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Our revamped Newshub aggregates social media updates from 751 MEPs, eight political groups and the Parliament itself to create a single unmissable page of Parliament news, which is constantly renewed. Read more on what it is, how it works and then visit to try it out for yourself. (Read more: The Newshub: a new tool to follow EP politics as they happen )

 

Turkey plays a crucial role in the refugee crisis: not only is it hosting more than 2.5 million Syrian refugees but also most of the one million migrants who reached the EU last year passed through the country. MEPs have called on EU countries to deliver on the €3 billion refugee facility for Turkey. As the EU searches for the best approach to tackle the crisis, two delegations from the civil liberties and budgets committees travel to Turkey this week to assess the situation on the ground. (Read more: MEPs visit Turkey to assess response to Syrian refugee crisis )

 

The debate on the upcoming UK referendum on EU membership dominated Parliament´s first February plenary alongside migration, the future of Schengen, the liberalisation of services and car emissions. In addition Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari addressed MEPs. Read on for more details of what happened during this week's plenary session. (Read more: Plenary highlights: UK referendum, migration, taxes, ECB, TiSA )

 

Trade agreements can affect anything from employment to migration, so no wonder that people are interested in them. On 3 February our Facebook fans had the chance to ask Bernd Lange, the chair of the international trade committee, all about them during a chat. The German member of the S&D group, who is also in charge of drafting Parliament's position on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), managed to answer more than 60 questions on trade agreements such as TTIP. (Read more: Lange on TTIP: "If there is no ambitious deal on the table, there is no deal" )

 
Press releases (second part)
 

MEPs urge the European Commission to take concrete steps to address the permanent handicaps that EU islands face and make full use of their potential, in a resolution voted on Thursday. The text also stresses the unique difficulties that southern insular regions face due to the increased migration flows and asks that special tax regimes should continue. (Read more: EU islands: call for action to overcome permanent handicaps )

 

MEPs urge the international community to take urgent action to counter the systematic mass murder of religious minorities by the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Daesh, in a resolution voted on Thursday. The text wraps up a 20 January debate with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, in which many MEPs called for measures to protect all religious and minority groups against ISIS attacks. (Read more: MEPs call for urgent action to protect religious minorities against ISIS )

 

Economic disintegration and violence in Libya are worsening its fragility and enabling extremist organisations to flourish there, warned MEPs in Wednesday’s debate with Dutch foreign minister Bert Koenders, representing the EU foreign policy chief. Spillovers from Libya’s conflicts are also destabilising the Sahel region, they add. In a resolution voted on Thursday, MEPs urge the EU and international community to be ready to support Libyans’ efforts to implement the Libyan Political Agreement. (Read more: EU must maintain its aid to Libya, say MEPs )

 

Parliament condemns the unprecedented levels of human rights abuses perpetrated against Crimean Tatars, calls on the Bahrain to grant Mohammed Ramadan a royal pardon or to commute his death sentence, and for the immediate safe release of the five missing book publishers in Hong Kong, in three resolutions voted on Thursday. (Read more: Human rights: Crimean Tatars, Mohammed Ramadan, missing publishers in Hong Kong )

 

The start of EU accession negotiations with Serbia and the progress made in normalising relations between Serbia and Kosovo was welcomed by MEPs in two resolutions passed on Thursday. They also stressed that these relations would be helped if all EU member states were to recognise Kosovo. (Read more: MEPs call on Serbia and Kosovo to pursue their reform agenda )

 

MEPs debated the issue of sexual harassment and violence against women in public spaces on Wednesday evening, with Commissioner Corina Crețu. Everything possible must be done to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice, regardless of their culture or origin, they insisted. (Read more: Attacks against women: MEPs call for zero tolerance )

 
 
Weekly agenda
 
Schedule by day Thursday 11 Feb 2016
ITRE delegation to Ljubljana - Delegations (11-02-2016): 08:40
 
TRAN Delegation to Finland - Delegations (11-02-2016): 09:00
 
 
Schedule by day Friday 12 Feb 2016
ITRE delegation to Ljubljana - Delegations (12-02-2016): 08:50
 
 
Schedule by day Saturday 13 Feb 2016
The President's Agenda - The President's diary (13-02-2016):
 
 
Twitter
 
If you are covering the #EP this week you can find free multimedia content to download & use:https://t.co/vF8yujvZ3K https://t.co/PUen2xJm9V
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Press release: EU must maintain its aid to #Libya, say MEPs: https://t.co/6YPr54pCYj #EPlenary
RT @EP_ThinkTank: At #SupportSyrians conference, the EU has pledged over €3bn in additional funding: https://t.co/tWv5Ex7O76 https://t.co/a…
.@ForeignAff MEPs received by @KingSalman of #SaudiArabia to discuss relations between the Kingdom & #EU. More info: https://t.co/npQFth3Mvx
.@EP_ForeignAff delegation to #SaudiArabia & #Qatar to discuss relations with #EU and situation in the region https://t.co/smYp8AajaK
.@EP_HumanRights Chair @ElenaValenciano calls for international attention to the worsening situation of @raif_badawi https://t.co/DtO1IOw8Fa
#EPlenary Debate on #peaceprocess in #Colombia now with @FedericaMog . FOLLOW LIVE: https://t.co/TsrZWHQjF8
EU must show leadership to address #humanitarian crisis in #Syria, says @EP_HumanRights Chair: @ElenaValenciano: https://t.co/GkiV2IlVtF
EU missions can help to see off #migration challenges, say @EP_Defence chair #Fotyga after visiting #OpSophia https://t.co/OaKZCoFqri
RT @EUNAVFORMED_OHQ: European Parliament Subcommittee on Security and Defence delegation visit @OpSophia Headquarters https://t.co/ZKBDAKSS…
Today at 9 am @EP_Defence debates Eurocorps, which will lead #EUbattlegroup 2nd half of 2016. Live https://t.co/7qnGrjJvsU
Next @EP_Development mtng 25 Jan at 3 pm: debate w/ @MimicaEU on EU development programs. Agenda https://t.co/OxDCgTMJxK
RT @EYD2015: Closing ceremony of the #EYD2015 now underway! Stay tuned for live updates.
.@berndlange on #CETA: We might vote in the EP at the end of the year, but the timeline is still blurry - from https://t.co/XLpsrADqBJ
in 10 minutes - #TiSA press conf on vote outcome by rapporteur @VivianeRedingEU live https://t.co/8TpovefLrO or EbS https://t.co/lUKcQCYiXG
RT @europarlAV: .@EP_Budgets Delegation to #Turkey: visit of refugee camp & statement by @JeanArthuis VIDEO https://t.co/ezwKRdMZq1 https:/…
#BUDG delegation to #Turkey concludes with visit to Osmaniye #refugee camp #RefugeeCrisis https://t.co/XkVy24cxuv
Délégation @EP_Budgets menée par @JeanArthuis en #Turquie vérifie l'utilisation de l'aide européenne aux réfugiés: https://t.co/6dqIyakjIR
.@EP_BudgControl next meeting on Thu at 9.00 #EP discharge 2014, web streaming https://t.co/ex5lnkmBtd
RT @EUAuditorsECA: Monitoring credit rating agencies after #financialcrisis: good foundations,but risks remain https://t.co/ChqUDeFpUk http…
Fight against fraud: #CONT votes position on 2014 Report on Protection of EU's Financial Interests. Thu 9am LIVE: https://t.co/oehBQMAwxZ
This year's European Parliamentary Week #EPW16 on 17 and 18/2. Check programme + participants list here: https://t.co/41bg4GhnEV
.@EU_Commission anti-tax avoidance proposals prove "Washington must also move forward on international tax reforms". https://t.co/OX0LH3mIq9
WATCH the interview with @EPSocialAffairs rapporteur Georgi #Pirinski on EU Platform to tackle #Undeclaredwork https://t.co/nv5PcvnyVa
EU Platform to tackle #Undeclaredwork adopted at plenary: 619 votes FOR, 69 against, 7 abstentions - Press release https://t.co/7ds2mL1Ym9
.@EPSocialAffairs meeting with IT @PCPadoan starting now - follow live https://t.co/iZJK5hGhra
#MEPs object to three #GMO soybean authorisations https://t.co/jTL8F9JcCM #glyphosate
#Caremissions - press conf on today's #RDE vote w. @giovannilavia and @EBienkowskaEU 15h Webstream https://t.co/V6cFV3cNjc
#Biodiversity: #MEPs call for stronger implementation of #EU law https://t.co/rVUbzIUiVE
.@EP_Industry meets on Thu: debates w/@BERECeuropaeu, @Moedas, @EUAuditorsECA. Full agenda: https://t.co/km51oY7Z43
#EPlenary: ”Stop geo-blocking and boost e-commerce and digital innovation”, #DigitalSingleMarket vote Press release: https://t.co/sKx5dxmeEb
RT @ddalton40: Pleased to say that I will be drafting the European Parliament report to amend the new emissions rules proposals: https://t.…
RT @DigitalAgendaEU: Interested in a secure & safe digital life? Check out these tips from @Enisa_eu https://t.co/GWTyVmPqYR #SID2016 https…
RT @safeinternetday: Save the date: Tuesday: 9 Feb - join Safer Internet Day for a better internet! https://t.co/4uJi0O0Wig #SID2016
Voting list & compromise AMs Port Services @knufleckenstein https://t.co/pDk9We0uRj - vote in @EP_Transport - LIVE https://t.co/Ng1ZoNSG1f
Now @EP_Transport: hearing on competition in intl aviation, webstreaming: https://t.co/r7IgZ2GVnm speaker list: https://t.co/9iZnnDx7Yh
Starting @EP_Transport: discussion on #Uber, with representatives from Uber, IRU, ETF and Commission, webstreaming: https://t.co/gj8Ww6j7hv
#EPlenary adopts resolution on " #EUislands: call for action to overcome permanent handicaps" Read more: https://t.co/eRDu3ZWfpf
#EPlenary debate & vote on tackling problems faced by #EUislands. Live now: https://t.co/ffiIjePskB
RT @EU_CoR: A successful #EUUrbanAgenda needs input from all levels of gov incl #EUregions. See more: https://t.co/SvnVy70MaZ https://t.co/…
.@EP_Agriculture to debate w/@PhilHoganEU @ 7.30pm #CAP #simplification, #WTO deal, #agri market crisis &more. Live: https://t.co/jJPIinafvI
#School #milk, #fruit and #vegetable: @EP_Agriculture MEPs endorse a deal to promote #healthyeating. More in PR: https://t.co/jSzYlYABV4
.@EP_Agriculture debate w/ @martijnvdam on #agriculture priorities of #EU2016NL starts now. Watch it live here: https://t.co/7zJm4R5XcJ
Resolution "A new CFP" by @GabrielMatoA adopted w/ large majority #CFPreality #Fisheries https://t.co/uPjhO8RURt https://t.co/TvcLkZaJb9
Check out this page for a complete list of #Fisheries background docs https://t.co/wbNuRcVYo5 #CFPreality #PECH
RT @EP_ThinkTank: New on our blog! 'EU Legislation in Progress' by policy area: https://t.co/AgXWyGN1xa #EULaw https://t.co/KHAeNgkHig
RT @EP_ThinkTank: How does #Erasmus+ work? One of the most well known EU policies, find out in EPRS #podcast @EPCulture @youth_eu https://t…
Charlemagne Youth Prize #ECYP2016: application deadline extended until 15 February @EUyouthPrize https://t.co/UHOQeJqzha
Next @EP_Legal meeting on Monday 1 February in Strasbourg. Agenda is now available here: https://t.co/n7PZ5MnK8l
Now @EP_Legal: Hearing on Administrative Procedure for the EU. Programme:...
Member States must play their part in alleviating the pressures faced by #Greece, said Chair: https://t.co/y4ALq1s9sr
Turkey: more needs to be done for #refugees living outside camps,MEPs say: https://t.co/n0K4vWHj1K https://t.co/l296eK4NTc
RT @Europarl_Photo: Members of @EP_Justice committee visit Syria refugee camps in Turkey. Live #photo reportage: https://t.co/em8A92xUJJ ht…
Statements by #EP group leaders on @eucopresident proposals on #UKinEU: https://t.co/rbld9wncNL Plenary debate tomorrow at 9.00
Starting shortly: @EPInstitutional debates UK-EU relation and talks on #Betterregulation. Watch live https://t.co/Wyr9uEO153
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Worrying statistics on the gender dimension of #humantrafficking. More @ https://t.co/xlsLUHK1fC https://t.co/yW6Dc3VeWB
#Refugees: #EP new study on reception of female refugees and asylum seekers in Germany: https://t.co/nmCOc96l6D
#EPlenary debate on how to end sexual harassment & violence against women in public spaces: Follow live around 20.40 https://t.co/eVAWLsrSGR
MEPs call on member states to speed up the ratification of the #MarrakeshTreaty. Read more: https://t.co/i1UL35A9Sw
.@EP_Petitions welcomes @EUombudsman's efforts for greater transparency within the EU institutions. Read more: https://t.co/92OUbN0hdB
.@EP_Petitions at 15h: Petitions on social affairs, agriculture & more. Agenda: https://t.co/m2PgQ338jh Live: https://t.co/GR1gEU1Ke9
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