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Parliament’s President Antonio Tajani, political group leaders and other leading MEPs will meet with Italy’s highest public officials, starting with President Sergio Mattarella on Friday, and take part in the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome on Saturday. (Read more: 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome )

 

Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa stressed the importance of a united EU during a visit to the Parliament on 22 March.It was part of an official visit to Brussels on the first anniversary of last year's terrorist attacks. In addition to meeting Parliament President Antonio Tajani, he also met several Portuguese MEPs and made a brief visit to the reading room Lucas Pires,named in honour of the Portuguese MEP who died in 1998. (Read more: Portuguese President meets Antonio Tajani and Portuguese MEPs )

 

More than 1,100 workers were killed and 2,500 injured when a building housing several clothes workshops collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh, nearly four year ago. The tragedy drew attention to working conditions in the sector. Parliament's development committee has adopted a report calling for new legislation to ensure that the clothes and textiles we buy are not produced at the expense of the workers. Watch our video to find out more. (Read more: Textile workers: the human cost of cheap clothes )

 

New draft rules to make more books available in formats designed for blind and visually impaired people were approved by the Legal Affairs Committee on Thursday. The draft legislation, which brings EU law into line with the Marrakesh Treaty, provides for copyright exceptions for formats such as audiobooks and Braille. (Read more: Plans to adapt more books for blind people backed by Legal Affairs Committee )

 
Press releases (second part)
 

The first “security dialogue” with Commissioner Sir Julian King on information sharing in the security field will be held by the Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday from 14.00 to 15.30. (Read more: Security debate with Commissioner King in the Civil Liberties Committee at 14.00 )

 

The new European Solidarity Corps deserves its own budget – it should not be funded at the expense of the Erasmus+ or Europe for Citizens programmes, urge Culture and Education Committee MEPs in a resolution voted on Wednesday. Offering young people an opportunity to take part in solidarity schemes all over Europe would help them to gain experience for future long-term jobs, they add. (Read more: EU Solidarity Corps not to be funded with Erasmus+ budget, urge culture MEPs )

 

“Unacceptable.” President Antonio Tajani was clear this week in his condemnation of Turkey accusing Germany and the Netherlands of Nazi methods for preventing Turkish ministers from campaigning in their countries in favour of a referendum to give the president additional powers. Although the EU and Turkey cooperate on anything from trade to migration, relations have become strained in recent year. Read on for an overview of the current state of affairs. (Read more: EU-Turkey: anatomy of a difficult relationship )

 

A new, tougher, A to G scale showing the energy efficiency of household appliances should be introduced to keep pace with technological progress, agreed the Parliament’s and Council’s negotiators on Tuesday. (Read more: A to G energy scale for home appliances: EP/Council strike informal deal )

 

People from across Europe gathered in the European Parliament on Tuesday to share their views on the future of the European Union with MEPs. This event, called the Citizens’ Parliament, contributes to ongoing reflection on the EU as an asset for future, ahead of the EU heads of state or government meeting in Rome on 25 March. (Read more: Citizens’ Parliament: the people say how they see the future of the EU )

 

High-tech equipment such as smartphones, tablets and cars are able to run thanks to minerals and metals such as tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold. However, as their mining and illegal trade are often controlled by armed groups, they also help to feed a vicious circle of conflicts.On 16 March MEPs voted in favour of making EU companies take responsibility for the origin of the minerals they import. Watch our video for more details. (Read more: Conflict minerals: the bloody truth behind your smartphone )

 
 
Weekly agenda
 
Schedule by day Thursday 23 Mar 2017
Committee on Fisheries - Parliamentary committees (23-03-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on Culture and Education - Parliamentary committees (23-03-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on Employment and Social Affairs - Parliamentary committees (23-03-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Industry, Research and Energy - Parliamentary committees (23-03-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
European Parliament FEMM Mission to the 61th UN Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) in New York - Delegations (23-03-2017): 09:00
 
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs - Parliamentary committees (23-03-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs - Parliamentary committees (23-03-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Petitions - Parliamentary committees (23-03-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Public Hearing with Danièle Nouy - Public hearings (23-03-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Joint committee: Committee on Culture and Education adn Commitee on Employment and Social Affairs - Parliamentary committees (23-03-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Transport and Tourism - Parliamentary committees (23-03-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Budgetary Control - Parliamentary committees (23-03-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on Legal Affairs - Parliamentary committees (23-03-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
The President's agenda - The President's diary (23-03-2017):
 
 
Schedule by day Friday 24 Mar 2017
European Parliament FEMM Mission to the 61th UN Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) in New York - Delegations (24-03-2017): 09:00
 
The President's agenda - The President's diary (24-03-2017):
 
 
Schedule by day Saturday 25 Mar 2017
The President's agenda - The President's diary (25-03-2017):
 
 
Twitter
 
RT @Europarl_Photo: One year ago terrorism stroke the heart of EU. Today we commemorate the victims #BrusselsAttacks. https://t.co/jqqSnvqq…
Press release: #EUSolidarityCorps not to be funded with #ErasmusPlus budget, urge @EPCulture MEPs: https://t.co/T54geQ7JK0
Members & Staff of the EP hold a minute of silence at 10:00 in front of the Hemicycle to commemorate the victims of 2016 Brussels attacks
TMRW DLAT-DCAM MEPs will debate #Panama w. its Vice-President, Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado – MORE INFO: https://t.co/RFame4kHSC
Follow LIVE: joint @EP_ForeignAff @EPCulture debate on international cultural relations https://t.co/zddJqAMpsx
Leading EP observation deleg. to #TimorLeste Presid.elect., @AnaGomesMEP impressed by strong engagement of people: https://t.co/uuMVy81y3b
.@EP_HumanRights meeting goes on with MEPs debating #humanrights in #Bolivia – LIVE: https://t.co/dUFoyW9dDG https://t.co/tfDi0TKaQ1
STARTING NOW: @EP_HumanRights Workshop: Towards an EU common position on the use of armed drones – LIVE:… https://t.co/PUT8cs4dLX
What could EU do to ease South China Sea tensions? Follow @EP_Defence hearing now https://t.co/dIlqKMB2vh Agenda… https://t.co/Nb9iqMRvt0
.@EP_Defence continues: now debate on Japan's defence reform w/ amb Kodama, @eu_eeas Wiegand & @TheresaAFallon Live https://t.co/sOPGBwFYMj
2 days @EP_Defence mtng starts now w/ morning debate on DRC and US defence pol. Agenda https://t.co/qv9Xg04m3k Live https://t.co/UqD0bgJha0
In 30 min: joint @EP_Development @EP_ForeignAff @EP_Budgets meeting to discuss #EFSD. Follow live: https://t.co/Ps8CoFld4P
#Brexit: What are possible impacts of Brexit on EU development and humanitarian aid policies? Live: https://t.co/vYAib7EHSM
Textile imports: MEPs call for rules to curb worker exploitation. Press Release: https://t.co/fnZAcR6PzN… https://t.co/EHuTN1qP9L
Conflict minerals: the bloody truth behind your smartphone. Video w/rapporteur @IuliuWinkler & @Mariearenaps: https://t.co/0MREkdfYr5
In a few minutes: How to make #dualuse reform future-proof? Follow the public hearing live: https://t.co/BUeiMoLQZw https://t.co/HgVnnhk6IL
EU - #SouthKorea trade deal beneficial, but #labourrights lagging behind, say MEPs. Press release… https://t.co/KRjRbAOFBz
This afternoon and tomorrow, @EP_BudgControl votes on #EUdischarge2015 - Follow LIVE: https://t.co/jUQwTo9VNa… https://t.co/mrnOdq37yB
#MFF midterm revision: On 27/3 @EP_Budgets votes on more flexibility for the long-term #EUBudget &additional €6bn f… https://t.co/3tgV2rKBMB
STARTING 14:00: Making the rules for EU money simpler & more flexible - The Financial Regulation Reform - Infos:… https://t.co/towtNM1Ujo
#EUDischarge2015 to @EUCouncil (EU Council and European Council) postponed
...and @Europarl_EN granted #EUdischarge2015, too
#EUDischarge2015 #EPlenary votes scheduled for 27 April
.@Vestager: high-profile, anti-competition battles to continue, with more likely https://t.co/R3KaQ2ufjm
.@EP_Economics discussion w/ @EU_SRB Elke Konig now https://t.co/1F1n9dsOT6
.@EP_Economics adopted @spietikainen report on EuVECA & EuSEF w/ 44/4/1 & gave trialogue mandate https://t.co/LvD6mu1RwV
.@EPSocialAffairs Meeting Wed 22 & Thu 23 March: agenda https://t.co/CVgTgTI93T, web-streaming https://t.co/Y6psFSM4Bo #EMPL
.@EPSocialAffairs Calls for EU rules on reprotoxins & lower carcinogen limits by wide majority MORE with xtra links https://t.co/CbEtwFy9tA
.@EPSocialAffairs Votes on #EGF #AGF2017 and initative in #garment sector at 17.00 - follow LIVE https://t.co/yvRGYTte0E
RT @juliegirling: Pleased to host @Europarl_EN @ATAG_aviation event on CORSIA & next steps,as I get to work as EP rapporteur on aviation ET…
Environment MEPs oppose new #GMO #maize authorisation https://t.co/uga9e41TGR
RT @WWFEU: An energy efficient Europe! @AdinaValean took #climate action ahead of #EarthHour. And you? https://t.co/vVtcyMl4ss #changeclim…
.@EP_Industry hearing on #cleanenergy ongoing now: https://t.co/mSaIC2erQw
.@EP_Industry @SofiaSakorafa: "R&D in the Medit. area: food and water sustainability up on the agenda": https://t.co/lg6sOHsaVG
RT @DSMeu: Key digital policy actions & announcements expected tomorrow.Keep an eye on the #DigitalDay17 https://t.co/HQtSlgQ31I #EU60 #HPC…
RT @rozathun: Online Platforms:How to adapt regulatory framework to the digital age?#DSM #WorkingGroup Online: https://t.co/ccA7QtbZ5q @E…
.@EP_SingleMarket @EP_Legal discuss at 9.00 changes to proposal on contracts for the supply of digital content. Live https://t.co/5Bgazs9mNo
Now @EP_Transport: hearing on low-emission mobility, programme/speakers' list: https://t.co/tlXX964ZlP webstreaming… https://t.co/XDWwcHeePB
Speakers' list for the debate @EP_Transport now on visa rules and ways to boost tourism https://t.co/ElFrpT3QS9 https://t.co/95diTMV0Te
Starting:@EP_Transport MEPs debate visa rules and ways to boost tourism sector https://t.co/ElFrpT3QS9 webstreaming… https://t.co/ck5F5eYZz0
RT @EU_Commission: #investEU: Juncker Plan agreement provides €93 million for new transport infrastructure in Kraków, #Poland 🇵🇱 https://t.…
RT @EU2017MT: Min @edward_scicluna spks on #Ecofin results on #structuralreforms, #VAT 4 e-publications - unlocking the potential of #Digit…
RT @EIB: #Poland: €93mln #EFSI loan to finance new ring-road and tram line in #Krakow https://t.co/e4Jhi3QEvy #InvestEU https://t.co/KZqFsX…
#Brazil #meat scandal dominates @EP_Agriculture debate on EU #trade talks. Read more & re-watch the debate here: https://t.co/H3XXQz2N1b
.@EP_Agriculture debates now also impact of #Brazil rotten #meat scandal on EU consumers w/ @Food_EU. Live: https://t.co/atE8mFvFku
Impact of #trade talks on EU's #agriculture being discussed by @EP_Agriculture & @EU_Agri right now. Follow live: https://t.co/RgqExEQ34f
Hearing on management of #fishing activities in #Natura2000 starts at 15h. Follow live here: https://t.co/scesRf6nAG https://t.co/Fu0ltRYsaG
"A new financial instrument for the Outermost Regions #fisheries should be examined",report by @UlrikeRodust adopted https://t.co/2zYgo4ZCGu
Vote on #fishing fleets in Outermost Regions, debate on #NorthSeaMAP @UlrikeRodust Follow live @EP_Fisheries @ 9h30: https://t.co/7Qb46xmZNh
Resolution on #EuSolidarityCorps adopted 18/3/0 @EPCulture
#Copyright reform to be debated tomorrow in @EP_Legal. Hearing on copyright exceptions the same day. @ComodiniCachia https://t.co/MnzKNBgmPW
Press release following to the plenary vote: Stronger rights for shareholders in EU companies. https://t.co/pVzhjLCJ6N @Cofferati
Starting at 16h45, MEPs @EP_Justice debate with @TimmermansEU on #RuleOfLaw in Poland. Follow live: https://t.co/nmXKqTYDab
Debate on Romania starting now w/ Justice min Toader, L. Avram of @Adevarul V. Alistair of @TI_Romania prof G. Liiceanu & journalist A. Biro
.@EP_Justice MEPs observe minute of silence for the victims of the 2016 terrorist attacks in Brussels. Meeting is temporarily suspended.
PR: @EPInstitutional says unregistered lobbyists should be denied entry to @Europarl_EN premises: https://t.co/MAmZQl6JkR #lobbying
Opinion by @danutahuebner & @EPInstitutional on a ''European Deposit Insurance Scheme'' also approved. https://t.co/gT5PWR9Ovx
Transparency resolution by @sven_giegold approved by @EPInstitutional on Tuesday. https://t.co/FXGLcHngzP
RT @UN_CSW: All women need access to education, training, skills, so they can participate in the digital economy https://t.co/5IZOaXRli9 #C…
RT @EUatUN: Welcome @EP_GenderEqual for #CSW61. Join them 22/3 to learn how @Europarl_EN partners on womens economic empowerment https://t.…
.@EP_GenderEqual continues debate w/french minister @laurossignol. Live: https://t.co/E6UxG4foh1
Now in @EP_Petitions: discussion on the final report of the Working Group on Child Welfare Issues (vote scheduled for April).
Follow the second part of today's @EP_Petitions meeting (15.00-18.30) here: https://t.co/d3EbPoKOnT
At 10.30: #EU Citizenship Report 2017: @EP_Petitions will debate citizens’ rights in a Union of Democratic Change: https://t.co/tM67nmeGnB
The Parliament is on...