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Plenary session, committee and political group week

 
Wed 28-01-2015
 
 
The President's diary
09:30 - 19:00 The President's diary
 
 
Press conferences
10:30 - 11:00 Fight against terrorism: EPP Group's proposals
Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak, A050
 
 
Press conferences
15:15 - 15:45 Education in Crisis
Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak, 0A050
 
 
Press conferences
16:00 - 16:30 Business Activity Act
Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak, A050
 
 

The roadmap to the 21st UN climate conference, in Paris (France) in December, was debated by MEPs, the Latvian Presidency and Commissioner Arias Cañete on Wednesday. The conference of parties (COP21) to the UN Convention on Climate Change aims to deliver a worldwide climate agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol. (Read more: Climate change: MEPs discuss roadmap to Paris conference )

 

EU-US negotiations on the TTIP free trade agreement are continuing. The deal which is expected to create new jobs and boost economies on both sides of the Atlantic touches upon sensitive issues, not least rules for the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). On 27 January the international trade and legal affairs committees held a joint public hearing to shed light on the issues at play. (Read more: TTIP: spotlight on the sensitive issues at EP public hearing )

 

The Commission vice-president for growth and investment, Jyrki Katainen, called on Parliament on Wednesday to do its utmost to ensure the Juncker plan for strategic investment would be up and running by June. He stressed the importance of the plan's three pillars: the fund itself, the project pipeline and the completion of the internal market. (Read more: Juncker plan welcomed by most political groups )

 

United by energy concerns

Others Energy28-01-2015 - 18:26

The EU is at constant risk of energy supply disruption. Too much energy is wasted and 10% of households in the Union cannot afford proper heating, the Commission vice-president for energy union told Parliament's energy and environment committees this week. Maroš Šefčovič was presenting his vision for an energy union to tackle these and other challenges, and also listened to the priorities and concerns of MEPs. An inter-parliamentary seminar on energy security will be held in Turkey next month. (Read more: United by energy concerns )

 
Press releases (second part)
 

Anti-terrorism measures, including the EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) proposal, the role of EU police agency Europol, improving information exchange, preventing radicalisation and the upcoming European Agenda on Security, were addressed in a debate with home affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos on Wednesday. A resolution is to be put to a vote at the 9-12 February plenary session, ahead of the 12 February European Council dedicated to anti-terrorism measures. (Read more: MEPs give their views on measures to tackle terrorism )

 

MEPs discuss the roadmap towards a new international climate agreement with Council and Commission representatives today Wednesday. Member states need to negotiate a new agreement as the Kyoto Protocol runs out in 2020. During the UN climate talks in Lima before Christmas NGOs, experts and politicians started preparations on a new agreement to be finalised in Paris this coming December. Follow the debate and check out our infographic to find out more about the effect of greenhouse gases. (Read more: Live: plenary debate on roadmap for Paris climate agreement )

 

The recent attacks in Paris have led member states and EU institutions to re-evaluate their security policy and propose new initiatives to step up the fight against terrorism. This afternoon in plenary MEPs and home affairs commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos debate anti-terrorism measures; including tackling radicalisation, the supply of illegal firearms, the European Agenda on Security for 2015-2020, and EU Passenger Name Record proposals. Follow the debate live on this website from 15.00 CET. (Read more: Live: members to debate new EU-wide anti-terrorism measures )

 

“The EU has to make existing data protection rights more effective in practice, and to allow citizens to more easily exercise their rights at a time when we all run our entire lives with our smartphones”, says Giovanni Buttarelli, newly appointed European Data Protection Supervisor. He is working to ensure the protection of personal data and privacy, and to promote good practice in the EU institutions and bodies. We talked to him ahead of Data Protection Day on 28 January. (Read more: Buttarelli: "The EU has to make existing data protection rights more effective" )

 

Speaking in Prague, on 27 January, to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz Parliament's president Martin Schulz said: "Too many allowed hatred to grow, too many turned a blind eye, too many stood silent. We must never allow this to happen again." Meanwhile in Brussels MEPs and members of the Belgian Jewish community gathered to observe a minute's silence in memory of the millions of victims of the Holocaust. (Read more: Auschwitz anniversary: MEPs mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day )

 

The fees that banks charge retailers for processing shoppers’ payments would be capped under draft EU rules endorsed by Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs in a vote on Tuesday. The vote confirms an informal deal struck with the Council in December. The cap would apply to both cross-border and domestic card-based payments and should cut costs for card users. (Read more: Capping card payment fees: economic affairs MEPs back deal with Council )

 
 
Press conferences
 
Fight against terrorism: EPP Group's proposals 10:30  Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak ,  A050
 
 
Education in Crisis 15:15  Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak ,  0A050
 
 
Business Activity Act 16:00  Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak ,  A050
 
 
The "landing obligation" regulation - the outcome of inter-institutional negotiations 12:00  Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak ,  0A050
 
 
Twitter
 
#Auschwitz70 anniversary: MEPs mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day: http://t.co/Urod5w4sjc http://t.co/uttdS7IInu
Press release: Capping #card payment #fees: economic affairs MEPs back deal with Council: http://t.co/EtpHUF0gT9
Press release: #Moneylaundering: company owner lists to fight #crime and #terrorist financing: http://t.co/5Y72sf2TDd
.@EP_ForeignAff MEPs call for tightening #Russia sanctions after #Mariupol attack http://t.co/V5EgYM2a8z
Follow the rest of #Mariupol shellings #Ukraine #Russia debate in @EP_ForeignAff LIVE at http://t.co/Pwz9MaBFJS
.@ElmarBrok_MEP: #Russia is a party to the conflict& has to recognize this,it can't pretend to be outsider. Stop #KGB methods of covering up
RT @ElenaValenciano: Ni un latigazo más a Raif Badawi. Desde @EP_HumanRights pedimos su liberación #FreeRaifBadawi http://t.co/F27GVlk6Ex
.@ElenaValenciano says: "Unjust and inhumane the punishment of blogger Raif Badawi". Read full statement here: http://t.co/gLcsh73yGu
#EPlenary adopts resolution on #mediafreedom in #Turkey Press release here: http://t.co/3RJPLoqHkf
.@EP_Defence moves to debate emerging security challenges in the #Arctic LIVE http://t.co/jj46hHTP7O
#Sahel: a high risk area for the security of the EU: watch @EP_Defence hearing LIVE http://t.co/ZvN75PJyhs Draft pgme http://t.co/7KEIs5o9LE
#CSDP Annual Report now debated by @EP_Defence LIVE awb://ow.ly/3vNRIU Rapporteur @ArnaudDanjean Draft text awb://ow.ly/3vNRIV
Development MEPs hail the uniqueness of the #ACPEU Joint Parliamentary Assembly http://t.co/1J20k2h0Hz
.@EP_Development now turns to debate the situation of working children with experts LIVE awb://owl.li/HK2DM #childlabour
.@ArneLietz :@EP_Development will focus on consequences of #TTIP on development countries.A deeper analysis of text needed at later stage
how to best protect EU investment abroad?alternatives to #ISDS? asks chair @berndlange to experts in hearing ahead of #TTIP talks 8th round
Hearing today - @EP_Trade & @EP_Legal to discuss investor protection #ISDS and regulatory aspects of #TTIP at 3 pm http://t.co/5MnAcsRgK2
Financing EU security and defence policy: discussion in @EP_Budgets & @EP_Defence on Wed am. Agenda, docs: http://t.co/ARgQ8oEB3V
#Junckerplan, budget amendments @EP_Budgets, with @KatainenJyrki @KGeorgievaEU, starting 15:00. Live: http://t.co/bxcH1tFXt0
2016 #EUbudget: discussion on estimates starts @EP_Budgets 10:30. Live: http://t.co/4SnhOxBgjw @JMFernandesEU @gerardeprez
Sharp criticism of some EU-funded airports @EP_BudgControl debate of @EUAuditorsECA report. More here: http://t.co/WDEy5dJyi1 @derekvaughan
.@EP_BudgControl discusses #discharge 2013 to EU agencies. Also @EUAuditorsECA airports report. Live from 3pm: http://t.co/1a89htOCPx
Majority of @EP_Economics @EP_Justice MEPS also backed rules for transparent fund transfers
.@EP_Economics EP_@EP_Justice #moneylaundering deal w/ Council press release + full text in http://t.co/4ng2Pt8cDB
.@EP_Economics @PabloZalba #creditcardfees deal with the Council press release +full text inside http://t.co/LL4eYdImSa
.@EPSocialAffairs starting now - follow LIVE http://t.co/PqpGBj0ZVL
.@EPSocialAffairs meeting starting now. Follow live http://t.co/hUY6d835Pe…
.@EPSocialAffairs meeting starts @ 15.00 in JAN 6Q2. Follow live http://t.co/9A2GD6Mm4o Agenda http://t.co/pfMMXVuksD
#EnergyUnion: Cttee meeting 15.00cet, exchange of views with @MarosSefcovic Webstream http://t.co/78JJnpt0Xh Docs http://t.co/Hcr1MbglZx
#EnergyUnion: Cttee meeting tmw 15.00cet, exchange of views with @MarosSefcovic Webstream http://t.co/78JJnpt0Xh Docs http://t.co/Hcr1MbglZx
#Waste package: exchange of views w. #EC & public hearing - LIVE http://t.co/RTgYBy2pBV
Did you miss the debate with @MarosSefcovic @EP_Industry yesterday? Catch up here: http://t.co/5JJLeGDun9
.@EP_Industry debate with @MarosSefcovic about #energysecurity starts in 10'. Follow here: http://t.co/n296EpQSDv
#PackageTravel rules: @EP_SingleMarket approves the mandate for negot'ns w/ @eu2015lv. The mandate dates 12/03/2014 http://t.co/NJHsu8EAA2
Recommendations on how to improve single market governance approved by 31 votes to 3 & 4 abstentions in @EP_SingleMarket #europeansemester
Short note on the approval of the agreement on cross-border tracking traffic offences in TRAN yesterday http://t.co/8X7ZUybw4g
Now in TRAN committee: debate on maritime safety, watch live here http://t.co/SzKqPyg11p
Starting now @EP_Transport: presentation of LV presidency priorities live streaming here: http://t.co/SzKqPyg11p
.@eu2015lv priorities discussed by EP committees: Press release http://t.co/nzdjOu80UK
Progress on new #CohesionPolicy OPs; #REGI MEPs warn about low implementation - Debate with @CorinaCretuEU http://t.co/aL9Cgxti1p
#REGI discussion with @eu2015lv starting now http://t.co/0BUmNyPfUP #CohesionPolicy
.@JNicholsonMEP: @Europarl_EN must make itself involved in finding solutions 4 #milk farmers. Must help solve problems in our constituencies
.@JNicholsonMEP: we have to try to solve problems on #dairy market & ensure better future for #milk farmers
.@CzSiekierski hopes #milk hearing will provide new insights & ideas 4 solutions 4 #dairy market - chance to listen 2 #farmers & experts
Landing obligation: On Thu 29/01 trilogue and @ 12:00 press conf w/ rapporteur @AlainCadec http://t.co/kk6x2zuuVN #discards #fisheries
Landing obligation: On Thu 29/01 trilogue and @ 12:00 press conf w/ rapporteur @AlainCadec...
RT @xpavard: AGRI-FISH Council 26.1 @eu2015lv - First press conference on #fisheries with @KarmenuVella probably earlier than scheduled. Ma…
CULT Members ask @GOettingerEU about the reform of #copyright #digitalskills, pluralism of online #cultural content http://t.co/2nvdezcckK
Exchange of views with Commissioner @GOettingerEU starts now. @EPCulture priorities presented by @SilviaCostaEU http://t.co/miJVUsD3hN
Hearing on #TTIP, regulatory aspects and #ISDS starting now. Watch live: http://t.co/Vvj5foAObp Programme: http://t.co/82vDHOSr7S
Hearing on #TTIP: regulatory aspects, and #ISDS and arbitration, on Tuesday 27 January at 15.00. Programme: http://t.co/thOMDCvWs9
MT @EP_ThinkTank: Preparing for #EPlenary debate on #terrorism? Overview of reactions to the Paris terrorist attacks: http://t.co/ZnDaxpzCPE
Tomorrow at 15.00 #EPlenary will debate anti #terrorism measures with @Avramopoulos. Agenda http://t.co/814Tvddlo8 & http://t.co/de2j0u8pOC
RT @Avramopoulos: How to manage the mixed flows of migrants across Mediterranean #EUMigrForum http://t.co/pQAJ1XgttY http://t.co/Zft0cLO6…
Next meeting @EPInstitutional should take place on 26/2 - for last meetings here is the link for the VOD http://t.co/x0tdQ8z7uQ
Hearing #equaltreatment of #women and men in matters of #employment and occupation. Live now: http://t.co/NwW0gAg8RP
Exchange of views @VeraJourova at 15.30 @EP_GenderEqual. Live: http://t.co/NwW0gAg8RP
Hearing #equaltreatment of #women and men in matters of #employment and occupation at 16.30h. Live: http://t.co/NwW0gAg8RP
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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