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The amount of milk produced in the EU will for the first time in three decades be determined by market forces only after European milk quotas ended on 1 April. The quotas were introduced in 1984 when production outstripped demand with the aim of putting an end to Europe's "milk lakes and butter mountains". It is hoped that by scrapping the quotas, Europe's milk producers are able to supply fast-growing markets in Asia and Africa. However, some farmers worry it could lead to price volatility. (Read more: End of milk quotas: "Chance to build a more confident and robust dairy sector" )

 

Take part in our new guest photographer contest, inspired by 2015 being the European Year for Development. Every month until September we will be announcing a different topic linked to development. Send us your photo inspired by the theme of that month, along with the submission form and you could be invited to Strasbourg to make a photo reportage. (Read more: March guest photographer contest topic: women and girls )

 

Around 2,500 redundant workers of the former French road haulage company Mory-Ducros, which closed in 2014, should get EU aid worth €6 million to help them back into work, said Budgets Committee MEPs in a vote on Wednesday. The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund aid still needs to be approved by Parliament as a whole and the Council of Ministers. (Read more: EU job-search aid for redundant workers at French trucking firm Mory-Ducros )

 

Most people would agree that climate change needs to be tackled, but it is less clear where the money needed to do this should come from. MEPs discussed the issue with their national counterparts on Monday 30 March during a hearing on the climate conference that is due to take place in Paris in December this year. National MPs agreed that their work starts now to ensure their governments prepare for the Paris conference. (Read more: Climate change: the challenge of finding the funds needed )

 
Press releases (second part)
 

A draft EU law to make the benchmarks used to price EU citizens’ mortgages, loans and bonds more trustworthy was backed by the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee on Tuesday. The text (lead MEP Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, ALDE, NL) aims to clean up the benchmark-setting process, by curbing conflicts of interest like those that led to the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) rigging scandals of recent years. (Read more: Economic affairs MEPs target conflicts of interest in benchmark setting )

 

Up to 200 plastic bags are thrown away every year by the average European, most of them after having been used only once. The tiny particles these bags are made of can enter water or even the food cycle. To reduce these risks, the EU wants to restrict the use of plastic bags. MEPs and the Council have agreed a deal, which the environment committee will put to a vote on 31 March, ahead of the plenary vote in April. Watch the meeting and check out our chart on the use of plastic bags in the EU (Read more: EU restricts the use of plastic bags to protect the environment )

 

Draft EU rules to ensure that the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty is fully respected in member states were approved by the Civil Liberties Committee on Tuesday. MEPs inserted amendments to prevent statements by public authorities that might suggest a suspect is guilty before a final conviction, ensure that the burden of proof stays with the prosecution and guarantee the rights to remain silent, not to incriminate oneself and to be present at trial. (Read more: Fair trials: MEPs beef up draft EU law on presumption of innocence )

 

The European Parliament is working on its position on the EU-US trade deal known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The international trade committee is responsible for drafting the Parliament's recommendations; however 14 other EP committees will contribute with their opinions. MEPs are due to debate and vote on the EP's position before summer. (Read more: EU-US trade deal: 15 EP committees have their say )

 

Benchmarks are widely used to track market developments, however financial scandals involving benchmarks such as Libor and Eurobibor have shown that they are susceptible to manipulation. The EP's economic committee votes on 31 March on new rules to ensure the full transparency of all benchmarks used in the EU. Dutch Alde member Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, who wrote the report with recommendations, said: “It is a major step forward in ensuring the future robustness and accuracy of benchmarks.” (Read more: Benchmarks: restoring confidence in the financial markets )

 

With the threat of terrorism growing every day, the task of Gilles de Kerchove, the EU’s counter-terrorism coordinator, becomes increasingly more important. It’s his job to coordinate the Council's work in combating terrorism, keep an eye on all the instruments available to the EU and make policy recommendations. We talked to him about how terrorism should be fought and the role the European Parliament could play. (Read more: EU counter-terrorism coordinator: “Jail is a major incubator of radicalisation” )

 
 
Weekly agenda
 
Schedule by day Wednesday 01 Apr 2015
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs - Parliamentary committees (01-04-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Employment and Social Affairs - Parliamentary committees (01-04-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on Development - Parliamentary committees (01-04-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on Budgets - Parliamentary committees (01-04-2015): 10:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
 
Twitter
 
Press release: @OECD : "Don't let legal dentists take the teeth from the #transparency package": http://t.co/f7SHUcZoWK @EP_Economics
Press release: @EP_Economics MEPs target conflicts of interest in benchmark setting: http://t.co/hMAHnLMY17
Pres release: #Fairtrials: MEPs beef up draft EU law on presumption of innocence: http://t.co/C4kwANvor8
#TTIP strategically important beyond its trade aspects, @EP_ForeignAff MEPs say: http://t.co/o3EChUC4dp
#TTIP: @EP_ForeignAff backs amended opinion steered by Francisco Millan Mon (EPP) by 35 votes to 20, with 5 abstentions. More info to follow
EU #counter-terrorism coordinator Gilles de Kerchove: EU cooperation with MENA region must be boosted: http://t.co/5FhyxtDPl7
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
.@EP_ForeignAff @EP_Defence debate w/ EU #Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de #Kerchove now. Follow live at http://t.co/eHAZQDfg86
Watch @jensstoltenberg replying to questions of MEPs now live at http://t.co/jwWEOCvjxo or http://t.co/V05uDufnNL
.@EP_ForeignAff debates w/ #NATO Secretary General @jensstoltenberg in 5mins:follow live at http://t.co/Z5jLAbbScu or http://t.co/Q2aLNm1Dwc
Debate on #EUbudget support for #developingcountries starts now. Watch live http://t.co/Xr2JS6ewNo
.@EP_Development 31 March-1April meeting docs, draft reports, amendments, studies here: http://t.co/mspt1eYT3I
Debate on the effects of #CyclonePam in #Vanuatu has started Follow live http://t.co/Xr2JS6ewNo
#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
.@OECD reps to @EP_Economics and #TAXE MEPs: "Don't let legal dentists remove teeth from tax transparency package": http://t.co/MP5oU6imye
.@EP_Economics MEPs target conflicts of interest in benchmark setting @CvNieuwenhuizen, details, #LIBOR http://t.co/SCq0Yl9kYS
.@EP_Economics @CvNieuwenhuizen report on benchmarks adopted, details to follow #LIBOR #interestrates #mortgage #financialinstruments
.@EPSocialAffairs next meeting tomorrow, Wednesday 1 April. Follow EP Live 9.00 http://t.co/lz8MDMmSzH 15.00 http://t.co/aNRLAkhRVa
.@EPSocialAffairs meeting tomorrow, 1 April 9.00-12.30 & 15.00-18.30 PHS 3C50. Agenda http://t.co/CRfELcw1VT
.@EPSocialAffairs meeting tomorrow, Tuesday 24 March - agenda http://t.co/vdxsTRoCtY
Cttee resolution for a new #EU #Alcohol strategy adopted 63/4/1 plenary vote April II
Reduction of consumption of #Plasticbags: 2nd reading recommendation by @MargreteAuken adopted 55/2/6 plenary vote April II
Meeting 10.30. 15h, votes: #plasticbags, #alcohol strat 16.30: EoV w @jyrkikatainen Docs http://t.co/FWu6Wkb6s9 Webst http://t.co/v8hKKOESKm
In 15 min: conference on impact of EU research on development in south & east neighbourhood. Watch live: http://t.co/QZMBCAoEM1 #H2020 #ENP
Conference tomorrow: impact of EU research on development in Southern & Eastern neighbourhood. Program: http://t.co/L1THfWVHzK #H2020 #ENP
Public hearing on #summertime starts now! Watch live: http://t.co/bqDR2KV5B4 @EP_Industry @EP_Transport @EP_Legal
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…
.@JerzyBuzek: "Clusters are the backbone of the #EURegionalPolicy." https://t.co/JwyDY6hTdo
Missed the #REGI Committee debate on #EFSI yesterday? Have a look on our #pressrelease and useful links http://t.co/E5PjB0Mupd
#MilkQuotaEnd: EU must prevent market disruptions & become global #dairy leader, say @CzSiekierski & @JNicholsonMEP: http://t.co/qfVNNn4fm8
.@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
"EU lawmakers back plan to end overfishing in the #Baltic sea" http://t.co/RdO10gRC3I via @Reuters @WalesaMEP #BalticMAP #Fisheries
#Fisheries Cttee approves 1st multiannual plan to manage fishing since the new CFP has come into force http://t.co/Wyrj4rSkiX #BalticMAP
#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
.@EP_Justice newsletter nr 8 is now available online http://t.co/YfWMkwQMoI
#Frontex Director Leggeri discusses now w/ @EP_Justice MEPs the EU border agency work programme 2015 & risk analysis http://t.co/VxU9X1S3SX
Starting now @EP_Justice debate on feasibility of creation of European System of Border Guards w @EU_Commission. Live http://t.co/VxU9X1S3SX
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 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
Main causes of #femalepoverty workshop @EP_GenderEqual today at 15h. Live: http://t.co/9DmiAnBUG4
Right of petition: how to exercise it and how to proceed. Read more on the European Parliament website: http://t.co/86L1mfhUmM
As of 2012, EU citizens have a new tool to participate in shaping EU policy: European Citizens' Initiative #ECI: http://t.co/elJOnBbM10
Who are the @EP_Petitions members? Take a look: http://t.co/Pc8KkDAZzM
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