The session opened with a minute’s silence for the late Miloslav Ransdorf, who died on 22 January, aged 62.
An MEP since 2003, Mr Ransdorf (EUL/NGL, CZ), had served inter alia as vice-chair of the Industry, Research and Energy Committee, and as a member of the Euronest and EU-Ukraine delegations, noted Mr Schulz, voicing Parliament’s deep regret at the loss.
Mr Ransdorf was a Doctor of Philosophy and the author of several books, for example on the history of the reformation and on Karl Marx, he added.
The issue of increased racist and hatred and violence against refugees and migrants across Europe was added as a fourth item in the joint debate.
João PIMENTA LOPES (EUL/NGL, PT), replaces Inês Cristina Zuber (EUL/NGL, PT) as of 31 January 2016