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Dr Denis Mukwege, the 2014 Sakharov Prize laureate, described political problems in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and his difficulties in tackling the problem of sexual abuse of women and even small children, in a Human Rights Subcommittee debate on Thursday. MEPs discussed how the EU could best support Dr Mukwege’s work, and some called for legally-binding rules on trade in conflict minerals. (Read more: Democracy and values are problematic in DRC, says Denis Mukwege )


The question of whether Germany’s minimum pay rules should apply to foreign lorry drivers using its roads divided MEPs evenly in a debate with transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc on Wednesday evening. The European Commission is still assessing the implications of these rules, which the Germany partially suspended (for transit drivers) early this year, but they must in any event comply with EU law, she said. (Read more: Commission to clarify whether minimum wage may apply to foreign lorry drivers )


The 18 March terrorist attacks on the Tunis Bardo museum were clearly directed against Tunisia’s transition to democracy, as the “lone success story of the ‘Arab Spring’”, said MEPs in a debate with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Wednesday evening. All speakers insisted on the need to maintain or beef up EU support for Tunisia, so to in encourage it to pursue its democratic transition and not be intimidated by attempts to cause anarchy and chaos. (Read more: Terror attacks targeted Tunisia's democratic path: MEPs call for more EU support )


Tackling tax evasion should be a top EU priority. EU countries and the European Commission should play a leading role in discussing how to fight tax fraud and aggressive tax planning in the OECD and other relevant fora, says Parliament in its resolution on tax, voted on Wednesday. (Read more: EP takes stance on tax transparency, burdens, avoidance and evasion )

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EU member states must be more transparent about their national tax rulings, because unfair tax competition distorts competition among companies and could lead to a “race to the bottom”, warned many MEPs in Wednesday’s debate with taxation Commissioner Pierre Moscovici. (Read more: Moscovici debate: MEPs make the case for fairer taxation )


EU plans to lend Ukraine €1.8 billion to help plug its short-term balance of payments gap were approved by MEPs on Wednesday. The EU will borrow the money externally and lend it on to Ukraine with the same interest rate. The disbursement will be tied to Ukraine pledging structural reforms to tackle problems that contributed to the current crisis. (Read more: European Parliament approves €1.8 billion EU loan to Ukraine )


More than 2,000 workers made redundant in Greece and Ireland in 2014 will receive EU aid worth €11.3 million to help them find jobs, Parliament decided on Wednesday. The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aid has already been approved by the EU Council of Ministers. (Read more: Parliament approves EU aid for redundant workers in Greece and Ireland )


The session opened with a minute’s silence for victims of the Germanwings air crash in the French Alps on 24 March and the terrorist attack on Tunisia’s Bardo museum on 18 March. President Schulz conveyed Parliament’s deepest sympathy to their families and friends. (Read more: Opening: minute’s silence for victims of Germanwings air crash and Tunis attacks )


MEPs will debate the European Commission's “tax transparency package” with Commissioner Pierre Moscovici (taxation) and the Latvian Council Presidency on Wednesday, starting at about 16.00. This draft legislation, tabled on 18 March, would oblige EU member states to inform each other of their national tax rulings. MEPs welcome this as "a first step in the right direction". (Read more: Tax debate: transparency, red tape, avoidance and evasion )


“We will defeat radicalism only if we stay united” said Parliament’s First Vice-President Antonio Tajani, opening Tuesday’s high-level conference of MEPs and religious community leaders on the rise of religious radicalism and fundamentalism. EP President Martin Schulz, who closed the debate, said “We have to have the courage to take people on board and encourage dialogue between religions”. (Read more: Inter-religious dialogue: the way to defeat extremism )

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Election observation delegation to Nigeria - Delegazzjonijiet (29-03-2015): 09:00
The Week Ahead(30 Mar-5 Apr) includes:#counterterrorism,#LIBOR #taxrulings & more.Full Agenda: http://t.co/YIyryzyYU3 http://t.co/jxmG72Z7dC
Press release: #Tax competition should be fair and transparent, says #EP: http://t.co/nsBREBFLi1 #EPlenary
EP #Iraq delegation chair D. Campbell Bannerman @DCBMEP: Denying visas for #Yezidi women “bureaucracy before bravery” http://t.co/D5DFM6wRdH
#EPlenary debate on #TUnisia attacks with @FedericaMog http://t.co/a1vFJNC095
#CSDP financing: @EP_Defence @EP_Budgets @EP_ForeignAff 2nd discussion on report by @EduardKukan @indrektarand LIVE awb://owl.li/KJxNb
RT @europarlAV: 2014 #SakharovPrize winner @DenisMukwege & @ElenaValenciano: Download unedited VIDEO of the entire press point: http://t.co…
#Democracy and values are problematic in #DRC, says @DenisMukwege in today's debate @EP_HumanRights Press release: http://t.co/iXlFgwtMFT
RT @europarlAV: Exchange of views w/ @DenisMukwege, 2014 #SakharovPrize winner, & @EP_HumanRights VIDEO http://t.co/i1CA7QJtT6
Impact of dvpts in European defence markets on security & defence capabilities: draft by @AnaGomesMEP discussed now: http://t.co/ARArVxrTlz
#CSDP financing: @EP_Defence @EP_Budgets @EP_ForeignAff 2nd discussion on report by @EduardKukan @indrektarand LIVE awb://owl.li/KJxNb
Aviation safety over conflict zones & threats to civilian planes: @EP_Defence @EP_ForeignAff w @Eurocontrol @ICAO now http://t.co/eo0e8WU6FO
RT @EP_ThinkTank: 3 official aims of #EYD2015: inform EU citizens, foster direct involvement, raise awareness of global interdependence htt…
.@LindaMcAvanMEP & Enrique Guerrero Salom statements on the disaster in Vanuatu: http://t.co/LUHzk694ZI
MEP Louis Michel welcomes @EU_Commission response following devastation by cyclone Pam in Vanuatu. Full statement: http://t.co/UbVkXqOpAD
#ukraine vote result http://t.co/EbTRoFG0r1
#EPlenary debate on MFA ro #Ukraine will start around 18.15, vote after 7pm @GLandsbergis @VDombrovskis live link http://t.co/9EiZF1MKEb
EU loan of 1.8bn for #Ukraine: press conf by @GLandsbergis (EPP, LT) 2pm - also on #EbS @EC_AVService http://t.co/HyuZwISqeU
01/04 @EP_Budgets: vote on #MFF modification, French #EGF application; debate on 1st #EUBudget 2016 trilogue. Agenda: http://t.co/BxXJQKEIvR
Discussion of planned changes to @EU_Commission proposal on #EFSI in @EP_Budgets @EP_Economics now, live: http://t.co/HJxHYdJ8L7
#EPlenary has approved #EGF aid worth €11.3 to #Ireland #Greece to help 2,000 laid off workers. Read more here: http://t.co/DnjXuL7hV9
Discussion with @KGeorgievaEU on adopted #discharge of @EU_Commission starts now, until 16. Live: http://t.co/AGFI7AXloB Rapp @inge_graessle
2013 spending of @EU_Commission and #EP are approved by @EP_BudgControl in #discharge procedure. Read more here: http://t.co/PFKIrISOoS
Vote on #discharge 2013 to @EU_Commission #EP starts now. Docs, agenda: http://t.co/sIF8ntnFot Live: http://t.co/xM5yPC1BNW
Next week in Special #Tax #Rulings Committee/@EP_Economics: debates @pierremoscovici (30/3) and OECD reps. (31/3). 31/3 also vote benchmarks
Tax competition should be fair and transparent, says EP in vote on annual tax report by @EvaKaili. Press released http://t.co/jHLcpauYuN
Tax competition should be fair and transparent, says Parliament in annual #tax report by @EvaKaili . Press release: http://t.co/lVbMtVYsj6
.@EPSocialAffairs meeting tomorrow, Tuesday 24 March - agenda http://t.co/vdxsTRoCtY
.@EPSocialAffairs next meeting tomorrow, Tuesday 24 March from 9.00 in JAN 4Q1 follow EP Live http://t.co/TTzJYtv40L
.@EPSocialAffairs Parliament adopted a report by @Sergio_GP on employment and social indicators in #AGS2015 Read more http://t.co/7H2aiFFEYh
RT @V_Andriukaitis: Thank you for your questions @EP_Environment . My speech is here http://t.co/FALfi6lTL1
Plans to monitor #CO2 emissions from #ships receive committee support 58/0/3 Lead #MEP @JoseFariaMEP Vote April #MRV http://t.co/s1Zwc8iExr
2/2 Full agenda: http://t.co/vePjQK6Dfu Webstream: http://t.co/TYqfWSgTQ9 Meeting docs: http://t.co/RJHCn8iODu
Public hearing on #summertime starts now! Watch live: http://t.co/bqDR2KV5B4 @EP_Industry @EP_Transport @EP_Legal
.@EP_Industry in 5 min: debate on energy policy and #climate w/ @MAC_europa: http://t.co/QtZtFYehgi
.@EP_Industry's recommendations for #TTIP talks adopted 49/13/0:http://t.co/i2eQcmOHrO #customs #publicprocurement #SMEs #energy @JerzyBuzek
RT @EU_Competition: In 2014, 1 EU consumer in 2 shopped online but only 1 in 7 bought from across a border. Why? http://t.co/fuia9azIZ1 ht…
RT @vickyford: My speech on Digital Single Market & building competitiveness, jobs & growth. In Riga with very forward looking... http://t…
RT @vickyford: Speaking in Riga on how we make the single market more effective #SingleMarketForum http://t.co/HHu65cc1Ei
Now @EP_Transport: debate on employment conditions in aviation, webstreaming http://t.co/R7GLpXmF7E
Video of the debate on minimum wage and road transport in EP plenary yesterday http://t.co/QDNmipBGAQ short summary: http://t.co/dxtaHzalRS
RT @MepMCramer: I'm deeply saddened by the tragic news & wish to express my most sincere condolences to the families and friends of all vic…
Missed the #REGI Committee debate on #EFSI yesterday? Have a look on our #pressrelease and useful links http://t.co/E5PjB0Mupd
#REGI meeting with guests @jyrkikatainen and @EIBtheEUbank VP #Molterer starting soon: http://t.co/ZlAS4Hu3yI #CohesionPolicy #EFSI
.@Expo2015Milano: #EU must do more in terms of global #foodsecurity, MEPs say. Read more: http://t.co/SpGj9254ak @EUexpo2015
New EU #ForestStrategy: Sustainable management of #forests could boost employment, MEPs say. Read more: http://t.co/4FTpuEeDrR
Debate on prospects for EU #dairy sector after end of #milk quotas w/ rapporteur @JNicholsonMEP live now here: http://t.co/io6m7fZtFe
Highlights of next #Fisheries meeting: Vote on #BalticMAP, debates on #Madagascar, #CapeVerde & #Guinee_Bissau FPAs http://t.co/uzQY340sGD
New study: small-scale #Fisheries and the zero discard target http://t.co/SlMzQ1hks9 #discards #CFPreality http://t.co/rDN3W15hMz
The new CFP requires MS to use transparent & objective criteria when allocating TACs & quotas http://t.co/BitNjfWQpS http://t.co/4RgPdmIj4F
#EP Study on Religious fundamentalism and radicalisation http://t.co/oNaYVTfZnD
RT @EP_ThinkTank: EU institutions and inter- #religiousdialogue: a solid legal basis fr more structured meetings http://t.co/h1F64kiT2V @EP…
Hearing “Towards a high degree of accountability, transparency and integrity in the EU Institutions” on Thu 26/03: http://t.co/HOA3ctZ8gN
Public hearing on #summertime starts now! Watch live: http://t.co/ZkQgzFRQUq @EP_Industry @EP_Transport @EP_Legal
Study on the feasibility of the creation of a European System of Border Guards to be presented @EP_Justice on 31/03 http://t.co/ykOhhtIVRB
#Surveillance for intelligence & #nationalsecurity purposes. Art 29 WP document to be discussed @EP_Justice on 31/03 http://t.co/W7zEMtKDL4
RT @ronpatz: Stream working again: http://t.co/k0cAr4uLD9 #EUintegrity
At 10.35 MEPs debate #integrity with @ @EUombudsman, Daniel Guegen & Raj Chari @danutahuebner @EPInstitutional live: http://t.co/uk0EJGm54d
.@EP_GenderEqual next meeting on 30/31 March, find out more in newsletter: https://t.co/CPk4PBWWKa
.@UNICEF Study: Children of the Recession The impact of the economic crisis on child well-being in rich countries: https://t.co/tVnXOo4ByD
Main causes of #femalepoverty workshop @EP_GenderEqual on 30/3 at 15h. Programme: http://t.co/MnhkNJfFqx
Who are the @EP_Petitions members? Take a look: http://t.co/Pc8KkDAZzM
RT @EU_EESC: #ECIday2015 is on 13 April, participate in our event & make your voice heard! Register here: http://t.co/8p8Y6Fm9aA http://t.c…
Missed @EP_Petitions meeting yesterday? Video recording available here: http://t.co/h70BmznNOz
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