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The European Parliament is in session

 
Thu 18-12-2014
 
 
The President's diary
15:00 - 16:00 The President's Diary
 
 

The fees that banks charge retailers to process shoppers’ payments should be capped under uniform rules across in the EU following a deal struck by Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee and Council negotiators on Wednesday. The cap would apply to both cross-border and domestic card-based payments and should result in lower costs for consumers. (Read more: MEPs secure deal to cap card payment fees )

 

MEPs from all political groups expressed their concerns over the recent arrests of journalists in Turkey and condemned all actions against media freedom, in a plenary debate on Wednesday afternoon. They agreed that the deterioration in the rule of law and fundamental rights in the country is an issue that needs to be tackled. Parliament will put a resolution to a vote in January. (Read more: MEPs critical of breaches of freedom of expression in Turkey )

 

The EP's Lux Prize was today awarded to the Polish/Danish film Ida, directed by Paweł Pawlikowski. It is a story about a young novice nun, who meets her aunt and goes on a road trip to discover the dark secrets of her past. We talked to the director after the award ceremony to learn more about how the film was created, its success and what he thinks about European cinema. (Read more: Lux Prize winner Pawlikowski: "I tried to make a film about universal things" )

 

Waterboarding, chaining people to walls, rectal feeding: the recently published US Senate’s report on CIA interrogation methods makes serious allegations about the agency using torture to extract information from detainees. In a plenary debate about the report on 17 December, MEPs said that trampling fundamental values in the fight against terrorism is unacceptable and that the possible complicity of EU member states in this should be investigated. (Read more: Torture: MEPs call for investigation into EU countries' role in CIA practices )

 
Press releases (second part)
 

The EU should step up its efforts to help the steel industry out of the crisis, MEPs say in a non-binding resolution voted on Wednesday. They ask the European Commission to ensure that trade deals improve steel export conditions and check that EU competition and state aid rules do not lead to unfairness between EU countries. MEPs also call for investments in workers' education and training as well as in steel research. (Read more: MEPs urge EU to step up efforts to help steel industry out of the crisis )

 

The new Internal Security Strategy for 2015-2019 should be "easily adaptable to evolving situations" with a joined-up approach across the Union to tackle foreign fighters, cyber-security, human trafficking, organised crime, money laundering and corruption, , says a resolution passed by Parliament on Wednesday. (Read more: New EU Security Strategy must tackle emerging threats, MEPs say )

 

MEPs call for a comprehensive EU approach to migration and more effort to prevent further loss of life at sea in a resolution passed on Wednesday. Parliament asks the civil liberties committee to assess the various policies at stake, draw up a set of recommendations and report back to plenary with a "strategic initiative report" before the end of 2015. At least 3 072 people died in the Mediterranean Sea in the first nine months of this year. (Read more: Migration: MEPs call on EU countries to share responsibility )

 

The European Parliament supports "in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two state solution, and believes these should go hand in hand with the development of peace talks, which should be advanced", it says in a resolution passed on Wednesday. To support EU diplomatic efforts in the Middle East peace process, it also decided to launch a “Parliamentarians for Peace” initiative to bring together MEPs and MPs from the Israeli and Palestinian parliaments. (Read more: European Parliament resolution on recognition of Palestine statehood )

 

Parliament approved the draft EU budget for 2015 and a top-up of the 2014 one on Wednesday. The budget foresees €145.32 billion in commitments and €141.21 billion in payments for 2015, and an extra €4.25 billion to settle unpaid bills in 2014. (Read more: Parliament approves EU budgets for 2014 and 2015 )

 

Moldova will be able to export up to 40,000 tonnes of fresh apples, 10,000 tonnes of fresh table grapes and 10,000 tonnes of fresh plums to the EU duty free, thanks to a proposal backed by MEPs on Wednesday. This should compensate Moldova's producers for their losses due to Russia’s politically-motivated ban on imports of Moldovan produce. (Read more: MEPs vote to open EU market to Moldovan apples, grapes and plums )

 
 
Twitter
 
Follow #Georgia #AssociationAgreement presser tomorrow at ten here: http://t.co/tAplx6G9X5
Presser on #Georgia #Associationagreement Thursday at #EP Strasbourg with MEP #Mamikins and Georgian President @MargvelashviliG at 10am
Press release - MEPs secure deal to cap card payment fees: http://t.co/taHfoMsbsc @EP_Economics
#Palestine statehood: draft joint resolution online now - follow the vote towards the end of today's voting session! http://t.co/Gj5sIdGQmz
shortage of food funding for #Syria refugees - follow now the #EPlenary debate with the EU Commission & Council http://t.co/cXM8Cbe9gu
#Palestine statehood recognition: #EPlenary to vote tomorrow Wed 17Dec 1pm-ish. Deadline for pol.groups to reach joint text is today 11pm
Our live Twitter coverage ends here, #EPlenary debate on #Turkey and #mediafreedom goes on: http://t.co/ktn5fZsf36 & http://t.co/KFAYXvJIJ3
.@matteosalvinimi: a joke to say #Turkey can join the EU. It has been occupying EU member #Cyprus & not recognised genocide of Armenians
#Winberg (@EFDgroup): #Turkey will never comply will Copenhagen criteria. #EU money in Turkey not well spent. #mediafreedom
.EP_Defence #MEPs to continue debates in a few minutes on @NATO Parliamentary Assembly & EU Civilian missions. Live http://t.co/TRa728n9mq
.@EP_Defence MEPs question plans of high-tech "VAT-free" military equipment & pool acquisitions, quizz #EDA chief on cyber-war,
.@EUDefenceAgency chief on refueling in the airs, remote piloted air systems, certification, cyber security. LIVE http://t.co/TRa728n9mq
RT @europarltv: EU aid assistance: Up to the challenge of combating #Ebola? @EuroparlTV itvw w. @StylianidesEU http://t.co/vYaqQf8rkT
RT @LindaMcAvanMEP: As Chair of @EP_Development will push for EU development work to promote human rights. Tackling violence against women …
RT @LindaMcAvanMEP: Today is #HumanRights Day! Strong reminder to do more to tackle abuses wherever they happen @UNrightswire
#Ecuador goods treatment: #EPlenary takes over Commission proposal by 523 in favour, 39 against, 102 abst. Rapp #HelmutScholz from @GUENGL
duty-free access for #Moldova fruit backed by 551/67/23. "A demonstration of solidarity in the face of hardship", says rapp @sorinmoisa
#Ecuador trade deal: see #EPlenary debate from 21.20 http://t.co/eUY1QaOO4z
#Italy #Greece #Slovenia #Croatia #Bulgaria #Serbia gets €126.7m natural disaster aid, decided #EPlenary. More here: http://t.co/iaumOuJlfs
#EP resolution on 2014-2015 budgets by @EGardiazabal, Monika #Hohlmeier adopted 443/250/7. Read more: http://t.co/mnddSPI904
#EUbudget 2015 procedure ended with #EPlenary adopting the budget for 2015 and top-ups for 2014. Read more here: http://t.co/IeAd7fRVjt
#EUbudget 2015 procedure ended with #EPlenary adopting the budget for 2015 and top-ups for 2014. Read more here: http://t.co/ZcVe0WiFd7
#EUbudget 2015 adopted 27/3/0 in @EP_Budgets. @EGardiazabal #Hohlmeier More to come.
.@EP_Budgets supports €1.89m #EGF job search aid to Whirlpool #Italy. #EPlenary vote next week. Rapp: @danieleviotti
.@EP_Economics MEPs secure deal to cap card payment fees, details:http://t.co/7PLY9lfKUJ
.@EP_Economics @PabloZalba deal reached w/ Council on capping the card fees
.@EP_Economics @PabloZalba deal reached w/ @EUCouncil capping the card fees
.@EPSocialAffairs & @EP_Trade avec des experts sur le #TTIP - version française http://t.co/N39PS9Kp5p
RT @EP_YouthEvent: .@KajaDekleva Member states have not focused on long term solutions. I believe all measures taken so far are short term …
RT @EP_YouthEvent: @KajaDekleva better cooperation between education system and job market. Solution? Dual education system. #EYEHearings
#GMO cultivation: agreement with @IT2014EU adopted w. 42 votes in favour, 17 against, 4 abstentions @Frederiqueries #EPlenary to vote 13.01
#tarsands : No qualified majority (376) for ENVI #FQD motion : 337 for, 325 ag, 48 abstentions
Canadian #tarsands : #EPlenary to vote on #FQD motion from ENVI 12.20 txt http://t.co/9wmvtSEgsi Webstream http://t.co/ko5Ls3XyFm
MEPs urge EU to step up efforts to help steel industry out of the crisis. Press release: http://t.co/eMyfQz6DZr #steel #ETS #trade
.@EP_Industry talks on #SME, #ETS, #Energycharter live in 15 min: http://t.co/hw9gx0GhOD
.@EP_Industry vote on PRISMA, visit by @Moedas live in 15 min: http://t.co/FNZZ14vR6Q
RT @C_Stihler_MEP: First meeting of the Working Group on IPR&Copyright Reform and honoured to represent @EP_SingleMarket Looking forward to…
RT @OlgaSehnalova: #eCall emergency system endorsed by IMCO committee: http://t.co/78541yAnHa Thanks for support!
.@EP_SingleMarket backs a deal with @IT2014EU on life-saving #eCall system in cars (vote 30 to 1 & 2 abs). Read here http://t.co/pcxQWtaa3f
Starting now: hearing on transport in Central and E.Europe @EP_Transport cttee: http://t.co/UcSeaJX5Oj agenda: http://t.co/6PZaZ96IZQ
Hearing on transport in Central and E.Europe @EP_Transport ctte 3pm WATCH LIVE http://t.co/UcSeaJX5Oj agenda/speakers http://t.co/6PZaZ96IZQ
Starting at 9.30 - Exchange of views with Commissioner Bulc @EP_Transport committee WATCH LIVE http://t.co/Jo0yWUkJfF
Last 2014 #EPlenary starts with debates on: endangered species #CITES & #transport operators: http://t.co/0xM2TvizvP
Best chance to find out about the #EPlenary agenda! Watch the pre-session briefing now: http://t.co/pNYZSXmFnh
.@EP_Agriculture MEPs support @PhilHoganEU plans to simplify #CAP but call for more actions to help #milk farmers: http://t.co/PuygKKrisQ
.@EP_Agriculture debate w/ @PhilHoganEU starts now. Watch it live: http://t.co/1JTaJV561z http://t.co/mfWTngSQ7f
Debate w/ @PhilHoganEU on 2015 budget, #RussianBan, #CAP #greening, #dairy sector & draft laws starts in 15mins.Live: http://t.co/1JTaJV561z
Resolution against #Discard plan for the #Baltic rejected: 502 votes against, 131 in favour and 77 abst. #discards http://t.co/rfcW6bsG5c
#Fisheries in the outermost regions - Presentations of all participants now available: http://t.co/NprNTyiQSj
Last 2014 #EPlenary starts with debates on: endangered species #CITES & #transport operators: http://t.co/5sewuuKqaV
Press conference w/ @SilviaCostaEU,Pawel #Pawlikowski, #Céline #Sciamma and Rok Biček on #luxprize 2014 live at 15.00 http://t.co/mGxZQDEC8X
And the winner is...? #luxprize 2014 award ceremony today at 11.45 http://t.co/U42YLIFOFE http://t.co/6FYmYjUSUG
RT @EU_Justice: .@VeraJourova: We are now closer to qualified majority in Council on #WomenOnBoards. Latvian presidency to finalise. http:…
RT @EU_Justice: In 2013 the #EU co-funded #EUJustice training for 22 000 legal professionals; the number of trained notaries doubled. http:…
RT @ClaudeMoraesMEP: Speaking in #EPplenary debate on #CIAReport, security can never be enhanced by resorting to #torture & inhumanity
EP resolution on the need for a holistic EU approach to #migration adopted today http://t.co/aUihGVUxBO Press release http://t.co/TT6p7391jf
Resolution from @EP_Justice with inputs for new Internal #SecurityStategy adopted today by #EPlenary. Press release: http://t.co/6nuclxvnjE
Working document of rapporteur @RCorbettMEP on #EPhearings2014 http://t.co/Owf9zOE1jQ
Afco debate on evaluations #EPhearings2014 @RCorbettMEP rapporteur starting - follow live http://t.co/siIpHVg2dz
#Afco debates on EU electoral law follow the hearing here http://t.co/YwgkLFJx5u
RT @ClaudeMoraesMEP: Chairing @EP_Justice @EP_GenderEqual mtg on #humantrafficking, victims should be at the heart of legislation also note…
.@EP_GenderEqual& @ EP_Justice discussing EU Strategy towards eradication #TraffickingHumanBeings w/@MyriaVass:LIVE: http://t.co/QQwRJKZj0X
2nd day of @EP_GenderEqual meeting. Starting with #equalitybetweenwomenandmen in 2013. LIVE: http://t.co/Ap2sJTsXKC
New @EP_Petitions vice-Chairs are Rosa Estarás (EPP, ES), @RobertaMetsola (EPP, MT), @MarleneMizzi (S&D, MT) & Pál Csaky (EPP, SK)
.@EP_Petitions to elect its Chair and 4 vice-Chairs today at 5.15pm - Follow it live http://t.co/oRCwtM8xzF
RT @mvandenbroeke: #EP press team selfie on last day of last session in Strasbourg #EP2014 http://t.co/ROIQm4aEz1
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