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An EU-US trade deal should deepen EU access to the US market, but must not undermine EU standards or the right to regulate in the public interest, say Trade Committee MEPs in draft recommendations voted on Thursday. Tools for resolving disputes between investors and states should be reformed and improved, they add. (Read more: TTIP: more US market access, reform investment protection, retain EU standards )

 

Millions of people are on the run in places such as Syria and Nigeria due to the rise of violent extremism, many of them receiving essential aid from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Its president Peter Maurer was in the European Parliament to meet the foreign affairs committee on 26 May and President Martin Schulz on 27 May. We talked to him to find out what life is like in these crisis-hit areas and how Europe could help to make a difference. (Read more: Red Cross: "Life in Syria after years of conflict has become very difficult" )

 

Tunisia’s Prime Minister Habib Essid met the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Human Rights and Security and Defence subcommittees on Thursday to discuss the latest developments in his country. Security challenges, fighting terrorism and tackling migration flows were the key issues raised in the debate. (Read more: Tunisia’s Prime Minister Habib Essid on security and migration challenges )

 

A deal struck by MEPs and Council of Ministers negotiators in the small hours of Thursday morning means the architecture of the Juncker plan to unlock €315 billion public and private investments in the real economy in 2015-2017 can now be put to a European Parliament vote on 24 June and the investment programme can kick off in the summer. (Read more: Juncker plan: MEPs and ministers strike informal deal to bridge investment gap )

 
Press releases (second part)
 

Europeans could not only vote for who should represent them in the European Parliament last year, but also help to decide who should lead the European Commission. As the European People's Party won the most votes in the 2014 European elections, their candidate Jean-Claude Juncker was elected as Commission president. Find out more by watching our video in which four of the candidates for the top post shared their insights on what was a historic election. (Read more: Spitzenkandidaten: the story of what made last year's EP elections different )

 

Several major Western news organisations have been hit by politically motivated cyber-attacks over the past few years, mostly in retaliation for their critical coverage of events, countries or movements such as the Syrian regime or Islamic State. MEPs discussed on 27 May how the EU could help to counter such attacks. Check out our timeline to learn more about the attacks and read on to find out how the EU could help. (Read more: Cyber-attacks: how to best protect the media and critical infrastructure )

 

Europe should focus on saving lives when dealing with migration, said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in a speech at the European Parliament on 27 May. During the plenary session he called attention to the 1,800 people who drowned while crossing the Mediterranean this year: “Europe has an important role to play and a collective responsibility to act. Saving lives should be the priority.” He also discussed sustainable development and preventing violent extremism. (Read more: Ban Ki-moon on migration: “Saving lives should be the top priority” )

 

Healthy eating habits start young, so the EU and its member states should do and spend more to encourage kids to eat healthy and local foods, Parliament said on Wednesday. To ensure that they get healthy eating lessons, as well as school milk, fruit, and vegetables from EU schemes, Parliament amended draft rules and approved a mandate for MEPs to negotiate their final form with EU member states. (Read more: School milk and fruit: MEPs back measures to teach healthier eating habits )

 

Budgets MEPs welcomed next year's "restricted" but well focused draft budget presented by Commission Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva on Wednesday immediately after it was approved by the Commission. (Read more: Budgets MEPs welcome draft budget for 2016 )

 

"The Central African Republic is doing much better. There is a clear improvement even if it is still very fragile," CAR's interim president, Catherine Samba-Panza, told foreign affairs MEPs on Tuesday. CAR still needs the EU's "multi-dimensional aid", she stressed, calling on member states to redouble their efforts to help the CAR meet its electoral, budgetary and security challenges. (Read more: Still much to be done, CAR president tells foreign affairs committee )

 
 
Weekly agenda
 
Schedule by day Friday 29 May 2015
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs - Parliamentary committees (29-05-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Conference on the Democratic oversight of Intelligence services in the European Union - Special events (29-05-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
 
Twitter
 
Press release:#TTIP:more US #market access,reform #investment protection,retain #EU standards:http://t.co/NlASSfKaRP http://t.co/TIKcV1yPnb
Press conference on #TTIP vote continues with Q&A from journalists. LIVE: http://t.co/GLFzF4JN2m & http://t.co/KnTmXdTYHv
Press conference on #TTIP vote to start soon. Twitter coverage: @EP_Trade. LIVE http://t.co/GLFzF51nTU & http://t.co/KnTmXebzz3
Tunisia PM @habib_essid concludes to @EP_ForeignAff MEPs: Tunisia is a young democracy. We are still much counting on the support of the EP.
Tunisia PM @habib_essid on #Libya: we are against any military intervention. The conflict in Libya is a political one. We help politically.
Tunisia PM @habib_essid: the best way to prevent #migration flow is to find solutions locally, then to reintegrate migrants. This is crucial
RT @europarlAV: Debate on #Tunisia's transition to democracy with Prime Minister Habib #Essid at @EP_ForeignAff | Download VIDEO: http://…
C. Dan Preda: women in #Egypt are living with the threat of physical and sexual violence. Laws supporting these practices to be abolished
Cristian Dan Preda: je rappelle aux autorités d'#Egypte l'appel répété de @ONU_fr pour un moratoire sur l'utilisation de la peine capitale
#CSDP: Watch the press conference of EP rapporteurs @ArnaudDanjean @EduardKukan @indrektarand in 10 mins here http://t.co/iN5LwMp7jQ
Watch the rest of #Eplenary debate on Common Security and Defence Policy w/ @FedericaMog LIVE http://t.co/ofhySErnbO #CSDP
#EPlenary tomorrow: #BanKiMoon at 15:15 CET #UNSG @UN_Spokesperson #UN, Debate on #G7 #g7summit Agenda: http://t.co/IhJCviYIxc
RT @UNICEF: From #childmarriage to discrimination, girls too often face barriers to #education http://t.co/z66aooWoIl http://t.co/M3EdzBYz…
RT @UNICEF: #PhotooftheWeek: A girl in class in #Guinea. Schools there reopened in January after a 5-month break due to #Ebola http://t.co/…
Press release: @EP_Trade on #TTIP: More US market access, reform investment protection, retain EU standards #EPonTTIP http://t.co/ncC2K7dZfb
Press conference on #TTIP vote continues with Q&A from journalists. LIVE: http://t.co/5GyHsExIRe & http://t.co/RO5aq0kBH8
.@beghin_t:Today is a bad day,of citizens' defeat who don't want #ISDS.Certain was not the end.Complete markets' opening wont benefit SMEs
RT @ep_budgets: First look at 2016 #EUbudget draft, presented by @KGeorgievaEU @EP_Budgets, at 10. Live here: http://t.co/F7EsQeSAkW
Follow debate with @KGeorgievaEU on #tobacco agreements at #EP plenary. From 19.25. Live: http://t.co/8xQ0WRqy4D
#EP #TAXE in Ireland today. Netherlands next #luxleaks @ALamassoure @elisaferreira @EUTheurer Irish MinFin #Noonan http://t.co/UmcFK6nFdy
#EFSI #Junckerplan press conference extracts http://t.co/71HhujORVB
.@EP_Economics @ghokmark #banking sector reform report rejection, comments from the rapporteur & shadow MEPs http://t.co/BxsdGnKT9B
.@EPSocialAffairs meeting tomorrow, Thursday 28 May 9.00-12.30 & 14.00-17.30 in JAN 6Q2 follow EP Live http://t.co/86IKZ6Xk6l
.@EPSocialAffairs meeting tomorrow, Thursday 28 May from 9.00-12.30 & 14.00-17.30 JAN 6Q2. Agenda http://t.co/YcvYEazaIq
Changes to ESF for frontloading #YEI approved http://t.co/7lJ2KWe6pl Press conference @emorinchartier @ 14:30 Live http://t.co/o5Rsjk4frS
#EPonTTIP: Committee vote on #TTIP recommendations this morning. Follow @EP_Trade for updates http://t.co/VHSGzeQeqM
#EUETS #MSR: Environment Committee #MEPs back deal with Council http://t.co/ipWzp8ER8o
#EUETS #MSR: ENVI supports agreement with @eu2015lv with 49 votes to 8 and 2 abstentions. Plenary vote July @IvoBelet
.@EP_Industry debate w/@GOettingerEU on the roadmap for completing the #digitalsinglemarket. Live here: http://t.co/qMMhjaerXR
.@EP_Industry starts in 5 min. Live here: http://t.co/geIroaYdK0
.@EP_Industry meets at 9.00: debate w/@GOettingerEU; #energysecurity #digitalsinglemarket Agenda and Mtg docs: http://t.co/18lUxhqb98
Next @EP_SingleMarket meeting 4 June morning. Vote on trade in #seal #sealban. Agenda http://t.co/QdbzTIKJL1 Live http://t.co/MZL5ilN6eU
Starting now: #DigitalSingleMarket WG debate on #DSM strategy. Live http://t.co/yCGHryAHSl Agenda http://t.co/nb6hTutLqq @rozathun
Today at 3 pm @EP_SingleMarket #DigitalSingleMarket working group meeting.Agenda http://t.co/nb6hTucayS Webstreaming http://t.co/yCGHrySjgV
.@EP_Transport 15h: social inclusion in public transport, transport and climate policy,TEN-T Coordinators, streaming http://t.co/YAZc8QdSF2
Now @EP_Transport: presentation of draft report on sustainable urban mobility http://t.co/fVfT1M1KDG webstreaming http://t.co/cdYoB8TMXX
.@EP_Transport: debates on 2011 Transport White Paper and sustainable urban mobility, webstreaming: http://t.co/cdYoB8TMXX
What does an #AgeingEU mean for your region? See the @ecfin interactive map here http://t.co/oMb12ifwZo #euregions
Catch-the-eye, Urgent Procedure, Blue Card... What does it all mean? Our guide to #EPlenary: http://t.co/1UQEX0G1CH
Last day of #EPlenary in #Strasbourg: MEPs set to discuss #growth and #ECforecast. Live now: http://t.co/mSdH0z5Pyq
.@EP_Agriculture MEPs oppose new reduction targets for #methane and #ammonia. Read more here: http://t.co/R8EtK0ab2J
.@EP_Agriculture debate w/ @PhilHoganEU now on. Watch it live here: http://t.co/j9nHz0Ttj1
RT @EP_ThinkTank: EU funds €80m for milk & €150m for fruit & veg to fight child #obesity and poor health http://t.co/rdC7mqbSsY @marctarabe…
#Cod plan: @EUCouncil acted unlawfully, says #ECJ Advocate General http://t.co/gZqAEVYYVI @EUCourtPress #Fisheries
#BalticMAP: This is the text MEPs will defend in negotiations with @eu2015lv http://t.co/9fAhSgpPke @WalesaMEP #Fisheries
#Fisheries committee meeting continues this morning - watch live: http://t.co/2eSJ4sN9z5 Agenda: http://t.co/BnrDclrXqI
#EPonTTIP: @EP_Trade committee votes on draft #TTIP report this morning. More about EP's role: http://t.co/8E7MY9yiAv http://t.co/SnNVfXLS6X
Ce soir à Strasbourg : le #PE reçoit le projet #Commenius "L'Europe est servie" http://t.co/ExJh7dTlJs http://t.co/jg3aktBZAl
#EPlenary adopted new rules on cross-border #insolvency proceedings. Read more: http://t.co/oxDyXp1Sae
#EPlenary debate on #insolvency proceedings starting now. Live: http://t.co/48njVucJWL
RT @VeraJourova: Debate on Data protection reform http://t.co/ImkiJ4n3Of
RT @JanAlbrecht: Just now: @EP_Justice exchange with national MPs on intelligence agencies oversight in the EU: http://t.co/Pd0ZsqFE0m http…
RT @EURightsAgency: Shortly at @EP_Justice #Nationalintelligence auths & #surveillance in EU: #Fundamentalrights safeguards/remedies http:/…
Second panel @EPInstitutional debates democracy, accountability & instit set up of the EU #EUfuture hearing live http://t.co/QgUXqejUgr
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Ending child marriage, early marriage and #ForcedMarriage for #genderequality http://t.co/BeN1IAXCTt @EP_GenderEqual
MEPs to call for end to early and forced marriage of girls today evening #EPlenary: http://t.co/enlEnGfqNQ
RT @EUombudsman: Our Annual Report for 2014 with facts, figures & videos about our cases can be found here: http://t.co/qF0csJrMnM http://t…
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Recognising the human right to #water and universal access http://t.co/BKf0DYwHxC @EP_Petitions @CeciliaWikstrom
Hearing on #ECI #StopVivisection starting at 3pm: Follow via @EP_Agriculture, webstreaming: http://t.co/zulfKA3oB0
The Parliament is on...