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Plenary highlights: new president, workers' rights, emergency aid for refugees

Plenary Session Institutions / Justice and home affairs / Economic and monetary affairs / Social policy20-01-2017 - 09:57
 

Antonio Tajani was elected as the president for the second half of the parliamentary term during this week's plenary session while MEPs also chose 14 new vice-presidents. In addition they called for emergency aid to help refugees cope with freezing temperatures and told the European Commission to redraw its lists of countries at risk of money laundering as it was too limited. Read about this and more in our article. (Read more: Plenary highlights: new president, workers' rights, emergency aid for refugees )

 

Workers' rights: "Labour laws need updating to cover new forms of employment"

Plenary Session Social policy19-01-2017 - 14:18
Rapporteur Maria João Rodrigues answered our questions on Europe’s social dimension.  

Workers' rights are increasingly coming under pressure due to developments such as global competition and the digital revolution. The European Commission is working on plans to improve the situation. On 19 January MEPs adopted a report stating that workers in new type of jobs should be covered by labour laws. We talked to report author Maria João Rodrigues, a Portuguese member of the S&D group, on how to create fair and functioning labour markets and welfare systems. (Read more: Workers' rights: "Labour laws need updating to cover new forms of employment" )

 

Statement by President Tajani on the recent earthquakes in Italy

Plenary Session Institutions19-01-2017 - 14:01

The newly elected President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani expressed Parliament's solidarity with the victims and their families of a number of recent earthquakes in Italy and the avalanche which engulfed a hotel on Wednesday. (Read more: Statement by President Tajani on the recent earthquakes in Italy )

 

European Social Rights: workers’ protection needs to be extended to new jobs

Plenary Session Employment policy19-01-2017 - 13:35

All workers should have their basic rights guaranteed, whatever their form of employment and contract, said MEPs approving their recommendations on Thursday for the forthcoming proposal on the “European Pillar of Social Rights”. (Read more: European Social Rights: workers’ protection needs to be extended to new jobs )

 

MEPs reject EU Commission blacklist of states at risk of money laundering

Plenary Session Justice and home affairs / Economic and monetary affairs19-01-2017 - 13:26

MEPs have voted to return to the EU Commission its blacklist of countries deemed to be at risk of money laundering and terrorist financing. The list is too limited, and should be expanded, e.g. to include territories that facilitate tax crimes, they said before voting the resolution on Thursday. (Read more: MEPs reject EU Commission blacklist of states at risk of money laundering )

 

Parliament’s mid-term election: composition of committees

Plenary Session Institutions19-01-2017 - 12:51

Following the election of the President, Vice-Presidents and Quaestors, the plenary approved the appointment of members to Parliament’s 22 standing committees on Thursday. (Read more: Parliament’s mid-term election: composition of committees )

 

Human rights: Indonesia, Central African Republic and Burundi

Plenary Session Humanitarian aid / Development and cooperation / External relations19-01-2017 - 12:27

Parliament condemns growing intolerance towards ethnic, religious and sexual minorities in Indonesia, attacks against peacekeepers in Central African Republic and breaches of human rights in Burundi, in three resolutions voted on Thursday. (Read more: Human rights: Indonesia, Central African Republic and Burundi )

 

Who's who: overview of the people in charge of Parliament

Plenary Session Institutions / Parliament's Rules of Procedure19-01-2017 - 10:59
Infographic illustration on Who's who in the European Parliament  

MEPs elected Antonio Tajani as Parliament president on 17 January and on 18 January voted for who they wanted as vice-presidents and quaestors for the second half of the parliamentary term. Check out our infographic to find out who was chosen for Parliament's key posts. (Read more: Who's who: overview of the people in charge of Parliament )

 

Refugees: MEPs demand emergency winter aid and transfers to other EU countries

Plenary Session Immigration19-01-2017 - 10:03

EU and national authorities should provide emergency aid to help migrants and refugees to cope with freezing temperatures and snow in several parts of Europe, MEPs urged on Wednesday. They also called on EU governments to keep their promises to transfer thousands of asylum-seekers, particularly from Greece, to other countries. (Read more: Refugees: MEPs demand emergency winter aid and transfers to other EU countries )

 

Debate with Council President Tusk on putting “Europe first” in 2017

Plenary Session Institutions18-01-2017 - 18:22
European Parliament plenary debates on EU Council outcome and challenges in 2017 with Commissioner Jyrki Katainen and Council President Donald Tusk  

Brexit, EU relations with the US and Russia, migration, economic and social progress, and the defence union were the key political challenges for 2017 debated by MEPs, Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen and Council President Donald Tusk on Wednesday. Mr Tusk briefed MEPs on the outcome of the December 2016 meeting of EU heads of state or government. (Read more: Debate with Council President Tusk on putting “Europe first” in 2017 )