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Ceta passed a crucial hurdle on 15 February when MEPs voted to back the landmark EU-Canada trade deal. The agreement removing more than 99% of tariffs can provisionally enter into force as early as April. Speaking following the vote, Artis Pabriks, Parliament's lead MEP on Ceta, said: “Europe cannot survive without free and fair trade and high-quality interaction with other global players.” He also described Ceta as “the gold standard for future trade deals”. (Read more: Ceta: “This deal is important for Europe geopolitically as well as economically” )

 

How well do you know Europe? Find out by taking part in our winter challenge! See how many European capitals you can identify correctly. (Read more: Winter challenge: how many European capitals can you recognise? )

 

MEPs approved Ceta during this week's plenary session followed by a visit by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau telling them how the EU-Canada trade deal was not just about commerce, but also about improving people's lives. Newly-elected Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen also addressed the Parliament, while MEPs adopted new anti-terrorism measures and set out their ideas for the future of the EU. (Read more: Plenary highlights: Ceta, robots, counter-terrorism, future of the EU )

 

EU-wide rules are needed for the fast-evolving field of robotics, e.g. to enforce ethical standards or establish liability for accidents involving driverless cars, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. (Read more: Robots and artificial intelligence: MEPs call for EU-wide liability rules )

 
Press releases (second part)
 

Europeans becoming radicalised and travelling to fight in Iraq or Syria represent a growing threat to the EU. Most of the recent terrorist attacks in Europe were perpetrated by home-grown terrorists. MEPs adopted on 16 February new rules to ensure stronger checks at the EU's external borders and prevent the preparation of terrorist acts. Check out our infographic for an overview of measures to tackle terrorism Parliament has been working on. (Read more: Infographic: how Parliament is addressing the terrorism threat )

 

If the EU is to boost its capacity to act, restore citizens’ trust and make the euro zone economy more resilient to outside shocks, it needs to make full use of the Lisbon Treaty. But to go further, it needs to reform itself more fundamentally. This was the key message of three resolutions exploring the future development of the European Union approved by Parliament on Thursday. (Read more: Parliament sets out its vision for the future of Europe )

 

To counter the growing threats from “foreign fighters” travelling to conflict zones for terrorist purposes and “lone wolves” planning solo attacks, new EU-wide rules were approved by Parliament on Thursday. (Read more: Preventing terrorism: clampdown on foreign fighters and lone wolves )

 

All EU citizens and third country nationals entering or leaving the EU will be systematically checked against databases, e.g. of lost and stolen documents, under a regulation voted on Thursday. The new rules were agreed by Parliament’s negotiators and the Council of Ministers on 5 December 2016. (Read more: Stopping foreign fighters at EU external borders )

 

Parliament voices deep concern about the intimidation and harassment of Francesca Ramirez and other human rights defenders in Nicaragua, deplores the recent use of the death penalty in Kuwait and Bahrain, and strongly condemns the murders of human rights defenders and journalists in Guatemala, in three resolutions voted on Thursday. (Read more: Human rights: Nicaragua, executions in Kuwait and Bahrain, and Guatemala )

 

"Ceta is not only about commerce, imports and exports, about profits. It aims to improve people's lives," said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, while addressing MEPs in Strasbourg on Thursday 16 February, one day after the the European Parliament approved the EU-Canada trade agreement. (Read more: Justin Trudeau: "Trade needs to work for people" )

 
 
Weekly agenda
 
Schedule by day Wednesday 22 Feb 2017
Delegation to Pafos (Cyprus) - European Capital of Culture 2017 - Delegations (22-02-2017): 09:00
 
Delegation to Toulouse and Marseille, France - Delegations (22-02-2017): 09:00
 
Delegation to Vigo, Spain - Delegations (22-02-2017): 09:00
 
Civil Liberties Committee visit to Canada - Delegations (22-02-2017): 09:00
 
IMCO mission to India - Delegations (22-02-2017):
 
D-PAL mission to Palestine - Delegations (22-02-2017):
 
INTA mission to Mexico - Delegations (22-02-2017):
 
DROI mission to Vietnam - Delegations (22-02-2017):
 
AFET mission to India - Delegations (22-02-2017):
 
ITRE mission to Germany and Poland - Delegations (22-02-2017):
 
 
Schedule by day Thursday 23 Feb 2017
Civil Liberties Committee visit to Canada - Delegations (23-02-2017): 09:00
 
Delegation to Toulouse and Marseille, France - Delegations (23-02-2017): 09:00
 
DROI mission to Vietnam - Delegations (23-02-2017):
 
AFET mission to India - Delegations (23-02-2017):
 
IMCO mission to India - Delegations (23-02-2017):
 
D-PAL mission to Palestine - Delegations (23-02-2017):
 
 
Schedule by day Friday 24 Feb 2017
Civil Liberties Committee visit to Canada - Delegations (24-02-2017): 09:00
 
DROI mission to Vietnam - Delegations (24-02-2017):
 
D-PAL mission to Palestine - Delegations (24-02-2017):
 
The President's agenda - The President's diary (24-02-2017):
 
AFET mission to India - Delegations (24-02-2017):
 
 
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Chair of EP's delegation 4 relations with #Palestine @sylikiotis heads cross-party mission to Palestine from 20 to… https://t.co/pPKbcaUdEt
Canadian PM @JustinTrudeau to adress #EPlenary tomorrow at 11 am. More details here https://t.co/2JGNvtN9FU https://t.co/XrvffKfktA
Strong #EPlenary support for EU partnership agreement with #Mongolia. 618 votes to 65 and 16 abs. Full press release https://t.co/6FG9xbTAIF
.@EP_ForeignAff & @EP_HumanRights Chairs @davidmcallister& @AntonioPanzeri worried by sit.of opposition leader Lopez https://t.co/2Oo2zfqgTq
PR: resolutions on #humanrights & democracy in #Nicaragua, #Guatemala & executions in #Kuwait & #Bahrain adopted > https://t.co/ctKArS7ovM
Democracy in #Guatemala & situation of #humanrights defenders #HRD now debated in #EPlenary w/ @MalmstromEU – LIVE:… https://t.co/c6RYQUMbLH
EU invests almost Eur 400 mln. in cooperation w/ #MENA partners on #counterterrorism. Study https://t.co/KAPgF0wqmt https://t.co/1eTr8uAC51
EU invests almost Eur 400 mln. in cooptn w/ #MENA partners on #counterterrorism. Study https://t.co/kmx8NSNH3C /EXP… https://t.co/bbi5Kfv55D
#Russia post-2014 security and military aims & motives revealed. Check this out https://t.co/HefZA8CpFM
RT @TR_Foundation: As #famine is threatening to kill millions in four countries, here are the world's major famines of the last 100 yrs htt…
Tackling the root causes of #migration: how the EU Fund for #sustainabledevelopment works: https://t.co/F7ngbksicr… https://t.co/4cBWkHHgsa
European Parliament set priorities for a new impetus in development. Press release: https://t.co/HA9YLW9G5H
INTA delegation meeting Mexico's Secretary of Civil Service @ArelyGomezGlz who explains the country's fight against… https://t.co/6s6rBEJ8Iv
.@EP_Trade delegation in #Mexico this week to discuss scope & potential of a new trade deal: https://t.co/JXvxOHYG3T https://t.co/fCezladkug
#EUbudget explained: expenditure and contribution by member state https://t.co/SDSaacEeC4
EU job-search aid: €1.8m for 800 former retail workers in the Netherlands approved by #EPlenary https://t.co/3muysDp9PU #EUBudget
***STARTING AT 7 PM!! Vote on #Böge - @PervencheBeres report on €zone budget - Follow LIVE: https://t.co/hAE7xjp9ke https://t.co/tzewqhwa5z
Next wk in @EP_BudgControl - #EUdischarge2015 debate with @edward_scicluna and @GOettingerEU - All infos & agenda:… https://t.co/6TunYPvXwA
MEPs call for EU-wide protection for whistleblowers in #EPlenary vote https://t.co/O8FahVlZQ2 @DdJong
Starting @ 7pm!! Meeting on #EUDischarge2015 (#Ukraine, W #Balkans, #SSM) LIVE: https://t.co/oLsclnQ6CL Infos: https://t.co/aOZVLOFWYY
#PANA Committee visit #Malta on fact-finding mission, 20 Feb #panamaleaks https://t.co/hVIVZKG0B6
RT @MarkusFerber: a big step in the fight against food speculation: Parliament confirmed RTS on the introduction of the position limits reg…
#EPlenary adopted.@EP_Economics #EuropeanSemester #AnnualGrowthSurvey 2017 418/202/73 @ghokmark https://t.co/0jORdBLX0q
.@EPSocialAffairs Votes on #EGF #AGF2017 and initative in #garment sector at 17.00 - follow LIVE https://t.co/yvRGYTte0E
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Limits on exposure to carcinogens and mutagens at work https://t.co/YhkE2bRBT5 @EPSocialAffairs @thaendel @maritaulvskog
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Continuing the legislative fight against causes of #cancer https://t.co/gfua3oICc5 #WorldCancerDay @EPSocialAffairs @thae…
RT @EU_Arauzo: EU environment ministers will try to agree on their position for the review of the #EUETS next 28 February
#MEPs call for fast-track approval of #biological low-risk #pesticides https://t.co/cM5v2ZtglQ https://t.co/gU8yoIVQRD
#EUETS - #MEPs back plans to cut #carbon emission allowances and fund low-carbon innovation https://t.co/7qN3DEgFbB https://t.co/DbmGA0Tn60
#EPlenary @EP_Industry @JerzyBuzek press release on vote - European Cloud Initiative: https://t.co/n8SzRlUg8J
RT @EU_Taxud: Our ideas on how to refresh the 🇪🇺🛃 EU #Customs Union Governance and to give more tools to #EUcustoms authorities > https://t…
RT @vickyford: Impressive meeting with European businesses and Consuls in Mumbai talking about Customs, Consumer standards & digital https:…
RT @vickyford: Day 1 of @EP_SingleMarket India trip begins: learning about Indian Customs practices (v. Digital) & visiting India's largest…
#EPlenary adopts resolution on #Aviation Strategy for Europe: 397 votes to 99, 49 abstentions, final text soon here: https://t.co/h9SyY9bBqd
Now at #EPlenary: debate on #aviation strategy for Europe, vote at noon, draft resolution: https://t.co/7abaY3vD0U https://t.co/B7GZJlYLe2
#EPlenary debate on Commission's approval of Germany's revised road toll plans to start https://t.co/eAGZY15DJN https://t.co/jQJpcycOLR
RT @EU_Regional: #Interreg EU project analyse effects of #waste 🗑️generated by tourism on mediterranean islands🏖️🛳️🌊 https://t.co/svCgljDac…
"Regional policy funds: a tool to boost growth & jobs" #EPlenary adopted texts by @LvNistelrooij @Iskra_Mihaylova… https://t.co/pN0BoGCUlj
#EPlenary joint debate on European Structural & Investment Funds #ESIF today after 20h30 Follow live: https://t.co/9EVnc2pDlM
RT @EUauditors: New audit report – EU’s #biodiversity: #Natura2000 needs better management, financing and monitoring https://t.co/AMr4wdEUq…
.@EP_Agriculture debates now w/@EU_Commission #greening aspects of new draft #directpayments rules. Live: https://t.co/4tBY5sdkJy
#EU_Organics, #Omnibus bill & post-2020 #CAP: @EU2017MT priorities debated in @EP_Agriculture. Read more or rewatch: https://t.co/qf5PjQ69GQ
RT @EP_ThinkTank: 4 EU purse seiners to fish a reference tonnage of 7000 tonnes py in Cook Islands https://t.co/SSxYdyvoUR #MEPs @EP_Fisher…
RT @EU_MARE: High-Level Meeting on Ocean Governance, agenda for the future of our oceans with @KarmenuVella #EUOceanGov #OurOcean https://t…
RT @EU_MARE: #OurOcean conference 5-6 oct: we are happy to launch our "Malta’s Schools Love Our Ocean" project #Oceanliteracy https://t.co…
#ErasmusPlus: MEPs to call for funding for #youth organisations and #apprenticeships 497/39/60 @MilanZver https://t.co/7XH2N8hm91
#Sport: zero tolerance towards corruption, #MatchFixing or violence – EP resolution voted today 522/76/37 https://t.co/vZsNHaNaAj
Press release on #Robots and #AI: MEPs call for EU-wide liability rules. @mady_delvaux https://t.co/xA7AWq12c6
The resolution in civil law rules or #robotics and #AI was adopted at the plenary by 396/123/85. Press release to follow @mady_delvaux
MEPs @EP_Justice travelling this week to #Canada to check #resettlement & #asylum policies & to @Frontex HQ in Wars… https://t.co/BlBy0XJCae
Stopping foreign fighters at EU external borders. Read more: https://t.co/4dd5BvQuTM @MonicaMacovei1
Preventing #terrorism: clampdown on foreign fighters and lone wolves. Read press release https://t.co/0VtVdUryZe @MHohlmeier
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Options for #euro area reforms to counter asymmetric shocks https://t.co/sRcOq02tOa @EP_Budgets @JeanArthuis @EPInstituti…
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Time to tap the unused potential of the Lisbon Treaty? https://t.co/CqvdVgcObH #EuropeanParliament https://t.co/zIq36XNEt8
Soon in #EPlenary - joint debate on the future of the EU: https://t.co/jHDir5l7A1 #futureEU @PervencheBeres @GuyVerhofstadt
Discussion in #EPlenary on 61 UN Commision on the status of Women #CSW61 @ConstanceLeGrip & @Mariearenaps around 21.30h. Follow live.
RT @unngls: Find out more about 13-24 March @UN 61st session of the Commission on the Status of #Women: https://t.co/IhKeNn6dc0 #CSW61 http…
Follow live #EPlenary debate on #genderequality in mental health&clinical research @beatrizbecerrab around 20.30h. https://t.co/eVAWLsJtyp
Difficulties for EU citizens to get a personal identification number in #Sweden? @EP_Petitions delegation visits Stockholm on Tuesday 21/2.
RT @Claude_Moraes: Me & my colleague @CeciliaWikstrom will propose @EP_Justice @EP_Petitions hearing in European Parliament on EU citizens'…
RT @TheProgressives: Congratulations @VRoziere! Elected as our coordinator for the @EP_Petitions committee 👏👏👏 https://t.co/H29f0KeRlC
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