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The European Parliament is in session from 3 to 6 October 2016

 
 

The European Parliament will vote on Tuesday to give its consent to the ratification of the Paris climate agreement by the European Union, after Council gave its green light on Friday. For Environment Committee chair Giovanni La Via (EPP, IT) the decision allows the EU to remain a leader in climate action ahead of the next round of talks to take place in Marrakech in November. (Read more: Paris climate agreement: EP to vote on EU ratification after Council green light )

 

MEPs’ plans to tighten up EU car “type approval” rules, in the wake of the VW scandal, were discussed in the Internal Market Committee on Thursday. These include stricter supervision of tests done before a car can be placed on the market and more stringent obligations on EU member states to check that those already on the road meet all EU safety, environmental and production requirements. (Read more: Cleaner cars: Internal Market MEPs debate changes to type-approval rules )

 

The first-ever universal and legally binding global climate deal was agreed by 195 countries in Paris last December at the COP21 conference.Parliament wants the EU to ratify the Paris climate agreement as soon as possible to ensure it can rapidly enter into force. We talked to environment committee chair Giovanni La Via, an Italian member of the EPP group, about Parliament’s commitment to implement the climate deal and the challenges ahead. (Read more: Paris climate agreement: “We are working to secure a swift entry into force” )

 

Budget Committee MEPs reversed all the cuts proposed by the Council to the draft 2017 EU budget to meet the needs of the migration crisis and slow economic growth, in a vote on Wednesday. They also boosted funding to fight youth unemployment and increased spending on research and infrastructure projects. The full plenary will vote on 26 October on a proposed budget amounting to €161.8bn in commitments, €4.13bn more than the original Commission proposal. (Read more: MEPs reject EU Budget 2017 Council cuts: more funds for migration, jobs, youth )

 
Press releases (second part)
 

Anti-Semitism continues to be a problem in Europe with every fifth Jew having experienced verbal or physical violence. On 27 September MEPs and representatives from Jewish communities gathered in the European Parliament to debate anti-Semitism and the future of Jews in Europe. "Jewish friends and neighbours, we stand with you against those who spread hatred," said Parliament President Martin Schulz. "Europe is not Europe without its Jews. Europe is your home!” (Read more: Between hope and fear: the future of Jewish communities in Europe )

 

After five years’ existence, the transparency register, of independent organisations and people whose business is to influence EU decision-taking processes, is to evolve into a mandatory system covering all EU institutions. This is "an eagerly-awaited reform", said European Parliament Vice-President Sylvie Guillaume, welcoming the proposed inter-institutional agreement tabled by the European Commission on 28 September. (Read more: Transparency register: an eagerly-awaited strengthening )

 

Should EU Structural and Investment Funds for Spain and Portugal be suspended, following Council’s 12 July decision to trigger the “excessive deficit” procedure? MEPs from the Regional Development and Economic Affairs committees will debate a possible suspension of structural funds for Spain and Portugal with the EU Commission in Strasbourg on Monday 3 October, in room Louise Weiss N1.3, starting at 18.00. (Read more: Debate on possible suspension of structural funds for Spain and Portugal )

 

The European Parliament is sending a delegation of MEPs to Colombia this week to accompany and observe its referendum on the newly signed peace agreement. MEPs “expect and hope” that on Sunday 2 October Colombian voters will back the peace agreement reached by the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). (Read more: European Parliament delegation to observe Colombia’s peace deal referendum )

 

Chair Werner Langen kicked off Tuesday’s hearing with the investigative journalists behind the Panama Papers revelations by announcing that the inquiry committee will also look into the recent Bahama Leaks affair and the case of former Commissioner Neelie Kroes, who failed to declare a directorship in an offshore firm while she held the competition portfolio. (Read more: Chairman Werner Langen: Panama Papers committee will also look into Bahama Leaks )

 

Roaming charges are on track to be abolished next June, but the rules setting out when mobile providers can charge domestic charges still have to be finalised. Companies fear consumers will try to buy a SIM card from the EU country with the lowest charges rather than from their own country. We asked Pilar del Castillo, the Spanish EPP member responsible for negotiating with the European Commission and Council on this issue, to answer questions we received from our Facebook followers. (Read more: End of roaming: MEPs negotiate safeguards to prevent abuse )

 
 
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Press release: #ParisAgreement : Parliament to vote on EU ratification after Council green light: https://t.co/WFrptQ2vML #COP21
Replay of today's press briefing on October #EPlenary at: https://t.co/HrbWjBV7Gw
The Week Ahead in #EPlenary (03 – 09 Oct) incl: #Parisagreement, #Greece #womenrights in #Poland & more. Agenda: https://t.co/gzCPhOJBKw
Follow LIVE the "Democracy today and tomorrow" conference taking place today in EP: https://t.co/YaCBNKFZvX
.@EP_ForeignAff Chair @ElmarBrok_MEP welcomes the signed peace deal as a "turning point for #Colombia" - Read more: https://t.co/fujkq5isOE
Colombian peace process is on the agenda of next week #EPlenary https://t.co/vfZSPYvV9R
.@EP_HumanRights Chair @ElenaValenciano condemns the freezing of assets of human rights activists in #Egypt – More: https://t.co/CuWLP3VRhK
NOW @EP_HumanRights meet w. indep. experts investigating on #Ayotzinapa where 43 students disappeared 2 years ago: https://t.co/spiahYvjNz
At15.00 @EP_HumanRights mtg on #EU-#Colombia & #EU-#Mexico HR dialogues, EoV w. @GIEIAYOTZINAPA on #Ayotzinapa MORE: https://t.co/c0rFnTkbla
Starting NOW: @EP_Defence debate on European Defence Union w/ @Urmaspaet Live https://t.co/EoH2iCMAnr Agenda https://t.co/uL3h5zqSVt
Next @EP_Defence mtng 26 Sept/ 3 pm. European defence union, Sahel missions & 2016 Russia Caucasus mil exercs Agenda https://t.co/qBiH6acti0
Starting now: @EP_Defence mtng. #CSDP implementation, @NATO #WarsawSummit results, European Defence Union. Webstr https://t.co/OtwoBmiasZ
#SakharovPrize2016: presentation of candidates in joint @EP_Development @EP_ForeignAff @EP_HumanRights meeting. Thu Oct 6. 9.30 Strasbourg
Strasbourg preview - plenary vote on ACP-EU relations report by Norber Neuser, commitments on food security&nutrition by @LindaMcAvanMEP
NOW: Debate w/ @MimicaEU on the revision of the European Consensus on Development. Follow live: https://t.co/OCnmWoPb5K
MEPs to strengthen EU export ban on “torture goods" - Oct 4. plenary debate, vote, presser w/ @MarietjeSchaake @berndlange @MalmstromEU
RT @Trade_EU: ⚠️ We're proposing new measures to ensure that potentially harmful goods & technologies don't get misused. 🛃 ☠🛢💥⛔ 👉 https://t…
#WTOPublicForum Parliamentarians have an important role in making global value chains inclusive @RodriguezPinero at… https://t.co/NYYBOmvnA4
#EUBudget 2017: @EP_Budgets set commitments @ €161.8bn & payments @ €136.8bn, Draft resolution here: https://t.co/UfNyAWGFkc
Les députés rejettent les coupes du Conseil au budget 2017 de l’UE: + de fonds pour migration, emploi, jeunes https://t.co/RiPUSL3YUo
Budget MEPs reject #EUBudget 2017 Council cuts: more funds for migration, jobs, youth - press release: https://t.co/ph2YhNQFEj @EuropaJens
.@EP_BudgControl for discharge to ARTEMIS ENIAC ITER @MarianMarinescu, against discharge to @EUCouncil @r_czarnecki https://t.co/obgRvl35uE
.@EP_BudgControl on Monday 26.09, 15.-18.30, 2014 discharge votes @r_czarnecki & @MarianMarinescu, agenda https://t.co/WFhJuLQgay
RT @EUAuditorsECA: #Maritime transport in EU is in troubled waters: "weak needs assessments & high risk of money invested being wasted" htt…
RT @gualtierieurope: @EP_Economics open coordinators meeting with Banque de France Governor François Villeroy de Galhau https://t.co/eTM704…
.@ICIJorg journalists to MEPs #EP #PanamaPapers inquiry committee: “This is so wrong, it has to stop” Press release: https://t.co/KXAUDaejS0
#EP #Pana committee chair @langen_werner + rapporteurs @JeppeKofod @JezekCZ present work programme from 11:30. Live: https://t.co/R7T3s2Ktjh
.@Europarl_EN report on social inclusion of refugees by @brandobenifei PRESS RELEASE https://t.co/o4xiQJzIYT
.@Europarl_EN adopted report on social inclusion of refugees by @brandobenifei PRESS CONFERENCE at 15:30 https://t.co/qwmG6M9eOG
.@EPSocialAffairs Debate with @jyrkikatainen in Structured Dialogue starting NOW . follow LIVE https://t.co/mY8B1Ic6I9
RT @EU_Arauzo: See here who represents each country in today's Environment Council #ParisAgreement https://t.co/PaZ4HhzVtQ
ENVI votes on #transfats today. What is at stake? Read more https://t.co/r3bznGcpXy
RT @CITES: First ever @CITES Resolution and full set of Decisions on demand reduction to tackle #WildlifeTrafficking agreed in #CoP17 Commi…
.@EP_Industry recording of the Mon debate #roaming @MAC_europa: https://t.co/cDsNm9EXRf
RT @europarltv: #Roaming: MEP @delcastillop answered questions put by citizens on Facebook before draft “fair use” safeguards were debated…
.@EP_Industry debated the fair use of #roaming this afternoon with the European Commission: https://t.co/kOe2EaKcNB
RT @EUCouncilPress: First Ministerial debate on #CollaborativeEconomy. Now @eu2016sk presenting #EU Presidency discussion paper - https://t…
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Listen: Understanding the Single Market for services https://t.co/1rDF7xDTkb @EP_SingleMarket @vickyford @mady_delvaux @d…
Type approval rules for cars: @ddalton40 presents now his draft report @EP_SingleMarket. More info & webstreaming https://t.co/uszAVFe91k
.@EP_Transport MEPs discuss professional qualifications in inland navigation: https://t.co/TRZ1JrjTMV Draft report https://t.co/SfTbD1WlUk
Starting now @EP_Transport: MEPs debate Aviation Strategy for Europe webstreaming: https://t.co/TRZ1JrjTMV https://t.co/2pykIFRhlW
Draft report on improving transport connections in Central and Eastern Europe adopted in TRAN: 28 votes in favour,… https://t.co/YNm9LA2N2C
.@EP_Regional & @EP_Economics to debate possible suspension of structural funds for #Spain & #Portugal More info: https://t.co/CYkeiknPPx
RT @EU_Regional: Will yr region be under the spotlights at the #Regiostars #Awards ceremony? See where finalists come fm and read abt https…
"#Greece: #CohesionPolicy has a positive impact on growth and jobs, said regional development MEPs" More info: https://t.co/qGjDPahDTh
Boosting rural jobs in the EU? Yes we can, @EricAndrieuEU & other @EP_Agriculture MEPs say. Read more here: https://t.co/DnIQD1DXjt
.@EP_Agriculture debates now deal on new #planthealth law w/ chief EP negotiator @anthea_mcintyre. Watch it live: https://t.co/XIwqsAUIYc
Watch live now @EP_Agriculture debate on work of @CPVOTweets w/ its president Martin Ekvad: https://t.co/XIwqsAUIYc
RT @EU_MARE: #EUBudget4results check 71 examples of EU funded projects focusing on fisheries and aquaculture #FARMEDintheEU https://t.co/tA…
RT @EU_Eurostat: #WorldMaritimeDay: busiest EU cargo ports are Rotterdam, Antwerp and Hamburg #Eurostat https://t.co/FvJGNnFw9R https://t.c…
The 3 contenders for the @luxprize 2016 are all running for the Oscars! #ToniErdmann #AsIOpenMyEyes #MaVieDeCourgette
#AVMSD: clearer and similar rules for linear and non-linear services https://t.co/Bz4i1jwjIV
.@LuxPrize finalist #MaVieDeCourgette is Best European Film @sansebastianfes ! #64SSIFF
TODAY from 9:45: Joint @EP_SingleMarket @EP_Legal meeting "Contracts for the supply of digital content" LIVE: https://t.co/2ifEOspIOz
#JURI meeting starting NOW! With Lucia Žitňanská, Justice Minister on SK presidency priorities & @mariannethyssen https://t.co/Z0X8YRiv4Z
Police cooperation - @EP_Justice backs draft agreement w/ #China to fight #OrganisedCrime: https://t.co/9WlOOUuiqY. Next step plenary vote
Press release: MEPs @EP_Justice back plans to waive #visa requirements for #Ukraine https://t.co/5NDdW9gdi8
.@EASO should work more closely with #UNHCR and NGOs, says Parliament´s rapporteur @NiedermullerMEP https://t.co/wx15du3vOV
.@EPInstitutional MEPs now on comp amend for @sven_giegold report ''#transparency, accountability and integrity in the EU institutions''
RT @ksobieraj: .@GuntramWolff of @Bruegel_org, G.Maganza and @ybertoncini of @DelorsInstitute speaking on #Brexit in today's @EPInstitution…
Start at 15h: @EPInstitutional debates constitutional relationship between EU and #UnitedKingdom. #Brexit - follow: https://t.co/yLvXL6ZI7Y
RT @IratxeGarper: Primera jornada trabajo en parlamento #rwanda . El 64%mujeres parlamentarias , gran ejemplo https://t.co/XiXpG0uA8c
#EPlenary adopted resolution on creating labour market conditions favourable for #worklifebalance 443/123/100
.@EP_Petitions calls on member states to speed up the ratification of the #MarrakeshTreaty. Read more: https://t.co/0oLx6ogj2b
RT @peter_jahr: @EP_Petitions FFV in Bratislava on the use of EU structural funds in long-term residential centres for persons with disabil…
RT @CeciliaWikstrom: Checked in for a 2days mission with my #PetitionsCommittee (7 MEP:s) to Slovakia. #disability #de-institutionalisation…
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