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Plenary and committee meetings

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 26 maggio 2020

Brussels New long-term EU budget. Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will present the Commission’s revised Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and Recovery Plan proposals and debate with Members in an extraordinary plenary session on Wednesday, from 13:30 to 15:00.
Conference on the Future of Europe. The Constitutional Affairs Committee will discuss the next steps towards the planned Conference on the Future of Europe and the EP’s role in it. In their 17 April resolution, MEPs called for the Conference to be convened as soon as possible, stressing that the EU should engage directly with citizens to bring about a profound reform of the Union (Tuesday).
COVID-19/Impact on contract and cross-border workers. The Employment and Social Affairs Committee will debate the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on workers’ mobility, particularly for contract workers and cross-border workers, with Croatian Minister of Labour and Pension System Aladrović, Jobs and Social Rights Commissioner Schmit and Interim Executive Director of the European Labour Authority Curell Gotor (Tuesday).
Future of EU tourism. The proposed package on tourism and transport, which includes guidelines on how EU countries could gradually lift travel restrictions, allow businesses to reopen and people to enjoy safely their holidays this summer, will be debated in the Transport and Tourism Committee (Thursday).
WHO/COVID-19 outbreak in developing countries. The Development Committee will discuss with Dr Michael Ryan, Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme, on COVID-19 outbreak in developing countries and its impact on the international humanitarian and development response (Friday).
EU response to COVID-19/State Aid. The Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee will discuss competition policy with Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager. MEPs are likely to quiz Ms Vestager on the implementation of the Temporary State Aid Framework, applicable since March 2020 in the response to the COVID-19 crisis (Monday).
Poland/Rule of law. The Civil Liberties Committee will discuss a draft interim report on whether there is a clear risk of a serious breach of the rule of law by Poland. They will also assess the situation of the judiciary in the country with the President of the European Association of Judges, José Igreja Matos, and Joanna Hetnarowicz-Sikora, Member of the National Board of Polish judges association IUSTITIA (Monday).
COVID-19/Impact on security and defence. Commission Vice-President and EU foreign policy Chief Josep Borrell will discuss with the Defence Subcommittee the effects of COVID-19 on EU security and defence, including disinformation and hybrid threats (Tuesday).
Conference of Presidents. EP President and political groups’ leaders will meet on Wednesday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble (participarting remotely) ahead of the German Presidency of EU Council starting on 1 July. They will meet Michel Barnier, Head of Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom, to discuss the latest developments in the talks with UK, on Thursday.
President’s diary. EP President David Sassoli will hold remote meetings with Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble on Monday and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday. President Sassoli will hold a press conference on Wednesday at 17:00, at the end of the plenary session.
European Youth Event (EYE). The online-edition of Parliaments’ bi-annual youth event that should have gathered more than 10.000 young people in Strasbourg this week goes in its final week with a series of interactive sessions to engage young people with EU policy-makers. President Sassoli will take part in the closing session on Friday.
Press briefing. The EP Press Service will hold a press briefing on the week’s activities at 11.00 a.m. on Monday, in the “Anna Politkovskaya” EP press conference room and via video conference.

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European Parliament: Plenary session

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 10 maggio 2020

Brussels The week ahead 11 – 17 May 2020. New EU long-term budget. MEPs will debate the post-2020 budget revision and economic recovery package plans with Commission and Council on Wednesday and vote on a resolution on Friday, to ensure that the new MFF (Multiannual Financial Framework) proposal to be tabled by the Commission turns the EU budget into an efficient tool for restarting the EU economy.
Safeguard EU budget 2021. Parliament will also vote on a legislative initiative report requesting that the European Commission submits a proposal for an MFF contingency plan by 15 June 2020 to avoid programme funding being disrupted on 1 January 2021 in the event that the approval of the long-term budget is delayed. (Wednesday)
Hungary. Parliament will address the threats to democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights posed by the Hungarian government’s recently introduced emergency powers in light of COVID-19, in a debate with Council and Commission on Wednesday evening.
COVID-19 tracing apps. MEPs will discuss the use of smartphone apps in managing the spread of the pandemic and how to ensure data protection and privacy rights are fully respected. (Thursday)
COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. Boosting research to ensure everyone has swift access to future vaccines and treatments for the novel Coronavirus will be at the core of a debate with Council and Commission on Thursday.
Water reuse. To remedy fresh water scarcity, MEPs will vote on new requirements to safely use recycled waste water for agricultural irrigation and other purposes. (Wednesday)
70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration. Commemorating Robert Schuman’s declaration of 9 May 1950 that set out the European Union’s founding principles, MEPs will discuss how the Conference on the Future of Europe (expected to start later this year, with citizen participation at its core) can help the EU to overcome current and future challenges. (Thursday)
Artificial Intelligence package. Intellectual property rights for the development of AI, ethical aspects of AI technologies and robotics, as well as the civil liability regime for AI will be debated by the Legal Affairs Committee (Tuesday).
Just Transition Fund. The Regional Development Committee will hold the first debate on the proposed Just Transition Fund, the first legislative proposal implementing the priorities set out in the European Green Deal. Topics likely to be discussed include the scope of the support, the budget envelope, as well as the new Fund’s relation to existing instruments of the EU’s cohesion policy (Tuesday).
Circular economy and biodiversity: The Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee will debate the new Circular Economy Action Plan and the upcoming Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 with Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius. (Tuesday)
President’s Diary. The President will invite civil society actors engaged in daily solidarity actions to take the floor on Saturday 9 May, in a livestreamed event in the Brussels Chamber celebrating EUROPE DAY 2020: 70 YEARS OF SOLIDARITY. On Wednesday, he will open the plenary session in Brussels and chair the debates on the EU response to COVID-19 and the recovery plan within the long-term budget with Council President Charles Michel and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
Pre-session press briefing. The EP Press and Spokesperson Services will hold a virtual press briefing together with spokespersons of Parliament’s political groups (tbc), on Wednesday. A media advisory, including exact timing and technical specifications, will be published on the press-room webpage ahead of the online press conference.

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European Parliament to hold extraordinary plenary on 16 and 17 April

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 3 aprile 2020

The EP’s President and political group leaders decided to hold an extraordinary plenary to continue with parliamentary work on the special measures to fight the pandemic.Parliament’s President and political group leaders (Conference of Presidents) held a remote meeting on Thursday morning and agreed to convene an extraordinary plenary session on Thursday 16 and Friday 17 April in Brussels.On the agenda will be a debate with Council and Commission and a vote on a resolution on EU coordinated action to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences. The EP is also ready to vote on any legislative or budgetary proposals prepared in time by the European Commission to further address the current situation.The Conference of Presidents updated the EP’s calendar of activities to introduce additional dates for remote meetings for EP governing bodies, committees and political groups. You can find it here.Group leaders also raised concerns about the emergency measures recently adopted in Hungary. A majority of the groups asked President Sassoli to relay their concerns in a letter to the Commission, asking them to evaluate the situation and consider activating the Article 7 procedure of the Treaty on European Union (TEU). This procedure would allow the EU to ensure that European core values are not at risk.The current precautionary measures adopted by the European Parliament to contain the spread of COVID-19 do not affect work on legislative priorities. Core activities are reduced, but maintained to ensure the institution’s legislative, budgetary, scrutiny functions are maintained. Parliament has agreed to introduce an alternative remote voting system. Based on public health grounds, it will enable votes to take place, with adequate safeguards to ensure that Members’ votes are individual, personal and free.

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European Parliament to hold extraordinary plenary on 26 March

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 marzo 2020

EP President and political group leaders decided to hold an extraordinary plenary session next Thursday, 26 March to allow for implementation of special measures.Parliament´s President and Group leaders (Conference of Presidents) held an informal exchange of views on Thursday morning. They approved in written procedure the proposal of EP President Sassoli to convene an extraordinary plenary session next Thursday, 26 March in Brussels to debate and vote on the first three legislative proposals of the European Commission to tackle the effects of the COVID19 pandemic in EU Member States.EP President David Sassoli said: “The European Parliament is doing its duty and will continue to do so. Parliament must remain open, because a virus cannot bring down democracy. We are the only European institution voted in by its citizens and we want to continue representing and defending them”.On the agenda:
• The Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative, which will make available €37 billion of the Cohesion funds to member states to address the consequences of the crisis,
• a legislative proposal to extend the scope of the EU Solidarity Fund to cover public health emergencies
• a Commission proposal to stop the so-called ghost flights caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.
It is key that the European Parliament adopts these three proposals swiftly, to provide concrete support to EU citizens and to the Member States in this unprecedented situation.
The Bureau of the European Parliament will adopt specific measures for this session to ensure the votes can be organised remotely. This plenary will formally replace the session foreseen for 1-2 April.

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Brussels The week ahead 09 – 15 March 2020 Plenary session

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 9 marzo 2020

Bruxelles Coronavirus. In a debate with Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Parliament will assess EU and national efforts to contain the COVID-19 virus from spreading and the role of the new EU corona response team, which coordinates with member states to share information, assess needs and ensure a coherent, EU-wide response. A significant increase in COVID-19 cases in the coming weeks would deeply affect public health and healthcare systems and heavily affect the economy and social life. (Debate Tuesday, vote Thursday)
EU long-term budget. In a debate with Council President Charles Michel, MEPs will assess the consequences of member states’ failure to agree on a common position on the 2021-27 Multiannual Financial Framework at the special EU summit on 20-21 February. They will also discuss topics on the agenda of the next European Council meeting on 26-27 March such as digitalisation, external policies, enlargement and the EU economic base. (Debate Wednesday)
Climate Law. The first legislative proposal and cornerstone of the Green Deal to turn Europe into a carbon-neutral continent by 2050 will be discussed with Commission Executive Vice-President Timmermans on Monday afternoon. Parliament last year declared a climate emergency and called for more ambitious intermediate EU reduction targets for 2030.
Greek-Turkish border. MEPs will assess the situation of migrants and asylum seekers following an ad-hoc visit by EP President Sassoli, Council President Michel and Commission President von der Leyen. They will also look into the Greek authorities’ response to the decision by Turkey to open its border and the EU emergency assistance offered to Athens for border management. (Debate Wednesday)
International Women’s Day. Women as key agents for change will be the focus of a debate on Tuesday morning with Commission Ursula von der Leyen. MEPs are likely to react to the new 2020-2025 Gender Equality Strategy presented by the Commission on 5 March.
Protecting EU-funds. Parliament will vote on a resolution asking for EU funds to be protected more effectively against conflict of interest and misuse, including by the Czech Prime Minister. MEPs will add their impressions from a recent parliamentary fact-finding mission to Czechia. A press conference by MEPs who went on the mission is scheduled on Wednesday at 14.00. (Vote Thursday)
Ukraine/Minsk agreement. MEPs will discuss the situation in Ukraine after six years of diplomatic efforts to end the violent conflict in the Donbass region. The Minsk agreements between Russia and Ukraine, signed in 2014 and 2015, have so far failed to bring peace to the area and allow Ukraine to regain full control over its eastern territories. (debate Tuesday, vote Thursday)
President’s Diary. The President will open the plenary session on Monday at 17.00 in Brussels, calling for a minute of silence for the victims of the Hanau attacks. On Tuesday, he will make an opening statement at the beginning of the International Women’s Day debate, at 9.00.
Pre-session press briefing. The EP Press Service will hold a press briefing at 16.30 on Monday in the Anna Politkovskaya press conference room, Brussels.

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Members of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 5 luglio 2019

Plenary approved on Wednesday the numerical composition of all parliamentary committees and subcommittees. The Civil Liberties Committee will have 68 full members, up from 60 in the last term. LIBE will hold its constitutive meeting on Wednesday 10 of July (tbc). MEPs will then elect the Committee’s bureau, formed by the Chair and Vice-Chairs. The first ordinary meeting is tentatively scheduled on 24-25 July.

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XXI Plenary Assembly of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG)

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 30 aprile 2019

Rome, 6-10 May 2019 the XXI Plenary Assembly of the UISG will take place at the Ergife Hotel in Rome. The theme is “Sowers of Prophetic Hope.” Sr. Carmen Sammut, msola, in a video announcing the Assembly, said that this theme urges us to consider how women religious can be signs of hope “in a world of division and war” and “for the many women and children who suffer”.Around 850 Superiors General from 80 different countries will participate. Together they will seek responses to these questions. There are 13 official languages and around 40 invited guests which include presenters, representatives of continental Conferences of men and women religious and Vatican Dicasteries, and others who lead organizations that partner with the UISG.Reflections will touch on important themes such as interculturation, the future vision of religious life, the integrity of creation (Laudato Si’), interreligious dialogue. For the first time there will be the possibility of following the principal conferences in the original language via live streaming (some are in English and others are in Spanish), by connecting to the platform https://zoom.us/join/622-095-529. More information on the Plenary Assembly and the program is available at: http://www.uisg.org/Plenary2019.
On 10 May, the Superiors General will meet with Pope France in a private audience. During that audience, the Pope will launch the “Nuns Healing Hearts” Campaign in honour of the 10th anniversary of Talitha Kum. Taking advantage of the presence of Superiors General from all over the world, the UISG will offer 7 workshops before and after the Plenary Assembly. These workshops will take place on 2, 3, 13 and 14 May in the UISG Centre for Religious Life at Regina Mundi (Lungotevere Tor di Nona, 7). The themes are: Canon Law, Protection of Minors, Communication, and New Approaches to the Provision of Care for Children.The UISG (International Union of Superiors General) is a worldwide organization of Superiors General of canonically approved Congregations of women religious. It is an international forum where Superiors General share experiences, exchange information and mutually accompany one another in carrying out their service. Currently there are 1900 members from more than 100 countries, representing more than 450,000 women religious throughout the world.
The following UISG members will meet the press accredited to the Holy See Press Office on 2 May at 1:00pm in a Meeting Point:
· Sr. Carmen Sammut, msola, Superior General of the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa and UISG President (English and French)
· Sr. Anabela Carneiro, hsc, Superior General of the Hospitaller Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese)
· Sr. Donatella Zoia, sps, Superior General of the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood (Italian, English) This meeting point will be streamed via https://www.youtube.com/user/vatican. (by Patrizia Morgante)

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Combatting terrorism: press conference after the vote in plenary

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 13 dicembre 2018

The European Parliament voted on a non-legislative initiative report on “Findings and recommendations of the Special Committee on Terrorism”.Parliament recommends multiple actions, such as reinforcing the role of the EU agencies (e.g. Europol and the European Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT Systems eu-LISA), creating an EU watch-list of radical preachers, strengthening EU’s external borders and proper checks at all border crossings using all relevant databases.To be adopted, the report drafted by the two co-rapporteurs Monika Hohlmeier (EPP, DE) and Helga Stevens (ECR, BE) needs the majority of the house.

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Rule of law in Hungary: debate in plenary

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 11 settembre 2018

Strasburgo. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán will be present and give his views to the plenary during the discussion, after the EU Commission’s First Vice-President Frans Timmermans has spoken.It is the first time that the Parliament is considering calling on the EU countries to initiate Article 7 proceedings against a member state in view of a risk of threat to the EU’s values.

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MEPs give green light to the start of negotiations with member states

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 10 febbraio 2015

parlamento europeoThe Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee decided on Thursday to open the negotiations with the member states on the legislative file on the entry and living conditions for non-EU students and researchers. The three-way talks between the Parliament, the Council and the Commission (trialogues) should start soon.The EU would offer talented non-EU students and researchers better living and working conditions so as to boost its member states’ long-run competitiveness, under draft rules backed by the full Parliament in the first reading on 25 February 2014. These rules would also clarify entry and residence conditions for foreign trainees, volunteers, school pupils and au pairs. Previous press release. The mandate for the negotiations correspond to the amendments adopted in plenary during the previous term, as reconfirmed by the Civil Liberties Committee in its decision to resume its “unfinished business” (rule 229 of the EP Rules of Procedure). The decision by the committee to enter into negotiations with the Council and the Commission in view of an agreement also includes a decision on the composition of the EP negotiating team.

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Money laundering, transfer of funds, fraud, Europol

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 26 settembre 2014

BruxellesCivil Liberties MEPs give green light to negotiations with member states The Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee decided on Wednesday to open the negotiations on the legislative files on money laundering, transfer of funds, fight against fraud and Europol. The three-way talks between the Parliament, the Council and the Commission (trialogues) will start soon.The mandate for the negotiations correspond to the amendments adopted in plenary during the previous term, as reconfirmed by the Civil Liberties Committee in its decision to resume its “unfinished business” (rule 229 of the EP Rules of Procedure).The decision by the committee to enter into negotiations with the Council and the Commission in view of an agreement also includes a decision on the composition of the EP negotiating teams.

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EU public prosecutor: MEPs call for clearer scope, defence rights

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 15 marzo 2014

european parliamentThe powers of the future European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) should be clearer and the EPPO should make sure that defence rights are properly protected in all its activities, said the European Parliament in a resolution passed on Wednesday.The non-legislative text, passed by 487 votes to 161 with 30 abstentions, sets Parliament’s priorities and red lines for giving its consent to the EPPO proposal when the moment comes.”I hope that as many member states as possible participate in the European Public Prosecutor’s Office to defend the EU’s financial interests”, said rapporteur Salvatore Iacolino (EPP, IT) before the plenary vote.The protection of the EU budget against fraud can be better achieved at EU level, MEPs underline. However, they urge member states to clarify the EU prosecutor’s powers and the relationship between the EPPO and other EU bodies, such as Eurojust and OLAF.The House also points out that the EPPO’s competences should only be extended to offences other than those affecting the EU’s financial interests under three conditions:when the conduct simultaneously constitutes a crime affecting the EU’s financial interests and other offences;
when the offences affecting the EU’s financial interests are predominant; and when the other crimes would be barred from further punishment if they were not prosecuted and brought to judgement together with the offences affecting the EU’s financial interests.

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European Parliament:The Week ahead 27 April – 3 May 2009

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 25 aprile 2009

Brussels Preparing for the plenary.  Parliament’s political groups will devote most of the week to preparations for the final plenary session of 2004-2009 parliamentary term.  The main items on the agenda include legislation on telecom networks, a package of measures on asylum systems, a new set of rules for the supervision of banks and legislation concerning maternity leave.  There will be a debate with the Czech Council Presidency on plans for the June EU summit.  In addition, Hans-Gert Pöttering will make an address marking his final session as EP President. EP/Lithuania and Poland. President Pöttering makes official visits to both Lithuania and Poland. In each country, he will meet the President and Prime Minister among others (Monday – Wednesday). Working time.  Parliament and Council representatives meet for a final time in the Conciliation Committee to try to reach agreement on changes to EU rules on working time (Monday). If they succeed, this too will be put to the vote at the May plenary session. Recovery plan.  Budgetary changes needed to bring into effect the Commission’s proposals for spending on energy projects as part of the effort to counteract the economic downturn will be put to the vote in the Budgets Committee (Monday). Turkey/Women.  The Women’s Rights committee holds a hearing on the role of women in Turkey’s social, economic and political life (Thursday). Asylum.  The Civil Liberties Committee votes on a range of measures concerning asylum provisions (Monday). Moldova + Ecuador.  A delegation of MEPs visits Chişinău to assess the situation follow Moldova’s disputed elections (Monday-Tuesday). Another delegation will be in Ecuador to observe presidential elections (Monday-Tuesday).Pre-plenary press briefing.  As Friday is a public holiday, the regular pre-session press briefing with the EP press service and political group spokespeople will take place on Monday in Strasbourg, just before the opening of the session.

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