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Greek PM Alexis Tsipras to address European Parliament on Wednesday morning

Plenary Session Institutions07-07-2015 - 17:20
Tsipras at the European Parliament  

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will attend tomorrow morning's key plenary debate on the future of Greece and the conclusions of his summit meeting on Tuesday with EU leaders and of the 25-26 June European Council. Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will join the debate, which starts at about 9.30 in the Strasbourg plenary chamber. (Read more: Greek PM Alexis Tsipras to address European Parliament on Wednesday morning )

 

Luxembourg takes over Council presidency: MEPs share their expectations

Others European Council / Institutions07-07-2015 - 16:08
LOGO_PRESIDENCE_2015_EN  © eu2015lu.eu  

From 1 July the rotating six-month presidency of the Council of the EU has been in the hands of one of the smallest, yet most experience member states. On 8 July MEPs hold a plenary debate on the challenges it will have to tackle, including the Greek debt crisis, an increase in irregular migration and the preparation for the climate change conference in Paris in December. Just before the start of the presidency, we asked all of the country's six MEPs for their views. (Read more: Luxembourg takes over Council presidency: MEPs share their expectations )

 

The EU must do more to help farmers to earn a fair return from the food supply chain, introduce better tools for dealing with market disturbances and help farmers to find new outlets for produce shut out of the Russian market, MEPs say in two non-binding resolutions voted on Tuesday. Member states should help them join forces in producer organisations to boost their bargaining power, they add. (Read more: Milk, fruit, vegetables: help farmers earn fair incomes and resist market shocks )

 

Integrated ticketing for travel across EU borders using more than one mode of transport would increase the use of public transport, said MEPs on Tuesday. They call on EU countries to improve and connect timetables and on providers to develop multimodal cross-border "journey planners". If there is no progress by 2020 they will call for legislation. (Read more: Boost efforts to provide single ticketing for trips across EU borders, say MEPs )

 

Parliament approves an extra €69.6 million to help cope with migrants

Plenary Session Budget07-07-2015 - 13:41

Three agencies managing migration flows into the EU and two EU funds for migration measures should get a €69.6 million budget boost for extra staff and other expenses for this year, after Parliament backed a European Commission proposal on Tuesday. Parliament has been calling for the bigger budgets in the wake of the April tragedies that cost the lives of around 1,200 migrants. (Read more: Parliament approves an extra €69.6 million to help cope with migrants )

 

€66.5 million for flood damage repairs in Romania, Bulgaria and Italy

Plenary Session Budget07-07-2015 - 13:35

Romania, Bulgaria and Italy will receive €66.5 million in total for compensation to cover part of the cost of emergency measures taken during the 2014 floods, after Parliament approved a Commission proposal for this on Tuesday. The aid is covered by the European Solidarity Fund. (Read more: €66.5 million for flood damage repairs in Romania, Bulgaria and Italy )

 

EU response to Greece dominates debate on outgoing Latvian presidency

Plenary Session Institutions07-07-2015 - 11:36
Weber, Pittella, Zile _Verhostadt, Harms, Nuttall_ Buonanno, Straujuma, Junker  

Greece and the referendum on the bail-out proposals were the focus of the 7 July plenary debate on the outgoing Latvian presidency of the Council. Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma also discussed the challenges and the achievements of the outgoing Council presidency with MEPs and Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission (Read more: EU response to Greece dominates debate on outgoing Latvian presidency )

 

Opening: remembering Srebrenica

Plenary Session Institutions06-07-2015 - 18:46
Plenary opening July 2015_  

The massacre of 8,000 men and boys in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica 20 years ago was commemorated by EP President Martin Schulz in his opening address and in a minute’s silence. (Read more: Opening: remembering Srebrenica )

 

Bernd Lange on TTIP: "We have to be transparent"

Plenary Session External/international trade06-07-2015 - 17:58
Press conference of Bernd Lange on the EU-US trade deal  

Parliament is finalising its recommendations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). They will be debated by MEPs on Tuesday and voted on Wednesday. The vote on the EP recommendations was postponed in June due to the large number of amendments. Now it seems a compromise could be possible. We talked to German S&D member Bernd Lange, chair of the international trade committee and responsible for drafting the Parliament's recommendations, to find out more. (Read more: Bernd Lange on TTIP: "We have to be transparent" )

 

ETS reform: everything you need to know in a nutshell

Others Environment06-07-2015 - 16:17
The EP’s environmental committee backs the reform of the EU’s Emission Trading Scheme (ETS). © BELGA_AGEFOTOSTOCK  

The EU's emissions trading scheme (ETS) was set up to reduce gas emissions and fight climate change, but it is not working as efficiently as it could be. MEPs discuss on 7 July an informal deal with member states to reform the scheme and will then vote on it the following day. The legislation would tackle the imbalances of supply and demand of emission allowances, which is holding back investment in green technologies. Read on to find out what the reform is all about. (Read more: ETS reform: everything you need to know in a nutshell )