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The European Parliament is in session

 
Tue 16-09-2014
 
 
Press conferences
10:10 - 10:30 S&D briefing
Strasbourg, Louise Weiss, N-1/201
 
 
Press conferences
10:30 - 10:50 GREENS/EFA briefing
Strasbourg, Louise Weiss, N-1/201
 
 
Press conferences
10:50 - 11:10 ALDE briefing
Strasbourg, Louise Weiss, N-1/201
 
 
Press conferences
11:10 - 11:30 EPP briefing
Strasbourg, Louise Weiss, N-1/201
 
 
Press conferences
14:00 - 14:30 Deregulation of labour relations in Greece
Strasbourg, Louise Weiss, N-1/201
 
 
Press conferences
14:30 - 15:00 GUE/NGL briefing
Strasbourg, Louise Weiss, N-1/201
 
 
The President's diary
15:00 - 18:00 The President's diary
 
 
Press conferences
15:00 - 15:30 Association Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine
Strasbourg, Louise Weiss, N-1/201
 
 
Special events
17:00 - 17:45 Inauguration of the "Emilio Colombo Space"
Strasbourg, Louise Weiss,
 
 

The EU must do its utmost to prevent further deaths at sea of Mediterranean migrants - this is a humanitarian catastrophe, said President Schulz of breaking news that over 200 would-be migrants had drowned when their boat sank off Libya and over 500 had drowned when their boat sank off Malta the previous week. (Read more: Opening: Schulz deplores drowning of Mediterranean migrants )

 

MEPs will debate the latest developments in Ukraine and EU-Russia relations on Tuesday morning, before Parliament is set to debate and vote the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, including its free trade component, into law, at noon. The vote in the Ukrainian parliament (Verkhovna Rada), is scheduled at the same time in Kiev. (Read more: EU-Ukraine Association Agreement and EU-Russia relations )

 

European companies are still reeling from the impact of a Russian import ban on EU, US, Canadian, Australian, and Norwegian products such as meat, fruit and vegetables. Russia introduced the ban on 7 August in retaliation to EU measures triggered by the Ukrainian crisis and the downing of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 plane. MEPs will debate the impact on Monday 15 September. Check out our map to see which countries will be affected the most and follow the debate live from 17.00 CET. (Read more: Import ban: how Russian measures are affecting European companies )

 

Candidate commissioners face a thorough scrutiny by MEPs before the new European Commission can start its five-year term. From 29 September they will have to appear in front of parliamentary committees dealing with their proposed responsibilities. These hearings will affect the Parliament’s vote on whether to approve the new Commission. Unless MEPs vote in favour, the Commission will not be able to take office. (Read more: New Commission: how MEPs will scrutinise the candidate commissioners )

 
Press releases (second part)
 

Tens of thousands of workers were helped to retrain, look for a new job or launch a new company in 207-2013 if they had been laid off as a result of globalisation or the economic crisis thanks to €400 million in EU funding. This aid came from the EU's Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF). On 11 September the EP’s budget committee approved another aid package for workers in Greece, the Netherlands, Romania and Spain. Find out more about the fund in our article and our chart. (Read more: Globalisation Adjustment Fund: helping redundant workers find work again )

 

The candidate commissioners, as presented by incoming Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, will need to appear in hearings before parliamentary committees from 29 September to 7 October. (Read more: Candidate commissioners to appear before EP committees from 29 September )

 

“What happens in Ukraine concerns all Europeans, because we cannot stand by and watch idly while the founding principles of the international community are being violated,” said EP president Martin Schulz during a visit to Kiev on Friday. “We have agreed on rules for states to follow when dealing with each other. These rules apply to all.” During his two-day visit, Schulz met Ukrainian prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk as well as president Petro Poroshenko. (Read more: Schulz in Kiev: ”What happens in Ukraine concerns all Europeans” )

 

The European Parliament is a political institution where different ideas on issues from the EU's spending priorities to privacy rights and trade relations are hotly contested. Political groups play an essential role in this clash of ideas, as they bring together like-minded representatives from across Europe and give them a voice in the decision-making process. Find out from our dedicated page what groups there are at the start of the new term, what they stand for and who their leaders are. (Read more: Meet the European Parliament's political groups )

 

European companies have started to feel the impact of the Russian import ban introduced on 7 August. The measure, which includes anything from Polish apples to Belgian pork, is Russia’s response to EU sanctions over the country’s involvement in the crisis in the Ukraine. We talked to Bernd Lange (Germany, S&D), chair of the international trade committee, and Czesław Siekierski (Poland, EPP), chair of the agriculture committee, about how the EU can make a difference in this trade conflict. (Read more: Russian import ban: how should the EU support the affected companies? )

 

Parliament’s President Martin Schulz this morning informed the Conference of Presidents, made up of the leaders of the political groups, that His Holiness Pope Francis has accepted his official invitation to the European Parliament. This invitation was extended by President Schulz during his official visit to the Vatican on 11 October 2013. (Read more: His Holiness Pope Francis on official visit to European Parliament in November )

 
 
Press conferences
 
S&D briefing 10:10  Strasbourg, Louise Weiss ,  N-1/201
 
 
GREENS/EFA briefing 10:30  Strasbourg, Louise Weiss ,  N-1/201
 
 
ALDE briefing 10:50  Strasbourg, Louise Weiss ,  N-1/201
 
 
EPP briefing 11:10  Strasbourg, Louise Weiss ,  N-1/201
 
 
Deregulation of labour relations in Greece 14:00  Strasbourg, Louise Weiss ,  N-1/201
 
 
GUE/NGL briefing 14:30  Strasbourg, Louise Weiss ,  N-1/201
 
 
Association Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine 15:00  Strasbourg, Louise Weiss ,  N-1/201
 
 
"Position of Forza Italia Delegation on the key dossiers in plenary" 11:30  Strasbourg, Louise Weiss ,  N-1/201
 
 
"No more Yalta - the Declaration of the Members of the European Parliament on the 75 years anniversary of Soviet aggression of 1939 against countries of Central Europe" 14:00  Strasbourg, Louise Weiss ,  N-1/201
 
 
Twitter
 
LIVE streaming of the #EPlenary from 17:00: http://t.co/jUHt6h15aP & http://t.co/KnTmXdTYHv
Last minute Press briefing on the #EPlenary at 16:30. LIVE: http://t.co/3yEncVcmqg & http://t.co/KnTmXdTYHv
Press release: Candidate commissioners to appear before #EP committees from 29 September: http://t.co/qwyEJUxySe #EPhearings2014
follow @EP_Defence live debate on security challenges of situation in #Ukraine soon live - http://t.co/1591WDRtbS
.@EP_foreignAFF chair #Brok met with a high-ranking #NorthKorea official today. Press statement and links to video: http://t.co/9F9RSG2NNE
RT @Europarl_Photo: #Ukraine singer @RuslanaOfficial & @JSaryuszWolski after the vote @EP_ForeignAff on the EU-Ukraine association deal htt…
RT @europarlAV: @EP_HumanRights holds a public hearing on the plight of children in #Gaza with Nurit #Peled VIDEO to download & use: http:/…
"Children in #Gaza did not start school this week. Schools are shelters", said chair @ElenaValenciano in the debate: http://t.co/cqn3CLKyyP
Helping children in the #Gaza crisis @EP_HumanRights with #SakharovPrize laureate Nurit #Peled-Elhanan In 30’: http://t.co/DOOe1cH7zQ
.@Trade_EU #deGucht will speak in a few min on trilateral meeting w #Russia & #Ukraine on effects of #DCFTA http://t.co/FqhFtSDVeO
An new security situation: re-watch @EP_Defence debate on #Russia threats with #NATO & #EU_EEAS http://t.co/4bWl9zRICw
had not #Baltic states been in #NATO, they would now face a very different & dangerous security situation, says @JamesAppathurai
RT @europarlAV: Humanitarian aid & coping w multiple crises & limited resources in @EP_Development VIDEO will be available here: http://t.…
"Crises form belts of instability #Syria #Irak, #CAR #SouthSudan", @KGeorgievaEU in @EP_Development
RT @europarlAV: The humanitarian crisis in #Gaza & the EU's humanitarian response: discussion in @EP_Development VIDEO to download: http://…
now live plenary debate on EU trade with #Euromed countries - with @Trade_EU #deGucht https://t.co/LdTyjrI8cM
plenary debate on agricultural trade with #Russia #embargo with EU #Agriculture commissioner #ciolos live now http://t.co/WaYgwLIBNt
RT @BorderlexEditor: BREAKING #Ukraine to delay implementation of EU DCFTA to December 2015. EU extends existing autonomous measures @bizne…
.@EP_Budgets approves €960,000 for #Spain @_Aragon food and beverages services workers, see release here soon: http://t.co/5x3v5rPVdT
.@EP_Budgets approves €3,571,150 for steel workers in #Romania, see release here soon: http://t.co/kfrbicUp79
.@EP_Budgets approves €6,096,000 for bakery workers in #Greece, see release here soon: http://t.co/5x3v5rPVdT
.@EP_BudgControl meeting starts now, watch it live here: http://t.co/uzk0hKeeuA
Watch @EP_BudgControl at 3pm: http://t.co/uzk0hKeeuA. To be discussed: #EUbudget 2015, #OLAF controller. Agenda http://t.co/0zhRuiyDET
.@EP_Budgets meeting starts now, follow it live here: http://t.co/buPneimV0i
#EP_economics @J_Dijsselbloem calls for fiscal measures and flexibility to combat crisis. Press release: http://t.co/9eKHQB8BXS
#Eurogrup President: for the @EU_Commission to decide if very low inflation treated as "exceptional circumstances" in the MS
#Eurogroup President: not everything in monetary policy, flexible fiscal policy and reforms important, stong Euro effect weakens
Statement by new @EPSocialAffairs chair Thomas Handel http://t.co/i9izIPPd2T
New @EPSocialAffairs committee appoints Thomas Handel as chair. Vice chairs are Marita ULVSKOG @DJazlowiecka Ulla TØRNÆS Agnes JONGERIUS
At 3.45 p.m. @EPSocialAffairs will appoint its new Chair and vice chairs. Follow here http://t.co/uDyNBEMDjj
RT @borgton: College just adopted 2 @EU_Commission proposals tackling #AMR. Protecting #animal and #human #health
Meeting to resume 15H, debates w. @JanezPotocnikEU on #circulareconomy, & w. @borgton on #Ebola crisis Webstr http://t.co/y4oZUCWTY9
Meeting to start 10.30 w. votes incl. #EUbudget by @giovannilavia. Followed by debate w. @IT2014EU on #GMO LIVE http://t.co/6ExjimnuQQ
At 15h in @EP_Industry: Visit of ministers Federica Guidi, Antonello Giacomelli & @SteGiannini of @IT2014EU. Watch http://t.co/yxIcHRpUS8
#Telecoms: @EP_Industry just gave @delcastillop mandate to start negotiations with Council. EP position: http://t.co/UYDunf0E6d
In 5 min @EP_SingleMarket resumes after the summer brake. Vote on "unfinished business" and 2015 #EUbudget. Live http://t.co/ry9gc3ALWf
First @EP_SingleMarket meeting after the summer brake on 8 Sept. Vote on "unfinished business". Check the agenda http://t.co/iVBoLJFU1i
2/2 ... new @EP_SingleMarket Vice-Chairs: @annaMariaCB (EPP, SE), @robertrochefort (ALDE, FR), @C_Stihler_MEP (S&D,UK), @cofferati (S&D,IT)
Presentations of #aviation #safety experts in TRAN now on committee website: http://t.co/hAckumQXhF watch video here http://t.co/V8Z15siU1n
The debate on air safety at @EP_Transport has just started. LIVE streaming: http://t.co/QrjCet6FyR
#EP on #mh17 crash and #russia - read more http://t.co/PZ2ByAQZ8B
Tune in to the #EP 's pre-session press briefing today at 11:00 http://t.co/cRzIaNay5r #EPlenary newsletter: http://t.co/6ZFueieJMw
RT @CorinaCretu_PSD: I am honoured to have been designated Commissioner for Regional Policy by Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, President-elect of t…
SENRA RODRÍGUEZ (GUE/NGL) on #RussianBan: Aid must reach all #farmers and all sectors, discrimination is unacceptable
SENRA RODRÍGUEZ (GUE/NGL) on #RussianBan: #Farmers victims of irresponsible EU decisions. We are in crisis due to focus of #CAP on exports
#Ciolos on #RussianBan: New, targeted measures, preventing unjustified claims, will be announced within a week
Next #PECH meeting on 22-23 Sept on #Driftnets #GFCM #TechMeasures & Hearing on fight against #IUU http://t.co/fo2q8oYEF2 #Fisheries
Tune in to the #EP 's pre-session press briefing today at 11:00 http://t.co/rTvbzq67jN #EPlenary newsletter: http://t.co/XNu3H9nB5B
RT @DennisAbbott: #Plovdiv to be 2019 European Capital of #Culture http://t.co/16lteDHMK4
RT @SilviaCostaEU: Oggi a #Venezia71 i finalisti del @luxprize il Premio del Parlamento per la cinematografia europea @EPCulture @Euranetpl…
Debate live @EPCulture with Minister Stefania Giannini @SteGiannini on #IT2014EU priorities awb://http://t.co/Bdcam9cfHt
.@EP_Legal meeting 3 Sept at 15: @IT2014EU priorities, discussion with @AndreaOrlandosp and @sandrogozi. Agenda: http://t.co/XOdiZVtIuh
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Just published: Adapting the EU #copyright rules to the digital transformation http://t.co/XQEwKXzHvu cc @EP_Legal
#EUdataP @JanAlbrecht reconfirmed @EP_Justice rapporteur #dataprotection regulation & Marju Lauristin (S&D, ET) new rapporteur for directive
RT @ClaudeMoraesMEP: Meeting my colleagues in @EP_Justice tonight to plan for #EP Hearings on @Juncker's new team #EC2014
.@EP_Justice @ClaudeMoraesMEP recommendation #EU #Ukraine Assoc. Agreement adopted 43 votes to 10: http://t.co/3sh0JGoh2I #workers #rights
.@EPInstitutional meeting today at 15: @sandrogozi will present priorities of Italian Presidency @IT2014EU . LIVE: http://t.co/La0xjiHeQB
New @EPInstitutional vice-Chairs:Barbara Spinelli(GUE/NGL,IT),Pedro Silva Pereira(S&D,PT),Kazimerz Ujazdowski(ECR,PL) &Paulo Rangel(EPP, PT)
#EP2014: Who is who in Brussels? Ahead of EU elections #EP2014 an infographic on EU institutions http://t.co/fkbKQ7GkrE
#EC2014 Vera Jourova new Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality http://t.co/F1laTF81tH
Follow the 2nd part of the workshop live: http://t.co/slaDSBpqWh
Find out more about maternity&paternity leave, women in decision making and elimination of violence against women. http://t.co/slaDSBpqWh
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 http://t.co/oRCwtM8xzF
RT @mvandenbroeke: #EP press team selfie on last day of last session in Strasbourg #EP2014 http://t.co/ROIQm4aEz1
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