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From trade to Nato, the EU and Turkey have enjoyed a productive relationship in many domains for decades. However, recently relations have turned frosty as concerns mount over the state of democracy in the country with media outlets being closed and journalists being jailed. MEPs also keep a close eye on developments and wonder if it may not be time to rethink how the EU cooperates with Turkey. Read on for an overview of the options. (Read more: New beginnings: reassessing EU-Turkey relations )

 

Venezuela’s government must ensure the full restoration of the democratic order and immediately release all political prisoners, urged Parliament on Thursday. (Read more: EP urges Venezuela to restore democratic order and free all political prisoners )

 

The appointment of European Parliament Vice-President Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz as a member of the European Court of Auditors (ECA) was endorsed in plenary on Thursday by 326 votes to 126, with 193 abstentions. (Read more: Court of Auditors: Parliament endorses Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz as member for Hungary )

 

Young fishermen and fish farmers in the EU’s outermost regions (ORs) need financial help and incentives, including money for new boats, said Parliament on Thursday. (Read more: EU’s farthest-flung fisheries need funding, say MEPs )

 
Press releases (second part)
 

The Commission managed the 2015 EU budget funds according to the rules, so MEPs granted it a “discharge” approval for that year, in a resolution voted on Thursday. (Read more: EU spending for 2015 approved )

 

EU rules are needed to oblige textile and clothing suppliers to respect workers’ rights, say MEPs in a resolution adopted on Thursday. (Read more: Textile imports: MEPs push for EU rules to curb worker exploitation )

 

MEPs from across the political spectrum urged Greece’s creditors on Thursday to swiftly conclude negotiations over the Greek bailout package, highlighting the pain that Greeks have endured. (Read more: Eurogroup Head expects agreement on Greek bailout by end May )

 

MEPs secured €8 million for cultural projects aiming to protect and promote Europe’s shared cultural heritage, as part of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage. (Read more: Proper funding for 2018 - European Year of Cultural Heritage )

 

Loopholes used by some of the world’s multinationals to avoid paying tax were closed by Parliament in a vote on Thursday. (Read more: MEPs close multinationals’ tax loopholes )

 

An EU country facing an emergency gas shortage will be able to alert another member state of the impending supply crisis and trigger cross-border assistance to remedy it, under new cooperation rules informally agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators Wednesday night. (Read more: Security of gas supply through solidarity: EP and Council strike a deal )

 
 
Weekly agenda
 
Schedule by day Saturday 29 Apr 2017
The President's agenda - The President's diary (29-04-2017):
 
 
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Press release: EP urges #Venezuela to restore democratic order and free all political prisoners: https://t.co/wJ6iZGREOg #EPlenary
Press release:Court of Auditors: Parliament endorses Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz as member for Hungary:… https://t.co/vjQ05IsnDn
Press release: EU’s farthest-flung fisheries need funding, say MEPs: https://t.co/pxsIHWXoEJ #EPlenary #EUfisheries
Press release: EP urges Venezuela to restore democratic order and free all political prisoners https://t.co/zNoNstj8KP #EPlenary
Press release: MEPs advocate reviewing EU - Turkey relations and suspending EU accession talks https://t.co/1RiI9lv4US
Starting NOW: #EPlenary debate on #Turkey after referendum. Live https://t.co/sVeSegVEOe
#Congo: @EP_HumanRights Chair condemns the execution of 2 members of @UNGeneva Group of Experts on the DRC: https://t.co/Du4Y2q25j6
Referendum, situation of democracy, #humanrights , #pressfreedom in Turkey to be debated this PM #EPlenary - LIVE:… https://t.co/fqmsMpfuh1
RT @pressfreedom: "Maldivian authorities should spare no effort to identify and prosecute Yameen Rasheed's killers." @StevenBButler https:/…
.@EP_Defence delegation visited #DRC last week. Concerns over tense pol. & sec. situation. Read full statement https://t.co/sYGNe9VvHD
Want to know more on EU military planning upgrade? Follow now @EP_Defence debate w/ @eeas Deane & rear adm Gluszko https://t.co/gSLpMuIzjc
.@EP_Defence resumes to debate the EU arms export control system. Live https://t.co/gSLpMuqXUC https://t.co/jB3UFDhhbX
Textile imports: MEPs push for EU rules to curb worker exploitation. Press Release:https://t.co/crlbccJase… https://t.co/7sDujK0Tu8
RT @LolaPodemos: Unanimity amongst speakers in 'Remebering #RanaPlaza' event: EU must develop binding legislation to prevent HR violations…
Next week in @EP_Trade: vote on #Ukraine, #Moldova, #Bangladesh, debate on anti-dumping, dual-use. Agenda:… https://t.co/TA0teaJyO4
RT @HelmutScholzMEP: Mission @EP_Trade 2 Ghana & Ivory Coast met #fairtrade representatives & civil society structures 2 @FairTradeFTAO ht…
Head of INTA delegation @berndlange & National Assembly of #cotedivoire holding a presser on implementation of inte… https://t.co/C1friVeyrm
#EUBudget 2018 rapporteur @SMuresan tours all EP's committees, starting w/ @EP_Economics on Mon 10/04 @ 16:30 LIVE:… https://t.co/iACbiOA53J
€60 million in EU aid for UK, and €11m more for Cyprus & Portugal after natural disasters approved in #EPlenary https://t.co/vOkAaFqpUM
At 14:30 PRESS CONFERENCE with @JanOlbrycht & @Isabel_thomasEU on the vote on the #MFF revision package https://t.co/QbPQFBm3WO #EUBudget
#EPlenary endorses EP VP Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz as @EUauditors member for #Hungary https://t.co/NCNXOAByDl
#EUdischarge2015: EU spending for 2015 approved, but @EUCouncil discharge decision postponed https://t.co/TieIdYcqRT @joachimzeller
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Discharge for the 2015 #EUbudget – EU decentralised agencies and joint undertakings https://t.co/oS3SZc6xLq @IAyalaSender…
#EPlenary MEPs close multinationals' tax loopholes @olleludvigsson https://t.co/cv8iZn4vOU
#EPlenary Eurogroup Head @J_Dijsselbloem expects agreement on Greek bailout by the end of May https://t.co/Kzfez1GFwo
#EPlenary adopted annual report on the financial activities of @EIB w/ 431/134/34 @GiorgosKyrtsos
RT @EP_ThinkTank: EU support for social entrepreneurs https://t.co/MEjcEGy6UO @EPSocialAffairs
.@EPSocialAffairs April 2017 Newsletter with information on topics of EMPL meetings this month available here https://t.co/2IooOEiZrY
.@EPSocialAffairs Hearing on coordination of #socialsecurity systems 15.00-17.30 Info https://t.co/gZQFS50r3a LIVE https://t.co/qgfEdf8viZ
Implementation of the #mining #waste directive: #EPlenary adopts report by @HolvenyiGyorgy with 566 votes to 8, 20 abstentions
ENVI 24-25/04: debates on #fertilisers, #LULUCF, #shalegas, #EU's added benefits - Agenda and docs… https://t.co/71dLo17jYJ
Proposals for cutting #Foodwaste https://t.co/LbY4x9HuGx
.@EP_Industry @JerzyBuzek: "Security of gas supply through solidarity: EP and Council strike a deal": https://t.co/yN90VQbNjR
.@EP_Industry: Provisional deal concluded w/ Council on security of gas supply @JerzyBuzek @EU2017MT #energysecurity
.@EP_Industry @bueti "Digitising European industry: competitiveness, less red tape, modern infrastructure" https://t.co/b1zkzN1YXS
.@EP_SingleMarket will meet on 2 and 3 May. Vote on the #collaborativeeconomy on the agenda https://t.co/tWz3Rh1Xs8
Timetable upcoming votes @EP_SingleMarket, updated on 26 April: https://t.co/dQ1T8F3vEK
Consequences of #Brexit in the area of the #PublicProcurement - study prepared for @EP_SingleMarket: https://t.co/2AKabvuWmM
Starting @EP_Transport: MEPs discuss draft opinion on A Space Strategy for Europe: https://t.co/p7OuW0423P https://t.co/bfQsjHy5O9
Now @EP_Transport: MEPs discuss ways to boost multimodal transport, short-sea shipping and maritime transport https://t.co/bfQsjHy5O9
Starting @EP_Transport: Hearing on Women and Transport, programme/speakers: https://t.co/ozs0A0uqPz webstreaming:… https://t.co/sQo4Cfw3RM
Green light to voluntary EU help scheme for growth-enhancing #StructuralReforms @LvNistelrooij @ConstanzeKrehl… https://t.co/l0mABzja26
RT @VDombrovskis: Thx @LvNistelrooij @ConstanzeKrehl #Mihaylova for coop on #StructuralReforms Support Pgrm. Speech prior to #EP vote https…
RT @CorinaCretuEU: Helping regions hit by natural disasters + communicating on #CohesionPolicy discussed @ GAC today. All the details: http…
New EU #organics law: EP chief negotiator @MartinHaeusling briefs now @EP_Agriculture on state of play of trialogues https://t.co/4llT4ygGkt
.@EP_Agriculture debates w/Mr Wynn Owen @EUauditors report on #ClimateAction spending:https://t.co/4llT4ygGkt Report:https://t.co/yI5F2nXvaJ
Missed today's @EP_Agriculture debate w/ @jhuitema on marketing rules for #fertilisers? Watch it all again here: https://t.co/A8Mt4VWwzD
"EU’s farthest-flung fisheries need funding", says #EPlenary Read more: https://t.co/fpGSuOiJMX
RT @EU_MARE: Respect of fishing rules has improved in past years, but more needs to be done, evaluation EU control regime https://t.co/Z8EV…
"#Mediterranean:Improving the situation of its fishing sector",report by @marcoaffronte adopted today. More here: https://t.co/eYvdnbFfRF
#EPlenary designates 2018 Year of European Cultural Heritage #EYCH @M_DiaconuMEP
On @EP_Legal agenda today: debate on 3D printing, hearing on environmental liability directive. Watch live: https://t.co/MqCbFZOvPh
EP approved international convention on maritime liability in plenary. @EP_Legal @1PavelSvoboda https://t.co/cqltnxQGHl
#EPlenary gives a green light to cooperation agreement between Denmark and Europol - press release: https://t.co/YgmMTlONKk
Police cooperation: #EPlenary gives green light to cooperation agreement between Denmark and @Europol - 569/8/62 https://t.co/IM53rGtFVz
This afternoon, at 16h MEPs @EP_Justice will assess #EUTurkeyDeal on #migration and situation in the #WesternBalkans https://t.co/Cic9cNujfN
RT @Parlimag: .@EPInstitutional will have a crucial role to play in how #Brexit unfolds and beyond, writes @danutahuebner https://t.co/hlrh…
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Views diverge on whether EU #CitizensInitiative generated debate bridges citizen/decision-maker gap https://t.co/2EJPHBqs…
Missed yesterday's @EPInstitutional meeting? Watch it again https://t.co/bNEn9HIZYe #AFCO
.@EP_GenderEqual Chair reaction to the work-life balance proposal: https://t.co/6DHI1saimS
Follow live at 16.00 Women, Gender Equality and Climate Justice hearing @EP_GenderEqual. https://t.co/xON4nWgUZK https://t.co/zui6xQBJz9
Agenda and meeting documents of tomorrow @EP_GenderEqual meeting starting at 16.00: https://t.co/v3MUHbrmK5
Second part of today's @EP_Petitions meeting between 15.00 and 18.30. Follow live: https://t.co/ZJY5j3rWxi
At 11.00: #PETI MEPs will hold annual debate with @TimmermansEU. Likely topics #Brexit & #migration. Read more: https://t.co/cYQq74Qo5g
From 09.00 - 12.30: follow first part of today's @EP_Petitions meeting: https://t.co/IkrEU8CmxN
The Parliament is on...