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Gabrielius Landsbergis: "Sanctions against Russia are already bearing fruit"

Plenary Session External relations26-03-2015 - 12:34
MEP Landsbergis  

Ukraine will benefit from €1.8 billion worth of financial assistance after MEPs approved it during plenary on 25 March. Although this constitutes the EU's largest package ever given to a non-EU country, Ukraine's troubles are far from over. We spoke to Lithuanian EPP member Gabrielius Landsbergis, who wrote the resolution on financial assistance as well as a report on EU-Russia relations, about how the money will make a difference to Ukraine and the impact of sanctions against Russia. (Read more: Gabrielius Landsbergis: "Sanctions against Russia are already bearing fruit" )

 

Commission to clarify whether minimum wage may apply to foreign lorry drivers

Plenary Session Employment policy / Transport25-03-2015 - 22:32

The question of whether Germany’s minimum pay rules should apply to foreign lorry drivers using its roads divided MEPs evenly in a debate with transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc on Wednesday evening. The European Commission is still assessing the implications of these rules, which the Germany partially suspended (for transit drivers) early this year, but they must in any event comply with EU law, she said. (Read more: Commission to clarify whether minimum wage may apply to foreign lorry drivers )

 

Terror attacks targeted Tunisia's democratic path: MEPs call for more EU support

Plenary Session External relations25-03-2015 - 21:39

The 18 March terrorist attacks on the Tunis Bardo museum were clearly directed against Tunisia’s transition to democracy, as the “lone success story of the ‘Arab Spring’”, said MEPs in a debate with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Wednesday evening. All speakers insisted on the need to maintain or beef up EU support for Tunisia, so to in encourage it to pursue its democratic transition and not be intimidated by attempts to cause anarchy and chaos. (Read more: Terror attacks targeted Tunisia's democratic path: MEPs call for more EU support )

 

EP takes stance on tax transparency, burdens, avoidance and evasion

Plenary Session Taxation25-03-2015 - 20:19

Tackling tax evasion should be a top EU priority. EU countries and the European Commission should play a leading role in discussing how to fight tax fraud and aggressive tax planning in the OECD and other relevant fora, says Parliament in its resolution on tax, voted on Wednesday. (Read more: EP takes stance on tax transparency, burdens, avoidance and evasion )

 

Moscovici debate: MEPs make the case for fairer taxation

Plenary Session Taxation25-03-2015 - 19:55
EU budget revision illustration  

EU member states must be more transparent about their national tax rulings, because unfair tax competition distorts competition among companies and could lead to a “race to the bottom”, warned many MEPs in Wednesday’s debate with taxation Commissioner Pierre Moscovici. (Read more: Moscovici debate: MEPs make the case for fairer taxation )

 

European Parliament approves €1.8 billion EU loan to Ukraine

Plenary Session External/international trade25-03-2015 - 19:32
Men push a cart over the destroyed Putilovka bridge near Donetsk airport on March 21, 2015.  

EU plans to lend Ukraine €1.8 billion to help plug its short-term balance of payments gap were approved by MEPs on Wednesday. The EU will borrow the money externally and lend it on to Ukraine with the same interest rate. The disbursement will be tied to Ukraine pledging structural reforms to tackle problems that contributed to the current crisis. (Read more: European Parliament approves €1.8 billion EU loan to Ukraine )

 

Parliament approves EU aid for redundant workers in Greece and Ireland

Plenary Session Budget25-03-2015 - 19:16

More than 2,000 workers made redundant in Greece and Ireland in 2014 will receive EU aid worth €11.3 million to help them find jobs, Parliament decided on Wednesday. The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aid has already been approved by the EU Council of Ministers. (Read more: Parliament approves EU aid for redundant workers in Greece and Ireland )

 

Council summit: MEPs debate energy union and situation in Greece

Plenary Session Institutions25-03-2015 - 18:30
(L-R):Françoise Grossetête PPE; Kathleen Van Brempt S&D; Syed Kamall ECR; Guy Verhofstadt ALDE; Neoklis Sylikiotis GUE/NGL; Rebecca Harms Verts/ALE; Paul Nuttall EFDD; Jean-Claude Juncker (Commissioner); Donald Tusk (European Council)  

The energy union, Greece and how to boost the economy were all hotly debated during a discussion on last week’s Council summit during the plenary session on 25 March. MEPs welcomed plans for closer collaboration on energy issues, but also called attention to the situation in Greece. (Read more: Council summit: MEPs debate energy union and situation in Greece )

 
One minute silence at EP plenary_  

The session opened with a minute’s silence for victims of the Germanwings air crash in the French Alps on 24 March and the terrorist attack on Tunisia’s Bardo museum on 18 March. President Schulz conveyed Parliament’s deepest sympathy to their families and friends. (Read more: Opening: minute’s silence for victims of Germanwings air crash and Tunis attacks )

 

Roma: MEPs debate discrimination affecting Europe's largest ethnic minority

Plenary Session Justice and home affairs25-03-2015 - 15:22
A Roma boy listens to their national music between the Roma and EU flags in Nehru Park in Budapest on August 2, 2013 on the International Day of the Romani Holocaust commemorating for the gipsy victims of the Second World War. © BELGA/AFP/A.KISBENEDEK  

Roma are often subject to discrimination and social exclusion. Today MEPs discuss how to tackle discrimination affecting Europe's largest ethnic minority and debate whether the EU should recognise the Roma genocide in WWII. An estimated 10 million Roma live in Europe, of which six million live within the EU. Follow the debate live online from 20.45 CET. (Read more: Roma: MEPs debate discrimination affecting Europe's largest ethnic minority )

 

Tax debate: transparency, red tape, avoidance and evasion

Plenary Session Taxation25-03-2015 - 10:46

MEPs will debate the European Commission's “tax transparency package” with Commissioner Pierre Moscovici (taxation) and the Latvian Council Presidency on Wednesday, starting at about 16.00. This draft legislation, tabled on 18 March, would oblige EU member states to inform each other of their national tax rulings. MEPs welcome this as "a first step in the right direction". (Read more: Tax debate: transparency, red tape, avoidance and evasion )

 
 
Plenary agenda
 
25-03-2015 -
15:00 - 18:30
Debates
 
 
Resumption of session and order of business
 
Conclusions of the European Council meeting (19-20 March 2015)
 
Decision adopted on the European Neighbourhood Policy package
 
Joint debate - Tax policy
Decision adopted on the Tax Transparency policy
Annual Tax report
Report:A8-0040/2015
Rapporteur: Eva Kaili
ECON
 
Macro-financial assistance to Ukraine
Report:A8-0056/2015 ***I
Rapporteur: Gabrielius Landsbergis
INTA
 
 
25-03-2015 -
18:30 - 19:00
VOTES followed by explanations of votes
 
 
Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund: application EGF/2014/018 GR/Attica Broadcasting
Report:A8-0050/2015
Rapporteur: Georgios Kyrtsos
BUDG
 
Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund: application EGF/2014/015 GR/Attica Publishing activities
Report:A8-0051/2015
Rapporteur: Lefteris Christoforou
BUDG
 
Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund: application EGF/2014/016 IE/Lufthansa Technik
Report:A8-0052/2015
Rapporteur: Victor Negrescu
BUDG
 
Macro-financial assistance to Ukraine
Report:A8-0056/2015 ***I
Rapporteur: Gabrielius Landsbergis
INTA
 
Annual Tax report
Report:A8-0040/2015
Rapporteur: Eva Kaili
ECON
 
 
25-03-2015 -
19:00 - 22:00
Debates
 
 
Joint debate - Minimum rates of pay in the transport sector
Employment conditions including minimum rates of pay applicable to the transport sector
Report:O-000019/2015 European Commission EMPL
Compliance of the German provisions with European law on the minimum wage in the transport sector
 
International Roma Day – anti-Gypsyism in Europe and EU recognition of the memorial day of the Roma genocide during WW II
 
One-minute speeches (Rule 163)
 
 
 
Proposed report during the session
 
REPORT on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund, in accordance with point 13 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 2 December 2013 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management (application EGF/2014/018 GR/Attica Broadcasting, from Greece)
Reference: A8-0050/2015

Date:
18-03-2015
Georgios Kyrtsos
BUDG
 
REPORT on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund, in accordance with point 13 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 2 December 2013 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management (application EGF/2014/015 GR/Attica publishing activities, from Greece)
Reference: A8-0051/2015

Date:
18-03-2015
Lefteris Christoforou
BUDG
 
REPORT on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund, in accordance with point 13 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 2 December 2013 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management (application EGF/2014/016 IE/Lufthansa Technik, from Ireland)
Reference: A8-0052/2015

Date:
18-03-2015
Victor Negrescu
BUDG