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The recovery in the euro area is expected to continue at a moderate and steady pace, but slower than envisaged in June due to a lower foreign demand outlook, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi told Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee members on Monday. On the positive side, he said that the euro area economy showed resilience to global and political uncertainty, notably following the UK referendum outcome. (Read more: Euro area economy showed resilience after UK referendum, Mario Draghi tells MEPs )

 

Plans to waive visa requirements for Ukrainian citizens entering the Schengen area were approved by the Civil Liberties Committee on Monday. If approved by Parliament and Council, it will allow Ukrainians who have a biometric passport to enter the EU area without a visa for 90 days in any 180-day period, for business, tourist or family purposes. (Read more: Civil liberties MEPs back plans to waive visa requirements for Ukrainians )

 

In the wake of this summer’s terrorist attacks in Europe, EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove debated trends revealed by such attacks and EU counter-terrorism measures with Civil Liberties Committee MEPs on Monday afternoon. (Read more: Civil Liberties MEPs quiz Gilles de Kerchove on counter-terrorism measures )

 

Parliament's inquiry committee investigating the Panama papers starts its work on Tuesday 27 September with a hearing featuring the journalists behind the initial revelations. These members of the International Consortium for Investigative Journalism will discuss their work on the files. In addition the committee's working programme will be presented after the hearing. Follow the hearing and the presentation of the working programme live on our website. (Read more: Panama papers: investigative journalists discuss their work in Parliament )

 
Press releases (second part)
 

The inquiry committee investigating the Panama papers starts its work this week by holding a hearing with the journalists who unveiled how tax evaders have been hiding their funds in overseas tax havens. The industry committee discusses the European Commission's new proposal to prevent consumers abusing the abolition of roaming charges in June 2017. (Read more: In Parliament this week: Panama papers, roaming, EU budget )

 

Draft “fair use” safeguards to prevent mobile phone users from taking unfair advantage of EU rules on “roaming” charges were debated in the Industry Committee on Monday 26 September afternoon. (Read more: Roaming: new “fair use” proposals are a good start, say Industry Committee MEPs )

 

From Syrian refugees on their way to being resettled to Europe to Palestine refugees who have been living in camps for years: members from the civil liberties committee delegation got to speak to many different people during their fact-finding mission to Lebanon on 19-22 September. They were there to assess the situation to help prepare future rules on the resettlement of refugees. They also spoke to representatives of local NGOs and large international organisations. (Read more: Better EU resettlement tools are needed to help Lebanon deal with refugee crisis )

 

The current situation in Europe of Anti-Semitism and future prospects for Europe’s Jewish communities will be debated at a conference hosted by EP President Martin Schulz and First Vice-President Antonio Tajani in Parliament’s premises on Tuesday afternoon. Anti-Semitism and attacks against Jews in Europe have grown in recent years. (Read more: What future for the Jewish communities in Europe? )

 

Once Brexit negotiations begin the European Parliament will be a responsible and active partner, Martin Schulz told UK Prime Minister Theresa May. The Parliament President met her during a visit to London on 22-23 September. He said the greatest challenges would be trade and the issue of preserving the freedom of movement of goods, people, services and capital. He also discussed why the Parliament believes article 50 should be triggered as soon as possible. (Read more: Schulz discusses challenges of EU-UK negotiations with Theresa May )

 

Members of the Euro-Latin American parliamentary Assembly “expect and hope” that the “historic” peace agreement between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) will be approved in the referendum to be held on 2 October. Once the deal is approved and the definitive and irreversible laying down of weapons is confirmed, they add, the FARC should be removed from the EU’s list of terrorist organisations. (Read more: EuroLat “expects and hopes” Colombia will approve peace deal on 2 October )

 
 
Weekly agenda
 
Schedule by day Tuesday 27 Sep 2016
"The Panama papers – Discussion with the investigative journalists behind the revelations" - Public hearings (27-09-2016): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee of Inquiry to investigate alleged contraventions and maladministration in the application of Union law in relation to money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion - Parliamentary committees (27-09-2016): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Development - Parliamentary committees (27-09-2016): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
"ICAO session and Aviation Emission Trading System" - Press conferences (27-09-2016): 09:30, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
“Presentation of the work programme of the Inquiry Committee on Panama Papers” - Press conferences (27-09-2016): 11:30, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
“Inquiry Committee on Panama Papers - Launch of the European Platform for Whistleblowers” - Press conferences (27-09-2016): 12:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
The President's diary - The President's diary (27-09-2016):
 
 
Schedule by day Wednesday 28 Sep 2016
Committee on Budgets - Parliamentary committees (28-09-2016): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
"Multilingualism and equal rights in the EU: the role of sign languages" - Press conferences (28-09-2016): 14:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
The President's diary - The President's diary (28-09-2016):
 
 
Schedule by day Thursday 29 Sep 2016
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety - Parliamentary committees (29-09-2016): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Constitutional Affairs - Parliamentary committees (29-09-2016): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs - Parliamentary committees (29-09-2016): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection - Parliamentary committees (29-09-2016): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development - Parliamentary committees (29-09-2016): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Budgets - Parliamentary committees (29-09-2016): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
“Women’s Conference on the Western Sahara right for resistance” - Press conferences (29-09-2016): 10:30, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
The President's diary - The President's diary (29-09-2016):
 
 
Schedule by day Friday 30 Sep 2016
Pre-session briefing - Press conferences (30-09-2016): 11:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
 
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Tue, Sep 27 in @EP_Development. Debate w/ @MimicaEU on the revision of the European Consensus on Development. Live: https://t.co/OCnmWoPb5K
Deve mission in #Tanzania: MEPs listening to tea farmers talking about food security&dependency on tea prices. https://t.co/LUcvieM1VC
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Monday, Sept 26 on @EP_Trade. agenda: labour standards debate w/ @ilo , help to Jordan, banana from Ecuador. https://t.co/JNwO1qXwqB
RT @ZEKvSR: #EU #Trade #Agreements in Practice are being discussed at today's conference in Bratislava @Trade_EU @EU_Commission https://t.c…
On 28-29 SEPT @EP_Budgets votes on Parliament's amendments to #EUbudget 2017 - Agenda and all amendments:… https://t.co/wB4EaDUWPr
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#Eurozone economy showed resilience after #Brexit vote, @ECB's Mario #Draghi tells @EP_Economics MEPs. More info: https://t.co/AJcGb9Gk1S
Call for swift decision on future location of @EBA_News during @EP_Economics https://t.co/EQ2nbTlGfs
.@EP_Economics meeting with the 3 financial supervisory bodies and @ECB's Mario #Draghi has started. Watch live: https://t.co/ve7WYi4XCr
.@Europarl_EN report on social inclusion of refugees by @brandobenifei PRESS RELEASE https://t.co/o4xiQJzIYT
.@Europarl_EN adopted report on social inclusion of refugees by @brandobenifei PRESS CONFERENCE at 15:30 https://t.co/qwmG6M9eOG
.@EPSocialAffairs Debate with @jyrkikatainen in Structured Dialogue starting NOW . follow LIVE https://t.co/mY8B1Ic6I9
ENVI meeting 29.09: #transfats, #EUETS, #waste package. Agenda & docs: https://t.co/jIZDMr3mib https://t.co/6CTKcBwua8
RT @CITES: Largest ever World #Wildlife Conference, the CITES #CoP17, kicks off in #SouthAfrica. Find the @CITES PR here: https://t.co/4P5b…
.@EP_Industry debated the fair use of #roaming this afternoon with the European Commission: https://t.co/kOe2EaKcNB
.@EP_Industry debate with @MAC_europa ongoing now
.@EP_Industry debate on fair use #roaming starts now: https://t.co/cDsNm9EXRf
#WebAccessibility: @EP_SingleMarket MEPs recommend plenary to approve new rules https://t.co/vRqq7OWfBB #Access4All
RT @ddalton40: More on the delegation I led to visit key parts of the West Midlands car industry. https://t.co/Vzm2Qq9jJy https://t.co/5uV…
.@EP_SingleMarket meeting starts at 15.00. Live https://t.co/wN67IFsvmv. #CollaborativeEconomy, #WebAccessibility, #portability & more
.@EP_Transport MEPs discuss professional qualifications in inland navigation: https://t.co/TRZ1JrjTMV Draft report https://t.co/SfTbD1WlUk
Starting now @EP_Transport: MEPs debate Aviation Strategy for Europe webstreaming: https://t.co/TRZ1JrjTMV https://t.co/2pykIFRhlW
Draft report on improving transport connections in Central and Eastern Europe adopted in TRAN: 28 votes in favour,… https://t.co/YNm9LA2N2C
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"#Greece: #CohesionPolicy has a positive impact on growth and jobs, said regional development MEPs" More info: https://t.co/qGjDPahDTh
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.@EP_Agriculture & @EP_GenderEqual debate on roles of women in rural areas starts now. Live: https://t.co/rQSiUHjeAg https://t.co/4x9XGfu9wh
.@EP_Agriculture 26/9 from 3pm: Roles of women in rural areas & outcome of trialogue talks on NEC Directive. Live: https://t.co/YdWMs25NnC
.@EP_Fisheries debates https://t.co/4VmL3Zqp3c fleets, #TechMeasures, #fishing vessels Live from 9h45 https://t.co/hhjGWIuL43
.@EP_Fisheries meeting 8 Sept: https://t.co/4VmL3Zqp3c fleets, technical measures, caracteristics of vessels Agenda: https://t.co/MpTa7r6jEt
.@EP_Fisheries debates on 31 Aug #Norway & FPAs, votes on EU budget. Agenda: https://t.co/QFnrjn4peJ Live from 15h: https://t.co/Q1FzCe6ZVz
Public Hearing @EPCulture #AVMSD #accessibility protection of #minors national regulators #ERGA https://t.co/ph7udF12UO
Public Hearing @EPCulture #AVMSD scope of the directive, country of origin, promotion of European works, advertising https://t.co/ph7udF12UO
MEPs and experts debate on #AVMSD Live Public Hearing @EPCulture https://t.co/C5A0XEw2gg https://t.co/dEBJrKBjF0
TODAY from 9:45: Joint @EP_SingleMarket @EP_Legal meeting "Contracts for the supply of digital content" LIVE: https://t.co/2ifEOspIOz
#JURI meeting starting NOW! With Lucia Žitňanská, Justice Minister on SK presidency priorities & @mariannethyssen https://t.co/Z0X8YRiv4Z
Police cooperation - @EP_Justice backs draft agreement w/ #China to fight #OrganisedCrime: https://t.co/9WlOOUuiqY. Next step plenary vote
Press release: MEPs @EP_Justice back plans to waive #visa requirements for #Ukraine https://t.co/5NDdW9gdi8
.@EASO should work more closely with #UNHCR and NGOs, says Parliament´s rapporteur @NiedermullerMEP https://t.co/wx15du3vOV
.@EPInstitutional just adopted interpretation of EP rules of procedure - clarifying rules for plenary debates before final votes
Afco entrusts @danutahuebner & silva pereira rapporteurs for #redistribution of #Ep seats
.@EPInstitutional meets at 19h today, main topic is reform of EP rules of procedure. No webstream, but video on demand after end of meeting.
RT @IratxeGarper: Primera jornada trabajo en parlamento #rwanda . El 64%mujeres parlamentarias , gran ejemplo https://t.co/XiXpG0uA8c
#EPlenary adopted resolution on creating labour market conditions favourable for #worklifebalance 443/123/100
RT @peter_jahr: @EP_Petitions FFV in Bratislava on the use of EU structural funds in long-term residential centres for persons with disabil…
RT @CeciliaWikstrom: Checked in for a 2days mission with my #PetitionsCommittee (7 MEP:s) to Slovakia. #disability #de-institutionalisation…
22-23/9 @ep_petitions examines the use of #EUfunds in residential centres for people with disabilities in #Slovakia: https://t.co/GOrWJz6QpU
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