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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 )

 

Parliament’s mid-term election: 14 Vice-Presidents and 5 Quaestors elected

Plenary Session Institutions18-01-2017 - 17:31
An MEP casts his vote for the elections of European Parliament VPs  

Following the election of the President, MEPs elected 14 Vice-Presidents in two ballots on Wednesday. To be elected, candidates needed to win an absolute majority of valid votes cast. The new Vice-Presidents come from six different political groups. Members also elected five Quaestors, by acclamation. (Read more: Parliament’s mid-term election: 14 Vice-Presidents and 5 Quaestors elected )

 

MEPs lay out their priorities to Maltese Council Presidency

Plenary Session Institutions18-01-2017 - 13:30
Maltese PM Joseph Muscat addressing the European Parliament plenary during the debate on @EU2017MT presidency  

MEPs discussed the priorities of the Maltese Council Presidency with Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday. (Read more: MEPs lay out their priorities to Maltese Council Presidency )

 

Debate on EU summit outcome and challenges in 2017 at 15.00

Plenary Session Institutions18-01-2017 - 12:01

MEPs will assess political challenges in 2017 with Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen and Council President Donald Tusk in a debate, on Wednesday at 15.00, on the outcome of the European Council meeting of 15 December 2016. (Read more: Debate on EU summit outcome and challenges in 2017 at 15.00 )

 

MEPs to discuss Council Presidency with Malta’s PM Joseph Muscat at 11.00

Plenary Session Institutions18-01-2017 - 09:00

MEPs will debate the priorities of the incoming Maltese Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers with Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in a plenary debate chaired by Parliament’s new President Antonio Tajani. (Read more: MEPs to discuss Council Presidency with Malta’s PM Joseph Muscat at 11.00 )

 

Antonio Tajani elected new President of the European Parliament

Plenary Session Institutions17-01-2017 - 21:30
The new President of the European Parliament is Antonio Tajani  

Antonio Tajani (EPP, IT) won Parliament’s presidential election with 351 votes in a final face-off with Gianni Pittella (S&D, IT), who secured 282 votes. (Read more: Antonio Tajani elected new President of the European Parliament )

 

Follow it live: Parliament set to elect new president

Plenary Session Institutions / Parliament's Rules of Procedure16-01-2017 - 22:32
EP Presidents first ballots candidates: Antonio Tajani (EPP, Italy), Gianni Pittella (S&D, Italy), Helga Stevens (ECR, Belgium), Guy Verhofstadt (ALDE, Belgium), Eleonora Forenza (GUE/NGL, Italy), Jean Lambert (Greens/EFA, UK) and Laurenţiu Rebega (ENF, Romania)  

MEPs elect on Tuesday 17 January Parliament's new president to replace Martin Schulz who is stepping down after five years. Seven candidates have put themselves forward for the post so far ahead of the first ballot on Tuesday morning. In case the president is not elected during the first ballot, nominations can still be added or withdrawn before each subsequent round of voting. Follow the candidates' speeches and the votes live on our website and on social media. (Read more: Follow it live: Parliament set to elect new president )

 

Opening – Minute’s silence for Mário Soares

Plenary Session Institutions16-01-2017 - 18:19
Opening remarks of January plenary session by EP President Martin Schulz  

President Schulz called a minute’s silence for the late Portuguese statesman Mário Soares, who died on 7 January. Mr Soares fought oppression and dictatorship to bring about Portugal’s transition to democracy and accession to the European Community. It is our duty to honour and defend his political legacy, said Mr Schulz. (Read more: Opening – Minute’s silence for Mário Soares )

 

Refugee crisis: "The scenes of 2015 must not be repeated"

Others Immigration13-01-2017 - 16:16
A mother and her baby rescued after crossing the sea in search of a safe life ©UNHCR/Achilleas Zavallis  

EU border force Frontex, estimates that the number of people landing on Europe's shores fell by two-thirds in 2016. A drop in arrivals on Greece’s islands contrasts however with record numbers of migrants reaching Italy. With over 5,000 people killed or missing, the UN reports that 2016 was the deadliest year ever for migrants crossing the Mediterranean. In meetings with Commission, Council and UNHCR representatives on 12 January, civil liberties committee MEPs shared their views on the crisis. (Read more: Refugee crisis: "The scenes of 2015 must not be repeated" )

 

Maltese Presidency priorities discussed in committee

LIBE JURI Institutions12-01-2017 - 17:37

The priorities of the Maltese Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers are being outlined to parliamentary committees by Maltese ministers at a series of meetings taking place in January. (Read more: Maltese Presidency priorities discussed in committee )