Parliament's President Jerzy Buzek, greeted visiting human rights defenders from Yemen, reported on his visit to Turkey the previous week, and commented on the recent elections in Egypt and Morocco in his opening address at this week's Brussels plenary part-session.
The President welcomed Yemeni human rights defenders Ms Amal Basha, Mr Esadin el Asbahi and Ms Talakol Karman, noting that Ms Karman, a journalist and co-ordinator of the Yemeni youth revolution, would be one of three women to be awarded this year's Nobel Peace Prize for fighting for the safety of women and women's right to work for peace.
Mr Buzek had sought during his official visit to Turkey the previous week to revive negotiations by encouraging the Turkish side to find a positive solution to the Cyprus problem before Cyprus takes over the EU Council Presidency.
He had met the President and spoken in Parliament about the need for Turkey to introduce reforms to secure freedom of expression and the rights of women and minorities and had also talked to Patriarch Bartholomew about the situation of Christians in Turkey.
Commenting on Egypt's 28 November parliamentary elections, the first since President Mubarak was ousted, Mr Buzek urged the authorities political parties and civil society to work together to ensure that the results reflect voters' wishes.
On Morocco, which held parliamentary elections on 25 November, Mr Buzek noted that constitutional reform would give the Moroccan parliament more responsibility.
The President nonetheless regretted that neither Egypt nor Morocco had invited EU election observers.
MEP Kent Johansson (ALDE, SE), had taken his seat with effect from 21 November, when his credentials were approved.
Wednesday 30 November
Two reports on requests by Mr Viktor Uspaskich (ALDE, LT) for the defence of his immunity will be taken in a joint debate as the first item after the order of business.
Thursday 1 December
The oral question on the EU global response to HIV/AIDS becomes a statement by the Commission.
A report on the request by Mr Luigi De Magistris (ALDE, IT) for the defence of his immunity will be included directly in voting time.