Follow parliamentary activities
How to follow what's happening in the European Parliament - plenary sessions live, pre-session briefings, ep newsletter etc.
Each Friday the press service publishes a guide to events of media interest coming up in the next 7 days. This includes a highlights page, the plenary agenda, a list of all committee meetings, a timetable of press conferences and information on the EP President’s activities.
Pre-session press briefings
On the Friday morning before each Strasbourg plenary session, a press briefing takes place in Brussels with spokespeople from various political groups. The Parliament’s spokespeople summarise the main events to come and the group speakers set out their priorities. You can follow these briefings live on EbS
The European Parliament Office in Ireland produces a summary of some of the news items on the Agenda of the EP's Plenary Session on the Friday prior to each Session which includes a list of the Irish MEPs speaking on each of the topics.
Plenary on demand
During the Plenary Session, it will be vital for the timing of interviews, etc. to know when MEPs are speaking and on what issue. The Press Officers can provide valuable assistance in this regard, but it is also possible to acquire up-to-the-minute information through the EP website.
You will be able to follow the debates live, as well as accessing the Debates on the Agenda, Tabled Texts and Votes. In the Debates on the Agenda section, you will see List of Speakers (exact times and names provided) - this page is refreshed at least once a minute during the Session and will therefore be of tremendous assistance in tracking the MEPs and their comments - it should help you to manage your time as you will know when to watch the live debate on your TV screen/computer screen to get a quote/hear a speech.
During the Session, all debates and votes are available online a day later and can be accessed through the following link:
Verbatim Reports of Proceedings (the full text of plenary debates in the original languages) and the Minutes of the Plenary Session, containing resolutions adopted in plenary, are normally available in most of the official languages of the EU and can be accessed on the Europarl website (www.europarl.europa.eu), outside the press rooms or from DG Information's documentation service in Brussels and Strasbourg.