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The inquiry committee on Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS) heard Günter Verheugen, Commissioner for enterprise and industry 2004-2010, on how the current legislation on car emissions was drafted during his tenure. MEPs also heard Peter Lakin, vice president of Faurecia, on emission control technologies. (Read more: Verheugen: car emission rules could be more specific )


The EU's budget for next year will be decided over the coming months. Starting this week parliamentary committees adopt their opinion on the budget, while the budgets committee discusses the Council's position on Wednesday 31 August. The committee will then draft a recommendation to MEPs, which will be put to a plenary vote at the end of October. Check out our infographic for all the steps of the budgetary procedure. (Read more: EU's 2017 budget: Parliament starts drawing up its position )


The respect of human rights and the rule of law in Turkey in the aftermath of the failed coup attempt will be a crucial test for the state of the country’s democracy, said Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs on Tuesday. They assessed the results of last week’s fact-finding mission to Turkey by the committee chair and rapporteur and stressed the need for constant monitoring. (Read more: Turkey: handling of aftermath of coup attempt is a crucial test, say MEPs )


The investigation into the Volkswagen emissions testing scandal continues on Tuesday 30 August when the Parliament's inquiry committee questions former commissioner Günter Verheugen, who was responsible for enterprise and industry from 2004 to 2010. Parliament is currently working on new legislation to improve the reliability of car testing. Check out our infographic to find out more on how car emissions are tested. (Read more: Dieselgate: MEPs to question former commissioner on car emissions measurements )

Press releases (second part)

The EPIO Dublin and member of the EP’s Economic Committee, Brian Hayes, held a consultation in Dublin (19 July) with leaders from a cross section of Irish society to update them on current state-of-play with the Pensions Directive and the implications for pension providers. (Read more: Stakeholder Consultation to discuss the Single Market for Personal Pensions )


Parliamentary committees deal with anything from relations with Turkey to migration and car emissions this week. Parliament President Martin Schulz is due to visit Ankara, while MEPs discuss the EU-Canada trade agreement. In addition former commissioner Günter Verheugen answers questions from the Parliament's inquiry committee investigating car emission tests. (Read more: In Parliament this week: Turkey, EU-Canada trade deal, car emissions )


MEPs act as the voice of more than 500 million Europeans at the EU level, but how do they work and how do they organise themselves in the European Parliament? Check out our updated infographic for some basic facts about the Parliament. (Read more: The ABC of the European Parliament )


Parliament is not just there to amend and approve new laws, but also to scrutinise the EU institutions. One of the tools at its disposal are committees that investigate specific issues. In recent months committees have been set up to look into revelations on car emissions cheating and wealthy individuals stashing money offshore. Read on to find out how Parliament uses its investigative powers to address people’s concerns and put important issues on the political agenda. (Read more: Democratic control: Parliament’s powers of investigation )


The environment is something Europeans care deeply about: 67% of them would like to the EU to do more on environmental protection, according to a Eurobarometer survey commissioned by the European Parliament. Read our article to find out more about what the EU is already doing and will be doing to protect your health, safeguard biodiversity and fight climate change. (Read more: Environment: 67% of Europeans want the EU to do more )


From Brexit to the migration crisis: 2016 has proved a very eventful year, but Parliament's work is far from finished. Until the end of the year MEPs will be working on a broad range of issues, from tackling the terrorism threat to improving the digital single market. Read on for an overview of the challenges MEPs will be dealing with the coming months. (Read more: Priorities: what Parliament will be working on for the remainder of 2016 )

Weekly agenda
Schedule by day Wednesday 31 Aug 2016
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs - Parliamentary committees (31-08-2016): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
Committee on Budgets - Parliamentary committees (31-08-2016): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
Committee on Employment and Social Affairs - Parliamentary committees (31-08-2016): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs - Parliamentary committees (31-08-2016): 09:30, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
Committee on Fisheries - Parliamentary committees (31-08-2016): 15:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety - Parliamentary committees (31-08-2016): 17:30, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
The President's diary - The President's diary (31-08-2016):
Schedule by day Thursday 01 Sep 2016
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety - Parliamentary committees (01-09-2016): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality - Parliamentary committees (01-09-2016): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
Committee on Transport and Tourism - Parliamentary committees (01-09-2016): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
Committee on Employment and Social Affairs - Parliamentary committees (01-09-2016): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs - Parliamentary committees (01-09-2016): 10:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
The President's diary - The President's diary (01-09-2016):
Employee financial participation in the age of digitalisation - Public hearings (01-09-2016):
Press release: #Turkey: handling of aftermath of coup attempt is a crucial test, say @EP_ForeignAff MEPs:
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Journalists can use #EPressbriefing to put questions on Committees' work before and during the briefing
In 5 min. @EP_ForeignAff debates on migration in Arab world, implemt of 2015 #Valletta summit, @OSCE region. Live
#Turkey: handling of aftermath of coup attempt is a crucial test, say @EP_ForeignAff. Read more
RT @europarlAV: #Turkey debate on @EP_ForeignAff fact-finding mission to Ankara LIVE REPLAY will be available here
.@EP_HumanRights chair @ElenaValenciano calls for alleviation of humanitarian crisis in #Aleppo #Aleppo
.@EP_HumanRights Chair statement on #Turkey: awb://
RT @France24_fr: VIDÉO. Tentative de coup d'État en #Turquie : "Le président #Erdogan est invisible depuis 1 semaine"…
This week: @EP_Defence visiting #Mali and EU missions helping to Malian armed & security forces @eutmmali1 @EucapSahelMali
Chair of @EP_Defence #Fotyga condems terrorist #NiceAttack. Deepest condolences to the families of victims
Security challenges in #Iraq. @EP_Defence resumes to take a look what is at stake. Live
MEPs to vote tomorrow on the future of ACP-EU relations beyond 2020:
RT @europeaid: Results of evaluation on Cotonou Partnership Agreement announced ➡️
Sept 1: joint meeting w/@EP_ForeignAff on migration&refugees ahead of UN Summit. @KarenAbuZayd to address MEPs
Tomorrow in @EP_Trade: 2017 budget, #CETA, market access for 6 African countries, child labour in #Uzbekistan:
Tomorrow in @EP_Trade from around 5.30pm: debate on #CETA which needs EP's approval. Follow live:
EU requests WTO panel over spirits dispute with Colombia via @ReutersUK
Ever wondered how the EU will be financed in the future? Come to the EP on 7-8 Sept. Info:
This Wednesday: Debate on #EUBudget 2017 - Follow live: Agenda:
EU #YouthGuarantee scheme in Italy: Good start, structural problems remain, says @Mdlabajova
.@EP_BudgControl fact-finding mission to Southern Italy 18-19 July @Mdlabajova details:
.@EP_BudgControl MEPs @MarianMarinescu propose to grant discharge 2014 @iterorg @fusion4Energy, ARTEMIS, ENIAC
.@EP_Economics meets on 31.08 & on 1.09, full agenda:
.@EP_Economics lawmakers urge further EU-US cooperation on financial regulation:
Press release @eu2016sk prio's now updated with economic ones, presented by @KazimirPeter in @EP_Economics on 13/7:
.@Europarl_EN report on social inclusion of refugees by @brandobenifei PRESS RELEASE
.@Europarl_EN adopted report on social inclusion of refugees by @brandobenifei PRESS CONFERENCE at 15:30
.@EPSocialAffairs Debate with @jyrkikatainen in Structured Dialogue starting NOW . follow LIVE
ENVI meeting agenda 1/09: vote on #EUbudget, debates on @icao #GMBM, #COP22, #wildlife trafficking. Meeting docs
Access to #medicines: press conference by rapporteur @SoledadCabezon today 12.30 Webstream
.@EP_Industry meeting live now with @eu2016sk:
.@EP_Industry vote on @AdamGierek: more renewables & consumers' awareness . Press release:
RT @ep_emissions: .@ep_emissions Hearings END for today. Next hearings on Monday 5 September PM: fmr Comissioners @JanezPotocnik22 and @Ant…
RT @ep_emissions: @ep_emissions Hearings of @Faurecia and former Commissioner Günter #Verheugen Tuesday, 30 Aug 15.00-18.30 MORE https://t.…
#DigitalSingleMarket: boosting #ecommerce & combatting consumer discrimination in the EU. Study for @EP_SingleMarket
Now @EP_Transport: EU funding and investment in tourism: speakers:
From 15h00 @EP_Transport: Central and Eastern Europe transport connections and investment in tourism, webstreaming
.@EP_Transport at 16h00: EU funding and investment in tourism, agenda and webstreaming
" #Cohesionpolicy has a positive impact on all #EU regions, say @EP_Regional MEPs". More info here:
Deputy PM for #investment P.Pellegrini presents to @EP_Regional the #Slovak Presidency @eu2016sk priorities. Live:
RT @EU_Regional: .@eprc_eu On Wed S Kah present findings of @EP_Regional report on synergies btwn #esifunds &other instruments #h2020 https…
Live now: @EP_Agriculture #agricrisis debate w/@EU_Commission on measures to help #dairy #fruit & #veg farmers:
.@EP_Agriculture from 3pm: Debates on agri #pricevolatility & aid packages for #dairy #fruit & #veg #farmers. Live:
#Dairy crisis: @EP_Agriculture MEPs give new aid package a cautious welcome in a debate w/@PhilHoganEU. More here:
.@EP_Fisheries debates on 31 Aug #Norway & FPAs, votes on EU budget. Agenda: Live from 15h:
.@EP_Fisheries MEPs debate today w/ Minister Gabriela Matecna @eu2016sk Live at 15h00:
11-12 July: Committee vote on #deepsea Presentation of @EU2016SK Agenda: Live:
RT @CEDUK_MEDIA: Watch the trailer for @luxprize short-listed film Toni Erdmann
RT @EU_Eurostat: For International #YouthDay #Eurostat data visualisation and facts & figures…
RT @EPinUK_edu: Apply for the #CulturalHeritage @Europanostra awards 4 your heritage projects & initiatives: https:…
#JURI meeting starting NOW! With Lucia Žitňanská, Justice Minister on SK presidency priorities & @mariannethyssen
.@EP_Legal @HeidiHautala vote on Monitoring EU law application in 2014 postponed till September
.@EP_Justice meeting tomorrow: fight against terrorism & recent attacks, asylum reform & visas. Live from 9am:
RT @MartinSchulz: Saddened to learn of death of @traynorbrussels, a big loss for European journalism: a sharp, clear and inquisitive mind.…
RT @ClaudeMoraesMEP: New UK Commissioner on #SecurityUnion anti-terrorism must be approved by EP @EP_Justice Hearing will take place soon h…
Now: @EPInstitutional discusses future of EU. Draft reports by @GuyVerhofstadt, @ElmarBrok & @mercedesbresso here:
In 10 min: @EPInstitutional debate EP rules of procedure, then future of EU institutions & Lisbon treaty. LIVE
Starting 15h: @EPInstitutional debates #NL presidency w Pieter de Gooijer, then #defence union & #EUbudget. LIVE:
Press release: #worklifebalance: action needed at EU and national level to improve it, say MEPs @EP_GenderEqual & @EPSocialAffairs
Report on creating labour market conditions favourable for #worklifebalance adopted 50/4/9 @EP_GenderEqual & @EPSocialAffairs
Vote to start on creating labour market conditions favourable for #worklifebalance @EP_GenderEqual & @EPSocialAffairs. Follow live.
Next @EP_Petitions meeting (Thu 14/7) continues at 09h. Read more: Follow live:
At 15.00h @EP_Petitions meeting continues with petitions on #energy & #agriculture. Follow live:
Water management in #Spain should comply better with EU law, say @EP_Petitions. Read more:
The Parliament is on...