One minute of silence for the death of Lothar Bisky in the EP hemicycle at the opening of September Plenary Session 

President Schulz held a minute's silence for late MEP Lothar Bisky, who died on 13 August. He next conveyed Parliament's sympathy to those bereaved by the July train crash at Santiago de Compostela and bus crash near Naples. Looking ahead to the May 2014 EU elections, he said Parliament must now work to help stabilise the EU economy, inter alia by seeing that youth employment measures are properly funded and that the Council keeps its long-run budget promises.

Lothar Bisky

Lothar Bisky's unexpected death on 13 August was a serious loss to Parliament. As chairman of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left, he had made his mark on the movement, Germany and Europe. Well-respected by colleagues in all parties, he would be remembered as a loyal, humble friend and a highly-educated and pleasant interlocutor, said Mr Schulz.

Santiago de Compostela and Campania

Mr Schulz conveyed Parliament's condolences to families of the victims of the 24 July train derailment near Santiago de Compostela, which killed 79 people, and 29 July bus crash in Campania, which killed 39.


Eduard-Raul HELLVIG (ALDE, RO), as of 4 September
Ovidiu Ioan SILAGHI (ALDE, RO), as of 4 September
Iñaki IRAZABALBEITIA FERNÁNDEZ (Greens/EFA, ES), as of 11 July


Ramona Nicole MĂNESCU (ALDE, RO), as of 25 August
Lothar BISKY (EUL/NGL, DE), as of 13 August
Ana MIRANDA (Greens/EFA, ES), as of 9 July

Agenda changes

The debate on banking union and the vote on the Giegold and Thyssen reports were postponed from Tuesday to Thursday, to allow more more time for negotiations with the ECB on transparency and accountability requirements for the bank supervisor.

The Díaz de Mera report on visa waivers for third country nationals was added to the agenda for a debate on Tuesday and vote on Thursday.

The European Commission will be asked to investigate reports that the US NSA has breached the EU/US SWIFT by illegally tapping into SWIFT data and make a statement to the House at the October I session.

Developments in Bahrain will be debated on Thursday, but those in Guatamala and Camp Ashraf will not.