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The European Parliament is in session from 16 to 19 January 2017


Parliament will kick off the second half of its five-year term with the election of a new president, 14 vice-presidents and five quaestors during next week's plenary session. On 17 January MEPs will elect a successor to current president Martin Schulz, who is stepping down and will then go on to decide on who will be vice-presidents and quaestors. Read one to find out more about what they do, who is eligible to stand and how they are elected and follow the votes live on our website. (Read more: All you need to know about the election of the new Parliament president )


EU border force Frontex, estimates that the number of people landing on Europe's shores fell by two-thirds in 2016. A drop in arrivals on Greece’s islands contrasts however with record numbers of migrants reaching Italy. With over 5,000 people killed or missing, the UN reports that 2016 was the deadliest year ever for migrants crossing the Mediterranean. In meetings with Commission, Council and UNHCR representatives on 12 January, civil liberties committee MEPs shared their views on the crisis. (Read more: Refugee crisis: "The scenes of 2015 must not be repeated" )


The priorities of the Maltese Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers are being outlined to parliamentary committees by Maltese ministers at a series of meetings taking place in January. (Read more: Maltese Presidency priorities discussed in committee )


Following an exchange of views with the members of the Committees on Budgets, Budgetary Control and Legal Affairs, a majority of the committees’ coordinators were satisfied that Commissioner Günther Oettinger is in a position to assume the portfolio that is transferred to him and look forward to a close working relationship. (Read more: Committees satisfied that Oettinger is in a position to assume budget portfolio )

Press releases (second part)

From drones to medical equipment, robots are increasingly becoming a part of our everyday life. But although some 1.7 million robots already exist worldwide, their use is still not properly regulated. A report being voted on today by the legal affairs committee calls on the European Commission to produce a legislative proposal to deal with issues such as who should be liable if someone gets hurt due to robots. We talked to report author Mady Delvaux, a Luxembourg member of the S&D group. (Read more: Rise of the robots: Mady Delvaux on why their use should be regulated )


EU rules for the fast-evolving field of robotics, to settle issues such as compliance with ethical standards and liability for accidents involving driverless cars, should be put forward by the EU Commission, urged the Legal Affairs Committee on Thursday. (Read more: Robots: Legal Affairs Committee calls for EU-wide rules )


Progress in transferring asylum seekers from Greece and Italy to other EU countries under an intra-EU deal and from third countries to EU territory will be assessed by Civil Liberties Committee MEPs on Thursday. They will also discuss the results of the March 2016 deal with Turkey to improve the management of migration and refugee flows. (Read more: Refugees: MEPs to assess progress on transfers among EU countries )


The EU should in the future have more possibilities to finance itself directly instead of being mostly funded by member states, according to a report to be presented to Parliament on Thursday 12 January. Such a system of own resources was already in place for decades in the past and should be readopted. Report co-author Alain Lamassoure spoke to us ahead of the presentation, pointing out that the proposals would not result in a power shift from national governments to Brussels. (Read more: Lamassoure: Changing how EU is funded won't shift power to Brussels )

01_ThisIsMy5   Tale part in our #ThisIsMy5 contest

Parlamentarium, Parliament's visitors centre, recently celebrated five years of being open to the public. To mark the occasion we have launched a special #ThisIsMy5 photo contest on Parliament's Instagram page. Everyone is welcome to take part and the winners will be treated to a trip to Brussels. (Read more: #ThisIsMy5: take part in our Instagram photo contest )


An “effective and comprehensive European whistle-blower protection programme” should be proposed “immediately” by the EU Commission, urged the Budgetary Control Committee on Monday. (Read more: Budgetary Control Committee MEPs call for EU-wide protection for whistle-blowers )

Weekly agenda
Schedule by day Monday 16 Jan 2017
Last minute session briefing - Press conferences (16-01-2017): 16:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
The President's agenda - The President's diary (16-01-2017):
Schedule by day Tuesday 17 Jan 2017
Greens/EFA Briefing - Press conferences (17-01-2017): 10:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
ALDE Briefing - Press conferences (17-01-2017): 10:50, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
EPP Briefing - Press conferences (17-01-2017): 11:10, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
GUE/NGL Briefing - Press conferences (17-01-2017): 14:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
The President's agenda - The President's diary (17-01-2017):
Schedule by day Wednesday 18 Jan 2017
"EU's Civil Protection Mechanism: A European Court of Auditors special report" - Press conferences (18-01-2017): 14:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
“Outcome of the European Parliament President's elections” - Press conferences (18-01-2017): 15:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
How the #EPresident and vice-presidents are elected:
Video of today's press briefing on election of #EPresident & January #EPlenary now available at:
Electing the next #EPresident. Briefing from @EP_ThinkTank:
RT @Urmaspaet: Spoke about EU policy for the #Arctic @EP_ForeignAff & @EP_Environment debate. EU needs a proper Arctic strategy, incl secur…
In 5 min: debate on EU policy for the #Arctic. Webstr Agenda @Urmaspaet @spietikainen
EU policy for the #Arctic. @EP_ForeignAff & @EP_Environment debate on 12 Jan at 11:15 Draft @Urmaspaet @spietikainen
Press release: #Humanrights resos on #LarungGar, Ilham Tohti, #Rohingya in #Myanmar, mass graves in #Iraq voted:…
Protect mass graves in #Iraq & #Syria &achieve justice 4 #Yazidi victims of ISIS/Daesh, urge MEPs in #EPlenary LIVE:
End persecution of the #Rohingya minority in #Myanmar are urging MEPs in #HumanRights #EPlenary debate now. LIVE:
Starting now: @EP_Defence debate on EU global strategy implementation. Live
8 Dec at 9 am. @EP_Defence to debate EU global strategy and transatlantic relations. Follow live
.@EP_Defence to meet 8 Dec at 9 am: debates on #Syria, EU global strategy and transatlantic ties. Live
RT @EUauditors: New audit report: EU aid to #Honduras - addressing needs, but poverty and violence remain high http…
RT @europeaid: We can’t achieve #sustdev on our own, we need to work more closely together + coordinate better. 2030 is now! ➡️ https://t.c…
RT @europeaid: How did we deliver on our commitments? 👀 Read the 2016 Annual Report ➡️
RT @EurActiv: [EurActiv Event] Join @VincentiDaniela & national editors from the EurActiv media network for Q&As with Pascal Lamy https://t…
Next week in EP plenary: vote on #Belarus textile trade&rules of EU #Kosovo agreement on Thursday. Live:…
RT @EP_ThinkTank: EU use of a generalised system of preferences to encourage #trade partners to comply with #HumanRights norms…
Electing the European Parliament's President: Background in EN, FR, DE and other languages HERE…
3 Committees satisfied that @GOettingerEU is in a position to assume budget portfolio
#Oettinger - Joint letter by 3 committees: Conf. of Presidents took note & @EP_President will send it to @JunckerEU
Electing the European Parliament's President: Background in EN, FR, DE and other languages HERE…
3 Committees satisfied that @GOettingerEU is in a position to assume budget portfolio
#Oettinger - Joint letter by 3 committees: Conf. of Presidents took note & @EP_President will send it to @JunckerEU
.@EP_Economics chair @gualtierieurope welcomes @ECB decision to extend #QE and further ease monetary conditions
.@EP_Economics rejects @EU_Commission list of states at risk of #moneylaundering,terrorism financing @judithineuropa
.@EPSocialAffairs Public hearing on labour market reforms in #Greece ongoing -follow LIVE
At 11.00 @EP_Trade @EPSocialAffairs debate social&labour aspects of trade deals w/ @MalmstromEU & @Michelservoz
.@EPSocialAffairs conference with @eurofound starts at 9.00. Programme Follow LIVE #6EWCS
Curbing pollution from #mercury: Environment #MEPs back deal with Council
Details of today's roll-call votes on #mercury and #CETA
#CETA - ENVI opinion to @EP_Trade adopted with 40 votes to 24, 1 abs. Recommends #EP consent. INTA vote 24.01, plenary February
European Cloud Initiative: a way to attract world leading research - press release:
.@EP_Industry meets on Thu. Agenda and meeting documents:
#EPlenary: speakers' list and live energy debate:
RT @EURLex: 🔖 #EUlawLite How are we building a stronger and more secure digital Europe ❓ Summaries of EU legislat…
RT @EU_Commission: Services create 90% of new jobs. We released this week a plan to boost the services sector in the 🇪🇺#SingleMarket: https…
The Juncker Commission's ten priorities: State of play at the start of 2017 @EP_ThinkTank #DigitalSingleMarket
Watch now @EP_Transport: MEPs debate Commission work programme 2017 transport priorities with Commissioner Bulc
.@EP_Transport MEPs adopt opinion fo r the lead IMCO committee on type approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles: 34/6/1
.@EP_Transport committee approves own-initiative report on logistics in the EU and multimodal transport
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Unlocking private investment through the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI) Iskra #MIH…
RT @EP_ThinkTank: #EFSI – what impact on EU #regional policy territorial cohesion? @EP_Regional Iskra #MIHAYLOVA
RT @EU_CoR: Register to the #EURegionsWeek (earlier #EUWRC 👆) 2017 kick-off meeting on 19 January in Brussels! ⏰Deadline:13/01 https://t.c…
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Can tech help boost EU agri production growth to 1.8% per year needed to feed the world in 2050?…
#AMTF report: @EP_Agriculture MEPs want actions to fight #UTPs & make EU #competition rules work for #farmers too:
Live now: @EP_Agriculture hearing w/@PhilHoganEU & #AMTF on ways to strengthen #farmers in #supplychain…
RT @Oceana: Want to help save sea turtles? Try these five simple steps
RT @ECRepMalta: Read @KarmenuVella's, the #EU Commissioner for #Environment, #Maritime & #Fisheries, take on the #EU2017MT here: https://t.…
RT @KarmenuVella: Please see my informal mid-term review on #CircularEconomy & other #environment #maritime & #Fisheries issues https://t.c…
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Many breakthroughs in AI, we need to boost innovative & quality solutions from #Languagetech
NOW #STOA Workshop: Language equality in the #digital age towards a Human Language Project #LanguageTech
Can technology help remove language barriers in Europe? #LanguageTech Today 14.00
#Oettinger - Joint letter by 3 committees: Conf. of Presidents took note & @EP_President will send it to @JunckerEU
Press release after today's vote at @EP_Legal :"#Robots: Legal Affairs Committee calls for EU-wide rules"
Proper assessment of #PrivacyShield needed, stresses @EP_Justice Committee Chair @Claude_Moraes. Statement:
Debate @EP_Justice with @EU_Commission on #EUTurkeyDeal & relocation of #refugees starting now:
RT @europarlAV: Protecting refugees in the EU, @EP_Justice meeting with @cochetel Director of the #UNHCR Bureau For Europe VIDEO: https://t…
Today's joint @EPInstitutional & @EP_Defence meeting starts at 10.30. Follow live:
Thu 15/12: joint @EPInstitutional & @EP_Defence meeting on "constitutional & institutional implications of #CSDP:
RT @GuyVerhofstadt: Happy with approval of my report setting out proposals to reform EU. It's the first step towards reforming Europe http…
Starting at 16.00 @EP_GenderEqual meeting, follow Live: Agenda & documents available:
Call on the Polish government to reconsider its intention to withdraw from the #IstanbulConvention
RT @eurogender: #16days Find out what is being done to combat gender-based violence in your country #SayNoStopVAW h…
The report on the annual activities of @EP_Petitions was welcomed by #EPlenary on Thursday 15/12:
Updated press release: environment and justice issues key priorities for EU petitioners in 2015:
.@EP_Petitions to investigate working conditions at @McDonalds, after hearing petitioners today from #France, #Belgium and #UnitedKingdom
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