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03-03-2016 - 15:59
 
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Plenary highlights: refugees, Women's Day, animal diseases

Plenary Session Institutions11-03-2016 - 09:00
 

MEPs debated the proposed EU-Turkey deal to manage the refugee crisis as well as the way in which European countries have been handling the issue during this week's plenary session in Strasbourg. Women refugees and how to support them better was debated on Tuesday to mark International Women's Day 2016. Read our story for more on this and the other plenary issues debated and voted on by MEPs. (Read more: Plenary highlights: refugees, Women's Day, animal diseases )

 

Superbugs: MEPs want to curb use of antibiotics in farming

Plenary Session Agriculture / Public health10-03-2016 - 13:21
White chickens farm ©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

To fight the growing resistance of bacteria to today’s antibiotics, the use of existing antimicrobial drugs should be restricted, and new ones should be developed, said the European Parliament on Thursday. In a vote on draft plans to update an EU law on veterinary medicines, MEPs advocate banning collective and preventive antibiotic treatment of animals, and back measures to stimulate research into new medicines. (Read more: Superbugs: MEPs want to curb use of antibiotics in farming )

 

MEPs assess reform efforts of Montenegro and FYROM in 2015

Plenary Session External relations10-03-2016 - 13:12

If the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia can break its current political stalemate, hold free and fair elections soon and put its reforms back on track, then there should be no further obstacles to starting EU accession talks with it, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. In a separate resolution, they welcome Montenegro’s steady progress towards EU accession. (Read more: MEPs assess reform efforts of Montenegro and FYROM in 2015 )

 

Human rights: freedom of speech in Kazakhstan, Giulio Regeni, DRC

Plenary Session Humanitarian aid / External relations10-03-2016 - 12:36

Parliament condemns the deteriorating climate for the media and free speech in Kazakhstan, the torture and assassination under suspicious circumstances of EU citizen Giulio Regeni in Egypt, and the worsening security and human rights situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in three resolutions voted on Thursday. (Read more: Human rights: freedom of speech in Kazakhstan, Giulio Regeni, DRC )

 

MEPs back duty-free imports of Tunisian olive oil with EU producer safeguards

Plenary Session External/international trade10-03-2016 - 12:30

MEPs voted emergency measures into law on Thursday to help Tunisia’s economy by importing 70,000 tonnes of its virgin olive oil duty free in 2016/17, after adding safeguards for EU olive oil producers. These include a mid-term assessment of the effects of the measures, updating them if they turn out to be harmful, and ensuring that the imports are tracked from start to finish. (Read more: MEPs back duty-free imports of Tunisian olive oil with EU producer safeguards )

 

Human rights in Egypt: MEPs debate murder of Italian researcher Giulio Regeni

Plenary Session Human rights10-03-2016 - 10:09
A man holds up a portrait of Giulio Regeni, the Italian student slained in Cairo, as several dozen people stage a sit-in outside Egypt's embassy in Rome. ©Massimo Percossi/AP Photos/European Union-EP  

Italian PhD student Giulio Regeni was investigating trade unions in Egypt when he went missing on 25 January 2016. His body, bearing signs of torture, was discovered nine days later in Cairo. Media and human rights activists suspect Egyptian security forces may have been involved, which the Egyptian authorities deny. On 10 March MEPs debated the case and adopted a resolution as part of their regular efforts to call attention to flagrant human rights violations around the world. (Read more: Human rights in Egypt: MEPs debate murder of Italian researcher Giulio Regeni )

 

Banking union: "We need a single deposit guarantee scheme"

Plenary Session Economic and monetary affairs10-03-2016 - 09:26
 

Europe has made significant steps towards creating a banking union, but the work is far from finished. Italian S&D member Roberto Gualtieri, who drafted a report on the progress made last year, said a single deposit guarantee scheme was still needed ahead. MEPs debate his report and then vote on it on 10 March. Watch our video interview with Gualtieri to find out his views on how to improve the banking union. (Read more: Banking union: "We need a single deposit guarantee scheme" )

 
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven addresses the European Parliament and debate the current situation in the EU  

“Sweden is ready and will act for a new asylum system in the EU that is based on equal distribution and in which asylum is sought in the EU – not in an individual country,” said Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven as he debated current EU affairs with MEPs at the plenary session in Strasbourg Wednesday afternoon. In his speech, Löfven addressed the current refugee crisis and the need to reform the common asylum system, but he also urged the need for a more social Europe. (Read more: Swedish Prime Minister on refugee crisis: “We must move from chaos to control” )

 

Cigarettes: MEPs oppose renewing EU anti-smuggling deals with tobacco firms

Plenary Session Budgetary control09-03-2016 - 14:36
Cigarettes production line  

A majority of MEPs urged the European Commission not to renew an EU anti-smuggling and anti-counterfeiting deal with Philip Morris International (PMI), which expires in July 2016, in a resolution voted on Wednesday. Instead, they ask it to focus on using EU and international legislative tools to combat smuggling. (Read more: Cigarettes: MEPs oppose renewing EU anti-smuggling deals with tobacco firms )

 

Next year’s EU budget priorities should continue to be tackling the migration and refugee crisis while at the same time investing more and better to accelerate today’s slow economic recovery, MEPs say in a resolution voted on Wednesday. Parliament highlights the problems of long-term and youth unemployment and disparities in economic development across the EU. It also underlines that the refugee crisis will not be a temporary one. (Read more: Overcoming crises, rapid recovery: Parliament’s EU budget priorities for 2017 )

 

MEPs back agreement among EU institutions to upgrade and clarify EU law-making

Plenary Session Constitutional affairs09-03-2016 - 13:36

A deal among the key EU institutions – Parliament, the Council and the Commission - to improve the planning, quality and transparency of their law-making was endorsed by MEPs on Wednesday. It provides for more democratic long-term planning, a new database of planned EU laws, and more information for the press and public on negotiations among EU institutions. (Read more: MEPs back agreement among EU institutions to upgrade and clarify EU law-making )

 

MEPs strengthen rights of children in criminal proceedings

Plenary Session Citizens' rights / Fundamental rights / Justice and home affairs09-03-2016 - 13:32

MEPs backed new rules on Wednesday to ensure that children who are suspected or accused of a crime get a fair trial. The directive, informally agreed with the Council last December, recognises the right of anyone under 18 to be assisted by a lawyer and to be accompanied by the holder of parental responsibility (or another appropriate adult) through most of the proceedings. (Read more: MEPs strengthen rights of children in criminal proceedings )

 

Ending EU citizens' bank secrecy in Andorra

Plenary Session Taxation09-03-2016 - 13:29

An EU deal with Andorra, 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 Wednesday. Under the deal, the EU and Andorra will automatically exchange information on the bank accounts of each other's residents, starting in 2018 for information collected since 1 January 2017. (Read more: Ending EU citizens' bank secrecy in Andorra )

 

MEPs demand details of the EU-Turkey deal and compliance with international law

Plenary Session Institutions09-03-2016 - 11:07
Jeanine HENNIS-PLASSCHAERT (Council) and Valdis Dombrovskis (Commission) on the Preparation of the European Council meeting of 17 and 18 March 2016 and outcome of the EU-Turkey summit  

MEPs demanded details on Wednesday of the deal struck by EU leaders with Turkey on the management of migrant and refugee flows, underlining that the international asylum rules must be respected. In a plenary debate with the Council and the Commission, most political group leaders insisted that EU accession negotiations with Turkey and talks on visa liberalisation for Turkish nationals travelling to the EU should not be linked to the refugee issue. (Read more: MEPs demand details of the EU-Turkey deal and compliance with international law )

 

Same work, same pay – MEPS react to new proposal on posted workers

Plenary Session Employment policy09-03-2016 - 10:01

Parliament debated proposed revised rules for workers who are employed in one member state and temporarily sent to another by their employer, as presented by Employment Commissioner Marianne Thyssen, on Tuesday evening. Political groups' speakers were divided: for centre-left MEPs, it was not far-reaching enough to prevent exploitation of workers, while centre-right MEPs expressed concern about its impact on competitiveness and SMEs. (Read more: Same work, same pay – MEPS react to new proposal on posted workers )

 

Plenary: MEPs debate outcome of EU-Turkey summit

Plenary Session Institutions08-03-2016 - 16:36
A torn Syrian passport seen on the Greek side of the border with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, where more than 12000 refugees, mainly from Iraq and Syria, are waiting to cross and continue their journey towards Western Europe.  © UNHCR/Achilleas Zavallis  

This week's EU-Turkey summit which aimed to reach a comprehensive deal on tackling the refugee crisis was debated by MEPs on Wednesday morning. During the keynote debate MEPs stressed that international asylum rules must be respected and also voiced their expectations for next week's EU summit. Some 132,000 people entered Europe by sea in the first two months of this year. (Read more: Plenary: MEPs debate outcome of EU-Turkey summit )

 

MEPs call for gender-sensitivity in asylum policy

Plenary Session Women's rights/Equal opportunities08-03-2016 - 13:44
Award-winning French photojournalist Marie Dorigny travelled to Greece, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Germany from December 2015 to January 2016 at the request of the EP seeking to capture on film the plight of women refugees ahead of this year's International Women's Day. © Marie Dorigny / European Union 2015  

A reform of EU migration and asylum policies and procedures needs to include gender-sensitive measures to ensure the safety of women seeking asylum, many of whom travel with young children and other dependents, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Tuesday. (Read more: MEPs call for gender-sensitivity in asylum policy )

 

MEPs approve updated rules to help contain transmissible animal diseases

Plenary Session Agriculture / Public health08-03-2016 - 13:20
Veterinarian with tablet at pigsty, checking information about diseases  

Measures to prevent and halt outbreaks of animal diseases such as avian flu or foot and mouth disease, informally agreed by MEPs and the EU Council of Ministers in June 2015, were endorsed by Parliament on Tuesday. The draft EU law, on diseases that are transmissible among animals, and potentially to humans too, puts fresh emphasis on prevention and should help professionals to keep pace with scientific progress. (Read more: MEPs approve updated rules to help contain transmissible animal diseases )

 

"Moment of truth to reaffirm EU values" urges UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Plenary Session Institutions08-03-2016 - 13:18
Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for refugees addresses the plenary  

Opening an extraordinary session with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi on the occasion of International Women's Day, Parliament’s President Martin Schulz highlighted Parliament's continuous efforts to combat all forms of violence against women, be it in their home countries, when fleeing or upon arrival in the EU. Mr Grandi called on the EU to reaffirm its values and to reject “blanket” return policies without stipulating safeguard clauses. (Read more: "Moment of truth to reaffirm EU values" urges UN High Commissioner for Refugees )

 

Port services: improving efficiency to boost trade

Plenary Session Transport08-03-2016 - 13:15
Container port ship  

Draft rules designed to boost the efficiency and cut the cost of services supplied at EU maritime ports, such as mooring and towage, were voted by Parliament on Tuesday. Ensuring transparency in the setting of fees for using port services and infrastructure, and in any public funding that ports receive, should help to prevent price abuse and market distortions and thus boost trade, MEPs say. But current port service arrangements could remain, provided they meet minimum requirements, they add. (Read more: Port services: improving efficiency to boost trade )

 

Milk and fruit scheme: MEPs endorse better schooling in healthier eating habits

Plenary Session Agriculture08-03-2016 - 13:01
Schoolchildren Sitting At Table Eating Packed Lunch  

Children across the EU should soon get the benefit of better-funded school milk, fruit and vegetable schemes, along with better education on healthy eating. A new draft new law to this end, provisionally agreed with EU ministers in December 2015 and approved by Parliament on Tuesday, will merge today's separate EU school milk and fruit schemes and boost their combined annual budget by €20 million to €250 million a year. (Read more: Milk and fruit scheme: MEPs endorse better schooling in healthier eating habits )

 

Opening: no agenda changes

Plenary Session Institutions07-03-2016 - 18:10
EP Vice-President Mairead McGuinness chairs the opening of March plenary session  

MEPs rejected three requests to add agenda items in votes at the start of the session. These items were the EU passenger name record proposals, human rights in Turkey, and evictions at the Calais “jungle” migrant camp. The opening was chaired by Vice-President Mairead McGuinness, standing in for President Schulz, who was attending the EU-Turkey meeting in Brussels. (Read more: Opening: no agenda changes )

 

The European Parliament pays tribute to International Women's Day

Plenary Session Women's rights/Equal opportunities07-03-2016 - 16:24
On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2016, the European Parliament and #Dysturb have joined forces to raise awareness about women refugees who have been forced on a journey through Europe to escape their war-torn countries. Photo: Almo Calmo ©Dysturb 2016  

International Women’s Day is held every year on 8 March. This year Parliament has selected women refugees as its theme and it also features on the plenary agenda this week. On Tuesday MEPs debate and vote on a report on women refugees, drafted by Mary Honeyball (S&D, UK). MEPs debate the current refugee crisis with Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for refugees, focussing on the situation of women. Follow the plenary session live online. (Read more: The European Parliament pays tribute to International Women's Day )

 

From farm to fork: The EU fruit and milk schemes for schoolchildren

Plenary Session Agriculture / Youth / Public health04-03-2016 - 18:06
Interview with Marc Tarabella  

The EU's fruit and vegetable scheme for schools is to be merged with the school milk scheme. In the process MEPs have secured additional funding for the programmes which aim to help schools serve children fresh produce. The new joint scheme is to be debated at plenary on Monday 7 March, with members voting on it the following day. In an interview ahead of next week's debate Marc Tarabella, the author of Parliament's report on the issue, has a very simple and familiar message: "An apple a day..." (Read more: From farm to fork: The EU fruit and milk schemes for schoolchildren )

 
 
Plenary agenda
 
07-03-2016 -
17:00 - 23:00
Debates
 
 
Resumption of session and order of business
 
Aid scheme for the supply of fruit and vegetables, bananas and milk in the educational establishments
Report:A8-0006/2016 ***I
Rapporteur: Marc Tarabella
AGRI
 
Animal health
Report:A8-0041/2016 ***II
Rapporteur: Jasenko Selimovic
AGRI
 
Market access to port services and financial transparency of ports
Report:A8-0023/2016 ***I
Rapporteur: Knut Fleckenstein
TRAN
 
Annual report 2014 on the Protection of the EU's financial interests - Fight against fraud
Report:A8-0026/2016
Rapporteur: Benedek Jávor
CONT
 
Towards a thriving data-driven economy
Report:O-000040/2016 European Commission IMCO
Report:O-000021/2016 European Commission ITRE
 
Short presentation of the following report:
Gender mainstreaming in the work of the European Parliament
Report:A8-0034/2016
Rapporteur: Angelika Mlinar
FEMM
 
One-minute speeches (Rule 163)
 
 
 
08-03-2016 -
09:00 - 12:30
International Women's Day
 
 
 
08-03-2016 -
09:00 - 11:20
Debates
 
 
The socio-economic situation of women in Europe
 
The situation of women refugees and asylum seekers in the EU
Report:A8-0024/2016
Rapporteur: Mary Honeyball
FEMM
 
 
08-03-2016 -
11:30 - 12:30
Address by Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for refugees
 
 
(Address by Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for refugees, followed by one round of political group speakers)
 
 
08-03-2016 -
12:30 - 14:30
VOTES followed by explanations of votes
 
 
Animal health
Report:A8-0041/2016 ***II
Rapporteur: Jasenko Selimovic
AGRI
 
Aid scheme for the supply of fruit and vegetables, bananas and milk in the educational establishments
Report:A8-0006/2016 ***I
Rapporteur: Marc Tarabella
AGRI
 
Market access to port services and financial transparency of ports
Report:A8-0023/2016 ***I
Rapporteur: Knut Fleckenstein
TRAN
 
Harmonised indices of consumer prices
Report:A8-0313/2015 ***I
Rapporteur: Roberto Gualtieri
ECON
 
Annual report 2014 on the Protection of the EU's financial interests - Fight against fraud
Report:A8-0026/2016
Rapporteur: Benedek Jávor
CONT
 
Gender mainstreaming in the work of the European Parliament
Report:A8-0034/2016
Rapporteur: Angelika Mlinar
FEMM
 
The situation of women refugees and asylum seekers in the EU
Report:A8-0024/2016
Rapporteur: Mary Honeyball
FEMM
 
 
08-03-2016 -
15:00 - 23:00
Debates
 
 
Situation in Syria
 
Communication on implementing the European agenda on migration
 
Interinstitutional agreement on Better law-making
Report:A8-0039/2016
Rapporteur: Danuta Maria Hübner
AFCO
 
Posting of workers
 
What is a 'social triple-A' rating?
Report:O-000034/2016 European Commission EMPL
 
Procedural safeguards for children suspected or accused in criminal proceedings
Report:A8-0020/2015 ***I
Rapporteur: Caterina Chinnici
LIBE
 
Guidelines for the 2017 Budget - Section III
Report:A8-0036/2016
Rapporteur: Jens Geier
BUDG
 
 
 
09-03-2016 -
09:00 - 12:50
KEY DEBATE
 
 
Preparation of the European Council meeting of 17 and 18 March 2016 and outcome of the EU-Turkey summit
 
 
09-03-2016 -
13:00 - 14:30
VOTES followed by explanations of votes
 
 
Reduction in the sulphur content of certain liquid fuels
Report:A8-0037/2016 ***I
Rapporteur: Laura Ferrara
JURI
 
Trade diversion into the European Union of certain key medicines
Report:A8-0038/2016 ***I
Rapporteur: Laura Ferrara
JURI
 
EU-Andorra agreement on the automatic exchange of financial account information
Report:A8-0047/2016 *
Rapporteur: Miguel Viegas
ECON
 
Appointment of a new Executive Director of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA)
Report:A8-0045/2016 *
Rapporteur: Roberto Gualtieri
ECON
 
Procedural safeguards for children suspected or accused in criminal proceedings
Report:A8-0020/2015 ***I
Rapporteur: Caterina Chinnici
LIBE
 
Guidelines for the 2017 Budget - Section III
Report:A8-0036/2016
Rapporteur: Jens Geier
BUDG
 
Interinstitutional agreement on Better law-making
Report:A8-0039/2016
Rapporteur: Danuta Maria Hübner
AFCO
 
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
 
 
09-03-2016 -
15:00 - 23:00
Debates
 
 
The current situation in the European Union
 
Situation in Eritrea
 
2015 Report on the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
 
2015 Report on Montenegro
 
Joint debate - Veterinary medicinal products
Veterinary medicinal products
Report:A8-0046/2016 ***I
Rapporteur: Françoise Grossetête
ENVI
Authorisation and supervision of veterinary medicinal products
Report:A8-0035/2016 ***I
Rapporteur: Claudiu Ciprian Tănăsescu
ENVI
 
Thalidomide
Report:O-000035/2016 European Commission
 
International protection of whistle-blowers
 
 
 
10-03-2016 -
08:30 - 11:50
Debates
 
 
Zika virus outbreak
Report:O-000030/2016 European Commission ENVI
 
Banking Union - Annual report 2015
Report:A8-0033/2016
Rapporteur: Roberto Gualtieri
ECON
 
Debates on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law (Rule 135)
Freedom of expression in Kazakhstan
Egypt, notably the case of Giulio Regeni
Democratic Republic of the Congo
 
 
10-03-2016 -
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)
 
Introduction of emergency autonomous trade measures for Tunisia
Report:A8-0013/2016 ***I
Rapporteur: Marielle de Sarnez
INTA
 
Veterinary medicinal products
Report:A8-0046/2016 ***I
Rapporteur: Françoise Grossetête
ENVI
 
Authorisation and supervision of veterinary medicinal products
Report:A8-0035/2016 ***I
Rapporteur: Claudiu Ciprian Tănăsescu
ENVI
 
Towards a thriving data-driven economy
Report:O-000040/2016 European Commission IMCO
Report:O-000021/2016 European Commission ITRE
 
Situation in Eritrea
 
2015 Report on the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
 
2015 Report on Montenegro
 
Banking Union - Annual report 2015
Report:A8-0033/2016
Rapporteur: Roberto Gualtieri
ECON
 
 
10-03-2016 -
15:00 - 16:00
Debates
 
 
Price crisis in Europe's pig meat sector
Report:O-000020/2016 European Commission AGRI
 
 
 
Proposed report during the session
 
 
 
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 Principality of Andorra 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: A8-0047/2016

Date:
29-02-2016
Miguel Viegas
ECON