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State of the Union, Migration and refugee crisis and Animal cloning - this week in the European Parliament

MEPs return to Strasbourg for a plenary sitting from Monday 7th to Thursday 10th September. The plenary is when Members of the European Parliament from all political groups and from all countries meet in the parliamentary chamber in Strasbourg to discuss and vote on legislation.

This is the forum where, following committee meetings in the preceding weeks, MEPs take part in the decision-making and express their standpoint to the European Commission and Council of the European Union.

 
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Highlights

State of the Union. Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will deliver his first State of the Union address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday morning at 8am UK time. You can watch it live online http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/ebs/live.cfm?page=2. A dedicated website will be launched on Monday 7 Sept: http://www.soteu.eu/.

Migration and refugee crisis. The unprecedented flow of migrants and refugees will be debated with the European Commission on Wednesday. The debate will be followed by a vote on EP's opinion on a first proposal by the Commission for the relocation of 40,000 refugees from Italy and Greece.  On Thursday MEPs will vote a non-binding resolution to wind up the debate.

Animal cloning. Parliament's first-reading position on a draft law which would ban the cloning of all farm animals, their descendants and products derived from them, including imports, in the EU, will be debated and voted on Tuesday. A press conference is scheduled for 2pm UK time.

Read the full agenda (pdf)
 

Watch live through webstreaming at

Europarl TVEurope by SateliteBBC Parliament Live
 

Other topics

Agricultural markets crisis, Right2Water citizen's initiative, Trade in seal products and Foreign affairs.