EU leaders on refugee crisis. MEPs will be updated by the Commission on the implementation of the EU Action Plan on migration and progress made by member states, on Tuesday afternoon. On Wednesday morning, they will discuss the outcome of the 7 March EU-Turkey Summit with Dutch minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert from the Council Presidency and Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis. MEPs will also voice their expectations and requests for the Spring Council meeting on 17 -18 March.
Women refugees. A call on member states to adapt refugees' facilities and asylum procedures to the specific needs of women, often travelling with children, are up for a debate and vote on Tuesday, 8 March. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi will address the plenary just before the vote, followed by statements by the political group leaders. A press conference is scheduled at 16.00.
Prime Minister of Sweden. Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven will join MEPs for a Wednesday afternoon debate on the current situation in the EU. The plenary debate will be followed by a press point with Mr Löfven and EP President Martin Schulz at 15.00.
Animal Health. Measures to prevent and halt outbreaks of animal diseases such as avian flu or African swine fever will be debated on Monday and put to a vote on Tuesday. The draft EU law, on diseases that are transmissible among animals and potentially to humans too, puts fresh emphasis on prevention and should help professionals to keep pace with scientific progress. A press conference will take place on Tuesday, at 15.00.
Antibiotics. To fight the growing resistance of bacteria to today’s antibiotics, the use of existing antimicrobial drugs should be restricted, and new ones should be developed, say MEPs. In Thursday’s vote on proposed updates to an EU law on veterinary medicines, they are likely to advocate banning collective and preventive antibiotic treatment of animals, and to back measures to stimulate research into new medicines.
School milk and fruit. More funding for school milk, fruit and vegetables, along with better lessons on healthy eating, will be debated Monday and put to a final vote on Tuesday. If approved, today's separate EU school milk and fruit schemes will merge and the annual budget of the new schemes will increase by €20 million to €250 million. A press conference is scheduled at 15.00.
Tobacco. Better scrutiny tools are needed to assess whether EU anti-smuggling and anti-counterfeiting deals with the four largest tobacco firms really work, MEPs say in a draft resolution to be voted on Wednesday. MEPs are not fully satisfied with the EU Commission's recent assessment of the deal with Philip Morris International (PMI), which expires in July 2016 and is up for renewal after Wednesday's vote.
President's diary. Parliament President Martin Schulz will meet Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu first in a bilateral, and then together with European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, on Monday in Brussels. Following their bilateral meeting, President Schulz and PM Davutoğlu will hold a press point in Parliament in Brussels, Monday at 10.00. On Wednesday, Mr Schulz will meet Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at 13.00 in Strasbourg.
Pre-session press briefing. The EP Press Service will hold a press briefing at 16.30 on Monday. (EP Press conference room, Strasbourg)
EP Press Service contact during the weekend Gediminas VILKAS Tel:+32 498 98 33 30