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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 )

 

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 )