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The European Parliament is in session

 
Mon 15-09-2014
 
 
Press conferences
16:30 - 17:00 Last minute session briefing
Strasbourg, Louise Weiss, N-1/201
 
 
Parliamentary committees
19:00 - 19:30 Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
Strasbourg, Louise Weiss, N1.3
 
 

Candidate commissioners face a thorough scrutiny by MEPs before the new European Commission can start its five-year term. From 29 September they will have to appear in front of parliamentary committees dealing with their proposed responsibilities. These hearings will affect the Parliament’s vote on whether to approve the new Commission. Unless MEPs vote in favour, the Commission will not be able to take office. (Read more: New Commission: how MEPs will scrutinise the candidate commissioners )

 

Tens of thousands of workers were helped to retrain, look for a new job or launch a new company in 207-2013 if they had been laid off as a result of globalisation or the economic crisis thanks to €400 million in EU funding. This aid came from the EU's Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF). On 11 September the EP’s budget committee approved another aid package for workers in Greece, the Netherlands, Romania and Spain. Find out more about the fund in our article and our chart. (Read more: Globalisation Adjustment Fund: helping redundant workers find work again )

 

The candidate commissioners, as presented by incoming Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, will need to appear in hearings before parliamentary committees from 29 September to 7 October. (Read more: Candidate commissioners to appear before EP committees from 29 September )

 

“What happens in Ukraine concerns all Europeans, because we cannot stand by and watch idly while the founding principles of the international community are being violated,” said EP president Martin Schulz during a visit to Kiev on Friday. “We have agreed on rules for states to follow when dealing with each other. These rules apply to all.” During his two-day visit, Schulz met Ukrainian prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk as well as president Petro Poroshenko. (Read more: Schulz in Kiev: ”What happens in Ukraine concerns all Europeans” )

 
Press releases (second part)
 

The European Parliament is a political institution where different ideas on issues from the EU's spending priorities to privacy rights and trade relations are hotly contested. Political groups play an essential role in this clash of ideas, as they bring together like-minded representatives from across Europe and give them a voice in the decision-making process. Find out from our dedicated page what groups there are at the start of the new term, what they stand for and who their leaders are. (Read more: Meet the European Parliament's political groups )

 

European companies have started to feel the impact of the Russian import ban introduced on 7 August. The measure, which includes anything from Polish apples to Belgian pork, is Russia’s response to EU sanctions over the country’s involvement in the crisis in the Ukraine. We talked to Bernd Lange (Germany, S&D), chair of the international trade committee, and Czesław Siekierski (Poland, EPP), chair of the agriculture committee, about how the EU can make a difference in this trade conflict. (Read more: Russian import ban: how should the EU support the affected companies? )

 

Parliament’s President Martin Schulz this morning informed the Conference of Presidents, made up of the leaders of the political groups, that His Holiness Pope Francis has accepted his official invitation to the European Parliament. This invitation was extended by President Schulz during his official visit to the Vatican on 11 October 2013. (Read more: His Holiness Pope Francis on official visit to European Parliament in November )

 

Redundant workers in the building industry in two Dutch regions, at a Greek bakery, and at a steel producer in Romania would receive European Globalisation Adjustment Fund aid to help them find new jobs under plans approved by the Parliament's Budgets Committee on Thursday. The aid still has to be approved by Parliament as a whole and the Council of Ministers. (Read more: Budgets Committee approves aid for redundant Romanian, Dutch and Greek workers )

 

Redundant workers in wood product manufacturing in Castilla y León and in the food and beverage services industry in Aragón could get a total of €1.66 million in European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aid to help them find new jobs under plans approved by the Parliament's Budgets Committee on Thursday. The aid still has to be approved by Parliament as a whole and the Council of Ministers. (Read more: Budgets Committee approves EU aid for redundant Spanish workers )

 

Tackling climate change will be a key issue for the newly-elected European Parliament and for the new Commission, which will take office later this year. One person who has no doubts about the urgent need to galvanise climate action is former Irish president and current UN special envoy Mary Robinson. While in Brussels to meet with Parliament President Martin Schulz, she urged European politicians to show leadership on the issue. (Read more: Climate change: "Business as usual with a bit of green won't get us there" )

 
 
Press conferences
 
Last minute session briefing 16:30  Strasbourg, Louise Weiss ,  N-1/201
 
 
S&D briefing 10:10  Strasbourg, Louise Weiss ,  N-1/201
 
 
GREENS/EFA briefing 10:30  Strasbourg, Louise Weiss ,  N-1/201
 
 
ALDE briefing 10:50  Strasbourg, Louise Weiss ,  N-1/201
 
 
EPP briefing 11:10  Strasbourg, Louise Weiss ,  N-1/201
 
 
Deregulation of labour relations in Greece 14:00  Strasbourg, Louise Weiss ,  N-1/201
 
 
GUE/NGL briefing 14:30  Strasbourg, Louise Weiss ,  N-1/201
 
 
Association Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine 15:00  Strasbourg, Louise Weiss ,  N-1/201
 
 
"Position of Forza Italia Delegation on the key dossiers in plenary" 11:30  Strasbourg, Louise Weiss ,  N-1/201
 
 
"No more Yalta - the Declaration of the Members of the European Parliament on the 75 years anniversary of Soviet aggression of 1939 against countries of Central Europe" 14:00  Strasbourg, Louise Weiss ,  N-1/201
 
 
Twitter
 
Press release: Candidate commissioners to appear before #EP committees from 29 September: http://t.co/qwyEJUxySe #EPhearings2014
The week ahead 15-21 September 2014.The agenda of next week's #EPlenary is now online: http://t.co/FWlCHaoq4i http://t.co/8XLaYdPr00
follow @EP_Defence live debate on security challenges of situation in #Ukraine soon live - http://t.co/1591WDRtbS
.@EP_foreignAFF chair #Brok met with a high-ranking #NorthKorea official today. Press statement and links to video: http://t.co/9F9RSG2NNE
RT @Europarl_Photo: #Ukraine singer @RuslanaOfficial & @JSaryuszWolski after the vote @EP_ForeignAff on the EU-Ukraine association deal htt…
RT @europarlAV: @EP_HumanRights holds a public hearing on the plight of children in #Gaza with Nurit #Peled VIDEO to download & use: http:/…
"Children in #Gaza did not start school this week. Schools are shelters", said chair @ElenaValenciano in the debate: http://t.co/cqn3CLKyyP
Helping children in the #Gaza crisis @EP_HumanRights with #SakharovPrize laureate Nurit #Peled-Elhanan In 30’: http://t.co/DOOe1cH7zQ
.@Trade_EU #deGucht will speak in a few min on trilateral meeting w #Russia & #Ukraine on effects of #DCFTA http://t.co/FqhFtSDVeO
An new security situation: re-watch @EP_Defence debate on #Russia threats with #NATO & #EU_EEAS http://t.co/4bWl9zRICw
had not #Baltic states been in #NATO, they would now face a very different & dangerous security situation, says @JamesAppathurai
RT @europarlAV: Humanitarian aid & coping w multiple crises & limited resources in @EP_Development VIDEO will be available here: http://t.…
"Crises form belts of instability #Syria #Irak, #CAR #SouthSudan", @KGeorgievaEU in @EP_Development
RT @europarlAV: The humanitarian crisis in #Gaza & the EU's humanitarian response: discussion in @EP_Development VIDEO to download: http://…
RT @BorderlexEditor: BREAKING #Ukraine to delay implementation of EU DCFTA to December 2015. EU extends existing autonomous measures @bizne…
.@Trade_EU #deGucht will speak in a few mins on trilateral meeting w #Russia & #Ukraine on effects of #DCFTA http://t.co/DC4qde4bLN
subscribe to @EP_Trade MEP tweet feed: https://t.co/HE66eaUOxp
.@EP_Budgets approves €960,000 for #Spain @_Aragon food and beverages services workers, see release here soon: http://t.co/5x3v5rPVdT
.@EP_Budgets approves €3,571,150 for steel workers in #Romania, see release here soon: http://t.co/kfrbicUp79
.@EP_Budgets approves €6,096,000 for bakery workers in #Greece, see release here soon: http://t.co/5x3v5rPVdT
.@EP_BudgControl meeting starts now, watch it live here: http://t.co/uzk0hKeeuA
Watch @EP_BudgControl at 3pm: http://t.co/uzk0hKeeuA. To be discussed: #EUbudget 2015, #OLAF controller. Agenda http://t.co/0zhRuiyDET
.@EP_Budgets meeting starts now, follow it live here: http://t.co/buPneimV0i
#EP_economics @J_Dijsselbloem calls for fiscal measures and flexibility to combat crisis. Press release: http://t.co/9eKHQB8BXS
#Eurogrup President: for the @EU_Commission to decide if very low inflation treated as "exceptional circumstances" in the MS
#Eurogroup President: not everything in monetary policy, flexible fiscal policy and reforms important, stong Euro effect weakens
Statement by new @EPSocialAffairs chair Thomas Handel http://t.co/i9izIPPd2T
New @EPSocialAffairs committee appoints Thomas Handel as chair. Vice chairs are Marita ULVSKOG @DJazlowiecka Ulla TØRNÆS Agnes JONGERIUS
At 3.45 p.m. @EPSocialAffairs will appoint its new Chair and vice chairs. Follow here http://t.co/uDyNBEMDjj
RT @borgton: College just adopted 2 @EU_Commission proposals tackling #AMR. Protecting #animal and #human #health
Meeting to resume 15H, debates w. @JanezPotocnikEU on #circulareconomy, & w. @borgton on #Ebola crisis Webstr http://t.co/y4oZUCWTY9
Meeting to start 10.30 w. votes incl. #EUbudget by @giovannilavia. Followed by debate w. @IT2014EU on #GMO LIVE http://t.co/6ExjimnuQQ
At 15h in @EP_Industry: Visit of ministers Federica Guidi, Antonello Giacomelli & @SteGiannini of @IT2014EU. Watch http://t.co/yxIcHRpUS8
#Telecoms: @EP_Industry just gave @delcastillop mandate to start negotiations with Council. EP position: http://t.co/UYDunf0E6d
In 5 min @EP_SingleMarket resumes after the summer brake. Vote on "unfinished business" and 2015 #EUbudget. Live http://t.co/ry9gc3ALWf
First @EP_SingleMarket meeting after the summer brake on 8 Sept. Vote on "unfinished business". Check the agenda http://t.co/iVBoLJFU1i
2/2 ... new @EP_SingleMarket Vice-Chairs: @annaMariaCB (EPP, SE), @robertrochefort (ALDE, FR), @C_Stihler_MEP (S&D,UK), @cofferati (S&D,IT)
Presentations of #aviation #safety experts in TRAN now on committee website: http://t.co/hAckumQXhF watch video here http://t.co/V8Z15siU1n
The debate on air safety at @EP_Transport has just started. LIVE streaming: http://t.co/QrjCet6FyR
#EP on #mh17 crash and #russia - read more http://t.co/PZ2ByAQZ8B
Tune in to the #EP 's pre-session press briefing today at 11:00 http://t.co/cRzIaNay5r #EPlenary newsletter: http://t.co/6ZFueieJMw
RT @CorinaCretu_PSD: I am honoured to have been designated Commissioner for Regional Policy by Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, President-elect of t…
#RussianBan: #EP_Agriculture MEPs call for more actions and money to support EU farmers. Read more: http://t.co/MigsEt7qRp
#Russianban debate: MOI (EFDD; IT): Embargo not the only problem, farmers in Southern Europe facing difficulties due to imports from Morocco
#Russianban debate @MaireadMcGMEP: Superlevy for exceeding #milkquotas should be abolished&more money needed to stabilise market
Next #PECH meeting on 22-23 Sept on #Driftnets #GFCM #TechMeasures & Hearing on fight against #IUU http://t.co/fo2q8oYEF2 #Fisheries
Tune in to the #EP 's pre-session press briefing today at 11:00 http://t.co/rTvbzq67jN #EPlenary newsletter: http://t.co/XNu3H9nB5B
RT @DennisAbbott: #Plovdiv to be 2019 European Capital of #Culture http://t.co/16lteDHMK4
RT @SilviaCostaEU: Oggi a #Venezia71 i finalisti del @luxprize il Premio del Parlamento per la cinematografia europea @EPCulture @Euranetpl…
Debate live @EPCulture with Minister Stefania Giannini @SteGiannini on #IT2014EU priorities awb://http://t.co/Bdcam9cfHt
.@EP_Legal meeting 3 Sept at 15: @IT2014EU priorities, discussion with @AndreaOrlandosp and @sandrogozi. Agenda: http://t.co/XOdiZVtIuh
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Just published: Adapting the EU #copyright rules to the digital transformation http://t.co/XQEwKXzHvu cc @EP_Legal
.@EP_Justice meets on 15 September to vote #EU #Ukraine Assotiation Agreement - provision on treatment of #workers: http://t.co/QvXNo3thly
RT @JanAlbrecht: @VeraJourovaEU will be mainly responsible for #EUdataP. Looking forward to strong commitments in our @EP_Justice hearings …
RT @ClaudeMoraesMEP: Looks like @EP_Justice portfolios spread across no less than four Commissioners - not ideal, not coherent in an impor…
.@EPInstitutional meeting today at 15: @sandrogozi will present priorities of Italian Presidency @IT2014EU . LIVE: http://t.co/La0xjiHeQB
New @EPInstitutional vice-Chairs:Barbara Spinelli(GUE/NGL,IT),Pedro Silva Pereira(S&D,PT),Kazimerz Ujazdowski(ECR,PL) &Paulo Rangel(EPP, PT)
#EP2014: Who is who in Brussels? Ahead of EU elections #EP2014 an infographic on EU institutions http://t.co/fkbKQ7GkrE
#EC2014 Vera Jourova new Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality http://t.co/F1laTF81tH
Follow the 2nd part of the workshop live: http://t.co/slaDSBpqWh
Find out more about maternity&paternity leave, women in decision making and elimination of violence against women. http://t.co/slaDSBpqWh
New @EP_Petitions vice-Chairs are Rosa Estarás (EPP, ES), @RobertaMetsola (EPP, MT), @MarleneMizzi (S&D, MT) & Pál Csaky (EPP, SK)
.@EP_Petitions to elect its Chair and 4 vice-Chairs today at 5.15pm - Follow it live http://t.co/oRCwtM8xzF
RT @mvandenbroeke: #EP press team selfie on last day of last session in Strasbourg #EP2014 http://t.co/ROIQm4aEz1
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