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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 16.15 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 )

 

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 )

 
Press releases (second part)
 

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 )

 

The EU must take effective measures to prevent the spread of Xylella fastidiosa bacteria beyond Italy, where it is severely damaging olive trees, says a resolution passed by Parliament on Wednesday. MEPs welcome EU import restrictions on plants from affected areas in third countries but say more may be needed. They also urge that growers be compensated for their losses, and suggest stepping up funding for research to combat the bacteria, which may attack other plants. (Read more: Olive trees: MEPs demand action to halt spread of killer bacteria )

 

The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has been rocked by violence and mass demonstrations in recent days. This afternoon MEPs debate the situation in the country, which obtained EU candidate status in December 2005, with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. Ahead of the debate we talked to Alojz Peterle, chair of Parliament's delegation to the Balkan country, to find out his views. (Read more: FYROM: "The EU should act decisively to help stabilise the country" )

 
 
Weekly agenda
 
Schedule by day Tuesday 26 May 2015
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs - Parliamentary committees (26-05-2015): 08:30, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
The institutional future of the European Union within and beyond the Treaty of Lisbon - Public hearings (26-05-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Constitutional Affairs - Parliamentary committees (26-05-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development - Parliamentary committees (26-05-2015): 10:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Briefing on parliamentary agenda - Press conferences (26-05-2015): 11:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
EU rules on banking structure reform ahead of committee vote - Press conferences (26-05-2015): 14:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Foreign Affairs - Parliamentary committees (26-05-2015): 15:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs - Parliamentary committees (26-05-2015): 15:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Pensions - institutions for occupational retirement provision - Public hearings (26-05-2015): 15:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety - Parliamentary committees (26-05-2015): 15:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
"Romania Energy Day 2015 - Energy Union, challenges and opportunities for sustainable energy in Central and South East Europe" - Press conferences (26-05-2015): 16:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Budgets - Parliamentary committees (26-05-2015): 16:30, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
The Challenges and Perspectives in the EU-China Strategic Partnership - Public hearings (26-05-2015): 17:15, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
The President's diary - The President's diary (26-05-2015):
 
 
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 Industry, Research and Energy - Parliamentary committees (28-05-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Employment and Social Affairs - Parliamentary committees (28-05-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development - Parliamentary committees (28-05-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs - Parliamentary committees (28-05-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
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
 
Subcommittee on Human Rights - Parliamentary committees (28-05-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
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
Conference on the Democratic oversight of Intelligence services in the European Union - Special events (29-05-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs - Parliamentary committees (29-05-2015): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
 
Twitter
 
The week ahead (26-31 May) incl:#TTIP, Ban Ki #Moon at #EPlenary,#climatechange &more.Agenda: http://t.co/CkYw1E4Ijw http://t.co/6TATsGhq1h
Press release: #EP urges EU member states to gear up for new #security challenges now: http://t.co/Uze2xjONpc
Press release:#Humanrights: Zimbabwe; Thailand; Swaziland: http://t.co/j3qqShwhtl
#RigaSummit: #Euronest co-chairs @HeidiHautala & #Dolidze call to ensure security in #Europe http://t.co/Ok4KC9A3CN http://t.co/6XHN3Bd4Cm
Vote on #Turkey postponed: #EPlenary agrees to postpone vote to give political groups more time to hammer out a broad majority.
Tragic events and political turmoil in the former Yugoslav Republic of #Macedonia now debated by #EPlenary: http://t.co/Mgih0UNi4t
#EPlenary adopts resolution on #Zimbabwe #Swaziland and #Thailand Full press release here: http://t.co/9d5NqPx7TU
RT @EP_ThinkTank: EU Member States all signatories of 1951 Geneva Convention on #refugees & must respect their obligations http://t.co/PTQ5…
#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
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/…
NOW: Press conference by MEP Pedro Silva Pereira on Financing for Development #ffd3 has just started. Follow live: http://t.co/7WmiyZRPlx
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
Next Tue & Wed @EP_Budgets: #EUbudget payment plan, first look at 2016 draft budget, debate on DABs. Agenda, docs: http://t.co/ESeVZxzCCa
RT @JeanArthuis: #BudgetEU: le Trilogue sur le plan d'apurement des factures impayées vient d'aboutir. Timide mais prometteur. Premier pas …
#EP wants #JunckerPlan take off on time, asks #Council to negotiate. Today's press conf: http://t.co/Y5yc6eqbHI @EP_Budgets @EP_Economics
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
Following visits to BE, LUX and Switzerland, #EP #TAXE delegation visits #Ireland on Thursday 28 May #luxleaks Info: http://t.co/WfeVXvgkEL
At 11:30 press conference #TAXE visits BE/LUX by rapporteurs @elisaferreira and @EUTheurer #luxleaks Watch live: http://t.co/mRPWY2eCEl
Big majority for @EP_Economics @CvNieuwenhuizen benchmarks #LIBOR report, MEPs ready for negotiations http://t.co/f3n2FVWS30
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
ENVI 26.05: #MEPs to vote on #EUETS #MSR deal with @eu2015lv, debate with @EP_Agriculture on #Cloning. Agenda & Docs http://t.co/x9tlKxAkyE
#MEPs veto #cadmium exemption plans for displays, lightings and TVs http://t.co/XtseyWOtfi
#EPlenary opposes #EC proposal to allow #cadmium in illumination and display lighting applications with 618 votes to 33 and 28 abstentions
.@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
Next @EP_SingleMarket #DigitalSingleMarket WG to meet on 26 May 3 pm.Focus-DSM strategy. Live http://t.co/DviUjbb65q http://t.co/fxaDBhUKXD
Starting now: #EPlenary debate on #DigitalSingleMarket w/ @Ansip_EU. Webstreaming http://t.co/HKPYxBgTZI
On Tuesday at ~10.30 am #EPlenary will debate #DigitalSingleMarket strategy. Live http://t.co/HKPYxBgTZI Details http://t.co/CMQdRmMxKO
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
#Olive trees: MEPs demand actions to halt spread of killer bacteria #Xylella. Read more here: http://t.co/w12yFTmFEI
#StopVivisection #ECI hearing ends now. To re-watch it, click here (video-recording will be made available 12/05): http://t.co/CgwXHg0R0s
3rd round of #StopVivisection #ECI hearing kicks off now w/ interventions from #EmilyMcIvor & #AndreMenache. Live: http://t.co/ndxGMhkBAl
#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
Democratic oversight of intelligence services in EU: meeting btw @EP_Justice MEPs & national MPs on 28-29 May. Agenda http://t.co/njhDCmlZ7K
RT @UlrikeLunacek: This is a celebration of #equality! I congratulate the Irish people and the campaigners of #YesEquality on this wonderfu…
#EUPNR: @EP_Justice to discuss possible changes @EU_Commission proposal 26 May 15.00. Ams http://t.co/IDFqtlZoPg Live http://t.co/8gizK2n4Mb
Lessons learned from last Hearings of EC candidate commissioners to follow @EPInstitutional @RCorbettMEP
AFCO Chair during joint @EPInstitutional @EP_Economics hearing this morning https://t.co/AoSWhJ510j
Press invited to join the event tonight in the EP Librairy https://t.co/ANNjWPM3JZ
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
Hearing on #ECI #StopVivisection starting at 3pm: Follow via @EP_Agriculture, webstreaming: http://t.co/zulfKA3oB0
Missed discussion @EP_Petitions &@TimmermansEU on Tuesday? Video recording available here: http://t.co/VP07t3O2pQ http://t.co/bOjyAAeeEn
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