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Today’s unprecedented level of instability at EU borders demands that the EU and its member states shoulder more responsibility for their security and defence now, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. They urge member states to use Common Security and Defence Policy tools more effectively, improve the fit between external and internal security measures, and pool and share resources, so as to counter terrorism, fight organised crime, strengthen cyber-defence and cope with migration. (Read more: Parliament urges EU member states to gear up for new security challenges now )


Parliament passed three resolutions on Thursday, calling for Zimbabwean human rights activist Itai Dzarana to be found immediately; the release of all political prisoners in Swaziland; protection for Rohingya asylum seekers and action against human trafficking in Thailand. (Read more: Human rights: Zimbabwe; Thailand; Swaziland )

Il-President tal-Parlament Ewropew Martin Schulz fetaħ id-dibattitu fuq l-immigrazzjoni   Il-President tal-Parlament Ewropew Martin Schulz fetaħ id-dibattitu fuq l-immigrazzjoni.

Fl-20 ta' Mejju, l-MEPs iddiskutew il-pjani ppreżentati mill-Kummissjoni Ewropea quddiem in-numri kbar ta' immigranti li qed ifittxu li jidħlu fl-UE, ħafna drabi b'riskju għal ħajjithom fuq il-baħar. (Aqra iktar dwar dan: Immigrazzjoni: l-MEPs jiddibattu r-rispons tal-UE )


EU importers of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold for manufacturing consumer goods need to be certified by the EU to ensure that they do not fuel conflicts and human rights abuses in conflict areas, say MEPs in their position on a draft law adopted on Wednesday by 402 votes to 118, with 171 abstentions. (Read more: Conflict minerals: MEPs ask for mandatory certification of EU importers )

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The EU must take effective measures to prevent the spread of Xylella fastidiosa bacteria beyond Italy, where it is severely damaging olive trees, says a resolution passed by Parliament on Wednesday. MEPs welcome EU import restrictions on plants from affected areas in third countries but say more may be needed. They also urge that growers be compensated for their losses, and suggest stepping up funding for research to combat the bacteria, which may attack other plants. (Read more: Olive trees: MEPs demand action to halt spread of killer bacteria )


MEPs pressed the European Commission not to withdraw a draft EU directive on maternity leave, despite four years’ deadlock over it in the EU Council of Ministers, in a resolution voted on Wednesday. They also urged the ministers to resume talks and agree an official position. (Read more: Maternity leave: MEPs urge Council to restart talks )


The calendar of European Parliament part-sessions for 2016, tabled by the EP Conference of Presidents, was approved by MEPs on Wednesday. (Read more: EP 2016 calendar of plenary sessions approved )


Anneli Jäätteenmäki (ALDE, FI) was elected in a secret ballot (Rule 15) as a new vice-president of the European Parliament on Wednesday, following the resignation of Olli Rehn (ALDE, FI), who was elected to the Finnish parliament in April. Fabio Massimo Castaldo (EFDD, IT) was also a candidate for the post. (Read more: Anneli Jäätteenmäki elected as a new EP vice-president )


The ultimate owners of companies will have to be listed in central registers in EU countries, open both to the authorities and to people with a "legitimate interest", such as investigative journalists, under new rules already agreed with the Council and endorsed by Parliament on Wednesday. The new anti-money laundering directive aims to step up the fight against tax crimes and terrorist financing. New rules to make it easier to trace transfers of funds were also approved. (Read more: Tougher rules on money laundering to fight tax evasion and terrorist financing )


The situation in Ethiopia ahead of the 24 May parliamentary elections, the political crisis and killings in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and preparations for the 21-22 May Riga Eastern Partnership Summit will be discussed with Commissioner Christos Stylianides, the Latvian Presidency, and EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini, from 15.00 on Wednesday. (Read more: Ideas on Ethiopia, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Eastern Partnership )

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Skeda jum b'jum Il-Ġimgħa 22 Mej 2015
The President's diary - Id-djarju tal-President (22-05-2015):
Press release: #EP urges EU member states to gear up for new #security challenges now: http://t.co/Uze2xjONpc
Press release:#Humanrights: Zimbabwe; Thailand; Swaziland: http://t.co/j3qqShwhtl
EP TODAY:MEPs debate & vote on the cases of I. #Dzamara (#Zimbabwe) of T. #Maseko (#Swaziland)& the plight of #Rohingya refugees (#Myanmar )
Vote on #Turkey postponed: #EPlenary agrees to postpone vote to give political groups more time to hammer out a broad majority.
Tragic events and political turmoil in the former Yugoslav Republic of #Macedonia now debated by #EPlenary: http://t.co/Mgih0UNi4t
#EPlenary now discusses situation in #Ethiopia live: http://t.co/Mgih0UNi4t
#EPlenary adopts resolution on #Zimbabwe #Swaziland and #Thailand Full press release here: http://t.co/9d5NqPx7TU
RT @EP_ThinkTank: EU Member States all signatories of 1951 Geneva Convention on #refugees & must respect their obligations http://t.co/PTQ5…
#CSDP: Watch the press conference of EP rapporteurs @ArnaudDanjean @EduardKukan @indrektarand in 10 mins here http://t.co/iN5LwMp7jQ
Watch the rest of #Eplenary debate on Common Security and Defence Policy w/ @FedericaMog LIVE http://t.co/ofhySErnbO #CSDP
RT @UNICEF: From #childmarriage to discrimination, girls too often face barriers to #education http://t.co/z66aooWoIl http://t.co/M3EdzBYz…
RT @UNICEF: #PhotooftheWeek: A girl in class in #Guinea. Schools there reopened in January after a 5-month break due to #Ebola http://t.co/…
NOW: Press conference by MEP Pedro Silva Pereira on Financing for Development #ffd3 has just started. Follow live: http://t.co/7WmiyZRPlx
Press release on #Conflictminerals: MEPs ask for mandatory certification of EU importers http://t.co/Wf0nid9gF4
#conflictminerals: EP by 402/118/171 adopted request for obligatory certification for "all Union importers";vote on EP 1st reading postponed
#conflictminerals vote adjourned after unexpected amemdments - shadows discussion in #hemicycle http://t.co/DkhWsvnnNG
RT @JeanArthuis: #BudgetEU: le Trilogue sur le plan d'apurement des factures impayées vient d'aboutir. Timide mais prometteur. Premier pas …
#EP wants #JunckerPlan take off on time, asks #Council to negotiate. Today's press conf: http://t.co/Y5yc6eqbHI @EP_Budgets @EP_Economics
Follow debate with @KGeorgievaEU on #tobacco agreements at #EP plenary. From 19.25. Live: http://t.co/8xQ0WRqy4D
Issues to overcome in the #EUbudget own resources reform discussed @EP_Budgets @EP_BudgControl 5/5. Read more: http://t.co/jL0GPxvcAa
.@EP_Budgets @EP_BudgControl hearing on control of #EUBudget own resources collection now http://t.co/YnowZn33Vz @J_Lewandowski #AyalaSender
At 11:30 press conference #TAXE visits BE/LUX by rapporteurs @elisaferreira and @EUTheurer #luxleaks Watch live: http://t.co/mRPWY2eCEl
Big majority for @EP_Economics @CvNieuwenhuizen benchmarks #LIBOR report, MEPs ready for negotiations http://t.co/f3n2FVWS30
#TAXE Press conference @ALamassoure @PierreGramegna #luxleaks starts shortly. Sorry for delays...
Changes to ESF for frontloading #YEI approved http://t.co/7lJ2KWe6pl Press conference @emorinchartier @ 14:30 Live http://t.co/o5Rsjk4frS
.@EPSocialAffairs next meeting tomorrow, Thursday 16 April. Follow EP Live 9.20 http://t.co/6ZWFe2qD6d 15.00 http://t.co/QFEwPUWULI
.@EPSocialAffairs meeting tomorrow, Thursday 16 April from 9.20-12.30 & 15.00-18.30 PHS 3C50. Agenda http://t.co/82NBcPVscg
#MEPs veto #cadmium exemption plans for displays, lightings and TVs http://t.co/XtseyWOtfi
#EPlenary opposes #EC proposal to allow #cadmium in illumination and display lighting applications with 618 votes to 33 and 28 abstentions
#EPlenary to vote on an objection to allow #cadmium in illumination and display lighting applications http://t.co/FQuZmCa15r
.@EP_Industry files this #EPlenary: green growth for #SMEs (@debackerphil Mon/Tue) & staff for ACER agency(Thu) Watch http://t.co/pO9mbmJam8
11/05 in @Europarl_EN: Hearing on European Citizens' Initiative #StopVivisection. More info here: http://t.co/We3fJKewxm #ECI
.@Ep_Industry just adopted @SaudargasA report on #energysecurity strategy 42/13/4. Press release to follow shortly. http://t.co/MvBAaM37KK
Next @EP_SingleMarket #DigitalSingleMarket WG to meet on 26 May 3 pm.Focus-DSM strategy. Live http://t.co/DviUjbb65q http://t.co/fxaDBhUKXD
Starting now: #EPlenary debate on #DigitalSingleMarket w/ @Ansip_EU. Webstreaming http://t.co/HKPYxBgTZI
On Tuesday at ~10.30 am #EPlenary will debate #DigitalSingleMarket strategy. Live http://t.co/HKPYxBgTZI Details http://t.co/CMQdRmMxKO
Now @EP_Transport: discussion w/Commissioner @Bulc_EU on transport aspects of Commission Work Programme 2016 http://t.co/8jngQz0oYr
Starting now: @EP_Transport hearing on road haulage market and its social dimension http://t.co/8jngQz0oYr programme http://t.co/CBq5nPOWz6
TEN-T Coordinators' progress report presented @EP_Transport yesterday available here http://t.co/Jh3vTgKzLh debate: http://t.co/k2od3OMh99
Catch-the-eye, Urgent Procedure, Blue Card... What does it all mean? Our guide to #EPlenary: http://t.co/1UQEX0G1CH
Last day of #EPlenary in #Strasbourg: MEPs set to discuss #growth and #ECforecast. Live now: http://t.co/mSdH0z5Pyq
Final #EPvote of #EPlenary! MEPs to have their say on #Turkey progress report. Live now: http://t.co/mSdH0z5Pyq
#Olive trees: MEPs demand actions to halt spread of killer bacteria #Xylella. Read more here: http://t.co/w12yFTmFEI
#StopVivisection #ECI hearing ends now. To re-watch it, click here (video-recording will be made available 12/05): http://t.co/CgwXHg0R0s
3rd round of #StopVivisection #ECI hearing kicks off now w/ interventions from #EmilyMcIvor & #AndreMenache. Live: http://t.co/ndxGMhkBAl
#BalticMAP: This is the text MEPs will defend in negotiations with @eu2015lv http://t.co/9fAhSgpPke @WalesaMEP #Fisheries
#Fisheries committee meeting continues this morning - watch live: http://t.co/2eSJ4sN9z5 Agenda: http://t.co/BnrDclrXqI
Tune in to #Fisheries committee's afternoon session: http://t.co/2eSJ4sN9z5 #Madagascar FPA and #tuna study http://t.co/rU9tALzcUZ
Ce soir à Strasbourg : le #PE reçoit le projet #Commenius "L'Europe est servie" http://t.co/ExJh7dTlJs http://t.co/jg3aktBZAl
Ce soir à Strasbourg : le #PE reçoit le projet #Commenius "L'Europe est servie" http://t.co/k6ytWUDLtg http://t.co/9fWVp5cwOu
#EPlenary debate on #insolvency proceedings starting now. Live: http://t.co/48njVucJWL
RT @EP_ThinkTank: #Insolvency proceedings affect 200,000 EU business a year http://t.co/UmO2jhi88s @EP_Legal
Press release: #EPlenary approves tougher rules on #moneylaundering to fight #taxevasion and #terrorist financing http://t.co/yWQZhV26PW
9am MEPs give their views on Agenda #MigrationEU in debate w/ @TimmermansEU @avramopoulos & @eu2015lv. Live http://t.co/EqGNKwMsUs #EPlenary
RT @JanAlbrecht: Vice-president of the @EU_Commission @Ansip_EU states clearly in front of @Europarl_EN: There should be no #backdoors in a…
Lessons learned from last Hearings of EC candidate commissioners to follow @EPInstitutional @RCorbettMEP
AFCO Chair during joint @EPInstitutional @EP_Economics hearing this morning https://t.co/AoSWhJ510j
Press invited to join the event tonight in the EP Librairy https://t.co/ANNjWPM3JZ
#EPlenary adopted resolution on #maternityleave. Press release: http://t.co/E3szsOV4e1
NOW: Press conference by MEP Maria Arena and all shadow rapporteurs on #maternityleave has just started: Follow live: http://t.co/FK9jcwHGJI
#EPlenary vote today on #maternityleave resolution after 12.00h. http://t.co/yHw75nrxCD
Hearing on #ECI #StopVivisection starting at 3pm: Follow via @EP_Agriculture, webstreaming: http://t.co/zulfKA3oB0
Missed discussion @EP_Petitions &@TimmermansEU on Tuesday? Video recording available here: http://t.co/VP07t3O2pQ http://t.co/bOjyAAeeEn
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