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Key debate on Paris attacks and anti-terror measures with Jean-Claude Juncker

24-11-2015 - 18:00

MEPs will discuss the 13 November terrorist attacks in Paris, the subsequent responses and give their feedback on the 20 November Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting in a key debate with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Nicolas Schmit, representing the Council Presidency, on Wednesday from 8.30 to 12.00.

The debate is set to focus on current and envisaged anti-terror measures, especially on the conclusions of the EU Council of 20 November.

These include the Passenger Name Record data (EU PNR) proposal (currently being negotiated in three-way “trialogue" talks between Parliament, Council and Commission), strengthening controls at Schengen's external borders - including systematic controls of EU nationals at those borders - preventing access to firearms, stepping up information-sharing among EU member states and between them and Europol, tackling terrorist financing, and enhancing the criminal justice response to radicalisation leading to terrorism and violent extremism.

Ways to counter Daesh in Syria and elsewhere are also expected to be addressed in the debate.

You can watch the plenary debate via EP Live, and EbS+.

Follow the debate, view related documents and see comments live on Storify

Note to editors

A resolution on preventing radicalisation and recruitment of EU citizens by terrorist organisations will be voted at around 13.00, after being debated on Tuesday afternoon (Rachida Dati report).


Mustang won the 2015 Lux Film Prize for its moving story of five Turkish sisters who, determined to live their own lives, break with tradition. "I wanted to say with quite a sense of urgency what it was to be a woman, something which was even more acute and urgent in the case of Turkey," said director Deniz Gamze Ergüven of her film. Describing herself as "immensely honoured" upon receiving the award, the French-Turkish director said Mustang was a film that promoted European ideals. (Read more: Lux Film Prize winner: Mustang is about aspiring to freedom )


Buying insurance will be made easier and safer following Parliament's vote on Tuesday tightening EU rules on the information and advice provided by insurance sales staff. The current rules on sales of insurance have been amended to introduce similar information and consumer protection requirements for all insurance distribution channels unless they meet the conditions for exemption. (Read more: EP backs deal on better information, advice and protection for insurance buyers )


More than one in four children in Europe are at risk of poverty and social exclusion, which will have repercussions for them throughout life. On Tuesday 24 November MEPs adopted a resolution urging EU countries to boost their efforts to combat child poverty and social inequalities. The text was adopted with 569 in favour, 77 against and 49 abstentions. Check out our map for the latest statistics on child poverty. (Read more: One in four children at risk of poverty in Europe )


President Martin Schulz announced that Mustang had won the 2015 European Parliament LUX Prize for cinema at a ceremony in the Chamber in Strasbourg at noon on Tuesday. Mustang tells the story of five sisters who have been promised to husbands through forced marriages but who, determined to live their own lives, break the yoke of tradition. (Read more: Mustang is the winner of this year's LUX Film Prize )

Press releases (second part)

Adopting the European budget takes months of preparation and debate. Almost every parliamentary committee has its say, the plenary vote may last for hours and then there are weeks of tricky negotiations with the Council. The EU's budget for next year should be finalised on 25 November when MEPs vote on an informal agreement reached with member states earlier thismonth. Check out our infographic for an overview of the procedure and follow the plenary debate live on Tuesday 24 November. (Read more: The EU's 2016 budget: how to ensure it all adds up )


The EU’s Frontex border agency should set up a mechanism to process individual complaints about alleged breaches of the fundamental rights of migrants and asylum seekers, say MEPs in a joint resolution voted by the Civil Liberties and Petitions committees on Monday. MEPs want the the European Commission to include provisions for this mechanism in a review of the Frontex regulation, due in December. (Read more: Make it easier for migrants to complain about Frontex border guards, MEP say )


“Those who fail to reconcile freedom and security fail in everything”, said President Schulz, citing the credo of late German statesman Helmut Schmidt, whose funeral he had just attended. “Security has to be organised, but we must not let our freedom be curtailed by those who want to scare us”. The brutal attacks on France ten days ago targeted Parliament’s values too. MEPs held a minute’s silence for terror victims everywhere, including Mali, Syria and Iraq. (Read more: Opening: “Those who fail to reconcile freedom and security fail in everything” )


The winner of this year's Lux Film Prize will be picked by MEPs on Tuesday 24 November. The three films that have reached the final stage of the competition are Mediterranea, Mustang and Urok (also known in English as The Lesson). The Lux Prize is awarded by the European Parliament every year to films that promote European cinematography, values and social issues. Follow the award ceremony live on our website. (Read more: And the 2015 Lux Film Prize goes to... Follow the announcement live online )


The urgent need to step up information-sharing among EU member states and between them and Europol to fight terrorism, the work on the Passenger Name Records data (EU PNR) proposal and the de-radicalisation of EU citizens joining terrorist organisations were among the topics discussed by MEPs with Europol chief Rob Wainwright and Council and Commission representatives on Thursday. (Read more: Terrorist attacks: MEPs demand more information-sharing and coordination in EU )


Organic food is gaining in popularity, but what are the health benefits? MEPs discussed the impact of organic food with experts during a meeting organised by the Parliament's science and technology unit (STOA) on 18 November. They heard further research may be needed to establish organic food's nutritional benefits. In our Twitter poll on the topic, two thirds of respondents said they preferred organic food. (Read more: Organic food: healthier than conventional food? )

Weekly agenda
Schedule by day Wednesday 25 Nov 2015
On behalf of the EPP Group "TAXE report: European Tax Policy after LuxLeaks" - Press conferences (25-11-2015): 09:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
"Presentation of the campaign 'We are all protected'" - Press conferences (25-11-2015): 10:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
International day for the elimination of violence against women - Press conferences (25-11-2015): 11:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
Prevention of radicalisation and recruitment of European citizens by terrorist organisations - Press conferences (25-11-2015): 11:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
Roundtable to prevent violation of women's rights - Special events (25-11-2015): 14:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
The 2016 Budget - Press conferences (25-11-2015): 14:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
Recommendations for fairer corporate tax competition in Europe - Press conferences (25-11-2015): 15:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
"LuxLeaks scandal and special committee on Tax rulings: what is the outcome?" - Press conferences (25-11-2015): 15:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
Car emissions - Press conferences (25-11-2015): 16:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
The President's diary - The President's diary (25-11-2015):
Schedule by day Thursday 26 Nov 2015
The President's diary - The President's diary (26-11-2015):
Schedule by day Sunday 29 Nov 2015
The President's diary - The President's diary (29-11-2015):
#LuxPrize Press Conf at 15:00 with directors of films #Mustang,#Mediterranea & #Urok @SilviaCostaEU @Antonio_Tajani:
Press release: Make it easier for #migrants to complain about #Frontex border #guards, MEP say:
Press release: #EP backs deal on better information, advice and protection for #insurance buyers: #EPlenary
#EPlenary wants a stronger #EU role within a stronger @UN system: @kokokansanpaavo
.@UlrikeLunacek welcomes stopping of the violent protests in #Kosovo - statement
CORRIGENDUM PR link to @EP_ForeignAff MEPs telling that revised #ENP must focus on #security & #migration :
.@ElenaValenciano welcomes the release of #Azerbaijani #humanrights activist Arif #Yunus Full statement here;
.@ElenaValenciano on #Burundi : the situation is disastrous, catastrophic; we fear the country is spiraling into a situation of civil war
.@EP_HumanRights debate on #humanrights situation in #Burundi has just started. Follow live
Anna Fotyga, Chair of @EP_Defence calls for #unity of #Europeans following the #terroristattacks in #Paris
NOW @EP_Defence hearing on #cooperation w/ third countries & organisations in #CSDP - Watch
Now on @EP_Defence: EoV with H.E. Amb. Gabor Iklody Head of #CMPD @eu_eeas on #EUMAM RCA mission - Watch live:
"Access to #education is crucial for children in emergency situations" said @EP_Development in its resolution today
.@EP_Development adopted its report by Enrique Guerrero Salom MEP on @WHSummit Press release #WHSummit
The #EPlenary resolution on #Ecuador joining EU-#Peru and #Colombia trade agreement will be voted on Thursday, rapporteur @HelmutScholzMEP
MEPs debate #Ecuador accession to EU-#Peru/#Colombia trade agreement #EPlenary #banana imports
#Vietnam: How can EU improve human rights dialogue, what benchmarks will there be?- @berndlange to the @MalmstromEU
In #EPlenary around 16:00: debate on #EUbudget 2016 deal. Vote & press conf tmrw. Live: @JMFernandesEU @gerardeprez
.@EP_Budgets agreed to maximum use of #EUbudget flexibility for #migrationEU #refugeecrisis in 2016. #EPlenary vote: 25/11. @JMFernandesEU
.@EP_Budgets stance on DAB8/2015 adopted in ctee, #EPlenary vote on 25/11. Rapp: @EGardiazabal Text:
#EPlenary to discuss @EUAuditorsECA annual report on 26/11. Read more about @EP_BudgControl views: | #discharge2014
Debate today @EP_BudgControl with national Parliaments about use of #EUbudget by MS is CANCELLED due to #ParisAttacks
Management of #EUbudget by MS. Debate @EP_BudgControl with national Parliaments & @EUAuditorsECA on 16/11 at 16h| #discharge2014 @Mdlabajova
.@EP_Economics negotiation team @CvNieuwenhuizen reached deal on #benchmarks after long and difficult negotiations tonight #LIBOR
Wrap-up of #EP #TAXE debate with 11 multinationals + video extracts + background here: #luxleaks #TaxTransparency
.@EP_Economics quizzes Chairs of #EBA, @eiopa_europa_eu, @ESMAComms today, live:
MEPs endorsed the @EPSocialAffairs resolution on long-term unemployment in the plenary. Press release
Video of recent debate with @gkatr in @EPSocialAffairs already available here
.@EPSocialAffairs Chair @thaendel supports the idea a of monitoring group to look at employment & social conditions in #Greece
RT @OECD: It's World Antibiotic Awareness Week: see our latest #stats & info on #AntibioticResistance…
RT @francediplo: .@LaurentFabius: la #COP21 est une action absolument indispensable contre le dérèglement climatique, elle se tiendra.https…
#EPlenary: debate on steel industry/base metals in Europe ongoing now:
Open&independent internet and non-discriminatory access to knowledge, asked MEPs #IFG2015 Full declaration:
#Eplenary just adopted ISA2 w 569 votes to 31 & 24 abstentions. More info @EP_Industry @czorrinho
RT @vickyford: Tonight we negotiate Network& Information Systems Directive - protecting critical infrastructure from cyber attacks.
Starting now - IMCO WG on #DigitalSingleMarket. Debate on online marketplaces & platforms. Webstr @rozathun
Today's 3 pm @EP_SingleMarket #DigitalSingleMarket WG focus - online marketplaces & platforms. Agenda
Starting now @EP_Transport cttee: contribution of transport to the EU climate and energy objectives, webstreaming:
Trilogue agreement on technical pillar of 4th railway package approved in @EP_Transport committee this morning
.@EP_Transport at 15h: debates on CEF and opinions on TiSA talks for INTA cttee, Digital Single Market, webstreaming
PR on "Cohesion policy & marginalized communities" resolution
Resolution #REGI drafted by @TerryReintke for better inclusion of marginalized communities in Cohesion Policy adopted in plenary 574-84-36
#TISA opinion drafted by @MonikaVana approved in #REGI (incl Compromise AMs 1-9) by 35 +, 3-, 1 abst.
Spanish farm minister in @EP_Agriculture: No doubt, EU needs a law to fight #unfairtrading in #foodchain. More in PR:
.@EP_Agriculture demands an EU law to fight #unfairtrading practices in #supplychain. More in PR: @MaireadMcGMEP
Missed press conf w/ @MartinHaeusling on #organic vote in @EP_Agriculture? Watch it all again (broadcast quality):
Agendas for 7&10 DEC @EP_Fisheries meetings here: Focus on External Dimension #cfpreality #Fisheries
Are #Fisheries Partnership Agreements well managed by @EU_MARE ? Answer on #7DEC in #PECH & by @EUAuditorsECA here:
New study: #Sardine #Fisheries: Resource Assessment and Social and Economic Situation
RT @europarlAV: LIVE REPLAY #LuxPrize 2015: VIDEO statement by @DGErguven, the winner #Mustang…
#Luxprize2015 Award ceremony at 12.00 Press conference with film Directors at 15.00 live
New EU rules to ease acceptance of #PublicDocuments backed by @EP_Legal MEPs. Read more: @mady_delvaux
Now @EP_Legal: Discussion on Interinstitutional agreement on #BetterRegulation with @GuyVerhofstadt . LIVE
Wednesday at 8.30 am #EPlenary debate on #terrorism #ParisAttacks: follow what is being said on @Storify #EPonTerror
RT @datirachida: Suivez en direct les débats au Parlement européen à propos de mon rapport sur la prévention de la radicalisation : https:/…
RT @Avramopoulos: Will very soon propose directive to strengthen framework on criminalisation of #terrorist offences: travel & financing. @…
Starting now: 2nd part of @EPinstitutional inter-parliamentary debate on future EU institutions. Watch live
RT @danutahuebner: Minister Schmidt at @EPInstitutional Inter-parliamentary calling today's meeting an example of how our cooperation could…
10:30 in @EPinstitutional: inter-parliamentary talks on future EU institutions. Live: @mercedesbresso @ElmarBrok_MEP
RT @unwomenEU: Tomorrow, orange your profile pic to end #violenceagainstwomen! #orangetheworld @SayNO_UNiTE https:/…
RT @UN: How will you #orangetheworld to end violence against women? Showcase @SayNO_UNiTE: #16days…
Make it easier for migrants to complain about #Frontex border guards, @EP_Justice & @EP_Petitions MEPs say. More:
Today at 19.20h @EP_Petitions & @EP_Justice vote on draft report on @frontex
.@EP_Petitions & @EP_Justice vote on draft report on @frontex on 23/11 at 19.20h
The Parliament is on...