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The European Parliament is in session

Sat 29-11-2014
09:00 - 19:00 EP election observation delegation to parliamentary elections in Moldova
The President's diary
13:45 - 14:45 The President's agenda

Two distinguished visits marked the November plenary session. On Tuesday Pope Francis addressed MEPs, followed by the 2014 Sakharov Prize laureate, Dr Denis Mukwege, who did likewise on Wednesday. Mukwege received the award for his work helping victims of sexual violence in conflict. The European Commission's €315 billion investment plan to boost the EU economy, and UN climate talk preparations were other topics that added to a packed agenda. (Read more: Things we learnt in plenary: Sakharov Prize, papal visit, economic boost )


The next European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) will be Giovanni Buttarelli, Parliament's President Martin Schulz announced in plenary on Thursday. His Assistant Supervisor will be Wojciech Rafał Wiewiórowski. (Read more: Giovanni Buttarelli named new data protection watchdog )


The European Parliament called on EU member states and the European Commission to break down barriers to the growth of the EU's digital single market in a resolution voted on Thursday. MEPs also stressed the need to prevent online companies from abusing dominant positions by enforcing EU competition rules and unbundling search engines from other commercial services. (Read more: MEPs zero in on internet search companies and clouds )


Parliament passed three resolutions on Thursday, calling on the Pakistani government to review its blasphemy laws; condemning atrocities by the so-called Islamic State in Iraq; and calling for action against the "wartime rhetoric" and hate speech of provisionally released Serbian war crimes suspect Vojislav Šešelj. (Read more: Human rights: blasphemy in Pakistan; kidnapping in Iraq; war crimes in Serbia )

Press releases (second part)

The European Parliament rejected a motion of censure against Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s team on Thursday, with 461 votes against, 101 in favour and 88 abstentions. The motion was tabled by 76 EFDD and non-attached MEPs further to the "Lux leaks" plenary session debate with Mr Juncker on 12 November. A debate on the motion was held on Monday. (Read more: Motion of censure against the Commission rejected by a large majority )


A negotiating team led by Alain Lamassoure (EPP, FR) struck a political deal with the Council and the Commission on European Long Term Investment Funds (ELTIFs) on Wednesday evening. These funds should boost non-bank financing for projects that deliver infrastructure, intellectual property or research results which benefit the real economy and society. (Read more: Deal secured to boost infrastructure investment in the EU )


Sweden recently became the latest EU country to recognise Palestine as a state. Today after 15.00 CET MEPs will hold a debate on the recognition of Palestine statehood. Would such a move help defuse violence in the region? We discussed it with Martina Anderson (GUE/NGL, UK), chair of the delegation for relations with the Palestinian Legislative Council, and Fulvio Martusciello (EPP, Italy), chair of the delegation for relations with Israel. (Read more: Debate: should Palestine be recognised as a state? )


A non-binding resolution calling for EU legislation to separate internet search engines from commercial services will be debated by MEPs today and voted on tomorrow. The aim is to level the playing field for online businesses and secure long-term benefits for internet users. Follow the debate and vote live on our website. (Read more: MEPs to vote on plans to separate search engines from commercial activities )


Talks to be held in Lima next month should enable global partners to reach an ambitious climate agreement in Paris in 2015, so as to keep the world on track for a sub-2°C climate warming scenario, Parliament said in a resolution voted on Wednesday. MEPs reiterated the pledge by the EU and its member states to step up contributions to the UN Green Climate Fund. (Read more: Climate change talks: MEPs chart the course from Lima to Paris )


"Women's bodies have become a true battlefield and rape is being used as a weapon of war," said Congolese gynaecologist Denis Mukwege as he accepted the 2014 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in Strasbourg on Wednesday 26 November. Dr Mukwege was honoured by the European Parliament for dedicating his life to helping thousands of victims of gang rape and brutal sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (Read more: Sakharov laureate Denis Mukwege: "Women's bodies have become a true battlefield" )

Press briefing on next week’s #EP activities Monday at 11:00 at PHS 0A050. LIVE: &
The Week Ahead (1-7 Dec) includes: #TTIP, #EUBudget, #EU economic dialogue & more.Full Agenda:
European Parliament: Facts & Figures. Briefing available at: #EP
Follow the rest of #EPlenary debate on #Palestine statehood w/ @FedericaMog live here:
NI MEP S.#Zarianopoulos calls "for full support & solidarity for the just struggle of #Palestinian people" in his speech
It is "lame" to delay EP recommendation for MS to recognize #Palestine -which would" help preserve 2-state solution" MEP#Meszerics @GreensEP
#DROI chair @elenavalenciano in #fmdh2014 to address violence ag women & migration.Pic:panel on indigenous ppl rights
#EPlenary #humanrights resolutions: #Pakistan, #Iraq, #Serbia the case of Vojislav Šešelj. Full press release:
RT @europarlAV: Martin SCHULZ, @EP_President meets with @DenisMukwege #EP #SakharovPrize Laureate 2014 #Mukwege. DOWNLOAD VIDEO: http://t.c…
.@EP_Defence now turns to #MaritimeSecurity Strategy Action Plan with @eu_eeas @EU_Commission @IT2014EU
.@EP_Defence MEPs debate security situation in #Baltic sea basin with @NCSS_Poland LIVE
Delegation for relations w/ @natopapress meets on Thu13Nov @15:00:PA annual session& debate w/SG #Hobbs. See mtg docs
#EPlenary adopts resolution on #post2015 development agenda @davorstier (vote results: 541/96/29) Press release:
Starts in 15min: #EPlenary debate on #post2015 development agenda @davorstier. Watch live:
Today after 18h: #EPlenary debate on #post2015 development agenda @davorstier. Watch live:
#conflict & #minerals: how to best break the link? are @EU_Commission proposed rules enough?Follow hearing next Thu
#trade next week in EP: #TTIP debate with @MalmstromEU, votes on trade preferences for #Moldova, #Kenya. #Philippines
RT @MalmstromEU: Watch: Video from today's press conference w @berndlange, chair of @EP_Trade, on increased transparency in #TTIP http://t…
.@EUAuditorsECA estimates RAL at €326b, to be settled during this MFF period. Landscape report: @EP_Budgets
RT @EUAuditorsECA: Managing risks to good-quality spending is essential to making the best use of #EU money, say EU #Auditors. ALL INFO: ht…
#EPlenary urges Council to pay bills & agree on #EUbudget. More: @EU_Budgets @JeanArthuis @Gerardeprez @EGardiazabal
Mon 1/12 @PhilHoganEU will be @EP_BudgControl, on 2013#EUbudget spending #discharge. Plus Kosovo EULEX debate. Docs:
How is MS GNI data checked by Commission? Rapp @BartStaes says not fully reliably. Watch @EP_BudgControl debate here:
.@EUAuditorsECA M M #Cvikl and @KGeorgieva joins debate @EP_BudgControl at 9. Watch live:
Change to the agenda!! Hearing of @pierremoscovici in @EP_Economics will NOT take place on Monday, but on Tuesday 2 December from 10:00.
.@EP_Economics MEPs secure deal to boost infrastructure investment in the EU:
.@EP_Economics agreed on substance of new ELTIF (EU long term investment funds) w/ @EUCouncil & @EU_Commission
European Parliament adopted the resolution on Employment and social aspects of the EU2020 strategy
.@EPSocialAffairs next meeting on Thursday, 20 November from 9.00 to 12.30 in PHS 3C50. Agenda
.@EPSocialAffairs calls for better focus on employment and social aspects of the EU2020 Strategy
#Climatechange talks: #MEPs chart the course from #COP20 Lima to #Paris #EPlenary
#EPlenary to vote on #COP20 resolution - live webstream: docs
#Novelfoods: #MEPs call for moratorium on #nanofood and labelling of #clonedmeat
Tonight 21:15 in #Eplenary: debate on #steel sector in the EU - protecting workers & industries. Watch live
Draft agenda for @EP_Industry 3-4 Dec online: #SME hearing, visits @MAC_europa & @Moedas, talks #ETS, #EnergySecurity
9h in @EP_Industry: #biobased industries in #H2020 & study on EU leadership in manufacturing. Follow live:
MEPs zero in on the internet search companies and clouds with resol on #DigitalSingleMarket (384/174/56). Read here
Debate on #DigitalSingleMarket could also be followed here or
Debate on the future of #DigitalSingleMarket, including search engines, in #EPlenary starts now. Follow Live
Video recording of the hearing on European road toll systems for private vehicles in @EP_Transport now available here
WATCH LIVE Hearing on European road toll systems in @EP_Transport today at 15h30 programme
Video of debates on TEN-T projects and int'l train connections in @EP_Transport committee this morning now available
MEPs worried about delays in the start-up of the new #CohesionPolicy #REGI
Resolution on delays in the start-up of #CohesionPolicy adopted with 608 votes against 31 and 27 abstentions
Worries about delays in #CohesionPolicy implementation - watch Monday's #EPlenary debate:
RT @EP_President: .@FedericaMog key role in coordination of Trade, Intl Cooperation, Development, Humanitarian Aid, Crisis Management, Neig…
RT @EP_President: We've helped ensure that the quality and identity of our foods is protected, certified and recognisable @Expo2015Milano
RT @EP_President: In 2015: renewal of Millennium Development Goals; UN Climate Change Conference in Paris; European Year for Development. E…
Interested in the next week’s #Eplenary agenda? Don’t miss the briefing! Live in 30’:
Over 50m work in #industry across the #EU. More on the matter in our @EP_ThinkTank briefing:
Next #PECH hearing on #4DEC: #Fisheries in the #outermost regions - programme here:
The Parliament works in 24 #languages but how many of them do you recognise? Play our game!
FashionArtEU Exhibition -#Parlamentarium 20th November 15.00 to18.00
.@EP_legal newsletter issue 6 is now available online:
.@EP_legal meets next week on 1-2 Dec in Brussels and 3 Dec in Luxembourg. Check the agendas here:
.@EP_Justice meets next week from Tuesday to Thursday. Agendas are available here:
RT @EURightsAgency: #FundamentalRights conf. conclusions online - More holistic approach to #EU #migration needed ht…
Giovanni Buttarelli named new @EU_EDPS. Press release: #EUdataP
Next AFCO meeting 4/12 tbc.Video on demand of 6/11 meeting w/ VP EC #timmermans & Workshop on Constit. challenges see
Workshop continues #afco: EU democracy - political parties & groups + first lessons #citizen's initiative: live
EC VP #timmermans in #afco for debate with MEPs now see
RT @eurogender: We should all see how we can contribute to stop #VAW @MartinSchulz #WhiteRibbon #16days…
Study Evaluation of Strategy for #equalitywomenmen 2010-2015 -Beijing Platform for Action @EP_GenderEqual available:
New @EP_Petitions vice-Chairs are Rosa Estarás (EPP, ES), @RobertaMetsola (EPP, MT), @MarleneMizzi (S&D, MT) & Pál Csaky (EPP, SK)
.@EP_Petitions to elect its Chair and 4 vice-Chairs today at 5.15pm - Follow it live
RT @mvandenbroeke: #EP press team selfie on last day of last session in Strasbourg #EP2014
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