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The European Parliament is in session from 24 to 27 October 2016


Parliament demanded more funds, to help young people into jobs, boost economic growth and assist third countries with a view to mitigating the migration crisis, in a plenary vote on Wednesday. MEPs reversed all the Council’s proposed cuts in the draft EU budget for 2017. They expect some of the additional funds needed to come from new appropriations to be obtained through the mid-term revision of the EU’s long-run budget, the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). (Read more: More funds needed for youth and jobs in 2017 to honour EU’s pledges, say MEPs )


The EU should place mandatory limits on industrially-produced trans-fatty acids (TFA) which may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, infertility, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and obesity for consumers, says a resolution voted on Wednesday. TFA intake is mostly linked to consumption of industrially produced, partially hydrogenated oils. (Read more: MEPs call for EU limit on industrial trans fats in food )


The threats, violations and restrictions faced by journalists in Turkey will be debated with Commissioner Corina Creţu, representing EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, late on Wednesday afternoon. Since the 15 July failed coup d’état, which left 241 people dead and thousands injured, 90 journalists have been jailed, more than 2,500 have lost their jobs and arrest warrants have been issued against hundreds of media workers in the country. (Read more: Press freedom in Turkey up for a debate late on Wednesday afternoon )


New rules to curb the growing influx into the EU of plant pests, such as olive grove killer Xylella fastidiosa, and better equip member states to tackle their spread, were endorsed by the Parliament on Wednesday. The new regulation introduces preventive and rapid response mechanisms for suspect plant imports, steps up pest surveillance efforts in the EU and requires all member states to draw up outbreak contingency plans. (Read more: Plant health: MEPs step up fight against influx of pests to the EU )

Press releases (second part)

Parliament backs the EU Commission case for investing in innovation, growth and job creation, pursuing socially-balanced structural reforms, and encouraging responsible public finances, in a resolution on EU economic priorities for 2017, voted on Wednesday. (Read more: MEPs set out their stance on EU economic priorities for 2017 )


The EU needs to update its long-term financial plan to cope with unforeseen crises said MEPs in their vote on its forthcoming review, on Wednesday. MEPs acknowledged that the Commission’s proposal to revise the multiannual financial framework (MFF) genuinely responds to requests in Parliament’s negotiating stance, adopted in July, for more flexibility and an EU crisis reserve. However, they were disappointed that resources remain unchanged. (Read more: EU’s long-term budget: MEPs vote for more headroom to cope with crises )


The websites and apps of public administrations, hospitals, courts and other public sector bodies will have to be made accessible to everyone, under new EU-wide rules approved by the European Parliament on Wednesday. The web accessibility directive, already agreed by Parliament and Council, should make it easier for disabled and elderly people to access data and services on the internet, e.g. to file a tax declaration, apply for an allowance, pay fees or enrol at university. (Read more: Online public services to be made more accessible for the disabled and elderly )


Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker briefed MEPs on the political conclusions of the latest EU summit in Wednesday’s plenary debate. Political group leaders focused on the proposed EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) recently rejected by Wallonia’s parliament, EU-Russia relations, trade defence instruments and migration. (Read more: CETA and Russia dominate debate with Juncker and Tusk )


Migrant children, and especially those travelling alone, are among the most vulnerable people on earth. MEPs will discuss how the EU can guarantee their rights and protection in a debate with Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos on Wednesday afternoon at around 16.00. The consequences of the dismantlement of the Calais “jungle”, where there were several unaccompanied asylum-seekers, are likely to be raised. (Read more: Protecting migrant children: Wednesday afternoon debate )


The UK's decision to leave the Union will already affect the EU's budget for next year. "There has already been an unforeseeable situation and now we have to deal with this problem," said Jens Geier, the MEP who will negotiate on behalf of the Parliament regarding the bulk of the EU's budget for 2017. MEPs will vote on Parliament's position in plenary on 26 October. We talked to the German S&D member about how Brexit is affecting the budget and the upcoming negotiations with the Council (Read more: EU budget: "We have to deal with the problem caused by Brexit" )

Weekly agenda
Schedule by day Wednesday 26 Oct 2016
"Priorities on the Agenda of the Plenary Sitting" - Press conferences (26-10-2016): 11:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
“Plant Health: Vote on new measures to fight influx and spread of plant pests” - Press conferences (26-10-2016): 14:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
The vote on the EP's position on the EU Budget 2017 - Press conferences (26-10-2016): 14:15, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
"The just demands Lafarge's workers against the mass dismissal and forthcoming decision of the EU Court of Justice" - Press conferences (26-10-2016): 15:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
"Revealing the Judgement of the Permanent People’s Tribunal on the Turin-Lyon High-speed Rail Link" - Press conferences (26-10-2016): 15:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
"Silencing dissent - Turkish journalists under threat" - Press conferences (26-10-2016): 16:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
The President's Agenda - The President's diary (26-10-2016):
Schedule by day Thursday 27 Oct 2016
Press point - EP President Martin SCHULZ statement on the Sakharov Prize winner 2016 - Press conferences (27-10-2016): 12:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
The President's Agenda - The President's diary (27-10-2016):
Press release: Parliament clashes with Council on #EUbudget2017 and #MFF mid-term revision:
Debate: CETA, EU-Russia relations, migrants with @JunckerEU and @eucopresident tomorrow at 9.00:
Commission to present common consolidated corporate tax base proposal to MEPs (today around 18:30):
MEPs call for fresh efforts to foster EU-Iran relations. Read more @richardhowitt #EPlenary
EU rules needed to ensure firms respect human rights abroad, say MEPs in @ignaziocorrao report adopted by 569/54/74
Press release on @MCVergiat report adopted today by 339/333/25: "Making human rights work for migrants"
.@EP_HumanRights Pdta @ElenaValenciano condena el asesinato de José Ángel Flores y Silmer George en #Honduras :
.@EP_HumanRights Chair @ElenaValenciano condemns assassination of #HRDs José Ángel Flores & Silmer George #Honduras
.@EP_HumanRights Chair @ElenaValenciano expresses grave concern at treatment of #SakharovPrize Laureate @raif_badawi
.@EP_Defence resumes w/ workshop on EU - #SaudiArabia relations. Agenda Webstr…
Full day @EP_Defence mtng starts now: European Defence Union, hearing on combating IS. Webstr…
.@EP_Defence to meet on 12/13 Oct to debate EU Defence Union, EU-SaudiArabia relations, efforts to combat IS, implm of #EUGlobalStrategy
RT @europeaid: Don't miss today at 12:45PM CET ➡️ conference on 1st #EUdev Results Report #AidTransparency #global…
RT @eaDevPol: Fighting climate change needs multi-dimensional capacity building
RT @GdnDevelopment: Survey finds 70% of migrants arriving in Europe by boat trafficked or exploited #AntiSlaveryDay
RT @eucopresident: Together with PM @JustinTrudeau, we think Thursday's summit still possible. We encourage all parties to find a solution.…
RT @EurActiv: Belgium cannot sign CETA, PM Michel admits
RT @Trade_EU: 💡♻️ We're negotiating a deal with 16 other @WTO members to scrap customs duties on green goods.📗😇 See our proposal 👉🏿https://…
RT @EP_ThinkTank: .@EP_Budgets report reverses all the cuts proposed by the Council in September @KGeorgievaEU @EU_…
RT @EP_ThinkTank: .@EP_Budgets supports €0.6 billion pack of emergency measures in the #dairy sector in 2017 budget
#EPlenary clashes with @EUCouncil in debate on #EUbudget 2017 & #MFF mid-term revision
RT @EUAuditorsECA: Commission’s reforms address “silo” culture, but it does not fully adhere to intl best practice │ audit report https://t…
.@EP_BudgControl on Thu, 9-12.30, 5G3, Discharge 2015 w/ @KGeorgievaEU, @joachimzeller,
TODAY:Protection of EU financial interests, 14.00, ASP1G3, w/ @EU_Commission, @Europol, @INTERPOL_HQ @Catalin_Ivan…
9am, 2nd hearing of #EP #PANA committee on int. anti-money laundering and tax avoidance standards. Watch live:
RT @gualtierieurope: @EP_Economics meeting with William Coen, Secretary General of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision…
Inter-parliamentary meeting on #PostedWorkers ENDS - committee debate on draft report scheduled for 8 November
.@mariannethyssen @emorinchartier @a_jongerius & @thaendel reply to MEPs & national MPs in debate on #PostedWorkers
Debate with national parliaments at #EMPL meeting on #PostedWorkers revision starts - 30 speakers until 17:45, LIVE
#effortsharing #climate law: #MEP @Gerbrandy to present draft before year's end
RT @giovannilavia: together w/ other MEPs we planted a tree to celebrate 25th anniversary of ENA and to stress the importance of greenery i…
RT @EU_Arauzo: Environment Council is over. Press conference soon. Watch: #ParisAgreement #effortsharing #water #bi…
#EPlenary: #LNG and gas storage report adopted. Press release:
#EPlenary: #LNG and gas storage report adopted 415 / 223 / 55. Press release will follow
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Towards an EU strategy for #LNG and #gas storage @EP_Industry @JerzyBuzek
#WebAccessibility will now be the law of the land in Europe, says @charanzova
#WebAccessibility debate starting now #EPlenary. Watch live @charanzova #Access4All
#Customs infringements and sanctions: Parliament wants effective means to ensure compliance. Press release
Starting @EP_Transport: MEPs discuss the Benelux report on freight transport webstreaming:
Starting @EP_Transport: Hearing on transport noise, agenda&speakers webstreaming:…
.@EP_Transport now: logistics in the EU,multimodal transport in TEN-T corridors Draft repor…
Green light to prolong top-up in #EU funding for projects in #Greece and #Cyprus More info here:…
RT @EU_Regional: Commitments to reach global targets in sustainable urban development: #Ne…
RT @UN: See how @UN_Women is highlighting gender equality in the #NewUrbanAgenda at the #Habitat3 Conference: http…
Debate w/@EU_Commission on current situation with #AfricanSwineFever & ways forward now on in @EP_Agriculture. Live:
#PlantHealth: @EP_Agriculture backs the deal to fight influx of #PlantPests to the EU. More here:
RT @Isabel_thomasEU: Le Parlement adopte très largement mes recommandations pour harmoniser les contrôles de pêche en Europe. À la Commissi…
#EPlenary asks for a uniform fair treatment for #EU #fishermen More on the report by @Isabel_thomasEU here:
#ACPEU JPA now debates #sport as enabler 4 poverty eradication, #education in ACP coutries-a work in progress
Starting at 15.00 @EPCulture @EP @EP_Industry Debate on a coherent #EU policy for #cultural and #creative industries
#cultural and #creative industries - important drivers of the European economy
.@EP_Legal on Robotics & Artificial Intelligence, 17.10, 15.00, 6Q2, w/ experts & national parliaments,…
.@EP_Legal report on application of the EU Law 2014 adopted on Monday 16/2/1
#Schengen: @EU_Commission proposes extending internal border controls in #Austria, #Denmark, #Germany, #Sweden & #Norway for 3 more months
#EPlenary calls for EU democracy, rule of law and fundamental rights watchdog - Press release:
EU mechanism on #democracy & #FundamentalRights backed by #EPlenary 405/171/ 39. Presser w/ @SophieintVeld & shadow rapporteurs at 14h
RT @danutahuebner: Meeting with @MichelBarnier to lay ground for future cooperation on #Brexit @EPInstitutional @EU_Commission…
Opinion by @MrMesserschmidt adopted 17/1/0
Vote: @MrMesserschmidt opinion on ''The role of whistle-blowers in the protection of EU's financial interests''. Lead cttee @EP_BudgControl
Follow public hearing on #Daesh crimes against women at 11.00-12.30 ASP 3E2 live:…
Follow hearing at 15.00: EU Funds for Gender Equality @EP_GenderEqual live:
.@EP_GenderEqual continues with #genderequality in #trade agreements. Follow live:
Soon petitions on the #environment and competition.
Now: @EP_Petitions debates prel oral report on the fact-finding visit to #Slovakia @CeciliaWikstrom @EP_Bratislava -
Tuesday's @EP_Petitions meeting continues at 16:30. Watch it here: Full agenda here:
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