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30-06-2016 - 16:50
 
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Human trafficking: "Few victims go to court as we don't protect them enough"

Plenary Session Immigration11-07-2016 - 11:09
MEP LOCHBIHLER on Human Trafficking_  

Human trafficking is a highly profitable international crime in which people are traded for use in prostitution, forced labour or other forms of exploitation. In a resolution adopted in plenary last week, MEPs condemned it as a modern kind of slavery and one of the worst forms of human rights violations. Resolution author Barbara Lochbihler, a German member of the Greens/EFA group, told us victims needed more protection and that more needed to be done on forced labour and money laundering. (Read more: Human trafficking: "Few victims go to court as we don't protect them enough" )

 

Nato summit: “Europe has to do more on its own defence”

Plenary Session Security and defence08-07-2016 - 09:31
Urmas Paet, who is writing a report on the  European Defense Union  

An EU army is not on the cards for the time being, however closer cooperation on security and defence is becoming more important. During the Nato summit starting in Warsaw today, the EU and Nato will sign a declaration aimed at strengthening cooperation, while setting out an effective division of responsibilities. We asked Estonian liberal MEP Urmas Paet, who is drafting a report on the European Defence Union, whether EU countries are ready for working more closely together on security. (Read more: Nato summit: “Europe has to do more on its own defence” )

 

Plenary highlights: Brexit, border controls and emissions

Plenary Session Justice and home affairs08-07-2016 - 09:08
 

Brexit and its consequences were discussed during a plenary debate on last week's EU summit with MEPs saying it is now time for Europe's leaders to speak up for the EU. During July's plenary session in Strasbourg MEPs also insisted on the need to protect whistle-blowers exposing scandals such as the Panama papers and approved a proposal to help better protect the EU's external borders. (Read more: Plenary highlights: Brexit, border controls and emissions )

 

Parliament vetoes energy drink “alertness” claims

Plenary Session Public health07-07-2016 - 12:55

EU Commission plans to allow claims that sugary drinks and energy drinks containing caffeine boost “alertness” or “concentration” were vetoed by the European Parliament on Thursday. Displaying these claims on drinks cans would have led to higher sugar consumption among adolescents, who are the largest group of energy drink consumers, said MEPs in their resolution. (Read more: Parliament vetoes energy drink “alertness” claims )

 

Human rights: albinos in Malawi, activists in Bahrain and Rohingya in Myanmar

Plenary Session Humanitarian aid / Development and cooperation / External relations07-07-2016 - 12:21

Parliament condemns recent crimes and widespread discrimination against albinos in Malawi, ongoing restrictions of fundamental democratic rights in Bahrain and practices that discriminate against Myanmar’s Muslim minority, in particular the Rohingya, in three resolutions voted on Thursday. (Read more: Human rights: albinos in Malawi, activists in Bahrain and Rohingya in Myanmar )

 

EU must provide legal protection to whistle-blowers, urge MEPs

Plenary Session Human rights / Citizens' rights / External relations07-07-2016 - 09:45

Whistle-blowers leaking information in the public interest play a crucial role in upholding democracies, and must therefore be better protected from prosecution, reprisals and threats. This was the key message voiced by many MEPs in Wednesday evening’s debate with Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen and Ivan Korčok from the Slovak Presidency of the Council on how to improve legal safeguards for people revealing illegal or unethical activities in the public or private sectors. (Read more: EU must provide legal protection to whistle-blowers, urge MEPs )

 

Pabriks: "No-one is abolishing member state's responsibility to defend borders"

Plenary Session Police cooperation / Immigration06-07-2016 - 17:18
FB ITW with MEP Pabriks_  

What's involved in reinforcing the EU's external borders? On Wednesday 6 July MEPs approved plans to set up an EU border control system aiming to secure the EU’s external borders and to restore the functioning of the Schengen area. Our Facebook followers had the chance to ask all about it during our live interview with Parliament's lead negotiator Artis Pabriks, a Latvian member of the EPP group. Read on to find out what he had to say and watch the interview. (Read more: Pabriks: "No-one is abolishing member state's responsibility to defend borders" )

 

Slovak Presidency debate: EU must unite to regain trust and fight nationalism

Plenary Session Institutions06-07-2016 - 15:00

The EU must come together and deliver tangible results, with clear benefits for its citizens, to regain their confidence and fight growing populism and nationalism across the continent, agreed Slovak Prime Minister Róbert Fico and most MEPs in Wednesday morning’s debate on the priorities of the incoming Slovak Presidency in the EU Council of Ministers. (Read more: Slovak Presidency debate: EU must unite to regain trust and fight nationalism )

 
New European Union energy label ©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

A new, tougher, A to G scale showing the energy efficiency of household appliances should be introduced, to keep pace with technological progress, said MEPs voting on an EU Commission proposal on Wednesday. Most appliances on the market now meet the “class A” requirements first set in 2010, so ever more pluses (A+, A++, A+++) are being added, note MEPs, who argue that setting tougher requirements will create incentives to improve energy efficiency still further. (Read more: Energy efficiency of home appliances: MEPs call for more ambitious A to G scale )

 

Jobs, social rights and security must top the 2017 EU agenda, say MEPs

Plenary Session Institutions06-07-2016 - 14:49

Parliament set out its recommendations for the European Commission's 2017 Work Programme in a non-legislative resolution voted on Wednesday. Before the vote, MEPs debated EU priorities with Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans. The need to reflect on what direction the EU should take in the aftermath of the UK’s EU membership referendum was the leitmotiv of this debate. (Read more: Jobs, social rights and security must top the 2017 EU agenda, say MEPs )

 

Wednesday debates on EU’s global strategy, Middle East peace process and China

Plenary Session External relations06-07-2016 - 14:00

MEPs are to debate a new EU “global strategy”, setting out the EU’s core interests and principles in the world, with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Wednesday at 15.00. This debate will be followed by another on new Middle East peace process initiatives and a third on the EU’s engagement with China for the next five years. (Read more: Wednesday debates on EU’s global strategy, Middle East peace process and China )

 

MEPs call for tax haven blacklist, patent box rules, CCCTB and more

Plenary Session Taxation06-07-2016 - 13:57

Parliament’s recommendations for making corporate taxation fairer and clearer were voted on Wednesday. MEPs call for an EU register of beneficial owners of companies, a tax havens blacklist, sanctions against non-cooperative tax jurisdictions, action against abuse of “patent box” regimes, a code of conduct for banks and tax advisors, tax good governance rules in EU trade agreements, a common consolidated corporate tax base (CCCTB) and a withholding tax on profits leaving the EU. (Read more: MEPs call for tax haven blacklist, patent box rules, CCCTB and more )

 

The EU needs to update its long-term financing plan to cope with new priorities and challenges such as mass migration, internal security and youth unemployment, said MEPs in a resolution voted on Wednesday. The text sets out political recommendations for the EU Commission’s forthcoming proposal to revise the EU’s multiannual financial framework (MFF) for 2014-2020. The update should also tackle the recurring backlog of overdue EU payments, and look beyond 2020, add MEPs. (Read more: Revise EU’s long-term budget to cope with today's challenges, urge MEPs )

 

MEPs back plans to pool policing of EU external borders

Plenary Session Immigration06-07-2016 - 13:27
Frontex at work during a rapid intervention rescue operation @European Union 2016 - Frontex  

Plans to set up an EU border control system, bringing together the EU’s Frontex border agency and national border management authorities, were endorsed by MEPs on Wednesday. Under these plans, national authorities will still manage their borders on a day-to-day basis but, if their EU external borders are under pressure, they will be able to seek help from the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (EBCG), to rapidly deploy pooled border guard teams to those borders. (Read more: MEPs back plans to pool policing of EU external borders )

 

EU member states should use a €1.349 billion EU budget refund for 2015 to honour their pledges to contribute to two EU trust funds set up to tackle the refugee crisis, urge MEPs in a resolution voted on Wednesday. Parliament approved a Commission proposal to amend the EU’s 2016 budget in order to include a positive balance from 2015. This balance is to be refunded in the form of a reduction in member states’ contributions. (Read more: MEPs urge EU countries to use €1.3bn budget refund to honour refugee aid pledges )

 

Cybersecurity: MEPs back rules to help vital services resist online threats

Plenary Session Industry / Information society06-07-2016 - 13:15
Safety concept: Closed Padlock on digital background ©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

Firms supplying essential services, e.g. for energy, transport, banking and health, or digital ones, such as search engines and cloud services, will have to improve their ability to withstand cyber-attacks under the first EU-wide rules on cybersecurity, approved by MEPs on Wednesday. (Read more: Cybersecurity: MEPs back rules to help vital services resist online threats )

 

Whistle-blowers: providing a valuable public service

Plenary Session Economic and monetary affairs06-07-2016 - 09:50
Whistle-blowers: protecting a valuable public service ©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

MEPs debated on Wednesday 6 July the best way to protect whistle-blowers. Although whistle-blowers provide an important service to society, it's not without risk as they often face prosecution. On 29 June Antoine Deltour was convicted of theft for having leaked details of controversial tax deals with multinationals in Luxembourg. However, revelations by people like him have allowed Parliament to set up inquiry committees to look into LuxLeaks and the Panama papers. (Read more: Whistle-blowers: providing a valuable public service )

 

Cyber security: new rules to protect Europe's infrastructure

Plenary Session Justice and home affairs05-07-2016 - 15:22
CYBER-SECURITY_EN.jpg  

Cyber attacks can cause substantial damage to critical infrastructure services such as the electricity supply or air traffic control. To better defend against such attacks, the European Commission has proposed the EU's first ever cyber security rules. MEPs voted in favour of them on Wednesday 6 July. Check out our infographic to find out about the different threats out there. (Read more: Cyber security: new rules to protect Europe's infrastructure )

 

Praise for Dutch Presidency efficiency

Plenary Session Institutions05-07-2016 - 14:15
Dutch Prime Minister Rutte at EP Plenary_  

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his team were praised by a majority of political group speakers on Tuesday for the efficient way in which the Netherlands has managed the Council Presidency over the past half year. The highlights that they mentioned included the EU-Turkey deal on migration, the agreement on a European Coast and Border Guard agency, anti-tax avoidance measures and the fourth railway package. (Read more: Praise for Dutch Presidency efficiency )

 

EU must do more to meet citizens' concerns, urge MEPs in debate on Brexit summit

Plenary Session European Council05-07-2016 - 14:03
Brexit debate layout_  

EU leaders must respond to the UK's vote to leave the EU, by doing more to defend the EU project and to make it more transparent, social and responsive to citizens' concerns. This was a key message that came out of Parliament's Tuesday morning debate with European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, on last week's EU summit. (Read more: EU must do more to meet citizens' concerns, urge MEPs in debate on Brexit summit )

 

Parliament backs emission curbs for off-road machinery

Plenary Session Environment05-07-2016 - 13:46
A snow groomer machine ©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

Plans to update EU type approval rules and emission limits for internal combustion engines in non-road mobile machinery (NRMM), such as lawn mowers, bulldozers, diesel locomotives and inland waterway vessels, were backed by MEPs on Wednesday. These plans had already been agreed informally with the Dutch Presidency of the Council. NRMM engines account for about 15% of all NOx and 5% of particulate emissions in the EU. (Read more: Parliament backs emission curbs for off-road machinery )

 

Getting refugees to work: MEPs call for a win-win approach

Plenary Session Social policy / Employment policy05-07-2016 - 13:33

Allowing refugees and asylum seekers to work in their host countries not only helps to restore their human dignity, but also reduces strain on public budgets by turning them into taxpayers, says a non-binding resolution voted on Tuesday. Inclusion schemes should nonetheless emphasise language learning and pay attention to local unemployment rates, especially among young people, it adds. (Read more: Getting refugees to work: MEPs call for a win-win approach )

 

Parliament endorses EU-Peru visa waiver agreement

Plenary Session Visa policy05-07-2016 - 13:19

An EU-Peru visa waiver agreement enabling Peruvians to travel to the EU and EU nationals to travel to Peru without requesting a visa for stays up to 90 days within any 180-day period was endorsed by MEPs on Tuesday. The deal was approved by 611 votes to 59, with 21 abstentions. (Read more: Parliament endorses EU-Peru visa waiver agreement )

 

Taxing vocabulary: a glossary of fiscal terms

Plenary Session Taxation05-07-2016 - 10:49
Tax glossary  

Paying taxes can be complicated, but so can the vocabulary that goes with it. Tax avoidance is legal, but tax evasion isn't and just what exactly is base erosion? As MEPs have adopted the recommendations from the Parliament's second special committee on tax rulings during the July plenary , we take a closer look at the jargon. (Read more: Taxing vocabulary: a glossary of fiscal terms )

 

Opening: minute’s silence tribute to Michel Rocard and to terror victims

Plenary Session Institutions04-07-2016 - 18:23
Opening plenary July 2016_  

President Schulz opened the session by calling a minute’s silence to pay tribute to former French Prime Minister and MEP Michel Rocard, who died on 2 July aged 85. He also dedicated this silence to the memory of more than 300 people killed and over 500 injured in the previous week’s terrorist attacks in Turkey, Yemen, Bangladesh and Iraq. (Read more: Opening: minute’s silence tribute to Michel Rocard and to terror victims )

 

Facebook Live: Artis Pabriks answers your questions on reinforcing EU borders

Plenary Session Police cooperation / Immigration04-07-2016 - 17:28
How to watch the next EP Facebook live interview?  

The EU's external borders could soon be reinforced under new proposals to be voted on in Parliament this week. The proposal foresees the creation of an EU border and coast guard and a stronger role for EU border agency Frontex in returning migrants to their countries. You have the chance to find out more about it in our Facebook Live session this Wednesday with Parliament's lead negotiator Artis Pabriks. Read more on how to ask your questions and join us on Wednesday! (Read more: Facebook Live: Artis Pabriks answers your questions on reinforcing EU borders )

 

Energy efficiency: MEPs approve binding new rules for labelling

Plenary Session Energy04-07-2016 - 16:04
 

MEPs approved on 6 July a proposal to make it easier for consumers to buy energy-efficient household appliances by simplifying the current labelling system. In the resolution they call for replacing the current scale with a far more transparent A to G system of presenting energy efficiency. Watch our video to find out more. (Read more: Energy efficiency: MEPs approve binding new rules for labelling )

 
 
Plenary agenda
 
04-07-2016 -
17:00 - 23:00
Debates
 
 
Resumption of session and order of business
 
Emission limits for non-road mobile machinery
Report:A8-0276/2015 ***I
Rapporteur: Elisabetta Gardini
ENVI
 
Refugees: social inclusion and integration into the labour market
Report:A8-0204/2016
Rapporteur: Brando Benifei
EMPL
 
Youth Guarantee and Youth Employment Initiative
Report:O-000094/2016 European Commission EMPL
 
Energy efficiency labelling
Report:A8-0213/2016 ***I
Rapporteur: Dario Tamburrano
ITRE
 
Joint debate - Future trade strategy and human, social and environmental rights
Social and environmental standards, human rights and corporate responsibility
Report:A8-0217/2016
Rapporteur: Eleonora Forenza
INTA
A forward-looking and innovative future strategy for trade and investment
Report:A8-0220/2016
Rapporteur: Tiziana Beghin
INTA
 
Short presentation of the following report:
The fight against trafficking in human beings in the EU's external relations
Report:A8-0205/2016
Rapporteur: Barbara Lochbihler
AFET
 
One-minute speeches (Rule 163)
 
 
 
05-07-2016 -
08:30 - 12:50
Debates
 
 
Review of the Dutch Presidency
 
KEY DEBATE
Conclusions of the European Council meeting of 28 and 29 June 2016
 
 
05-07-2016 -
13:00 - 14:30
VOTES followed by explanations of votes
 
 
EU-Peru Agreement on the short-stay visa waiver
Report:A8-0197/2016 ***
Rapporteur: Mariya Gabriel
LIBE
 
Emission limits for non-road mobile machinery
Report:A8-0276/2015 ***I
Rapporteur: Elisabetta Gardini
ENVI
 
Refugees: social inclusion and integration into the labour market
Report:A8-0204/2016
Rapporteur: Brando Benifei
EMPL
 
Social and environmental standards, human rights and corporate responsibility
Report:A8-0217/2016
Rapporteur: Eleonora Forenza
INTA
 
A forward-looking and innovative future strategy for trade and investment
Report:A8-0220/2016
Rapporteur: Tiziana Beghin
INTA
 
The fight against trafficking in human beings in the EU's external relations
Report:A8-0205/2016
Rapporteur: Barbara Lochbihler
AFET
 
 
05-07-2016 -
15:00 - 23:00
Debates
 
 
Preparation of the post-electoral revision of the MFF 2014-2020: Parliament's input ahead of the Commission's proposal
Report:A8-0224/2016
Rapporteur: Jan Olbrycht
Rapporteur: Isabelle Thomas
BUDG
 
Tax rulings and other measures similar in nature or effect (TAXE 2)
Report:A8-0223/2016
Rapporteur: Michael Theurer
Rapporteur: Jeppe Kofod
TAX2
 
European Border and Coast Guard
Report:A8-0200/2016 ***I
Rapporteur: Artis Pabriks
LIBE
 
High common level of security of network and information systems across the Union
Report:A8-0211/2016 ***II
Rapporteur: Andreas Schwab
IMCO
 
Synergies between structural funds and Horizon 2020
 
Joint debate - Maritime and fisheries agencies
European Maritime Safety Agency
Report:A8-0215/2016 ***I
Rapporteur: Michael Cramer
TRAN
Community Fisheries Control Agency
Report:A8-0068/2016 ***I
Rapporteur: Alain Cadec
PECH
 
Secretariat of the OLAF Supervisory Committee
Report:A8-0188/2016 ***I
Rapporteur: Ingeborg Gräßle
CONT
 
 
 
06-07-2016 -
09:00 - 12:20
Debates
 
 
Programme of activities of the Slovak Presidency
 
Preparation of the Commission Work Programme 2017
 
 
06-07-2016 -
12:30 - 14:30
VOTES followed by explanations of votes
 
 
Participation of Azerbaijan in Union programmes
Report:A8-0210/2016 ***
Rapporteur: Norica Nicolai
AFET
 
Draft amending budget No 2/2016: Surplus from 2015
Report:A8-0212/2016
Rapporteur: José Manuel Fernandes
BUDG
 
High common level of security of network and information systems across the Union
Report:A8-0211/2016 ***II
Rapporteur: Andreas Schwab
IMCO
 
Energy efficiency labelling
Report:A8-0213/2016 ***I
Rapporteur: Dario Tamburrano
ITRE
 
European Border and Coast Guard
Report:A8-0200/2016 ***I
Rapporteur: Artis Pabriks
LIBE
 
European Maritime Safety Agency
Report:A8-0215/2016 ***I
Rapporteur: Michael Cramer
TRAN
 
Community Fisheries Control Agency
Report:A8-0068/2016 ***I
Rapporteur: Alain Cadec
PECH
 
Secretariat of the OLAF Supervisory Committee
Report:A8-0188/2016 ***I
Rapporteur: Ingeborg Gräßle
CONT
 
Preparation of the post-electoral revision of the MFF 2014-2020: Parliament's input ahead of the Commission's proposal
Report:A8-0224/2016
Rapporteur: Jan Olbrycht
Rapporteur: Isabelle Thomas
BUDG
 
Tax rulings and other measures similar in nature or effect (TAXE 2)
Report:A8-0223/2016
Rapporteur: Michael Theurer
Rapporteur: Jeppe Kofod
TAX2
 
Synergies between structural funds and Horizon 2020
 
Preparation of the Commission Work Programme 2017
 
Japan's decision to resume whaling in the 2015-2016 season
Report:O-000059/2016 European Commission ENVI
Report:O-000058/2016 Council of the European Union ENVI
 
Objection pursuant to rule 105(4): EU guarantee to the European Investment Bank against losses as regards Belarus
 
Objection pursuant to rule 105(4): Setting the minimum requirement for own funds and eligible liabilities
 
 
06-07-2016 -
15:00 - 23:00
Debates
 
 
A global strategy for the EU's Foreign and Security Policy
 
New initiatives related to the Middle East Peace Process
 
New EU strategy on China
 
Annual report on human rights and democracy in the world 2015
 
71st session of the UN General Assembly
Report:A8-0146/2016
Rapporteur: Andrey Kovatchev
AFET
 
Protection of whistle-blowers
 
Basel committee's revision of the standardised approach for credit risk
 
Objection pursuant to Rule 106: Permitted health claims made on foods
 
 
 
07-07-2016 -
09:00 - 11:50
Debates
 
 
Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Report:A8-0203/2016
Rapporteur: Helga Stevens
EMPL
 
Debates on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law (Rule 135)
The situation of persons with albinism in Africa, notably in Malawi
Bahrain
Myanmar, notably the situation of Rohingyas
 
 
07-07-2016 -
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)
 
71st session of the UN General Assembly
Report:A8-0146/2016
Rapporteur: Andrey Kovatchev
AFET
 
Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Report:A8-0203/2016
Rapporteur: Helga Stevens
EMPL
 
Objection pursuant to Rule 106: Permitted health claims made on foods
 
 
07-07-2016 -
15:00 - 17:00
Debates
 
 
Non-tariff barriers for food exporters in the internal EU market
Report:O-000073/2016 European Commission AGRI
 
Personal data transfer to China
 
Application of minimum wage law in the transport sector
 
 
 
Proposed report during the session
 
 
 
RECOMMENDATION on the draft Council decision on the conclusion of a Protocol to the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Azerbaijan, of the other part, on a Framework Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Azerbaijan on the general principles for the participation of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Union programmes
Reference: A8-0210/2016

Date:
16-06-2016
Norica Nicolai
AFET