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Thought you knew everything about Europe? Think again! The Parliament has selected 100 books, studies and academic works that offer insight in the philosophy behind the European project. The aim of the list featuring authors from all over Europe is to present the ideas and people behind European integration, which may also help to find solutions to the challenges Europe is facing now. The list is available on a dedicated website which can be searched in various ways. (Read more: Browse, read, explore: 100 books on Europe )

 

Take part in our new guest photographer contest, inspired by 2015 being the European Year for Development. Every month until September we will be announcing a different topic linked to development. Send us your photo inspired by the theme of that month, along with the submission form and you could be invited to Strasbourg to make a photo reportage. (Read more: Ready, set, click: take part in our guest photographer contest )

 

Get involved: Nirj Deva, a UK member of the ECR group, is inviting everyone to contribute to his report on how the private sector could help to foster development worldwide. Starting today, the report will be discussed by the European Parliament's LinkedIn group. Join the discussion and help Deva write his final report. (Read more: Your turn: advise the Parliament on how private sector can foster development )

 

The hostilities in the Middle East also affect the five million Palestine refugees living throughout Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and the Palestinian Territories, with a risk of radicalisation as the region becomes more unstable. Pierre Krähenbühl, the commissioner-general of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), issued the warning when he addressed the EP's foreign affairs committee on 2 March. He also said the EU had a crucial role to play. (Read more: UNRWA chief on Gaza: "We're essentially talking about a time bomb" )

 
Press releases (second part)
 

New Italian president Sergio Mattarella visited the European Parliament in Brussels on 3 March as part of his first foreign visit. He was welcomed by EP President Martin Schulz, with whom he exchanged views on issues such as the economic crisis, migrants dying while trying to cross the Mediterranean and the situation in Libya . (Read more: Italian president Sergio Mattarella visits the EP )

 

EP President Martin Schulz said: "The repeated and arbitrary denial of entrance onto Russian territory of elected parliamentarians, as testified by the latest case of MEP Sandra Kalniete, is a high affront to the EU-Russia relations and the work of democratic institutions. (Read more: Schulz on denial of entrance onto Russian territory of MEP Kalniete )

 

Are multinational companies paying their fair share of taxes? While the European Commission launched a series of inquiries in all EU member states, the Parliament has set up its own special committee to investigate into tax rulings involving large international companies. We talked to committee chair Alain Lamassoure, a French member of the EPP group, to find out his views and expectations. (Read more: Lamassoure on tax rulings committee: "We have an obligation to produce results" )

 

Due to works at the European Parliament accreditation centre in Brussels, journalists needing an access badge for one or more days should address themselves to a special desk in the entrance hall of the Altiero Spinelli building. The works will start on 3 March and will last until 12 April. (Read more: Information to the press: renovation work at the accreditation centre )

 

The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) must focus on currently underfunded areas, so as to complement, not duplicate, other EU budget tools, said MEPs at Monday’s expert hearing on the Juncker investment plan proposals. The hearing was held by the Budgets and Economic and Monetary Affairs committees with a view to shaping legislation for the investment plan. (Read more: Juncker investment plan must complement other EU tools, say MEPs )

 

Education plays a crucial role in helping women and girls achieve equality. Little wonder then that it was chosen as the theme of this year's International Women's Day. In the run-up to this annual day on 8 March, the Parliament is organising several events to highlight access to education in developing countries and the gap between women's high level of education in the EU and the professional opportunities available to them afterwards. Follow the events live on our website. (Read more: Events: empowering women through education )

 
 
Weekly agenda
 
Schedule by day Wednesday 04 Mar 2015
6th Inter-Parliamentary Conference on CFSP and CSDP - Delegations (04-03-2015): 09:00
 
The victims of terrorism in Spain and ETA's entourage - Press conferences (04-03-2015): 09:30, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Seminar for journalists: Empowering women and girls through education - Special events (04-03-2015): 10:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Human rights and penitentiary policy in the EU - Press conferences (04-03-2015): 11:30, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
The launch of MEP Group against Wildlife Crime - Press conferences (04-03-2015): 13:30, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Conference: “Political participation of women in the Western Balkans and Turkey” - Special events (04-03-2015):
 
The President's diary - The President's diary (04-03-2015):
 
 
Schedule by day Thursday 05 Mar 2015
6th Inter-Parliamentary Conference on CFSP and CSDP - Delegations (05-03-2015): 09:00
 
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs - Parliamentary committees (05-03-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality - Parliamentary committees (05-03-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Interparliamentary committee meeting on "empowering women and girls through education" - Special events (05-03-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Employment and Social Affairs - Parliamentary committees (05-03-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Workshop on the role of private sector in sustainable development - Special events (05-03-2015): 10:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
TTIP: Benefits and costs - Press conferences (05-03-2015): 10:30, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Venezuela: attempts by the extreme right to destabilize the country - testimonies by the relatives of the victims of the Guarimba - Press conferences (05-03-2015): 12:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
International Womens Day - Press conferences (05-03-2015): 12:30, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
The President's diary - The President's diary (05-03-2015):
 
 
Schedule by day Friday 06 Mar 2015
6th Inter-Parliamentary Conference on CFSP and CSDP - Delegations (06-03-2015): 09:00
 
Seminar for new journalists in Brussels - Special events (06-03-2015): 09:30, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Pre-session briefing - Press conferences (06-03-2015): 11:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
The President's diary - The President's diary (06-03-2015):
 
 
Twitter
 
Information for the press: renovation work at the accreditation centre: http://t.co/kdPp1ZDYMb
Press release: #Juncker #investment plan must complement other EU tools, say MEPs: http://t.co/wsMf3OaHJ1
#EP Committees meet from 15:00.LIVE: http://t.co/Ky3o2NnN3F & updates via #Twitterlist: https://t.co/DMvxTH6ve0 http://t.co/T7N7i5ukKO
President E.Johnson #Sirleaf of #Liberia & @UN_UNOWA head M.Ibn #Chambas debate #Ebola w/ EP ACP-EU delegation on Wed 4 Mar 9.00,room A5G3
#ENP review now discussed w/ G.#Gromadzki &M.#Hassan http://t.co/XeTcol4LI8 @ISPThinkTank @CairoUniv #Neighbourhood Rapporteur @EduardKukan
.@ElmarBrok_MEP on @BorisNemtsov:Dem.opposition in Russia lost one of its lights. Danger of veil put over Russia,ever more autocratic regime
.@ElenaValenciano:"#EU needs to urgently review its policies to protect minorities in #Syria & #Iraq" Full statement: http://t.co/gawEmElgbh
.@ElenaValenciano welcomes the release of B #Rugurika:"Gratifying to see our Feb resolution had an impact" Statement: http://t.co/g8aSrBRBBB
Hearing on Freedom of religion in the Middle East starts in 15 min. Watch live: http://t.co/6WPFMH6et2
#Eurocorps : use it or lose it! @EP_Defence debates with @HQEurocorps Commander LtGen Guy #Buchsenschmidt live http://t.co/cLYJg4WlJl
.@EP_Defence discussing Annual #CSDP report by @ArnaudDanjean live now http://t.co/3TdZARGZjb Draft text: http://t.co/k8BAcbrbbX
.@EP_Defence @EP_Budgets debate CommonSecurity&DefencePolicy financing on Thu at9.00.Draft http://t.co/1lUC0LA3Bi @EduardKukan @indrektarand
The role of private sector in sustainable development:@EP_Development workshop 5 March, Programme & Registrations: http://t.co/SbxoaMNSdV
RT @eu_echo: Live NOW: Press conference at EU #Ebola conference in Brussels. Watch live-stream: http://t.co/y814WNEPbH @europeaid #EbolaRes…
RT @MimicaEU: Many challenges remain but a lot has been achieved on #women's empowerment. Learn more about EU's work: http://t.co/CaDF91nu3…
#TTIP in the EP: all dates, links, drafts, timelines & other details you've been asking about in one place http://t.co/leOYR7Evjh
#TTIP talks: MEPs work on their recommendations for negotiators/ @EP_trade debate & @EP_Development vote summarized http://t.co/KEyemJAw8Z
Debate on trade deal with #Vietnam, rapporteur @ZahradilJan live now http://t.co/jD8XTLpye9
#JunckerPlan shld be complementary, must help SMEs: 6 experts heard in @EP_Budgets @EP_Economics on EFSI. More: http://t.co/LZJCYO940A
Today 15:30-18:30 hearing w 6 experts on #JunckerPlan EFSI @ep_economy @EP_Budgets. Live: http://t.co/SwKLHhnEYT
Next Mon 15:30-18:30 hearing w 6 experts on #JunckerPlan EFSI @EP_Economy @EP_Budgets. Agenda: http://t.co/RBB4193wS2
Commission shld check spending of #EU funds better and claw back more lost money, says @EP_BudgControl. Read more: http://t.co/Nbcd3Z6Oyy
Fight against #EUbudget fraud vote @9, then debate continues on #discharge 2013 @r_czarnecki @AndersVistisen. Live: http://t.co/oC5jCnVenq
Vote on fight against fraud on #EUbudget, debate on #discharge 2013 to EU instits, agencies Tue @9:00. Docs, live: http://t.co/IaWZ0qfGgH
.@EP_Economics meeting 5/3 is cancelled. Next week only hearing with BUDG on EU Fund for Strat. Investments. Agenda: http://t.co/9LMYSw6DER
Chair new #tax rulings committee @ALamassoure : “This is about transparency and justice” #luxleaks Press release: http://t.co/tB1YFrL94B
.@EP_Economics adopted @NeenaGmep report on money market funds, check for details http://t.co/r8oAOoqdbF
.@EPSocialAffairs next meeting on Thursday, 5 Mar @ 9.00 in JAN 4Q2. Agenda: http://t.co/pgE1mt8j4a Follow EP Live http://t.co/IRXxTFZLCe
.@EPSocialAffairs & @EPCulture Joint Hearing on early school leaving Follow it on EP Live http://t.co/yBeUTqGeEO
.@EPSocialAffairs February 2015 Newsletter http://t.co/WQpr9uRftW
#WorldWildlifeDay: MEP @Gerbrandy explains why EU should do more for protection of #endangered #animals: http://t.co/QRPVgHU71e
#EUETS #MSR, #Biofuels #ILUC: how did ENVI #MEPs vote on 24.02? Result of roll-call votes http://t.co/zCo20qTtIO
#EUETS #MSR: report by @IvoBelet adopted 58/10/1 negotiations with @eu2015lv opened 57/10/1
In a few minutes, MEPs will give their first reactions to today's proposed #energyunion. Watch live: http://t.co/EdQLuZFBzD #EPlenary
"Energy union can help to boost economic growth and jobs." Interview with @EP_Industry chair @JerzyBuzek http://t.co/lIwviiAS35 #energyunion
.@MarosSefcovic & @MAC_europa just presented #energyunion. At 15h, MEPs will give first reactions. #EPlenary live: http://t.co/EdQLuZFBzD
RT @rozathun: @EP_SingleMarket WG DSM: thank you all for comming, following, speaking, listening, commenting on tt! Next: April 14, I'll ke…
Today at 3 pm @EP_SingleMarket working group on #DigitalSingleMarket kicks-off. Webstreaming http://t.co/PfYhtQzuAJ @rozathun
Starting now @EP_Transport: debate on new financial schemes for European transport projects, streaming: http://t.co/pyTFPBE843
In 10min @EP_Transport: presentation of ECA report on effectiveness of EU-funded urban transport projects, streaming http://t.co/pyTFPBE843
In TRAN at 16h Christophersen-Bodewig-Secchi report on fin.instruments for transport http://t.co/O66ilGcVCT streaming http://t.co/pyTFPBE843
Fight against Fraud: opinion of #REGI committee http://t.co/fwpcKVtsWI
Fraud ag. EU Budget: Fin. impact down, no. of cases up http://t.co/VZeOr82a0p #EPlenary Tue: http://t.co/HJjrnI1Rtu http://t.co/fRMvDdemMg
Missed yesterday's joint hearing w/ @EP_Environment on #Cloning of animals for farming purposes? Watch it here: http://t.co/T24TJWbRpb
Today in #AGRI: Debate on #TTIP http://t.co/chVRIEjNnu) & other topics. Watch live: http://t.co/DY0LoJzfIa Agenda: http://t.co/bw8hgi3BwZ
On #9MAR #Fisheries cttee votes on compromise w/ @eu2015lv on landing obligation: http://t.co/XCGnxRvKLp #EPlenary vote in Apr. #Discards
Hearing on #MSY on 23/02 - Download the presentations: http://t.co/ElVFIB0Vpy #Fisheries #CFPreality
Extraordinary #Fisheries cttee meetg in #Strasbourg on 9/3 @ 19:00 to vote on "Omnibus" regulation http://t.co/bTDbVCFatI #discards
New EP website with a list of 100 Books on Europe to Remember. http://t.co/dciZkiVcDS #eprslibrary #100books
100 Books on Europe to Remember‘ by @EP_ThinkTank http://t.co/eLQ8aWC8uF - special event today at 18.00 - http://t.co/Aj41e7OU4S
Joint hearing @EPCulture and @EPSocialAffairs on early school leaving, #child poverty and #youth #unemployment http://t.co/6pxvK6jhrY
Afternoon session of the workshop on private international law starting soon. Programme: http://t.co/JrTH2iaMog LIVE http://t.co/l4MoCGC4JK
Workshop "Cross-border activities in the EU - Making life easier for citizens" starting now. LIVE: http://t.co/n2z6G9JBRU
RT @EUombudsman: .@euombudsman stresses the importance of accessing #Europol report on #TFTP case. Here is her letter to @EP_Justice http:/…
RT @EU_EDPS: #EDPS Strategy 2015-2019 official launch today @EU_Commission @EP_Justice @EUCouncil with @TimmermansEU @ClaudeMoraes http://t…
RT @Europol_EU: Massive changes in the criminal landscape – #Europol releases report on the future of #crime #FutureCrime https://t.co/3c7a…
Discussion on #TTIP rapporteur Gonzales Ponz presents its draft opinion in @EPInstitutional
Meeting @EPinstitutional starting in ASP03G2 follow it live http://t.co/GZL3GeIKFq
Follow live the press conference on the European Citizens' Initiative here: http://t.co/SC6D1og0tb Starts at 13.00 #EPHearingonECI
On 4/3 #IWD2015 conference on women in politics in #Turkey and #WesternBalkans. Programm: http://t.co/C0Q5u9csQ9
Globally 28 million males and 30 million females of primary school age are out of school. http://t.co/FHCspyw8py #IWD2015
International women’s day “empowering women and girls through education” @EP_GenderEqual on 5/3. Programme: http://t.co/hgqzGEVsHl #IWD2015
Missed the hearing on #ECI @EP_Petitions & @EPInstitutional on 26/02? Video recording available here: http://t.co/QF4FMafDQg #EPhearingonECI
.@EP_Petitions discussing now petition on the metro accident in Valencia #Spain on 3 July 2006. Live: http://t.co/9WSPyOoACJ
Follow discussion @EP_Petitions about opinion on #TTIP. Live: http://t.co/9WSPyOoACJ
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