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The European Parliament is in session from 24 to 27 October 2016


The 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, in which the EU played a vital role, marked an important milestone in resetting the country’s relations with the West. This afternoon MEPs debate a resolution on the EU’s strategy towards Iran. The report advocates expanding EU-Iran trade, calls for EU efforts to ease tensions between Tehran and Riyadh and urges the country to suspend use of the death penalty. More in our interview with UK S&D member Richard Howitt, author of the report. (Read more: Iran nuclear deal: “A huge prize for peace and stability in a troubled region” )


Could the EU soon have an "abuse-free” product label certifying that no human rights abuse had been committed at any stage in its production? It is one of the proposals in the own initiative report on corporate liability for serious human rights abuses in non-EU countries written by Italian EFDD member Ignazio Corrao. MEPs discuss it in plenary on Monday 24 October and vote on it the following day. Read our interview with Corrao to find out more. (Read more: "Rules ensuring EU firms respect human rights abroad would send a great signal" )


Europe is facing unprecedented security challenges. Will the traditional reliance on Nato suffice or should the EU invest more in its own defence and move towards stronger cooperation between member states? On Monday 24 October the foreign affairs committee votes on a report calling for a permanent and systematic defence cooperation between EU countries as part of a European Defence Union. Find out more in our video interview with prominent MEPs. (Read more: EU defence: more Nato or closer cooperation between member states? )


When Jean-Claude Juncker became president of the European Commission in 2014, he told the European Parliament he would focus on making progress on growth, employment, investment and the digital economy. As Parliament is keen to ensure these promises are kept, it has developed a digital tool to follow progress on the 10 priorities chosen by Juncker. The Legislative Train Schedule shows the current status of each piece of proposed legislation as well as its development. (Read more: Legislative Train: new tool for checking progress on Commission priorities )

Press releases (second part)

The UK's decision to leave the Union will already affect the EU's budget for next year. "There has already been an unforeseeable situation and now we have to deal with this problem," said Jens Geier, the MEP who will negotiate on behalf of the Parliament regarding the bulk of the EU's budget for 2017. MEPs will vote on Parliament's position in plenary on 26 October. We talked to the German S&D member about how Brexit is affecting the budget and the upcoming negotiations with the Council (Read more: EU budget: "We have to deal with the problem caused by Brexit" )


“Acting to stop the bloodshed in Syria should be the number one priority on your list,” European Parliament President Martin Schulz told EU leaders on 20 October at the start of a two-day EU summit. “The European Parliament calls for consequences and accountability for those guilty of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity,” he added. In addition to EU-RUssia relations, the Council summit is also dedicated to trade issues, migration and Brexit. (Read more: Schulz at summit: Russia is the one maintaining painful status quo in Syria )


EU-Russia relations have long been difficult but following Moscow’s recent involvement in the bombing of Aleppo they have deteriorated even further. Tonight at the European Council heads of EU states discuss the EU's strategy towards Russia. MEPs have strongly condemned Russia’s role in Syria and called for a "critical reassessment" of EU relations with the country. Read on for an overview of Parliament's position. (Read more: Europe’s strategy towards Russia: how Parliament sees the way forward )


The inquiry committee into emission measurements in the car industry (EMIS) continued its work on Thursday morning by hearing Alexander Dobrindt, the German Federal Minister of Transport and Olaf Lies, Lower Saxony’s State Minister for the Economy, Labour and Transport. (Read more: Car emissions inquiry looking for answers from German authorities )


EU countries are considering signing the free trade agreement with Canada this month, but the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) is far from the only deal the EU is working on. Various deals are being negotiated all over the globe, but they can only enter into force if the European Parliament approves them. Read on for an overview of negotiations in progress and a discussion of how it works. (Read more: After CETA: the EU trade agreements that are in the pipeline )


More than 20 million people living today around the world have been trafficked for sexual exploitation, forced labour and other activities across the world, generating a profit of €117 billion a year. It is also a very lucrative crime in Europe. On the occasion of the EU's Anti-Trafficking Day on 18 October, check out the facts in our infographic and discover what the EU and Parliament have been doing to tackle human trafficking. (Read more: Human trafficking: more than 20 million victims worldwide )

Weekly agenda
Schedule by day Monday 24 Oct 2016
Pre-session briefing - Press conferences (24-10-2016): 16:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
Committee on Budgets - Parliamentary committees (24-10-2016): 19:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
Committee on Foreign Affairs - Parliamentary committees (24-10-2016): 20:30, Strasbourg, Winston Churchill
The President's Agenda - The President's diary (24-10-2016):
Schedule by day Tuesday 25 Oct 2016
S&D briefing - Press conferences (25-10-2016): 10:10, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
GREENS/EFA briefing - Press conferences (25-10-2016): 10:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
ALDE briefing - Press conferences (25-10-2016): 10:50, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
EPP briefing - Press conferences (25-10-2016): 11:10, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
ECR briefing - Press conferences (25-10-2016): 11:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
The vote on recommendations to the Commission on the establishment of an EU mechanism on democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights - Press conferences (25-10-2016): 14:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
GUE/NGL briefing - Press conferences (25-10-2016): 14:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
“Vote on ways to boost jobs in rural areas” - Press conferences (25-10-2016): 15:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
The vote on the fight against corruption and follow-up of the CRIM resolution - Press conferences (25-10-2016): 15:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
The President's Agenda - The President's diary (25-10-2016):
Schedule by day Wednesday 26 Oct 2016
"Priorities on the Agenda of the Plenary Sitting" - Press conferences (26-10-2016): 11:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
The vote on the EP's position on the EU Budget 2017 - Press conferences (26-10-2016): 14:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
“Plant Health: Vote on new measures to fight influx and spread of plant pests” - Press conferences (26-10-2016): 14:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
"The just demands Lafarge's workers against the mass dismissal and forthcoming decision of the EU Court of Justice" - Press conferences (26-10-2016): 15:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
"Revealing the Judgement of the Permanent People’s Tribunal on the Turin-Lyon High-speed Rail Link" - Press conferences (26-10-2016): 15:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
The President's Agenda - The President's diary (26-10-2016):
Schedule by day Thursday 27 Oct 2016
The President's Agenda - The President's diary (27-10-2016):
The October II #EPlenary Newsletter incl: #euco, #EU2017Agenda, #EUBudget & more and is available at:
Press release: @ep_emissions inquiry committee looking for answers from German authorities:
RT @EP_President: Will soon deliver my speech to #EUCO and after will address press conference #refugees #migration #Syria #Russia #trade #…
NOW: EU–Sri Lanka relations & trade at the focus of @EP_ForeignAff debate w/ PM Wickremesinghe @RW_UNP. Webstr
Update on today's @EP_ForeignAff agenda: votes on European Defence Union & CSDP moved to 24 Oct mtng in Strasbourg
"Daesh is not only the enemy of Iraq but the enemy of humanity", Iraqi Foreign Minister told @EP_ForeignAff MEPs:
.@EP_HumanRights Pdta @ElenaValenciano condena el asesinato de José Ángel Flores y Silmer George en #Honduras :
.@EP_HumanRights Chair @ElenaValenciano condemns assassination of #HRDs José Ángel Flores & Silmer George #Honduras
.@EP_HumanRights Chair @ElenaValenciano expresses grave concern at treatment of #SakharovPrize Laureate @raif_badawi
.@EP_Defence resumes w/ workshop on EU - #SaudiArabia relations. Agenda Webstr…
Full day @EP_Defence mtng starts now: European Defence Union, hearing on combating IS. Webstr…
.@EP_Defence to meet on 12/13 Oct to debate EU Defence Union, EU-SaudiArabia relations, efforts to combat IS, implm of #EUGlobalStrategy
RT @eaDevPol: Fighting climate change needs multi-dimensional capacity building
RT @GdnDevelopment: Survey finds 70% of migrants arriving in Europe by boat trafficked or exploited #AntiSlaveryDay
RT @EP_ThinkTank: 5 large countries with dramatic economic growth, forging links together @BRICS2016 @EP_ForeignAff…
RT @Trade_EU: 💡♻️ We're negotiating a deal with 16 other @WTO members to scrap customs duties on green goods.📗😇 See our proposal 👉🏿https://…
Everything you always wanted to know about EU trade agreements that are in the pipeline:
RT @Trade_EU: 🌐🛡 We've proposed updating & strengthening our tools for tackling unfair trade practices by non-EU countries.📦🌏⚖ 👉🏿 https://t…
.@EP_Budgets meets on Monday at 19.00 in Strasbourg, full agenda:
RT @JMFernandesEU: In 2016, more than €7000 million for payments for cohesion policy were not used! It is unacceptable. #EU needs #growth.…
#EUBudget: @EUCouncil behaves in an inconsistent and contradictory way, say MEPs…
RT @EUAuditorsECA: Commission’s reforms address “silo” culture, but it does not fully adhere to intl best practice │ audit report https://t…
.@EP_BudgControl on Thu, 9-12.30, 5G3, Discharge 2015 w/ @KGeorgievaEU, @joachimzeller,
TODAY:Protection of EU financial interests, 14.00, ASP1G3, w/ @EU_Commission, @Europol, @INTERPOL_HQ @Catalin_Ivan…
9am, 2nd hearing of #EP #PANA committee on int. anti-money laundering and tax avoidance standards. Watch live:
RT @gualtierieurope: @EP_Economics meeting with William Coen, Secretary General of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision…
In half an hour...
Inter-parliamentary meeting on #PostedWorkers ENDS - committee debate on draft report scheduled for 8 November
.@mariannethyssen @emorinchartier @a_jongerius & @thaendel reply to MEPs & national MPs in debate on #PostedWorkers
Debate with national parliaments at #EMPL meeting on #PostedWorkers revision starts - 30 speakers until 17:45, LIVE
#effortsharing #climate law: #MEP @Gerbrandy to present draft before year's end
RT @giovannilavia: together w/ other MEPs we planted a tree to celebrate 25th anniversary of ENA and to stress the importance of greenery i…
RT @EU_Arauzo: Environment Council is over. Press conference soon. Watch: #ParisAgreement #effortsharing #water #bi…
.@EP_Industry and @EP_Environment joint meeting on #mhealth starts in 10 min:
.@EP_Industry and @EPCulture joint meeting to discuss the amendments on creative industries draft:
.@EP_Industry - Gas: energy MEPs back draft law on emergency supply links between EU countries.
Next week #EPlenary votes #customs infringements & sanctions and #WebAccessibility. Agenda @kajakallas @charanzova
RT @EP_President: You can find my speech on #Russia, #Syria #Ukraine #refugees #migrants #trade and #Brexit at today's #EUCO here https://t…
RT @europarltv: The @CodeWeekEU is on! Today we travel to 2012 to see how the @Europarl_EN has supported coding. Have you ever been to a ha…
Starting @EP_Transport: MEPs discuss the Benelux report on freight transport webstreaming:
Starting @EP_Transport: Hearing on transport noise, agenda&speakers webstreaming:…
.@EP_Transport now: logistics in the EU,multimodal transport in TEN-T corridors Draft repor…
RT @UN: See how @UN_Women is highlighting gender equality in the #NewUrbanAgenda at the #Habitat3 Conference: http…
RT @EU_EESC: #social economy enterprises have an important role & should have equal access to #H2020 #funding | #EESC #Plenary…
RT @EESC_PRESS: "Simplification is a success story,and a never-ending story.It is extremely valuable to scientists in EU@moedas at #EESC #…
Debate w/@EU_Commission on current situation with #AfricanSwineFever & ways forward now on in @EP_Agriculture. Live:
#PlantHealth: @EP_Agriculture backs the deal to fight influx of #PlantPests to the EU. More here:
RT @Oceana: Malta has the deepest known population of precious red coral: via @IndependentMlt…
RT @mwbloem: Japan to face criticism at international summit for flouting whaling ruling | Environment | The Guardian…
RT @EU_MARE: Learn more about the EU Advisory Councils (ACs) providing recommendations on #fisheries management matters…
#ACPEU JPA now debates #sport as enabler 4 poverty eradication, #education in ACP coutries-a work in progress
Starting at 15.00 @EPCulture @EP @EP_Industry Debate on a coherent #EU policy for #cultural and #creative industries
#cultural and #creative industries - important drivers of the European economy
.@EP_Legal on Robotics & Artificial Intelligence, 17.10, 15.00, 6Q2, w/ experts & national parliaments,…
.@EP_Legal report on application of the EU Law 2014 adopted on Monday 16/2/1
Discussion with @PaulNemitz from @EU_Commission on ways to prevent #hatespeech online starting soon @EP_Justice :
.@EP_Justice MEPs debated #migration & situation for #UnaccompaniedMinors in Calais with French Defender of Rights:
RT @Claude_Moraes: @EP_Justice mtg with Maarten Verway, MEPs scrutinising #euturkeydeal #relocation -key that MS quickly uphold pledges to…
Opinion by @MrMesserschmidt adopted 17/1/0
Vote: @MrMesserschmidt opinion on ''The role of whistle-blowers in the protection of EU's financial interests''. Lead cttee @EP_BudgControl
.@EPInstitutional meeting takes a break until 11:00.
Follow public hearing on #Daesh crimes against women at 11.00-12.30 ASP 3E2 live:…
Follow hearing at 15.00: EU Funds for Gender Equality @EP_GenderEqual live:
.@EP_GenderEqual continues with #genderequality in #trade agreements. Follow live:
Soon petitions on the #environment and competition.
Now: @EP_Petitions debates prel oral report on the fact-finding visit to #Slovakia @CeciliaWikstrom @EP_Bratislava -
Tuesday's @EP_Petitions meeting continues at 16:30. Watch it here: Full agenda here:
The Parliament is on...