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“Even though we may leave the European Union, we are not leaving Europe,” said London Mayor Sadiq Khan visiting the Parliament on 28 March. “For issues from security and defence to finance and culture, we are still going to be a part of the European family.” Khan met Parliament President Antonio Tajani to discuss issues such as security and Brexit. “It’s in nobody’s interest for London or the UK to be punished,” said Khan. “Not in London’s interest, not the UK’s interest, nor the EU’s interest.” (Read more: London Mayor: “We are still going to be part of the European family” )


Only days after the terrorist attack in London the civil liberties committee discussed the EU's security situation with German Interior Minister Interior Thomas de Maizière and his French counterpart Matthias Fekl debated on 27 March. Both ministers spoke about the need to secure the EU's external borders, to better share information between EU countries and to address the new challenges of radicalisation and terrorism. (Read more: Security: "We need to work quickly and effectively in order to combat terrorism" )


Plans to make it easier to move money around within the EU’s long-run budget, to help tackle urgent challenges such as the migration crisis, strengthening security, boosting growth and creating jobs, were backed by the Budgets Committee on Monday. Parliament has long fought for greater flexibility within the Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF), which would apply for the remainder of the 2014-2020 MFF. (Read more: Budgets MEPs back flexibility: €6bn more for jobs, growth and tackling migration )


Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs have voted to close loopholes which allow some of the world’s largest corporations to avoid paying tax on profits by exploiting differences in the tax systems of EU and third countries. (Read more: MEPs vote to close loopholes for exploiting EU and third country tax differences )

Press releases (second part)

“The dream of a united Europe has offered a way of putting the nightmare of war behind us forever,” said Parliament President Antonio Tajani on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, which paved the way for the EU. He and several other MEPs visited Rome on 24-26 March to mark the anniversary. “We should be proud of the legacy passed onto to our children: the freedom to travel, study, work, set up a business, innovate,” he said. (Read more: President Tajani on EU anniversary: “We should be proud of the legacy” )


German federal Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maizière and French Minister of the Interior Matthias Fekl will debate EU measures to improve the security situation in Europe and future challenges in the field with the Civil Liberties Committee on Monday from 17.00 to 19.00. (Read more: Security: committee debate with French and German ministers on Monday at 17.00 )


A debate on security issues with the German and French interior ministers and visits by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and London Mayor Sadiq Khan are on the agenda of this week. In addition the UK is expected to formally start the process to withdraw from the EU by triggering article 50, while committees vote on measures to stop tax evasion by multinationals as well as on a mid-term revision of the EU's long-term budget. (Read more: In Parliament this week: security, tax evasion, EU's long-term budget )


Sixty years ago the leaders of the six founding member states gathered in Rome to put their signatures under the agreements that would create a European common market, but also pave the way for a union of peace and prosperity that has come to encompass most of our continent. Leading MEPs will join the anniversary celebrations in Rome this weekend, while heads of state and government will use the opportunity to deliberate on the next steps for the EU. (Read more: The EU turns 60: anniversary of the Treaty of Rome )


Parliament’s President Antonio Tajani, political group leaders and other leading MEPs will meet with Italy’s highest public officials, starting with President Sergio Mattarella on Friday, and take part in the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome on Saturday. (Read more: 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome )


Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa stressed the importance of a united EU during a visit to the Parliament on 22 March.It was part of an official visit to Brussels on the first anniversary of last year's terrorist attacks. In addition to meeting Parliament President Antonio Tajani, he also met several Portuguese MEPs and made a brief visit to the reading room Lucas Pires,named in honour of the Portuguese MEP who died in 1998. (Read more: Portuguese President meets Antonio Tajani and Portuguese MEPs )

Weekly agenda
Schedule by day Wednesday 29 Mar 2017
"Lasted events in Basque Country" - Press conferences (29-03-2017): 10:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
“Do we still need the European Commission which serves to strengthen the monopolies?” - Press conferences (29-03-2017): 11:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
First assessment of the consequences of the UK government’s triggering of Article 50 TEU - Press conferences (29-03-2017): 17:15, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
Schedule by day Thursday 30 Mar 2017
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs - Parliamentary committees (30-03-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
Schedule by day Friday 31 Mar 2017
Pre-session briefing - Press conferences (31-03-2017): 11:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
RT @europarlAV: See more of Q&A of the press point @EP_President and Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London. DOWNLOAD FULL LIVE REPLAY:…
Press statement by @EP_President Tajani and @SadiqKhan TODAY AT 10:20. Live here:
Press release: Budgets MEPs back flexibility: €6bn more for jobs, growth and tackling migration:
Follow NOW D-LAT hearing on role & influence of civil society in EU-Latin America trade deals - LIVE:…
Crisis of democracy in the Western Balkans. Don't miss 28 March roundtable at 13.00. Live
#Belarus: stop repressions and release pol. detainees, urge @BZdrojewski. Full statement
RT @UNICEF: Time is running out for children in Nigeria, Somalia, S Sudan & Yemen threatened by famine, drought & war…
.@EP_HumanRights Chair @AntonioPanzeri calls on United Arab Emirates to unconditionally release Ahmed Mansoor -MORE:
Release immediately Alexey #Navalny & other arrested in #RussiaProtests yesterday, urges @EP_HumanRights Chair-MORE:
.@EP_Defence take stock of Japan’s defence reform amid growing regional tensions. Read more
EU tools to beef up #cybersecurity - next debate of @EP_Defence. Live
2nd day of @EP_Defence mtng. Now - debate on maritime rivalry in Asia. Read the study Live
What is the human cost of #fastfashion? Watch our video about the case for a binding framework:…
In 30 min: joint @EP_Development @EP_ForeignAff @EP_Budgets meeting to discuss #EFSD. Follow live:
#Brexit: What are possible impacts of Brexit on EU development and humanitarian aid policies? Live:
How are #HumanRights protected by European trade policy? Listen to our podcast:
Conflict minerals: the bloody truth behind your smartphone. Video w/rapporteur @IuliuWinkler & @Mariearenaps:
RT @europarltv: MEPs @EP_Budgets voted yesterday to allow more flexibility in the use of the multi-annual financial framework #MFF. Learn m…
RT @Isabel_thomasEU: La @EP_Budgets adopte la révision du #CadreFinancierPluriannuel que nous avons négociée (21 pour, 3 contre & 2 abst.)…
Budget MEPs approve 1st ever MFF revision - press release:€6bn-more-for-jobs-growth-and-tackling-migration
#EUDischarge2015 granted to @EU_Commission & its decentralized agencies, 8th, 9th, 10th & 11th #EDF and all Joint Undertakings. #EUBudget
#EUDischarge2015 to @EUCouncil (EU Council and European Council) postponed
...and @Europarl_EN granted #EUdischarge2015, too
.@EP_Economics voted to extend EU statistical programme for 2018-20 @gualtierieurope w/43/1/2, negotiations soon
.@EP_ECONOMICS MEPs vote to close loopholes for exploiting EU and third country #tax differences @olleludvigsson
.@EP_ECONOMICS The Week Ahead 27 March - 2 April: hybrid mismatches with third countries and more:
RT @europarltv: .@EPSocialAffairs discussed #EUYouthGuarantee yesterday. @Europarl_EN pushes hard to ⬇ the number of young people out of wo…
.@EPSocialAffairs Workshop on #EUYouthGuarantee & #YEI - Follow LIVE
.@EPSocialAffairs Presentation on social security coordination by @mariannethyssen starting now follow LIVE
RT @juliegirling: Pleased to host @Europarl_EN @ATAG_aviation event on CORSIA & next steps,as I get to work as EP rapporteur on aviation ET…
Environment MEPs oppose new #GMO #maize authorisation
RT @WWFEU: An energy efficient Europe! @AdinaValean took #climate action ahead of #EarthHour. And you? #changeclim…
.@EP_Industry hearing on #cleanenergy ongoing now:
.@EP_Industry @SofiaSakorafa: "R&D in the Medit. area: food and water sustainability up on the agenda":
#DigitalSingleMarket: @EP_Justice is organising a hearing on the #ePrivacy proposal on 11 April. Programme
Towards new rules on sales and digital content: Analysis of the key issues by @EP_ThinkTank: #DigitalContracts #DSM
RT @EU_Commission: The road from Rome - A strong, connected, Single Market #FutureOfEurope #EU60…
.@EP_Transport MEPs debate decarbonisation and digitalisation in European transport network w/TEN-T coordinators
.@EP_Transport MEPs discuss rights of passengers in coach and bus transport, webstreaming:
TRAN opinion to BUDG-ECON committees on the implementation of EFSI adopted with 36 votes in favour, 2 against, no abstentions
RT @CCRECEMR: "When looking at the future, we must be more creative, more open-minded" Commission VP @jyrkikatainen on #futurecohesion | #E…
RT @EU_Social: Do you have an innovative project that can inspire other regions? 🌟  Apply for #RegioStars Awards! 👉🏻…
RT @EU_Regional: 60 years of Europe in 60 #CohesionPolicy emblematic projects! Goal of each one = improve lives of…
#Brazil #meat scandal dominates @EP_Agriculture debate on EU #trade talks. Read more & re-watch the debate here:
.@EP_Agriculture debates now also impact of #Brazil rotten #meat scandal on EU consumers w/ @Food_EU. Live:
Impact of #trade talks on EU's #agriculture being discussed by @EP_Agriculture & @EU_Agri right now. Follow live:
RT @RegioGreece: EU supports the protection of Kerkini lake in #Greece, an important wetland and bird watching destination in Europe https:…
RT @EU_ENV: #EIReview is a new way to help Member States apply EU environment rules in areas like nature, air, water & waste 🌿…
RT @EU_MARE: Priorities and actions for maritime/marine spatial planning worldwide: a joint roadmap with @UNESCO #MSP2017Paris…
RT @pol_dep_CULT: Presentation of our study on "Minority Languages and Education" in the EP's CULT committee at 11h30 in PHS 1A002: https…
Now: Joint committee meeting @EPCulture & @EPSocialAffairs Debate on #Europass and new #skills agenda
Press release following to @EP_Legal vote backing the plans to adapt more books for blind people. @MaxAndersson
Debate on #copyright in the digital single market about to start soon at @EP_Legal. Follow live: @ComodiniCachia
Ministers De Maizière & @MatthiasFekl: "We need to work quickly and effectively in order to combat #terrorism"
RT @MatthiasFekl: Intervention conjointe devant l'@Europarl_FR avec Thomas de Maiziere, ministre fédéral allemand de l'Intérieur @EP_Justic…
RT @Claude_Moraes: Chairing @EP_Justice mtg, MEPs discuss areas of security & counter terrorism with German & French Interior Ministers @Ma…
PR: @EPInstitutional says unregistered lobbyists should be denied entry to @Europarl_EN premises: #lobbying
Opinion by @danutahuebner & @EPInstitutional on a ''European Deposit Insurance Scheme'' also approved.
Transparency resolution by @sven_giegold approved by @EPInstitutional on Tuesday.
Background documents, draft programme #IstanbulConvention hearing at 15.00 find here:
Today's PETI meeting starts with presentation of the study "#AnimalWelfare in the #EU" by Emeritus Professor Donald M. Broom @Cambridge_Uni
From 09.00 - 12.30: @EP_Petitions meeting. Follow live:
Now in @EP_Petitions: discussion on the final report of the Working Group on Child Welfare Issues (vote scheduled for April).
The Parliament is on...