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The European Parliament is in session this 27 May 2015

 
 

A reform of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), informally agreed with the Latvian Presidency of the Council of Ministers, was backed by the Environment Committee on Tuesday. The reform aims to reduce the surplus of carbon credits available for trading in order to support the price of the emission rights. The scheme would start operating in 2019. (Read more: CO2 market fix: Environment Committee MEPs back deal with Council )

 

The Parliament is updating its position on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), outlining what issues are important to MEPs. The international trade committee, which is the committee in charge, will on Thursday decide on a draft report, providing guidelines to the current negotiations. MEPs will then vote on it during the June plenary. The European Commission conducts the talks on behalf of the EU, but do you know what role the Parliament plays? Read on to find out. (Read more: TTIP: the Parliament takes another look at its position )

 

Children are eating fewer and fewer fruit, vegetables and dairy products in Europe, but a new proposal could help them to adopt a healthier diet. Under the plan two existing EU schemes for handing out fresh milk, fruit and vegetables to pupils would be combined, reducing the administrative burden and creating more opportunities for teaching children about balanced diets. MEPs debate the plans during the plenary session on Wednesday 27 May from 17.00 CET, which will be followed by a vote. (Read more: Five a day: how the EU will help children to learn about healthy eating )

 

The foreign affairs committee meets Catherina Samba-Panza, interim president of the Central African Republic (CAR), at 16.30 on Tuesday. They are expected to debate the recently concluded national reconciliation forum in Bangui, preparations for the general and presidential elections, the political transition, the EU military advisory mission (EUMAM) in CAR and security-sector reform. (Read more: Central African Republic: MEPs to debate with interim president )

 
Press releases (second part)
 

The committee responsible for dealing with the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will this week vote on its recommendation, while UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will address the plenary on Wednesday. Also on the agenda this week are transport, Tunisia, school fruit schemes and improving the stability of the EU's banking system. (Read more: EP this week: TTIP, Ban Ki Moon, banking, Tunisia )

 

MEPs approved measures to prevent proceeds from conflict minerals being used to fund armed conflicts and called on governments to break the deadlock on plans to harmonise maternity leave across Europe. They also debated measures to tackle irregular migrants coming to the EU during the plenary in Strasbourg on 18-21 May as well as green-lit tougher rules to prevent money laundering. Read on for an overview of the plenary. (Read more: Things we learnt in plenary: conflict minerals, migration, maternity leave )

 

Today’s unprecedented level of instability at EU borders demands that the EU and its member states shoulder more responsibility for their security and defence now, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. They urge member states to use Common Security and Defence Policy tools more effectively, improve the fit between external and internal security measures, and pool and share resources, so as to counter terrorism, fight organised crime, strengthen cyber-defence and cope with migration. (Read more: Parliament urges EU member states to gear up for new security challenges now )

 

Parliament passed three resolutions on Thursday, calling for Zimbabwean human rights activist Itai Dzarana to be found immediately; the release of all political prisoners in Swaziland; protection for Rohingya asylum seekers and action against human trafficking in Thailand. (Read more: Human rights: Zimbabwe; Thailand; Swaziland )

 

Struggling companies will be given a second chance to improve their financial situation under new rules on insolvency approved by MEPs on 20 May. Every year 1.7 million jobs are lost in the EU due to companies going bankrupt. Under the new legislation on cross-border insolvencies, companies in financial difficulties but otherwise sound are given another opportunity to turn the situation around. The plans also include measures to help firms before they go bust. (Read more: Insolvency: throwing a lifeline to struggling companies )

 

EU importers of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold for manufacturing consumer goods need to be certified by the EU to ensure that they do not fuel conflicts and human rights abuses in conflict areas, say MEPs in their position on a draft law adopted on Wednesday by 402 votes to 118, with 171 abstentions. (Read more: Conflict minerals: MEPs ask for mandatory certification of EU importers )

 
 
Weekly agenda
 
Schedule by day Wednesday 27 May 2015
Committee on Budgets - Parliamentary committees (27-05-2015): 10:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
"European Thalidomide Campaign" - Press conferences (27-05-2015): 11:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
The President's diary - The President's diary (27-05-2015):
 
 
Schedule by day Thursday 28 May 2015
Committee on International Trade - Parliamentary committees (28-05-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development - Parliamentary committees (28-05-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on Employment and Social Affairs - Parliamentary committees (28-05-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Industry, Research and Energy - Parliamentary committees (28-05-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Subcommittee on Human Rights - Parliamentary committees (28-05-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on Transport and Tourism - Parliamentary committees (28-05-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Conference on the Democratic oversight of Intelligence services in the European Union - Special events (28-05-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs - Parliamentary committees (28-05-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Subcommittee on Security and Defence - Parliamentary committees (28-05-2015): 10:15, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Recommendations to the European Commission on TTIP talks, following the vote in International Trade Committee - Press conferences (28-05-2015): 11:30, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Libya: The Road towards Governance and Stability - Press conferences (28-05-2015): 12:45, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
''Europe in flames'' - Press conferences (28-05-2015): 14:30, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Inter-Parliamentary Meeting with the Pan-African Parliament - Delegations (28-05-2015):
 
The President's diary - The President's diary (28-05-2015):
 
 
Schedule by day Friday 29 May 2015
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs - Parliamentary committees (29-05-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Conference on the Democratic oversight of Intelligence services in the European Union - Special events (29-05-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
 
Twitter
 
PR: "Spitzenkandidaten": the underlying story: http://t.co/W8H8lbas6l
Watch the trailer of the video on #Spitzenkandidaten: the underlying story via @YouTube : https://t.co/u94zjveR5s
Press release: #CO2 market fix: @EP_Environment Committee MEPs back deal with #Council: http://t.co/cnbUlhxFA2 http://t.co/9eGZW0mD8I
EU #China Strategic Partnership: watch @EP_ForeignAff hearing w/ experts debating challenges & perspectives live now http://t.co/C3Mk2RmnnC
Central African Republic: @EP_ForeignAff to debate with interim president Catherine #SambaPanza at 16.30 http://t.co/033UZMOA9a #CAR
.PMaurerICRC asks MEPs to look into discrepancies btw needs & money flows. Insists humanitarians must be kept away from politics.
This week @EP_HumanRights: 28 May: Prime Minister of #Tunisia, #humanrights in #Egypt Agenda: http://t.co/bK47lFq9t9
#EPlenary adopts resolution on #Zimbabwe #Swaziland and #Thailand Full press release here: http://t.co/9d5NqPx7TU
#CSDP: Watch the press conference of EP rapporteurs @ArnaudDanjean @EduardKukan @indrektarand in 10 mins here http://t.co/iN5LwMp7jQ
Watch the rest of #Eplenary debate on Common Security and Defence Policy w/ @FedericaMog LIVE http://t.co/ofhySErnbO #CSDP
#EPlenary tomorrow: #BanKiMoon at 15:15 CET #UNSG @UN_Spokesperson #UN, Debate on #G7 #g7summit Agenda: http://t.co/IhJCviYIxc
RT @UNICEF: From #childmarriage to discrimination, girls too often face barriers to #education http://t.co/z66aooWoIl http://t.co/M3EdzBYz…
RT @UNICEF: #PhotooftheWeek: A girl in class in #Guinea. Schools there reopened in January after a 5-month break due to #Ebola http://t.co/…
Press release on #Conflictminerals: MEPs ask for mandatory certification of EU importers http://t.co/Wf0nid9gF4
#conflictminerals: EP by 402/118/171 adopted request for obligatory certification for "all Union importers";vote on EP 1st reading postponed
#conflictminerals vote adjourned after unexpected amemdments - shadows discussion in #hemicycle http://t.co/DkhWsvnnNG
Diagnosis on payment situ prior to #EUbudget 2016 negotiations start: @EP_Budgets endorses declaration. Read more: http://t.co/FWsGsCHlVE
Tmrw: @KGeorgievaEU presents 2016 #EUbudget draft to @EP_Budgets at 10. Live: http://t.co/zHJA6DoOxE
DABs on #EUbudget 2014 surplus, flood aid to #Romania #Bulgaria #Italy, #migration to be discussed around 17:30 Live: http://t.co/ZRLXOT73i9
Follow debate with @KGeorgievaEU on #tobacco agreements at #EP plenary. From 19.25. Live: http://t.co/8xQ0WRqy4D
Issues to overcome in the #EUbudget own resources reform discussed @EP_Budgets @EP_BudgControl 5/5. Read more: http://t.co/jL0GPxvcAa
.@EP_Budgets @EP_BudgControl hearing on control of #EUBudget own resources collection now http://t.co/YnowZn33Vz @J_Lewandowski #AyalaSender
.@EP_Economics capital markets union #CMU vote postponed
.@EP_Economics @ghokmark #banking sector reform report rejected, back to the committee
.@EP_Economics vote on #banking sector reform today 17.30 interview w/ @ghokmark: http://t.co/d74dLOCWpN
Changes to ESF for frontloading #YEI approved http://t.co/7lJ2KWe6pl Press conference @emorinchartier @ 14:30 Live http://t.co/o5Rsjk4frS
.@EPSocialAffairs next meeting tomorrow, Thursday 16 April. Follow EP Live 9.20 http://t.co/6ZWFe2qD6d 15.00 http://t.co/QFEwPUWULI
.@EPSocialAffairs meeting tomorrow, Thursday 16 April from 9.20-12.30 & 15.00-18.30 PHS 3C50. Agenda http://t.co/82NBcPVscg
#EUETS #MSR: Environment Committee #MEPs back deal with Council http://t.co/ipWzp8ER8o
#EUETS #MSR: ENVI supports agreement with @eu2015lv with 49 votes to 8 and 2 abstentions. Plenary vote July @IvoBelet
Cttee meeting to start 15h. Votes on #EUETS #MSR +/- 16h. Debate on #cloning 17.30 Webstr http://t.co/v8hKKOESKm Docs http://t.co/x9tlKxiJH6
.@EP_Industry files this #EPlenary: green growth for #SMEs (@debackerphil Mon/Tue) & staff for ACER agency(Thu) Watch http://t.co/pO9mbmJam8
11/05 in @Europarl_EN: Hearing on European Citizens' Initiative #StopVivisection. More info here: http://t.co/We3fJKewxm #ECI
.@Ep_Industry just adopted @SaudargasA report on #energysecurity strategy 42/13/4. Press release to follow shortly. http://t.co/MvBAaM37KK
Starting now: #DigitalSingleMarket WG debate on #DSM strategy. Live http://t.co/yCGHryAHSl Agenda http://t.co/nb6hTutLqq @rozathun
Today at 3 pm @EP_SingleMarket #DigitalSingleMarket working group meeting.Agenda http://t.co/nb6hTucayS Webstreaming http://t.co/yCGHrySjgV
Next @EP_SingleMarket #DigitalSingleMarket WG to meet on 26 May 3 pm.Focus-DSM strategy. Live http://t.co/DviUjbb65q http://t.co/fxaDBhUKXD
Now @EP_Transport: discussion w/Commissioner @Bulc_EU on transport aspects of Commission Work Programme 2016 http://t.co/8jngQz0oYr
Starting now: @EP_Transport hearing on road haulage market and its social dimension http://t.co/8jngQz0oYr programme http://t.co/CBq5nPOWz6
TEN-T Coordinators' progress report presented @EP_Transport yesterday available here http://t.co/Jh3vTgKzLh debate: http://t.co/k2od3OMh99
Catch-the-eye, Urgent Procedure, Blue Card... What does it all mean? Our guide to #EPlenary: http://t.co/1UQEX0G1CH
Last day of #EPlenary in #Strasbourg: MEPs set to discuss #growth and #ECforecast. Live now: http://t.co/mSdH0z5Pyq
Final #EPvote of #EPlenary! MEPs to have their say on #Turkey progress report. Live now: http://t.co/mSdH0z5Pyq
.@EP_Agriculture & @EP_Environment debate on #cloning of animals for farming purposes now on. Watch it live: http://t.co/VVpVqaYZ3w
.@EP_Agriculture debates now draft report of @MartinHaeusling on #organic production & labelling. Watch it live: http://t.co/lrrC32wKkG
.@EP_Agriculture debate w/ Brazilian minister @KatiaAbreu starts now. Watch it live: http://t.co/lrrC32wKkG http://t.co/ighESfmqVf
#Cod plan: @EUCouncil acted unlawfully, says #ECJ Advocate General http://t.co/gZqAEVYYVI @EUCourtPress #Fisheries
#BalticMAP: This is the text MEPs will defend in negotiations with @eu2015lv http://t.co/9fAhSgpPke @WalesaMEP #Fisheries
#Fisheries committee meeting continues this morning - watch live: http://t.co/2eSJ4sN9z5 Agenda: http://t.co/BnrDclrXqI
Ce soir à Strasbourg : le #PE reçoit le projet #Commenius "L'Europe est servie" http://t.co/ExJh7dTlJs http://t.co/jg3aktBZAl
Ce soir à Strasbourg : le #PE reçoit le projet #Commenius "L'Europe est servie" http://t.co/k6ytWUDLtg http://t.co/9fWVp5cwOu
#EPlenary adopted new rules on cross-border #insolvency proceedings. Read more: http://t.co/oxDyXp1Sae
#EPlenary debate on #insolvency proceedings starting now. Live: http://t.co/48njVucJWL
#Cybersecurity: Jihadism and the internet - @EP_ThinkTank briefing http://t.co/H2mcGd59zA
RT @europarlAV: #MigrationEU: @EP_Justice debate on cooperation strategy with third countries | Download VIDEO: http://t.co/NCM1BnXHdM
EU Agenda on #Security: at 15.05 @EP_Justice will debate draft resolution & questions to @EU_Commission @EUCouncil http://t.co/votvFbB5MG
Second panel @EPInstitutional debates democracy, accountability & instit set up of the EU #EUfuture hearing live http://t.co/QgUXqejUgr
Do we need EU rules on maternity leave? Watch @europarltv video: http://t.co/dpLEdYbkzA
#EPlenary adopted resolution on #maternityleave. Press release: http://t.co/E3szsOV4e1
NOW: Press conference by MEP Maria Arena and all shadow rapporteurs on #maternityleave has just started: Follow live: http://t.co/FK9jcwHGJI
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Recognising the human right to #water and universal access http://t.co/BKf0DYwHxC @EP_Petitions @CeciliaWikstrom
Hearing on #ECI #StopVivisection starting at 3pm: Follow via @EP_Agriculture, webstreaming: http://t.co/zulfKA3oB0
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