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MEPs call on Russia to cooperate with Ukrainian peace plan

Plenary Session External relations17-07-2014 - 12:25

Russia should back the peace plan offered by Ukraine, respect the ceasefire and withdraw its mercenaries via the retreat corridor, say MEPs in a resolution passed on Thursday. They call the EU countries to ban arms sales to Russia and help Ukraine to secure its gas supply via reverse gas flows. MEPs also state their readiness to ratify the association and free trade deal with Ukraine. (Read more: MEPs call on Russia to cooperate with Ukrainian peace plan )

 
 

Gaza: MEPs call for immediate ceasefire and resumption of direct peace talks

Plenary Session External relations17-07-2014 - 12:20

The European Parliament called for an immediate end to rocket attacks on Israel and to Israeli military action against Gaza in a resolution voted on Thursday The EU foreign policy chief and the member states must do more to support a ceasefire agreement and put an immediate stop to all acts of violence threatening civilians, MEPs said, calling on Israelis and Palestinians to resume direct peace talks. (Read more: Gaza: MEPs call for immediate ceasefire and resumption of direct peace talks )

 
 

Iraq: MEPs reject jihadist terrorism and call for sustainable political solution

Plenary Session External relations17-07-2014 - 12:18

Attacks by the Islamic State (IS) on the Iraqi state and its citizens, including summary executions and the imposition of harsh interpretations of Sharia law, were strongly condemned in a European Parliament resolution passed by a show of hands on Thursday. At the same time, the resolution urges the Iraqi security forces to respect Iraq's international commitments on human rights and fundamental freedoms while fighting the IS and other terrorist groups. (Read more: Iraq: MEPs reject jihadist terrorism and call for sustainable political solution )

 
 

MEPs urge EU to help 5.3 million young people find decent jobs

Plenary Session Employment policy17-07-2014 - 12:12
Applicants applying for an interview  

The European Parliament called for stronger measures to fight unemployment among young people, including common minimum standards for apprenticeships and decent wages, in a resolution passed on Thursday. EU funding of employment-related programmes should also be increased in future budgets, it added. (Read more: MEPs urge EU to help 5.3 million young people find decent jobs )

 
 

Human rights: Sudan; freedom of expression in Egypt, recent attacks in Nigeria

Plenary Session Humanitarian aid / External relations17-07-2014 - 11:42

Parliament passed three separate resolutions on Thursday, calling on the Sudanese authorities to protect minorities' religious identities, expressing its alarm at the increasingly severe clampdown and physical attacks on media and civil society in Egypt, and calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Chibok schoolgirls in Nigeria. (Read more: Human rights: Sudan; freedom of expression in Egypt, recent attacks in Nigeria )

 
 

Budget problems: EU programmes in jeopardy again

Plenary Session Budget16-07-2014 - 17:38

The EU must stop rolling over its growing portfolio of unpaid bills from one year to the next, said MEPs in Wednesday’s debate on the alarming shortage of funds for payments due in 2014. Unless a satisfactory solution is found, programmes such as Erasmus+, research projects and humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees will get stuck, new ones will be grounded and beneficiaries will have to wait for money they worked for, warned the Commission and many MEPs. (Read more: Budget problems: EU programmes in jeopardy again )

 
 

Composition of EP delegations to parliaments in non-EU countries

Plenary Session Institutions / Parliament's Rules of Procedure16-07-2014 - 12:56 (European Parliament's Elections)

The numbers of MEPs to sit in Parliament’s 44 interparliamentary delegations, which maintain relations and exchange information with parliaments in non-EU countries, were approved in a plenary vote on Wednesday. The delegations’ membership lists were approved on Thursday. (Read more: Composition of EP delegations to parliaments in non-EU countries )

 
 

MEPs to debate violence in the Gaza Strip and insurgency in Iraq

Plenary Session External relations16-07-2014 - 12:48

MEPs will debate the current escalation of violence between Israeli and Palestinian forces in the Gaza Strip with the Italian Presidency on Wednesday afternoon. This debate will be preceded by a discussion on the fighting between Iraqi government forces and Sunni rebels, which has resulted in the deaths of thousands and the displacement of hundreds of thousands more. (Read more: MEPs to debate violence in the Gaza Strip and insurgency in Iraq )

 
 

European Parliament gives go-ahead for Lithuania to join the euro

Plenary Session Economic and monetary union16-07-2014 - 12:35
The future Lithuanian 1 euro coins © Lietuvos Bankas  

Lithuania should join the euro on 1 January 2015, recommends the European Parliament in a resolution voted on Wednesday. This vote is in line with a European Commission recommendation and political backing from EU heads of state or government at the June EU Council summit. (Read more: European Parliament gives go-ahead for Lithuania to join the euro )

 
 

MEPs call for more transparency in transatlantic trade talks

Plenary Session External/international trade16-07-2014 - 10:52

EU citizens must be better informed of the progress of EU-US talks on the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), said MEPs from all political groups debating the issue with EU trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht on Tuesday afternoon. (Read more: MEPs call for more transparency in transatlantic trade talks )

 
 

Council urged to resume talks on maternity leave directive

Plenary Session Women's rights/Equal opportunities16-07-2014 - 10:36
A pregnant woman  

The Council of Ministers was urged to resume talks with Parliament on a draft EU directive on maternity leave by many MEPs in a debate with Commissioner Siim Kallas on Tuesday afternoon. Parliament voted for this draft directive in 2010, to strengthen women’s rights across Europe, and its wishes should be respected, said MEPs. But the Commission recently announced plans to withdraw it, after four years’ deadlock in the Council. (Read more: Council urged to resume talks on maternity leave directive )

 
 

MEPs say yes to four new Commissioners to replace those who left to become MEPs

Plenary Session Institutions / Parliament's Rules of Procedure16-07-2014 - 09:38
Ferdinando NELLI FEROCI, Jacek DOMINIK, Martine REICHERTS, Jyrki KATAINEN  

The candidatures of four candidate EU Commissioners, nominated to replace those who left to become MEPs, were approved by Parliament on Wednesday. The four are to serve for the rest of the Commission’s current term, which expires on 31 October 2014. They were given committee hearings on Monday. (Read more: MEPs say yes to four new Commissioners to replace those who left to become MEPs )

 
 

Parliament elects Jean-Claude Juncker as Commission President

Plenary Session Institutions15-07-2014 - 14:05
Jean-Claude Juncker smiles during the debate  

With 422 votes in favour, the European Parliament elected Jean-Claude Juncker in a secret ballot on 15 July as President of the new European Commission to take office on 1 November 2014 for a five year term. The minimum number of votes required was 376. (Read more: Parliament elects Jean-Claude Juncker as Commission President )

 
 

Juncker presents his programme

Plenary Session Institutions15-07-2014 - 13:31

"You are the first Parliament to elect the Commission President ", said Jean-Claude Juncker, presenting his programme in a final debate with Parliament's political group leaders before its vote on his election on Tuesday. MEPs applauded many of Mr Juncker's aims and reassurances. (Read more: Juncker presents his programme )

 
 

Opening: EU must help fund Balkan flood relief effort, says President Schulz

Plenary Session Institutions14-07-2014 - 18:40
EP President Martin Schulz opens July II plenary session on 14 of July 2014  

The collective solidarity that inspired cross-border rescue and relief efforts in the aftermath of the May 2014 floods in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia must be matched by EU aid and funding, said President Schulz, opening the July II session. (Read more: Opening: EU must help fund Balkan flood relief effort, says President Schulz )

 
 
   
Plenary agenda
 
14-07-2014 -
17:00 - 19:00
Debates
 
 
Resumption of session and order of business
 
One-minute speeches (Rule 163)
 
 
 
15-07-2014 -
10:00 - 12:30
KEY DEBATE
 
 
Statement by the candidate for President of the Commission
 
 
15-07-2014 -
12:30
Elections
 
 
Election of the President of the Commission
 
 
15-07-2014 -
15:00 - 22:00
Debates
 
 
Situation in Ukraine
 
Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
 
Withdrawal of the maternity leave directive
 
Destruction of Syria's chemical weapons in the Mediterranean sea between Greece and Italy
 
Adoption by Lithuania of the euro on 1 January 2015
Report:A8-0001/2014 *
Rapporteur: Werner Langen
ECON
 
 
 
16-07-2014 -
09:00 - 09:15
VOTES
 
 
Appointment of 4 members of the European Commission - Jyrki KATAINEN (FI), Jacek DOMINIK (PL), Ferdinando NELLI FEROCI (IT), Martine REICHERTS (LU)
 
 
16-07-2014 -
09:15 - 11:50
Debates
 
 
Youth employment
 
 
16-07-2014 -
12:00 - 14:00
VOTES followed by explanations of votes
 
 
Adoption by Lithuania of the euro on 1 January 2015
Report:A8-0001/2014 *
Rapporteur: Werner Langen
ECON
 
Numerical strength of interparliamentary delegations
 
 
16-07-2014 -
15:00 - 21:00
Debates
 
 
Payment situation in the EU budget given the unprecedented level of outstanding EU commitments
 
Situation in Iraq
 
Escalation of violence between Israel and Palestine
 
Crime of aggression
 
 
 
17-07-2014 -
10:00 - 11:00
Debates
 
 
Debates on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law - One hour maximum (Rule 135)
Sudan, the case of Meriam Yahia Ibrahim
Freedom of expression and assembly in Egypt
Nigeria, recent attacks by Boko Haram
 
 
17-07-2014 -
11:00 - 13:00
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)
 
Appointments to interparliamentary delegations
 
Situation in Ukraine
 
Youth employment
 
Situation in Iraq
 
Escalation of violence between Israel and Palestine
 
Crime of aggression