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The European Parliament is in session from 7 to 10 September 2015


European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will discuss the challenges facing Europe on 9 September from 9.00 CET. It will be his first State of the European Union speech since Parliament elected him to the post following the EU elections in May 2014. It has been a testing time for Europe with lacklustre economic growth, high debt and unemployment levels and a serious refugee crisis. Find out what leading MEPs expect from the address and follow our live coverage on Wednesday. (Read more: State of the EU: Commission President Juncker to address Parliament )


Take part in our guest photographer contest, inspired by 2015 being the European Year for Development. From January until September we have been announcing different topics linked to development. Send us your photo inspired by the latest theme, along with the submission form and you could be invited to Strasbourg to do a photo reportage. (Read more: September guest photographer contest topic: demography and migration )


Technology can help people to express themselves, but it can also be used to violate their human rights. On Tuesday 8 September MEPs vote on a report on the impact of intrusion and surveillance systems on human rights in countries outside the EU. Report author Marietje Schaake, a Dutch member of the ALDE group, told us that the EU should lead by example and that European technologies should not contribute to human right violations. (Read more: Marietje Schaake: EU technology should not be used to violate human rights )


The agriculture committee on Thursday rejected the Commission's draft law that would give member states the power to restrict or prohibit the use of EU-approved GM food or feed on their territory. It fears that arbitrary national bans could distort competition on the EU's single market and jeopardise the Union's food production sectors which are heavily dependent on imports of GM feed. (Read more: Agriculture committee opposes national bans on Imports of GM food and feed )

Press releases (second part)

The EU's budget for next year will be decided over the coming months. Starting this week parliamentary committees adopts their opinions on the budget, followed by the budget committee drafting its recommendation to MEPs. Meanwhile the Council will present its position during next week's plenary. Check our infographic for all the steps of the budgetary procedure. (Read more: EU's 2016 budget: parliamentary committees determine their positions )


A Greek government request for EP involvement in the regular review of the country’s third loan programme is to be discussed on Thursday at a meeting of the President and political group chairs. In the committees, members are to discuss migration and vote on the use of genetically modified food and on the next year’s EU budget. Parliament’s political groups also prepare for the plenary, including Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker's first State of the European Union speech and debate. (Read more: EP this week: Greece, migration crisis, GMOs and budget 2016 )


Being an MEP involves more than just debating and voting on legislative proposals. They can be tasked with drawing up a report to represent the Parliament's position on a legislative proposal or any other matter. They can also act as group coordinators in a committee, follow the progress of a legislative report or be in charge of preparing an opinion on a proposal. Read on to find out more about the different responsibilities MEPs are able to take on in the European Parliament. (Read more: From rapporteur to coordinator: the different roles taken on by MEPs )


Countries such as Italy and Greece dealing with an influx of asylum seekers should receive more support from other member states, MEPs said on a delegation visit to the Italian island of Sicily from 22 to 24 July. “Italy spends over €1 billion every year just to take care of those who make it across the Mediterranean. Italy’s borders are the EU's borders and a better management of the migratory flows is our common responsibility,” said French ALDE member Jean Arthuis, co-chair of the delegation. (Read more: Migration: MEPs call for more EU solidarity on visit to Sicily )


Articles on our photography contest, Ukraine, social media, gender equality and the European integration of the Western Balkans have proved to be most popular on our website in the first half of 2015. Read our article to find out more and click on the links to discover them yourself. (Read more: Summer reading: discover this year's most popular articles so far )


LUX Prize 2015 finalists

Others Culture27-08-2015 - 14:40

The finalists competing for the 2015 LUX Film Prize have been announced: Mediterranea, Mustang and Urok (in English: The Lesson). The three films deal with current social issues such as immigration, position of women and girls, education and economic problems in society. (Read more: LUX Prize 2015 finalists )

Weekly agenda
Schedule by day Saturday 05 Sep 2015
The President's agenda - The President's diary (05-09-2015): 09:30
RT @Europarl_EN: European democracy at work: @JunckerEU to address MEPs on State of the EU next Wednesday → See our #SOTEU teaser https://t…
For information about the #September EPlenary & the #SOTEU coverage REPLAY the video of today's press briefing:
The week ahead at the #EPlenary incl:#SOTEU,#migationEU, #animalcloning & more. Full agenda:
.@ElmarBrok_MEP Brok & @AndrejPlenkovic: "Strong solidarity with those fighting for reforms in Ukraine" - statement:
External dimension of #migrationEU crisis now debated in @EP_ForeignAff - watch live
.@EP_ForeignAff now debriefing on its July ad hoc delegation to #Ukraine & #Georgia LIVE now:
DROI Chair @ElenaValenciano urges a #humanrights approach in dealing with the #refugeecrisis in Europe
DROi Chair #ElenaValenciano calls for immediate release of #LeylaYunus & #ArifYunus
.@EP_Defence chair Anna #Fotyga concludes the meeting:“We have to think about effective tools and ways to really deter #Russia in the East”
.@ChathamHouse J.#Sherr: frozen conflicts =tools of #Russia policy, often used as preludes to bigger conflicts. #Minsk meant to create one.
J. #Shea: @NATO must share cyber resilience w/ #Ukraine #Georgia #Moldova,who need to boost defce capacities & regional defence cooperation.
.@EP_Development votes tomorrow on #COP21 and #EU budget 2016. Meeting docs: Live @ 16.00 CET
#WHD2015: Statements by @EP_Development Chair @LindaMcAvanMEP & lead MEP on humanitarian aid Enrique Guerrero Salom:
Right to food and land: @EP_Development MEPs invite students to submit papers for @EUExpo2015
#trade in #EPlenary next week: MEPs to ratify on behalf of the EU the #WTO #Trade Facilitation deal on Wednesday.
RT @Trade_EU: What are the TOP #EUtrade destinations for its agricultural products? See the @EU_Agri report: http://…
next @EP_Trade meeting - September 21-22
#EUbudget MEPs discuss @EUCouncil position on 2016 bdg, @EU_Commission on if 2015 bdg is enough for prgs. Live:
#EUbudget 2016,EU aid to #Germany #Belgium #Bulgaria #Greece 2 b discussed @EPBudgets tmrw. Agenda, docs:
.@EP_Budgets & @EP_Justice at #asylum seeker centre C.A.R.A. Mineo #Sicily. More: #EUbudget #migration
RT @euauditorseca: Bettina Jakobsen (#Denmark) starts as a new Member of the #European Court of #Auditors
Follow debate now with Claus Sorensen of @eu_echo about EU funds for #Tindouf #Sahrawi camp @EP_BudgControl . Live:
.@EP_Economics Chair @gualtierieurope on today's ECB decisions: "Europe must step up its efforts towards growth"
On 17/9 @JunckerEU and @pierremoscovici as well as @vestager will come to joint #TAXE/@EP_Economics meeting. #luxleaks #taxtransparancy
.@EP_Economics meets on 3 September (Thursday), meeting agenda:
#Competition Commissioner @vestager has exchange of views with @EP_Economics committee. Now:
.@EPSocialAffairs next meeting tomorrow, Wednesday 15 July 9.00-12.30 &15.00-18.30 in JAN 6Q2. Follow EP Live
.@EPSocialAffairs next meeting tomorrow, Wednesday15 July 9.00-12.30 &15.00-18.30 in JAN 6Q2. Agenda
ENVI meeting to start - follow votes and debates here Docs
ENVI tmw: Lessons learnt from #Hungary red mud disaster, EU Budget, #WLTP test procedure for cars #CO2: agenda & docs
RT @EP_ThinkTank: 50% EU #waste paper generated by trade/industry: rest = 40% household & 10% offices @EP_Environmen…
.@EP_Industry resumes in 5': debates #EnergyUnion w/ @MAC_europa and @eu2015lu Sec. State Marc Hansen. Live:
RT @ECCBelgium: @vickyford @YourEuropeEu @EP_SingleMarket European Consumer Centres give free help and advice to consumers in Europe. #ECC…
RT @vickyford: Qns about consumer rights in Europe? Ask @YourEuropeEu or #SOLVIT. More info in @EP_SingleMarket this morning…
.@EP_SingleMarket live #SingleMarket govnce, #tourism in Europe. Agenda
First meeting, first vote after summer recess in @EP_TRAN: opinion on #EPBudget2016 adopted 35 in favor, 3 against
Now in @EP_Transport: presentation of draft report on safe use of drones in civil aviation, webstreaming:
Starting now @EP_Transport: presentation of Luxembourg presidency priorities in the field of transport, webstreaming
RT @IngaCzerny: Ostrożnie z JOW-ami. O sytaucji w W. Brytanii i USA piszemy z @JakubKrupaFE dla @PAPinformacje . Przedukowane tutaj: http:/…
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Get a clearer picture of the issues outstanding and possible compromises in EU-US #TTIP negotiations…
#REGI MEPs want the EU #urban_policy measures to focus on a limited set of major challenges
#Crisis on #dairy & #meat #agriculture markets: @EP_Agriculture MEPs to quiz @PhilHoganEU on Tuesday 8/9. More here:
.@EP_Agriculture rejects national bans on imports of #GMO food & feed by 28/8/6 votes. Read more in PR:
.@EP_Agriculture meets in 15m to vote on proposal to allow national bans on #GMO food&feed & on #EUbudget2016. Live:
Next wk in #EPlenary: Debate&Votes on #Fisheries Partnership Agreemts #Madagascar #GuineaBissau #CapeVerde
From 9AM: #PECH MEPs vote position on #EUBudget 2016 - watch live: Agenda: #Fisheries
.@EU_Commission @EU_MARE publish #Baltic Sea fishing opportunities for 2016 #Fisheries #BalticMAP
RT @SilviaCostaEU: #UE aiuti @UNESCO per creare #taskforce per #cultura e inserire diritti culturali in agenda #ONU post 2015 @EPCulture @T…
RT @EUErasmusPlus: Make the best of the great outdoors to #BeActive! Check what's happening for the European Week of Sport! Take part! http…
RT @HorizonMagEU: Science is figuring out how to tackle ‘maths #dyslexia’.
.@EP_Legal MEPs discussing now proposal to increase the number of judges at the General Court of #EU. Follow live:
Starting now – Discussion with @felix_braz and @EtienneSchneide on #eu2015lu priorities Live:
Extraordinary @EP_Justice meeting on 7/09 to debate @EUCouncil general approach on the emergency relocation mechanism of #asylum seekers
.@EP_Justice debate with @EU_Commission on EU #visa policy starts now. Live
.@EP_Justice opinion to @EP_Transport on use of civil #drones approved by 50 votes to 4. Concerns #surveillance #EUdataP must be addressed.
RT @danutahuebner: @CER_Grant interesting debate yesterday, MEPs raising concerns on negative impact of more opt outs on citizens and busi…
Lessons to be taken from the 2014 #Hearings - @RCorbettMEP report in #EPplenary next week:
Next AFCO meeting ? 21-22 September @EPInstitutional
.@EP_GenderEqual follow live:
.@EP_GenderEqual #EU2015LU prioritiy. Follow live.
Report Women’s #careers in science&university & #glassceilings encountered @vozemberg adopted 30 vote in favour, 1 against @_GenderEqual.
Missed the @EP_Petitions meeting this week? Video recording is now available here: Next meeting: 17 Sept.
.@EP_Petitions MEPs discuss petitions on alleged discrimination against EU citizens in Malta. Watch it live:
Press release: MEPs to quiz Commission on mortgage legislation and risky financial products. Read here:
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