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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 )

 

"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 )

 

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 )

 

EP this week: migration, Ukraine, car emissions, women refugees

Others Institutions29-02-2016 - 08:30
Parliament building in Brussels  

Protecting the EU’s borders is being debated by the civil liberties committee on Monday. Members discuss plans for setting up a European Border and Coast Guard with the European Commission. In addition MEPs meet Ukrainian MPs as part of the Ukraine Week conference and debate how to improve conditions for women refugees with national MPs. Also Parliament’s inquiry committee into testing car emissions meets for the first time on Wednesday. (Read more: EP this week: migration, Ukraine, car emissions, women refugees )

 

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 )

 

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 )