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MEPs back more duty-free olive oil imports to help Tunisia but want safeguards

Plenary Session External/international trade25-02-2016 - 13:38

To help strengthen Tunisia’s economy, hit not least by 2015 terrorist attacks, MEPs backed emergency plans to allow an additional 70,000 tonnes of its virgin olive oil to be imported duty free in the EU, in 2016/17. However, MEPs also inserted requirements for the EU Commission to do a mid-term assessment of the effects of the measures, update them if it turns out that they harm EU olive oil producers, and ensure that the imports are tracked from start to finish. (Read more: MEPs back more duty-free olive oil imports to help Tunisia but want safeguards )

 

Parliament gave its green light on Thursday to grant €1,095,544 in EU aid to Belgium to help 412 workers made redundant by two glass manufacturers to find new jobs. A further 100 young unemployed people should also benefit from the plan. The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aid still needs to be endorsed by the EU Council of Ministers. (Read more: MEPs approve €1m in EU job-search aid for redundant glass workers in Belgium )

 

Stop shelling civilians in Yemen, urge MEPs

Plenary Session External relations25-02-2016 - 13:01

A ceasefire that halts attacks against civilians, medical and aid workers, ground fighting and shelling in Yemen is urgently needed to allow life-saving aid to reach the Yemeni people, said MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. They also called on all parties in Yemen’s civil war and their foreign backers to engage in a new round of peace negotiations and seek a political settlement. (Read more: Stop shelling civilians in Yemen, urge MEPs )

 

Ending EU citizens' bank secrecy in San Marino

Plenary Session Economic and monetary affairs25-02-2016 - 12:59

An EU deal with San Marino, which will make it harder for EU citizens to hide cash from the tax man in bank accounts there, was endorsed by Parliament in a vote on Thursday. Under the deal, the EU and San Marino will automatically exchange information on the bank accounts of each other's residents, starting in 2017. (Read more: Ending EU citizens' bank secrecy in San Marino )

 

Step up the fight against pet trafficking, MEPs say

Plenary Session Public health25-02-2016 - 12:56
Registration of pet animals ©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

The European Parliament made the case on Thursday for EU-wide data sharing on the registration of cats and dogs to tackle the illegal trade in pets that are often badly bred and at risk of spreading diseases. Trafficking of pets, including wild and exotic animals, is increasingly linked to organised crime and poses a public health risk, say MEPs. (Read more: Step up the fight against pet trafficking, MEPs say )

 

Parliament approves its economic, social and single market priorities for 2016

Plenary Session Institutions / Economic and monetary affairs / Employment policy25-02-2016 - 12:52

Parliament's economic, social and single market priorities for 2016 were adopted on Thursday in three separate resolutions. MEPs gave their input to the upcoming March economic summit, focusing on the implementation of the Stability and Growth Pact, its social aspects and how to further exploit the economic potential of the single market. (Read more: Parliament approves its economic, social and single market priorities for 2016 )

 

Matching job seekers and vacancies across Europe

Plenary Session Employment policy25-02-2016 - 12:02

A law to revamp the European Employment Services (EURES) network with an EU-wide database of job seekers and vacancies was approved by Parliament on Thursday. The aim is to help fight unemployment by better matching labour market supply and demand. Updated rules, already agreed with the Council, will also pay more attention to cross-border regions and young people. (Read more: Matching job seekers and vacancies across Europe )

 

UK in the EU: MEPs debate the country’s European future

Plenary Session Institutions24-02-2016 - 18:43
Debate on the conclusions of the European Council meeting of 18 and 19 February 2016  

When people in the UK vote on 23 June on their country’s EU membership, it will have consequences for the whole of Europe. MEPs debated on Wednesday 24 February the possible consequences of the referendum. Most MEPs said the country would be better off in the EU, while others insisted it would benefit from leaving. (Read more: UK in the EU: MEPs debate the country’s European future )

 

Debate: EU-UK reform deal with Tusk and Juncker

Plenary Session Institutions24-02-2016 - 18:29
EU and UK flag merged together ©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

Last week's settlement for the United Kingdom and its consequences for the Union as a whole was debated with Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday 24 February. Speakers discussed various issues such as the UK's role in Europe and the possible consequences of the referendum. (Read more: Debate: EU-UK reform deal with Tusk and Juncker )

 

EU-UK deal: both sides better off with Britain in, say main group leaders

Plenary Session Institutions24-02-2016 - 17:13
Debate on the conclusions of the European Council meeting of 18 and 19 February 2016  

Leaders of the main political groups in Parliament welcomed a fair EU-UK deal as an offer to the British people to remain in the EU. But it's an "in or out" vote some said, not another phase in the negotiations. During the plenary debate on the outcome of the recent EU summit with European Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, many UK MEPs voiced arguments for and against EU membership. (Read more: EU-UK deal: both sides better off with Britain in, say main group leaders )

 

Opening: Schulz acknowledges Lebanese effort in refugee crisis

Plenary Session Institutions24-02-2016 - 16:15
EP President Martin Schulz welcoming Nebih Berri, President of the Lebanese Parliament, pointed out that Lebanon, with its 4 million inhabitants, is hosting 1 million Syrian refugees.  

Welcoming the President of the Lebanese Parliament, Nabih Berri, the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz pointed out that Lebanon, with its four million inhabitants, is hosting one million Syrian refugees. This deserves the “greatest recognition and greatest thanks”, particularly in light of the debate on refugees in the EU, Schulz said at the opening of the February II plenary session, adding that the European Parliament will assist the country in any way. (Read more: Opening: Schulz acknowledges Lebanese effort in refugee crisis )

 

Economic policy: MEPs to debate need for further structural reforms

Plenary Session Institutions / Economic and monetary affairs24-02-2016 - 14:34
The European semester is the way EU countries coordinate their economic policies  

Eight years after the start of the economic crisis, recovery in the European Union is still weak and uneven, with member states struggling to put their debts under control and unemployment still too high. MEPs discuss the challenges during a plenary debate on the annual cycle of economic policy coordination within the EU, on 24 February. Parliamentary committees have prepared reports calling for structural reforms that create jobs and boost productivity. (Read more: Economic policy: MEPs to debate need for further structural reforms )

 
 
Plenary agenda
 
24-02-2016 -
15:00 - 23:00
Debates
 
 
Resumption of session and order of business
 
Conclusions of the European Council meeting of 18 and 19 February 2016
 
Joint debate - European Semester 2016
European Semester for economic policy coordination: Annual Growth Survey 2016
Report:A8-0030/2016
Rapporteur: Maria João Rodrigues
ECON
European Semester for economic policy coordination: employment and social aspects in the Annual Growth Survey 2016
Report:A8-0031/2016
Rapporteur: Sofia Ribeiro
EMPL
Single Market governance within the European Semester 2016
Report:A8-0017/2016
Rapporteur: Catherine Stihler
IMCO
 
European network of Employment Services, workers' access to mobility services and the further integration of labour markets
Report:A8-0224/2015 ***I
Rapporteur: Heinz K. Becker
EMPL
 
Joint debate - EU-Tunisia trade relations
Introduction of emergency autonomous trade measures for Tunisia
Report:A8-0013/2016 ***I
Rapporteur: Marielle de Sarnez
INTA
Opening of negotiations for an EU-Tunisia Free Trade Agreement
 
Preparation for the UN General Assembly special session on drugs
 
One-minute speeches (Rule 163)
 
 
 
25-02-2016 -
09:00 - 11:20
Debates
 
 
Activities of the European Ombudsman in 2014
Report:A8-0020/2016
Rapporteur: Soledad Cabezón Ruiz
PETI
 
Tobacco agreement (PMI agreement)
Report:O-000019/2016 European Commission
Report:O-000018/2016 European Commission
Report:O-000017/2016 European Commission
Report:O-000016/2016 European Commission
Report:O-000015/2016 European Commission
Report:O-000014/2016 European Commission
Report:O-000010/2016 European Commission
 
 
25-02-2016 -
11:30 - 13:30
VOTES followed by explanations of votes
 
 
Authorisation for Austria to sign and ratify, and Malta to accede to, the Hague Convention of 15 November 1965
Report:A8-0018/2016 ***
Rapporteur: Viktor Uspaskich
JURI
 
EU-San Marino agreement on the automatic exchange of financial account information
Report:A8-0025/2016 *
Rapporteur: Cora van Nieuwenhuizen
ECON
 
Accession of Croatia to the Convention on the protection of the financial interests of the Union
Report:A8-0019/2016 *
Rapporteur: Tomáš Zdechovský
LIBE
 
European network of Employment Services, workers' access to mobility services and the further integration of labour markets
Report:A8-0224/2015 ***I
Rapporteur: Heinz K. Becker
EMPL
 
Introduction of emergency autonomous trade measures for Tunisia
Report:A8-0013/2016 ***I
Rapporteur: Marielle de Sarnez
INTA
 
Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund: application EGF/2015/007 BE/Hainaut-Namur Glass
Report:A8-0029/2016
Rapporteur: Tomáš Zdechovský
BUDG
 
European Semester for economic policy coordination: Annual Growth Survey 2016
Report:A8-0030/2016
Rapporteur: Maria João Rodrigues
ECON
 
European Semester for economic policy coordination: employment and social aspects in the Annual Growth Survey 2016
Report:A8-0031/2016
Rapporteur: Sofia Ribeiro
EMPL
 
Single Market governance within the European Semester 2016
Report:A8-0017/2016
Rapporteur: Catherine Stihler
IMCO
 
Opening of negotiations for an EU-Tunisia Free Trade Agreement
 
Activities of the European Ombudsman in 2014
Report:A8-0020/2016
Rapporteur: Soledad Cabezón Ruiz
PETI
 
European Central Bank annual report for 2014
Report:A8-0012/2016
Rapporteur: Notis Marias
ECON
 
Opening of FTA negotiations with Australia and New Zealand
Report:O-000154/2015 European Commission INTA
 
Introduction of compatible systems for the registration of pet animals across Member States
 
Humanitarian situation in Yemen
 
 
 
Proposed report during the session
 
 
REPORT on the recommendation for a Council decision concerning the accession of Croatia to the Convention of 26 July 1995, drawn up on the basis of Article K.3 of the Treaty on European Union, on the protection of the European Communities' financial interests, the Protocol of 27 September 1996, drawn up on the basis of Article K.3 of the Treaty on European Union, to the Convention on the protection of the European Communities' financial interests, the Protocol of 29 November 1996, drawn up on the basis of Article K.3 of the Treaty on European Union, on the interpretation, by way of preliminary rulings, by the Court of Justice of the European Communities of the Convention on the protection of the European Communities' financial interests and the Second Protocol of 19 June 1997, drawn up on the basis of Article K.3 of the Treaty on European Union, to the Convention on the protection of the European Communities' financial interests
Reference: A8-0019/2016

Date:
01-02-2016
Tomáš Zdechovský
LIBE
 
REPORT on the proposal for a Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Amending Protocol to the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of San Marino providing for measures equivalent to those laid down in Council Directive 2003/48/EC on taxation of savings income in the form of interest payments
Reference: A8-0025/2016

Date:
09-02-2016
Cora van Nieuwenhuizen
ECON
 
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/2015/007 - BE/Hainaut-Namur Glass, submitted by Belgium)
Reference: A8-0029/2016

Date:
19-02-2016
Tomáš Zdechovský
BUDG