Strasbourg Plenary Session 3 – 9 October 2016

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Paris agreement – Parliament is ready to vote on the UN Climate Change agreement struck in Paris last year. If the Council approves the agreement on Friday, Parliament is set to give its consent on Tuesday noon. EU summit – In preparation for the 20-21 October European Council summit of EU leaders, MEPs will discuss [...]

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State and future of the European Union debate with Jean-Claude Juncker Two days before the 27 EU heads of state or government – minus the UK – meet informally in Bratislava, Parliament will discuss the way forward for the European Union, following EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s annual “State of the European Union” speech on [...]

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Summit Outcome. Parliament will debate the outcome of the 28 – 29 EU summit with EU Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. Besides the consequences of the UK’s EU membership referendum, the heads of state or government also discussed digital single market and capital markets union proposals, “European Semester” country-specific economic policy [...]

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Strasbourg Plenary Session 6 – 9 June 2016

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Migration. A new EU plan to address the root causes of migration will be presented by the EU Commission and debated in plenary on Tuesday afternoon. The proposal, prepared by Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, foresees using EU funds to promote private investment in migrants’ countries of origin, [...]

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Strasbourg Plenary Session 9 – 12 May 2016

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Asylum reform: MEPs to debate proposed changes to the Dublin rules The EU Commission’s 4 May proposal to revise the Dublin rules, which determine which EU country is responsible for processing an asylum application, will be debated by MEPs and the Commission on Wednesday afternoon in Strasbourg. How to restore Schengen? – Plenary debate MEPs, [...]

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Strasbourg Plenary Session 11 – 14 April 2016

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PNR. Parliament will debate and vote on a provisional agreement with member states on the use of passenger name records (PNR). The passenger data collected by airlines are to be shared with national authorities for the prevention of terrorism and serious crime. A press conference will be held on Wednesday at 14.00. (Debate Wednesday, vote [...]

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Strasbourg Plenary Session 07 – 10 March 2016

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EU leaders on refugee crisis. MEPs will be updated by the Commission on the implementation of the EU Action Plan on migration and progress made by member states, on Tuesday afternoon. On Wednesday morning, they will discuss the outcome of the 7 March EU-Turkey Summit with Dutch minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert from the Council Presidency and [...]

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Strasbourg Plenary Session 1 – 4 February 2016

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Migration/Schengen. MEPs will discuss the refugee crisis and border checks, both at EU external borders and within the Schengen passport-free area, with Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans on Tuesday afternoon. In a joint debate, they will also quiz the Commission on state of play on EU funding for refugees in Turkey and respect for the [...]

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Strasbourg Plenary Session 18 – 24 January 2016

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Poland. Parliament will debate the state of the rule of law and restrictions to press freedom in Poland with Polish Prime minister Beata Szydło, the Council Presidency and the Commission on Tuesday afternoon at 16.00. EU summit outcome. Conclusions of the 17-18 December European summit on fight against terrorism and the implementation of EU responses [...]

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Strasbourg Plenary Session 14 – 17 December 2015

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Sakharov Prize. Raif Badawi, a Saudi Arabian blogger and author of the website Free Saudi Liberals is this year’s laureate of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Mr Badawi has been detained since 2012 on the charge of breaking Saudi technology laws and insulting religious figures. Mr Badawi’s wife, Ensaf Haidar, will receive the [...]

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