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The European Parliament is in session

 
Thu 27-11-2014
 
 
Delegations
09:00 - 19:00 EP election observation delegation to parliamentary elections in Moldova
 
 

A negotiating team led by Alain Lamassoure (EPP, FR) struck a political deal with the Council and the Commission on European Long Term Investment Funds (ELTIFs) on Wednesday evening. These funds should boost non-bank financing for projects that deliver infrastructure, intellectual property or research results which benefit the real economy and society. (Read more: Deal secured to boost infrastructure investment in the EU )

 

Sweden recently became the latest EU country to recognise Palestine as a state. Today after 15.00 CET MEPs will hold a debate on the recognition of Palestine statehood. Would such a move help defuse violence in the region? We discussed it with Martina Anderson (GUE/NGL, UK), chair of the delegation for relations with the Palestinian Legislative Council, and Fulvio Martusciello (EPP, Italy), chair of the delegation for relations with Israel. (Read more: Debate: should Palestine be recognised as a state? )

 

A non-binding resolution calling for EU legislation to separate internet search engines from commercial services will be debated by MEPs today and voted on tomorrow. The aim is to level the playing field for online businesses and secure long-term benefits for internet users. Follow the debate and vote live on our website. (Read more: MEPs to vote on plans to separate search engines from commercial activities )

 

Talks to be held in Lima next month should enable global partners to reach an ambitious climate agreement in Paris in 2015, so as to keep the world on track for a sub-2°C climate warming scenario, Parliament said in a resolution voted on Wednesday. MEPs reiterated the pledge by the EU and its member states to step up contributions to the UN Green Climate Fund. (Read more: Climate change talks: MEPs chart the course from Lima to Paris )

 
Press releases (second part)
 

"Women's bodies have become a true battlefield and rape is being used as a weapon of war," said Congolese gynaecologist Denis Mukwege as he accepted the 2014 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in Strasbourg on Wednesday 26 November. Dr Mukwege was honoured by the European Parliament for dedicating his life to helping thousands of victims of gang rape and brutal sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (Read more: Sakharov laureate Denis Mukwege: "Women's bodies have become a true battlefield" )

 

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced the creation of a new EU strategic investment fund designed to mobilise at least €315 billion over the next three years to jump-start the EU economy. After his presentation in Parliament’s plenary session on Wednesday, MEPs from most political groups voiced support, but also demanded swift action to boost growth in the EU. (Read more: Investing €315 billion to jump-start the EU economy )

 

MEPs will debate the question of whether Palestine should be recognised as a state with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Wednesday afternoon, starting at 15:00. (Read more: MEPs to debate whether Palestine should be recognised as a state )

 

This month marks the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The milestone will be marked with a debate in Parliament this afternoon. Ahead of today's debate, Parliament vice-president Mairead McGuinness shared with us her views on the Convention's importance. (Read more: Parliament marks 25th anniversary of landmark children's rights treaty )

 

The need for a holistic EU approach to migration and concerns over the way migrants are treated in Spain were debated with the new European Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos on Tuesday. This approach should provide for more solidarity and fair sharing of responsibility among member states, properly fulfilled search and rescue duties, safe and legal routes for refugees into the EU and better cooperation with third countries, said MEPs. (Read more: Debates on EU approach to migration and the expulsion of migrants from Spain )

 

Safeguarding human dignity was a key theme of the formal address delivered by Pope Francis to Members of the European Parliament on Tuesday. Immigration, protecting the environment, and promoting human rights and democracy were among the topics stressed in a speech that enjoined "Europe to rediscover the best of itself". (Read more: Pope Francis delivers a message in Parliament "to all the citizens of Europe" )

 
 
Twitter
 
PRESS RELEASE: @EP_Economics MEPs secure deal to boost infrastructure investment in the EU: http://t.co/ciDbQ9ZJCk #investEU
Roll Call Votes of 26/11/2014: http://t.co/FobDm2Ri3L #EPlenary
Press release: #Climatechange talks: MEPs chart the course from Lima to Paris: http://t.co/bzRwyM7LOz #COP20 #COP21
Follow the rest of #EPlenary debate on #Palestine statehood w/ @FedericaMog live here: http://t.co/ZmDW7dbGFb
NI MEP S.#Zarianopoulos calls "for full support & solidarity for the just struggle of #Palestinian people" in his speech
It is "lame" to delay EP recommendation for MS to recognize #Palestine -which would" help preserve 2-state solution" MEP#Meszerics @GreensEP
RT @europarlAV: Martin SCHULZ, @EP_President meets with @DenisMukwege #EP #SakharovPrize Laureate 2014 #Mukwege. DOWNLOAD VIDEO: http://t.c…
RT @europarlAV: Awarding #SakharovPrize 2014 to @DenisMukwege: AVAILABLE NOW video wt extracts from the ceremony in #Strasbourg: http://t.c…
RT @europarltv: Meet @DenisMukwege, 2014 #Sakharov Prize laureate, and find out about his work in the DRC: http://t.co/iPSFBxASZG http://t.…
.@EP_Defence now turns to #MaritimeSecurity Strategy Action Plan with @eu_eeas @EU_Commission @IT2014EU http://t.co/aHc1lssgQM
.@EP_Defence MEPs debate security situation in #Baltic sea basin with @NCSS_Poland LIVE http://t.co/aHc1lssgQM
Delegation for relations w/ @natopapress meets on Thu13Nov @15:00:PA annual session& debate w/SG #Hobbs. See mtg docs http://t.co/41grzHUXY0
#EPlenary adopts resolution on #post2015 development agenda @davorstier (vote results: 541/96/29) Press release: http://t.co/QTnCOPf1xU
Starts in 15min: #EPlenary debate on #post2015 development agenda @davorstier. Watch live: http://t.co/4fUz5cN5yA http://t.co/wNyUIe2CGj
Today after 18h: #EPlenary debate on #post2015 development agenda @davorstier. Watch live: http://t.co/4fUz5cN5yA http://t.co/wNyUIe2CGj
RT @MalmstromEU: Watch: Video from today's press conference w @berndlange, chair of @EP_Trade, on increased transparency in #TTIP http://t…
all 751 MEPs will now have access to classified #TTIP texts, instead of just 28. Indeed a major transparency boost says @berndlange
Live now http://t.co/E4f88bYjuL Probably 1st time of @EP_Trade chair and @Trade_EU commissioner on the same podium http://t.co/tbJvO506pz
.@EUAuditorsECA estimates RAL at €326b, to be settled during this MFF period. Landscape report: http://t.co/D3EWqjwXHt @EP_Budgets
RT @EUAuditorsECA: Managing risks to good-quality spending is essential to making the best use of #EU money, say EU #Auditors. ALL INFO: ht…
#EPlenary urges Council to pay bills & agree on #EUbudget. More: http://t.co/C5y0ZvWqJU @EU_Budgets @JeanArthuis @Gerardeprez @EGardiazabal
How is MS GNI data checked by Commission? Rapp @BartStaes says not fully reliably. Watch @EP_BudgControl debate here: http://t.co/EK58GqwFlK
.@EUAuditorsECA M M #Cvikl and @KGeorgieva joins debate @EP_BudgControl at 9. Watch live: http://t.co/0GwqAqoQGH
9am: bank supervision, MS GNI data check, #OLAF supervisory cmt on agenda today @EP_BudgControl. Agenda, docs here http://t.co/iJrcXWSCNT.
.@EP_Economics MEPs secure deal to boost infrastructure investment in the EU: http://t.co/HWmvkon3KA#investEU
.@EP_Economics agreed on substance of new ELTIF (EU long term investment funds) w/ @EUCouncil & @EU_Commission
.@EP_Economics Chair @gualtierieurope comments on #EUinvest http://t.co/FFUMstIpkT
European Parliament adopted the resolution on Employment and social aspects of the EU2020 strategy http://t.co/LT7JO3foPv
.@EPSocialAffairs next meeting on Thursday, 20 November from 9.00 to 12.30 in PHS 3C50. Agenda http://t.co/HTxchhQL7T
.@EPSocialAffairs calls for better focus on employment and social aspects of the EU2020 Strategy http://t.co/cDFD2AT1MV
#Climatechange talks: #MEPs chart the course from #COP20 Lima to #Paris http://t.co/vZCjqaHRfx #EPlenary
#EPlenary to vote on #COP20 resolution - live webstream: http://t.co/CZJfsTiVzz docs http://t.co/JIHvUZSnH5
#Novelfoods: #MEPs call for moratorium on #nanofood and labelling of #clonedmeat http://t.co/iUSeQvjFSS
Tonight 21:15 in #Eplenary: debate on #steel sector in the EU - protecting workers & industries. Watch live http://t.co/d3rpBgAx1P
Draft agenda for @EP_Industry 3-4 Dec online: http://t.co/l4aQdhKCNj #SME hearing, visits @MAC_europa & @Moedas, talks #ETS, #EnergySecurity
9h in @EP_Industry: #biobased industries in #H2020 & study on EU leadership in manufacturing. Follow live: http://t.co/XgowQ219Hb
Debate on #DigitalSingleMarket could also be followed here http://t.co/EGoqjAlorS or http://t.co/nYN1dM6yCf
Debate on the future of #DigitalSingleMarket, including search engines, in #EPlenary starts now. Follow Live http://t.co/cMPILsQLuy
Draft resolution on #DigitalSingleMarket to be debated today ~7 p.m. and voted Thu midday http://t.co/kDMPc3H3rP
Video recording of the hearing on European road toll systems for private vehicles in @EP_Transport now available here http://t.co/DIuLtqofzG
WATCH LIVE Hearing on European road toll systems in @EP_Transport today at 15h30 http://t.co/DIuLtqofzG programme http://t.co/MbsS4YbVrX
Video of debates on TEN-T projects and int'l train connections in @EP_Transport committee this morning now available http://t.co/O4nH7aCh8O
Worries about delays in #CohesionPolicy implementation - watch Monday's #EPlenary debate: http://t.co/lWSaeJQoCT
Worries about delays in #CohesionPolicy implementation - Thursday noon #EPlenary vote on resolution http://t.co/rhbDTDSqvX
Tonight in #EPlenary: Debate on delays in #CohesionPolicy implementation http://t.co/qcwQdFAP8s Follow live here: http://t.co/q4ImdXdLXy
RT @EP_President: .@FedericaMog key role in coordination of Trade, Intl Cooperation, Development, Humanitarian Aid, Crisis Management, Neig…
RT @EP_President: We've helped ensure that the quality and identity of our foods is protected, certified and recognisable @Expo2015Milano
RT @EP_President: In 2015: renewal of Millennium Development Goals; UN Climate Change Conference in Paris; European Year for Development. E…
Interested in the next week’s #Eplenary agenda? Don’t miss the briefing! Live in 30’: http://t.co/EaV2SefREs
Over 50m work in #industry across the #EU. More on the matter in our @EP_ThinkTank briefing: http://t.co/dbE5jTuJgF
Next #PECH hearing on #4DEC: #Fisheries in the #outermost regions - programme here: http://t.co/NprNTyiQSj http://t.co/Z5EJalnTSU
The Parliament works in 24 #languages but how many of them do you recognise? Play our game! http://t.co/Mg7vMeFMdi
FashionArtEU Exhibition -#Parlamentarium 20th November 15.00 to18.00 http://t.co/pfMaVgV0mm http://t.co/FBoEnBywLc
#EP gave its consent to #Rail protocol http://t.co/7lAbxkz9iC and #HagueConvention on Choice of Court agreements http://t.co/CuWHYZbeo8
Video recording of the hearing on future development of #copyright in Europe is now available: http://t.co/LhwR50VxCn (from 15:45 onwards)
#EPlenary debated #migration and expulsions from Spain: http://t.co/hM6QKoDEgu. Videos: http://t.co/A4rzZULPhx & http://t.co/xaVpBTT2XG
#EPlenary refers EU #Canada #PNR deal on transfer of air passenger data to the EU Court of Justice for opinion: http://t.co/KhtjM3dSWr
Study requested by @EP_Justice on police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters #UK opt out and opt back in: http://t.co/PUfulIz1vt
Next AFCO meeting 4/12 tbc.Video on demand of 6/11 meeting w/ VP EC #timmermans & Workshop on Constit. challenges see http://t.co/igjZaicr7Q
Workshop continues #afco: EU democracy - political parties & groups + first lessons #citizen's initiative: live http://t.co/NmATpQNIaY
EC VP #timmermans in #afco for debate with MEPs now see http://t.co/BugCSQlGmB http://t.co/ggSuyuEBCd
RT @europarlAV: Video of STANDING OVATION in #EPlenary of #SakharovPrize 2014 winner @DenisMukwege: http://t.co/u4f8yPSvHa Media pack http:…
"Justice NOW for sexual violence victims" - calls #SakharovPrize 2014 laureate @DenisMukwege in #EPvideo interview: http://t.co/G2Zbkkh0Au
Speech @VeraJourova #EPlenary on #violenceagainstwomen admited to be victim of violence: http://t.co/i2J64PKja9
New @EP_Petitions vice-Chairs are Rosa Estarás (EPP, ES), @RobertaMetsola (EPP, MT), @MarleneMizzi (S&D, MT) & Pál Csaky (EPP, SK)
.@EP_Petitions to elect its Chair and 4 vice-Chairs today at 5.15pm - Follow it live http://t.co/oRCwtM8xzF
RT @mvandenbroeke: #EP press team selfie on last day of last session in Strasbourg #EP2014 http://t.co/ROIQm4aEz1
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