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Opening plenary session, 31 May 2017© European Union 2017 - EP 

The session opened with a minute’s silence for the victims of terror attacks since 22 May, in Manchester, Egypt, Baghdad and Kabul.

On Parliament’s behalf, President Tajani condemned these acts of violence as inhuman and barbaric, and expressed its solidarity with the families of their innocent victims.

 

Mr Tajani also observed that US President Donald Trump might soon announce plans to begin withdrawing the USA from the Paris Climate Agreement. Such a decision would not meet with the approval of most MEPs, he said, adding that he would talk to Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker about possible joint EU initiatives.

 

Incoming/outgoing MEPs

 

Ms Patricia Lalonde (ALDE, FR) and Mr Thierry Cornillet (ALDE, FR), replaced Ms Sylvie Goulard (ALDE, FR) and Marielle De Sarnez (ALDE, FR) respectively, with effect from 18 May.

 

Agenda changes

 

Wednesday, 31 May

 

The Commission statement on the “Multiannual Framework for the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights for 2018-2022” is changed into Council and Commission statements, keeping the title unchanged.

 

Thursday, 1 June

 

An immunity report (A8- 0203 /2017) by Ms Hautala on the immunity of Béla Kovács will be put to the vote during Thursday’s voting time.

 

Requests by committees to start negotiations with Council and Commission

 

Decisions by several committees to enter into inter-institutional negotiations (Rule 69c) are published on the plenary website. If no request for a vote in Parliament on the decision to enter into negotiations is made within 24 hours, the committees may start negotiations.