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Things we learned in plenary: Ukraine, Ebola, jobs, medication

Plenary Session Institutions19-09-2014 - 09:00
 

In a historic vote on Tuesday, Parliamentarians in Strasbourg and Kiev voted simultaneously to approve the EU–Ukraine association agreement. Closer to home, the EP proposed to increase financial aid for farmers affected by the Russian agricultural import ban and urged the EU to use all possible means to combat the Islamic State. MEPs warned that funds available for creating jobs for young people should be better used. Read on for the highlights of the September plenary session. (Read more: Things we learned in plenary: Ukraine, Ebola, jobs, medication )

 
 

MEPs welcome signs of hope in Ukraine and urge the EU to stand up to Russia

Plenary Session External relations18-09-2014 - 13:13
The silhouette of a Ukrainian soldier is seen against a Ukrainian flag  

The European Parliament welcomes signs of hope in moves towards peace in Ukraine and in the newly-ratified EU-Ukraine association agreement, but worries about Russia’s real intentions in the undeclared "hybrid war" there. In a resolution adopted on Thursday, it urges the EU to stand up to Russia and step up support for EU farmers hit by its trade ban. (Read more: MEPs welcome signs of hope in Ukraine and urge the EU to stand up to Russia )

 
 

Libya: EU must step up efforts to support stability and democracy, MEPs say

Plenary Session External relations18-09-2014 - 12:54

The EU must step up its involvement in supporting Libya’s stability and transition to democracy, said the European Parliament in a vote on Thursday. MEPs condemned the growing use of violence there, especially against civilians, and called for a ceasefire between the fighting factions. They also said humanitarian assistance, the safety of civilians and the security of humanitarian personnel must be ensured by all parties in the conflict. (Read more: Libya: EU must step up efforts to support stability and democracy, MEPs say )

 
 

Human rights: Azerbaijan; the case of Mbonimpa in Burundi; Bangladesh

Plenary Session Development and cooperation / External relations18-09-2014 - 12:45

The European Parliament called on Azerbaijan to proceed with human rights reforms, Burundi to release human rights campaigner Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, and Bangladesh to apply international labour standards, in three resolutions voted on Thursday. (Read more: Human rights: Azerbaijan; the case of Mbonimpa in Burundi; Bangladesh )

 
 

Islamic State: step up EU and international efforts to end the killing

Plenary Session External relations18-09-2014 - 12:40
Kurdish Peshmerga fighter holds a position at a frontline where heavy clashes against Islamic States (IS) fighters take place  

The murders of journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and aid worker David Haines by the so-called Islamic State (IS) were strongly condemned by the European Parliament in a resolution voted on Thursday. The EU must use all possible means to help the Iraqi national and local authorities combat the IS, including appropriate military assistance, they said. They also urged the international community to cut off IS resources, and called for a political solution to the Syrian conflict. (Read more: Islamic State: step up EU and international efforts to end the killing )

 
 

West Africa’s Ebola outbreak is a global security issue, says Parliament

Plenary Session Public health18-09-2014 - 12:30
Health care worker in front of an hospital in Liberia  

The Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has been underrated by the international community and now constitutes a challenge to global security, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. As the affected countries face socio-economic collapse, the deployment of military assets under the UN flag should be considered and access to existing treatments speeded up, they add. (Read more: West Africa’s Ebola outbreak is a global security issue, says Parliament )

 
 

Getting the European Youth Initiative to deliver jobs

Plenary Session Employment policy17-09-2014 - 14:35

EU member states need to make more efficient use of €6 billon in EU funds to ease the transition from education to jobs for young people and foster entrepreneurship, urged MEPs in Wednesday's debate on the European Youth Initiative. Some advocated simplifying funding procedures, sharing best practices, and promoting apprenticeships, whilst others urged member states to do more to exploit the job-creating potential of new energy-saving and green technologies. (Read more: Getting the European Youth Initiative to deliver jobs )

 
 

EU aid to help workers made redundant in various industries in Spain, The Netherlands, Romania and Greece to find new jobs was approved by the European Parliament on Wednesday. The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) funding, which would complement national efforts, now needs to be approved by the Council of Ministers. (Read more: EP approves aid to redundant workers in Spain, Netherlands, Romania and Greece )

 
 

MEPs question high pricing of certain life-saving medicines

Plenary Session Public health17-09-2014 - 11:56

The pharmaceutical industry is raising the prices of new, life-saving medicines ever higher, thus threatening the equal access to treatments while increasing the burden on healthcare systems, said MEPs during a debate with Council and the Commission on Tuesday. The issue will be discussed during the next informal Health Council meeting of 22-23 September. (Read more: MEPs question high pricing of certain life-saving medicines )

 
 

MEPs split over EU free trade deal with Canada

Plenary Session External/international trade17-09-2014 - 11:48

Hopes and fears for the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which has been negotiated but still needs Parliament’s backing to enter into force, were aired in a debate with EU trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht on Tuesday. (Read more: MEPs split over EU free trade deal with Canada )

 
 

Digital single market needs to be better integrated, say MEPs

Plenary Session Free movement of services17-09-2014 - 10:03

More effort is needed to integrate the EU digital single market, so as to unlock its growth and job-creating potential, stressed MEPs in Tuesday’s debate with EU Internal Market Commissioner Michel Barnier. Measures to bring together the 28 national digital markets should include ending mobile roaming charges, promoting e-commerce, ensuring open access to the Internet for users and neutral treatment of its service providers, and also better data protection, they added. (Read more: Digital single market needs to be better integrated, say MEPs )

 
 

EU budget 2015: back your policy pledges with money, MEPs urge ministers

Plenary Session Budget / Research and innovation16-09-2014 - 17:15

The Council’s version of the draft EU budget for 2015 disregards its own political pledge to spur economic growth and job creation, MEPs said after Council Presidency representative Enrico Zanetti presented it in plenary session on Tuesday. (Read more: EU budget 2015: back your policy pledges with money, MEPs urge ministers )

 
 

European Parliament ratifies EU-Ukraine Association Agreement

Plenary Session External relations16-09-2014 - 12:41
European Parliament ratifies EU-Ukraine Association Agreement  

The European Parliament gave its consent to the EU-Ukraine Association agreement, which includes a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA), on Tuesday in Strasbourg. At the same time, the Agreement was also ratified by the Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev. The deal will establish a deep political association and economic integration between the EU and Ukraine and provide for mutual free market access. (Read more: European Parliament ratifies EU-Ukraine Association Agreement )

 
 

MEPs evaluate EU policy towards Russia

Plenary Session External relations16-09-2014 - 11:39

The EU should take a more proactive line on the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and impose tougher sanctions on Russia, urged some political groups in Tuesday’s debate with EU Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Commissioner Štefan Füle. Others, however, stressed the need to "keep communication channels open". (Read more: MEPs evaluate EU policy towards Russia )

 
 

Opening: Schulz deplores drowning of Mediterranean migrants

Plenary Session Institutions15-09-2014 - 18:13
EP President Martin Schulz speech at the opening of September plenary session  

The EU must do its utmost to prevent further deaths at sea of Mediterranean migrants - this is a humanitarian catastrophe, said President Schulz of breaking news that over 200 would-be migrants had drowned when their boat sank off Libya and over 500 had drowned when their boat sank off Malta the previous week. (Read more: Opening: Schulz deplores drowning of Mediterranean migrants )

 
 
   
Plenary agenda
 
15-09-2014 -
17:00 - 19:00
Debates
 
 
Resumption of session and order of business
 
One-minute speeches (Rule 163)
 
 
 
16-09-2014 -
09:00 - 11:50
Debates
 
 
(possibly) Votes on requests for urgent procedure (Rule 154)
 
 
16-09-2014 -
12:00 - 14:00
VOTES followed by explanations of votes
 
 
Texts on which debate is closed
 
 
16-09-2014 -
15:00 - 19:00
Debates
 
 
Presentation by the Council of its position on the draft general budget - 2015 financial year
 
 
 
17-09-2014 -
09:00 - 11:50
Debates
 
 
 
17-09-2014 -
12:00 - 14:00
VOTES followed by explanations of votes
 
 
Texts on which debate is closed
 
 
17-09-2014 -
15:00 - 18:00
Debates
 
 
 
 
18-09-2014 -
09:00 - 11:50
Debates
 
 
Debates on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law - One hour maximum (Rule 135)
 
 
18-09-2014 -
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)
 
Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund - application EGF/2014/000 TA 2014 - Technical assistance at the initiative of the Commission
Rapporteur: Liadh Ní Riada
BUDG
 
Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund - application EGF/2014/001 EL/Nutriart
Rapporteur: Georgios Kyrtsos
BUDG
 
Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund : application EGF/2012/010 RO/MECHEL - Romania
Rapporteur: Siegfried Mureşan
BUDG
 
Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund : application EGF/2014/003 ES/Aragón food and beverage - Spain
Rapporteur: Anneli Jäätteenmäki
BUDG
 
Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund : application EGF/2014/002 NL/Gelderland-Overijssel construction – The Netherlands
Rapporteur: Paul Tang
BUDG
 
Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund: Application EGF/2013/010 ES/Castilla y Léon - Spain
Rapporteur: Esteban González Pons
BUDG
 
Texts on which debate is closed
 
 
 
Proposed report during the session
 
RECOMMENDATION on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and Ukraine, of the other part, with the exception of the provisions relating to the treatment of third-country nationals legally employed as workers in the territory of the other party
Reference: A8-0002/2014

Date:
09-09-2014
Jacek Saryusz-Wolski
AFET
 
RECOMMENDATION on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and Ukraine, of the other part, as regards provisions relating to the treatment of third-country nationals legally employed as workers in the territory of the other party
Reference: A8-0009/2014

Date:
15-09-2014
Claude Moraes
LIBE
 
 
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/2014/000 TA 2014 – Technical assistance at the initiative of the Commission)
Reference: A8-0003/2014

Date:
12-09-2014
Liadh Ní Riada
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/2014/001 EL/Nutriart)
Reference: A8-0004/2014

Date:
12-09-2014
Georgios Kyrtsos
BUDG
 
REPORT on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on 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/2014/002 NL/Gelderland-Overijssel construction)
Reference: A8-0005/2014

Date:
12-09-2014
Paul Tang
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 sound financial management (application EGF/2014/003 ES/Aragón food and beverage)
Reference: A8-0006/2014

Date:
12-09-2014
Anneli Jäätteenmäki
BUDG
 
REPORT on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on 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/2013/010 ES/Castilla y León from Spain)
Reference: A8-0007/2014

Date:
12-09-2014
Esteban González Pons
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/2012/010 RO/Mechel from Romania)
Reference: A8-0008/2014

Date:
12-09-2014
Siegfried Mureşan
BUDG