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28-01-2016 - 16:59
 
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Plenary highlights: UK referendum, migration, taxes, ECB, TiSA

Plenary Session Institutions05-02-2016 - 09:30
 

The debate on the upcoming UK referendum on EU membership dominated Parliament´s first February plenary alongside migration, the future of Schengen, the liberalisation of services and car emissions. In addition Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari addressed MEPs. Read on for more details of what happened during this week's plenary session. (Read more: Plenary highlights: UK referendum, migration, taxes, ECB, TiSA )

 

EU islands: call for action to overcome permanent handicaps

Plenary Session Regional policy04-02-2016 - 12:59
Cyprus Island sea coast  

MEPs urge the European Commission to take concrete steps to address the permanent handicaps that EU islands face and make full use of their potential, in a resolution voted on Thursday. The text also stresses the unique difficulties that southern insular regions face due to the increased migration flows and asks that special tax regimes should continue. (Read more: EU islands: call for action to overcome permanent handicaps )

 

MEPs call for urgent action to protect religious minorities against ISIS

Plenary Session External relations04-02-2016 - 12:53

MEPs urge the international community to take urgent action to counter the systematic mass murder of religious minorities by the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Daesh, in a resolution voted on Thursday. The text wraps up a 20 January debate with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, in which many MEPs called for measures to protect all religious and minority groups against ISIS attacks. (Read more: MEPs call for urgent action to protect religious minorities against ISIS )

 

EU must maintain its aid to Libya, say MEPs

Plenary Session External relations04-02-2016 - 12:33

Economic disintegration and violence in Libya are worsening its fragility and enabling extremist organisations to flourish there, warned MEPs in Wednesday’s debate with Dutch foreign minister Bert Koenders, representing the EU foreign policy chief. Spillovers from Libya’s conflicts are also destabilising the Sahel region, they add. In a resolution voted on Thursday, MEPs urge the EU and international community to be ready to support Libyans’ efforts to implement the Libyan Political Agreement. (Read more: EU must maintain its aid to Libya, say MEPs )

 

Human rights: Crimean Tatars, Mohammed Ramadan, missing publishers in Hong Kong

Plenary Session External relations04-02-2016 - 12:29

Parliament condemns the unprecedented levels of human rights abuses perpetrated against Crimean Tatars, calls on the Bahrain to grant Mohammed Ramadan a royal pardon or to commute his death sentence, and for the immediate safe release of the five missing book publishers in Hong Kong, in three resolutions voted on Thursday. (Read more: Human rights: Crimean Tatars, Mohammed Ramadan, missing publishers in Hong Kong )

 

MEPs call on Serbia and Kosovo to pursue their reform agenda

Plenary Session External relations04-02-2016 - 12:17

The start of EU accession negotiations with Serbia and the progress made in normalising relations between Serbia and Kosovo was welcomed by MEPs in two resolutions passed on Thursday. They also stressed that these relations would be helped if all EU member states were to recognise Kosovo. (Read more: MEPs call on Serbia and Kosovo to pursue their reform agenda )

 

Attacks against women: MEPs call for zero tolerance

Plenary Session Women's rights/Equal opportunities04-02-2016 - 10:44

MEPs debated the issue of sexual harassment and violence against women in public spaces on Wednesday evening, with Commissioner Corina Crețu. Everything possible must be done to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice, regardless of their culture or origin, they insisted. (Read more: Attacks against women: MEPs call for zero tolerance )

 

Women's rights: MEPs urge Commission to table a new gender equality strategy

Plenary Session Women's rights/Equal opportunities03-02-2016 - 14:38

The European Commission must table a communication on a new strategy for gender equality and women’s rights 2016-2020 as soon as possible and deliver on its political commitments, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Wednesday. The communication should address gender equality issues which is in line with the international agenda, they add. (Read more: Women's rights: MEPs urge Commission to table a new gender equality strategy )

 

TiSA must protect EU firms abroad and public services at home, say MEPs

Plenary Session External/international trade03-02-2016 - 13:39

The ongoing talks on a Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), among countries representing 70% of world trade in services, should deliver a deal that eases EU firms' access to international markets but does not force EU, national and local authorities to open up public services to competition, or otherwise restrict their right to regulate in public interest, say MEPs in recommendations approved on Wednesday. (Read more: TiSA must protect EU firms abroad and public services at home, say MEPs )

 

Parliament decides not to veto car emissions test update

Plenary Session Public health03-02-2016 - 13:38
Diesel emission check ©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

A move to veto a plan to temporarily raise NOx emission limits for diesel cars was rejected by MEPs on Wednesday, after the EU Commission promised a review clause and tabled a long-term legislative proposal to revamp the EU car approval regime. (Read more: Parliament decides not to veto car emissions test update )

 

MEPs object to three GM soybean authorisations

Plenary Session Consumers / Public health03-02-2016 - 13:17

The EU Commission should not authorize the use of glyphosate-tolerant GM soybeans in food and feed, said Parliament on Wednesday. MEPs note that glyphosate, a herbicide, is classified as “probably carcinogenic” by the World Health Organisation (WHO), and that GMOs are being authorized in the EU without the support of member states. (Read more: MEPs object to three GM soybean authorisations )

 

UK in the EU: MEPs debate proposed reforms ahead of referendum

Plenary Session Future of Europe/European integration / Institutions03-02-2016 - 12:24
UK in the EU: MEPs debate proposed reforms ahead of referendum  

What will the UK’s future in Europe be like? The day after European Council President Donald Tusk proposed a settlement in response to UK demands for reforms, MEPs discussed the issue as part of a debate on the EU summit on 18-19 February, which will be dedicated to the talks as well as the migration crisis. Most MEPs stressed that the UK staying in the EU would be better for both the country itself as well as for the other member states, but questioned some of the requested reforms. (Read more: UK in the EU: MEPs debate proposed reforms ahead of referendum )

 

Reactions to Tusk's “UK in EU” proposal dominate pre-summit debate

Plenary Session Future of Europe/European integration / European Council / Institutions03-02-2016 - 11:34

Social benefits for migrant workers in the UK, honesty versus populism and how to ensure respect for different countries' views on EU integration were the key issues raised by Parliament's political group leaders in Wednesday’s debate, with a view to the UK’s forthcoming EU membership referendum. The debate is Parliament's input to the 18-19 February EU summit, which will also focus on migration. (Read more: Reactions to Tusk's “UK in EU” proposal dominate pre-summit debate )

 

The EU needs to overcome fear and divisions to safeguard Schengen, say MEPs

Plenary Session Immigration / Asylum policy / Schengen02-02-2016 - 17:09
MEPs discussed the situation of refugees entering Europe and the future of Schengen © UNHCR/Igor Pavicevic  

The EU needs to overcome its paralysing fears and divisions and to manage migration and refugee flows effectively, said many MEPs in Tuesday's plenary debate with the Dutch Presidency and the Commission. Protecting the EU's external borders effectively is vital to safeguard the Schengen passport-free area, they observed. Some also called for zero tolerance of racist and violent attacks against migrants and refugees. (Read more: The EU needs to overcome fear and divisions to safeguard Schengen, say MEPs )

 

Pirinski: "People in undeclared work are denied basic social and labour rights"

Plenary Session Employment policy02-02-2016 - 16:54
 

Undeclared work represents a major problem in Europe, which accounted for 18.4% of the EU's gross domestic product in 2012. Not only do governments miss out on revenue, but workers are also less protected. On 2 February MEPs approved a proposal to establish a European platform to tackle the issue. How will it work? Watch our interview with report author Georgi Pirinski, a Bulgarian member of the S&D group, to find out more. (Read more: Pirinski: "People in undeclared work are denied basic social and labour rights" )

 

Estonian President: "We will handle migration crisis if we show resolve"

Plenary Session Institutions02-02-2016 - 15:53
Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves adresses the Plenary  

Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves called on the European Union to act decisively regarding the migration crisis during a speech in plenary. "Let us now gather our wits and strengths," he told MEPs. "Leave behind the indecision, finger pointing and ducking of responsibility. We will handle this migration crisis if we show the resolve of our forebears." (Read more: Estonian President: "We will handle migration crisis if we show resolve" )

 

TiSA: Parliament's recommendations

Plenary Session External/international trade02-02-2016 - 15:11
infographic illustration  

MEPs approved on 3 February Parliament's position on the Trade in Services International Agreement (TiSA), which is currently being negotiated by the EU and 22 World Trade Organisation partners. Read on for more on the agreement and check out our infographic explaining TiSA. (Read more: TiSA: Parliament's recommendations )

 

European platform to tackle undeclared work

Plenary Session Employment policy02-02-2016 - 12:55
House works- Illustration  

Parliament endorsed draft EU legislation establishing a “European platform” to enhance cooperation in combatting undeclared work in a vote on Tuesday. The platform would enhance cooperation among EU member states' labour ministries, trade unions and employers' associations about how best to tackle a problem that is damaging the EU economy and distorting the labour market. The undeclared economy accounts for 18% of EU GDP. (Read more: European platform to tackle undeclared work )

 

MEPs want "WTO-proof" plan to protect EU firms against dumped Chinese imports

Plenary Session External/international trade02-02-2016 - 10:58

To deal with China’s recognition as a “market economy”, the EU must find a solution, in line with WTO rules, that retains its ability to shield its economy against unfair competition from dumped imports from China, whilst acknowledging it as a strategic trading partner. This view was broadly shared by MEPs and EU trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström in a plenary debate on Monday night. (Read more: MEPs want "WTO-proof" plan to protect EU firms against dumped Chinese imports )

 

"ECB will reconsider its monetary stance in March", Mario Draghi tells MEPs

Plenary Session Economic and monetary affairs01-02-2016 - 21:47
European Central Bank President Mario Draghi in Plenary for a debate with MEPs on the bank's annual report for 2014.  

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi defended the ECB's monetary policy decisions in a debate with MEPs on Monday evening, saying that the Bank will revise its monetary stance in March and acknowledging that the December 2015 inflation outlook was too rosy. (Read more: "ECB will reconsider its monetary stance in March", Mario Draghi tells MEPs )

 

Opening: minute’s silence for Miloslav Ransdorf

Plenary Session Institutions01-02-2016 - 18:24
Opening: minute’s silence for Miloslav Ransdorf  

The session opened with a minute’s silence for the late Miloslav Ransdorf, who died on 22 January, aged 62. (Read more: Opening: minute’s silence for Miloslav Ransdorf )

 
 
Plenary agenda
 
01-02-2016 -
17:00 - 23:00
Debates
 
 
Resumption of session and order of business
 
European Central Bank annual report for 2014
Report:A8-0012/2016
Rapporteur: Notis Marias
ECON
 
Negotiations for the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA)
Report:A8-0009/2016
Rapporteur: Viviane Reding
INTA
 
Commercial relationship between EU and China and market economy status
Report:O-000005/2016 European Commission INTA
 
Sustainable development provisions of the EU-West Africa Economic Partnership Agreement
Report:O-000011/2016 European Commission INTA
 
Mid-term review of the EU biodiversity strategy
Report:A8-0003/2016
Rapporteur: Mark Demesmaeker
ENVI
 
One-minute speeches (Rule 163)
 
 
 
02-02-2016 -
08:30 - 12:00
Debates
 
 
Establishment of a European Platform to enhance cooperation in the prevention and deterrence of undeclared work
Report:A8-0172/2015 ***I
Rapporteur: Georgi Pirinski
EMPL
 
Commission decision adopted on the Corporate Tax package
 
 
02-02-2016 -
12:00 - 12:30
Formal sitting
 
 
Address by Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of the Republic of Estonia
 
 
02-02-2016 -
12:30 - 14:30
VOTES followed by explanations of votes
 
 
Rules governing the movement of persons across borders (Schengen Borders Code)
Report:A8-0359/2015 ***I
Rapporteur: Heidi Hautala
JURI
 
Amendments to the 1998 Protocol to the 1979 Convention on long-range transboundary air pollution on heavy metals
Report:A8-0002/2016 ***
Rapporteur: Giovanni La Via
ENVI
 
Amendments to the 1998 Protocol to the 1979 Convention on long-range transboundary air pollution on persistent organic pollutants
Report:A8-0001/2016 ***
Rapporteur: Giovanni La Via
ENVI
 
Eurojust and Ukraine Cooperation Agreement
Report:A8-0007/2016 *
Rapporteur: Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann
LIBE
 
Eurojust and Montenegro Cooperation Agreement
Report:A8-0008/2016 *
Rapporteur: Nathalie Griesbeck
LIBE
 
Request for the waiver of the parliamentary immunity of Robert Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz
Report:A8-0015/2016
Rapporteur: Kostas Chrysogonos
JURI
 
Request for the waiver of the parliamentary immunity of Robert Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz
Report:A8-0016/2016
Rapporteur: Kostas Chrysogonos
JURI
 
Request for the waiver of the parliamentary immunity of Florian Philippot
Report:A8-0014/2016
Rapporteur: Laura Ferrara
JURI
 
Establishment of a European Platform to enhance cooperation in the prevention and deterrence of undeclared work
Report:A8-0172/2015 ***I
Rapporteur: Georgi Pirinski
EMPL
 
Mid-term review of the EU biodiversity strategy
Report:A8-0003/2016
Rapporteur: Mark Demesmaeker
ENVI
 
 
02-02-2016 -
15:00 - 23:00
Debates
 
 
Joint debate - -
Refugee emergency, external borders control and future of Schengen
Respect for the international principle of non-refoulement
Financing refugee facility for Turkey
Increased racist hatred and violence against refugees and migrants across Europe
 
New Strategy for gender equality and women's rights post-2015
Report:O-000006/2016 European Commission FEMM
 
Commission action to comply with judgment in Case T-521/14 Sweden vs. Commission (obligation to establish criteria for endocrine disruptors)
Report:O-000003/2016 European Commission
 
Transparency and control of clinical trials
 
 
 
03-02-2016 -
09:00 - 12:00
KEY DEBATE
 
 
Preparation of the European Council meeting of 18 and 19 February 2016
 
 
03-02-2016 -
12:00 - 12:30
Formal sitting
 
 
Address by Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
 
 
03-02-2016 -
12:30 - 14:30
VOTES followed by explanations of votes
 
 
EU-Moldova Association Agreement: safeguard clause and the anti-circumvention mechanism
Report:A8-0364/2015 ***I
Rapporteur: Helmut Scholz
INTA
 
EU-Georgia Association Agreement: anti-circumvention mechanism
Report:A8-0365/2015 ***I
Rapporteur: Gabrielius Landsbergis
INTA
 
Ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty, based on petitions received, notably Petition 924/2011
 
Objection pursuant to Rule 106: Authorisation of genetically modified soybean FG72
 
Objection pursuant to Rule 106: Authorisation of genetically modified soybean MON 87708 × MON 89788
 
Objection pursuant to Rule 106: Authorisation of genetically modified soybean MON 87705 × MON 89788
 
Objection pursuant to Rule 106 on emissions from light passenger and commercial vehicles (Euro 6)
 
Negotiations for the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA)
Report:A8-0009/2016
Rapporteur: Viviane Reding
INTA
 
New Strategy for gender equality and women's rights post-2015
Report:O-000006/2016 European Commission FEMM
 
 
03-02-2016 -
15:00 - 23:00
Debates
 
 
2015 progress report on Serbia
 
European integration process of Kosovo
 
Electoral process in Haiti
 
Situation in Libya
 
Situation in Venezuela
 
UN convention on transparency in Treaty-based investor-state arbitration
Report:O-000153/2015 Council of the European Union INTA
 
Ending sexual harassment and violence against women in public spaces
 
 
 
04-02-2016 -
09:00 - 11:50
Debates
 
 
Insularity condition
Report:O-000013/2016 European Commission REGI
 
The role of local and regional authorities in the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)
Report:O-000012/2016 European Commission REGI
 
Debates on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law (Rule 135)
Human rights situation in Crimea, in particular of the Crimean Tatars
Bahrain: the case of Mohammed Ramadan
The case of the missing book publishers in Hong Kong
 
 
04-02-2016 -
12:00 - 14:00
VOTES followed by explanations of votes
 
 
Motions for resolutions concerning debates on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law (Rule 135)
 
2015 progress report on Serbia
 
European integration process of Kosovo
 
Situation in Libya
 
Insularity condition
Report:O-000013/2016 European Commission REGI
 
The role of local and regional authorities in the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)
Report:O-000012/2016 European Commission REGI
 
Humanitarian situation in Yemen
 
Systematic mass murder of religious minorities by ISIS
 
 
04-02-2016 -
15:00 - 17:00
Debates
 
 
Railways and public services in the Danube and Adriatic macro-regions
 
Introduction of compatible systems for the registration of pet animals across Member States
 
 
 
Proposed report during the session
 
 
REPORT on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council implementing the safeguard clause and the anti-circumvention mechanism providing for the temporary suspension of tariff preferences of the Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Moldova, of the other part
Reference: A8-0364/2015

Date:
14-12-2015
Helmut Scholz
INTA
 
REPORT on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council implementing the anti-circumvention mechanism providing for the temporary suspension of tariff preferences of the Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and Georgia, of the other part
Reference: A8-0365/2015

Date:
14-12-2015
Gabrielius Landsbergis
INTA