Plenary session - this week at the European Parliament.
The MEPs travel to Strasbourg this week for a plenary sitting. The winner of the LUX Prize will be announced. More highlights below.
EU-Turkey relations. The question of whether EU accession talks with Turkey should be frozen or made subject to further conditions will be debated with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Tuesday afternoon. A resolution will be voted on Thursday. Four months after the 15 July coup attempt in Turkey, the deterioration of democracy there is straining EU-Turkey relations.
Defence Union. MEPs will urge EU countries to step up defence cooperation to tackle deteriorating security in and around Europe. They should dedicate at least 2% of GDP to defence, set up a common defence policy and enable their armed forces to work together better, says a resolution up for a vote on Tuesday. A press conference with rapporteur Urmas Paet is scheduled for Tuesday at 15.00. On Wednesday MEPs will vote on a resolution calling for joint training operations in Iraq to support member states fighting Daesh.
Air quality. More ambitious national caps on emissions to curb air pollution further by 2030 will be put to a vote on Wednesday. Caps on pollutants such as NOx, particulates and sulphur dioxide have already been informally agreed under the Dutch Presidency of the Council. Air pollution causes about 400,000 premature deaths in the EU per year.