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The EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which aims to boost goods and services trade and investment flows, was approved by the International Trade Committee on Tuesday. The full House is to vote on the deal in February. (Read more: CETA: Trade Committee MEPs back EU-Canada agreement )

 

Parliament’s environment committee votes on Tuesday 24 January to amend a European Commission proposal on waste management, the so-called waste package, which is a priority for the EU for this year. In previous resolutions Parliament has called for more ambitious targets. This vote is the first step towards entering negotiations with the Commission and Council. (Read more: Waste: more ambitious targets towards a circular economy )

 

The international trade committee votes on 24 January on the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement or Ceta, but this free trade agreement with Canada is far from the only deal the EU is working on. Various deals are currently being negotiated right across the globe, but they can only enter into force if the European Parliament approves them. Read on for an overview of the negotiations in progress and an explanation of how the process works. (Read more: After Ceta: the EU trade agreements that are in the pipeline )

 

This week members of Parliament’s international trade committee vote on whether to approve Ceta, the EU-Canada trade deal. The environment committee votes on measures on waste reduction and recycling. Newly-elected Parliament President Antonio Tajani opens an event on Wednesday marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day. (Read more: In Parliament this week: Ceta, waste reduction and Holocaust remembrance )

 
Press releases (second part)
 

Antonio Tajani was elected as the president for the second half of the parliamentary term during this week's plenary session while MEPs also chose 14 new vice-presidents. In addition they called for emergency aid to help refugees cope with freezing temperatures and told the European Commission to redraw its lists of countries at risk of money laundering as it was too limited. Read about this and more in our article. (Read more: Plenary highlights: new president, workers' rights, emergency aid for refugees )

 

Workers' rights are increasingly coming under pressure due to developments such as global competition and the digital revolution. The European Commission is working on plans to improve the situation. On 19 January MEPs adopted a report stating that workers in new type of jobs should be covered by labour laws. We talked to report author Maria João Rodrigues, a Portuguese member of the S&D group, on how to create fair and functioning labour markets and welfare systems. (Read more: Workers' rights: "Labour laws need updating to cover new forms of employment" )

 

The newly elected President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani expressed Parliament's solidarity with the victims and their families of a number of recent earthquakes in Italy and the avalanche which engulfed a hotel on Wednesday. (Read more: Statement by President Tajani on the recent earthquakes in Italy )

 

All workers should have their basic rights guaranteed, whatever their form of employment and contract, said MEPs approving their recommendations on Thursday for the forthcoming proposal on the “European Pillar of Social Rights”. (Read more: European Social Rights: workers’ protection needs to be extended to new jobs )

 

MEPs have voted to return to the EU Commission its blacklist of countries deemed to be at risk of money laundering and terrorist financing. The list is too limited, and should be expanded, e.g. to include territories that facilitate tax crimes, they said before voting the resolution on Thursday. (Read more: MEPs reject EU Commission blacklist of states at risk of money laundering )

 

Following the election of the President, Vice-Presidents and Quaestors, the plenary approved the appointment of members to Parliament’s 22 standing committees on Thursday. (Read more: Parliament’s mid-term election: composition of committees )

 
 
Weekly agenda
 
Schedule by day Tuesday 24 Jan 2017
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs - Parliamentary committees (24-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Culture and Education - Parliamentary committees (24-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Regional Development - Parliamentary committees (24-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Petitions - Parliamentary committees (24-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
The role of lawyers, accountants and bankers in Panama Papers - Public hearings (24-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety - Parliamentary committees (24-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on International Trade - Parliamentary committees (24-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Budgetary Control - Parliamentary committees (24-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on Foreign Affairs - Parliamentary committees (24-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee of Inquiry to investigate alleged contraventions and maladministration in the application of Union law in relation to money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion - Parliamentary committees (24-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Workshop on Building blocks of a future EU cohesion policy - first reflections - Special events (24-01-2017): 10:30, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
“CETA: What’s next?” - Press conferences (24-01-2017): 12:30, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Constitutional Affairs - Parliamentary committees (24-01-2017): 12:30, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on Legal Affairs - Parliamentary committees (24-01-2017): 15:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Academic Further and Distance Education as Part of the European Lifelong Learning Strategy - Public hearings (24-01-2017): 15:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Subcommittee on Human Rights - Parliamentary committees (24-01-2017): 15:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector - Parliamentary committees (24-01-2017): 15:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
The President's agenda - The President's diary (24-01-2017):
 
 
Schedule by day Wednesday 25 Jan 2017
German Road Toll System and Fair Road Charging - Press conferences (25-01-2017): 08:30, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Development - Parliamentary committees (25-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Subcommittee on Security and Defence - Parliamentary committees (25-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Subcommittee on Human Rights - Parliamentary committees (25-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on Budgets - Parliamentary committees (25-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality - Parliamentary committees (25-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development - Parliamentary committees (25-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs - Parliamentary committees (25-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Industry, Research and Energy - Parliamentary committees (25-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Employment and Social Affairs - Parliamentary committees (25-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection - Parliamentary committees (25-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on Transport and Tourism - Parliamentary committees (25-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Fisheries - Parliamentary committees (25-01-2017): 15:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on Constitutional Affairs - Parliamentary committees (25-01-2017): 15:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
The President's agenda - The President's diary (25-01-2017):
 
International Holocaust Remembrance Day - Special events (25-01-2017):
 
 
Schedule by day Thursday 26 Jan 2017
Subcommittee on Security and Defence - Parliamentary committees (26-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Subcommittee on Human Rights - Parliamentary committees (26-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on Budgets - Parliamentary committees (26-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Industry, Research and Energy - Parliamentary committees (26-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Employment and Social Affairs - Parliamentary committees (26-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection - Parliamentary committees (26-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on Development - Parliamentary committees (26-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Transport and Tourism - Parliamentary committees (26-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development - Parliamentary committees (26-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Fisheries - Parliamentary committees (26-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
"The Review of the Framework for Electronic Communications” - Public hearings (26-01-2017): 10:15, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee of Inquiry to investigate alleged contraventions and maladministration in the application of Union law in relation to money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion - Parliamentary committees (26-01-2017): 10:30, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee of Inquiry to investigate alleged contraventions and maladministration in the application of Union law in relation to money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion - Parliamentary committees (26-01-2017): 14:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
The President's agenda - The President's diary (26-01-2017):
 
 
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.@EP_ForeignAff mtng 24 JAN: election of chair and vice-chairs, debate on Western Balkans, @EU2017MT, Canada. Agenda https://t.co/iwLp6y5gN4
Following #Inauguration how will EU-US relations evolve? How can EU mitigate foreign pol. risks &enhance cooperatio… https://t.co/HloYFXFYjB
Consult this link for an update https://t.co/NAfQYaDBsL https://t.co/1E2IFAVL9A
TOMORROW @EP_HumanRights workshop on #HumanRights in #Iran after the nuclear deal: business as usual or time 4 chan… https://t.co/A3kRnCuqMF
ON 24 JAN @EP_HumanRights & EP Del. for Rel. with #Iran workshop on #HumanRights in #Iran after the nuclear deal -… https://t.co/xHvVccBcXj
#EPlenary condemns #humanRights breaches in #Indonesia, in #CentralAfricanRepublic & in #Burundi - Full PR here: https://t.co/PioNXeMUOA
Next @EP_Defence mtng 25/26 JAN. Electing chair & vice-chairs; focus on EU defence research & Battlegroups. Agenda https://t.co/jpyjq8umX5
.@EP_Defence composition updated. Check here https://t.co/WHnmLAE0RK
#Eplenary adopted the composition of 30 members strong @EP_Defence. Available here https://t.co/gnxDmBfjq2
RT @LindaMcAvanMEP: As winter sets in across Europe- refugees endure life in sub-zero, substandard conditions. What can be done to help? ht…
Next week in @EP_Development: election of chair&vice-chairs, Consensus on Development, #EU2017MT, garment sector: https://t.co/ftsVOMQw5q
MEPs vote on the revision of the European Consensus on Development next Wednesday, Jan 25. https://t.co/XUtpYgkE5v https://t.co/lkqqB3dY70
Starting now: trade MEPs hold final debate with @MalmstromEU on #CETA ahead of vote tomorrow. https://t.co/pwDbKAxYMb
Mid-term elections: @yjadot, @IuliuWinkler, @TokiaSaifi, @ZahradilJan reelected as 4 vice-chairs of @EP_Trade for the next 2.5 years.
Mid-term elections: @berndlange reelected as @EP_Trade committee chair with acclamation.
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Think tank thoughts on alternative EU financial resources https://t.co/vnluTIDHni @EP_Budgets @JeanArthuis
Link to this week's agendas? Click here: https://t.co/XzDO9VFGGv #EUBudget
THIS WEEK in BUDG: Election of Chair&Vicechairs, vote on budgetary capacity for the €zone, &more! All info here:… https://t.co/tibGzm7PLw
New @EP_BudgControl Vice-Chairs: @derekvaughan (S&D, UK), @indrektarand (Greens/EFA, ET), @Mdlabajova (ALDE, CZ) & @Catalin_Ivan (S&D, RO)
.@inge_graessle re-elected as Chair of @EP_BudgControl by acclamation
The latest on the work of the @Europarl_EN's #Pana Committee #PanamaLeaks: https://t.co/E2idn1vVQg
#EPlenary rejects @EU_Commission blacklist of states @ risk of #moneylaundering led by @judithineuropa #PanamaPapers https://t.co/JfoTXe4jya
Text of financial transaction tax ready mid-2017, say @EUCouncil's @followianborg @EU_Commission's @mariannethyssen https://t.co/LrChlkVdCE
Interview with @MJRodriguesEU on #EPSR report adopted by #EPlenary here https://t.co/ZSMBQExqgO
RT @EU_EESC: #EPlenary voted the report of @MJrodrigues on #SocialRights. Looking forward to our debate on 25/01! https://t.co/nqgVQXchol #…
.@EPSocialAffairs Report on #EPSR by @MJRodriguesEU adopted at STR Plenary on 19 January - Press release https://t.co/zK8hoRYLHb
Exchange of views on #effortsharing will take place tomorrow afternoon (timing tbc)
ENVI MEPs reelected vice-chairs @javorbenedek (Greens/EFA, HU) @DacianaSarbu (S&D, RO) @pavelpoc (S&D, CZ) & @gillespargneaux (S&D, FR)
.@EP_Industry Wed/Thu: #cleanenergy w/@MarosSefcovic,@EU2017MT priorities, #telecom hearing. Agenda: https://t.co/uEMlNj42fk
#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
RT @Ansip_EU: Are we on track with #DigitalSingleMarket? I will meet all Commissioners involved to take stock on Feb 1. Your views? #TellAn…
Draft report on the European #AccessibilityAct will be presented @EP_SingleMarket on 25 January: https://t.co/BRMlPSmHqw
.@EP_SingleMarket meets 25-26 Jan. Draft reports on #geoblocking & #collaborativeeconomy, debate on online #platforms are on the agenda #DSM
.@EP_Transport committee composition adopted in #EPplenary today available here https://t.co/YGqdl7PYsy
.@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
RT @EU2017MT: Improving #CohesionPolicy: EU2017MT cannot do it alone -looks forward to working closely w @EP_Regional and @EU_Commission -…
RT @TheProgressives: Congratulations @cozzolino62, re-elected @EP_Regional vice-chair! https://t.co/LTc9VGtbwk
RT @VDombrovskis: Congratulations to Iskra #Mihaylova on her re-election as @EP_Regional Chair 👏👏👏Best success & looking frwd to our contin…
New composition of 46 MEPs strong @EP_Agriculture is available here: https://t.co/9AKZKuf0kv Vote on committee chair & vice-chairs 25/01
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 @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
4 Vice-Chairs @EPCulture elected by acclamation. In order 1. Andrea BOCSKOR 2. @M_DiaconuMEP 3. @HelgaTruepel and 4. @stefanomaullu
Petra Kammerevert (S&D, DE) is the new Chair of @EPCulture
.@EPCulture meeting : Election of the Chair & Vice-chairs Live from 15.00 https://t.co/Ju2CLd4ZIe
Second term of @EP_Legal will have 25 members. Chair and vice-chairs to be elected on Jan 24.
3 Committees satisfied that @GOettingerEU is in a position to assume budget portfolio https://t.co/NG9DTgfubc
Members of the new @EP_Justice bureau https://t.co/7EM52PPZeV
RT @EURightsAgency: .@Idimitrakopoul speaks at @EP_Justice about FRA work on #RomaEU and shocking results from latest survey: https://t.co/…
RT @Claude_Moraes: Honoured to be re-elected @EP_Justice chair by colleagues looking forward to advancing on asylum package, EU-USA relatio…
Check list of @EPInstitutional members 2017 here: https://t.co/Fq74yfTYak. Election of Chair and Vice-Chairs Tuesday 24 Jan at 12.30.
Today #EPlenary adopted @EPInstitutional numerical composition: 25 members.
RT @TeresaKuchler: Kristdemokraten Tajani ny talman i EU-parlamentet https://t.co/ZDwJvfPUni via @SvD
.@EP_GenderEqual mtg 25 Jan: Elections, vote on EU funds for #gender equality, debate w/ @helenadalli @EU2017MT: https://t.co/xA3ZGzCa1W
Check list of @EP_GenderEqual members here: https://t.co/AqPLyiFkJK Election of Chair & Vice-Chairs Wednesday 25 Jan at 09.00
#EPlenary adopted a composition of 37 members for @EP_GenderEqual . The list of MEPs will be published tomorrow.
Today's agenda: https://t.co/EZ53qoaYTA
Follow the first part of today's @EP_Petitions meeting, from 09.00 to 12.30, live here: https://t.co/i3d74Cqb1D
RT @CeciliaWikstrom: By 20 votes in favour, 7 against, I'm now re-elected Chair of the Petitions Committee in the European Parliament. I'm…
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