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An EU scheme to mobilise €44 billion in private sector investment in Africa and the EU’s neighbourhood should focus on the poor, said committee MEPs on Monday. (Read more: EU plan to tackle root causes of migration should focus on the poor, MEPs say )


A wide variety of internal and external issues are up for debate at this week’s plenary session in Brussels. MEPs discuss the recent referendum in Turkey with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini while developments in Greece, Hungary and Venezuela are also on the agenda. In Parliament’s committees, MEPs are to vote on the protection of minors online and on limiting the geoblocking of services. Also up for a vote is the establishment of an EU fund to fight the root causes of migration. (Read more: In Parliament this week: Turkey, geoblocking, social protection, migration )


Cultural heritage plays an important role in the history and identity of Europe’s countries and indeed of the continent as a whole. A vital part of Europe’s economy, promoting our cultural treasures can only help boost growth and employment. On 27 April, Parliament votes on making 2018 the European Year of Cultural Heritage. More on this initiative, which aims to strengthen a sense of European identity, in our interview with Romanian MEP Mircea Diaconu. (Read more: European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018: why it is important )


Antonio Tajani stressed the importance of a deal to safeguard people’s rights in the wake of Brexit during a meeting with UK Prime Minister Theresa May this morning. "The European Parliament's message is clear: strongly defending their interests is our first priority,” he said. The Parliament President was in London to discuss the institution’s position on the Brexit negotiations, which was adopted in plenary on 5 April. He also invited May to address the Parliament. (Read more: Tajani in London: “People deserve certainty regarding their post-Brexit future” )

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Since I began my Bachelor´s Degree I had been dreaming of participating in the Robert Schuman traineeship programme granted by the European Parliament. (Read more: My time as a trainee in the European Parliament Information Office in London )


The European Union is focussing this year on delivering results in areas that matter to all Europeans. EU institutions have agreed on a set of priorities ranging from boosting e-commerce to protecting the environment and strengthening borders. Four months into the year, check out which major legislative proposals MEPs have already approved. (Read more: EU priorities for 2017: what Parliament has achieved so far )


The EU could soon have new privacy rules to take account of new practices such as internet-based messaging and allow users better control of their privacy settings, especially when it comes to cookies. Parliament's civil liberties committee discussed the plans by the European Commission on 11 April. Marju Lauristin, the MEP responsible for steering the rules through Parliament, said that if companies providing communication services wanted to be trusted they needed to ensure confidentiality. (Read more: E-privacy: MEPs look at new rules to safeguard your personal details online )


Decorating eggs is one of Europe's most cherished Easter traditions, but are the eggs we buy safe? The European Parliament has worked on different laws to ensure hens and their eggs are healthy. This includes a ban on the use of battery cages for hens and the use of the egg code to inform shoppers how an egg was produced. Watch our video for more information. (Read more: Eggs: how the EU is keeping them safe and healthy )


One in every three girls in developing countries is married before turning 18, and one in nine before 15. Child marriages limit future prospects as children are usually forced to drop out of school. Girls also face dangerous complications from pregnancy and childbirth, the leading causes of death among adolescent girls in developing countries. They are also at great risk from suffering abuse. On 11 April Parliament's women's rights and human rights subcommittee discussed the issue with experts. (Read more: Child marriages: MEPs discuss how to put an end to this scourge )


Environment MEPs put forward a number of possible measures to cut the EU 88 million tonnes per year food waste by half by 2030 on Tuesday. MEPs called on the European Commission to lift existing restrictions on food donations and stressed a solution is needed for the confusion created for many consumers by the “best before” and “use by” labelling. (Read more: Proposals for cutting food waste )

Weekly agenda
Schedule by day Tuesday 25 Apr 2017
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety - Parliamentary committees (25-04-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
Committee on Employment and Social Affairs - Parliamentary committees (25-04-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
Committee on Industry, Research and Energy - Parliamentary committees (25-04-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
Committee on Culture and Education - Parliamentary committees (25-04-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs - Parliamentary committees (25-04-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
Committee on Fisheries - Parliamentary committees (25-04-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
Committee on Regional Development - Parliamentary committees (25-04-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection - Parliamentary committees (25-04-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
Committee on Development - Parliamentary committees (25-04-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
Committee on Petitions - Parliamentary committees (25-04-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs - Parliamentary committees (25-04-2017): 10:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
Committee on Budgets - Parliamentary committees (25-04-2017): 10:30, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
Unjustified geo-blocking - outcome of the vote in the Internal Market Committee - Press conferences (25-04-2017): 11:30, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
Doñana endangered - Press conferences (25-04-2017): 12:30, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality - Parliamentary committees (25-04-2017): 15:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
Committee on Budgetary Control - Parliamentary committees (25-04-2017): 15:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
Child sexual abuse and exploitation online and offline: time to act - Public hearings (25-04-2017): 15:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
Women, Gender Equality and Climate Justice - Public hearings (25-04-2017): 16:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
Schedule by day Wednesday 26 Apr 2017
“TEA - Taxi Europe alliance” - Press conferences (26-04-2017): 12:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
The President's agenda - The President's diary (26-04-2017):
Schedule by day Thursday 27 Apr 2017
“An innovative strategy to improve cardiovascular health in Europe” - Press conferences (27-04-2017): 10:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
“2018 - European Year of Cultural Heritage” - Press conferences (27-04-2017): 13:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs - Parliamentary committees (27-04-2017): 14:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
Committee of Inquiry to investigate alleged contraventions and maladministration in the application of Union law in relation to money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion - Parliamentary committees (27-04-2017): 14:30, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
The President's agenda - The President's diary (27-04-2017):
Schedule by day Saturday 29 Apr 2017
The President's agenda - The President's diary (29-04-2017):
Press release: EU plan to tackle root causes of migration should focus on the poor, MEPs say:
Follow LIVE the #EP Committees from 15:00 at:
Video of today's Press briefing is now available at:
NOW EP Delegation 4 rel. w. Arab Peninsula debates humanitarian crisis in #Yemen w. @UN RC Jamie McGoldrick - LIVE:
European Parliament and Verkhovna Rada extend their cooperation. Full statement…
.@EP_ForeignAff conveys solidarity with stateless people. Read more @AmjadBashirMEP @EP_HumanRights
#Bolivia: @EP_HumanRights MEPs acknowledge significant progress in access to education, health care & drinking wate…
Starting now: MEPs on @EP_HumanRights debating #humanrights & #EU actions w. @SJLambrinidis - Follow LIVE:…
#Syria: @EP_HumanRights & @EP_ForeignAff Chairs condemn use of chemical weapons & call 4 restarting negotiations:
.@EP_Defence delegation visited #DRC last week. Concerns over tense pol. & sec. situation. Read full statement
Want to know more on EU military planning upgrade? Follow now @EP_Defence debate w/ @eeas Deane & rear adm Gluszko
.@EP_Defence resumes to debate the EU arms export control system. Live
EU plan to tackle root causes of migration should focus on the poor, MEPs say. Press release:…
Joint @EP_Development @EP_ForeignAff @EP_Budgets mtng on #EFSD starting now. Follow the vote live:
Now: MEPs discuss impact of EU trade on global value chains, opinion by @ignaziocorrao for @EP_Trade. Live:
RT @HelmutScholzMEP: Mission @EP_Trade 2 Ghana & Ivory Coast met #fairtrade representatives & civil society structures 2 @FairTradeFTAO ht…
Head of INTA delegation @berndlange & National Assembly of #cotedivoire holding a presser on implementation of inte…
#Humanrights & suspending EU-ACP Economic Partnership Agreements - how will it work after 2020? New study:…
#EUBudget 2018 rapporteur @SMuresan tours all EP's committees, starting w/ @EP_Economics on Mon 10/04 @ 16:30 LIVE:…
€60 million in EU aid for UK, and €11m more for Cyprus & Portugal after natural disasters approved in #EPlenary
At 14:30 PRESS CONFERENCE with @JanOlbrycht & @Isabel_thomasEU on the vote on the #MFF revision package #EUBudget
Mission to Poland 18-21/4: MEPs will visit EU-financed projects & CONT’s national parliamentary counterparts +national Courts of Auditors
Press release - Court of Auditors: CONT members endorse Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz as member for Hungary @EUauditors
MEPs endorse EP VP Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz as @EUauditors member for #Hungary with 16+/2-/2°. #EPlenary vote 27/04
.@EP_ECONOMICS Week Ahead 24-30 April:hearing on sovereign investment funds and more. #PANA:impact on Member States
.@EP_Economics MEPs discussed @ecb Annual Report 2016 w/ vice President Victor Constâncio
.@EP_ECONOMICS The Week Ahead 10 - 16 April: European Central Bank Annual report and more @ECB @Berndlucke
RT @EP_ThinkTank: EU support for social entrepreneurs @EPSocialAffairs
.@EPSocialAffairs April 2017 Newsletter with information on topics of EMPL meetings this month available here
.@EPSocialAffairs Hearing on coordination of #socialsecurity systems 15.00-17.30 Info LIVE
ENVI 24-25/04: debates on #fertilisers, #LULUCF, #shalegas, #EU's added benefits - Agenda and docs…
Proposals for cutting #Foodwaste
A longer lifetime for products: opinion by @SchaldemoseMEP to @EP_SingleMarket adopted unanimously
.@EP_Industry meets Mon/Tue - overview of the agenda:
RT @EP_ThinkTank: EU #space programmes provide strategic independence @EP_Industry
#EPlenary adopted last step to end roaming charges @miapetrakumpula @EP_Industry. Press release:
On 25/4 @ 11.30 #geoblocking rapporteur @rozathun will give a press conference after the vote @EP_SingleMarket. LIVE
RT @Ansip_EU: Speaking now @EP_SingleMarket on progress towards #DigitalSingleMarket & upcoming review in May:
Debate with Commissioner @Ansip_EU, responsible for #DigitalSingleMarket, starting now @EP_SingleMarket. Follow live
Starting @EP_Transport: MEPs discuss draft opinion on A Space Strategy for Europe:
Now @EP_Transport: MEPs discuss ways to boost multimodal transport, short-sea shipping and maritime transport
Starting @EP_Transport: Hearing on Women and Transport, programme/speakers: webstreaming:…
.@EP_Regional mtng 24/25 April: Omnibus, technical assistance, Urban Agenda. Meeting docs:
RT @EU_Regional: "It is about #Europe; about you and your future. Let's talk about it!" @CorinaCretuEU #EUdialogues More on Greece: https:/…
RT @CCRECEMR: "When looking at the future, we must be more creative, more open-minded" Commission VP @jyrkikatainen on #futurecohesion | #E…
New EU #organics law: EP chief negotiator @MartinHaeusling briefs now @EP_Agriculture on state of play of trialogues
.@EP_Agriculture debates w/Mr Wynn Owen @EUauditors report on #ClimateAction spending: Report:
Missed today's @EP_Agriculture debate w/ @jhuitema on marketing rules for #fertilisers? Watch it all again here:
.@EP_Fisheries MEPs debate w/ #Norway 's Fisheries Minister Per Sandberg. Live now here:
Hearing on the "Implementation of landing obligation & allocation of quotas" has started. Follow live now here:…
.@EP_Fisheries mtng 24/25 April: #ICCAT, #Mediterranean #MedFish4Ever, #landing obligation, #fishing quotas. Agenda:
RT @EP_ThinkTank: More than 60 million CVs created in Europass, but it’s time to update @EPCulture @SilviaCostaEU
RT @EP_ThinkTank: #Erasmus students at 50% lower risk of long-term unemployment than non-mobile students @EPCulture
RT @pol_dep_CULT: Commentary on CULT Committee report
On @EP_Legal agenda today: debate on 3D printing, hearing on environmental liability directive. Watch live:
EP approved international convention on maritime liability in plenary. @EP_Legal @1PavelSvoboda
Starting at 15h today @ep_justice: debate on #Libya, @Europol report on serious crime & debate on #cybercrime Live:
Mission to Italy: MEPs @EP_Justice demand urgent reform of the Dublin #asylum system and effective relocation
RT @EURightsAgency: .@CoESR_migration @PACE_Migration @EP_Justice @migpolgroup @fidh_eu @ecre Harrowing evidence of unaccompanied #childmig…
RT @Parlimag: .@EPInstitutional will have a crucial role to play in how #Brexit unfolds and beyond, writes @danutahuebner…
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Views diverge on whether EU #CitizensInitiative generated debate bridges citizen/decision-maker gap…
Missed yesterday's @EPInstitutional meeting? Watch it again #AFCO
Agenda and meeting documents of tomorrow @EP_GenderEqual meeting starting at 16.00:
Tomorrow at 16.00 Women, Gender Equality and Climate Justice hearing @EP_GenderEqual. More info:…
Starting at 9.00 joint @EP_GenderEqual & @EP_Justice debate on #IstanbulConvention. Follow live:
Later today, #PETI MEPs will discuss @EP_Petitions draft report on the fact-finding visit to #Sweden. Watch:
Tomorrow in @EP_Petitions: MEPs annual debate with @TimmermansEU. Likely topics #Brexit & #migration. Read more:
From 16.30 to 18.30: follow today's @EP_Petitions meeting here:
The Parliament is on...