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The European Parliament is in session from 24 to 27 October 2016


To end the current “crisis-driven” approach to perceived breaches of democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights in EU member states, the EU Commission should set up a binding EU mechanism to monitor and report annually on their records in these fields, say MEPs in a resolution passed on Tuesday. This mechanism should include objective benchmarks and lay down a gradual approach to remedying breaches, they add. (Read more: MEPs call for EU democracy, rule of law and fundamental rights watchdog )


Clear rules requiring EU firms to respect human rights in all their global operations must be laid down and enforced, urge MEPs in a resolution voted on Tuesday. Clauses on corporate liability for human rights violations should be included in EU trade and investment agreements, they add. MEPs also advocate creating a certified “abuse-free” product label at EU level. (Read more: EU rules needed to ensure firms respect human rights abroad, say MEPs )


The EU strategy for liquefied natural gas (LNG) must make energy supplies more secure, cut carbon emissions and deliver affordable prices say MEPs in a resolution voted on Tuesday. Parliament calls on the EU Commission to aim to reduce the EU’s dependency on gas in the long term by using it more efficiently and gradually phasing out fossil fuel subsidies. (Read more: Gas: use EU storage capacity efficiently and forge trade partnerships, urge MEPs )


EU fisheries rules should be applied uniformly to all EU fishermen, so that they are treated fairly, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Tuesday. Inspection procedures, e.g. for net mesh sizes and catches, should be standardized, as should penalties for infringements, it says. Introducing an EU “core curriculum” for training all fisheries inspectors, and using compatible real-time communication technologies EU wide, would also help improve fairness, it adds. (Read more: MEPs ask for uniform fair treatment for EU fishermen )

Press releases (second part)

The Commission should review its legislation against corruption and organised crime to better equip Member States in their fight against criminal organisations operating in the EU, say MEPs in a non-legislative resolution passed on Tuesday. MEPs call for initiatives such as EU-wide rules to seize assets from criminal organisations to re-use for social purposes and protection of whistle-blowers. (Read more: MEPs demand new EU rules to improve fight against organised crime and corruption )


Plans to prolong a 10% increase in the EU contribution towards regional and social project costs in Greece until 30 June of the year after its economic adjustment programme ends were approved by Parliament on Tuesday. MEPs also approved a special provision whereby the EU would pay up to 85% of project costs in Cyprus until the current regional and social policy programming period ends in 2020. (Read more: Green light to prolong top-up in EU funding for projects in Greece and Cyprus )


Finding information online seems easy thanks to the abundance of texts, photos, videos out there. However, for the 80 million Europeans who are visually impaired or live with other disabilities it can prove more challenging. They need support to turn text into speech, photos into words and head gestures into mouse pointer movements. On Wednesday MEPs vote on new rules to help make websites and apps by the public sector accessible for everyone. (Read more: Bridging the gap: making websites accessible for everyone )


The EU Commission will present its work programme for 2017 on Tuesday at 15.00. The First Vice-President of the Commission, Frans Timmermans, will engage with MEPs in a debate on common objectives and priorities to feed into the first-ever joint declaration on EU priorities for the following year, to be signed by the Presidents of Parliament, Council and Commission in December. (Read more: MEPs to debate EU and Commission priorities for 2017 )


Industrial trans fats can be found in anything from fast food to bakery products, chips and margarine, however they can also prove bad for your health. Scientific research has linked heavy consumption of them with obesity, diabetes, infertility, Alzheimer’s and cardiovascular diseases. MEPs vote this week on a resolution calling for limits on these artificially produced fats. (Read more: Trans fats: five things to know ahead of this week's plenary vote )


On Tuesday morning MEPs will debate progress in boosting security, as agreed at EU level. Improving the interoperability of databases and data exchange, preventing radicalisation and progress in implementing the passenger name record (PNR) rules approved in Spring 2016, are likely to be raised in the debate with the Council and Commissioners Dimitris Avramopoulos and Sir Julian King. (Read more: Progress on security issues debate with Sir Julian King - Tuesday morning 10.30 )

Weekly agenda
Schedule by day Tuesday 25 Oct 2016
S&D briefing - Press conferences (25-10-2016): 10:10, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
GREENS/EFA briefing - Press conferences (25-10-2016): 10:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
ALDE briefing - Press conferences (25-10-2016): 10:50, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
EPP briefing - Press conferences (25-10-2016): 11:10, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
ECR briefing - Press conferences (25-10-2016): 11:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
The vote on recommendations to the Commission on the establishment of an EU mechanism on democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights - Press conferences (25-10-2016): 14:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
GUE/NGL briefing - Press conferences (25-10-2016): 14:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
“Vote on ways to boost jobs in rural areas” - Press conferences (25-10-2016): 15:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
The vote on the fight against corruption and follow-up of the CRIM resolution - Press conferences (25-10-2016): 15:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
“Mission to Southeast Turkey: Violence and destruction as parts of state policy” - Press conferences (25-10-2016): 16:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
The European Commission work program 2017 - Press conferences (25-10-2016): 16:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
The Commission recommendation for temporary prolongation of internal border control in exceptional circumstances - Press conferences (25-10-2016): 17:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
The President's Agenda - The President's diary (25-10-2016):
Schedule by day Wednesday 26 Oct 2016
"Priorities on the Agenda of the Plenary Sitting" - Press conferences (26-10-2016): 11:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
“Plant Health: Vote on new measures to fight influx and spread of plant pests” - Press conferences (26-10-2016): 14:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
The vote on the EP's position on the EU Budget 2017 - Press conferences (26-10-2016): 14:15, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
"The just demands Lafarge's workers against the mass dismissal and forthcoming decision of the EU Court of Justice" - Press conferences (26-10-2016): 15:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
"Revealing the Judgement of the Permanent People’s Tribunal on the Turin-Lyon High-speed Rail Link" - Press conferences (26-10-2016): 15:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
"Silencing dissent - Turkish journalists under threat" - Press conferences (26-10-2016): 16:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
The President's Agenda - The President's diary (26-10-2016):
Schedule by day Thursday 27 Oct 2016
The President's Agenda - The President's diary (27-10-2016):
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Pres session briefing on October II #EPlenary at 16:00 in LOW N-1/201 (STR):
Press release: @EP_ForeignAff call for common EU defence policy @Urmaspaet
NOW: #EPlenary debates EU strategy towards #Iran. Vote tmrw noon. Live
.@EP_ForeignAff reports on #humanrights & migration by @MCVergiat and on corporate liability 4 HR breaches by…
.@EP_HumanRights Pdta @ElenaValenciano condena el asesinato de José Ángel Flores y Silmer George en #Honduras :
.@EP_HumanRights Chair @ElenaValenciano condemns assassination of #HRDs José Ángel Flores & Silmer George #Honduras
.@EP_HumanRights Chair @ElenaValenciano expresses grave concern at treatment of #SakharovPrize Laureate @raif_badawi
.@EP_Defence resumes w/ workshop on EU - #SaudiArabia relations. Agenda Webstr…
Full day @EP_Defence mtng starts now: European Defence Union, hearing on combating IS. Webstr…
.@EP_Defence to meet on 12/13 Oct to debate EU Defence Union, EU-SaudiArabia relations, efforts to combat IS, implm of #EUGlobalStrategy
RT @europeaid: Don't miss today at 12:45PM CET ➡️ conference on 1st #EUdev Results Report #AidTransparency #global…
RT @eaDevPol: Fighting climate change needs multi-dimensional capacity building
RT @GdnDevelopment: Survey finds 70% of migrants arriving in Europe by boat trafficked or exploited #AntiSlaveryDay
RT @EurActiv: Belgium cannot sign CETA, PM Michel admits
RT @Trade_EU: 💡♻️ We're negotiating a deal with 16 other @WTO members to scrap customs duties on green goods.📗😇 See our proposal 👉🏿https://…
Everything you always wanted to know about EU trade agreements that are in the pipeline:
RT @Isabel_thomasEU: La @EP_Budgets vote largement notre résolution sur la révision du #CadreFinancierPluriannuel (29+/7-/1o).Vote en pléni…
#BUDG adopts draft resolution on mid-term revision of #MFF 2014-2020 w/ 29+/7-/1° @JanOlbrycht @Isabel_thomasEU
#EUbudget: "We have to deal with the problem caused by #Brexit" says EU Budget 2017 rapporteur @EuropaJens
RT @EUAuditorsECA: Commission’s reforms address “silo” culture, but it does not fully adhere to intl best practice │ audit report https://t…
.@EP_BudgControl on Thu, 9-12.30, 5G3, Discharge 2015 w/ @KGeorgievaEU, @joachimzeller,
TODAY:Protection of EU financial interests, 14.00, ASP1G3, w/ @EU_Commission, @Europol, @INTERPOL_HQ @Catalin_Ivan…
9am, 2nd hearing of #EP #PANA committee on int. anti-money laundering and tax avoidance standards. Watch live:
RT @gualtierieurope: @EP_Economics meeting with William Coen, Secretary General of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision…
In half an hour...
Inter-parliamentary meeting on #PostedWorkers ENDS - committee debate on draft report scheduled for 8 November
.@mariannethyssen @emorinchartier @a_jongerius & @thaendel reply to MEPs & national MPs in debate on #PostedWorkers
Debate with national parliaments at #EMPL meeting on #PostedWorkers revision starts - 30 speakers until 17:45, LIVE
#effortsharing #climate law: #MEP @Gerbrandy to present draft before year's end
RT @giovannilavia: together w/ other MEPs we planted a tree to celebrate 25th anniversary of ENA and to stress the importance of greenery i…
RT @EU_Arauzo: Environment Council is over. Press conference soon. Watch: #ParisAgreement #effortsharing #water #bi…
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Towards an EU strategy for #LNG and #gas storage @EP_Industry @JerzyBuzek
#EPlenary debate on EU strategy for #LNG and gas storage now:
RT @VDombrovskis: My opening speech at #EP debate on the #Union legal framework for customs infringements: Thanks to…
Starts now #EPlenary debate on #customs infringements & sanctions, rapporteur @kajakallas. Speakers & live streaming
Next week #EPlenary votes #customs infringements & sanctions and #WebAccessibility. Agenda @kajakallas @charanzova
Starting @EP_Transport: MEPs discuss the Benelux report on freight transport webstreaming:
Starting @EP_Transport: Hearing on transport noise, agenda&speakers webstreaming:…
.@EP_Transport now: logistics in the EU,multimodal transport in TEN-T corridors Draft repor…
RT @EU_Regional: Commitments to reach global targets in sustainable urban development: #Ne…
RT @UN: See how @UN_Women is highlighting gender equality in the #NewUrbanAgenda at the #Habitat3 Conference: http…
RT @EU_EESC: #social economy enterprises have an important role & should have equal access to #H2020 #funding | #EESC #Plenary…
Debate w/@EU_Commission on current situation with #AfricanSwineFever & ways forward now on in @EP_Agriculture. Live:
#PlantHealth: @EP_Agriculture backs the deal to fight influx of #PlantPests to the EU. More here:
RT @Oceana: Malta has the deepest known population of precious red coral: via @IndependentMlt…
RT @mwbloem: Japan to face criticism at international summit for flouting whaling ruling | Environment | The Guardian…
RT @EU_MARE: Learn more about the EU Advisory Councils (ACs) providing recommendations on #fisheries management matters…
#ACPEU JPA now debates #sport as enabler 4 poverty eradication, #education in ACP coutries-a work in progress
Starting at 15.00 @EPCulture @EP @EP_Industry Debate on a coherent #EU policy for #cultural and #creative industries
#cultural and #creative industries - important drivers of the European economy
.@EP_Legal on Robotics & Artificial Intelligence, 17.10, 15.00, 6Q2, w/ experts & national parliaments,…
.@EP_Legal report on application of the EU Law 2014 adopted on Monday 16/2/1
.@LFerraraM5S presents in #EPlenary her report on fight against #corruption & organised crime. Starting at 20.00:
Fight against #corruption & follow-up to CRIM resolution - press conf. w/ @LFerraraM5S after #EPlenary vote 25/10:
Press conf. Establishment of EU mechanism on #democracy, #ruleoflaw & #fundamentalrights 25/10 after #EPlenary vote:
Opinion by @MrMesserschmidt adopted 17/1/0
Vote: @MrMesserschmidt opinion on ''The role of whistle-blowers in the protection of EU's financial interests''. Lead cttee @EP_BudgControl
.@EPInstitutional meeting takes a break until 11:00.
Follow public hearing on #Daesh crimes against women at 11.00-12.30 ASP 3E2 live:…
Follow hearing at 15.00: EU Funds for Gender Equality @EP_GenderEqual live:
.@EP_GenderEqual continues with #genderequality in #trade agreements. Follow live:
Soon petitions on the #environment and competition.
Now: @EP_Petitions debates prel oral report on the fact-finding visit to #Slovakia @CeciliaWikstrom @EP_Bratislava -
Tuesday's @EP_Petitions meeting continues at 16:30. Watch it here: Full agenda here:
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