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Cultural heritage plays an important role in the history and identity of Europe’s countries and indeed of the continent as a whole. A vital part of Europe’s economy, promoting our cultural treasures can only help boost growth and employment. On 27 April, Parliament votes on making 2018 the European Year of Cultural Heritage. More on this initiative, which aims to strengthen a sense of European identity, in our interview with Romanian MEP Mircea Diaconu. (Read more: European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018: why it is important )


Antonio Tajani stressed the importance of a deal to safeguard people’s rights in the wake of Brexit during a meeting with UK Prime Minister Theresa May this morning. "The European Parliament's message is clear: strongly defending their interests is our first priority,” he said. The Parliament President was in London to discuss the institution’s position on the Brexit negotiations, which was adopted in plenary on 5 April. He also invited May to address the Parliament. (Read more: Tajani in London: “People deserve certainty regarding their post-Brexit future” )


Since I began my Bachelor´s Degree I had been dreaming of participating in the Robert Schuman traineeship programme granted by the European Parliament. (Read more: My time as a trainee in the European Parliament Information Office in London )


The European Union is focussing this year on delivering results in areas that matter to all Europeans. EU institutions have agreed on a set of priorities ranging from boosting e-commerce to protecting the environment and strengthening borders. Four months into the year, check out which major legislative proposals MEPs have already approved. (Read more: EU priorities for 2017: what Parliament has achieved so far )

Press releases (second part)

The EU could soon have new privacy rules to take account of new practices such as internet-based messaging and allow users better control of their privacy settings, especially when it comes to cookies. Parliament's civil liberties committee discussed the plans by the European Commission on 11 April. Marju Lauristin, the MEP responsible for steering the rules through Parliament, said that if companies providing communication services wanted to be trusted they needed to ensure confidentiality. (Read more: E-privacy: MEPs look at new rules to safeguard your personal details online )


Decorating eggs is one of Europe's most cherished Easter traditions, but are the eggs we buy safe? The European Parliament has worked on different laws to ensure hens and their eggs are healthy. This includes a ban on the use of battery cages for hens and the use of the egg code to inform shoppers how an egg was produced. Watch our video for more information. (Read more: Eggs: how the EU is keeping them safe and healthy )


One in every three girls in developing countries is married before turning 18, and one in nine before 15. Child marriages limit future prospects as children are usually forced to drop out of school. Girls also face dangerous complications from pregnancy and childbirth, the leading causes of death among adolescent girls in developing countries. They are also at great risk from suffering abuse. On 11 April Parliament's women's rights and human rights subcommittee discussed the issue with experts. (Read more: Child marriages: MEPs discuss how to put an end to this scourge )


Environment MEPs put forward a number of possible measures to cut the EU 88 million tonnes per year food waste by half by 2030 on Tuesday. MEPs called on the European Commission to lift existing restrictions on food donations and stressed a solution is needed for the confusion created for many consumers by the “best before” and “use by” labelling. (Read more: Proposals for cutting food waste )


Social media not only serves as a source of news for nearly half of Europeans, but it also has made spreading fake news easier and faster. Six out of ten news items are shared without actually being read. MEPS raised concerns about the spread of disinformation, political propaganda and hate speech in plenary on 5 April. However, they disagreed on the best way to respond to the problem. Watch our video above for an overview of the debate. (Read more: Fake news: how to counter misinformation )


Recent proposals to expedite the return of migrants who are not entitled to refugee status will be debated in the Civil Liberties Committee on Tuesday morning. (Read more: Migration: MEPs to debate EU return policies )

Weekly agenda
Schedule by day Sunday 23 Apr 2017
The President's agenda - The President's diary (23-04-2017):
Lifting Immunity #EP: plenary notified, @EP_Legal appoints rapporteur, hearing opt., vote in cttee. Final vote in plenary(simple majority)
RT @jduch: Demande de levée d'immunité députées Le Pen & Boutonnet (assistants) notifiée au Parlement européen. Prochaine étape: annonce en…
Press release: Proposals for cutting #foodwaste: @EP_Environment
European Parliament and Verkhovna Rada extend their cooperation. Full statement…
.@EP_ForeignAff conveys solidarity with stateless people. Read more @AmjadBashirMEP @EP_HumanRights
Bosnia & Herzegovina: @EP_ForeignAff debate w/ FM Crndak starts now. Flwd by debate w/ @UN HR Inzko. Live…
#Bolivia: @EP_HumanRights MEPs acknowledge significant progress in access to education, health care & drinking wate…
Starting now: MEPs on @EP_HumanRights debating #humanrights & #EU actions w. @SJLambrinidis - Follow LIVE:…
#Syria: @EP_HumanRights & @EP_ForeignAff Chairs condemn use of chemical weapons & call 4 restarting negotiations:
Want to know more on EU military planning upgrade? Follow now @EP_Defence debate w/ @eeas Deane & rear adm Gluszko
.@EP_Defence resumes to debate the EU arms export control system. Live
.@EP_Defence 2 days meeting starts now: arms control in Europe w/ @rjmosiko #OSCE & Alberque #NATO. Live
RT @eaDevPol: UK doubles funding to fight tropical diseases in developing world
#Humanrights & suspending EU-ACP Economic Partnership Agreements - how will it work after 2020? New study:…
RT @unwomenEU: This #HDR2016 infograph illustrates the many ways in which women are still discriminated against globally…
Head of INTA delegation @berndlange & National Assembly of #cotedivoire holding a presser on implementation of inte…
#Humanrights & suspending EU-ACP Economic Partnership Agreements - how will it work after 2020? New study:…
.@EP_Trade working hard to hold the Commission to account on trade deals, says @berndlange in @Parlimag:…
#EUBudget 2018 rapporteur @SMuresan tours all EP's committees, starting w/ @EP_Economics on Mon 10/04 @ 16:30 LIVE:…
€60 million in EU aid for UK, and €11m more for Cyprus & Portugal after natural disasters approved in #EPlenary
At 14:30 PRESS CONFERENCE with @JanOlbrycht & @Isabel_thomasEU on the vote on the #MFF revision package #EUBudget
Mission to Poland 18-21/4: MEPs will visit EU-financed projects & CONT’s national parliamentary counterparts +national Courts of Auditors
Press release - Court of Auditors: CONT members endorse Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz as member for Hungary @EUauditors
MEPs endorse EP VP Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz as @EUauditors member for #Hungary with 16+/2-/2°. #EPlenary vote 27/04
.@EP_ECONOMICS Week Ahead 24-30 April:hearing on sovereign investment funds and more. #PANA:impact on Member States
.@EP_Economics MEPs discussed @ecb Annual Report 2016 w/ vice President Victor Constâncio
.@EP_ECONOMICS The Week Ahead 10 - 16 April: European Central Bank Annual report and more @ECB @Berndlucke
RT @EP_ThinkTank: EU support for social entrepreneurs @EPSocialAffairs
.@EPSocialAffairs April 2017 Newsletter with information on topics of EMPL meetings this month available here
.@EPSocialAffairs Hearing on coordination of #socialsecurity systems 15.00-17.30 Info LIVE
Proposals for cutting #Foodwaste
A longer lifetime for products: opinion by @SchaldemoseMEP to @EP_SingleMarket adopted unanimously
#foodwaste - report by @BiljanaBorzan adopted unanimously
RT @EP_ThinkTank: EU #space programmes provide strategic independence @EP_Industry
#EPlenary adopted last step to end roaming charges @miapetrakumpula @EP_Industry. Press release:
#EPlenary adopted last step to end roaming charges 549/27/50 @miapetrakumpula @EP_Industry
.@EP_SingleMarket Newsletter with info on the next committee meeting on 24-25 April
RT @EU_opendata: What needs to be done to further boost #dataeconomy in Europe? Tell us before 26 April #opendata h…
.@EP_SingleMarket MEPs visit Tallinn from 19 to 21 April: digital #Estonia, start-ups and innovation on the agenda
Starting @EP_Transport: MEPs discuss draft opinion on A Space Strategy for Europe:
Now @EP_Transport: MEPs discuss ways to boost multimodal transport, short-sea shipping and maritime transport
Starting @EP_Transport: Hearing on Women and Transport, programme/speakers: webstreaming:…
.@EP_Regional mtng 24/25 April: Omnibus, technical assistance, Urban Agenda. Meeting docs:
RT @EU_Regional: "It is about #Europe; about you and your future. Let's talk about it!" @CorinaCretuEU #EUdialogues More on Greece: https:/…
RT @CCRECEMR: "When looking at the future, we must be more creative, more open-minded" Commission VP @jyrkikatainen on #futurecohesion | #E…
New EU #organics law: EP chief negotiator @MartinHaeusling briefs now @EP_Agriculture on state of play of trialogues
.@EP_Agriculture debates w/Mr Wynn Owen @EUauditors report on #ClimateAction spending: Report:
Missed today's @EP_Agriculture debate w/ @jhuitema on marketing rules for #fertilisers? Watch it all again here:
.@EP_Fisheries mtng 24/25 April: #ICCAT, #Mediterranean #MedFish4Ever, #landing obligation, #fishing quotas. Agenda:
RT @pewenvironment: Very large marine reserves “make it possible to reconstruct entire ecosystems,” says @bricelalonde…
RT @OceanaEurope: The North Sea has provided us with treasures for centuries. It's about time we gave some back. Together we can #StopOverf…
RT @EP_ThinkTank: More than 60 million CVs created in Europass, but it’s time to update @EPCulture @SilviaCostaEU
RT @EP_ThinkTank: #Erasmus students at 50% lower risk of long-term unemployment than non-mobile students @EPCulture
RT @pol_dep_CULT: Commentary on CULT Committee report
On @EP_Legal agenda today: debate on 3D printing, hearing on environmental liability directive. Watch live:
EP approved international convention on maritime liability in plenary. @EP_Legal @1PavelSvoboda
Mission to Italy: MEPs @EP_Justice demand urgent reform of the Dublin #asylum system and effective relocation
RT @EURightsAgency: .@CoESR_migration @PACE_Migration @EP_Justice @migpolgroup @fidh_eu @ecre Harrowing evidence of unaccompanied #childmig…
RT @EURightsAgency: Just out: FRA's latest report on the #fundamentalrights situation of newly arrived #migrants in 14 #EU member states ht…
RT @Parlimag: .@EPInstitutional will have a crucial role to play in how #Brexit unfolds and beyond, writes @danutahuebner…
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Views diverge on whether EU #CitizensInitiative generated debate bridges citizen/decision-maker gap…
Missed yesterday's @EPInstitutional meeting? Watch it again #AFCO
Starting at 9.00 joint @EP_GenderEqual & @EP_Justice debate on #IstanbulConvention. Follow live:
Tomorrow at 9.00 joint @EP_GenderEqual & @EP_Justice debate on #IstanbulConvention. Draft report: @AnnaMariaCB
Vote on oral question @EP_GenderEqual on human rights in Gaza especially situation of women&girls at 17.15. Live:
Next week: @EP_Petitions meetings on Monday 24/4 & Tuesday 25/5. Agenda and meeting documents here:
RT @Parlimag: .@EP_Petitions strives to address citizens' concerns & foster constructive dialogue, writes @PalCsakyMEP…
Today's PETI meeting starts with presentation of the study "#AnimalWelfare in the #EU" by Emeritus Professor Donald M. Broom @Cambridge_Uni
The Parliament is on...