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Things we learnt in plenary: new Commission, Sakharov Prize and the EU budget

Plenary Session Institutions24-10-2014 - 08:00
 

The October plenary saw the new European Commission led byJean-Claude Juncker receive the Parliament's approval to start its five-year term, while outgoing president José Manuel Barroso gave his farewell speech to MEPs. The Parliament also voted against cuts proposed by EU governments to the EU's budget for next year, as MEPs want to preserve spending for growth and jobs. Meanwhile Denis Mukwege, who helps the victims of sexual violence, was announced as the 2014 Sakharov prize laureate. (Read more: Things we learnt in plenary: new Commission, Sakharov Prize and the EU budget )

 
 

MEPs prolong Ukraine's duty-free access to the EU market

Plenary Session External/international trade23-10-2014 - 12:26

Plans to prolong a largely duty-free access to the EU market for Ukraine’s exports until the end of 2015 were backed by the European Parliament on Thursday. (Read more: MEPs prolong Ukraine's duty-free access to the EU market )

 
 

Human rights: closing down of Russian Memorial NGO; Uzbekistan; Mexico

Plenary Session Humanitarian aid / External relations23-10-2014 - 12:22

Parliament passed three resolutions on Thursday, calling on the Russian authorities not to close down the Memorial civil rights NGO; urging the Uzbek authorities to take immediate action to protect human rights; and calling for the immediate arrest of all those responsible for the disappearance of 43 students in Mexico. (Read more: Human rights: closing down of Russian Memorial NGO; Uzbekistan; Mexico )

 
 

MEPs ask for further details of EU-wide police crackdown on clandestine migrants

Plenary Session Police cooperation23-10-2014 - 10:56

Concerns about how to reconcile the fundamental rights and non-discrimination of migrants with the need to gather information to dismantle criminal networks profiting from trafficking were the key points raised by MEPs in Wednesday evening’s debate with the Italian Presidency of the Council, represented by Benedetto Della Vedova on the EU-wide police crackdown on clandestine migrants "Mos Maiorum". (Read more: MEPs ask for further details of EU-wide police crackdown on clandestine migrants )

 
 

IS fighters returning to EU: MEPs debate how to prevent internal security threat

Plenary Session External relations / Security and defence23-10-2014 - 10:27

Concerns over the possible threats to the EU's internal security posed by Europeans returning home after fighting for the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) were raised by MEPs in a debate on Wednesday. Some called for a swift approval of the EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) proposal to better detect potential terrorists entering or leaving the EU. Most stressed, however, that all measures taken by the EU to tackle this problem must respect fundamental rights. (Read more: IS fighters returning to EU: MEPs debate how to prevent internal security threat )

 
 

Human rights debates: why Parliament calls attention to the situation in Mexico

Plenary Session Human rights23-10-2014 - 09:42
Relatives and peers of the 43 missing students of Normal School of Ayotzinapa Raul Isidro Burgos march demanding their appearance in Tixtla, Guerrero state, Mexico on October 21, 2014. Mexico's government announced a $110,000 reward for information on the disappearance of 43 students in a case of alleged collusion between a drug gang and police. ©BELGA/AFP/ EDUARDO GUERRERO  

They might have gone missing in another part of the world, but that does not mean MEPs don't care about their fate. Today the Parliament will discuss the 43 missing students in Mexico and the suspected links between drug cartels and local authorities in the country. Issues such as this are brought up at every plenary session, when MEPs call attention to flagrant violations and breaches of the rule of law around the world. Find out more about the debates and follow them live on our website. (Read more: Human rights debates: why Parliament calls attention to the situation in Mexico )

 
 

Kobane: MEPs call on Turkey to do more to help Syrian city under threat by IS

Plenary Session Institutions22-10-2014 - 17:06
Isis assault on Kobani, Iraq on the Turkish border  

Turkey should do more to help Kurds fight off the IS threat in Kobane, many MEPs said in a debate on the besieged Syrian city on 22 October. They also condemned the violence by IS and said more should be done to tackle the terrorist group and help its victims. Some also raised the potential threat of chemical weapons and said a wider strategy was needed for the Middle East. (Read more: Kobane: MEPs call on Turkey to do more to help Syrian city under threat by IS )

 
 

Parliament elects new European Commission

Plenary Session Institutions22-10-2014 - 17:06
EP President Martin Schulz hands over to EC President Jean-Claude Juncker the decision of the EP to elect the new commission.  

MEPs approved the new college of 27 Commissioners, as presented by its President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday morning, with 423 votes in favour, 209 against and 67 abstentions. The new Commission now needs to be formally appointed by EU heads of state or government to enable it to take up duty on 1 November for a five-year term. (Read more: Parliament elects new European Commission )

 
 

EU countries should act on their economic reform pledges, say MEPs

Plenary Session Economic and monetary affairs22-10-2014 - 14:06

EU countries need to act more like owners of economic policy reform pledges they themselves signed up to, MEPs stress in a report adopted on Wednesday. Given that only 10% of the European Commission's country-specific reform recommendations (CSRs) for 2013 were implemented in full and that little or no progress was made on 45% of them, MEPs believe "there is an inconsistency between European commitment and national implementation of the CSRs by member states". (Read more: EU countries should act on their economic reform pledges, say MEPs )

 
 

European Union member states must back their political pledges with money to revive growth, create jobs, encourage research and development, and enable the EU to do its foreign policy job, said MEPs as they reversed the Council's cuts in the draft EU budget for 2015 on Wednesday. An agreement on additional funds for 2014 is a prerequisite for Parliament to do a deal on next year's budget with Council, MEPs added. (Read more: Settle bills, invest more for growth and jobs: EP position on the 2015 EU budget )

 
 

EP votes on the new European Commission

Plenary Session Institutions22-10-2014 - 07:00
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MEPs decide today whether to approve the new European Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker. In a debate before the vote, they can also say what they think about Juncker’s plans as Commission president for the next five years. As part of European Commission election process, all candidate commissioners were questioned by MEPs to assess if they were fit for the job. Now the Parliament has the final say. Watch the vote live on our website. (Read more: EP votes on the new European Commission )

 
 

Barroso: "Europe is not the cause of the crisis - it's part of the solution"

Plenary Session Institutions21-10-2014 - 18:32
Photo 1) Interview with President of the European Commission Josè Manuel Barroso  

After two mandates and 10 years as the head of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso is ready to pass the torch on to Jean- Claude Juncker. We talked to the European Commission President just after his speech in plenary on Tuesday 21 October, in which he looked back at his second term. Barroso said that the crisis wasn't caused by the EU but by financial markets acting irresponsibly and some countries spending excessively. (Read more: Barroso: "Europe is not the cause of the crisis - it's part of the solution" )

 
 

EU values must be respected in Hungary and in all other member states, MEPs say

Plenary Session Fundamental rights21-10-2014 - 15:00

Concerns about perceived threats to democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights in Hungary were raised by MEPs in a debate with the Italian Presidency of the Council, represented by Benedetto Della Vedova, and Commissioner Martine Reicherts on Tuesday. Hungarian laws and practices having an overall impact on pluralism, freedom of speech, media freedom and civil society were some of the issues discussed during the debate. (Read more: EU values must be respected in Hungary and in all other member states, MEPs say )

 
 

European Semester: MEPs call for better implementation and democratic scrutiny

Plenary Session Institutions21-10-2014 - 14:25
European Semester debate (L-R): Philippe DE BACKER (Rapporteur), Benedetto DELLA VEDOVA (Council), Jyrki KATAINEN (Commission), Dariusz ROSATI (PPE), Tibor SZANYI (S&D), Sampo TERHO (ECR), Sylvie GOULARD (ALDE), Marisa MATIAS (GUE/NGL), Bas EICKHOUT (Verts/ALE), Steven WOOLFE (NI).  

EU countries coordinate their economic policies to create the best conditions for growth, employment and balanced budgets as part of the European Semester. However, during a debate on 21 October, MEPs stressed that recommendations should be better implemented, while the decision process should be more transparent. MEPs will vote on the report on the European Semester on Wednesday 22 October. (Read more: European Semester: MEPs call for better implementation and democratic scrutiny )

 
 

About 2,800 former workers at firms producing various metals in Spain, steel in Belgium, and cars in France and Belgium will get EU aid to help them find new jobs after Parliament approved the applications on Tuesday. The requests for European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aid, together amounting to €15.2 million, also need to be approved by the EU Council of Ministers. (Read more: EU job-search aid for former metal and car workers in Belgium, France and Spain )

 
 

Opening: Schulz warns against attempts to disrupt Northern Ireland peace process

Plenary Session Institutions20-10-2014 - 19:02
EP Presidnet Martin Schulz walk in the plenary chamber to open October Plenary session  

All sides in the Northern Ireland peace process should refrain from “dangerous mutual provocation” urged European Parliament President Martin Schulz in his opening address at its October session. (Read more: Opening: Schulz warns against attempts to disrupt Northern Ireland peace process )

 
 

EU budget for 2015: "The Parliament will fight hard"

Plenary Session Budget20-10-2014 - 09:43
MEP Gardiazabal on Budget 2015_  

MEPs will debate the Parliament's position on the EU's budget for next year on Tuesday 21 October and vote on it the following day. The EP's budgets committee recommends reversing the Council's cuts, but this would mean the Parliament would have to negotiate with the Council. We discussed the issue with Eider Gardiazábal, who is drafting the Parliament's position on the general budget. The Spanish member of the S&D group said the Parliament would fight hard to defend its position. (Read more: EU budget for 2015: "The Parliament will fight hard" )

 
 

Newsletter

16-10-2014 - 17:29
 
   
Plenary agenda
 
20-10-2014 -
17:00 - 19:00
Debates
 
 
Resumption of session and order of business
 
Better prevention and management of floods at European level
 
Response to Ebola crisis
 
 
 
21-10-2014 -
09:00 - 12:20
Debates
 
 
Outcome of the high level conference on employment in Europe (Milan, 8 October)
 
European Semester for economic policy coordination: implementation of 2014 priorities
Report:A8-0019/2014
Rapporteur: Philippe De Backer
ECON
 
 
21-10-2014 -
12:30 - 14:00
VOTES followed by explanations of votes
 
 
Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund: application EGF/2014/004 ES/Comunidad Valenciana metal
Report:A8-0013/2014
Rapporteur: Patricija Šulin
BUDG
 
Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund: application EGF/2013/012 BE/Ford Genk
Report:A8-0015/2014
Rapporteur: Paul Rübig
BUDG
 
Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund: application EGF/2013/002 BE/Carsid
Report:A8-0017/2014
Rapporteur: Petri Sarvamaa
BUDG
 
Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund: application EGF/2014/006 FR/PSA
Report:A8-0016/2014
Rapporteur: Isabelle Thomas
BUDG
 
 
21-10-2014 -
15:00 - 23:00
Debates
 
 
Review of the Barroso II Commission
 
Preparation of the European Council (23-24 October 2014)
 
Draft amending budget No 2/2014 - surplus resulting from the implementation of the budget year 2013
Report:A8-0018/2014
Rapporteur: Gérard Deprez
BUDG
 
General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2015 - all sections
Report:A8-0014/2014
Rapporteur: Monika Hohlmeier
Rapporteur: Eider Gardiazabal Rubial
BUDG
 
Democracy, rule of law and fundamental rights in Hungary
 
Customs duties on goods originating in Ukraine
Report:A8-0021/2014 ***I
Rapporteur: Gabrielius Landsbergis
INTA
 
 
 
22-10-2014 -
09:00 - 11:45
KEY DEBATE
 
 
Presentation by the Commission President-elect of the College of Commissioners and their programme
 
 
22-10-2014 -
11:45 - 12:15
VOTE (preceded by a round of political group speakers)
 
 
Election of the Commission
 
 
22-10-2014 -
13:00 - 14:30
VOTES followed by explanations of votes
 
 
Draft amending budget No 2/2014 - surplus resulting from the implementation of the budget year 2013
Report:A8-0018/2014
Rapporteur: Gérard Deprez
BUDG
 
Draft general budget of the European Union - 2015 financial year
 
General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2015 - all sections
Report:A8-0014/2014
Rapporteur: Monika Hohlmeier
Rapporteur: Eider Gardiazabal Rubial
BUDG
 
Protocol to the EU-Republic of Korea Free Trade Agreement to take account of Croatia's accession to the EU
Report:A8-0012/2014 ***
Rapporteur: Jan Zahradil
INTA
 
European Semester for economic policy coordination: implementation of 2014 priorities
Report:A8-0019/2014
Rapporteur: Philippe De Backer
ECON
 
 
22-10-2014 -
15:00 - 23:00
Debates
 
 
Situation in Kobane and the threat of IS
 
Situation in Hong Kong
 
Death sentence against Asia Bibi
 
European IS fighters
 
Joint police operation "Mos Maiorum"
 
Joint debate - Discharge 2012
2012 discharge: Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications
Report:A8-0011/2014
Rapporteur: Petri Sarvamaa
CONT
2012 discharge: European Council and Council
Report:A8-0010/2014
Rapporteur: Tamás Deutsch
CONT
 
 
 
23-10-2014 -
10:00 - 11:50
Debates
 
 
One-minute speeches (Rule 163)
 
Debates on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law - One hour maximum (Rule 135)
Closing down of Memorial (Sakharov Prize 2009) in Russia
Human rights in Uzbekistan
Disappearance of 43 teaching students in Mexico
 
 
23-10-2014 -
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)
 
Customs duties on goods originating in Ukraine
Report:A8-0021/2014 ***I
Rapporteur: Gabrielius Landsbergis
INTA
 
2012 discharge: Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications
Report:A8-0011/2014
Rapporteur: Petri Sarvamaa
CONT
 
2012 discharge: European Council and Council
Report:A8-0010/2014
Rapporteur: Tamás Deutsch
CONT
 
European Agreement concluded by the European Barge Union (EBU), the European Skippers Organisation (ESO) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) concerning certain aspects of the organisation of working time in inland waterway transport
 
 
 
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/2014/004 ES/Comunidad Valenciana metal)
Reference: A8-0013/2014

Date:
09-10-2014
Patricija Šulin
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/2013/012 BE/Ford Genk from Belgium)
Reference: A8-0015/2014

Date:
09-10-2014
Paul Rübig
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/2014/006 FR/PSA from France)
Reference: A8-0016/2014

Date:
14-10-2014
Isabelle Thomas
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/2013/002 BE/Carsid from Belgium)
Reference: A8-0017/2014

Date:
14-10-2014
Petri Sarvamaa
BUDG
 
 
RECOMMENDATION on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union and its Member States, of the Additional Protocol to the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Korea, of the other part, to take account of the accession of Croatia to the European Union
Reference: A8-0012/2014

Date:
29-09-2014
Jan Zahradil
INTA