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The European Parliament is in session this 14 October 2015


Too little has been done to ensure that citizens' rights are protected following revelations of electronic mass surveillance, say civil liberties MEPs in a resolution passed on Tuesday. They urge the Commission to come up immediately with alternatives to Safe Harbour, following the ruling by the European Court of Justice. They are also concerned about the surveillance laws in several EU countries. (Read more: Mass surveillance: EU citizens' rights still in danger, MEPs say )


The EU Commission proposal to make it mandatory for EU member states to exchange information on their tax rulings received only a lukewarm welcome in Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee on Tuesday. However, the report by Markus Ferber (EPP, DE), voicing dismay at the directive’s limited scope and late entry into force, has already been overtaken by last week's ECOFIN Council deal, which watered down the Commission proposal even further. (Read more: Mandatory exchange of tax rulings proposal: a "missed opportunity” say MEPs )


Building consumers trust in online goods and services, improving infrastructure and promoting innovation are keys to unlocking the potential of the EU digital single market, which could generate €415 billion each year, Internal market and Industry MEPs said during a debate on Tuesday. Several MEPs also underlined the need to ensure net neutrality and avoid unnecessary red tape. (Read more: Digital single market needs consumers' trust, say MEPs )


The use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) remains controversial, which is why the EU has very strict rules and complex authorisation procedures concerning their cultivation and commercialisation. Since April 2015, EU countries are able to ban the cultivation of GMOs on their territory, but should they have the same power regarding their commercialisation? Parliament's environment committee has rejected plans for this, fearing it could lead to problems. Read on for all the facts. (Read more: Eight things you should know about GMOs )

Press releases (second part)

Organic farmers, processors, traders and importers must meet higher but realistic sustainability criteria and undergo strict food fraud checks to boost trust in the EU organic label, said agriculture MEPs on Tuesday. They introduced measures to avoid contamination of organic food, including on mixed organic and conventional farms, and endorsed plans to help small farmers turn organic. (Read more: Organic food: boosting EU production and enhancing consumer trust )


The budgets committee on Tuesday demanded more funds to handle the migration and refugee crisis, help young people into jobs, and fully offset the cuts to the EU's research and transport networks programs, in a political resolution on the 2016 budget. The committee had earlier reversed all the Council's cuts to the Commission's initial proposal. (Read more: Budgets MEPs want more money for migration and jobs in 2016 )


A draft EU law that would enable any member state to restrict or prohibit the sale and use of EU-approved GMO food or feed on its territory was opposed by Environment Committee MEPs on Tuesday. Members are concerned that the proposal might prove unworkable and lead to the reintroduction of border controls between pro and anti-GMO countries. The recommendation will be put to a vote by Parliament as a whole at the 26-29 October plenary session in Strasbourg. (Read more: Environment MEPs oppose national GMO import bans proposal )


Only two months left before world leaders gather in Paris to hammer out a global agreement to fight climate change. Parliament will send a delegation of 15 MEPs to the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) in December to help obtain a successful result. MEPs debate and vote on Parliament's position on Wednesday. Follow it live on our website and find out more about the stakes involved in our infographics. (Read more: COP21: the road leading to the vital climate change conference in Paris )


Budget MEPs on Monday endorsed the Commission's proposal for new funds of €330.7 million and a redeployment of €70.6 million in commitment appropriations to cope with the refugee crisis. At the same time, the committee said a long-term solution to finance migration measures must be found when the EU's multiannual budget is reviewed in 2016. (Read more: Budget MEPs approve extra €401.3 million for migration in 2015 budget )


MEPs vote this week on Parliament's position regarding December's climate change conference in Paris as well as on measures to tackle the refugee crisis during the plenary session on Wednesday. In addition the agriculture committee votes on a plan to improve the reliability of EU labels on organic food, while the three finalists of this year's Sakharov Prize will also be presented this week. Also EP President Martin Schulz will address the European Council on Thursday. (Read more: EP this week: migration, GMOs, organic food, climate change )

Weekly agenda
Schedule by day Wednesday 14 Oct 2015
The President's Agenda - The President's diary (14-10-2015):
Schedule by day Thursday 15 Oct 2015
Committee on International Trade - Parliamentary committees (15-10-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
Committee on Petitions - Parliamentary committees (15-10-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
Committee on Culture and Education - Parliamentary committees (15-10-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality - Parliamentary committees (15-10-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
Protection of the rights of people with disabilities, from the perspective of petitions received - Public hearings (15-10-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
Subcommittee on Security and Defence - Parliamentary committees (15-10-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
Committee on Regional Development - Parliamentary committees (15-10-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
Committee on Budgetary Control - Parliamentary committees (15-10-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
Simplification and cutting red tape in European Structural and Investments Funds - Public hearings (15-10-2015): 15:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
The prevention of radicalisation - Public hearings (15-10-2015): 15:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
Subcommittee on Security and Defence - Parliamentary committees (15-10-2015): 15:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
Situation of women in armed conflicts in the context of the 1325 resolution on Women, Peace and Security - Public hearings (15-10-2015): 15:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
Workshop on the occasion of International Day for rural women - Special events (15-10-2015): 17:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
Delegation to Milan EXPO 2015, Italy - Delegations (15-10-2015):
The President's Agenda - The President's diary (15-10-2015):
Schedule by day Friday 16 Oct 2015
Delegation to Milan EXPO 2015, Italy - Delegations (16-10-2015):
Press release:#Masssurveillance: EU citizens' rights still in danger, MEPs say:
Press release: Mandatory exchange of #taxrulings proposal: a "missed opportunity” say MEPs:
#SakharovPrize final 3 nominees to be announced this Thursday 15/10:
Yesterday’s Foreign Affairs Council now debriefed in @EP_ForeignAff with @FedericaMog LIVE:
.@EP_ForeignAff MEPs debrief 12 Oct Foreign Affairs Council w/ @FedericaMog at 16.30: #Syria #Libya #BiH #SouthSudan
.@EP_ForeignAff MEPs call for a stronger role of the #EU within a stronger @UN system: Rapporteur @kokokansanpaavo
.@ElenaValenciano "The use of cluster bombs in Syria must be investigated and condemned" Press statement
RT @beatrizbecerrab: Investing in girls:one of the smartest & safest ways to secure a better & more sustainable future 4all#DayOfTheGirl h…
#Deathpenalty resolution adopted in #EPlenary by 569 votes to 38 w/ 54 abs. Read more:
#HybridWarfare - is the EU ready? Watch @EP_Defence debates w/ @eu_eeas @NATO experts now:
Is the EU ready for #HybridWarfare? @EP_Defence debates w/ @eu_eeas @NATO experts on Thursday at 9.30:
.@EP_Defence w/ @eu_eeas DSG #Popowski debriefing 2-3 Sept informal meeting of EU defence ministers:
.@EP_Development @EP_Agriculture @EP_Environment debate on food insecurity has just started. Watch live:
RT @PlanEU: Thanks @LindaMcAvanMEP for welcome 2 @PlanEU youth delegate Aida & microfinance advisor Rabi to the @EP_Development…
.@CharlesGoerens #SDGs objectives must be met by both developing & developed countries. Follow live the 2nd panel
EP on #TiSA - 1st draft by @VivianeRedingEU is online & to be debated Thu a.m in @EP_Trade MEPs. Read here (.doc EN)
#EPlenary to debate #Hacker team revelations: are EU firms selling spyware to dictatorships? @MarietjeSchaake
.@BerndLange on conclusion of #TPP: now is the time to move forward with TTIP
.@EP_Budgets @EP_Economics approved W. Molterer MD, I.Tsanova deputy MD to EFSI #JunckerPlan. Plenary vote: 26-29/10.
.@EP_Budgets adops #eubudget 2016 position more:
RT @EUAuditorsECA: Today @EUauditorsECA welcome @EP_BudgControl chaired by @inge_graessle for annual meeting at #ECA in #Luxembourg http://…
.@EP_BudgControl discusses #EP #discharge 2013 with sec-gen Welle, discharge 2014 with several #EC dir-gen on 15/10.
.@MarkusFerber on tax rulings proposal: "MS miss great opportunity for more #TaxTransparency. National budgets will continue to suffer."
Mandatory exchange of tax rulings proposal: a "missed opportunity” say @EP_Economics MEPs Press release: #luxleaks
.@EP_Economics & @JHillEU discuss #CMU, securitisation, #SolvencyII at 15.00 today, live
Video of recent debate with @gkatr in @EPSocialAffairs already available here
.@EPSocialAffairs Chair @thaendel supports the idea a of monitoring group to look at employment & social conditions in #Greece
.@EPSocialAffairs Chair @thaendel: "Collective agreements are the best expression of social dialogue on all levels."
Car emissions: ENVI to discuss the implementation of the #RDE procedure with #EC 15h webstream #Volkswagen
Environment MEPs oppose national #GMO import bans proposal #GMOimports
#sulfoxaflor objection rejected: 18 for, 31 against and 6 abstentions
1st round of speakers of #DigitalSingleMarket debate ended as well as our live tweeting. But stay tuned w/ webstr
Barbara #Kappel:We need focus on VAT laws. #egovernment, procurement & standardisation & infrastructure must improve. #DigitalSingleMarket
.@borrellidavid: To complete #DigitalSingleMarket, citizens must be in focus. Training is crucial. So is infrastructure & involving SMEs.
1st round of speakers of #DigitalSingleMarket debate ended as well as our live tweeting. But stay tuned w/ webstr
.@MarcoZulloEP: #DigitalSingleMarket needs equality, participation and trust. Digital world is becoming our way of life.
.@Senficon: more clarity in defining what is online platform & why some online content like ebooks is a service #DigitalSingleMarket
Now @EP_Transport: MEPs discuss experiences with TEN-T projects with members of national parliaments, webstreaming
Starting @EP_Transport: discussion w Luxembourg Council presidency on the outcome of 8 Oct TTE Council, webstreaming
Now @EP_Transport: discussion w European Coordinators for North Sea-Med and Rhine-Alpine corridors, webstreaming
European Parliament backs urgent frontloading of €35 billion in EU funding for #Greece with 586 +, 87 -(21 abstentions) #cohesion
Visita delegazione PE in #Sicilia per valutare utilizzo #FondiStrutturali:
RT @CorinaCretuEU: At the conference #EUbudget4Results. Reformed for 2014-20, #CohesionPolicy is now clearly performance-oriented. http://t…
Missed press conf w/ @MartinHaeusling on #organic vote in @EP_Agriculture? Watch it all again (broadcast quality):
Press conference w/ @MartinHaeusling on @EP_Agriculture vote on new #organic law will start at 14h00. Live here:
#Organic food: @EP_Agriculture approves rules to boost EU production & enhance #consumertrust. More in PR:
#Fisheries committee members vote in favour of better protection for red coral
#PECH committee afternoon session now starting! #Fisheries
Follow this morning's #Fisheries cttee meeting from 10:00 live via webstream Highlights:
RT @sportintergroup: This 29th of september Conférence about 'ethics, gouvernance & sport' with #uefa #fifa #cio #fidh #csi #FA @Europarl_E…
RT @sportintergroup: Ethics, governance & sport: criteria for the allocation of international sporting évents. Conférence at the EP soon ht…
Online activities of public service media @EuAvObservator, #Interculturaldialogue, #Erasmus+: @EPCulture meeting now
Hearing on #BetterRegulation starting now @EP_Legal . Follow live here: Programme:
.@EP_Legal meeting continues at 10h with vote on INI report on subsidiarity and proportionality. Follow live:
Video statement by @ClaudeMoraesMEP following the vote on the #surveillance resolution @EP_Justice:
Mass #surveillance: EU citizens' rights still in danger, @EP_Justice MEPs say. Press release @ClaudeMoraesMEP
.@EP_Justice votes now on resolution on mass #surveillance of EU citizens. #Safeharbour #EUdataP #NSA #Snowden
Unleashing full #CFSP potential after Lisbon - missed @EP_ForeignAff @EPInstitutional Hearing today? VOD here
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Discrepancies in national electoral procedures make for a very complex overall process to elect #MEPs…
Programme Joint Hearing @EPInstitutional @EP_ForeignAff #CFSP under Lisbon Treaty: unlocking its full potential
Joint @EP_GenderEqual @EP_HumanRights & @EP_Defence hearing on situation of women in armed conflicts. Programme:
Next @EP_GenderEqual meeting on 15 October. Draft agenda available here:
Press release: MEPs call for binding measures to close #Paygap between men & women:
.@EP_Petitions hearing on 15/10 at 09.00-12.30h: Protection of the rights of people with disabilities. Agenda:
Next @EP_Petitions meeting on 15 October. Meeting documents and draft agenda available here:
Now vote in #EPlenary on mortgage legislation in Spain: Live:
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