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The European Parliament is in session from 16 to 19 January 2017

 
 

Brexit, EU relations with the US and Russia, migration, economic and social progress, and the defence union were the key political challenges for 2017 debated by MEPs, Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen and Council President Donald Tusk on Wednesday. Mr Tusk briefed MEPs on the outcome of the December 2016 meeting of EU heads of state or government. (Read more: Debate with Council President Tusk on putting “Europe first” in 2017 )

 

Following the election of the President, MEPs elected 14 Vice-Presidents in two ballots on Wednesday. To be elected, candidates needed to win an absolute majority of valid votes cast. The new Vice-Presidents come from six different political groups. Members also elected five Quaestors, by acclamation. (Read more: Parliament’s mid-term election: 14 Vice-Presidents and 5 Quaestors elected )

 

MEPs discussed the priorities of the Maltese Council Presidency with Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday. (Read more: MEPs lay out their priorities to Maltese Council Presidency )

 

MEPs will assess political challenges in 2017 with Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen and Council President Donald Tusk in a debate, on Wednesday at 15.00, on the outcome of the European Council meeting of 15 December 2016. (Read more: Debate on EU summit outcome and challenges in 2017 at 15.00 )

 
Press releases (second part)
 

MEPs will debate the priorities of the incoming Maltese Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers with Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in a plenary debate chaired by Parliament’s new President Antonio Tajani. (Read more: MEPs to discuss Council Presidency with Malta’s PM Joseph Muscat at 11.00 )

 

Antonio Tajani (EPP, IT) won Parliament’s presidential election with 351 votes in a final face-off with Gianni Pittella (S&D, IT), who secured 282 votes. (Read more: Antonio Tajani elected new President of the European Parliament )

 

MEPs elect on Tuesday 17 January Parliament's new president to replace Martin Schulz who is stepping down after five years. Seven candidates have put themselves forward for the post so far ahead of the first ballot on Tuesday morning. In case the president is not elected during the first ballot, nominations can still be added or withdrawn before each subsequent round of voting. Follow the candidates' speeches and the votes live on our website and on social media. (Read more: Follow it live: Parliament set to elect new president )

 

President Schulz called a minute’s silence for the late Portuguese statesman Mário Soares, who died on 7 January. Mr Soares fought oppression and dictatorship to bring about Portugal’s transition to democracy and accession to the European Community. It is our duty to honour and defend his political legacy, said Mr Schulz. (Read more: Opening – Minute’s silence for Mário Soares )

 
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One of the greatest questions that surrounds Brexit is how it relates to the current and future residence and citizenship rights for EU nationals. Have there been actual changes in the status of EU nationals since the referendum? Will the rights of EU citizens living in the UK change after Brexit? The EP Information Office in the UK, jointly with UCL European Institute, recently hosted a debate on the matter entitled "Uncertain Future: Rights and Citizenship in post-Brexit Britain". (Read more: "Uncertain Future: Rights and Citizenship in post-Brexit Britain" )

 

EU border force Frontex, estimates that the number of people landing on Europe's shores fell by two-thirds in 2016. A drop in arrivals on Greece’s islands contrasts however with record numbers of migrants reaching Italy. With over 5,000 people killed or missing, the UN reports that 2016 was the deadliest year ever for migrants crossing the Mediterranean. In meetings with Commission, Council and UNHCR representatives on 12 January, civil liberties committee MEPs shared their views on the crisis. (Read more: Refugee crisis: "The scenes of 2015 must not be repeated" )

 
 
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Press release: Debate with @eucopresident Tusk on putting “Europe first” in 2017: https://t.co/5ZOQ9ONPH7 #EPlenary https://t.co/emEXsmS4mn
Press release: Parliament’s mid-term election: 14 Vice-Presidents and 5 Quaestors elected: https://t.co/0KUf9QYtc1
RT @europarlAV: #euco meeting of 15 December 2016: conclusions in #EPlenary LIVE REPLAY available to download https://t.co/3KUl0mKgHd https…
2nd term of @EP_ForeignAff will have 73 MEPs on board. Mid-term election of Chair and Vice-chairs on 24 Jan. Draft https://t.co/ci5xuAVy0w
RT @Urmaspaet: Spoke about EU policy for the #Arctic @EP_ForeignAff & @EP_Environment debate. EU needs a proper Arctic strategy, incl secur…
In 5 min: debate on EU policy for the #Arctic. Webstr https://t.co/guoYXote3f Agenda https://t.co/sTRCSWsNeD @Urmaspaet @spietikainen
#HumanRights in #Iran after the nuclear deal: workshop on 24 Jan by @EP_HumanRights & EP Del. for Rel. with #Iran -… https://t.co/lcMxYEkXAO
Press release: #Humanrights resos on #LarungGar, Ilham Tohti, #Rohingya in #Myanmar, mass graves in #Iraq voted:… https://t.co/Hv4g0NiT04
Protect mass graves in #Iraq & #Syria &achieve justice 4 #Yazidi victims of ISIS/Daesh, urge MEPs in #EPlenary LIVE: https://t.co/dU9OofzeXp
#EPlenary voted new numerical strenght of EP committees. @EP_Defence maintains 30 MEPs. Mid-term election of Chair and Vice-chairs on 25 Jan
Starting now: @EP_Defence debate on EU global strategy implementation. Live https://t.co/TgxjF1RUsH
8 Dec at 9 am. @EP_Defence to debate EU global strategy and transatlantic relations. Follow live https://t.co/TgxjF29vRh
Parlament's mid-term election: @EP_Development will have 28 MEPs in the 2nd half of term, (no change) members to be elected tomorrow.
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Got a few moments to listen? The future of EU - #ACP relations after 2020 @LouisMichelMR @EP_Development @LindaMcAvanMEP…
RT @EUauditors: New audit report: EU aid to #Honduras - addressing needs, but poverty and violence remain high https://t.co/HZGuPjNU5G http…
1 year after the end of the economic sanctions & the nuclear deal what are the next steps for EU-Iran trade&econom… https://t.co/lwarC4axMq
Parlament's mid-term election: @EP_Trade will have 41 MEPs in the 2nd half of term (no change) members to be elected tomorrow..
#CETA: Trade MEPs will vote on the landmark free trade deal with Canada next Tuesday, January 24.… https://t.co/v2S7Cu7Oav
Proposal for appointments to committees 2017-2019: up for an #EPlenary vote tomorrow https://t.co/qrDMWyM1Ox
RT @EPPGroup: Our team budgets stays the same. @JMFernandesEU reelected coordinator and @JanOlbrycht reelected deputy coordinator in @EP_Bu…
#EPlenary vote this morning: @EP_Budgets will have 41 members for 2017-2019 term - one more than 2014-16 https://t.co/aDmYg0fGSZ
Proposal for appointments to committees 2017-2019: up for an #EPlenary vote tomorrow https://t.co/7bgUsVzsSD
RT @EPPGroup: In @EP_BudgControl: @petrisarvamaa elected coordinator and @TomZdechovskyEP deputy coordinator
#EPlenary vote this morning: @EP_BudgControl will have 30 members in 2017-2019 term - no change from 2014-16 https://t.co/79c1Vh94Kd
Today #EPlenary adopted @EP_Economics numerical composition: 61 members.
.@EP_Economics chair @gualtierieurope welcomes @ECB decision to extend #QE and further ease monetary conditions https://t.co/TygrrnOuqU
.@EP_Economics rejects @EU_Commission list of states at risk of #moneylaundering,terrorism financing @judithineuropa https://t.co/7Btfgb7wYN
.@EPSocialAffairs draft report on #EPSR by @MJRodriguesEU available here https://t.co/33KLBLvaxW
.@EPSocialAffairs report on #EPSR by @MJRodriguesEU in STR plenary tomorrow - follow debate LIVE from 9:00 https://t.co/qPmtrd4d94
.@EPSocialAffairs Public hearing on labour market reforms in #Greece ongoing -follow LIVE https://t.co/7nWR0Nu09Z
.@EP_Environment committee to have 69 full members in the second half of the legislature https://t.co/CnlgIlp79h
Curbing pollution from #mercury: Environment #MEPs back deal with Council https://t.co/lZumVpTKyG
Details of today's roll-call votes on #mercury and #CETA https://t.co/BzPrll5Ood
#EPlenary adopted a composition of 67 members for @EP_Industry. The list of MEPs will be published tomorrow.
European Cloud Initiative: a way to attract world leading research - press release: https://t.co/hXp8gqSxzP
.@EP_Industry meets on Thu. Agenda and meeting documents: https://t.co/YmMHjh0DCn
.@EP_SingleMarket committee to have 40 full members in the second half of the legislature https://t.co/qRQS0xtD1S
Proceedings from the workshop on the #CollaborativeEconomy, chaired by @DantiNicola: https://t.co/LsUI0Obmh1
RT @EURLex: 🔖 #EUlawLite How are we building a stronger and more secure digital Europe ❓ https://t.co/w3RCOuQiDc Summaries of EU legislat…
.@EP_Transport committee will have 49 members for 2017-2019 as confirmed by #EPplenary today https://t.co/T7bVWiCrf5
Watch now @EP_Transport: MEPs debate Commission work programme 2017 transport priorities with Commissioner Bulc https://t.co/uPvY979g3t
.@EP_Transport MEPs adopt opinion fo r the lead IMCO committee on type approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles: 34/6/1
#EPlenary adopts a composition of 43 members for @EP_Regional More info here: https://t.co/Ww0dp39SDF …List of MEPs to be published tomorrow
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Unlocking private investment through the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI) https://t.co/jOECOpFVxV Iskra #MIH…
RT @EP_ThinkTank: #EFSI – what impact on EU #regional policy territorial cohesion? https://t.co/jOECOpFVxV @EP_Regional Iskra #MIHAYLOVA
Proposal for appointments (full members) to committees 2017-2019: up for #EPlenary vote 19/01 at noon: https://t.co/Lo4VOpHwbe
.@EP_Agriculture to have 46 full members in 2nd half of 5y EP term. Composition to be voted by #EPlenary 19/01, cha… https://t.co/nWSSkRhtEy
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Can tech help boost EU agri production growth to 1.8% per year needed to feed the world in 2050? https://t.co/weufm4Z005…
RT @EU_MARE: NEW fisheries webpage: the landing obligation in practice, with examples of projects, trials or research #CFPreality https://t…
#EPlenary adopts a composition of 27 members for @EP_Fisheries More info here: https://t.co/VzCmXUXGIA List of MEPs to be published tomorrow
RT @Oceana: Want to help save sea turtles? Try these five simple steps https://t.co/QCapZBiXkK https://t.co/tt6O0qZqge
#EPlenary adopted a composition of 31 members for @EPCulture. Mid-term election of Chair and Vice-chairs on 23 Jan
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Many breakthroughs in AI, we need to boost innovative & quality solutions from #Languagetech https://t.co/llB2BmMyUu
NOW #STOA Workshop: Language equality in the #digital age towards a Human Language Project #LanguageTech https://t.co/0PTSkm5sTD
3 Committees satisfied that @GOettingerEU is in a position to assume budget portfolio https://t.co/NG9DTgfubc
#Oettinger - Joint letter by 3 committees: Conf. of Presidents took note & @EP_President will send it to @JunckerEU https://t.co/h2KJDprLJO
Debate in #EPlenary on emergency aid for #refugees facing cold snap will start around 20.30. You can follow live: https://t.co/0pBUA4cmzV
Debate in #EPlenary w/ @StylianidesEU & @EU2017MT on aid for #refugees facing cold will be TODAY (not tomorrow). Precise timing will follow
.@EP_Justice will have 60 members #EPlenary decided on Wednesday 18 Jan. Names of MEPs to follow tomorrow, Thursday
Today #EPlenary adopted @EPInstitutional numerical composition: 25 members.
RT @TeresaKuchler: Kristdemokraten Tajani ny talman i EU-parlamentet https://t.co/ZDwJvfPUni via @SvD
Today's joint @EPInstitutional & @EP_Defence meeting starts at 10.30. Follow live: https://t.co/CK8fIQecDA
#EPlenary adopted a composition of 37 members for @EP_GenderEqual . The list of MEPs will be published tomorrow.
Starting at 16.00 @EP_GenderEqual meeting, follow Live: https://t.co/CyKmWyoWrK Agenda & documents available: https://t.co/1pDRXn8JJP
Call on the Polish government to reconsider its intention to withdraw from the #IstanbulConvention https://t.co/9sdP5eGe8J
Today #EPlenary adopted @EP_Petitions numerical composition: 36 members.
RT @ecas_europe: #freemovement is increasingly being put under pressure across the #EU. Find out more at https://t.co/fokOUSfSsf @EP_Petiti…
The report on the annual activities of @EP_Petitions was welcomed by #EPlenary on Thursday 15/12: https://t.co/i1K1HcNFBI
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