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Plenary highlights: Poland, terrorism, baby food, geo-blocking

Plenary Session Institutions / Justice and home affairs22-01-2016 - 13:53
 

The rule of law and media independence in Poland was discussed during January's plenary session in Strasbourg this week. Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło rejected criticism of her government's policies during the heated debate. Meanwhile Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte vowed to tackle the refugee crisis during a presentation of his country's programme for the EU presidency, while MEPs also called for the sugar content of baby foods to be reduced. (Read more: Plenary highlights: Poland, terrorism, baby food, geo-blocking )

 

Human rights: EU seamen detained in India, Ethiopia and North Korea nuclear test

Plenary Session Humanitarian aid / Development and cooperation / External relations21-01-2016 - 17:09

Parliament calls on India to release the 14 Estonian and 6 Briton seamen detained in the south of the country, strongly condemns the nuclear test conducted on 6 January by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and deplores the recent use of excessive force by security forces in Ethiopia, in three resolutions voted on Thursday. (Read more: Human rights: EU seamen detained in India, Ethiopia and North Korea nuclear test )

 

Car emissions inquiry committee members and remit approved

Plenary Session Environment / Public health21-01-2016 - 12:48
Mechanic measuring exhausts of a car in garage ©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

Parliament appointed the 45 members of a committee of inquiry into car makers’ breaches of EU rules on car emission tests in a vote on Thursday. The committee will also investigate alleged failures by EU member states and the European Commission to enforce EU standards. It will present an interim report within 6 months, and a final one within 12 months, of starting its work. (Read more: Car emissions inquiry committee members and remit approved )

 

MEPs urge Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine to pursue reform and Russia to leave

Plenary Session External relations21-01-2016 - 12:43

Russia must end its direct or indirect involvement in conflicts in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine and stop interfering with their EU aspirations, say MEPs in a review, voted on Thursday, of their progress on reform. One year after the three ratified their association and deep and comprehensive free trade agreements (AA/DCFTAs) with the EU, MEPs highlight remaining reform tasks for each country and take note of the 6 April Dutch referendum on the EU-Ukraine deal. (Read more: MEPs urge Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine to pursue reform and Russia to leave )

 

Next step in mutual defence – European Defence Union, say MEPs

Plenary Session External relations / Security and defence21-01-2016 - 12:28

France’s decision to invoke the EU treaty’s mutual defence clause and to ask for EU member states’ help in its “war” against the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) should serve as an incentive to strengthen European security and defence, said MEPs in a resolution passed on Thursday. They call on EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini to draw up guidelines for similar future cases, so as to avoid any need for ad hoc measures and explicitly involve EU institutions. (Read more: Next step in mutual defence – European Defence Union, say MEPs )

 

MEPs ratify EU-Kosovo Association Agreement

Plenary Session External relations21-01-2016 - 12:14

The European Parliament gave its consent to the EU-Kosovo Stabilisation and Association agreement, an important first formal step in Kosovo’s integration into Europe, on Thursday. The deal will form the backbone of strengthened political association and economic integration between the EU and Kosovo. (Read more: MEPs ratify EU-Kosovo Association Agreement )

 

Mutual defence clause: what the requirement to help other member states means

Plenary Session Security and defence20-01-2016 - 14:37
infographic illustration  

The mutual defence clause, requiring EU countries to help a member state under attack, was invoked for the first time by France in November in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris. In a resolution adopted on 21 January, MEPs said this cooperation should serve to strengthen European security and defence and also called for a stronger role for EU institutions. Check out our infographic and learn more about the legal basis and its implications. (Read more: Mutual defence clause: what the requirement to help other member states means )

 

MEPs move to reduce permitted sugar content in baby foods

Plenary Session Public health20-01-2016 - 13:31
Draft EU rules on the composition of baby foods allow them to contain too much sugar. ©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

Draft EU rules that would allow baby foods to continue to contain up to three times more sugar than is recommended by the World Health Organisation were vetoed by the European Parliament on Wednesday, as they fail to protect infants and young children against obesity, say MEPs. Instead, they advocate reducing the EU sugar content limit to match the WHO recommendations. (Read more: MEPs move to reduce permitted sugar content in baby foods )

 

EU should set up a trust fund to support Colombia peace process, say MEPs

Plenary Session External relations20-01-2016 - 13:21

EU countries should set up trust fund for Colombia, to help victims of its recently-ended 50-year internal conflict to seek truth, justice, and reparations and prosecute war criminals, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Wednesday. They praise the political effort, realism and perseverance shown by both the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), in ending the conflict and urge the EU to support their peace-building efforts. (Read more: EU should set up a trust fund to support Colombia peace process, say MEPs )

 

Dutch Presidency: counter scepticism with results, refugee crisis top priority

Plenary Session Institutions20-01-2016 - 12:35
Mark Rutte debating the priorities of the Dutch Council Presidency with MEPs  

"We must achieve concrete results and make sure they are visible to counter growing scepticism throughout Europe. (..) Keeping promises and sticking to agreements should be the new normal in Europe. A deal is a deal", said Prime Minister Mark Rutte in the kick-off debate of the Dutch Presidency in Strasbourg on Wednesday. (Read more: Dutch Presidency: counter scepticism with results, refugee crisis top priority )

 

New Council Presidency: Dutch MEPs share expectations ahead of debate

Plenary Session Institutions20-01-2016 - 06:00
Dutch 2016 EU presidency logo  

MEPs will debate the priorities of the Dutch Council Presidency with Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker this morning from 8.00 CET. The presidency's main objectives are focussing on essentials and growth while connecting with civil society. In December, ahead of the Dutch presidency, we asked Dutch MEPs across the political spectrum about their expectations. (Read more: New Council Presidency: Dutch MEPs share expectations ahead of debate )

 

Poland: MEPs debate rule of law issues with Prime Minister Szydło

Plenary Session Fundamental rights / Justice and home affairs19-01-2016 - 19:25
EP debate on the situation of Poland including the rule of law and restriction to press freedom with the Polish prime minister Beata Szydlo  

The European Commission's decision to start a dialogue with Polish authorities on the rule of law and media independence in Poland was hotly debated in plenary on Tuesday, in the presence of Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło. While some political group leaders criticised her government for disregarding democratic checks and balances, others agreed with Ms Szydło’s contention that it had not breached the rule of law in Poland. (Read more: Poland: MEPs debate rule of law issues with Prime Minister Szydło )

 

Migration and UK EU referendum dominate post-summit debate

Plenary Session Future of Europe/European integration / European Council / Institutions / Immigration19-01-2016 - 17:23
On the way to the EC summit debate in the plenary chamber  

Many MEPs criticised EU leaders for their inability to deal with the migration and refugee crises in Tuesday’s plenary debate reviewing the December EU summit with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council president Donald Tusk. The upcoming EU referendum in the UK was also a hot topic. (Read more: Migration and UK EU referendum dominate post-summit debate )

 

Poland: is rule of law at risk in the country?

Plenary Session Justice and home affairs19-01-2016 - 15:34
Streaming photo - Live from the EP  

MEPs debated the situation in Poland, including the rule of law and restrictions to press freedom, with Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło in plenary on 19 January. They were joined by Frans Timmermans, vice-president of the European Commission, and Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders on behalf of the Council. The debate came after the European Commission launched an inquiry into recent reforms of the public media and the Polish Constitutional Court. (Read more: Poland: is rule of law at risk in the country? )

 

Stop geo-blocking and boost e-commerce and digital innovation, says Parliament

Plenary Session Free movement of services19-01-2016 - 13:26
Illustration image of a mobile phone app ©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

Geo-blocking consumers’ online access to goods and services on the basis of their IP address, postal address or the country of issue of credit cards is unjustified and it must stop, says Parliament in a resolution voted on Tuesday. MEPs want Europe to seize the opportunities opened up by new technologies, such as Big Data, cloud computing, the Internet of Things or 3D-printing, and to have an innovation-friendly policy towards online platforms. (Read more: Stop geo-blocking and boost e-commerce and digital innovation, says Parliament )

 

Illegal corporate tax deals: EP calls for compensation for countries that suffer

Plenary Session Economic and monetary affairs19-01-2016 - 13:02

If the European Commission decides that an EU member state should recover money from a company due to infringements of tax-related state aid rules, this money should be returned not to the same member state, but to member states that have suffered an erosion of their tax bases or to the EU budget, says the European Parliament in a resolution approved on Tuesday by 500 votes to 137, with 73 abstentions. (Read more: Illegal corporate tax deals: EP calls for compensation for countries that suffer )

 

Summing up Luxembourg Presidency : Bettel warns against temptation to withdraw

Plenary Session Institutions19-01-2016 - 12:16
Xavier Bettel - Luxembourg's prime minister  

The migration crisis, the failure of EU secret services to cooperate in tackling terrorism and tax rulings dominated MEPs’ Tuesday morning debate with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel on the outgoing presidency. (Read more: Summing up Luxembourg Presidency : Bettel warns against temptation to withdraw )

 

MEPs discuss vetoing plan to relax diesel car emission limits

Plenary Session Environment / Public health19-01-2016 - 09:31

A proposal to veto a draft decision to raise diesel car emission limits for nitrogen oxides (NOx) by up to 110% when the Real Driving Emissions (RDE) test procedure is introduced was discussed by MEPs and internal market Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska on Monday. It will be put to the vote at the next plenary session. (Read more: MEPs discuss vetoing plan to relax diesel car emission limits )

 

Opening: Schulz condemns terror attacks in Istanbul and Ouagadougou

Plenary Session Institutions18-01-2016 - 18:37
Opening of January 2016 plenary session  

President Schulz condemned the terror attacks in Istanbul and Ouagadougou on 12 and 15 January and called for more EU-wide cooperation to counter terrorism. He pledged that terrorism would be fought on the basis of democratic values, using the police, the rule of law, and EU-wide cooperation. (Read more: Opening: Schulz condemns terror attacks in Istanbul and Ouagadougou )

 
 
Plenary agenda
 
18-01-2016 -
17:00 - 23:00
Debates
 
 
Resumption of session and order of business
 
Annual report on EU Competition Policy
Report:A8-0368/2015
Rapporteur: Werner Langen
ECON
 
Multiannual recovery plan for Bluefin tuna
Report:A8-0367/2015 ***I
Rapporteur: Gabriel Mato
PECH
 
Objection pursuant to Rule 106 on emissions from light passenger and commercial vehicles (Euro 6)
 
The role of intercultural dialogue, cultural diversity and education in promoting EU fundamental values
Report:A8-0373/2015
Rapporteur: Julie Ward
CULT
 
Stocktaking and challenges of the EU Financial Services Regulation
Report:A8-0360/2015
Rapporteur: Burkhard Balz
ECON
 
One-minute speeches (Rule 163)
 
Short presentations of the following reports:
External factors that represent hurdles to European female entrepreneurship
Report:A8-0369/2015
Rapporteur: Barbara Matera
FEMM
Skills policies for fighting youth unemployment
Report:A8-0366/2015
Rapporteur: Marek Plura
EMPL
 
 
 
19-01-2016 -
09:00 - 12:20
Debates
 
 
Review of the Luxembourg Presidency
 
Towards a Digital Single Market Act
Report:A8-0371/2015
Rapporteur: Kaja Kallas
Rapporteur: Evelyne Gebhardt
ITRE IMCO
 
 
19-01-2016 -
12:30 - 14:30
VOTES followed by explanations of votes
 
 
Request for the waiver of the parliamentary immunity of Czesław Adam Siekierski
Report:A8-0004/2016
Rapporteur: Heidi Hautala
JURI
 
Request for the waiver of the parliamentary immunity of Czesław Adam Siekierski
Report:A8-0005/2016
Rapporteur: Heidi Hautala
JURI
 
Multiannual recovery plan for Bluefin tuna
Report:A8-0367/2015 ***I
Rapporteur: Gabriel Mato
PECH
 
Annual report on EU Competition Policy
Report:A8-0368/2015
Rapporteur: Werner Langen
ECON
 
The role of intercultural dialogue, cultural diversity and education in promoting EU fundamental values
Report:A8-0373/2015
Rapporteur: Julie Ward
CULT
 
Stocktaking and challenges of the EU Financial Services Regulation
Report:A8-0360/2015
Rapporteur: Burkhard Balz
ECON
 
External factors that represent hurdles to European female entrepreneurship
Report:A8-0369/2015
Rapporteur: Barbara Matera
FEMM
 
Skills policies for fighting youth unemployment
Report:A8-0366/2015
Rapporteur: Marek Plura
EMPL
 
Towards a Digital Single Market Act
Report:A8-0371/2015
Rapporteur: Kaja Kallas
Rapporteur: Evelyne Gebhardt
ITRE IMCO
 
 
19-01-2016 -
15:00 - 23:00
Debates
 
 
Conclusions of the European Council meeting of 17 and 18 December 2015
 
Situation in Poland
 
Colombian peace process
 
Situation in Syria
 
Situation in Saudi Arabia and in Iran
 
Presumption of innocence and right to be present at trial in criminal proceedings
Report:A8-0133/2015 ***I
Rapporteur: Nathalie Griesbeck
LIBE
 
Joint debate - Internal market harmonization
Personal protective equipment
Report:A8-0148/2015 ***I
Rapporteur: Vicky Ford
IMCO
Appliances burning gaseous fuels
Report:A8-0147/2015 ***I
Rapporteur: Catherine Stihler
IMCO
Cableway installations
Report:A8-0063/2015 ***I
Rapporteur: Antonio López-Istúriz White
IMCO
 
 
 
20-01-2016 -
09:00 - 12:20
Debates
 
 
Programme of activities of the Dutch Presidency
 
 
20-01-2016 -
12:30 - 14:30
VOTES followed by explanations of votes
 
 
Automated data exchange with regard to vehicle registration data (VRD) in Latvia
Report:A8-0370/2015 *
Rapporteur: Claude Moraes
LIBE
 
Presumption of innocence and right to be present at trial in criminal proceedings
Report:A8-0133/2015 ***I
Rapporteur: Nathalie Griesbeck
LIBE
 
Personal protective equipment
Report:A8-0148/2015 ***I
Rapporteur: Vicky Ford
IMCO
 
Appliances burning gaseous fuels
Report:A8-0147/2015 ***I
Rapporteur: Catherine Stihler
IMCO
 
Cableway installations
Report:A8-0063/2015 ***I
Rapporteur: Antonio López-Istúriz White
IMCO
 
Objection to delegated act on a scheme of generalised tariff preferences
 
Objection to delegated act on the specific compositional and information requirements for processed cereal-based food and baby food
 
Colombian peace process
 
 
20-01-2016 -
15:00 - 00:00
Debates
 
 
COP 21
 
Humanitarian situation in Yemen
 
Situation in the South East of Turkey
 
Association Agreements / Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreements with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine
 
EU-Kosovo Stabilisation and Association Agreement
Report:A8-0372/2015 ***
Rapporteur: Ulrike Lunacek
AFET
 
Systematic mass murder of religious minorities by ISIS
 
Mutual defence clause (Article 42(7) TEU)
 
EU priorities for the UNHRC sessions in 2016
 
 
 
21-01-2016 -
08:30 - 11:50
Debates
 
 
Increased terrorism threat
 
Opening of FTA negotiations with Australia and New Zealand
Report:O-000154/2015 European Commission INTA
 
Activities of the Committee on Petitions 2014
Report:A8-0361/2015
Rapporteur: Lidia Joanna Geringer de Oedenberg
PETI
 
 
21-01-2016 -
12:00 - 14:00
VOTES followed by explanations of votes
 
 
EU-Kosovo Stabilisation and Association Agreement
Report:A8-0372/2015 ***
Rapporteur: Ulrike Lunacek
AFET
 
Appointment of the members of the Committee of Inquiry on emission measurements in the automotive sector
 
Association Agreements / Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreements with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine
 
Mutual defence clause (Article 42(7) TEU)
 
EU priorities for the UNHRC sessions in 2016
 
Activities of the Committee on Petitions 2014
Report:A8-0361/2015
Rapporteur: Lidia Joanna Geringer de Oedenberg
PETI
 
 
21-01-2016 -
15:00 - 16:00
Debates
 
 
Debates on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law (Rule 135)
EU citizens under detention in India, notably Italian, Estonian and UK citizens
Ethiopia
North Korea
 
 
21-01-2016 -
16:00 - 17:00
VOTES (at the end of the preceding debates)
 
 
Motions for resolutions concerning debates on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law (Rule 135)
 
 
 
Proposed report during the session
 
 
REPORT on Towards a Digital Single Market Act
Reference: A8-0371/2015

Date:
21-12-2015
Evelyne Gebhardt
Kaja Kallas
IMCO ITRE