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09-02-2017 - 16:46
 
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Plenary highlights: Ceta, robots, counter-terrorism, future of the EU

Plenary Session Institutions / External/international trade / External relations / Economic and monetary affairs17-02-2017 - 11:00
 

MEPs approved Ceta during this week's plenary session followed by a visit by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau telling them how the EU-Canada trade deal was not just about commerce, but also about improving people's lives. Newly-elected Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen also addressed the Parliament, while MEPs adopted new anti-terrorism measures and set out their ideas for the future of the EU. (Read more: Plenary highlights: Ceta, robots, counter-terrorism, future of the EU )

 

Robots and artificial intelligence: MEPs call for EU-wide liability rules

Plenary Session Industry16-02-2017 - 13:09
Child playing with robot  

EU-wide rules are needed for the fast-evolving field of robotics, e.g. to enforce ethical standards or establish liability for accidents involving driverless cars, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. (Read more: Robots and artificial intelligence: MEPs call for EU-wide liability rules )

 

Parliament sets out its vision for the future of Europe

Plenary Session Future of Europe/European integration / Institutions16-02-2017 - 12:42

If the EU is to boost its capacity to act, restore citizens’ trust and make the euro zone economy more resilient to outside shocks, it needs to make full use of the Lisbon Treaty. But to go further, it needs to reform itself more fundamentally. This was the key message of three resolutions exploring the future development of the European Union approved by Parliament on Thursday. (Read more: Parliament sets out its vision for the future of Europe )

 

Preventing terrorism: clampdown on foreign fighters and lone wolves

Plenary Session Justice and home affairs16-02-2017 - 12:35

To counter the growing threats from “foreign fighters” travelling to conflict zones for terrorist purposes and “lone wolves” planning solo attacks, new EU-wide rules were approved by Parliament on Thursday. (Read more: Preventing terrorism: clampdown on foreign fighters and lone wolves )

 

Stopping foreign fighters at EU external borders

Plenary Session Justice and home affairs / Schengen16-02-2017 - 12:30
Passport control illustration  

All EU citizens and third country nationals entering or leaving the EU will be systematically checked against databases, e.g. of lost and stolen documents, under a regulation voted on Thursday. The new rules were agreed by Parliament’s negotiators and the Council of Ministers on 5 December 2016. (Read more: Stopping foreign fighters at EU external borders )

 

Human rights: Nicaragua, executions in Kuwait and Bahrain, and Guatemala

Plenary Session Humanitarian aid / External relations16-02-2017 - 12:15

Parliament voices deep concern about the intimidation and harassment of Francesca Ramirez and other human rights defenders in Nicaragua, deplores the recent use of the death penalty in Kuwait and Bahrain, and strongly condemns the murders of human rights defenders and journalists in Guatemala, in three resolutions voted on Thursday. (Read more: Human rights: Nicaragua, executions in Kuwait and Bahrain, and Guatemala )

 

Justin Trudeau: "Trade needs to work for people"

Plenary Session External relations16-02-2017 - 11:44
Canadian President Justin Trudeau adresses the MEPs  

"Ceta is not only about commerce, imports and exports, about profits. It aims to improve people's lives," said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, while addressing MEPs in Strasbourg on Thursday 16 February, one day after the the European Parliament approved the EU-Canada trade agreement. (Read more: Justin Trudeau: "Trade needs to work for people" )

 

MEPs call for fast-track approval of low-risk pesticides

Plenary Session Public health / Food safety15-02-2017 - 14:38
Duster plane on agricultural field  

Low-risk biological pesticides, including those made from bio-organisms, pheromones or essential oils, could replace conventional ones that are suspected of harming the environment and human health. MEPs wonder why some member states hesitate or refuse to approve them and want the EU Commission to propose a revision of the rules to accelerate the approval process. (Read more: MEPs call for fast-track approval of low-risk pesticides )

 
Smoking chimneys at sunset  

Plans to boost greenhouse-gas emission curbs through the EU carbon market (EU ETS), so as to bring EU climate policy into line with the aims of the Paris agreement, were backed by Parliament on Wednesday. MEPs supported the Commission proposal to reduce the number of “carbon credits” (emission allowances) by 2.2% each year, and want to double the capacity of the 2019 market stability reserve (MSR) to absorb the excess of allowances on the market. (Read more: MEPs back plans to cut carbon emission allowances and fund low-carbon innovation )

 

MEPs urge legal reform in Albania, rule of law for all in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Plenary Session External relations15-02-2017 - 13:11

Albania should step up the pace of judicial reform, as a key to starting EU accession negotiations, while Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) needs to overcome its ethnic and political divisions and remain united throughout the EU membership application evaluation process, said MEPs on Wednesday. (Read more: MEPs urge legal reform in Albania, rule of law for all in Bosnia and Herzegovina )

 

CETA: MEPs back EU-Canada trade agreement

Plenary Session External/international trade15-02-2017 - 12:41
CETA vote result  

The EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which aims to boost goods and services trade and investment flows, was approved by the European Parliament on Wednesday. The landmark trade deal could apply provisionally from as early as April 2017. (Read more: CETA: MEPs back EU-Canada trade agreement )

 

Ceta: creating opportunities for EU businesses in Canada

Plenary Session External/international trade14-02-2017 - 19:09
 

Negotiated for nearly five years and four months, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada is now ready for the final vote by the European Parliament. After MEPs backed it on Wednesday 15 February, the agreement could already provisionally apply from April. In 2015 EU-Canada trade accounted for more than €60 billion and Ceta is expected to boost this by 20%. Read on and watch our video to find out more about the difference the trade deal could make. (Read more: Ceta: creating opportunities for EU businesses in Canada )

 

Greece: MEPs say it's time to act on debt crisis

Plenary Session Economic and monetary affairs14-02-2017 - 17:07
Greece debate  

Greece and its debt problem are back on the EU’s agenda. A team of EU officials and representatives of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are expected to return to Athens to evaluate whether the country has implemented the latest reforms agreed under the current bailout, a necessary step for further international support. MEPs discussed the situation during a debate on Tuesday 14 February and called for urgent action to help improve the situation. (Read more: Greece: MEPs say it's time to act on debt crisis )

 

Alexander Van der Bellen: "The European idea is worth the effort"

Plenary Session Institutions14-02-2017 - 13:48
"It goes without saying that we're stronger together than alone" -Austrian President  Van der Bellen addressing MEPs  

Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen gave a passionate speech in favour of the EU at the European Parliament and said the challenges facing Europe could only be tackled together. Van der Bellen was addressing MEPs in Strasbourg on 14 February as part of his first official foreign trip. During the speech he said: “The European idea is great. It is unique. It is worth all the effort." (Read more: Alexander Van der Bellen: "The European idea is worth the effort" )

 

EU job search aid worth €1,818,750 for 800 former retail workers in the Netherlands was approved in plenary in a vote on Tuesday. The workers were made redundant by six retail trade companies which recently went bankrupt in the Drenthe and Overijssel provinces. The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aid still needs to be approved by the Council of Ministers on 17 February. (Read more: EU job-search aid: €1.8m for 800 former retail workers in the Netherlands )

 

Peace in Ukraine and West Bank debates on Tuesday at 16.00

Plenary Session External relations14-02-2017 - 13:00

The worsening plight of eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian rebels broke the ceasefire and began shelling Ukrainian forces in Avdiivka last week, will be debated by MEPs on Tuesday afternoon with Ian Borg, Maltese Parliamentary Secretary for the EU Presidency, representing EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. This will be followed by another debate on the situation in the West Bank, including settlements. (Read more: Peace in Ukraine and West Bank debates on Tuesday at 16.00 )

 

MEPs call for EU-wide protection for whistle-blowers

Plenary Session Budgetary control14-02-2017 - 12:52

An “effective and comprehensive European whistle-blower protection programme” should be proposed “immediately” by the EU Commission, urges Parliament in a resolution voted on Tuesday. MEPs deplore the Commission’s failure, so far, to deliver any legislative proposals to establish a minimum level of protection for whistle-blowers who help protect the EU budget against fraud (Read more: MEPs call for EU-wide protection for whistle-blowers )

 

Opening – West Bank settlements added to Middle East debate

Plenary Session Institutions13-02-2017 - 18:06
Opening of February plenary session by EP President Antonio Tajani  

The title of a statement by EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on prospects for resuming Middle East peace talks will be changed to “Situation in the West Bank, in particular settlements”. An oral question on Germany’s revised road toll plan was moved from Thursday to Wednesday afternoon. (Read more: Opening – West Bank settlements added to Middle East debate )

 

CO2 cuts: finding the right balance between trade and fighting climate change

Plenary Session Environment13-02-2017 - 14:25
Infographic illustration on TOP CO2 emitters  

MEPs vote this week on plans to reform the EU's emissions trading system (ETS), a scheme set up to help reduce greenhouse gases, which is not not working as expected. Although the EU is the world's third largest CO2 emitter, it also harbours the most ambitious climate target: to cut emissions by at least 40% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. The plans voted on in Parliament this week should help achieve this target while maintaining Europe’s industrial competitiveness. (Read more: CO2 cuts: finding the right balance between trade and fighting climate change )

 
 
Plenary agenda
 
13-02-2017 -
17:00 - 23:00
Debates
 
 
Resumption of session and order of business
 
Biological low risk pesticides
Report:O-000147/2016 European Commission ENVI
 
Revision of the European Consensus on Development
Report:A8-0020/2017
Rapporteur: Bogdan Brunon Wenta
Rapporteur: Norbert Neuser
DEVE
 
Cost-effective emission reductions and low-carbon investments
Report:A8-0003/2017 ***I
Rapporteur: Ian Duncan
ENVI
 
Annual report on EU competition policy
Report:A8-0001/2017
Rapporteur: Tibor Szanyi
ECON
 
Short presentations of the following reports:
Promoting gender equality in mental health and clinical research
Report:A8-0380/2016
Rapporteur: Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea
FEMM
Priorities for the 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women
Report:A8-0018/2017
Rapporteur: Maria Arena
Rapporteur: Constance Le Grip
FEMM
Control of the Register and composition of the Commission's expert groups
Report:A8-0002/2017
Rapporteur: Dennis de Jong
CONT
The role of whistleblowers in the protection of EU´s financial interests
Report:A8-0004/2017
Rapporteur: Dennis de Jong
CONT
 
One-minute speeches (Rule 163)
 
 
 
14-02-2017 -
09:00 - 11:50
Debates
 
 
Joint debate - Future of the EU
Possible evolutions of and adjustments to the current institutional set-up of the European Union
Report:A8-0390/2016
Rapporteur: Guy Verhofstadt
AFCO
Improving the functioning of the European Union building on the potential of the Lisbon Treaty
Report:A8-0386/2016
Rapporteur: Mercedes Bresso
Rapporteur: Elmar Brok
AFCO
Budgetary capacity for the Eurozone
Report:A8-0038/2017
Rapporteur: Reimer Böge
Rapporteur: Pervenche Berès
ECON BUDG
 
 
14-02-2017 -
12:00 - 12:30
Formal sitting
 
 
Address by Alexander Van der Bellen, President of the Republic of Austria
 
 
14-02-2017 -
12:30 - 14:30
VOTES followed by explanations of votes
 
 
EU-Cook Islands sustainable fisheries partnership agreement
Report:A8-0010/2017 ***
Rapporteur: João Ferreira
PECH
 
EU-Cook Islands sustainable fisheries partnership agreement (Resolution)
Report:A8-0015/2017
Rapporteur: João Ferreira
PECH
 
Control of the Register and composition of the Commission's expert groups
Report:A8-0002/2017
Rapporteur: Dennis de Jong
CONT
 
The role of whistleblowers in the protection of EU´s financial interests
Report:A8-0004/2017
Rapporteur: Dennis de Jong
CONT
 
List of third States and organisations with which Europol shall conclude agreements
Report:A8-0035/2017 *
Rapporteur: Agustín Díaz de Mera García Consuegra
LIBE
 
Subjecting the new psychoactive substance methyl 2-[[1-(cyclohexylmethyl)-1H-indole-3-carbonyl]amino]-3,3-dimethylbutanoate (MDMB-CHMICA) to control measures
Report:A8-0024/2017 *
Rapporteur: Lorenzo Fontana
LIBE
 
Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund: application EGF/2016/005 NL/Drenthe Overijssel Retail
Report:A8-0036/2017
Rapporteur: Nedzhmi Ali
BUDG
 
Revision of the European Consensus on Development
Report:A8-0020/2017
Rapporteur: Bogdan Brunon Wenta
Rapporteur: Norbert Neuser
DEVE
 
Annual report on EU competition policy
Report:A8-0001/2017
Rapporteur: Tibor Szanyi
ECON
 
Promoting gender equality in mental health and clinical research
Report:A8-0380/2016
Rapporteur: Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea
FEMM
 
Priorities for the 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women
Report:A8-0018/2017
Rapporteur: Maria Arena
Rapporteur: Constance Le Grip
FEMM
 
 
14-02-2017 -
15:00 - 23:00
Debates
 
 
State of play of the second review of the economic adjustment programme for Greece
 
Deterioration of the situation in Eastern Ukraine
 
Situation in the West Bank, in particular settlements
 
2016 Report on Albania
Report:A8-0023/2017
Rapporteur: Knut Fleckenstein
AFET
 
2016 Report on Bosnia and Herzegovina
Report:A8-0026/2017
Rapporteur: Cristian Dan Preda
AFET
 
Joint debate - European Semester 2017
European Semester for Economic Policy Coordination: Annual Growth Survey 2017
Report:A8-0039/2017
Rapporteur: Gunnar Hökmark
ECON
European Semester for Economic Policy Coordination: employment and social aspects in the Annual Growth Survey 2017
Report:A8-0037/2017
Rapporteur: Yana Toom
EMPL
Single Market Governance within the European Semester 2017
Report:A8-0016/2017
Rapporteur: Antonio López-Istúriz White
IMCO
 
Banking Union - Annual Report 2016
Report:A8-0019/2017
Rapporteur: Danuta Maria Hübner
ECON
 
 
 
15-02-2017 -
09:00 - 11:50
Debates
 
 
Joint debate - EU-Canada
EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement
Report:A8-0009/2017 ***
Rapporteur: Artis Pabriks
INTA
Conclusion of the EU-Canada CETA
EU-Canada Strategic Partnership Agreement
Report:A8-0028/2017 ***
Rapporteur: Charles Tannock
AFET
 
 
15-02-2017 -
12:00 - 14:00
VOTES followed by explanations of votes
 
 
EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement
Report:A8-0009/2017 ***
Rapporteur: Artis Pabriks
INTA
 
Conclusion of the EU-Canada CETA
 
EU-Canada Strategic Partnership Agreement
Report:A8-0028/2017 ***
Rapporteur: Charles Tannock
AFET
 
EU-Mongolia Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation
Report:A8-0382/2016 ***
Rapporteur: Helmut Scholz
AFET
 
EU-Mongolia Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation (Resolution)
Report:A8-0383/2016
Rapporteur: Helmut Scholz
AFET
 
Agreement on Trade in Civil Aircraft (Product Coverage Annex)
Report:A8-0007/2017 ***
Rapporteur: Inmaculada Rodríguez-Piñero Fernández
INTA
 
Cost-effective emission reductions and low-carbon investments
Report:A8-0003/2017 ***I
Rapporteur: Ian Duncan
ENVI
 
Objection pursuant to rule 105(3): Regulatory technical standards for the application of position limits to commodity derivatives
 
2016 Report on Albania
Report:A8-0023/2017
Rapporteur: Knut Fleckenstein
AFET
 
2016 Report on Bosnia and Herzegovina
Report:A8-0026/2017
Rapporteur: Cristian Dan Preda
AFET
 
European Semester for Economic Policy Coordination: Annual Growth Survey 2017
Report:A8-0039/2017
Rapporteur: Gunnar Hökmark
ECON
 
European Semester for Economic Policy Coordination: employment and social aspects in the Annual Growth Survey 2017
Report:A8-0037/2017
Rapporteur: Yana Toom
EMPL
 
Single Market Governance within the European Semester 2017
Report:A8-0016/2017
Rapporteur: Antonio López-Istúriz White
IMCO
 
Banking Union - Annual Report 2016
Report:A8-0019/2017
Rapporteur: Danuta Maria Hübner
ECON
 
Biological low risk pesticides
Report:O-000147/2016 European Commission ENVI
 
 
15-02-2017 -
15:00 - 23:00
Debates
 
 
Combating terrorism
Report:A8-0228/2016 ***I
Rapporteur: Monika Hohlmeier
LIBE
 
Reinforcement of checks against relevant databases at external borders
Report:A8-0218/2016 ***I
Rapporteur: Monica Macovei
LIBE
 
EU law enforcement information exchange and the replacement of pre-Lisbon instruments
 
Civil Law Rules on Robotics
Report:A8-0005/2017
Rapporteur: Mady Delvaux
JURI
 
Commission's approval of Germany's revised plan to introduce a road toll
Report:O-000152/2016 European Commission
 
European Cloud Initiative
Report:A8-0006/2017
Rapporteur: Jerzy Buzek
ITRE
 
Joint debate - European Structural and Investment Funds
Investing in jobs and growth - maximising the contribution of European Structural and Investment Funds
Report:A8-0385/2016
Rapporteur: Lambert van Nistelrooij
REGI
Delayed implementation of ESI Funds operational programmes - impact on cohesion policy and the way forward
Report:O-000005/2017 European Commission REGI
 
 
 
16-02-2017 -
08:30 - 10:50
Debates
 
 
Aviation Strategy for Europe
Report:A8-0021/2017
Rapporteur: Pavel Telička
TRAN
 
Debates on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law - One hour maximum (Rule 135)
Situation of human rights and democracy in Nicaragua, the case of Francesca Ramirez
Executions in Kuwait and Bahrain
Guatemala, notably the situation of human rights defenders
 
 
16-02-2017 -
11:00 - 12:00
Address by Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
 
 
Address by Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
 
 
16-02-2017 -
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)
 
Combating terrorism
Report:A8-0228/2016 ***I
Rapporteur: Monika Hohlmeier
LIBE
 
Reinforcement of checks against relevant databases at external borders
Report:A8-0218/2016 ***I
Rapporteur: Monica Macovei
LIBE
 
Possible evolutions of and adjustments to the current institutional set-up of the European Union
Report:A8-0390/2016
Rapporteur: Guy Verhofstadt
AFCO
 
Improving the functioning of the European Union building on the potential of the Lisbon Treaty
Report:A8-0386/2016
Rapporteur: Mercedes Bresso
Rapporteur: Elmar Brok
AFCO
 
Budgetary capacity for the Eurozone
Report:A8-0038/2017
Rapporteur: Reimer Böge
Rapporteur: Pervenche Berès
ECON BUDG
 
Civil Law Rules on Robotics
Report:A8-0005/2017
Rapporteur: Mady Delvaux
JURI
 
European Cloud Initiative
Report:A8-0006/2017
Rapporteur: Jerzy Buzek
ITRE
 
Investing in jobs and growth - maximising the contribution of European Structural and Investment Funds
Report:A8-0385/2016
Rapporteur: Lambert van Nistelrooij
REGI
 
Aviation Strategy for Europe
Report:A8-0021/2017
Rapporteur: Pavel Telička
TRAN
 
Delayed implementation of ESI Funds operational programmes - impact on cohesion policy and the way forward
Report:O-000005/2017 European Commission REGI
 
 
 
Proposed report during the session
 
 
REPORT on budgetary capacity for the Eurozone
Reference: A8-0038/2017

Date:
13-02-2017
Reimer Böge
Pervenche Berès
ECON BUDG
 
 
 
REPORT on budgetary capacity for the Eurozone
Reference: A8-0038/2017

Date:
13-02-2017
Reimer Böge
Pervenche Berès
ECON BUDG