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The European Parliament is in session from 16 to 19 January 2017

 
 

Brexit, EU relations with the US and Russia, migration, economic and social progress, and the defence union were the key political challenges for 2017 debated by MEPs, Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen and Council President Donald Tusk on Wednesday. Mr Tusk briefed MEPs on the outcome of the December 2016 meeting of EU heads of state or government. (Read more: Debate with Council President Tusk on putting “Europe first” in 2017 )

 

Following the election of the President, MEPs elected 14 Vice-Presidents in two ballots on Wednesday. To be elected, candidates needed to win an absolute majority of valid votes cast. The new Vice-Presidents come from six different political groups. Members also elected five Quaestors, by acclamation. (Read more: Parliament’s mid-term election: 14 Vice-Presidents and 5 Quaestors elected )

 

MEPs discussed the priorities of the Maltese Council Presidency with Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday. (Read more: MEPs lay out their priorities to Maltese Council Presidency )

 

MEPs will assess political challenges in 2017 with Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen and Council President Donald Tusk in a debate, on Wednesday at 15.00, on the outcome of the European Council meeting of 15 December 2016. (Read more: Debate on EU summit outcome and challenges in 2017 at 15.00 )

 
Press releases (second part)
 

MEPs will debate the priorities of the incoming Maltese Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers with Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in a plenary debate chaired by Parliament’s new President Antonio Tajani. (Read more: MEPs to discuss Council Presidency with Malta’s PM Joseph Muscat at 11.00 )

 

Antonio Tajani (EPP, IT) won Parliament’s presidential election with 351 votes in a final face-off with Gianni Pittella (S&D, IT), who secured 282 votes. (Read more: Antonio Tajani elected new President of the European Parliament )

 

MEPs elect on Tuesday 17 January Parliament's new president to replace Martin Schulz who is stepping down after five years. Seven candidates have put themselves forward for the post so far ahead of the first ballot on Tuesday morning. In case the president is not elected during the first ballot, nominations can still be added or withdrawn before each subsequent round of voting. Follow the candidates' speeches and the votes live on our website and on social media. (Read more: Follow it live: Parliament set to elect new president )

 

President Schulz called a minute’s silence for the late Portuguese statesman Mário Soares, who died on 7 January. Mr Soares fought oppression and dictatorship to bring about Portugal’s transition to democracy and accession to the European Community. It is our duty to honour and defend his political legacy, said Mr Schulz. (Read more: Opening – Minute’s silence for Mário Soares )

 
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One of the greatest questions that surrounds Brexit is how it relates to the current and future residence and citizenship rights for EU nationals. Have there been actual changes in the status of EU nationals since the referendum? Will the rights of EU citizens living in the UK change after Brexit? The EP Information Office in the UK, jointly with UCL European Institute, recently hosted a debate on the matter entitled "Uncertain Future: Rights and Citizenship in post-Brexit Britain". (Read more: "Uncertain Future: Rights and Citizenship in post-Brexit Britain" )

 

EU border force Frontex, estimates that the number of people landing on Europe's shores fell by two-thirds in 2016. A drop in arrivals on Greece’s islands contrasts however with record numbers of migrants reaching Italy. With over 5,000 people killed or missing, the UN reports that 2016 was the deadliest year ever for migrants crossing the Mediterranean. In meetings with Commission, Council and UNHCR representatives on 12 January, civil liberties committee MEPs shared their views on the crisis. (Read more: Refugee crisis: "The scenes of 2015 must not be repeated" )

 
 
Weekly agenda
 
Schedule by day Wednesday 18 Jan 2017
The priorities of the programme of activities of the Maltese Presidency - Press conferences (18-01-2017): 13:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
 
"EU's Civil Protection Mechanism: A European Court of Auditors special report" - Press conferences (18-01-2017): 14:30, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
 
“Outcome of the European Parliament President's elections” - Press conferences (18-01-2017): 15:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
 
“European Parliament Elections-Results and what we can expect" - Press conferences (18-01-2017): 16:00, Strasbourg, Louise Weiss
 
 
Twitter
 
List of nominations for EP Vice-Presidents: https://t.co/MUSeMQ5Rly
Press point tmrw at 8:45:A.TAJANI New EP President & M.SCHULZ Former EP President (in front of Protocol Room STR): https://t.co/NhN3Eh6ygV
Starting NOW: Press conference by the newly elected President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani: https://t.co/NUPWEbhznx
RT @Urmaspaet: Spoke about EU policy for the #Arctic @EP_ForeignAff & @EP_Environment debate. EU needs a proper Arctic strategy, incl secur…
In 5 min: debate on EU policy for the #Arctic. Webstr https://t.co/guoYXote3f Agenda https://t.co/sTRCSWsNeD @Urmaspaet @spietikainen
EU policy for the #Arctic. @EP_ForeignAff & @EP_Environment debate on 12 Jan at 11:15 Draft https://t.co/8jSmVytnAV @Urmaspaet @spietikainen
#HumanRights in #Iran after the nuclear deal: workshop on 24 Jan by @EP_HumanRights & EP Del. for Rel. with #Iran -… https://t.co/lcMxYEkXAO
Press release: #Humanrights resos on #LarungGar, Ilham Tohti, #Rohingya in #Myanmar, mass graves in #Iraq voted:… https://t.co/Hv4g0NiT04
Protect mass graves in #Iraq & #Syria &achieve justice 4 #Yazidi victims of ISIS/Daesh, urge MEPs in #EPlenary LIVE: https://t.co/dU9OofzeXp
Starting now: @EP_Defence debate on EU global strategy implementation. Live https://t.co/TgxjF1RUsH
8 Dec at 9 am. @EP_Defence to debate EU global strategy and transatlantic relations. Follow live https://t.co/TgxjF29vRh
.@EP_Defence to meet 8 Dec at 9 am: debates on #Syria, EU global strategy and transatlantic ties. Live https://t.co/TgxjF29vRh
RT @EUauditors: New audit report: EU aid to #Honduras - addressing needs, but poverty and violence remain high https://t.co/HZGuPjNU5G http…
RT @europeaid: We can’t achieve #sustdev on our own, we need to work more closely together + coordinate better. 2030 is now! ➡️ https://t.c…
RT @europeaid: How did we deliver on our commitments? 👀 Read the 2016 Annual Report ➡️ https://t.co/t5va7zPwDy https://t.co/ZAIZiQiXkg
#CETA: Trade MEPs will vote on the landmark free trade deal with Canada next Tuesday, January 24.… https://t.co/v2S7Cu7Oav
RT @Trade_EU: 🇪🇺🗺 This is the state of #EUtrade with the world in 2017. Read about our trade agreements: 🔎📖👉 https://t.co/Z4Rhudhjh9 https:…
RT @EP_ThinkTank: EU prefers dialogue ‘carrot’ to withdrawal of #trade preferences ‘stick’ https://t.co/QresOqQe97 #HumanRights #Fundamenta…
Electing the European Parliament's President: Background in EN, FR, DE and other languages HERE… https://t.co/GiCm2QOwNO
3 Committees satisfied that @GOettingerEU is in a position to assume budget portfolio https://t.co/kfPZ3QAJlV
#Oettinger - Joint letter by 3 committees: Conf. of Presidents took note & @EP_President will send it to @JunckerEU https://t.co/9vpgfeNdaU
Electing the European Parliament's President: Background in EN, FR, DE and other languages HERE… https://t.co/itNXwvhy3f
3 Committees satisfied that @GOettingerEU is in a position to assume budget portfolio https://t.co/Y7USVYBEig
#Oettinger - Joint letter by 3 committees: Conf. of Presidents took note & @EP_President will send it to @JunckerEU https://t.co/c4m3MXsNLB
.@EP_Economics chair @gualtierieurope welcomes @ECB decision to extend #QE and further ease monetary conditions https://t.co/TygrrnOuqU
.@EP_Economics rejects @EU_Commission list of states at risk of #moneylaundering,terrorism financing @judithineuropa https://t.co/7Btfgb7wYN
.@EPSocialAffairs Public hearing on labour market reforms in #Greece ongoing -follow LIVE https://t.co/7nWR0Nu09Z
At 11.00 @EP_Trade @EPSocialAffairs debate social&labour aspects of trade deals w/ @MalmstromEU & @Michelservoz https://t.co/wIBe3hm9TR
.@EPSocialAffairs conference with @eurofound starts at 9.00. Programme https://t.co/j9JVz3la6E Follow LIVE https://t.co/ifRy3WNuY4 #6EWCS
Curbing pollution from #mercury: Environment #MEPs back deal with Council https://t.co/lZumVpTKyG
Details of today's roll-call votes on #mercury and #CETA https://t.co/BzPrll5Ood
#CETA - ENVI opinion to @EP_Trade adopted with 40 votes to 24, 1 abs. Recommends #EP consent. INTA vote 24.01, plenary February
European Cloud Initiative: a way to attract world leading research - press release: https://t.co/hXp8gqSxzP
.@EP_Industry meets on Thu. Agenda and meeting documents: https://t.co/YmMHjh0DCn
#EPlenary: speakers' list and live energy debate: https://t.co/wLk3umMMkp
RT @EURLex: 🔖 #EUlawLite How are we building a stronger and more secure digital Europe ❓ https://t.co/w3RCOuQiDc Summaries of EU legislat…
RT @EU_Commission: Services create 90% of new jobs. We released this week a plan to boost the services sector in the 🇪🇺#SingleMarket: https…
The Juncker Commission's ten priorities: State of play at the start of 2017 https://t.co/hf50ebuiRv. @EP_ThinkTank #DigitalSingleMarket
Watch now @EP_Transport: MEPs debate Commission work programme 2017 transport priorities with Commissioner Bulc https://t.co/uPvY979g3t
.@EP_Transport MEPs adopt opinion fo r the lead IMCO committee on type approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles: 34/6/1
.@EP_Transport committee approves own-initiative report on logistics in the EU and multimodal transport https://t.co/mCMg6yQpjs
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Unlocking private investment through the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI) https://t.co/jOECOpFVxV Iskra #MIH…
RT @EP_ThinkTank: #EFSI – what impact on EU #regional policy territorial cohesion? https://t.co/jOECOpFVxV @EP_Regional Iskra #MIHAYLOVA
RT @EU_CoR: Register to the #EURegionsWeek (earlier #EUWRC 👆) 2017 kick-off meeting on 19 January in Brussels! ⏰Deadline:13/01 https://t.c…
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Can tech help boost EU agri production growth to 1.8% per year needed to feed the world in 2050? https://t.co/weufm4Z005…
#AMTF report: @EP_Agriculture MEPs want actions to fight #UTPs & make EU #competition rules work for #farmers too: https://t.co/BDDLHpzkP3
Live now: @EP_Agriculture hearing w/@PhilHoganEU & #AMTF on ways to strengthen #farmers in #supplychain… https://t.co/Amt5AAmnLI
RT @Oceana: Want to help save sea turtles? Try these five simple steps https://t.co/QCapZBiXkK https://t.co/tt6O0qZqge
RT @ECRepMalta: Read @KarmenuVella's, the #EU Commissioner for #Environment, #Maritime & #Fisheries, take on the #EU2017MT here: https://t.…
RT @KarmenuVella: Please see my informal mid-term review on #CircularEconomy & other #environment #maritime & #Fisheries issues https://t.c…
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Many breakthroughs in AI, we need to boost innovative & quality solutions from #Languagetech https://t.co/llB2BmMyUu
NOW #STOA Workshop: Language equality in the #digital age towards a Human Language Project #LanguageTech https://t.co/0PTSkm5sTD
Can technology help remove language barriers in Europe? #LanguageTech Today 14.00 https://t.co/AsScGVblvb https://t.co/YTZciPT7Pm
#Oettinger - Joint letter by 3 committees: Conf. of Presidents took note & @EP_President will send it to @JunckerEU https://t.co/h2KJDprLJO
Press release after today's vote at @EP_Legal :"#Robots: Legal Affairs Committee calls for EU-wide rules" https://t.co/XTm7Bico9d
Proper assessment of #PrivacyShield needed, stresses @EP_Justice Committee Chair @Claude_Moraes. Statement: https://t.co/Gguwe1g4m3
Debate @EP_Justice with @EU_Commission on #EUTurkeyDeal & relocation of #refugees starting now: https://t.co/jYLKbkSxrq
RT @europarlAV: Protecting refugees in the EU, @EP_Justice meeting with @cochetel Director of the #UNHCR Bureau For Europe VIDEO: https://t…
RT @TeresaKuchler: Kristdemokraten Tajani ny talman i EU-parlamentet https://t.co/ZDwJvfPUni via @SvD
Today's joint @EPInstitutional & @EP_Defence meeting starts at 10.30. Follow live: https://t.co/CK8fIQecDA
Thu 15/12: joint @EPInstitutional & @EP_Defence meeting on "constitutional & institutional implications of #CSDP: https://t.co/CYR6wUx8nf
Starting at 16.00 @EP_GenderEqual meeting, follow Live: https://t.co/CyKmWyoWrK Agenda & documents available: https://t.co/1pDRXn8JJP
Call on the Polish government to reconsider its intention to withdraw from the #IstanbulConvention https://t.co/9sdP5eGe8J
RT @eurogender: #16days Find out what is being done to combat gender-based violence in your country #SayNoStopVAW https://t.co/hqgzg7kHuZ h…
RT @ecas_europe: #freemovement is increasingly being put under pressure across the #EU. Find out more at https://t.co/fokOUSfSsf @EP_Petiti…
The report on the annual activities of @EP_Petitions was welcomed by #EPlenary on Thursday 15/12: https://t.co/i1K1HcNFBI
Updated press release: environment and justice issues key priorities for EU petitioners in 2015: https://t.co/83uN0DAGck
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