Emmanuel Macron debates the future of Europe with MEPs
The President of the Republic of France, Emmanuel Macron, will be the fourth European leader to debate the future of Europe with MEPs and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Tuesday morning.

Facebook: MEPs to discuss misuse of EU citizens’ personal data
Following the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal, MEPs will discuss data protection and citizens’ privacy in plenary on Wednesday.

Circular economy: plans to boost recycling and cut landfilling
The share of municipal waste to be recycled will rise from 44% today to 55% by 2025, under legislation on the circular economy to be put to the vote on Wednesday.

National climate protection and forestry plans up for final vote
By 2030, CO2 emitted by transport, farming, buildings and waste must be cut by 30%, and any deforestation in the EU will have to be balanced out by planting new trees.

Final vote on boosting energy savings for buildings in EU
The full House will vote on new rules to ensure maximal energy efficiency of buildings in the EU by 2050.

Murder of Ján Kuciak: MEPs to urge for action to protect journalists in the EU
In response to the murder of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová, MEPs will call on Thursday for measures to step up the protection of journalists across the EU.

Organic food: New rules to be approved to support the sector
New rules on certification and labelling of organic foodstuffs will be debated on Wednesday and put to the vote on Thursday. They should help to increase organic production in the EU.

Car approvals: new EU rules to prevent further emissions cheating
Parliament is set to endorse new “type approval” rules to guarantee that cars on the road are clean and safe.

MEPs to vote on making information on beneficial owners of firms public
Any citizen could, in future, access information about the real owners of companies operating in the EU. The proposal forms part of the wide-ranging fifth update to the EU’s Anti-money Laundering Directive, which MEPs will debate on Wednesday, before a vote the following day.

MEPs to debate the outcome of the March EU summit
MEPs will debate the outcome of the 22-23 March meeting of EU leaders in Brussels with European Council President Donald Tusk on Wednesday morning. The summit focused on trade, the Brexit negotiations, taxation, Digital Europe and Eurozone reform.

Appointment of European Commission Secretary-General under scrutiny
MEPs are set to vote on a resolution on the lessons learned and outlining the way forward in light of the controversial appointment of EU Commission Secretary-General Martin Selmayr.

European political parties: MEPs set to approve new funding rules
New rules to ensure proper use of public money when funding European political parties and foundations will be put to a vote on Tuesday.

EU must fund civil society organisations to safeguard European values
MEPs will call for a new European Values Instrument to support civil society organisations which are active at local and national level in promoting and protecting fundamental values, on Tuesday.

Combatting gender inequality in the media and empowering women through the digital sector
EU countries should monitor the presence and progress of women in the media and the Commission should take action to tackle the digital gap between men and women, MEPs are set to say in a joint debate on Monday.

MEPs to vote for more efficient EU foreign policy tools
The EU’s external financing instruments should be made more strategic and flexible to bolster the EU’s position in the world, MEPs are to say in a resolution to be debated on Tuesday and put to a vote on Wednesday.

Debate on Syria, Russia and peace talks with North Korea
The escalating war in Syria, after the alleged chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma, will be debated with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Tuesday afternoon. It will be followed by a debate on the situation in Russia and on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

MEPs to debate Turkey’s detention of two Greek soldiers
MEPs will discuss the violation of human rights and the rule of law in the case of two Greek soldiers arrested and detained in Turkey. They will quiz EU Foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on the steps to be taken to release the two soldiers detained since 2 March on charges of illegally crossing the border.

Final vote on EU budget management
MEPs will assess how well the 2016 EU budget has been managed in a vote on Thursday.

Warnings against dropping vaccination rates in the EU
The challenge for public health due to waning public confidence in vaccination, especially for children, will be up for a debate on Wednesday.

Human rights and democracy resolutions
Parliament will hold urgent debates on the following human rights, democracy and rule of law topics on Thursday 19 April, at around 10.00, with the votes following at 12.00.
Situation in the Gaza Strip