Following parliament’s work: from committee week to plenary part-session
Parliament’s services provide a number of tools and information services to help follow the work in committees and during plenary part-sessions.
Covering plenary sessions
Parliament sits for twelve plenary sessions in Strasbourg and a number of mini-sessions in Brussels each year. The 2020 calendar can be found here.
During the week before each Strasbourg part-session, parliament’s press service publishes a briefing newsletter on the main topics on the agenda and holds a press briefing with Parliament’s group spokespersons on Friday at 11.00 in the Anna Politkovskaya press room in Brussels. A pre-session briefing takes place at 16.30 on the Monday of the session in the Daphne Caruana Galizia press briefing room in Strasbourg. Political group leaders regularly hold press briefings in the Strasbourg press room on Tuesdays. All briefings are webstreamed and registered.
During plenary sessions, the press service issues alerts and press releases, a number of them in all EU languages, which are available on the Parliament’s pressroom webpage and organises press conferences, which can be watched via webstreaming .To receive the newsletter briefing, press releases and alerts via email, sign up on the News Subscription Services..
Press officers are at your service in the Parliament’s press room during the part-session ahead of the vote and to explain the outcome of the vote immediately after. They can be contacted via email and telephone - according to language and policy area.
Parliament’s press service Twitter account @EuroParlPress will provide the most up-to-date information about the session.
Parliament’s plenary webpage provides the agenda, texts and amendments tabled, voting lists and vote results as well as live streaming and video recordings of the part-session. Alternatively, the sessions can also be watched via the Europe by Satellite webpage.
Ahead of the session, a number of parliamentary services also prepare background materials on the topics. The European Parliament’s Research Service prepares briefings on legislative proposals that are scheduled to be voted on and Parliament’s News page offers a selection of interviews with lead MEPs and articles on topical issues as well as infographics. The Multimedia Centre provides further video and photo materials free of charge.
Each legislative proposal is registered and tracked in the publicly available Legislative Observatory, where relevant documents for each stage of the procedure and names of MEPs steering the legislation through parliament can be found. The Legislative Train is another useful tool for tracking draft legislation.
Information on how the EU affects citizens and regions can be found on the page What Europe does for me. Collections of graphs, charts, tables and maps with statistical data organised by subject can be found on the EPRS Graphics Warehouse page.
Covering discussions and votes in committees
Before they are debated and voted on in plenary, legislative proposals, resolutions and own-initiative reports are scrutinised and voted on in parliamentary committees.
In the week before committee meetings are convened (see parliamentary calendar), Parliament’s press service sends out information on the highlights of the upcoming week, which is also available on the News page. You can sign up for the mailing list here.
There is a press briefing on Mondays of such weeks at 11.00 in the Anna Politkovskaya press room in Brussels (Spaak building), which is webstreamed.
A press officer will also alert media via email and Twitter about the key issues on the committee’s agenda, as well as send press releases and press conference information following votes in committee.
The committee-specific press service Twitter accounts can be found here.
Contact details of the press officers for specific policy areas are available on the Parliament’s Press room webpage.
Committee webpages have the list and contact details of its members, agendas, meeting calendar and other meeting documents such as texts and amendments tabled, voting lists, names of rapporteurs and committee coordinators and press releases related to votes in committees, hyperlinks to the webstreaming of the meetings and studies conducted at the request of the committee.