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Since taking over vast swaths of Iraq and Syria ISIS has carried out a campaign of violence and subjugation against Christians, Yazidis and other religious minorities. As mass killings and desperate attempts to flee put several of these groups at risk of extinction, the human rights subcommittee held a hearing on 30 May to shed light on the plight of those caught up in the unrest. Minority representatives from the region shared their first-hand observations with us. (Read more: Minorities in Iraq and Syria: on the brink of destruction )

 

Finding employment is a crucial step for refugees to integrate in society become economically independent. However, with high levels of unemployment in the EU, some people are concerned about increased competition on the labour market. The employment committee adopted on Monday 30 May a report proposing concrete measure to tackle these challenges. We interviewed report author Brando Benifei, an Italian member of the S&D group, before the vote. (Read more: Benifei: "Integration of refugees needed but not at vulnerable groups' expense" )

 

The European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS), which EU countries use to exchange information on the criminal convictions of EU citizens, should be extended to include non-EU nationals, Civil Liberties Committee MEPs said on Monday. MEPs also want the system to be used to check the criminal records of people seeking to work with children. (Read more: Fighting terrorism: share criminal records of non-EU nationals, too, urge MEPs )

 
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The Commission's proposal for a standard EU travel document, to speed up the process of returning non-EU nationals who stay "irregularly" in EU member states without valid passports or identity cards, was endorsed by Civil Liberties Committee MEPs on Monday. Members highlight that many EU countries are currently facing serious difficulties in returning these residents to their home countries in a safe and lawful way. (Read more: MEPs back new EU travel document to ease return of irregular non-EU residents )

 

Plans to set up an integrated EU border management system, with a flagship European Border and Coast Guard agency, bringing together Frontex and national border management authorities, were backed by the Civil Liberties Committee on Monday. They would enable extra border guard teams to be rapidly deployed to EU countries whose external borders are under pressure. National authorities would still manage their borders on a day-to-day basis, but could seek help from the new agency in a crisis. (Read more: Civil Liberties Committee backs new European Border and Coast Guard )

 

Plans to set up an EU Border and Coast Guard are to be put to a vote in Parliament's civil liberties committee this week. MEPs also vote on proposals to introduce a standard European travel document for non-EU nationals and to expand the exchange of criminal records between member states. At a hearing in the human rights subcommittee members discuss the plight of minority groups caught up in Syria's civil war and in ISIS atrocities. Preparations also take place for next week's plenary session. (Read more: In Parliament this week: European border guard, plight of Middle East minorities )

 

Always have been curious about the European Parliament? This Saturday you have the chance to visit it during the open day of the European institutions in Brussels. You have the opportunity to take part in competitions, debates and cultural activities as well as find out how the institution that represents you operates. (Read more: Open day: visit the European Parliament in Brussels on Saturday )

 

The internet is meant to give you unlimited access to knowledge, yet when you are shopping online, you could be prevented from purchasing a product or service because of where you live. The European Commission has proposed new rules to make an end to the unjustified use of the practice known as geo-blocking as well as ways to create a genuine digital single market in Europe. MEPs debated the plans in plenary on 25 May. (Read more: Breaking down barriers: giving consumers equal access to online products )

 

Plans for stricter monitoring and certification procedures to ensure that medical devices such as breast or hip implants comply fully with safety and traceability requirements were informally agreed by MEPs and the Dutch Presidency of the Council on Wednesday. MEPs also secured tighter information and ethical requirements for diagnostic medical devices, e.g. those used for pregnancy or DNA testing. (Read more: Safer medical devices: MEPs strike deal with Council )

 
 
Weekly agenda
 
Schedule by day Wednesday 01 Jun 2016
The President's diary - The President's diary (01-06-2016):
 
 
Schedule by day Thursday 02 Jun 2016
Committee on Petitions - Parliamentary committees (02-06-2016): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
The President's diary - The President's diary (02-06-2016):
 
 
Schedule by day Friday 03 Jun 2016
Pre-session briefing - Press conferences (03-06-2016): 11:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Election Observation Delegation to second round of Peru presidential elections - Delegations (03-06-2016):
 
The President's diary - The President's diary (03-06-2016):
 
 
Schedule by day Saturday 04 Jun 2016
Election Observation Delegation to second round of Peru presidential elections - Delegations (04-06-2016):
 
 
Schedule by day Sunday 05 Jun 2016
Election Observation Delegation to second round of Peru presidential elections - Delegations (05-06-2016):
 
 
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Press conference with Rapporteur @Pabriks on EU border & coast guard at 9:00. Follow LIVE: https://t.co/E0rDuEV8Sb @EP_Justice
Press release: Fighting terrorism: share criminal records of non-EU nationals, too, urge MEPs: https://t.co/xLF2HgxZxy
Press release: MEPs back new EU travel document to ease return of irregular non-EU residents: https://t.co/YfH0Kvl5VJ
#Clearinghouse mechanism to support partners in need; defence R&D to be debated today at 3 pm @EP_Defence. Live https://t.co/4u80n6HDT1
In 15 min. #EPlenary to debate the #G7 summit to be held in Japan on 26/27 May. Follow debate live https://t.co/gZbqvFCT55
Missed the @EP_HumanRights hearing on minorities in #Irak & #Syria? Watch extracts here: https://t.co/x11TlEreUt https://t.co/02yEMxOmMU
NOW @EP_HumanRights hearing on minorities caught between civil war in #Syria & ISIS in #Iraq https://t.co/7qystqGdMq https://t.co/FqYo5bahqt
From 15.30 @EP_HumanRights LIVE - @16.30: Hearing on Minorities caught btw Syrian civilwar & #ISIS in #Iraq & #Syria https://t.co/w9XctST1Id
Starting now in @EP_Defence : #clearinghouse mechanism to support partners in need; the future of defence R&D. Live https://t.co/vWywmAOmvH
Next @EP_Defence mtng on 30 May. Debate on EU military staff #clearinghouse to support partners in need. Agenda https://t.co/lXVaZpZQAe
.@EP_Defence chair Anna Fotyga concerned with the latest developments in #Georgia. Full statement https://t.co/6qFD9aqCUh
RT @dev_progress: Achieving the #SDGs: what gets measured gets done - @bantigito https://t.co/BSmZqTYMqH #GlobalGoals #Agenda2030
A report on The New Alliance for Food Security voted in plenary next week. EP study: https://t.co/sme6shAAgG https://t.co/hZxQDpMrl9
RT @UN_News_Centre: .@UN calls for more support to least developed countries, adopts new declaration https://t.co/YAKGdkKJjl #IPOAreview ht…
RT @EU_TTIP_team: We're meeting the EU civil society to discuss the #TTIP impact study with its authors: https://t.co/IF0rmZBTNZ https://t.…
RT @EC_AVService: VIDEO :#Mexico - #EU Launch of negotiations for an updated trade & investment agreement. Statement by @MalmstromEU https:…
EP rapporteur @sorinmoisa welcomes talks to update trade deal with #Mexico https://t.co/zOfGZUdXKl
MEPs approve €11.6m in job-search aid for redundant workers in #France and #Greece https://t.co/uHZdjT34Tr #EUBudget #EGF
Future #EUBudget: Today @ 16:30, #BUDG MEPs discuss #MFF mid-term revision. Watch live: https://t.co/112XQOhlIz https://t.co/PU5f5qBQwD
Starting @ 10:00: #BUDG committee meeting - Follow LIVE: https://t.co/W0z3XPb4mr AGENDA: https://t.co/zi9ABGHcAD #EUBudget
.@EP_BudgControl endorsed LT candidate for @EUAuditorsECA Rimantas Šadžius w/ 16 votes in favour & 3 votes against
.@EP_BudgControl 24.05, 15.00 "Protection of Financial interests of the EU: the role of investigative journalism @javorbenedek @IAyalaSender
.@EP_BudgControl, 23 & 24.05 on: European #AntiFraud Office, LT nomination @EUAuditorsECA @WHO protocol on #tobacco https://t.co/90iQe5OCM9
.@EP_Economics endorses @jpgauzes as president of EFRAG by 36 votes to 5 https://t.co/uqWHyEzvJE
joint @EP_Economics and @EP_Budgets meeting today 3pm to discuss Budgetary capacity for the #Eurozone. Follow live https://t.co/4tmyo1RUxK
Next week @EP_Economics: budgetary capacity for #Eurozone and vote on @jpgauzes for president of EFRAG https://t.co/7GVz4mfFva
.@EPSocialAffairs meeting in JAN 4Q1 starting at 15.30. Agenda https://t.co/Q83TPB7buE Follow LIVE https://t.co/gCaoD8BcnM
.@EPSocialAffairs meeting with Commissioner @mariannethyssen starting now in PHS 3C50 Follow LIVE https://t.co/4mhB7f3ttV
.@EPSocialAffairs meeting with @mariannethyssen starts at 15.00 in JAN 4Q1. Agenda https://t.co/M4l5aA6FBq LIVE https://t.co/3E8wfBfav6
#EU carbon market reform: draft legislative report by @IanDuncanMEP published https://t.co/jwXkxscXGE debate 21.06, vote December #EUETS
Study: implementation of #Ambient #AirQuality Directive. Thresholds, hotspots, procedures https://t.co/3TokICcGLE https://t.co/myGps8vxlS
#EPlenary @TheresaMEP report adopted: ”Boost consumers power in the energy market”. Full press release: https://t.co/ADMURk8PfM
#EPlenary debate on enery poverty/energy consumers #energyunion starts in '5: https://t.co/qWAZJKlAMR
#EPlenary @EP_Industry debate on energy poverty - speakers: https://t.co/iJtjl68FM9
RT @EP_President: Welcome @EU_Commission & IT companies' initiative to act against illegal online hate speech - respect should always apply…
RT @robertrochefort: Je préside cet AM la com @EP_SingleMarket : cour des comptes sur la directive services, accessibilité handicapés ... h…
Debate on the #EuropeanAccessibilityAct starting now @EP_SingleMarket https://t.co/qdwAA6BrL2. More accessible goods and services in the EU
From 15h: TRAN debates on opportunities for transport SMEs, postal services, port reception facilities, webstreaming https://t.co/AgEJStJXDj
Starting now: @EP_Transport MEPs discuss aviation strategy and drones, webstreaming https://t.co/Qrb1J57B90
Now @EP_Transport: exchange of views with @Bulc_EU on Commission work programme and EFSI/CEF transport projects https://t.co/gxud27HVcg
RT @VDombrovskis: Structural Support Reform Programme is now with co-legislators.I call for its swift adoption. More @EP_Regional: https://…
RT @EU_CoR: Final countdown to the #EUUrbanAgenda forum on 30/05 ⏳. See online for workshops & speakers https://t.co/axlHNdxci2 https://t.c…
RT @EU_CoR: CoR & @Europarl_EN want #EUUrbanAgenda to include all levels of gov in decision making. See: https://t.co/unHLNVb5Dp https://t.…
#Milk price crisis: #MEPs demand further action to rescue #dairy #farmers. Read more here: https://t.co/pwrnopaP5v
Live now: #EPlenary debate on ways to tackle #milk price crisis & rescue EU #dairy farmers. Watch it live: https://t.co/Jk802oA0Xw
.@EP_Agriculture hearing on limiting #milk production to stabilise prices starts now. Live: https://t.co/V39E5xWCEG https://t.co/ietXjOF5F8
RT @EP_ThinkTank: A net to catch abusive flagging and other fisheries practices https://t.co/d8sIOOOzSz @LinneaEngstrom
Agreement w/ Council on #BalticMAP multiannual plan endorsed today by @EP_Fisheries More info here: https://t.co/ScARjruXzM @WalesaMEP
First #EU-#Liberia #fisheries agreement approved today by @EP_Fisheries Find out more here: https://t.co/Ab3G3xL4Ur
CULT meeting Today from 15.00 https://t.co/h3twrdtefe
CULT meeting Today from 15.00 to 17.30 Agenda and meeting documents available online https://t.co/YCUODyzvX4 https://t.co/IM6EKDqmPO
Blogging about #Parliament? Find our free material here: https://t.co/7WcK9VMF3G #EPnetwork
STARTING IN 20 mins: #JURI meeting - Debate on #portability of #online content; Civil Law Rules on #Robotics &more https://t.co/DPv7vRbZSI
NEW STUDY: Cross-Border Restitution Claims of Art Looted in Armed Conflicts and Wars https://t.co/gUHVxlsqfx https://t.co/pc6Tq6BV0x
RT @europarlAV: Did you miss press conf by @Pabriks on EU Border & Coast Guard? LIVE REPLAY available → https://t.co/M9vAvVTzho https://t.c…
Fight against #crime & #terrorism - #ECRIS should be extended to include non-EU nationals, say @EP_Justice MEPs: https://t.co/lwXLOR6WQR
MEPs @EP_Justice back new EU travel document to ease return of irregular non-EU residents: https://t.co/upNwUpiCUO
.@EPInstitutional adopted Pedro Silva Pereira's opinion on the revision of #MFF 2014-2020. #EUbudget @EP_Budgets https://t.co/DzppHj8X1e
Starting 16h: @EPinstitutional votes on #MFF revision, debates #UnionLaw & #BetterLawMaking. Watch live https://t.co/xfuA4DZ07m #EUbudget
30 May in @EPInstitutional: debates #UKinEU, #UnionLaw, #BetterLawMaking & vote #MFF revision. Agenda & documents https://t.co/sgpuKf4ABX
Press release: Fight against female poverty @Mariearenaps : https://t.co/cF5GOnNBaq
#EPlenary Poverty: a gender perspective @Mariearenaps report adopted 325/104/206
Poverty: a gender perspective. #EPlenary debates report tonight around 22.00 @Mariearenaps : Live: https://t.co/eVAWLsrSGR
Next @EP_Petitions meetings on Thursday June 2. Agenda and meeting documents are now available here: https://t.co/4JpB4pug2Z
At 15.00: hearing with @EP_Petitions and @TimmermansEU on #fundamentalrights, implementation of EU law etc... Watch:https://t.co/iJNOHjzlXg
On Tuesday 19/4 from 09h @EP_Petitions will discuss petitions on child protection and the #environment. Follow live: https://t.co/kOF2rkFK8F
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