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An EU-US trade deal should deepen EU access to the US market, but must not undermine EU standards or the right to regulate in the public interest, say Trade Committee MEPs in draft recommendations voted on Thursday. Tools for resolving disputes between investors and states should be reformed and improved, they add. (Read more: TTIP: more US market access, reform investment protection, retain EU standards )

 

Millions of people are on the run in places such as Syria and Nigeria due to the rise of violent extremism, many of them receiving essential aid from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Its president Peter Maurer was in the European Parliament to meet the foreign affairs committee on 26 May and President Martin Schulz on 27 May. We talked to him to find out what life is like in these crisis-hit areas and how Europe could help to make a difference. (Read more: Red Cross: "Life in Syria after years of conflict has become very difficult" )

 

Tunisia’s Prime Minister Habib Essid met the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Human Rights and Security and Defence subcommittees on Thursday to discuss the latest developments in his country. Security challenges, fighting terrorism and tackling migration flows were the key issues raised in the debate. (Read more: Tunisia’s Prime Minister Habib Essid on security and migration challenges )

 

A deal struck by MEPs and Council of Ministers negotiators in the small hours of Thursday morning means the architecture of the Juncker plan to unlock €315 billion public and private investments in the real economy in 2015-2017 can now be put to a European Parliament vote on 24 June and the investment programme can kick off in the summer. (Read more: Juncker plan: MEPs and ministers strike informal deal to bridge investment gap )

 
Press releases (second part)
 

Europeans could not only vote for who should represent them in the European Parliament last year, but also help to decide who should lead the European Commission. As the European People's Party won the most votes in the 2014 European elections, their candidate Jean-Claude Juncker was elected as Commission president. Find out more by watching our video in which four of the candidates for the top post shared their insights on what was a historic election. (Read more: Spitzenkandidaten: the story of what made last year's EP elections different )

 

Several major Western news organisations have been hit by politically motivated cyber-attacks over the past few years, mostly in retaliation for their critical coverage of events, countries or movements such as the Syrian regime or Islamic State. MEPs discussed on 27 May how the EU could help to counter such attacks. Check out our timeline to learn more about the attacks and read on to find out how the EU could help. (Read more: Cyber-attacks: how to best protect the media and critical infrastructure )

 

Europe should focus on saving lives when dealing with migration, said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in a speech at the European Parliament on 27 May. During the plenary session he called attention to the 1,800 people who drowned while crossing the Mediterranean this year: “Europe has an important role to play and a collective responsibility to act. Saving lives should be the priority.” He also discussed sustainable development and preventing violent extremism. (Read more: Ban Ki-moon on migration: “Saving lives should be the top priority” )

 

Healthy eating habits start young, so the EU and its member states should do and spend more to encourage kids to eat healthy and local foods, Parliament said on Wednesday. To ensure that they get healthy eating lessons, as well as school milk, fruit, and vegetables from EU schemes, Parliament amended draft rules and approved a mandate for MEPs to negotiate their final form with EU member states. (Read more: School milk and fruit: MEPs back measures to teach healthier eating habits )

 

Budgets MEPs welcomed next year's "restricted" but well focused draft budget presented by Commission Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva on Wednesday immediately after it was approved by the Commission. (Read more: Budgets MEPs welcome draft budget for 2016 )

 

"The Central African Republic is doing much better. There is a clear improvement even if it is still very fragile," CAR's interim president, Catherine Samba-Panza, told foreign affairs MEPs on Tuesday. CAR still needs the EU's "multi-dimensional aid", she stressed, calling on member states to redouble their efforts to help the CAR meet its electoral, budgetary and security challenges. (Read more: Still much to be done, CAR president tells foreign affairs committee )

 
 
Weekly agenda
 
Schedule by day Thursday 28 May 2015
Committee on Transport and Tourism - Parliamentary committees (28-05-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Industry, Research and Energy - Parliamentary committees (28-05-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Employment and Social Affairs - Parliamentary committees (28-05-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development - Parliamentary committees (28-05-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Subcommittee on Human Rights - Parliamentary committees (28-05-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Conference on the Democratic oversight of Intelligence services in the European Union - Special events (28-05-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on International Trade - Parliamentary committees (28-05-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs - Parliamentary committees (28-05-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
The agreement on the European Fund for Strategic Investments - Press conferences (28-05-2015): 10:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Subcommittee on Security and Defence - Parliamentary committees (28-05-2015): 10:15, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
"German Secret Services spying in European Parliament" - Press conferences (28-05-2015): 10:30, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Libya: The Road towards Governance and Stability - Press conferences (28-05-2015): 11:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Recommendations to the European Commission on TTIP talks, following the vote in International Trade Committee - Press conferences (28-05-2015): 11:30, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
"How Saudi Arabia and other Nato allies are funding and arming ISIS" - Press conferences (28-05-2015): 14:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
''Europe in flames'' - Press conferences (28-05-2015): 14:30, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Inter-Parliamentary Meeting with the Pan-African Parliament - Delegations (28-05-2015):
 
The President's diary - The President's diary (28-05-2015):
 
 
Schedule by day Friday 29 May 2015
Conference on the Democratic oversight of Intelligence services in the European Union - Special events (29-05-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs - Parliamentary committees (29-05-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
 
Twitter
 
RT @Europarl_Photo: #UNSG Ban Ki-moon addresses #EPlenary. Check #UNatEP for tweets. Follow live-stream: http://t.co/j22Kf6icPy http://t.co…
Press release: @EP_Budgets MEPs welcome draft budget for 2016: http://t.co/fF32qb7oxg #EUbudget
PR:@EP_ForeignAff MEPs draw attention on #humanrights & #technology:Whistleblowers & activists should be protected: http://t.co/8OokrECxqU
AFET MEPs draw attention on human rights and technology: Whistleblowers and activists should be protected http://t.co/Ompm4dWljh
EU #China Strategic Partnership: watch @EP_ForeignAff hearing w/ experts debating challenges & perspectives live now http://t.co/C3Mk2RmnnC
Central African Republic: @EP_ForeignAff to debate with interim president Catherine #SambaPanza at 16.30 http://t.co/033UZMOA9a #CAR
AFET MEPs draw attention on human rights and technology: Whistleblowers and activists should be protected http://t.co/44QyG8T8R1
This week @EP_HumanRights: 28 May: Prime Minister of #Tunisia, #humanrights in #Egypt Agenda: http://t.co/bK47lFq9t9
#EPlenary adopts resolution on #Zimbabwe #Swaziland and #Thailand Full press release here: http://t.co/9d5NqPx7TU
#CSDP: Watch the press conference of EP rapporteurs @ArnaudDanjean @EduardKukan @indrektarand in 10 mins here http://t.co/iN5LwMp7jQ
Watch the rest of #Eplenary debate on Common Security and Defence Policy w/ @FedericaMog LIVE http://t.co/ofhySErnbO #CSDP
#EPlenary tomorrow: #BanKiMoon at 15:15 CET #UNSG @UN_Spokesperson #UN, Debate on #G7 #g7summit Agenda: http://t.co/IhJCviYIxc
RT @UNICEF: From #childmarriage to discrimination, girls too often face barriers to #education http://t.co/z66aooWoIl http://t.co/M3EdzBYz…
RT @UNICEF: #PhotooftheWeek: A girl in class in #Guinea. Schools there reopened in January after a 5-month break due to #Ebola http://t.co/…
#EPonTTIP vote in @EP_Trade : follow live from 11am http://t.co/GCp4FZl27j, right after - press conference here http://t.co/vD5PDBflJj
#EPonTTIP #INTA vote Thu is 11am.Bulk of 898 AM's & 13 com opinions condensed in 64 compromises but voting list 90pp stil & vote to last 1hr
Draft #EUbudget 2016 welcome, @EP_Budgets MEPs spot margin for #EFSI #JunckerPlan talks. Read more: http://t.co/GhoNP6fIyn
First look at 2016 #EUbudget draft, presented by @KGeorgievaEU @EP_Budgets, at 10. Live here: http://t.co/6zs2qiQeb1
Diagnosis on payment situ prior to #EUbudget 2016 negotiations start: @EP_Budgets endorses declaration. Read more: http://t.co/FWsGsCHlVE
RT @ep_budgets: First look at 2016 #EUbudget draft, presented by @KGeorgievaEU @EP_Budgets, at 10. Live here: http://t.co/F7EsQeSAkW
Follow debate with @KGeorgievaEU on #tobacco agreements at #EP plenary. From 19.25. Live: http://t.co/8xQ0WRqy4D
Issues to overcome in the #EUbudget own resources reform discussed @EP_Budgets @EP_BudgControl 5/5. Read more: http://t.co/jL0GPxvcAa
.@EP_Economics @ghokmark #banking sector reform report rejection, comments from the rapporteur & shadow MEPs http://t.co/BxsdGnKT9B
.@EP_Economics capital markets union #CMU vote postponed
.@EP_Economics @ghokmark #banking sector reform report rejected, back to the committee
.@EPSocialAffairs meeting tomorrow, Thursday 28 May 9.00-12.30 & 14.00-17.30 in JAN 6Q2 follow EP Live http://t.co/86IKZ6Xk6l
.@EPSocialAffairs meeting tomorrow, Thursday 28 May from 9.00-12.30 & 14.00-17.30 JAN 6Q2. Agenda http://t.co/YcvYEazaIq
Changes to ESF for frontloading #YEI approved http://t.co/7lJ2KWe6pl Press conference @emorinchartier @ 14:30 Live http://t.co/o5Rsjk4frS
#EUETS #MSR: Environment Committee #MEPs back deal with Council http://t.co/ipWzp8ER8o
#EUETS #MSR: ENVI supports agreement with @eu2015lv with 49 votes to 8 and 2 abstentions. Plenary vote July @IvoBelet
Cttee meeting to start 15h. Votes on #EUETS #MSR +/- 16h. Debate on #cloning 17.30 Webstr http://t.co/v8hKKOESKm Docs http://t.co/x9tlKxiJH6
.@EP_Industry meets on Thu: debate w/@GOettingerEU; #energy #digitalsinglemarket Agenda and Mtg docs: http://t.co/XnfNddxwDj
.@EP_Industry files this #EPlenary: green growth for #SMEs (@debackerphil Mon/Tue) & staff for ACER agency(Thu) Watch http://t.co/pO9mbmJam8
Starting now: #DigitalSingleMarket WG debate on #DSM strategy. Live http://t.co/yCGHryAHSl Agenda http://t.co/nb6hTutLqq @rozathun
Today at 3 pm @EP_SingleMarket #DigitalSingleMarket working group meeting.Agenda http://t.co/nb6hTucayS Webstreaming http://t.co/yCGHrySjgV
Next @EP_SingleMarket #DigitalSingleMarket WG to meet on 26 May 3 pm.Focus-DSM strategy. Live http://t.co/DviUjbb65q http://t.co/fxaDBhUKXD
Now @EP_Transport: discussion w/Commissioner @Bulc_EU on transport aspects of Commission Work Programme 2016 http://t.co/8jngQz0oYr
Starting now: @EP_Transport hearing on road haulage market and its social dimension http://t.co/8jngQz0oYr programme http://t.co/CBq5nPOWz6
TEN-T Coordinators' progress report presented @EP_Transport yesterday available here http://t.co/Jh3vTgKzLh debate: http://t.co/k2od3OMh99
What does an #AgeingEU mean for your region? See the @ecfin interactive map here http://t.co/oMb12ifwZo #euregions
Catch-the-eye, Urgent Procedure, Blue Card... What does it all mean? Our guide to #EPlenary: http://t.co/1UQEX0G1CH
Last day of #EPlenary in #Strasbourg: MEPs set to discuss #growth and #ECforecast. Live now: http://t.co/mSdH0z5Pyq
RT @EP_ThinkTank: EU funds €80m for milk & €150m for fruit & veg to fight child #obesity and poor health http://t.co/rdC7mqbSsY @marctarabe…
#Schools #fruit #vegetable & #milk: MEPs back measures to teach #healthyeating habits. Read more here: http://t.co/y5pLt6oNsc
.@EP_Agriculture & @EP_Environment debate on #cloning of animals for farming purposes now on. Watch it live: http://t.co/VVpVqaYZ3w
#Cod plan: @EUCouncil acted unlawfully, says #ECJ Advocate General http://t.co/gZqAEVYYVI @EUCourtPress #Fisheries
#BalticMAP: This is the text MEPs will defend in negotiations with @eu2015lv http://t.co/9fAhSgpPke @WalesaMEP #Fisheries
#Fisheries committee meeting continues this morning - watch live: http://t.co/2eSJ4sN9z5 Agenda: http://t.co/BnrDclrXqI
Ce soir à Strasbourg : le #PE reçoit le projet #Commenius "L'Europe est servie" http://t.co/ExJh7dTlJs http://t.co/jg3aktBZAl
Ce soir à Strasbourg : le #PE reçoit le projet #Commenius "L'Europe est servie" http://t.co/k6ytWUDLtg http://t.co/9fWVp5cwOu
#EPlenary adopted new rules on cross-border #insolvency proceedings. Read more: http://t.co/oxDyXp1Sae
#EPlenary debate on #insolvency proceedings starting now. Live: http://t.co/48njVucJWL
RT @ClaudeMoraesMEP: Tomorrow @EP_Justice co-hosts oversight of intelligence services conference with German,Belgian & Italian Parliaments …
RT @EU_Commission: First measures under the EU Agenda on Migration - Questions & Answers: http://t.co/enmcpEOMIa #migrationEU @Avramopoulos…
#UNSG Ban Ki-moon addresses #EPlenary at 15.15 CET. For tweets follow #UNatEP. Live: http://t.co/J5CPfZG3ER
Second panel @EPInstitutional debates democracy, accountability & instit set up of the EU #EUfuture hearing live http://t.co/QgUXqejUgr
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Ending child marriage, early marriage and #ForcedMarriage for #genderequality http://t.co/BeN1IAXCTt @EP_GenderEqual
MEPs to call for end to early and forced marriage of girls today evening #EPlenary: http://t.co/enlEnGfqNQ
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Recognising the human right to #water and universal access http://t.co/BKf0DYwHxC @EP_Petitions @CeciliaWikstrom
Hearing on #ECI #StopVivisection starting at 3pm: Follow via @EP_Agriculture, webstreaming: http://t.co/zulfKA3oB0
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