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Development MEPs urged EU member countries to respect their Official Development Assistance (ODA) target of 0.7% of national income and to set timetables for reaching it by 2020. It also highlighted the need to mobilise domestic resources efficiently in developing countries and stressed the importance of private-sector contributions in a resolution on financing development adopted on Monday. (Read more: Development MEPs urge EU countries to stick to foreign aid commitments )

 

A negotiating brief on the “Juncker” plan for a European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) to guarantee growth and job-creating investment was backed by the Budgets and Economic and Monetary Affairs committees on Monday evening. But MEPs contested plans to feed the fund from the EU research and transport investment budgets, and called for more parliamentary control over its leadership and goals. (Read more: Strategic Investment Fund: committees back Juncker Plan, but not programme cuts )

 

De parlementaire commissies Begroting en Economische zaken stemmen op 20 april over de oprichting van het Europees Fonds voor Strategische Investeringen (EFSI), een belangrijk element in het plan van 315 miljard euro om de economie aan te jagen. Dit ambitieuze initiatief, gelanceerd door de Europese Commissie, zou geen extra financiële last voor de belastingbetaler met zich meebrengen. Ontdek hoe dit moet werken en volg de stemming om 16.45 uur. (Lees meer: EP-leden stemmen over investeringsplan )

 

Het EP stemt deze week over het investeringsplan van Junker van €315 miljard om de Europese economie te stimuleren. Er wordt ook gestemd over regels om te zorgen dat veiligheidsapparatuur werkt zoals geadverteerd. Een nieuwe werkgroep over robotica komt voor het eerst bijeen en de leden debatteren over een ontwerpverslag om de Zwitserse regering ertoe aan te sporen haar overeenkomsten met de EU over migratie te respecteren. (Lees meer: Deze week: Investeringsplan Juncker, consumentenveiligheid en robots )

 
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Het Europees Parlement werkt aan haar positie over het EU-VS handelsakkoord. Deze stemmen vier parlementaire commissies over hun standpunt. De commissie Internationale handel stelt het verslag van het Parlement als geheel op. Hierover wordt voor de zomer in de plenaire vergadering gedebatteerd en gestemd. (Lees meer: EU-VS handelsakkoord: veertien parlementaire commissies betrokken )

 

"De veiligheidssituatie in Europa is drastisch veranderd in de afgelopen jaren", zegt Claude Moraes, voorzitter van de commissie Burgerlijke vrijheden na de hoorzitting over terrorismebestrijding en de uitdagingen voor de interne veiligheid van de EU. De hoorzitting bracht op 14 april EP-leden en deskundigen bijeen om de veranderende terroristische dreigingen, beleidsinstrumenten van de EU en de strijd tegen extremisme en radicalisering te bespreken. (Lees meer: EP-leden bespreken terrorismebestrijding )

 

Plans to improve and broaden the use of a simplified procedure for low-value cross-border claims to recover money from abroad, so as to cut costs and paperwork for both consumers and businesses, were backed by the legal affairs committee on Thursday. (Read more: Legal affairs MEPs back plans to facilitate recovery of small debts )

 

Naar schatting zijn twintig miljoen vrouwen, kinderen en mannen wereldwijd slachtoffers van mensenhandel. De subcommissie mensenrechten en vertegenwoordigers van internationale en non-gouvernementele organisaties debatteerden vandaag tijdens een hoorzitting over de strijd tegen de mensenhandel in de buitenlandse betrekkingen van de EU. Het debat zal dienen als basis voor een aankomend verslag over de kwestie. (Lees meer: Elena Valencio: "Mensenhandel is de slavernij van onze tijd" )

 

Armenia and Turkey should use the centenary of the Armenian genocide to renew diplomatic relations, open the border and pave the way for economic integration, says the European Parliament in a resolution voted on Wednesday. MEPs stress the need for Turkey to recognise the Armenian genocide, so as to pave way for “genuine reconciliation”. They also commend the statement by Pope Francis on 12 April honouring the centenary of the genocide. (Read more: Armenian genocide centenary: MEPs urge Turkey and Armenia to normalize relations )

 

Parliament agreed to changes to ceilings in the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework for 2014-2020 on Wednesday, to help fund 300 state-managed programmes, in all EU member states, that started too late to qualify for EU funding in 2014. These changes would allow €21.1 billion in unused commitment appropriations to be carried over from 2014 to 2015-17. (Read more: EP backs carry-over of EU funding for late-starter national programmes )

 
 
wekelijkse agenda
 
Programma per dag dinsdag 21 apr 2015
The President's diary - Werkzaamheden van de voorzitter (21-04-2015): 08:45
 
Tax Justice - Fighting Corporate Tax Dumping & Taxing Wealth - Persconferenties (21-04-2015): 10:30, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Prospects for the dairy sector after completion of the quota system - Persconferenties (21-04-2015): 11:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Presentation of the Paper of the S&D Group on countering terrorism - Persconferenties (21-04-2015): 13:30, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
 
Programma per dag woensdag 22 apr 2015
The President's diary - Werkzaamheden van de voorzitter (22-04-2015): 10:00
 
"Orthodox Church and European Ukraine" - Persconferenties (22-04-2015): 15:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Protection of traditional minorities in the EU - Persconferenties (22-04-2015): 18:30, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
 
Programma per dag donderdag 23 apr 2015
Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection - Parlementaire commissies (23-04-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Subcommittee on Human Rights - Parlementaire commissies (23-04-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs - Parlementaire commissies (23-04-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
The situation of the Roma minority in third countries - Openbare hoorzittingen (23-04-2015): 11:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
The President's diary - Werkzaamheden van de voorzitter (23-04-2015): 14:00
 
Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection - Parlementaire commissies (23-04-2015): 15:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
 
Programma per dag vrijdag 24 apr 2015
Pre-session briefing - Persconferenties (24-04-2015): 11:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
 
Programma per dag zaterdag 25 apr 2015
The President's diary - Werkzaamheden van de voorzitter (25-04-2015): 09:00
 
 
Programma per dag zondag 26 apr 2015
The President's diary - Werkzaamheden van de voorzitter (26-04-2015): 15:00
 
 
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Press release: @EP_Development MEPs urge EU countries to stick to foreign #aid commitments: http://t.co/EvtlhnePfZ
Press release: Strategic Investment Fund: committees back #JunckerPlan, but not programme cuts: http://t.co/euqup5ip8L #efsi
RT @EP_President: Swift, concrete action needed on asylum & migration. My video statement after Sunday's tragedy in the Mediterranean http:…
choice between EU & #Russia: a tough one for ex-#Soviet countries.a ground-breaking study by #EP suggests a 3rd way http://t.co/HUvim4Zwmc
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Immense challenges of #Turkey #Armenia reconciliation affect identity as well as history http://t.co/DaQFGixpnc @EP_Forei…
#ArmenianGenocide: #EPlenary debate to mark the 100th anniversary starts now http://t.co/hT1SiiONzN
Like films?Concerned about #humanrights & in Brussels?Check out the One World Film Festival.Read more & register here http://t.co/J8FAmWvepy
#Humantrafficking: prevention is better than a cure says @EP_HumanRights Press release http://t.co/HiPLK8BsQh http://t.co/MKNBFgnpKP
The situation in #Belarus is deteriorating says @EP_HumanRights Full press release: http://t.co/ALNLXgs1Jx
EU has 16 #CSDP missions deployed; 5 of them military. Now overview w/ #EEAS crisis managem director Iklody http://t.co/vgK546n7T7
now @EP_Defence debate on EU #Somalia training mission w/ commander Gen. Maggi & debate on other #CSDP missions - http://t.co/vgK546n7T7
EU #Somalia training mission: @EP_Defence debates today with #EUTM commander Gen. Antonio Maggi from 3pm - live link http://t.co/vgK546n7T7
Report on #ffd3 adopted by @EP_Development with 19/1/3. Full press release here http://t.co/xZ1ud3H00h
Debate w/ Commissioner @StylianidesEU starts now. Watch live here: http://t.co/vdPFkCHPtO
Debate on global health: smart investment for #SustainableDevelopment starts now. Follow live: http://t.co/vdPFkCHPtO
choice btwn EU #DCFTA & #Russia is tough for ex-#Soviet states. a ground-breaking study by #EP suggests a 3rd way http://t.co/1sCAkEsDb8
Press release: @EP_Trade beefs up rules to stem flow of #conflictmineral money to armed groups http://t.co/zfZPbdFLqo
Press release: @EP_Trade beefs up rules to stem flow of #conflictmineral money to armed groups http://t.co/zfZPbdFLqo http://t.co/KuPIEr4x5k
No cuts to prgs, but "irrevocable and unconditional" guarantee to #EFSI. @JMFernandesEU @UdoBullmann report adopted http://t.co/DAvGcJHZCE
.@EP_Budgets and @EP_Economics MEPs adopted basis for nego's on #EFSI #JunckerPlan. Press conf to follow http://t.co/1DipKCCX40
Press conference after EFSI #JunckerPlan vote @EP_Budgets @EP_Economics at 18:00. Live: http://t.co/1DipKCCX40
Hearing on #Romania #’Bulgaria justice reform, anti-corruption starts now, live: http://t.co/zYwjTsQHap @MonicaMacovei1
#Romania #Bulgaria justice reforms and fight against corruption to be discussed @EP_BudgControl Tue pm. Agenda: http://t.co/ztcWzG2CNq
.@EUauditorsECA reps on youth guarantee, natural disaster help, rural dvmt spending @EP_BudgControl next week. Agenda http://t.co/tcBNyrOkTA
.@EP_Economics @EP_Budgets Strategic Investment Fund: committees back Juncker Plan, but not programme cuts http://t.co/YkiwJkrskS
.@EP_Economics @EU_Commission's econ. decisions should be more neutral, MEPs tell @VDombrovskis and @pierremoscovici: http://t.co/dBqqtZx77q
In @EP_Economics at 15.00 hearing w/ Wolf #Klinz #EFRAG Board President candidate, live: http://t.co/drlqPxdsXa
.@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
.@EPSocialAffairs next meeting tomorrow, Wednesday 1 April. Follow EP Live 9.00 http://t.co/lz8MDMmSzH 15.00 http://t.co/aNRLAkhRVa
Cttee #MEPs debate on #cloning of animals for farming purposes with @EP_Agriculture: Webstream http://t.co/jghXl6yghw
Report by @PiernicolaM5S on #patientsafety adopted unanimously. Plenary vote in May
Now, time for exchanging views w/@JHillEU @EP_Industry live: http://t.co/Abdmx3dY0Z
Exchange of views on structured dialogue EP-EC w/@EBienkowskaEU @EP_Industry live: http://t.co/XbTle35ahV
.@EP_SingleMarket mtng starts now. Debates on protective equip and gas appliances. Docs http://t.co/Sf6G2xUYzT Live http://t.co/RxlvuZnIrj
Next @EP_SingleMarket to meet on 20&23 April: protective equipment, gas appliances. Doc http://t.co/Sf6G2xUYzT & http://t.co/e5ZFZ0g94h
RT @rozathun: Thank u4 engaged participation #DigitalSingleMarket Working Group. Continuation@ @EP_SingleMarket 23.04 w @Ansip_EU http://t…
15h @EP_Transport: hearing on tourism: challenges and responses, webstreaming http://t.co/cQyV9rkwM9 programme http://t.co/lwojBuy0GJ
CEF funds to be used for #EFSI only as a last resort, say @EP_Transport MEPs, summary of the opinion adopted today: http://t.co/3gdGNLn0ia
Starting now @EP_Transport: debate on the White Paper on Transport, webstreaming: http://t.co/k5kkiLjyYt
Rapporteurs, shadow rapporteurs and coordinators: all a jumble? We explain it all here! Click: http://t.co/PLBvD10IR2 http://t.co/Ahwne6Z1N6
.@JerzyBuzek: "Clusters are the backbone of the #EURegionalPolicy." https://t.co/JwyDY6hTdo
Missed @EP_Agriculture mtg this week? Watch it all again here: http://t.co/EGHsUR1XqY Next #ComAgri mtg 4-5 May
.@EP_Agriculture & @EP_Environment MEPs to debate now #cloning of animals for farming purposes. Live: http://t.co/tiaR2xXCyw
.@EP_Agriculture debate on #bees continues w/ Thierry Dufresne, French Apidology Office & Noa Simon Delso, Bee-Life: http://t.co/tiaR2yfdq4
#Fisheries multiannual plans deadlock: Will @EUCouncil block or split #BalticMAP? @eu2015lv http://t.co/aMmjiYnTHw http://t.co/hn4mXLzUSf
Now available: Consolidated report by @WalesaMEP on #BalticMAP proposal, tabled for #EPlenary vote on #28APR http://t.co/jb5X6CYHHP
All presentations from hearing on #discards now on @EP_Fisheries website http://t.co/FckribpuAa #fisheries
Correction: CULT opinion on #copyright was rejected 12/14/0
CULT opinion on #TTIP adopted with 24 votes to 2 and 4 abstentions
CULT opinion on #copyright was rejected 24/0/1
Legal affairs MEPs back plans to facilitate recovery of cross-border small debts, read more: http://t.co/9rUD2C4bJh
JURI opinion on #TTIP adopted by 12 votes to 11, with 2 abstentions.
RT @Refugees: So far this year, 1,600 refugees & migrants have lost their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean sea http://t.co/BCFYBdXYgX
RT @CarlosCoelhoPE: I agree! But I deplore that Search and Rescue priority is not in the 10 points action plan http://t.co/qj2D9do1Iv https…
RT @EUCouncilPress: President Donald Tusk calls an extraordinary European Council on migratory pressures in the #Mediterranean: http://t.co…
Missed the @EPInstitutional meeting today? see the recording here http://t.co/sFg1Qd0zeo
#AFCO discuss the draft opinion on the situation of fundamental rights in UE @EPInstitutional http://t.co/yt5V5JcVu6
#AFCO members discuss the draft report on #ECI by @schopflinMEP @EPInstitutional http://t.co/Oe9gRwqIPF
Free access to school is effective way of addressing gender inequalities in education. More in study:...
.@EP_GenderEqual meeting continues today. Live: http://t.co/0YFgbU4bh8
#femalepoverty, #equality between #women and men post 2015 and more…@EP_GenderEqual. Live: http://t.co/9DmiAnBUG4
Missed @EP_Petitions meeting yesterday? Video recording available here: http://t.co/oJvynlLYN6
.@EP_Petitions continues with petitions on financial services/consumer rights and mortgage practices in Spain. Live: http://t.co/oJvynlLYN6
.@EP_Petitions meeting starting now, vote on #TTIP opinion follow live: http://t.co/ui2TnJvEYU
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