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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" )


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 )

Press releases (second part)

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 )


MEPs will this week focus on the €315 billion investment plan to boost growth in Europe, discussing with experts its three pillars: an investment fund, an advisory hub and a project pipeline. The foreign affairs committee will discuss the refugee situation in the Middle East with UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl, while the EP will also prepare for International Women's Day on Sunday and for next week's plenary session. (Read more: EP this week: €315 bln investment plan, refugees and International Women’s Day )


Religious minorities in the Middle East are increasingly under threat from jihadist groups such as the so-called Islamic State (IS). To call attention to the situation of Christians and other religious minorities in the region, the human rights subcommittee and the EP's Mashreq delegation held a joint hearing on 26 February. "Death has become something banal," warned guest speaker Nawras Sammour, of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Syria, saying the upsurge in radicalism was worrying Christians. (Read more: Religious minorities at risk in Middle East: "Death has become something banal" )

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):
Information for the press: renovation work at the accreditation centre:
Press release: #Juncker #investment plan must complement other EU tools, say MEPs:
#EP Committees meet from 15:00.LIVE: & updates via #Twitterlist:
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 @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:
.@ElenaValenciano welcomes the release of B #Rugurika:"Gratifying to see our Feb resolution had an impact" Statement:
Hearing on Freedom of religion in the Middle East starts in 15 min. Watch live:
#Eurocorps : use it or lose it! @EP_Defence debates with @HQEurocorps Commander LtGen Guy #Buchsenschmidt live
.@EP_Defence discussing Annual #CSDP report by @ArnaudDanjean live now Draft text:
.@EP_Defence @EP_Budgets debate CommonSecurity&DefencePolicy financing on Thu at9.00.Draft @EduardKukan @indrektarand
The role of private sector in sustainable development:@EP_Development workshop 5 March, Programme & Registrations:
RT @eu_echo: Live NOW: Press conference at EU #Ebola conference in Brussels. Watch live-stream: @europeaid #EbolaRes…
RT @MimicaEU: Many challenges remain but a lot has been achieved on #women's empowerment. Learn more about EU's work:…
#TTIP in the EP: all dates, links, drafts, timelines & other details you've been asking about in one place
#TTIP talks: MEPs work on their recommendations for negotiators/ @EP_trade debate & @EP_Development vote summarized
Debate on trade deal with #Vietnam, rapporteur @ZahradilJan live now
#JunckerPlan shld be complementary, must help SMEs: 6 experts heard in @EP_Budgets @EP_Economics on EFSI. More:
Today 15:30-18:30 hearing w 6 experts on #JunckerPlan EFSI @ep_economy @EP_Budgets. Live:
Next Mon 15:30-18:30 hearing w 6 experts on #JunckerPlan EFSI @EP_Economy @EP_Budgets. Agenda:
Commission shld check spending of #EU funds better and claw back more lost money, says @EP_BudgControl. Read more:
Fight against #EUbudget fraud vote @9, then debate continues on #discharge 2013 @r_czarnecki @AndersVistisen. Live:
Vote on fight against fraud on #EUbudget, debate on #discharge 2013 to EU instits, agencies Tue @9:00. Docs, live:
.@EP_Economics meeting 5/3 is cancelled. Next week only hearing with BUDG on EU Fund for Strat. Investments. Agenda:
Chair new #tax rulings committee @ALamassoure : “This is about transparency and justice” #luxleaks Press release:
.@EP_Economics adopted @NeenaGmep report on money market funds, check for details
.@EPSocialAffairs next meeting on Thursday, 5 Mar @ 9.00 in JAN 4Q2. Agenda: Follow EP Live
.@EPSocialAffairs & @EPCulture Joint Hearing on early school leaving Follow it on EP Live
.@EPSocialAffairs February 2015 Newsletter
#WorldWildlifeDay: MEP @Gerbrandy explains why EU should do more for protection of #endangered #animals:
#EUETS #MSR, #Biofuels #ILUC: how did ENVI #MEPs vote on 24.02? Result of roll-call votes
#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: #EPlenary
"Energy union can help to boost economic growth and jobs." Interview with @EP_Industry chair @JerzyBuzek #energyunion
.@MarosSefcovic & @MAC_europa just presented #energyunion. At 15h, MEPs will give first reactions. #EPlenary live:
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 @rozathun
Starting now @EP_Transport: debate on new financial schemes for European transport projects, streaming:
In 10min @EP_Transport: presentation of ECA report on effectiveness of EU-funded urban transport projects, streaming
In TRAN at 16h Christophersen-Bodewig-Secchi report on fin.instruments for transport streaming
Fight against Fraud: opinion of #REGI committee
Fraud ag. EU Budget: Fin. impact down, no. of cases up #EPlenary Tue:
Missed yesterday's joint hearing w/ @EP_Environment on #Cloning of animals for farming purposes? Watch it here:
Today in #AGRI: Debate on #TTIP & other topics. Watch live: Agenda:
On #9MAR #Fisheries cttee votes on compromise w/ @eu2015lv on landing obligation: #EPlenary vote in Apr. #Discards
Hearing on #MSY on 23/02 - Download the presentations: #Fisheries #CFPreality
Extraordinary #Fisheries cttee meetg in #Strasbourg on 9/3 @ 19:00 to vote on "Omnibus" regulation #discards
New EP website with a list of 100 Books on Europe to Remember. #eprslibrary #100books
100 Books on Europe to Remember‘ by @EP_ThinkTank - special event today at 18.00 -
Joint hearing @EPCulture and @EPSocialAffairs on early school leaving, #child poverty and #youth #unemployment
Afternoon session of the workshop on private international law starting soon. Programme: LIVE
Workshop "Cross-border activities in the EU - Making life easier for citizens" starting now. LIVE:
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…
Discussion on #TTIP rapporteur Gonzales Ponz presents its draft opinion in @EPInstitutional
Meeting @EPinstitutional starting in ASP03G2 follow it live
Follow live the press conference on the European Citizens' Initiative here: Starts at 13.00 #EPHearingonECI
On 4/3 #IWD2015 conference on women in politics in #Turkey and #WesternBalkans. Programm:
Globally 28 million males and 30 million females of primary school age are out of school. #IWD2015
International women’s day “empowering women and girls through education” @EP_GenderEqual on 5/3. Programme: #IWD2015
Missed the hearing on #ECI @EP_Petitions & @EPInstitutional on 26/02? Video recording available here: #EPhearingonECI
.@EP_Petitions discussing now petition on the metro accident in Valencia #Spain on 3 July 2006. Live:
Follow discussion @EP_Petitions about opinion on #TTIP. Live:
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