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The European Parliament is in session from 25 to 26 May 2016

 
 

The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought embodies Parliament's support for human rights. Throughout the year the Sakharov Prize network of former laureates meets to highlight issues. On 23 and 24 May nine former Sakharov laureates met in Brussels to discuss, among others, how to adapt to the challenges facing human rights defenders in the digital era. (Read more: Defending human rights in the digital age )

 

Every day 315 million Europeans use the internet, but challenges still remain for consumers and companies alike. The European Commission presented its strategy for a digital single market in 2015. In addition Parliament and the Council agreed to ban roaming fees in 2017 and guarantee equal treatment for all internet traffic. On 25 May MEPs debate new Commission proposals to further boost e-commerce in plenary. Read our digital glossary to get up to date with the terminology ahead of the debate. (Read more: From geo-blocking to cloud computing: Parliament’s guide to the digital age )

 

The European Commission's proposal for an EU anti-tax avoidance directive was welcomed by Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee in a resolution voted on Tuesday. MEPs nonetheless advocated stricter limits on deductions for interest payments and an effective corporate tax rate of 15%. (Read more: Anti-tax avoidance: close tax gap with low-tax third countries, say MEPs )

 

Data on your online activities - from social media to shopping - is regularly sold to American advertisers. Strong data protection standards are in place in the EU to protect your privacy, but this is not the case in the US. The EU is now negotiating a new agreement with the US called Privacy Shield to safeguard your data. MEPs debate whether this deal will offer enough protection in plenary on Wednesday 25 May. Read on for an explanation of the issues involved. (Read more: Safeguarding your privacy: MEPs scrutinise new data protection agreement with US )

 
Press releases (second part)
 

WEA and U3A courses empower adult students

Culture / Education − United Kingdom − 24-05-2016 - 11:38

Participants in two adult education groups are showing that every day in life can be a school day if you have the right support to encourage lifelong learning. (Read more: WEA and U3A courses empower adult students )

 

The rise in jihadist attacks, terrorists' profiles and the special role of women in ISIS, recruitment of young people on social media and ISIS communication strategies, terrorist financing, the links between terrorism and crime and striking the right balance between privacy and security on encryption were among the topics debated by Civil Liberties Committee MEPs and Head of the Europol Counter Terrorism Centre Manuel Navarrete Paniagua on Monday afternoon. (Read more: Security: civil liberties MEPs debate changing trends in terrorist threats )

 
01) LIBE Delegation to Greece - Nothern border and Hotspots. Visit of the border area around Idomeni with a view to get a picture of the situation at the Greek/FYROM border and how the Greek (and European authorities, if applicable) deal with the situation at the border linked to the closure of the Western Balkan route.   Visit of the border area around Idomeni with a view to get a picture of the situation at the Greek/FYROM border

A delegation from the civil liberties committee visited Greece last week to assess refugees' situation at the EU's external borders and the implementation of the EU-Turkey deal to manage the influx of migrants and refugees. The delegation was led by Hungarian S&D member Péter Niedermüller. Members also met with representatives from the Greek authorities, international organisations and non-governmental organisations. (Read more: MEPs assess refugee camps and call for smoother implementation of EU-Turkey deal )

 

Budgets Committee MEPs approved €5,146,800 in EU aid on Monday to help 2,132 road haulage and delivery workers, made redundant by road transport company MoryGlobal SAS across France, to find new jobs. The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aid still needs to be approved by Parliament as a whole and by the Council of Ministers. (Read more: Budgets MEPs back €5.1m aid for 2,132 redundant road haulage workers in France )

 

Budgets Committee MEPs approved €6,468,000 in EU aid on Monday to help 557 workers made redundant by the “Larissa” supermarket in Greece to find new jobs. A further 543 young unemployed people should also benefit. The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aid still needs to be approved by Parliament as a whole and by the Council of Ministers. (Read more: Budgets MEPs back €6.4 million aid for redundant supermarket workers in Greece )

 
01.jpg   The European Youth Event took place at the Parliament in Strasbourg

Want to know Europe's future? Ask the people who will shape it! Last weekend more than 7,500 young Europeans attended the European Youth Event (EYE) at the Parliament in Strasbourg to discuss the continent's most pressing issues with MEPs and leading figures from civil society and the business world. Thousands of people also joined the discussions online: the hashtags #EYE2016 and #EYEtv were used nearly 26,000 times during the two-day event. Relive the experience with our slideshow and video. (Read more: European Youth Event: 7,500 opinions on Europe's future )

 
 
Weekly agenda
 
Schedule by day Tuesday 24 May 2016
Committee on International Trade - Parliamentary committees (24-05-2016): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on Transport and Tourism - Parliamentary committees (24-05-2016): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Industry, Research and Energy - Parliamentary committees (24-05-2016): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Budgetary Control - Parliamentary committees (24-05-2016): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on Budgets - Parliamentary committees (24-05-2016): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs - Parliamentary committees (24-05-2016): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety - Parliamentary committees (24-05-2016): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality - Parliamentary committees (24-05-2016): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection - Parliamentary committees (24-05-2016): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Legal Affairs - Parliamentary committees (24-05-2016): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs - Parliamentary committees (24-05-2016): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Foreign Affairs - Parliamentary committees (24-05-2016): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
International digital trade in goods and services - Public hearings (24-05-2016): 10:30, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Contractual relations and consumer remedies in the digital sphere - Public hearings (24-05-2016): 15:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Consequences of aggressive fiscal practises for developing countries - Public hearings (24-05-2016): 15:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Special Committee on Tax Rulings and Other Measures Similar in Nature or Effect (TAXE 2) - Parliamentary committees (24-05-2016): 15:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Regional Development - Parliamentary committees (24-05-2016): 15:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development - Parliamentary committees (24-05-2016): 15:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Employment and Social Affairs - Parliamentary committees (24-05-2016): 15:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) and the European Environment Agency (EEA) - Public hearings (24-05-2016): 15:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Mid-term conference of the Sakharov Prize Network for stronger human rights action - Special events (24-05-2016):
 
The President's diary - The President's diary (24-05-2016):
 
 
Schedule by day Wednesday 25 May 2016
" Renewable energy progress report" - Press conferences (25-05-2016): 09:30, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
''ENF publication 'Beyond Brussels'" - Press conferences (25-05-2016): 11:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
"Results of public counter-consultation on MES China" - Press conferences (25-05-2016): 14:30, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
"Regional and European Values for Sustainable Energy in Central and Eastern Europe" - Press conferences (25-05-2016): 15:30, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
"The relaunch of the peace process in Middle East" - Press conferences (25-05-2016): 16:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
New exceptional market measures limiting milk production - Public hearings (25-05-2016): 19:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Regional Development - Parliamentary committees (25-05-2016): 19:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
The President's diary - The President's diary (25-05-2016):
 
 
Schedule by day Thursday 26 May 2016
"Migration, Civil Liberties Committee: hotspot visit in Greece" - Press conferences (26-05-2016): 10:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
"Agricultural Crisis in the diary sector after the Extraordinary audition in the Agriculture Committee with European Institutions and stakeholders" - Press conferences (26-05-2016): 10:30, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
"Mobilizations for a Democratic Europe" - Press conferences (26-05-2016): 11:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
"Single Market Strategy" - Press conferences (26-05-2016): 13:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
The President's diary - The President's diary (26-05-2016):
 
 
Schedule by day Saturday 28 May 2016
Open days in Brussels - Special events (28-05-2016): 10:00
 
 
Schedule by day Sunday 29 May 2016
The President's diary - The President's diary (29-05-2016):
 
 
Twitter
 
Press release: Security: @EP_Justice MEPs debate changing trends in terrorist threats: https://t.co/efFvVlbIcO @Europol
Press release: @EP_Budgets MEPs back €5.1m aid for 2,132 redundant road haulage workers in #France: https://t.co/hnZFWkZ27N
Press release: @EP_Budgets MEPs back €6.4 million aid for redundant supermarket workers in #Greece: https://t.co/oZ6iHDMEYI
Presspoint by @EP_ForeignAff Chair & President of #Syrian Opposition Coalition tmrrw @13.30 next to A1E201 - LIVE:https://t.co/Om6L7QCTdn
RT @EduardKukan: Two days of EU #Albania #SAPC meetings succesful with the adoption of a joint statement @EP_ForeignAff https://t.co/Wfcfvc…
.@EP_ForeignAff delegation led by Chair @ElmarBrok_MEP supports reform efforts in #BosniaHerzegovina : https://t.co/VJ36cO6dbC
While @EP_Development & @EP_HumanRights is @WHSummit, read EPRS study on how #Turkey is helping w. #humanitarian aid https://t.co/V3Da6pCSam
.@EP_Development & @EP_HumanRightsMERPS @WHSummit take part in special session on #migrants & #humanitarian action https://t.co/SVqMJ6bC0g
EU Monitoring Mission in #Georgia should be prolonged, say @EP_Defence deleg visiting #EUMM on 17-20 May. Read more https://t.co/R9bzftXtUe
Starting now: @EP_Defence & @EP_Justice hearing on the security of EU external borders. Live https://t.co/IR2L3h5nRQ
.@EP_Defence to meet on 20/21 April: hearings on the security of EU ext borders, Cyber warfare. Agenda https://t.co/kzhVJU3g5f
The 1st-ever World Humanitarian Summit to reshape aid started in Istanbul today. Watch LIVE: https://t.co/VVyE7Uus84 https://t.co/5X8fJLsn4z
RT @LindaMcAvanMEP: Disappointment in @EP_Development with @europeaid #garments plan. 3 yrs after #RanaPlaza & still no concrete steps @Fai…
MEPs call for an EU arms embargo against countries seriously breaching international humanitarian law.: https://t.co/sPvJNMi00e
rapp @MarietjeSchaake in opinion highlights that US sanctions still in place restrict EU business in #Iran https://t.co/oopGhGlnSu
EU & #Iran trade post-nuclear deal - follow @EP_Trade debate now & vote tomorrow https://t.co/JEg832F6Sg
RT @Trade_EU: 🗺🇪🇺🤔 What does the European Parliament think of our #Trade4All strategy? @EP_Trade Committee is debating it live: 📺 https://t…
#BUDG approuve 5,1 millions € pour aider 2132 travailleurs licenciés du transport routier en #France https://t.co/E6QBn1yvcS #EUBudget #EGF
Budgets MEPs back €5.1m aid for 2,132 redundant road haulage workers in #France https://t.co/16jfk6TsJZ @jaatteenmaki #EUBudget #EGF
Budgets MEPs back €6.4 million aid for redundant supermarket workers in #Greece https://t.co/KlJmB2C43e #EUBudget #EGF @LiadhNiRiadaMEP
.@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
Today at 4.30 @EP_Economics public hearing on #EDIS European Deposit Insurance Scheme. Watch live https://t.co/Spbto5ktkb
#TAXE2 MEPs join high level @OECD Paris meeting Monday to discuss impl. @OECD/#G20 #BEPS Action Plan. More https://t.co/DRJSVsbYIb #luxleaks
.@gualtierieurope after mtg @pierremoscovici @ financial asstnce wking gp :#Greece review must be concluded swiftly https://t.co/DvOrnECD0E
#ZitnanskaMEP Better inclusion of disabled people; question of digital skills in private sector. #EUSkillsAgenda @EPSocialAffairs
.@EPSocialAffairs meeting today and tomorrow cancelled. Next scheduled meeting MON 18APR 15.00-18.30 & TUE 19APR 9.00-18.30
Watch @EPSocialAffairs workshop on collective bargaining in #Troika programme #EU countries LIVE https://t.co/DtRUIogCgr
Cttee meeting to start, debate w. @MarosSefcovic LIVE https://t.co/sZA0OqKVuI
RT @MarosSefcovic: At 3h I will exchange w @Europarl_EN Committee on #Environment, PublicHealth & Food Safety. live st: https://t.co/95LDu8…
Committee meeting this aft & tmw: #GMOs, debate w. @MarosSefcovic, #glyphosate, #Food contact materials - agenda https://t.co/CNwXsKtjyG
.@EP_Industry debate with @Ansip_EU starts now: https://t.co/wYHkegWDtp
.@EP_Industry public hearing on gas package starts now: https://t.co/0xkJMjxGzS Program: https://t.co/Z9fRH5Pvxz
#EPlenary @EP_Industry : debate on energy poverty & consumers on Wed/vote on @TheresaMEP draft on Thu: https://t.co/B6DL6qfait
RT @EBienkowskaEU: Inspiring discussion with Members of the European Parliament #SingleMarket @EP_SingleMarket @vickyford https://t.co/YNkd…
#CleanCars: on Tue 24 May @ 9.00 @EP_SingleMarket discusses proposed overhaul of EU type approval rules. Follow live https://t.co/Kkhkst7os9
Now @EP_Transport: exchange of views with @Bulc_EU on Commission work programme and EFSI/CEF transport projects https://t.co/gxud27HVcg
Starting @EP_Transport: debates on MFF 2014-2020, EFSI/CEF w @Bulc_EU, EMSA and maritime surveillance, webstreaming: https://t.co/gxud27HVcg
.@EP_Transport 23-24/05: debate w/Commissioner @Bulc_EU, aviation strategy, postal services, EMSA regulation, agenda https://t.co/weg9Myk2u3
.@EP_Regional delegation to #Croatia mtg w/ Minister Tolušić."Ambition & focus on results" say MEPs #CohesionPolicy https://t.co/50YJxhJyRo
RT @EU_Commission: EU provides €83 million to improve conditions for refugees in #Greece: https://t.co/8inuEeuRxO #RefugeeCrisis https://t.…
#Mercosur: #MEPs write to #Juncker to protect sensitive #farm products. More here: https://t.co/sIT0wVkbTs
Now: @EP_Agriculture debate w/#Agri Markets Task Force chair C.Veerman on ways to strengthen #farmers in #foodchain: https://t.co/pJ1jQGOwXu
.@EP_Agriculture debates #CAP's role in creating #ruraljobs: https://t.co/pJ1jQGOwXu Study: https://t.co/goqQ6kkCvz https://t.co/tq5wAhTNDK
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
Pictures, videos & podcasts from 1st day of #EYE2016: https://t.co/UDpU1rxeUy Follow today's events via https://t.co/eVHGuJPSJ7
European Youth Event #EYE2016 starts at 10h: young people from 39 countries debate Europe. More info & live links: https://t.co/AYZIp9TmIC
Press release: Inter-religious dialogue to defeat #radicalisation: https://t.co/x8T0KM3oPc#ReligiousDialogue
Follow LIVE from 3pm - #JURI committee today: https://t.co/q9NXComwUm Improving legal security for international couples & other topics
Next wk in #JURI: Improving legal security for international couples; Cross-border #portability of #online content https://t.co/C5jXlq0l2O
A. Díaz de Mera (EPP) will be Parliament´s rapporteur for the review of suspension mechanism of #visa waivers
#VisaLiberalisation for #Kosovo: @EP_Justice names @tfajon rapporteur
Proposal for #VisaLiberalisation for #Ukraine: @GabrielMariya will be the Parliament´s rapporteur
Starting at 16: votes on #ECJ & #subsidiarity, debates #RuleOfLaw & more. Watch live: https://t.co/wOigDKs1Lo
10h in @EPInstitutional, debates #transparency, revision of #EUbudget and more. Watch live: https://t.co/S8F2303sVU
Tomorrow at 10.30 @EP_GenderEqual: creating labour market conditions favourable for work life balance: Documents: https://t.co/D7nwJX2tfY
Study: Reception of female refugees and asylum seekers in Belgium: https://t.co/xo2RyqnCYz
Tomorrow at 10.00 @EP_GenderEqual meeting. Draft agenda & documents: https://t.co/qfbp5KDV3M Live: https://t.co/Nz4o8aiXrZ
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
From 16.30h @EP_Petitions meeting with petitions on the #environment and #ConsumerRights. Follow live: https://t.co/a2K8brQHto
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