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The European Parliament is in session from 27 to 30 April 2015


MEPs scrutinise how money has been spent by the European Commission and the other EU institutions and agencies in a procedure known as discharge. Over the years, the procedure has become a very important tool to check how public funds have been spent and EU projects carried out. The European Parliament has the exclusive right to approve the budget implementation of the EU institutions. On 28 April MEPs debate and vote on the discharge of the 2013 annual budget. Read on to find out more. (Read more: Discharge procedure: how Parliament scrutinises the EU budget )


Forests and woodland not only cover more than 40% of Europe's land mass, but industries linked to them also employ about 3.5 million people. MEPs vote Tuesday 28 April on a new EU strategy for them. A resolution to be voted on stresses the importance of sustainable management and the forestry sector's social and economic value. (Read more: Forest strategy: making the most of Europe's natural resources )


MEP's will state their views on the new "European Agenda on Security" in a debate with Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans and home affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos on Tuesday at 15.00, immediately after the Commission has approved the proposal. The security agenda, which updates the EU Internal Security Strategy, sets out key priorities and reactions to fight terrorism, organised crime and cybercrime in 2015- 2020. (Read more: MEPs to react to Commission plans for the new "European Agenda on Security" )


The session opened with a minute’s silence for victims of the Nepal earthquake on 25 April and migrants drowned in the Mediterranean on 20 April. President Schulz conveyed Parliament’s deepest sympathy to their families and friends. (Read more: Opening:minute’s silence for Nepal earthquake victims and Mediterranean migrants )

Press releases (second part)

Alcohol poses a major risk to public health: the direct and indirect social cost of alcohol abuse in Europe in 2010 alone is estimated at €155.8 billion. Although alcohol is high in calories and can contribute to obesity, most people have no idea how many calories there are in their drinks. A draft resolution to be debated today and voted on Wednesday calls among other things for mandatory labelling of calories in alcoholic drinks. Check out our chart on alcohol consumption in the EU. (Read more: Alcohol: the risks of excessive consumption )


Imagine having a serious car accident and not being able to call the emergency services. Soon your car might do it for you. MEPs debate the deployment of the eCall automatic alert system for cars on Monday 27 April and vote on it on Tuesday 28 April. Czech S&D member Olga Sehnalová, who wrote the report, explained us earlier why eCall is needed, how data will be protected and what it will cost consumers. (Read more: Sehnalová on eCall: "We've put great emphasis on protection of personal data" )


The Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh collapsed two years ago today, claiming the lives of more than 1,100 people. The tragedy highlighted the human cost of cheap clothing. On 29 April MEPs vote on a resolution on the progress made since then in the garment industry in Bangladesh. Ahead of the vote, we talked to UK Greens/EFA member Jean Lambert, chair of the Parliament's South Asia delegation, about the improvements that have been implemented since the Rana Plaza disaster. (Read more: Bangladesh: has the situation improved two years after the Rana Plaza disaster? )


Europe should come up with a common asylum and migration policy that is humane and realistic, Martin Schulz warned EU leaders. The EP President was speaking at the start of an extraordinary European summit dedicated to migration after hundreds of people died in one week trying to cross the Mediterranean. Schulz said: “Our immediate priority must be to save lives at sea.” (Read more: Schulz: “Lack of European migration policy turning Mediterranean into graveyard” )


Negotiators of the European Parliament and the Council opened negotiations on the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) on Wednesday. (Read more: Parliament, Council start negotiations on investment fund )


Carbon monoxide can kill, so gas ovens should be professionally installed and maintained. But oven gloves need not be subject to EU safety rules unless they are labelled “protective”, said Internal Market Committee MEPs voting on draft EU rules on Thursday. (Read more: Gas ovens need EU safety rules, but oven gloves do not, say MEPs )

Weekly agenda
Schedule by day Tuesday 28 Apr 2015
ECR briefing - Press conferences (28-04-2015): 09:50, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
S&D briefing - Press conferences (28-04-2015): 10:10, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
Greens/EFA briefing - Press conferences (28-04-2015): 10:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
ALDE briefing - Press conferences (28-04-2015): 10:50, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
EPP briefing - Press conferences (28-04-2015): 11:10, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
The President's Agenda - The President's diary (28-04-2015): 14:00
eCall - life-saving emergency call system for cars - Press conferences (28-04-2015): 14:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
GUE/NGL briefing - Press conferences (28-04-2015): 14:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
The EPP Priorities on Migration: "One Continent one set of rules" - Press conferences (28-04-2015): 15:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
Biofuels - Press conferences (28-04-2015): 15:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
Plastic bags - Press conferences (28-04-2015): 16:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
Security Agenda - Press conferences (28-04-2015): 16:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
Schedule by day Wednesday 29 Apr 2015
The President's Agenda - The President's diary (29-04-2015): 09:00
The vote on resolution on Expo Milano 2015: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life - Press conferences (29-04-2015): 09:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
"Working together in ALDE Group" - Press conferences (29-04-2015): 10:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
Refugees in the Mediterranean and the EU's duty - Press conferences (29-04-2015): 10:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
"From September 11 to the present day, the Guantanamo issue" - Press conferences (29-04-2015): 11:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
Failed EU answer to death in the Mediterranean - Press conferences (29-04-2015): 11:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
The work programme of the newly established intergroup on Integrity, Transparency, Corruption and Organised Crime - Press conferences (29-04-2015): 14:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
Youth Employment Initiative - Press conferences (29-04-2015): 14:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
The discharge 2013 vote - Press conferences (29-04-2015): 15:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
European Investment Bank Report - Press conferences (29-04-2015): 17:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
One Year Since the Odessa Massacre – Visit of Ukrainian MPs to Strasbourg - Press conferences (29-04-2015): 18:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
Schedule by day Sunday 03 May 2015
The President's Agenda - The President's diary (03-05-2015): 18:00
RT @Europarl_Photo: .@EP_President Schulz opens #EPlenary w/ minute of silence for victims of #NepalEarthquake & #Mediterranean tragedies h…
Watch LIVE from Strasbourg the April #Eplenary at 17:00: &
Watch LIE from Strasbourg the April #Eplenary at 17:00: &
#Ukraine delegation MEPs to exchange with #Kyiv patriarch #Philaret: room PHS P4 B 001, from 11.30 today @ElmarBrok_MEP @AndrejPlenkovic
choice between EU & #Russia: a tough one for ex-#Soviet countries.a ground-breaking study by #EP suggests a 3rd way
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Immense challenges of #Turkey #Armenia reconciliation affect identity as well as history @EP_Forei…
#EPlenary debate after 19:00 on second anniversary of #RanaPlaza #Bangladesh Follow live: &
.@ElenaValenciano on #Burundi: "Put an end to violence and ensure inclusive elections" Full press statement:
.@EP_HumanRights debated #Roma situation in #WesternBalkans Press release: Recording of debate:
EU has 16 #CSDP missions deployed; 5 of them military. Now overview w/ #EEAS crisis managem director Iklody
now @EP_Defence debate on EU #Somalia training mission w/ commander Gen. Maggi & debate on other #CSDP missions -
EU #Somalia training mission: @EP_Defence debates today with #EUTM commander Gen. Antonio Maggi from 3pm - live link
Report on #ffd3 adopted by @EP_Development with 19/1/3. Full press release here
Debate w/ Commissioner @StylianidesEU starts now. Watch live here:
Debate on global health: smart investment for #SustainableDevelopment starts now. Follow live:
choice btwn EU #DCFTA & #Russia is tough for ex-#Soviet states. a ground-breaking study by #EP suggests a 3rd way
Press release: @EP_Trade beefs up rules to stem flow of #conflictmineral money to armed groups
Press release: @EP_Trade beefs up rules to stem flow of #conflictmineral money to armed groups
No cuts to prgs, but "irrevocable and unconditional" guarantee to #EFSI. @JMFernandesEU @UdoBullmann report adopted
.@EP_Budgets and @EP_Economics MEPs adopted basis for nego's on #EFSI #JunckerPlan. Press conf to follow
Press conference after EFSI #JunckerPlan vote @EP_Budgets @EP_Economics at 18:00. Live:
Hearing on #Romania #’Bulgaria justice reform, anti-corruption starts now, live: @MonicaMacovei1
#Romania #Bulgaria justice reforms and fight against corruption to be discussed @EP_BudgControl Tue pm. Agenda:
.@EUauditorsECA reps on youth guarantee, natural disaster help, rural dvmt spending @EP_BudgControl next week. Agenda
.@EP_Economics @EP_Budgets Strategic Investment Fund: committees back Juncker Plan, but not programme cuts
.@EP_Economics @EU_Commission's econ. decisions should be more neutral, MEPs tell @VDombrovskis and @pierremoscovici:
In @EP_Economics at 15.00 hearing w/ Wolf #Klinz #EFRAG Board President candidate, live:
.@EPSocialAffairs next meeting tomorrow, Thursday 16 April. Follow EP Live 9.20 15.00
.@EPSocialAffairs meeting tomorrow, Thursday 16 April from 9.20-12.30 & 15.00-18.30 PHS 3C50. Agenda
.@EPSocialAffairs next meeting tomorrow, Wednesday 1 April. Follow EP Live 9.00 15.00
ENVI 27.04: #MEPs to exchange views with energy & climate commissioner @MAC_europa 19h. Webstream
Cttee #MEPs debate on #cloning of animals for farming purposes with @EP_Agriculture: Webstream
Now, time for exchanging views w/@JHillEU @EP_Industry live:
Exchange of views on structured dialogue EP-EC w/@EBienkowskaEU @EP_Industry live:
#EPlenary debate on #eCall now Vote on Tuesday noon & 2 pm press conf. @OlgaSehnalova
Next week final vote in #EPlenary on live-saving #eCall.Watch video for recap @OlgaSehnalova
15h @EP_Transport: hearing on tourism: challenges and responses, webstreaming programme
CEF funds to be used for #EFSI only as a last resort, say @EP_Transport MEPs, summary of the opinion adopted today:
Starting now @EP_Transport: debate on the White Paper on Transport, webstreaming:
#EPlenary starts shortly. Check out our pre-session briefing for what's on the agenda:
#EPlenary in Strasbourg this afternoon. Want to catch up with what's on the agenda? All here:
Missed @EP_Agriculture mtg this week? Watch it all again here: Next #ComAgri mtg 4-5 May
.@EP_Agriculture & @EP_Environment MEPs to debate now #cloning of animals for farming purposes. Live:
.@EP_Agriculture debate on #bees continues w/ Thierry Dufresne, French Apidology Office & Noa Simon Delso, Bee-Life:
#BalticMAP: @EP_Fisheries position here: voted on #31MAR #EPlenary vote on Tue #28APR
#BalticMAP: What exactly has @EUCouncil decided? See this: which refers to this: #Fisheries
Challenges for the European #film in #digital era Follow the #EPplenary debate now
This evening in Strasbourg: debate on European #film in digital era
RT @EP_ThinkTank: #Copyright and licensing essential issues for EU digital #film distribution @DigitalAgendaEU #DigitalSingleMarket
RT @EU_Commission: Frequently Asked Questions on the Package to modernise the European #trademark System @EBienkows…
Modernising #TradeMark legislation: MEPs strike deal with the Latvian presidency. Read more: @CeciliaWikstrom
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Mare Nostrum ops budget was €9m/mnth, #Triton budget only €2.9m @MarleneMizzi @EUHomeAffairs @EP_J…
RT @ClaudeMoraesMEP: What I'm saying Chair @EP_Justice: #EUCO #migrantcrisis - short term action but missed chance for compassionate plan h…
Missed the @EPInstitutional meeting today? see the recording here
#AFCO discuss the draft opinion on the situation of fundamental rights in UE @EPInstitutional
#AFCO members discuss the draft report on #ECI by @schopflinMEP @EPInstitutional
Next @EP_GenderEqual meeting on 6/7 May, draft agenda & documents available:
Free access to school is effective way of addressing gender inequalities in education. More in study:...
.@EP_GenderEqual meeting continues today. Live:
Missed @EP_Petitions meeting yesterday? Video recording available here:
.@EP_Petitions continues with petitions on financial services/consumer rights and mortgage practices in Spain. Live:
.@EP_Petitions meeting starting now, vote on #TTIP opinion follow live:
The Parliament is on...