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01) #EmergencyLessons EU-Unicef project   During the Emergency Lessons event at the Parliament young people presented their own call for stronger international support for programmes allowing children caught up in emergencies to continue their learning.

Some 462 million children live in countries affected by war or national disasters and about 75 million of them need educational support. The EU and Unicef launched the Emergency Lessons campaign this year to highlight the importance of education for children affected by emergencies. On 6 December children, teachers and volunteers visited the Parliament in Brussels to talk about their experiences. (Read more: Emergency Lessons: the importance of educating children in emergency situations )

 

Volunteers from the Syria Civil Defence - better known as the White Helmets - risk their lives on a daily basis by serving as the main rescue group operating in besieged eastern Aleppo. Addressing Parliament’s foreign affairs and development committees on 5 December, their chief liaison officer Abdulrahman Al-Mawwas decried the current situation in Aleppo and called for both a no-fly zone and humanitarian corridors to prevent a large-scale humanitarian disaster. (Read more: Syria’s White Helmets: “We need a no-fly zone and humanitarian corridors” )

 

Foreign fighters as well as “lone wolves” training and preparing terrorist attacks on European soil will be criminalised under new EU-rules to fight terrorism backed on Monday. (Read more: Clampdown on terrorism -new counter-terrorism law backed by civil liberties MEPs )

 

All EU citizens and third country nationals entering or leaving the EU will be checked against databases, e.g. of lost and stolen documents, under a draft law informally agreed by MEPs and EU ministers on Monday. (Read more: Mandatory checks at EU external borders: deal done by MEPs and ministers )

 
Press releases (second part)
 

Easier access for all rail operators to domestic rail markets should give rail passengers more choice and better quality services under draft rules backed by Transport and Tourism Committee on Monday. (Read more: Transport MEPs back reform of domestic rail services )

 

EU nationals being radicalised and travelling to fight in Iraq or Syria represent a growing threat. Most of the recent terrorist attacks in Europe were perpetrated by home-grown terrorists, and some of them proved to be returning “foreign fighters”. The civil liberties committee votes today on a new directive on combatting terrorism. The text, drafted in the wake of the November 2015 Paris attacks, proposes the criminalisation of preparatory acts such as travelling for terrorist purposes. (Read more: Terrorism: members to vote on new measures against foreign fighters )

 

With committees meeting and the final plenary session of the year to prepare for, MEPs have a busy week in store for them in Brussels. MEPs vote on proposals to help member states better fight terrorism and to make the EU more democratic and transparent. The political groups also prepare for next week’s sitting in Strasbourg where the 2016 Sakharov Prize will be awarded to Yazidi survivors and advocates Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar. (Read more: In Parliament this week: terrorism, future of Europe, and Syria's White Helmets )

 
INTRO: Remember #EYE2016? Well it’s not over yet! In the past weeks participants at May’s European Youth Event addressed members of the EP on their ideas for a better Europe.   Over the past weeks participants of May’s European Youth Event told MEPs about their ideas for a better Europe.

Some 7,500 young people came to the Parliament in May 2016 to come up with ideas on how the improve the situation in Europe as part of the European Youth Event (EYE). In recent weeks a number of these participants were invited to present their ideas on anything from asylum policy to e-voting to Parliament committees. Thanking participants at the end of the hearings this week, Vice-President Mairead McGuinness said: “Your future is determined by politics, make sure you are involved in it." (Read more: EYE hearings: empowering young people )

 

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, visited today the European Parliament in Brussels, where he was welcomed by Parliament President Martin Schulz. They had a meeting during which they discussed developments in Tunisia and EU-Tunisia relations. Essebsi called the visit is a "historic and highly symbolic moment" and addressed MEPs on his country's commitment to democracy and freedom. (Read more: Tunisian President: "Islam is not incompatible with democracy" )

 

MEPs approved €31.5 million in EU aid to repair flood damage in Bavaria in a plenary vote on Thursday. Seven people died in the May and June 2016 floods, which affected more than 47,000 people in Lower Bavaria. Over 2,000 were still unable to return to their homes two months later. Hardest hit was the Rottal-Inn district in Lower Bavaria. The aid will come from the EU Solidarity Fund (EUSF). (Read more: Parliament approves €31.5m in EU aid to repair flood damage in Bavaria )

 
 
Weekly agenda
 
Schedule by day Wednesday 07 Dec 2016
“Manifest for a Common European Status of Artists and situation of Galician culture" - Press conferences (07-12-2016): 11:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
“Re-Election of S&D Group President and the candidature to the EP presidency” - Press conferences (07-12-2016): 14:30, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
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 (07-12-2016): 15:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
 
Schedule by day Thursday 08 Dec 2016
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs - Parliamentary committees (08-12-2016): 08:45, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Constitutional Affairs - Parliamentary committees (08-12-2016): 09:00
 
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety - Parliamentary committees (08-12-2016): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Subcommittee on Human Rights - Parliamentary committees (08-12-2016): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Subcommittee on Security and Defence - Parliamentary committees (08-12-2016): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on Budgets - Parliamentary committees (08-12-2016): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on Employment and Social Affairs - Parliamentary committees (08-12-2016): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
“New study of tax avoidance” - Press conferences (08-12-2016): 11:15, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Budgetary Control Committee - Parliamentary committees (08-12-2016): 14:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Fundamental Rights Implications on Big Data - Public hearings (08-12-2016): 14:30, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
The President's Agenda - The President's diary (08-12-2016):
 
 
Schedule by day Friday 09 Dec 2016
Pre-session briefing - Press conferences (09-12-2016): 11:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
The President's Agenda - The President's diary (09-12-2016):
 
 
Twitter
 
Press release: Clampdown on terrorism - new #counterterrorism law backed by @EP_Justice MEPs: https://t.co/98uw8U0GPZ
Press release: Mandatory checks at EU external borders: deal done by MEPs and ministers: https://t.co/2JGoGk3sIw @EP_Justice
Press release: @EP_Transport MEPs back reform of domestic #rail services: more choice for better services:https://t.co/fKWB0d1dce
.@EP_ForeignAff back EU partnership agreement with #Mongolia. Next: Feb 2017 #Eplenary. Read more https://t.co/YazQKbRvUJ @HelmutScholzMEP
.@EP_ForeignAff continues with a debate on #Syria w/ @SyriaCivilDef. Live https://t.co/BsSwjROs0q
NOW @EP_ForeignAff @EP_Development hearing on Great Lakes region w. Prof. Gérard Prunier & @eu_eeas Patrick Spirlet… https://t.co/T2Eqt4YWpe
Tmrw from 10.00 @EP_HumanRights conf on Conflict areas in Eastern Partnership & situation of #humanrights - AGENDA: https://t.co/OBcdhMoiR7
Join and share the Thunderclap for imprisoned Saudi blogger #RaifBadawi, #SakharovPrize winner 2015:… https://t.co/2GUNL42B4Z
.@EP_HumanRights Chair @ElenaValenciano shocked at arrest of leading #Ethiopia opposition figure Prof. Merera Gudina https://t.co/yxftQbCdCv
.@EP_Defence to meet 8 Dec at 9 am: debates on #Syria, EU global strategy and transatlantic ties. Live https://t.co/TgxjF29vRh
The momentum to move towards a working European Defence Policy has come, say @Urmaspaet. Read full statement… https://t.co/EHmFAFt801
RT @EU_Commission: #EUDefence: Business case for defence spending & greater cooperation | How will the European Defence Fund work? https://…
#WorldAIDSday2016: @EP_Development reaffirms its commitment in the fight against AIDS. Full support to patients & o… https://t.co/3qckvYuney
Starting now @EP_Development hearing on good governance & implementation of SDG16: https://t.co/s0rC1nvYsq - Agenda… https://t.co/Ci67butSyd
Starring NOW: @EP_Trade afternoon mtng on Sri Lanka GSP+, wildlife trafficking. Live https://t.co/CDk8DMsGtn Agenda https://t.co/j5dZY2OJjS
Next @EP_Trade to meet 5 Dec afternoon: Sri Lanka GSP+ application, wildlife trafficking. Agenda https://t.co/j5dZY2OJjS
IN 30MIN @EP_Trade @EP_Agriculture debate effects for agriculture of trade deals w/ @MalmstromEU & @PhilHoganEU https://t.co/CtlTMvR5N2
.@EP_President signs #EUBudget 2017 into law, framed by negotiating team @JeanArthuis @indrektarand @EuropaJens (fr… https://t.co/0jC6O4Gwji
#EUbudget 2017 approved: better support for youth and growth initiatives https://t.co/hS7BaEAOuz @EuropaJens @indrektarand
#EPlenary approves #EUBudget 2017 with 438 votes in favour, 194 against, 7 abstentions @EuropaJens @indrektarand
MEPs endorse former PM Juhan Parts as @EUauditors member for #Estonia with 15+/5-/1°. #EPlenary vote next Wed. https://t.co/maU6zvGEff
.@EP_Legal has a busy week ahead 28.11 & 29.11, see full agenda https://t.co/nh0w3lvHiY
.@EP_BudgControl meets on 28.11 & on 29.11, see full agenda: https://t.co/3FfSunFHAe
.EP_Economics Chair, @gualtierieurope calls on head of European Fiscal Board to appear before .EP_Economics. https://t.co/PSLi0SkSzy
.@EP_Economics Chair calls on head of European Fiscal Board to appear before @EP_Economics committee. https://t.co/TtZ2FQBQ4U
.@Europarl_EN demands better protection for small investors #PRIIPS https://t.co/CmoHVix68f
.@EPSocialAffairs Public hearing on labour market reforms in #Greece ongoing -follow LIVE https://t.co/7nWR0Nu09Z
At 11.00 @EP_Trade @EPSocialAffairs debate social&labour aspects of trade deals w/ @MalmstromEU & @Michelservoz https://t.co/wIBe3hm9TR
.@EPSocialAffairs conference with @eurofound starts at 9.00. Programme https://t.co/j9JVz3la6E Follow LIVE https://t.co/ifRy3WNuY4 #6EWCS
#Wildlife trafficking: report by @catherinemep adopted with 567 votes in favour, 5 against, 39 abstentions #EPlenary
RT @catherinemep: The paperwork is done. Now its time for action. EU governments must treat wildlife trafficking as a serious crime. https:…
#EPlenary opposes re-authorisation of #Bentazone #herbicide with 361 votes to 289, 28 abstentions
Video statement @JerzyBuzek @EP_Industry on Clean Energy Package: https://t.co/XIrjk6kyvx
Clean Energy Package – statement of @JerzyBuzek w/ @EP_Industry: https://t.co/iy78f3y2et
Hearing on ”the future of research policy in the EU” starts now @EP_Industry https://t.co/3HsEK8kuLi
Outcome of the trilogue on firearms: Statement by Parliament’ lead negotiator @vickyford: https://t.co/eBPXhWr1iF
Now @EP_SingleMarket presentation of draft report on enforcement of consumer rights. Live https://t.co/qv8lMOhXO1 #ecommerce
RT @europarlAV: International Day of Persons w/ Disabilities: #EP stands up for their inclusion in all aspects of daily life. https://t.co/…
Watch now @EP_Transport: MEPs debate Commission work programme 2017 transport priorities with Commissioner Bulc https://t.co/uPvY979g3t
.@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 https://t.co/mCMg6yQpjs
RT @EU_Regional: What is #SmartSpecialisation? How do #EURegions apply&benefit fm it? Watch new @euronews #realeconomy to learn more https…
RT @EU_Agri: EU-28 National Apiculture Programmes 2017-2019:€216 million of which 50% from EU budget + 50% from MS https://t.co/qPNYwoDmiW…
"Ways to improve the #EUSF ; support #Italy after the earthquakes" @SalvoCicu More on #EPlenary vote: https://t.co/Yb1Fhm5188
.@EP_Agriculture debates now #CAP related Omnibus proposal w/rapporteurs Albert Dess (EPP,DE) & @paolodecastro. Live https://t.co/4euEmbvLxP
.@EP_Agriculture 5/12: #CAP related budget rules (Omnibus), farmland concentration & greenhouse gas emissions. Live https://t.co/4euEmbvLxP
.@EP_Agriculture 5/12: #CAP related budget rules (Omnibus), farmland concentration & greenhouse gas emissions.Agenda https://t.co/8FDufNICnZ
RT @OceanaEurope: Success in EU Parliament!! Crucial steps taken towards transparency in EU fishing outside EU waters: https://t.co/VRtAWiB…
More #transparency & #accountability for EU external fishing fleet Report by @LinneaEngstrom adopted @EP_Fisheries https://t.co/bK6CpnnvBl
RT @Isabel_thomasEU: L'accord que j'ai négocié sur la #pêcheprofonde unanimement adopté en 2è lecture par @EP_Fisheries.Adoption en plénièr…
RT @EPinUK_edu: What's in 2017 for @EUErasmusPlus & @europe_creative? EC presents annual work programmes to @EPCulture. Live shortly https:…
.@TNavracsicsEU @EPCulture exchange of views with CULT MEPs https://t.co/H4vzc6tFd9
.@TNavracsicsEU @EPCulture exchange of viens with CULT MEPs https://t.co/H4vzc6tFd9
.@EP_Legal holds hearing on Intellectual Property Law/Biotech Directive on 29.11 at 15.00 @1PavelSvoboda https://t.co/5zMB9godQC
.@EP_Legal on 29.11 ,at 16.30 Workshop on Implementation of Mediation Directive @1PavelSvoboda https://t.co/uGnGIcCwb8
Clampdown on #terrorism - new counter-terrorism law backed by @EP_Justice MEPs. Press release: https://t.co/4QZIaQ7BPv
RT @JKingEU: Congratulations @MonicaMacovei1 @EP_Justice & @skpres2016 for trilogue agreement on rev Schengen Border Code.V important for E…
.@EP_Justice MEPs back deal on counter #terrorism directive by 37/4/7. EP rapporteur @MonikaHohlmeier - press relea… https://t.co/zb1f38M7Hv
RT @CER_Grant: Was happy to give evidence to @EPInstitutional today. Said that I thought Brexit might end up a bit less hard than most in B…
Future constitutional relationship between #UnitedKingdom and #EU? Debate in @EPInstitutional at around 16:45 https://t.co/o0tDujs87j
RT @danutahuebner: Starting now @EPInstitutional debates constitutional implications of referenda. Follow live here : https://t.co/fLpsTFWk…
RT @eurogender: #16days Find out what is being done to combat gender-based violence in your country #SayNoStopVAW https://t.co/hqgzg7kHuZ h…
RT @eurogender: More #Genderstatistics are needed: 31 % women & 29% men with disabilities are at risk of poverty/social exclusion in the EU…
RT @eurogender: More women and men are living on the edge of poverty & social exclusion today compared to 2010, according to EIGE's new stu…
Updated press release: environment and justice issues key priorities for EU petitioners in 2015: https://t.co/83uN0DAGck
.@EP_Petitions to investigate working conditions at @McDonalds, after hearing petitioners today from #France, #Belgium and #UnitedKingdom
RT @Jude_KD: Clear call from McDonald's workers for #fastfoodrights in @EP_Petitions & good to hear Commission say 0 hours workers have ful…
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