Opening plenary July 2016 © EU 2016 - EP 

President Schulz opened the session by calling a minute’s silence to pay tribute to former French Prime Minister and MEP Michel Rocard, who died on 2 July aged 85. He also dedicated this silence to the memory of more than 300 people killed and over 500 injured in the previous week’s terrorist attacks in Turkey, Yemen, Bangladesh and Iraq.

Mr Schulz remembered Mr Rocard, an MEP from 1994 to 2009, as a tireless debater whose work won his colleagues’ admiration. He chaired the Parliament’s Development, Employment and Culture committees in succession.

Mr Rocard was a great European and a great statesman who helped engineer the 1988 Matignon Agreements, which helped to halt violence in New Caledonia. He also showed a visionary commitment to protecting the environment, especially in the Arctic and Antarctic, noted Mr Schulz.

Mr Schulz condemned the terrorist attacks in Turkey, Yemen, Bangladesh, and Iraq, which killed more than 300 people and injured over 500 others -men, women and children, soldiers and civilians, of differing backgrounds and religions.

“This boundless terrorism and its murderous ideology can be curbed only by a strategy of global cooperation, a close and stable cooperation”, insisted Mr Schulz. He conveyed the European Parliament’s deepest sympathy to the victims’ families, friends and acquaintances.


Agenda changes

Tuesday 5 July

Because of the postponement of the hearing of the candidate Maltese Member of the Court of Auditors, the vote on the nomination has to be postponed. Consequently the two-month deadline laid down in Rule 121(3) is extended.

Wednesday 6 July

A Statement by the Vice President of the Commission/High Representative on "New initiatives related to the Middle East Peace Process" is added as second item in the afternoon.

Incoming/outgoing MEPs

Manuel António dos Santos (S&D, PT) replaced Ms Elisa FERREIRA (S&D, PT) as of 28 June.

Urszula KRUPA (ECR, PL) replaced Janusz Wojciechowski (ECR, PL), as of 24 June.