transport MEPs back reform of domestic rail services )

 

EU nationals being radicalised and travelling to fight in Iraq or Syria represent a growing threat. Most of the recent terrorist attacks in Europe were perpetrated by home-grown terrorists, and some of them proved to be returning “foreign fighters”. The civil liberties committee votes today on a new directive on combatting terrorism. The text, drafted in the wake of the November 2015 Paris attacks, proposes the criminalisation of preparatory acts such as travelling for terrorist purposes. (Read more: Terrorism: members to vote on new measures against foreign fighters )

 
Press releases (second part)
 

With committees meeting and the final plenary session of the year to prepare for, members have a busy week in store for them in Brussels. Members vote on proposals to reduce industrial greenhouse gas emissions, to help member states better fight terrorism, and to make the EU more democratic and transparent. The political groups also prepare for next week’s sitting in Strasbourg where the 2016 Sakharov Prize will be awarded to Yazidi survivors and advocates Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar. (Read more: In Parliament this week: terrorism, future of Europe, and Syria's White Helmets )

 
INTRO: Remember #EYE2016? Well it’s not over yet! In the past weeks participants at May’s European Youth Event addressed members of the EP on their ideas for a better Europe.   Over the past weeks participants of May’s European Youth Event told MEPs about their ideas for a better Europe.

Some 7,500 young people came to the Parliament in May 2016 to come up with ideas on how the improve the situation in Europe as part of the European Youth Event (EYE). In recent weeks a number of these participants were invited to present their ideas on anything from asylum policy to e-voting to Parliament committees. Thanking participants at the end of the hearings this week, Vice-President Mairead McGuinness said: “Your future is determined by politics, make sure you are involved in it." (Read more: EYE hearings: empowering young people )

 

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, visited today the European Parliament in Brussels, where he was welcomed by Parliament President Martin Schulz. They had a meeting during which they discussed developments in Tunisia and EU-Tunisia relations. Essebsi called the visit is a "historic and highly symbolic moment" and addressed MEPs on his country's commitment to democracy and freedom. (Read more: Tunisian President: "Islam is not incompatible with democracy" )

 

MEPs approved €31.5 million in EU aid to repair flood damage in Bavaria in a plenary vote on Thursday. Seven people died in the May and June 2016 floods, which affected more than 47,000 people in Lower Bavaria. Over 2,000 were still unable to return to their homes two months later. Hardest hit was the Rottal-Inn district in Lower Bavaria. The aid will come from the EU Solidarity Fund (EUSF). (Read more: Parliament approves €31.5m in EU aid to repair flood damage in Bavaria )

 

Trust in the US took a hit following revelations of mass surveillance by Edward Snowden, but an agreement on data protection adopted by MEPs today should help to restore it. The deal known as the umbrella agreement covers the transfer of all personal data exchanged across the Atlantic when dealing with criminal offences, including terrorism. Green German MEP Jan Albrecht, who was responsible for steering the deal through Parliament", said it would ensure “high standards and high protection”. (Read more: Data protection: "Snowden case showed US needs to deliver on trustworthy rules" )

 

The European Commission should revise its code of conduct for Commissioners, to ensure that their declarations of interests give a complete picture of the financial situation and activities of a Commissioner and his or her family, said MEPs in a non-binding resolution voted on Thursday. The “cooling off” period for ex-Commissioners should be prolonged to 36 months, they added. (Read more: Commission code of conduct: MEPs call for detailed declarations of interest )

 
 
Weekly agenda
 
Schedule by day Monday 05 Dec 2016
Committee on Budgetary Control - Parliamentary committees (05-12-2016): 15:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on International Trade - Parliamentary committees (05-12-2016): 15:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs - Parliamentary committees (05-12-2016): 15:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection - Parliamentary committees (05-12-2016): 15:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on Constitutional Affairs - Parliamentary committees (05-12-2016): 15:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector - Parliamentary committees (05-12-2016): 15:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on Culture and Education - Parliamentary committees (05-12-2016): 15:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on Employment and Social Affairs - Parliamentary committees (05-12-2016): 15:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
The situation in the African great lakes region - Public hearings (05-12-2016): 15:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Fisheries - Parliamentary committees (05-12-2016): 15:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on Transport and Tourism - Parliamentary committees (05-12-2016): 15:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development - Parliamentary committees (05-12-2016): 15:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Constitutional implications of referenda on European issues - Public hearings (05-12-2016): 15:15, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs - Parliamentary committees (05-12-2016): 15:15, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Foreign Affairs - Parliamentary committees (05-12-2016): 15:30, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
The President's Agenda - The President's diary (05-12-2016):
 
 
Schedule by day Tuesday 06 Dec 2016
"Situation in Crimea" - Press conferences (06-12-2016): 15:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
“The outcome of the trilogue on the revision of the EU firearms directive” - Press conferences (06-12-2016):
 
The President's Agenda - The President's diary (06-12-2016):
 
 
Schedule by day Wednesday 07 Dec 2016
“Manifest for a Common European Status of Artists and situation of Galician culture" - Press conferences (07-12-2016): 11:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee of Inquiry to investigate alleged contraventions and maladministration in the application of Union law in relation to money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion - Parliamentary committees (07-12-2016): 15:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
 
Schedule by day Thursday 08 Dec 2016
Committee on Budgets - Parliamentary committees (08-12-2016): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Subcommittee on Human Rights - Parliamentary committees (08-12-2016): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on Constitutional Affairs - Parliamentary committees (08-12-2016): 09:00
 
Committee on Employment and Social Affairs - Parliamentary committees (08-12-2016): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs - Parliamentary committees (08-12-2016): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Subcommittee on Security and Defence - Parliamentary committees (08-12-2016): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety - Parliamentary committees (08-12-2016): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
“New study of tax avoidance” - Press conferences (08-12-2016): 11:15, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Budgetary Control Committee - Parliamentary committees (08-12-2016): 14:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Fundamental Rights Implications on Big Data - Public hearings (08-12-2016): 14:30, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
The President's Agenda - The President's diary (08-12-2016):
 
 
Schedule by day Friday 09 Dec 2016
Pre-session briefing - Press conferences (09-12-2016): 11:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
The President's Agenda - The President's diary (09-12-2016):
 
 
Twitter
 
The week ahead (5-11 Dec) incl: #antiterrorism, #EUETS, #4thRail, #taxevasion & more. Agenda:… https://t.co/CnnQMHfNsm
Press release: Commission code of conduct: MEPs call for detailed declarations of interest: https://t.co/ZjWsZhD1bu #EPlenary
Press release: #EUBudget2017 approved: better support for #youth and #growth initiatives: https://t.co/HErDeetNGp #EPlenary
.@EP_ForeignAff to meet on 5 Dec: debate on Great Lakes, Syria, vote on EU-Mongolia closer cooperation. Agenda https://t.co/mCFw7RsxXT
IN 8 MIN @EP_ForeignAff MEPs debate latest develop. in #MiddleEast Peace Process w. #EU Special Repres. F. Gentilini https://t.co/f9exTnNYhP
.@EP_HumanRights MEPs debate #humanrights situation in #Tibet w. niece of late Tenzin Delek Rinpoche – LIVE: https://t.co/6tH5csjAmo
NOW @EP_HumanRights MEPs debate #humanrights situation in #Azerbaijan & the case of Leyla Yunus - Follow LIVE: https://t.co/6tH5csBbdW
From 15.30 @EP_HumanRights debate #humanrights in #Azerbaijan & in #Tibet w. niece of late Tenzin Delek Rinpoche : https://t.co/VGKsaslZ9j
The momentum to move towards a working European Defence Policy has come, say @Urmaspaet. Read full statement… https://t.co/EHmFAFt801
RT @EU_Commission: #EUDefence: Business case for defence spending & greater cooperation | How will the European Defence Fund work? https://…
More EU cooperation on #defence was one of last #EPlenary highlights. Small recap https://t.co/i97Fqls4mZ Resolutio… https://t.co/HU9jCCK0ZU
#WorldAIDSday2016: @EP_Development reaffirms its commitment in the fight against AIDS. Full support to patients & o… https://t.co/3qckvYuney
Starting now @EP_Development hearing on good governance & implementation of SDG16: https://t.co/s0rC1nvYsq - Agenda… https://t.co/Ci67butSyd
AT 15.45 @EP_Development MEPs vote its opinion on prevention of use of financial system for money laudering – LIVE: https://t.co/s0rC1nNzR0
Next @EP_Trade to meet 5 Dec afternoon: Sri Lanka GSP+ application, wildlife trafficking. Agenda https://t.co/j5dZY2OJjS
IN 30MIN @EP_Trade @EP_Agriculture debate effects for agriculture of trade deals w/ @MalmstromEU & @PhilHoganEU https://t.co/CtlTMvR5N2
The final vote on #CETA in @EP_Trade to take place on 24 JAN 2016, then possibly in FEB #Eplenary
.@EP_President signs #EUBudget 2017 into law, framed by negotiating team @JeanArthuis @indrektarand @EuropaJens (fr… https://t.co/0jC6O4Gwji
#EUbudget 2017 approved: better support for youth and growth initiatives https://t.co/hS7BaEAOuz @EuropaJens @indrektarand
#EPlenary approves #EUBudget 2017 with 438 votes in favour, 194 against, 7 abstentions @EuropaJens @indrektarand
.@EP_Legal has a busy week ahead 28.11 & 29.11, see full agenda https://t.co/nh0w3lvHiY
.@EP_BudgControl meets on 28.11 & on 29.11, see full agenda: https://t.co/3FfSunFHAe
.@EP_BudgControl elected its new 2nd Vice Chair @indrektarand by acclamation
.@EP_Economics Chair calls on head of European Fiscal Board to appear before @EP_Economics committee. https://t.co/TtZ2FQBQ4U
.@Europarl_EN demands better protection for small investors #PRIIPS https://t.co/CmoHVix68f
Continue with economic and monetary union, says @ecb Head, Mario #Draghi https://t.co/01r0a2jhwo
At 11.00 @EP_Trade @EPSocialAffairs debate social&labour aspects of trade deals w/ @MalmstromEU & @Michelservoz https://t.co/wIBe3hm9TR
.@EPSocialAffairs conference with @eurofound starts at 9.00. Programme https://t.co/j9JVz3la6E Follow LIVE https://t.co/ifRy3WNuY4 #6EWCS
.@EPSocialAffairs conference with @eurofound on European Working Conditions TOMORROW; more info https://t.co/hQAllP8GWU #6EWCS
#Wildlife trafficking: report by @catherinemep adopted with 567 votes in favour, 5 against, 39 abstentions #EPlenary
RT @catherinemep: The paperwork is done. Now its time for action. EU governments must treat wildlife trafficking as a serious crime. https:…
#EPlenary opposes re-authorisation of #Bentazone #herbicide with 361 votes to 289, 28 abstentions
Video statement @JerzyBuzek @EP_Industry on Clean Energy Package: https://t.co/XIrjk6kyvx
Clean Energy Package – statement of @JerzyBuzek w/ @EP_Industry: https://t.co/iy78f3y2et
Hearing on ”the future of research policy in the EU” starts now @EP_Industry https://t.co/3HsEK8kuLi
RT @europarlAV: International Day of Persons w/ Disabilities: #EP stands up for their inclusion in all aspects of daily life. https://t.co/…
Draft report on professional qualifications in inland navigation approved in TRAN: 36 in favour, 4 against, 2 abstentions
Draft report on rules for civil aviation safety and #drones adopted in @EP_Transport: 32 in favour, 11 against, 1 abstention.
.@EP_Transport MEPs debate future of EU freight transport and logistics policy https://t.co/ErC12Na5JH draft report: https://t.co/sS1dOj8vxx
RT @EU_Agri: EU-28 National Apiculture Programmes 2017-2019:€216 million of which 50% from EU budget + 50% from MS https://t.co/qPNYwoDmiW…
"Ways to improve the #EUSF ; support #Italy after the earthquakes" @SalvoCicu More on #EPlenary vote: https://t.co/Yb1Fhm5188
RT @VDombrovskis: W/@EP_Regional Chair Mihaylova: we need #SRSP up&running as a nr of MS are interested in technical assistance 2 support t…
EU must do more to help #RuralAreas thrive, @EP_Agriculture MEPs & @EU_CoR #NAT members say. More here: https://t.co/PKlzkaE8HI
Impact of #trade talks on #farmers: @EP_Agriculture & @EP_Trade debate w/@PhilHoganEU & @MalmstromEU starts now Liv… https://t.co/IXdZ4pPNj9
RT @EU_Commission: #CleanEnergyEU: "We are particularly proud of the binding 30% energy efficiency target..." | All documents: https://t.c…
RT @EU_MARE: Discover @cmr_twit Critical Maritime Routes: EU programme to secure #maritime transport @Transport_EU @Trade_EU https://t.co/r…
RT @OurOcean: See spectacular photos of the most biodiverse waters in the world. https://t.co/vWEIs5h5aQ via @guardian https://t.co/HRdJ9O…
Live @EPCulture : Public Hearing on Crisis in the print #media https://t.co/HPJNvbOxVk
CULT meeting starts now : #luxprize survey, #geo-blocking, Public hearing on crisis in the print #media https://t.co/HPJNvc68MS
RT @luxprize: Thanks for celebrating the #LUXPrize2016 with us. The journey continues with screenings of the 3 finalists across Europe #Lux…
.@EP_Legal holds hearing on Intellectual Property Law/Biotech Directive on 29.11 at 15.00 @1PavelSvoboda https://t.co/5zMB9godQC
.@EP_Legal on 29.11 ,at 16.30 Workshop on Implementation of Mediation Directive @1PavelSvoboda https://t.co/uGnGIcCwb8
#EPlenary backs visa waiver agreements with five Pacific states https://t.co/e1q3RAySoW | @GabrielMariya
Press release: #EPlenary backs EU-US #UmbrellaAgreement on #dataprotection in exchanges for law enforcement purposes https://t.co/95LgiKcXRW
#EPlenary rejected @GUENGL (165/442/36) & @ALDEgroup (206/394/42) requests to seek opinion of @EUCourtPress on #UmbrellaAgreement
The agenda and meeting documents for Monday's (5/12) @EPInstitutional meeting are available here: https://t.co/MVxWIfJi3N
The future institutional evolution of the EU? Follow @EPInstitutional afternoon meeting with national MPs and guests https://t.co/jKdbcFDEfX
Follow this morning's @EPInstitutional meeting, starting at 09.00, here: https://t.co/o44zj4xyIM
RT @eurogender: #16days Find out what is being done to combat gender-based violence in your country #SayNoStopVAW https://t.co/hqgzg7kHuZ h…
RT @eurogender: More #Genderstatistics are needed: 31 % women & 29% men with disabilities are at risk of poverty/social exclusion in the EU…
RT @eurogender: More women and men are living on the edge of poverty & social exclusion today compared to 2010, according to EIGE's new stu…
Updated press release: environment and justice issues key priorities for EU petitioners in 2015: https://t.co/83uN0DAGck
.@EP_Petitions to investigate working conditions at @McDonalds, after hearing petitioners today from #France, #Belgium and #UnitedKingdom
RT @Jude_KD: Clear call from McDonald's workers for #fastfoodrights in @EP_Petitions & good to hear Commission say 0 hours workers have ful…
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