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Antonio Tajani was elected as the president for the second half of the parliamentary term during this week's plenary session while MEPs also chose 14 new vice-presidents. In addition they called for emergency aid to help refugees cope with freezing temperatures and told the European Commission to redraw its lists of countries at risk of money laundering as it was too limited. Read about this and more in our article. (Read more: Plenary highlights: new president, workers' rights, emergency aid for refugees )

 

Workers' rights are increasingly coming under pressure due to developments such as global competition and the digital revolution. The European Commission is working on plans to improve the situation. On 19 January MEPs adopted a report stating that workers in new type of jobs should be covered by labour laws. We talked to report author Maria João Rodrigues, a Portuguese member of the S&D group, on how to create fair and functioning labour markets and welfare systems. (Read more: Workers' rights: "Labour laws need updating to cover new forms of employment" )

 

The newly elected President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani expressed Parliament's solidarity with the victims and their families of a number of recent earthquakes in Italy and the avalanche which engulfed a hotel on Wednesday. (Read more: Statement by President Tajani on the recent earthquakes in Italy )

 

All workers should have their basic rights guaranteed, whatever their form of employment and contract, said MEPs approving their recommendations on Thursday for the forthcoming proposal on the “European Pillar of Social Rights”. (Read more: European Social Rights: workers’ protection needs to be extended to new jobs )

 
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MEPs have voted to return to the EU Commission its blacklist of countries deemed to be at risk of money laundering and terrorist financing. The list is too limited, and should be expanded, e.g. to include territories that facilitate tax crimes, they said before voting the resolution on Thursday. (Read more: MEPs reject EU Commission blacklist of states at risk of money laundering )

 

Following the election of the President, Vice-Presidents and Quaestors, the plenary approved the appointment of members to Parliament’s 22 standing committees on Thursday. (Read more: Parliament’s mid-term election: composition of committees )

 

Parliament condemns growing intolerance towards ethnic, religious and sexual minorities in Indonesia, attacks against peacekeepers in Central African Republic and breaches of human rights in Burundi, in three resolutions voted on Thursday. (Read more: Human rights: Indonesia, Central African Republic and Burundi )

 

MEPs elected Antonio Tajani as Parliament president on 17 January and on 18 January voted for who they wanted as vice-presidents and quaestors for the second half of the parliamentary term. Check out our infographic to find out who was chosen for Parliament's key posts. (Read more: Who's who: overview of the people in charge of Parliament )

 

EU and national authorities should provide emergency aid to help migrants and refugees to cope with freezing temperatures and snow in several parts of Europe, MEPs urged on Wednesday. They also called on EU governments to keep their promises to transfer thousands of asylum-seekers, particularly from Greece, to other countries. (Read more: Refugees: MEPs demand emergency winter aid and transfers to other EU countries )

 

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 )

 
 
Weekly agenda
 
Schedule by day Monday 23 Jan 2017
Briefing on parliamentary agenda - Press conferences (23-01-2017): 11:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety - Parliamentary committees (23-01-2017): 15:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on International Trade - Parliamentary committees (23-01-2017): 15:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs - Parliamentary committees (23-01-2017): 15:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Petitions - Parliamentary committees (23-01-2017): 15:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on Culture and Education - Parliamentary committees (23-01-2017): 15:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Regional Development - Parliamentary committees (23-01-2017): 15:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Budgetary Control - Parliamentary committees (23-01-2017): 16:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
 
Schedule by day Tuesday 24 Jan 2017
Committee on Foreign Affairs - Parliamentary committees (24-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Budgetary Control - Parliamentary committees (24-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs - Parliamentary committees (24-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Petitions - Parliamentary committees (24-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
The role of lawyers, accountants and bankers in Panama Papers - Public hearings (24-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety - Parliamentary committees (24-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
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 (24-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Culture and Education - Parliamentary committees (24-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Regional Development - Parliamentary committees (24-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on International Trade - Parliamentary committees (24-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Workshop on Building blocks of a future EU cohesion policy - first reflections - Special events (24-01-2017): 10:30, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
“CETA: What’s next?” - Press conferences (24-01-2017): 12:30, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Constitutional Affairs - Parliamentary committees (24-01-2017): 12:30, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Academic Further and Distance Education as Part of the European Lifelong Learning Strategy - Public hearings (24-01-2017): 15:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Legal Affairs - Parliamentary committees (24-01-2017): 15:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector - Parliamentary committees (24-01-2017): 15:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Subcommittee on Human Rights - Parliamentary committees (24-01-2017): 15:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
 
Schedule by day Wednesday 25 Jan 2017
German Road Toll System and Fair Road Charging - Press conferences (25-01-2017): 08:30, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection - Parliamentary committees (25-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Subcommittee on Human Rights - Parliamentary committees (25-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development - Parliamentary committees (25-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Employment and Social Affairs - Parliamentary committees (25-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Subcommittee on Security and Defence - Parliamentary committees (25-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality - Parliamentary committees (25-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on Industry, Research and Energy - Parliamentary committees (25-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Development - Parliamentary committees (25-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Budgets - Parliamentary committees (25-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Transport and Tourism - Parliamentary committees (25-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs - Parliamentary committees (25-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Constitutional Affairs - Parliamentary committees (25-01-2017): 15:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Fisheries - Parliamentary committees (25-01-2017): 15:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
 
Schedule by day Thursday 26 Jan 2017
Committee on Fisheries - Parliamentary committees (26-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development - Parliamentary committees (26-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection - Parliamentary committees (26-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on Industry, Research and Energy - Parliamentary committees (26-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Subcommittee on Human Rights - Parliamentary committees (26-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
Committee on Budgets - Parliamentary committees (26-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Employment and Social Affairs - Parliamentary committees (26-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Committee on Transport and Tourism - Parliamentary committees (26-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
Committee on Development - Parliamentary committees (26-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
Subcommittee on Security and Defence - Parliamentary committees (26-01-2017): 09:00, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak
 
"The Review of the Framework for Electronic Communications” - Public hearings (26-01-2017): 10:15, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
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 (26-01-2017): 10:30, Brussels, Jòzsef Antall
 
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 (26-01-2017): 14:00, Brussels, Altiero Spinelli
 
 
Twitter
 
Press release- #EP President Antonio #Tajani congratulated by UK Prime Minister Theresa May: https://t.co/Yk88hCDC6k
Journalists can use #EPressbriefing to put questions on Committees' work before and during Monday’s briefing https://t.co/XvZyeXospx
Press briefing on #EP Committees Monday 23/1 at 11:00 in PHS0A050: https://t.co/7rLm3UiAyB https://t.co/snGmhaLCQL
Following #Inauguration how will EU-US relations evolve? How can EU mitigate foreign pol. risks &enhance cooperatio… https://t.co/HloYFXFYjB
Consult this link for an update https://t.co/NAfQYaDBsL https://t.co/1E2IFAVL9A
Composition of 73 members strong @EP_ForeignAff is available here https://t.co/Bp6N5S9BsN
ON 24 JAN @EP_HumanRights & EP Del. for Rel. with #Iran workshop on #HumanRights in #Iran after the nuclear deal -… https://t.co/xHvVccBcXj
#EPlenary condemns #humanRights breaches in #Indonesia, in #CentralAfricanRepublic & in #Burundi - Full PR here: https://t.co/PioNXeMUOA
Following #EPlenary vote today @EP_HumanRights is composed of 30 members - List available here: https://t.co/P0qbrKSdxW
.@EP_Defence composition updated. Check here https://t.co/WHnmLAE0RK
#Eplenary adopted the composition of 30 members strong @EP_Defence. Available here https://t.co/gnxDmBfjq2
RT @EPPGroup: In @EP_Defence: M. Gahler coordinator, T. Kelam deputy coordinator
Next week in @EP_Development: election of chair&vice-chairs, Consensus on Development, #EU2017MT, garment sector: https://t.co/ftsVOMQw5q
MEPs vote on the revision of the European Consensus on Development next Wednesday, Jan 25. https://t.co/XUtpYgkE5v https://t.co/lkqqB3dY70
Mid-term elections: composition of 28 members strong @EP_Development is available here: https://t.co/UTD4bvCBwl
#CETA a brief overview by @EP_ThinkTank: https://t.co/LGpj3xw7S7 Committee vote on Tue, Jan 24. https://t.co/yJpxknb8eh
Jan 23-24 in @EP_Trade: vote on #CETA, mid-term elections, #EU2017MT, anti-dumping methodology, #Iran… https://t.co/bbXg2LA0Xx
Jan 23-24 in @EP_Trade: vote on #CETA, mid-term elections, #EU2017MT, trade defence reform, #Iran… https://t.co/UTsjeasbmT
NEXT WEEK in BUDG: Election of Chairs&Vicechairs, Vote on budgetary capacity for the €zone, &more! All info here:… https://t.co/Mwu7K9Segc
Proposal for appointments to committees 2017-2019: up for an #EPlenary vote tomorrow https://t.co/qrDMWyM1Ox
RT @EPPGroup: Our team budgets stays the same. @JMFernandesEU reelected coordinator and @JanOlbrycht reelected deputy coordinator in @EP_Bu…
Proposal for appointments to committees 2017-2019: up for an #EPlenary vote tomorrow https://t.co/7bgUsVzsSD
RT @EPPGroup: In @EP_BudgControl: @petrisarvamaa elected coordinator and @TomZdechovskyEP deputy coordinator
#EPlenary vote this morning: @EP_BudgControl will have 30 members in 2017-2019 term - no change from 2014-16 https://t.co/79c1Vh94Kd
#EPlenary rejects @EU_Commission blacklist of states @ risk of #moneylaundering led by @judithineuropa #PanamaPapers https://t.co/JfoTXe4jya
Text of financial transaction tax ready mid-2017, say @EUCouncil's @followianborg @EU_Commission's @mariannethyssen https://t.co/LrChlkVdCE
Today #EPlenary adopted @EP_Economics numerical composition: 61 members.
Interview with @MJRodriguesEU on #EPSR report adopted by #EPlenary here https://t.co/ZSMBQExqgO
RT @EU_EESC: #EPlenary voted the report of @MJrodrigues on #SocialRights. Looking forward to our debate on 25/01! https://t.co/nqgVQXchol #…
.@EPSocialAffairs Report on #EPSR by @MJRodriguesEU adopted at STR Plenary on 19 January - Press release https://t.co/zK8hoRYLHb
RT @EUauditors: Combating #FoodWaste: opportunity for #EU to improve resource-efficiency of the food supply chain | special report https:/…
.@EP_Environment committee composition adopted in #EPlenary today is available here: https://t.co/zdh2eAszqm
.@EP_Environment committee to have 69 full members in the second half of the legislature https://t.co/CnlgIlp79h
#EPlenary adopted a composition of 67 members for @EP_Industry. The list of MEPs will be published tomorrow.
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
Digital Economy: Perspectives on transatlantic cooperation, briefing by @EP_ThinkTank https://t.co/TCysD0WBCe
Application of the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive: Overview of the Commission's guidance document https://t.co/TC0J5W6wdd
#Digital skills in the EU labour market, by @EP_ThinkTank: https://t.co/VnnglVt9Rx
.@EP_Transport committee composition adopted in #EPplenary today available here https://t.co/YGqdl7PYsy
.@EP_Transport committee will have 49 members for 2017-2019 as confirmed by #EPplenary today https://t.co/T7bVWiCrf5
Watch now @EP_Transport: MEPs debate Commission work programme 2017 transport priorities with Commissioner Bulc https://t.co/uPvY979g3t
#EPlenary adopts a composition of 43 members for @EP_Regional More info here: https://t.co/Ww0dp39SDF …List of MEPs to be published tomorrow
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
New composition of 46 MEPs strong @EP_Agriculture is available here: https://t.co/9AKZKuf0kv Vote on committee chair & vice-chairs 25/01
Proposal for appointments (full members) to committees 2017-2019: up for #EPlenary vote 19/01 at noon: https://t.co/Lo4VOpHwbe
.@EP_Agriculture to have 46 full members in 2nd half of 5y EP term. Composition to be voted by #EPlenary 19/01, cha… https://t.co/nWSSkRhtEy
RT @EU_MARE: NEW fisheries webpage: the landing obligation in practice, with examples of projects, trials or research #CFPreality https://t…
#EPlenary adopts a composition of 27 members for @EP_Fisheries More info here: https://t.co/VzCmXUXGIA List of MEPs to be published tomorrow
RT @Oceana: Want to help save sea turtles? Try these five simple steps https://t.co/QCapZBiXkK https://t.co/tt6O0qZqge
Members of @EPCulture appointed at #EPplenary https://t.co/LJtLHCmlox Vote on committee chair&vice-chairs 23/01
RT @Parlamentarium: Have you participated in Erasmus+ programme or are you planning to? Stop by Parlamentarium on 26 January from 12h for m…
#EPlenary adopted a composition of 31 members for @EPCulture. Mid-term election of Chair and Vice-chairs on 23 Jan
Second term of @EP_Legal will have 25 members. Chair and vice-chairs to be elected on Jan 24.
3 Committees satisfied that @GOettingerEU is in a position to assume budget portfolio https://t.co/NG9DTgfubc
Check list of @EP_Justice members here: https://t.co/4hXFyPozQu Election of Chair & Vice-Chairs Monday 23 Jan at 15.00
#EPlenary: MEPs demand emergency winter aid for #refugees and transfers to other EU countries: https://t.co/g22nWG90Gf
Debate in #EPlenary on emergency aid for #refugees facing cold snap will start around 20.30. You can follow live: https://t.co/0pBUA4cmzV
Today #EPlenary adopted @EPInstitutional numerical composition: 25 members.
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
Check list of @EP_GenderEqual members here: https://t.co/AqPLyiFkJK Election of Chair & Vice-Chairs Wednesday 25 Jan at 09.00
#EPlenary adopted a composition of 37 members for @EP_GenderEqual . The list of MEPs will be published tomorrow.
Starting at 16.00 @EP_GenderEqual meeting, follow Live: https://t.co/CyKmWyoWrK Agenda & documents available: https://t.co/1pDRXn8JJP
Today #EPlenary adopted @EP_Petitions numerical composition: 36 members.
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
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