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Always have been curious about the European Parliament? This Saturday you have the chance to visit it during the open day of the European institutions in Brussels. You have the opportunity to take part in competitions, debates and cultural activities as well as find out how the institution that represents you operates. (Read more: Open day: visit the European Parliament in Brussels on Saturday )

 

The internet is meant to give you unlimited access to knowledge, yet when you are shopping online, you could be prevented from purchasing a product or service because of where you live. The European Commission has proposed new rules to make an end to the unjustified use of the practice known as geo-blocking as well as ways to create a genuine digital single market in Europe. MEPs debated the plans in plenary on 25 May. (Read more: Breaking down barriers: giving consumers equal access to online products )

 

Plans for stricter monitoring and certification procedures to ensure that medical devices such as breast or hip implants comply fully with safety and traceability requirements were informally agreed by MEPs and the Dutch Presidency of the Council on Wednesday. MEPs also secured tighter information and ethical requirements for diagnostic medical devices, e.g. those used for pregnancy or DNA testing. (Read more: Safer medical devices: MEPs strike deal with Council )

 

Consumers should be given more power in the energy market, say MEPs in a resolution on a "new energy deal for energy consumers", voted on Thursday. They recommend collective buying, household power generation, better price comparison tools for all and making it easier to switch energy providers and tariffs. In a non-binding text, intended as an input to Energy Union legislation to be tabled by the EU Commission, MEPs also call for EU funds for energy efficiency to focus on energy poverty. (Read more: Boost consumer power in the energy market, urge MEPs )

 
Press releases (second part)
 

The EU Commission should set up a taskforce to monitor virtual currencies, like Bitcoin, to prevent their being used to launder money or finance terrorism, said Parliament in a non-binding resolution voted on Thursday. (Read more: MEPs call for virtual currency watchdog to combat money laundering and terrorism )

 

The EU Commission should go on negotiating with the USA to remedy “deficiencies” in proposed “Privacy Shield” protection for EU citizens’ data transferred to the US for commercial purposes, Parliament says in a non-legislative resolution passed on Thursday. (Read more: EU-US “Privacy Shield” for data transfers: further improvements needed, MEPs say )

 

Parliament approved aid on Thursday worth €6,468,000 for 557 redundant workers from the “Larissa” supermarket in Greece and €5,146,800 for 2,132 former drivers for the road haulage and delivery firm MoryGlobal SAS in France. The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aid will still need to be approved by the Council of Ministers on 6 June. (Read more: MEPs approve €11.6m in job-search aid for redundant workers in France and Greece )

 

The EU must quickly take further measures to stabilize milk prices and bring relief to struggling dairy farmers, urged MEPs in Thursday's plenary debate with Commissioner Phil Hogan and Dutch deputy farm minister Hans Hoogeveen. These measures should include an EU-wide lid on milk production to boost prices, a more efficient intervention system, to enable the EU to react more swiftly, and balancing the supply chain to enable farmers to earn fair returns, they said. (Read more: Milk price crisis: MEPs demand further action to rescue dairy farmers )

 

New initiatives to allow consumers and companies to buy and sell products and services online more easily across the EU were welcomed by most MEPs in a debate with Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip, on Wednesday. Parliament will co-decide on equal footing with the EU Council of Ministers on the Digital Single Market legislative proposals. (Read more: New Digital Single Market proposals are a step in the right direction, MEPs say )

 

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands addressed Parliament in Brussels in a formal sitting on Wednesday for the first time since his accession to the throne in April 2013. Speaking of identity and solidarity, the King said he belonged to the first generation of Europeans in history to enjoy the good fortune of peace and expressed the hope future generations would have this opportunity too: “It’s all too easy to take peace for granted.“ (Read more: King Willem-Alexander: “It’s all too easy to take peace for granted” )

 
 
Weekly agenda
 
Schedule by day Saturday 28 May 2016
Open days in Brussels - Special events (28-05-2016): 10:00
 
 
Schedule by day Sunday 29 May 2016
The President's diary - The President's diary (29-05-2016):
 
 
Twitter
 
The week ahead (30 May-5 June) in the #EP Committees: https://t.co/BLuygnJo1Y https://t.co/L4EXOYpHrD
Press release: Safer medical devices: MEPs strike deal with Council: https://t.co/U0za6gWfUn @EP_Environment
Press release:Boost consumer power in the energy market urge MEPs:https://t.co/uL78PddpGe #energyefficiency https://t.co/0SmnLm7xmD
In 15 min. #EPlenary to debate the #G7 summit to be held in Japan on 26/27 May. Follow debate live https://t.co/gZbqvFCT55
Today ~5 pm CET #EPlenary to debate the run-up to #G7 summit in Japan. What is at stake https://t.co/CUaPpMBtd7
Next week #EP Committee mtgs incl. @EP_HumanRights (w. feedback on missions to #Turkey &to @WHSummit) announced here https://t.co/Uz6owQuYcr
Next @EP_HumanRights meeting on Mon. 30May w. hearing on minorities caught between Syrian civil war and IS - Agenda: https://t.co/ixZNBTdeVz
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Full respect and enforcement of #HumanRights agreed under UN conventions is main EP priority https://t.co/bhmVEN7IMR #MEP…
Next @EP_Defence mtng on 30 May. Debate on EU military staff #clearinghouse to support partners in need. Agenda https://t.co/lXVaZpZQAe
.@EP_Defence chair Anna Fotyga concerned with the latest developments in #Georgia. Full statement https://t.co/6qFD9aqCUh
EU Monitoring Mission in #Georgia should be prolonged, say @EP_Defence deleg visiting #EUMM on 17-20 May. Read more https://t.co/R9bzftXtUe
RT @KGeorgievaEU: #EUBudget allocates additional €4 million in #HumanitarianAid to victims of Ecuador's earthquake - https://t.co/7IwXSXCoi…
RT @eaDevPol: Energy crisis looms near for Africa https://t.co/lrONSXPCt0 https://t.co/NLpTZswcKk
New deal on humanitarian financing signed at #WHSummit in #Istanbul: https://t.co/LPvLEP12Uc https://t.co/z7N23zGF6N
RT @Trade_EU: 🍁#CETA is the new benchmark for progressive & ambitious trade agreements that ensure high standards in 🇪🇺&🇨🇦! #G7 https://t.c…
.@EP_Trade also recommended- 30 to 3 & 4 abst- consent to #WTO ITA deal to remove custom duties for 200 IT products,such as GPS navigators
Interventions on #digitaltrade future by @Trade_EU P Meltzer of @Brookingsinst @Eurodigdg from #DigitalEurope Joe McNamee (@why0hy) of @EDRi
MEPs approve €11.6m in job-search aid for redundant workers in #France and #Greece https://t.co/uHZdjT34Tr #EUBudget #EGF
Future #EUBudget: Today @ 16:30, #BUDG MEPs discuss #MFF mid-term revision. Watch live: https://t.co/112XQOhlIz https://t.co/PU5f5qBQwD
Starting @ 10:00: #BUDG committee meeting - Follow LIVE: https://t.co/W0z3XPb4mr AGENDA: https://t.co/zi9ABGHcAD #EUBudget
.@EP_BudgControl endorsed LT candidate for @EUAuditorsECA Rimantas Šadžius w/ 16 votes in favour & 3 votes against
.@EP_BudgControl 24.05, 15.00 "Protection of Financial interests of the EU: the role of investigative journalism @javorbenedek @IAyalaSender
.@EP_BudgControl, 23 & 24.05 on: European #AntiFraud Office, LT nomination @EUAuditorsECA @WHO protocol on #tobacco https://t.co/90iQe5OCM9
Next week @EP_Economics: budgetary capacity for #Eurozone and vote on @jpgauzes for president of EFRAG https://t.co/7GVz4mfFva
#EPlenary recommends taskforce to oversee #virtualcurrencies by 542 votes to 51, 11 abstained.Over to @EU_Commission https://t.co/ioW0VXpA2Q
.@gualtierieurope welcomes deal on #Greece as important step for returning to growth/jobs/stability. Full statement https://t.co/2AIciBXJvM
.@EPSocialAffairs meeting with Commissioner @mariannethyssen starting now in PHS 3C50 Follow LIVE https://t.co/4mhB7f3ttV
.@EPSocialAffairs meeting with @mariannethyssen starts at 15.00 in JAN 4Q1. Agenda https://t.co/M4l5aA6FBq LIVE https://t.co/3E8wfBfav6
#ZitnanskaMEP Better inclusion of disabled people; question of digital skills in private sector. #EUSkillsAgenda @EPSocialAffairs
Study: implementation of #Ambient #AirQuality Directive. Thresholds, hotspots, procedures https://t.co/3TokICcGLE https://t.co/myGps8vxlS
RT @peterliese: #medicaldevices are becoming safer! EU-institutions found compromise on #medicaldevices and #IVD. This is the right respons…
#EPlenary @TheresaMEP report adopted: ”Boost consumers power in the energy market”. Full press release: https://t.co/ADMURk8PfM
#EPlenary debate on enery poverty/energy consumers #energyunion starts in '5: https://t.co/qWAZJKlAMR
#EPlenary @EP_Industry debate on energy poverty - speakers: https://t.co/iJtjl68FM9
RT @EUCouncilPress: Agreement on #portability of #digital content: your music, games, films will travel with you in the #EU: https://t.co/2…
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Control of the acquisition and possession of weapons https://t.co/Zyx29c9mdR @EP_SingleMarket @vickyford
Press release: Parliament calls for innovative #singlemarket, stripped of unjustified barriers https://t.co/dYP8EbackW @comilara @ddalton40
From 15h: TRAN debates on opportunities for transport SMEs, postal services, port reception facilities, webstreaming https://t.co/AgEJStJXDj
Starting now: @EP_Transport MEPs discuss aviation strategy and drones, webstreaming https://t.co/Qrb1J57B90
Now @EP_Transport: exchange of views with @Bulc_EU on Commission work programme and EFSI/CEF transport projects https://t.co/gxud27HVcg
RT @VDombrovskis: Structural Support Reform Programme is now with co-legislators.I call for its swift adoption. More @EP_Regional: https://…
RT @EU_CoR: Final countdown to the #EUUrbanAgenda forum on 30/05 ⏳. See online for workshops & speakers https://t.co/axlHNdxci2 https://t.c…
RT @EU_CoR: CoR & @Europarl_EN want #EUUrbanAgenda to include all levels of gov in decision making. See: https://t.co/unHLNVb5Dp https://t.…
#Milk price crisis: #MEPs demand further action to rescue #dairy #farmers. Read more here: https://t.co/pwrnopaP5v
Live now: #EPlenary debate on ways to tackle #milk price crisis & rescue EU #dairy farmers. Watch it live: https://t.co/Jk802oA0Xw
.@EP_Agriculture hearing on limiting #milk production to stabilise prices starts now. Live: https://t.co/V39E5xWCEG https://t.co/ietXjOF5F8
RT @EP_ThinkTank: A net to catch abusive flagging and other fisheries practices https://t.co/d8sIOOOzSz @LinneaEngstrom
Agreement w/ Council on #BalticMAP multiannual plan endorsed today by @EP_Fisheries More info here: https://t.co/ScARjruXzM @WalesaMEP
First #EU-#Liberia #fisheries agreement approved today by @EP_Fisheries Find out more here: https://t.co/Ab3G3xL4Ur
Festival of Europe 2016: European Parliament opens its doors in Brussels #EUopenDay https://t.co/JzoO0ogoMa
#DigitalSingleMarket expected to increase EU GDP by 5%. All you need to know is here → https://t.co/oVxgKzw4LF
Pictures, videos & podcasts from 1st day of #EYE2016: https://t.co/UDpU1rxeUy Follow today's events via https://t.co/eVHGuJPSJ7
STARTING IN 20 mins: #JURI meeting - Debate on #portability of #online content; Civil Law Rules on #Robotics &more https://t.co/DPv7vRbZSI
NEW STUDY: Cross-Border Restitution Claims of Art Looted in Armed Conflicts and Wars https://t.co/gUHVxlsqfx https://t.co/pc6Tq6BV0x
#EPlenary backs giving #Sweden a year + for #relocation of #refugees. Final decision by @EUCouncil in coming weeks https://t.co/FPo1lD8KIe
EU-US #PrivacyShield needs further improvements, #EPlenary says. Press release: https://t.co/7dcbFZMQ8y
30 May in @EPInstitutional: debates #UKinEU, #UnionLaw, #BetterLawMaking & vote #MFF revision. Agenda & documents https://t.co/sgpuKf4ABX
Starting at 16: votes on #ECJ & #subsidiarity, debates #RuleOfLaw & more. Watch live: https://t.co/wOigDKs1Lo
Press release: Fight against female poverty @Mariearenaps : https://t.co/cF5GOnNBaq
#EPlenary Poverty: a gender perspective @Mariearenaps report adopted 325/104/206
Poverty: a gender perspective. #EPlenary debates report tonight around 22.00 @Mariearenaps : Live: https://t.co/eVAWLsrSGR
At 15.00: hearing with @EP_Petitions and @TimmermansEU on #fundamentalrights, implementation of EU law etc... Watch:https://t.co/iJNOHjzlXg
On Tuesday 19/4 from 09h @EP_Petitions will discuss petitions on child protection and the #environment. Follow live: https://t.co/kOF2rkFK8F
From 16.30h @EP_Petitions meeting with petitions on the #environment and #ConsumerRights. Follow live: https://t.co/a2K8brQHto
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