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A debate on security issues with the German and French interior ministers and visits by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and London Mayor Sadiq Khan are on the agenda of this week. In addition the UK is expected to formally start the process to withdraw from the EU by triggering article 50, while committees vote on measures to stop tax evasion by multinationals as well as on a mid-term revision of the EU's long-term budget. (Read more: In Parliament this week: security, tax evasion, EU's long-term budget )

 

Sixty years ago the leaders of the six founding member states gathered in Rome to put their signatures under the agreements that would create a European common market, but also pave the way for a union of peace and prosperity that has come to encompass most of our continent. Leading MEPs will join the anniversary celebrations in Rome this weekend, while heads of state and government will use the opportunity to deliberate on the next steps for the EU. (Read more: The EU turns 60: anniversary of the Treaty of Rome )

 

Parliament’s President Antonio Tajani, political group leaders and other leading MEPs will meet with Italy’s highest public officials, starting with President Sergio Mattarella on Friday, and take part in the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome on Saturday. (Read more: 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome )

 

Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa stressed the importance of a united EU during a visit to the Parliament on 22 March.It was part of an official visit to Brussels on the first anniversary of last year's terrorist attacks. In addition to meeting Parliament President Antonio Tajani, he also met several Portuguese MEPs and made a brief visit to the reading room Lucas Pires,named in honour of the Portuguese MEP who died in 1998. (Read more: Portuguese President meets Antonio Tajani and Portuguese MEPs )

 
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More than 1,100 workers were killed and 2,500 injured when a building housing several clothes workshops collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh, nearly four year ago. The tragedy drew attention to working conditions in the sector. Parliament's development committee has adopted a report calling for new legislation to ensure that the clothes and textiles we buy are not produced at the expense of the workers. Watch our video to find out more. (Read more: Textile workers: the human cost of cheap clothes )

 

New draft rules to make more books available in formats designed for blind and visually impaired people were approved by the Legal Affairs Committee on Thursday. The draft legislation, which brings EU law into line with the Marrakesh Treaty, provides for copyright exceptions for formats such as audiobooks and Braille. (Read more: Plans to adapt more books for blind people backed by Legal Affairs Committee )

 

The first “security dialogue” with Commissioner Sir Julian King on information sharing in the security field will be held by the Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday from 14.00 to 15.30. (Read more: Security debate with Commissioner King in the Civil Liberties Committee at 14.00 )

 

The new European Solidarity Corps deserves its own budget – it should not be funded at the expense of the Erasmus+ or Europe for Citizens programmes, urge Culture and Education Committee MEPs in a resolution voted on Wednesday. Offering young people an opportunity to take part in solidarity schemes all over Europe would help them to gain experience for future long-term jobs, they add. (Read more: EU Solidarity Corps not to be funded with Erasmus+ budget, urge culture MEPs )

 

“Unacceptable.” President Antonio Tajani was clear this week in his condemnation of Turkey accusing Germany and the Netherlands of Nazi methods for preventing Turkish ministers from campaigning in their countries in favour of a referendum to give the president additional powers. Although the EU and Turkey cooperate on anything from trade to migration, relations have become strained in recent year. Read on for an overview of the current state of affairs. (Read more: EU-Turkey: anatomy of a difficult relationship )

 

A new, tougher, A to G scale showing the energy efficiency of household appliances should be introduced to keep pace with technological progress, agreed the Parliament’s and Council’s negotiators on Tuesday. (Read more: A to G energy scale for home appliances: EP/Council strike informal deal )

 
 
Weekly agenda
 
Schedule by day Monday 27 Mar 2017
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs - Parliamentary committees (27-03-2017): 15:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
The EU accession to the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence - Public hearings (27-03-2017): 15:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs - Parliamentary committees (27-03-2017): 15:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Budgetary Control - Parliamentary committees (27-03-2017): 15:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Budgets - Parliamentary committees (27-03-2017): 18:30, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
The President's agenda - The President's diary (27-03-2017):
 
 
Schedule by day Tuesday 28 Mar 2017
“Freedom of speech” - Press conferences (28-03-2017): 11:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Press point: EPP President Manfred WEBER statement ahead of the triggering of Article 50 by the UK government - Press conferences (28-03-2017): 12:45, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
The President's agenda - The President's diary (28-03-2017):
 
 
Schedule by day Wednesday 29 Mar 2017
"Lasted events in Basque Country" - Press conferences (29-03-2017): 10:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
“Do we still need the European Commission which serves to strengthen the monopolies?” - Press conferences (29-03-2017): 14:30, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
“Hazardous waste management in the EU: the Chiloeches case” - Press conferences (29-03-2017): 16:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
 
Schedule by day Thursday 30 Mar 2017
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs - Parliamentary committees (30-03-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
 
Schedule by day Friday 31 Mar 2017
Pre-session briefing - Press conferences (31-03-2017): 11:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
 
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European Parliament: Facts & Figures: Briefing from @EP_ThinkTank: https://t.co/XiCy20HSPp https://t.co/pBds2AQQPp
RT @EP_President: Signing #Rome Declaration sets out a clear political commitment to our citizens. @Europarl_EN's duty to ensure pledges ar…
RT @EP_President: Firma della Dichiarazione di Roma:impegno politico nei confronti dei nostri cittadini. Il dovere di @Europarl_IT è rispet…
.@Europarl_EN will not send observers to referendum in #Turkey. Full statement @davidmcallister @LindaMcAvanMEP https://t.co/8B41BZ6mkn
Roundtable on the crisis of democracy in the Western Balkans: 28 March at 13.00 in @Europarl_EN. Registration… https://t.co/FQzvJ0t5hA
Today @ 2 pm #Euronest conf. to take stock of Eastern partners progress on rule of law and fighting corruption. Liv… https://t.co/1IxKOVZhbl
RT @pressfreedom: Bahraini authorities should immediately release Mohammed al-Shaikh, a photographer who worked for @AFP. https://t.co/dxWv…
.@EP_HumanRights meeting goes on with MEPs debating #humanrights in #Bolivia – LIVE: https://t.co/dUFoyW9dDG https://t.co/tfDi0TKaQ1
STARTING NOW: @EP_HumanRights Workshop: Towards an EU common position on the use of armed drones – LIVE:… https://t.co/PUT8cs4dLX
.@EP_Defence take stock of Japan’s defence reform amid growing regional tensions. Read more https://t.co/VFZWTlWDhk https://t.co/XUVQJKpwpl
EU tools to beef up #cybersecurity - next debate of @EP_Defence. Live https://t.co/wUhuNzjPV7
2nd day of @EP_Defence mtng. Now - debate on maritime rivalry in Asia. Read the study https://t.co/1xHuWjmVRm Live https://t.co/wUhuNzjPV7
What is the human cost of #fastfashion? Watch our video about the case for a binding framework:… https://t.co/Pt8IxDb6We
In 30 min: joint @EP_Development @EP_ForeignAff @EP_Budgets meeting to discuss #EFSD. Follow live: https://t.co/Ps8CoFld4P
#Brexit: What are possible impacts of Brexit on EU development and humanitarian aid policies? Live: https://t.co/vYAib7EHSM
How are #HumanRights protected by European trade policy? Listen to our podcast: https://t.co/aKRpKS0RLs https://t.co/MjAQCwcFeM
Conflict minerals: the bloody truth behind your smartphone. Video w/rapporteur @IuliuWinkler & @Mariearenaps: https://t.co/0MREkdfYr5
This afternoon and tomorrow, @EP_BudgControl votes on #EUdischarge2015 - Follow LIVE: https://t.co/jUQwTo9VNa… https://t.co/mrnOdq37yB
#MFF midterm revision: On 27/3 @EP_Budgets votes on more flexibility for the long-term #EUBudget &additional €6bn f… https://t.co/3tgV2rKBMB
STARTING 14:00: Making the rules for EU money simpler & more flexible - The Financial Regulation Reform - Infos:… https://t.co/towtNM1Ujo
#EUDischarge2015 granted to @EU_Commission & its decentralized agencies, 8th, 9th, 10th & 11th #EDF and all Joint Undertakings. #EUBudget
#EUDischarge2015 to @EUCouncil (EU Council and European Council) postponed
...and @Europarl_EN granted #EUdischarge2015, too
.@EP_ECONOMICS The Week Ahead 27 March - 2 April: hybrid mismatches with third countries and more: https://t.co/qYmrd0nigN
#PANA MEPs call on US lawmakers to increase beneficial ownership transparency #Panamaleaks #luxleaks https://t.co/oOiZcHPTGP
Hearing between @EP_ECONOMICS and @ecb Daniele Nouy on now https://t.co/cCTSELlc3V
RT @europarltv: .@EPSocialAffairs discussed #EUYouthGuarantee yesterday. @Europarl_EN pushes hard to ⬇ the number of young people out of wo…
.@EPSocialAffairs Workshop on #EUYouthGuarantee & #YEI - Follow LIVE https://t.co/CQLLFVlImk
.@EPSocialAffairs Presentation on social security coordination by @mariannethyssen starting now follow LIVE https://t.co/CQLLFVlImk
RT @juliegirling: Pleased to host @Europarl_EN @ATAG_aviation event on CORSIA & next steps,as I get to work as EP rapporteur on aviation ET…
Environment MEPs oppose new #GMO #maize authorisation https://t.co/uga9e41TGR
RT @WWFEU: An energy efficient Europe! @AdinaValean took #climate action ahead of #EarthHour. And you? https://t.co/vVtcyMl4ss #changeclim…
.@EP_Industry hearing on #cleanenergy ongoing now: https://t.co/mSaIC2erQw
.@EP_Industry @SofiaSakorafa: "R&D in the Medit. area: food and water sustainability up on the agenda": https://t.co/lg6sOHsaVG
RT @EU_Commission: The road from Rome - A strong, connected, Single Market https://t.co/82OIQ8TMPj #FutureOfEurope #EU60 https://t.co/rrr91…
RT @VeraJourova: Buying online and solving disputes online: 24.000 #consumers used new EU platform in 1st year - https://t.co/I50eHXruFP #E…
RT @DSMeu: Have you missed the debate about digital #FutureOfEurope?⚡️Review main messages in our #DigitalDay17 Moments https://t.co/PKwYKV…
.@EP_Transport MEPs debate decarbonisation and digitalisation in European transport network w/TEN-T coordinators https://t.co/f9B3rssOMj
.@EP_Transport MEPs discuss rights of passengers in coach and bus transport, webstreaming: https://t.co/f9B3rssOMj
TRAN opinion to BUDG-ECON committees on the implementation of EFSI adopted with 36 votes in favour, 2 against, no abstentions
RT @EPP_CoR: Cohesion Policy reduces disparities between rural & urban areas #Metropolitan r suited to demonstrate EU added value says @EU_…
RT @CoR_President: Pleasure to give Regional Development #MEPAwards17 to @Iskra_Mihaylova-future of EU depends on our joint efforts for #c…
#Brazil #meat scandal dominates @EP_Agriculture debate on EU #trade talks. Read more & re-watch the debate here: https://t.co/H3XXQz2N1b
.@EP_Agriculture debates now also impact of #Brazil rotten #meat scandal on EU consumers w/ @Food_EU. Live: https://t.co/atE8mFvFku
Impact of #trade talks on EU's #agriculture being discussed by @EP_Agriculture & @EU_Agri right now. Follow live: https://t.co/RgqExEQ34f
RT @EU_Commission: Before heading to #RomeSummit, @TimmermansEU holds a morning Facebook live on #FutureOfEurope ☕️ ⏰. Join us at 8h30 http…
RT @EU_MARE: . @KarmenuVella "EU hosting next #OurOcean conference, more emphasis on Mediterranean, Atlantic and Indian Ocean" https://t.co…
RT @KarmenuVella: On 29 March I will join @JunckerEU & @JosephMuscat_JM in #Malta for a livestreamed #EUdialogue to discuss #FutureofEurope…
RT @pol_dep_CULT: Presentation of our study on "Minority Languages and Education" in the EP's CULT committee at 11h30 in PHS 1A002: https…
Now: Joint committee meeting @EPCulture & @EPSocialAffairs Debate on #Europass and new #skills agenda https://t.co/uHNwNvGtdu
Press release following to @EP_Legal vote backing the plans to adapt more books for blind people. @MaxAndersson https://t.co/H04otchAGR
Debate on #copyright in the digital single market about to start soon at @EP_Legal. Follow live: https://t.co/o6EdF1TQcG @ComodiniCachia
DE & FR Interior ministers T de Maizière & @MatthiasFekl will meet MEPs @EP_Justice Monday 27/03 at 17.00
#PrivacyShield - key deficiencies urgently need to be resolved, @EP_Justice MEPs say. Press release: https://t.co/xzJcshJWy1 @Claude_Moraes
RT @europarlAV: First @EP_Justice security dialogue with @JKingEU. VIDEO available to DOWNLOAD: https://t.co/E3kxQwF5Oj https://t.co/7qfAgH…
PR: @EPInstitutional says unregistered lobbyists should be denied entry to @Europarl_EN premises: https://t.co/MAmZQl6JkR #lobbying
Opinion by @danutahuebner & @EPInstitutional on a ''European Deposit Insurance Scheme'' also approved. https://t.co/gT5PWR9Ovx
Transparency resolution by @sven_giegold approved by @EPInstitutional on Tuesday. https://t.co/FXGLcHngzP
Women empowerment: @EP_GenderEqual successfully concluded #CSW61 session: https://t.co/rX1Erd875p https://t.co/ONBGFZexIk
RT @UN_CSW: All women need access to education, training, skills, so they can participate in the digital economy https://t.co/5IZOaXRli9 #C…
RT @EUatUN: Welcome @EP_GenderEqual for #CSW61. Join them 22/3 to learn how @Europarl_EN partners on womens economic empowerment https://t.…
Today's PETI meeting starts with presentation of the study "#AnimalWelfare in the #EU" by Emeritus Professor Donald M. Broom @Cambridge_Uni
From 09.00 - 12.30: @EP_Petitions meeting. Follow live: https://t.co/eglDacsAqm
Now in @EP_Petitions: discussion on the final report of the Working Group on Child Welfare Issues (vote scheduled for April).
The Parliament is on...