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The Israeli-Palestinian peace process is at a critical juncture and the EU and its member states should recognise Palestinian statehood, according to members of Parliament’s Palestine delegation. Led by delegation chair Neoklis Sylikiotis, the five members visited Jerusalem and the West Bank on 20-24 February. In addition MEPs discussed the Israeli government’s recent decision to retroactively legalise settlements illegally built on Palestinian land during a plenary debate on 14 February, (Read more: Israel-Palestine: MEPs express their concerns about peace process )

 

Although fast and effective for plant growth, chemicals pesticides entail potential risks for human health, animals and the environment. About 45% of food we consume contains pesticide residues with 1.6% exceeding legal limits, according to the European Food Safety Authority. MEPs want to promote the use of more natural pesticides and to simplify and speed up the approval process. Check our video for more information. (Read more: Pesticides: MEPs want to promote use of natural alternatives )

 

Ceta passed a crucial hurdle on 15 February when MEPs voted to back the landmark EU-Canada trade deal. The agreement removing more than 99% of tariffs can provisionally enter into force as early as April. Speaking following the vote, Artis Pabriks, Parliament's lead MEP on Ceta, said: “Europe cannot survive without free and fair trade and high-quality interaction with other global players.” He also described Ceta as “the gold standard for future trade deals”. (Read more: Ceta: “This deal is important for Europe geopolitically as well as economically” )

 

How well do you know Europe? Find out by taking part in our winter challenge! See how many European capitals you can identify correctly. (Read more: Winter challenge: how many European capitals can you recognise? )

 
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MEPs approved Ceta during this week's plenary session followed by a visit by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau telling them how the EU-Canada trade deal was not just about commerce, but also about improving people's lives. Newly-elected Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen also addressed the Parliament, while MEPs adopted new anti-terrorism measures and set out their ideas for the future of the EU. (Read more: Plenary highlights: Ceta, robots, counter-terrorism, future of the EU )

 

EU-wide rules are needed for the fast-evolving field of robotics, e.g. to enforce ethical standards or establish liability for accidents involving driverless cars, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. (Read more: Robots and artificial intelligence: MEPs call for EU-wide liability rules )

 

Europeans becoming radicalised and travelling to fight in Iraq or Syria represent a growing threat to the EU. Most of the recent terrorist attacks in Europe were perpetrated by home-grown terrorists. MEPs adopted on 16 February new rules to ensure stronger checks at the EU's external borders and prevent the preparation of terrorist acts. Check out our infographic for an overview of measures to tackle terrorism Parliament has been working on. (Read more: Infographic: how Parliament is addressing the terrorism threat )

 

If the EU is to boost its capacity to act, restore citizens’ trust and make the euro zone economy more resilient to outside shocks, it needs to make full use of the Lisbon Treaty. But to go further, it needs to reform itself more fundamentally. This was the key message of three resolutions exploring the future development of the European Union approved by Parliament on Thursday. (Read more: Parliament sets out its vision for the future of Europe )

 

To counter the growing threats from “foreign fighters” travelling to conflict zones for terrorist purposes and “lone wolves” planning solo attacks, new EU-wide rules were approved by Parliament on Thursday. (Read more: Preventing terrorism: clampdown on foreign fighters and lone wolves )

 

All EU citizens and third country nationals entering or leaving the EU will be systematically checked against databases, e.g. of lost and stolen documents, under a regulation voted on Thursday. The new rules were agreed by Parliament’s negotiators and the Council of Ministers on 5 December 2016. (Read more: Stopping foreign fighters at EU external borders )

 
 
Weekly agenda
 
Schedule by day Thursday 23 Feb 2017
Delegation to Toulouse and Marseille, France - Delegations (23-02-2017): 09:00
 
Civil Liberties Committee visit to Canada - Delegations (23-02-2017): 09:00
 
IMCO mission to India - Delegations (23-02-2017):
 
D-PAL mission to Palestine - Delegations (23-02-2017):
 
DROI mission to Vietnam - Delegations (23-02-2017):
 
AFET mission to India - Delegations (23-02-2017):
 
 
Schedule by day Friday 24 Feb 2017
Civil Liberties Committee visit to Canada - Delegations (24-02-2017): 09:00
 
AFET mission to India - Delegations (24-02-2017):
 
DROI mission to Vietnam - Delegations (24-02-2017):
 
The President's agenda - The President's diary (24-02-2017):
 
D-PAL mission to Palestine - Delegations (24-02-2017):
 
 
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Agenda for the Week Ahead (20 - 27 Feb) of EP Delegations: https://t.co/lj4W23S61b https://t.co/pKzEkBrCCC
What is to hide from us?,asks @sylikiotis leading EP Del. 4 rel. w. #Palestine which has been denied access to Gaza: https://t.co/vrq4HD8bUD
Chair of EP's delegation 4 relations with #Palestine @sylikiotis heads cross-party mission to Palestine from 20 to… https://t.co/pPKbcaUdEt
Canadian PM @JustinTrudeau to adress #EPlenary tomorrow at 11 am. More details here https://t.co/2JGNvtN9FU https://t.co/XrvffKfktA
Last Nov. 2016 #EPlenary called on Russian authorities to immediately & unconditionally release Ildar Dadin - MORE:… https://t.co/7gHA7ZIZ5A
.@EP_ForeignAff & @EP_HumanRights Chairs @davidmcallister& @AntonioPanzeri worried by sit.of opposition leader Lopez https://t.co/2Oo2zfqgTq
PR: resolutions on #humanrights & democracy in #Nicaragua, #Guatemala & executions in #Kuwait & #Bahrain adopted > https://t.co/ctKArS7ovM
EU invests almost Eur 400 mln. in cooperation w/ #MENA partners on #counterterrorism. Study https://t.co/KAPgF0wqmt https://t.co/1eTr8uAC51
EU invests almost Eur 400 mln. in cooptn w/ #MENA partners on #counterterrorism. Study https://t.co/kmx8NSNH3C /EXP… https://t.co/bbi5Kfv55D
#Russia post-2014 security and military aims & motives revealed. Check this out https://t.co/HefZA8CpFM
Next Tuesday in @EP_Development: #EFSD, European Investment Plan, #PalmOil, garment sector, EU budget. Agenda:… https://t.co/E0Tfcr3UFZ
RT @TR_Foundation: As #famine is threatening to kill millions in four countries, here are the world's major famines of the last 100 yrs htt…
Tackling the root causes of #migration: how the EU Fund for #sustainabledevelopment works: https://t.co/F7ngbksicr… https://t.co/4cBWkHHgsa
.@EP_Trade delegation&NGOs agree: new EU-Mexico trade deal should be based on rule of law, human rights, transparen… https://t.co/Xyx2nRiBke
Committee Chair @berndlange welcomes the entry into force of @wto #TradeFacilitation agreement. Press release:… https://t.co/9ZrhbUwXGm
RT @wto: The day has come for #easiertrade. The #TradeFacilitation Agreement has now entered into force. Read all about it: https://t.co/s4…
Want to know more about the European Fund for Sustainable Development? Check out our briefing:… https://t.co/FWa1BmJpSW
Investing €44bn in Africa&EUNeighbourhood: @FedericaMog & @jyrkikatainen present draft #EFSD to @EP_Budgets… https://t.co/8IdDQmWqcl
Study: The Budgetary Tools for Financing the EU External Policy https://t.co/hgHLBMcihY #EUbudget https://t.co/J4XPymL1sk
Next wk in @EP_BudgControl - #EUdischarge2015 debate with @edward_scicluna and @GOettingerEU - All infos & agenda:… https://t.co/6TunYPvXwA
MEPs call for EU-wide protection for whistleblowers in #EPlenary vote https://t.co/O8FahVlZQ2 @DdJong
Starting @ 7pm!! Meeting on #EUDischarge2015 (#Ukraine, W #Balkans, #SSM) LIVE: https://t.co/oLsclnQ6CL Infos: https://t.co/aOZVLOFWYY
#PANA MEPs call for increased transparency in Malta’s taxation system as they ended fact finding mission there https://t.co/uTq5q7PTh8
#PANA Committee visit #Malta on fact-finding mission, 20 Feb #panamaleaks https://t.co/hVIVZKG0B6
RT @MarkusFerber: a big step in the fight against food speculation: Parliament confirmed RTS on the introduction of the position limits reg…
.@EPSocialAffairs Votes on #EGF #AGF2017 and initative in #garment sector at 17.00 - follow LIVE https://t.co/yvRGYTte0E
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Limits on exposure to carcinogens and mutagens at work https://t.co/YhkE2bRBT5 @EPSocialAffairs @thaendel @maritaulvskog
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Continuing the legislative fight against causes of #cancer https://t.co/gfua3oICc5 #WorldCancerDay @EPSocialAffairs @thae…
RT @EU_Arauzo: EU environment ministers will try to agree on their position for the review of the #EUETS next 28 February
#MEPs call for fast-track approval of #biological low-risk #pesticides https://t.co/cM5v2ZtglQ https://t.co/gU8yoIVQRD
#EUETS - #MEPs back plans to cut #carbon emission allowances and fund low-carbon innovation https://t.co/7qN3DEgFbB https://t.co/DbmGA0Tn60
#EPlenary @EP_Industry @JerzyBuzek press release on vote - European Cloud Initiative: https://t.co/n8SzRlUg8J
Consequences of #Brexit: the draft agenda of the @EP_SingleMarket workshop on 28 February is now online https://t.co/Ql7oEkGQ13
RT @vickyford: Very impressed by @NASSCOMStartUps digital entrepreneurs & lunch with Ashank Desai founder of India's earliest software succ…
RT @vickyford: Making the news in India ... European Parliament delegation meets Maha Governor - https://t.co/1VbsZ9Nwsr https://t.co/GwewL…
#EPlenary adopts resolution on #Aviation Strategy for Europe: 397 votes to 99, 49 abstentions, final text soon here: https://t.co/h9SyY9bBqd
Now at #EPlenary: debate on #aviation strategy for Europe, vote at noon, draft resolution: https://t.co/7abaY3vD0U https://t.co/B7GZJlYLe2
#EPlenary debate on Commission's approval of Germany's revised road toll plans to start https://t.co/eAGZY15DJN https://t.co/jQJpcycOLR
RT @EU_Health: Healthy food in schools: valuable new resource 4 public procurement authorities in #EU countries #childhood #obesity https:/…
RT @EU_EESC: The 523 #EESC #Plenary has started, join the debate! 📺Watch live https://t.co/6nMWLLy6UM 📢Opinions in the spotlight https://t…
RT @EU_Regional: BioCentre, tech and innovation campus helps rural regions 2become less dependent on #energy &raw materials https://t.co/M9…
RT @EUauditors: New audit report – EU’s #biodiversity: #Natura2000 needs better management, financing and monitoring https://t.co/AMr4wdEUq…
.@EP_Agriculture debates now w/@EU_Commission #greening aspects of new draft #directpayments rules. Live: https://t.co/4tBY5sdkJy
#EU_Organics, #Omnibus bill & post-2020 #CAP: @EU2017MT priorities debated in @EP_Agriculture. Read more or rewatch: https://t.co/qf5PjQ69GQ
RT @ScotMarineInst: WATCH: Suction cup cameras have recorded the secret life of wild dolphins #saveouroceans #marinescience https://t.co/RD…
RT @EU_MARE: #EUMaritimeYear: Join us in Poole (UK) for the 10th European Maritime Day, The Future of our Seas #EMD2017 18-19 May https://t…
RT @Economist_WOS: We will be live tweeting at 9am tomorrow. Pose your question with #OceanSummit to make sure it reaches to us. https://t.…
#ErasmusPlus: MEPs to call for funding for #youth organisations and #apprenticeships 497/39/60 @MilanZver https://t.co/7XH2N8hm91
#Sport: zero tolerance towards corruption, #MatchFixing or violence – EP resolution voted today 522/76/37 https://t.co/vZsNHaNaAj
Press release on #Robots and #AI: MEPs call for EU-wide liability rules. @mady_delvaux https://t.co/xA7AWq12c6
The resolution in civil law rules or #robotics and #AI was adopted at the plenary by 396/123/85. Press release to follow @mady_delvaux
RT @Frontex: Frontex hosted @EP_Justice to discuss its transformation into the European Border and Coast Guard Agency https://t.co/Hu5IMaW2…
MEPs @EP_Justice travelling this week to #Canada to check #resettlement & #asylum policies & to @Frontex HQ in Wars… https://t.co/BlBy0XJCae
Stopping foreign fighters at EU external borders. Read more: https://t.co/4dd5BvQuTM @MonicaMacovei1
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Options for #euro area reforms to counter asymmetric shocks https://t.co/sRcOq02tOa @EP_Budgets @JeanArthuis @EPInstituti…
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Time to tap the unused potential of the Lisbon Treaty? https://t.co/CqvdVgcObH #EuropeanParliament https://t.co/zIq36XNEt8
Soon in #EPlenary - joint debate on the future of the EU: https://t.co/jHDir5l7A1 #futureEU @PervencheBeres @GuyVerhofstadt
Discussion in #EPlenary on 61 UN Commision on the status of Women #CSW61 @ConstanceLeGrip & @Mariearenaps around 21.30h. Follow live.
RT @unngls: Find out more about 13-24 March @UN 61st session of the Commission on the Status of #Women: https://t.co/IhKeNn6dc0 #CSW61 http…
Follow live #EPlenary debate on #genderequality in mental health&clinical research @beatrizbecerrab around 20.30h. https://t.co/eVAWLsJtyp
Difficulties for EU citizens to get a personal identification number in #Sweden? @EP_Petitions delegation visits Stockholm on Tuesday 21/2.
RT @Claude_Moraes: Me & my colleague @CeciliaWikstrom will propose @EP_Justice @EP_Petitions hearing in European Parliament on EU citizens'…
RT @TheProgressives: Congratulations @VRoziere! Elected as our coordinator for the @EP_Petitions committee 👏👏👏 https://t.co/H29f0KeRlC
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