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The European Parliament is in session from 6 to 9 July 2015

 
 

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will attend tomorrow morning's key plenary debate on the future of Greece and the conclusions of his summit meeting on Tuesday with EU leaders and of the 25-26 June European Council. Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will join the debate, which starts at about 9.30 in the Strasbourg plenary chamber. (Read more: Greek PM Alexis Tsipras to address European Parliament on Wednesday morning )

 

From 1 July the rotating six-month presidency of the Council of the EU has been in the hands of one of the smallest, yet most experience member states. On 8 July MEPs hold a plenary debate on the challenges it will have to tackle, including the Greek debt crisis, an increase in irregular migration and the preparation for the climate change conference in Paris in December. Just before the start of the presidency, we asked all of the country's six MEPs for their views. (Read more: Luxembourg takes over Council presidency: MEPs share their expectations )

 

The EU must do more to help farmers to earn a fair return from the food supply chain, introduce better tools for dealing with market disturbances and help farmers to find new outlets for produce shut out of the Russian market, MEPs say in two non-binding resolutions voted on Tuesday. Member states should help them join forces in producer organisations to boost their bargaining power, they add. (Read more: Milk, fruit, vegetables: help farmers earn fair incomes and resist market shocks )

 

Integrated ticketing for travel across EU borders using more than one mode of transport would increase the use of public transport, said MEPs on Tuesday. They call on EU countries to improve and connect timetables and on providers to develop multimodal cross-border "journey planners". If there is no progress by 2020 they will call for legislation. (Read more: Boost efforts to provide single ticketing for trips across EU borders, say MEPs )

 
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Three agencies managing migration flows into the EU and two EU funds for migration measures should get a €69.6 million budget boost for extra staff and other expenses for this year, after Parliament backed a European Commission proposal on Tuesday. Parliament has been calling for the bigger budgets in the wake of the April tragedies that cost the lives of around 1,200 migrants. (Read more: Parliament approves an extra €69.6 million to help cope with migrants )

 

Romania, Bulgaria and Italy will receive €66.5 million in total for compensation to cover part of the cost of emergency measures taken during the 2014 floods, after Parliament approved a Commission proposal for this on Tuesday. The aid is covered by the European Solidarity Fund. (Read more: €66.5 million for flood damage repairs in Romania, Bulgaria and Italy )

 

Greece and the referendum on the bail-out proposals were the focus of the 7 July plenary debate on the outgoing Latvian presidency of the Council. Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma also discussed the challenges and the achievements of the outgoing Council presidency with MEPs and Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission (Read more: EU response to Greece dominates debate on outgoing Latvian presidency )

 

The massacre of 8,000 men and boys in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica 20 years ago was commemorated by EP President Martin Schulz in his opening address and in a minute’s silence. (Read more: Opening: remembering Srebrenica )

 

Parliament is finalising its recommendations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). They will be debated by MEPs on Tuesday and voted on Wednesday. The vote on the EP recommendations was postponed in June due to the large number of amendments. Now it seems a compromise could be possible. We talked to German S&D member Bernd Lange, chair of the international trade committee and responsible for drafting the Parliament's recommendations, to find out more. (Read more: Bernd Lange on TTIP: "We have to be transparent" )

 

The EU's emissions trading scheme (ETS) was set up to reduce gas emissions and fight climate change, but it is not working as efficiently as it could be. MEPs discuss on 7 July an informal deal with member states to reform the scheme and will then vote on it the following day. The legislation would tackle the imbalances of supply and demand of emission allowances, which is holding back investment in green technologies. Read on to find out what the reform is all about. (Read more: ETS reform: everything you need to know in a nutshell )

 
 
Weekly agenda
 
Schedule by day Tuesday 07 Jul 2015
The President's Agenda - The President's diary (07-07-2015): 07:55
 
Greens/EFA briefing - Press conferences (07-07-2015): 09:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
 
ALDE briefing - Press conferences (07-07-2015): 09:40, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
 
S&D briefing - Press conferences (07-07-2015): 10:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
 
Martin SCHULZ, President of the European Parliament and Laimdota STRAUJUMA, Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia on the review of the Latvian Presidency - Press conferences (07-07-2015): 10:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
 
EPP briefing - Press conferences (07-07-2015): 11:10, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
 
ECR briefing - Press conferences (07-07-2015): 11:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
 
GUE/NGL briefing - Press conferences (07-07-2015): 14:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
 
"Call for strong vote on TTIP with clear rejection of ISDS" - Press conferences (07-07-2015): 17:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
 
"Reda report: what future for copyright in Europe?" - Press conferences (07-07-2015): 17:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
 
 
Schedule by day Wednesday 08 Jul 2015
The President's Agenda - The President's diary (08-07-2015): 07:55
 
"Copyright reform in the EU: What is the way forward?" - Press conferences (08-07-2015): 10:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
 
"Trade Yes, TTIP NO. Why we oppose to this Corporatist Stitch-up" - Press conferences (08-07-2015): 10:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
 
Martin SCHULZ, President of the European Parliament, and Xavier BETTEL, Prime Minister of Luxembourg, on the programme of activities of the Luxembourgish Presidency - Press conferences (08-07-2015): 11:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
 
"Remembering Srebrenica" - Press conferences (08-07-2015): 12:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
 
"Long-term shareholder engagement" - Press conferences (08-07-2015): 14:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
 
After the vote on EP recommendations to negotiators of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) - Press conferences (08-07-2015): 14:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
 
"A reinforced STOP TTIP campaign" - Press conferences (08-07-2015): 15:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
 
Copyright - Press conferences (08-07-2015): 15:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
 
"Resource efficiency: moving towards a circular economy" - Press conferences (08-07-2015): 16:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
 
"Radioactive contamination following a nuclear accident" - Press conferences (08-07-2015): 16:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
 
Fighting Tax Evasion in developing countries - Press conferences (08-07-2015): 17:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
 
 
Twitter
 
.@JunckerEU expected to react to #Greekreferendum tmrw 8:30 & debate #eu2015lv w/ PM #Straujuma.Joint presser w/ @ep_president 10:30(tbc)
Statements (video) by Political Group leaders on the #Greek #referendum: http://t.co/mFHmC8pn88
The July #Eplenary starts now. Follow LIVE at: http://t.co/sw29Udhvyz
.@EP_ForeignAff now: @gsachdevajnu presents study on Evaluation of the EU- #India Strategic Partnership: http://t.co/vf9dieOzlG
.@Fsijilmassi: #Mediterranean has now address&phone nber. Doesn't mean we'll solve all problems but EU-Med dialogue exists &I'll preserve it
.@Fsijilmassi to @EP_ForeignAff we need to far more invest in intercultural dialogue to help populations to understand each other better
Starts in 15min: Debates on #humanrights in #Angola & Study on Occupation/annexation of a territory Follow live http://t.co/DPml0A4ZjD
Debates on #humanrights in #Angola & Study on Occupation/annexation of a territory Follow live from 9 CET http://t.co/DPml0A4ZjD
RT @AmnestyOnline: Today is the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture: they are never alone, never forgotten! http://t.co/sbOG…
.@EP_Defence @EP_Industry @EP_SingleMarket MEPs ask @EBienkowskaEU to move forward on security and defence: http://t.co/j93c9D3yQP
.@EP_Trade & @EP_Defence MEPs debate EU’s dual use export controls at 10.30: http://t.co/KzJnHwLZBs
RT @Europarl_EN: First things first: MEPs discuss priorities for #development policy in 2016 http://t.co/zueagBtfb2
RT @WFP: The video to watch, tweet, and watch again: Porters in #Nepal help WFP reach remote areas http://t.co/rsRJfG4lOphttp://t.co/MF9…
Don't forget to follow #EPonTTIP debate tomorrow from 9.30 & read interview with rapporteur @berndlange http://t.co/3zT7JHVvZ7
Press release: #TTIP: les députés ouvrent la voie pour un vote en plénière en redéposant les amendements de juin http://t.co/MbMLqoQAHk
Now follow the @EP_Trade debate on #antitorture regulation - rapporteur @MarietjeSchaake http://t.co/6D4anLXuWM
.@EP_Budgets MEPs back #EUbudget 2015 hike for #migration. #EPlenary vote: July. Read more: http://t.co/vbbYd1sMyn
Laid-off workers of #Finland Broadcom get €1.36m for job search #EGF aid, said @EP_Budgets. #EPlenary: July. More: http://t.co/4DJ0EpmlW1
.@EP_Budgets MEPs supported #Romania #Bulgaria #Italy application for 2014 flood aid. #EPlenary: July. Read more: http://t.co/otOKVq49JI
RT @europarlpress: Journalists only:Ask your Qs on #EP Committees before &during Monday's presser use #EPressbriefing http://t.co/qlnz3zL9SV
RT @europarlpress: Press briefing on #EP Committees' activities on Monday 22/6 at 11:00 in PHS 0A50. Follow LIVE: http://t.co/isQqirxrLw
. @EP_BudgControl endorsed Bettina Michelle Jakobsen as new member of @EUAuditorsECA for #Denmark by unanimity: http://t.co/PBCVEiVliy
Burkhard#Balz also backs @JHillEU plans #CMU. But no blank check for @EU_Commission! Wants comprehensive analysis of existing obstacles.
.@gualtierieurope backs @JHillEU's #CMU plans: good for growth/diversification of economy, leads to better risk sharing and shock absorption
MEPs now discussing Capital Markets Union with @JHillEU in #EP plenary session #CMU
The joint @EP_Economics/@EPSocialAffairs meeting on #CSR now over. You can watch the recordings of the meeting here http://t.co/LBTQIs7rpN
.@gualtierieurope "EP ready for intensified debates EU Semester. Let's try also to achieve 'social triple A' status." #CSR
.@pierremoscovici on #taxe "Will table list of non-cooperative regions or countries on #TaxTransparency. Naming and shaming under way." #CSR
RT @EUAuditorsECA: Emissions Trading System: framework for protecting #EUETS market integrity & implementation need further improvements ht…
RT @EUAuditorsECA: PRESS ADVISORY: on Thu 2 July we publish #audit report on #EU #emissions trading scheme #EUETS http://t.co/RXK4kvbrkr ht…
MS approval of #sealban rules allows @EP_SingleMarket to vote on July and pass it on to #EPlenary on September https://t.co/Tjefy6LSSu
In a moment @EP_SingleMarket will look at #sealban trialogue resuts and vote on car #emissions. Live http://t.co/w9tr0j4ijL
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Consumer protection aspects of mobile payments http://t.co/77dtSed3wN @EP_SingleMarket @vickyford
.@EP_Transport to debate air safety with #EASA following #Germanwings jet crash Follow LIVE at approx. 16:40 http://t.co/2fIHN9somQ #GWI9525
Rapporteurs statements on #RailwayPackage tech pillar informal deal here: http://t.co/2HA4ujy6K6 @IzaskunBilbaoB @MepMCramer @robertszile
RT @MepMCramer: Just reached an informal agreement on the technical pillar of the #EU #RailwayPackage w/ @eu2015lv http://t.co/aheJ0ECkMY
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Get a clearer picture of the issues outstanding and possible compromises in EU-US #TTIP negotiations http://t.co/nTQzXN2s…
#REGI MEPs want the EU #urban_policy measures to focus on a limited set of major challenges http://t.co/KASy2p0Mlz
#EP Regional Development committee urges @EU_Commission to include European Urban Agenda in its annual work programme http://t.co/KASy2p0Mlz
.@EP_Agriculture @EP_Industry & @EP_Trade MEPs @EUExpo2015: EU must work harder to enhance global #foodsecurity: http://t.co/RLitMZLOGj
.@toiapatrizia at #Expo2015: Must focus on #foodsafety & #foodsecurity. Right to food is universal, but must be available for fair price.
.@toiapatrizia at #Expo2015: EU is facing major challenges in terms of food. Role of research & innovation is essential in solving them
.@EUCouncil @eu2015lv "blatantly refuse to honour the Common #Fisheries Policy" says @WalesaMEP http://t.co/NJogNOW822 #BalticMAP
.@luxprize 2015 reveals its official selection @ 50th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival http://t.co/Uq3dcghSmf
.@EPCulture demande à la #CE un budget adéquat pour #éducation et la #citoyenneté http://t.co/crO1VUoFQ6
Le #patrimoine culturel #europeen doit bénéficier aux communautés locales @EPCulture http://t.co/SGsOHtmj33
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Can EU achieve common minimum standards in civil procedures? http://t.co/dpue1DjA0B @EP_Legal
Workshop on Civil Judicial Experts in the EU – today at 9h. Programme: http://t.co/aCITO9r6tS Live: http://t.co/YgrhCLwrLK
RT @ckyenge: Attività di soccorso&salvataggio in mare non spetta a privati. Stati #Ue sono responsabili di fornire mezzi e risorse http://t…
Starts @EP_Justice mtg to discuss #MigrationEU & @SkaKeller draft report on #refugee relocation from #Greece & #Italy http://t.co/8OGTw0MLrq
7pm @EP_Justice debates #MigrationEU, draft report on #refugee #relocation from #Greece and #Italy & situation in Med http://t.co/KhPbggxBPk
AFCO @7pm: EU 2016 budget @danutahuebner, EU electoral law @danutahuebner @jo_leinen, citizens ini @schopflinMEP live http://t.co/G33Og4apwW
Meeting docs @EPinstitutional meeting 6/07 (opinion on EU budget 2016, citizens initiative, EU electoral law) here: http://t.co/u89ygISrtG
Follow @EPinstitutional meeting today 7-9.00 pm in Strasbourg (LOW N1.3) webstreaming here: http://t.co/n4PrBS8Jdf
Watch reaction @Mariearenaps on withdrawl of #maternityleavedirective in video: https://t.co/mN9Mze7m8z
"We need soon a new legislative proposal on #maternityleavedirective & #parentalleave" says @Mariearenaps: http://t.co/SWNNbJXtNw
Withdrawal of Maternity Leave Directive is a serious setback @Mariearenaps: http://t.co/331jAILzSM
Missed the hearing on the Right to #Petition on 23/06? Video recording is now available here: http://t.co/4bt7ZR8uqH
RT @EP_ThinkTank: The right to petition the European Parliament http://t.co/luRqHHdLl7 @EP_Petitions @CeciliaWikstrom
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