EP Plenary Session

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European Parliament Plenary Session, March 2018

Written by Clare Ferguson, This European Parliament plenary session follows International Women’s Day last week, when events organised by the Committee on Women ‘s Rights and Gender Equality focused on gender equality in the media and digital sector. The committee’s own-initiative report seeks to ensure that everyone is represented equally, and that women and girls … Continue reading

European Parliament Plenary Session, February II 2018

EU values are top of the agenda for the second plenary session of February, in Brussels, with a Commission statement expected on Wednesday afternoon on its decision to activate Article 7 (1) TEU as a result of the situation on the rule of law in Poland. Continue reading

European Parliament Plenary Session, February 2018

The topical debate on the agenda for this first European Parliament plenary session in February, which takes place on Wednesday afternoon, considers the pressing issue of the consequences of rising socio-economic inequalities for European citizens. Indeed, social governance in the EU is a top priority for the future of Europe – the subject of an intervention from the Prime Minister of Croatia, Andrej Plenković, on Tuesday morning, the second in a series of debates with Member States’ leaders. Continue reading

European Parliament Plenary Session, January 2018

Written by Clare Ferguson, Twin key debates are scheduled on Parliament’s agenda on Wednesday morning, with the appearance of no less than two Prime Ministers. Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borissov, will present the programme of activities of the Bulgarian Presidency, followed by a debate with the Prime Minister of Ireland, Leo Varadkar, on the future … Continue reading

Plenary round-up – Strasbourg, December 2017

The December session highlights were the pre-European Council debate, including on the state of play of ‘Brexit’ negotiations, as well as the debate on foreign, security and defence policy, with a statement from Federica Mogherini on PESCO. Continue reading

European Parliament Plenary Session, December 2017

Written by Clare Ferguson, In its relations with the rest of the world, the EU, and particularly the European Parliament, consistently prioritises its human rights principles on its agenda. On Wednesday morning, Parliament will award the 2017 Sakharov Prize to the Venezuelan Opposition. Julio Borges and Antonio Ledezma are expected to attend to receive the prize on … Continue reading

PANA committee of inquiry [Plenary Podcast]

The European Parliament’s ‘Committee of Inquiry to investigate alleged contraventions and maladministration in the application of Union law in relation to money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion’ (PANA committee) was established in June 2016. Continue reading

European Parliament Plenary Session, November II 2017

Written by Clare Ferguson, Each autumn, Parliament turns its attention to agreeing the budget for the following year’s operations. The first item on the agenda for the second plenary session in November, therefore, is a vote on the joint agreement between the Council and Parliament on the 2018 EU budget. Following some revision (in both … Continue reading

European Parliament’s plenary session: November I, 2017

This blogpost presents the EPRS contribution to the European Parliament’s plenary session in November 2017. Continue reading

EP Plenary Session October II: Protecting borders, investors, workers and whistle-blowers

This blogpost presents key topics to be discussed on the second October plenary session of the European Parliament. Continue reading

Plenary round-up – Strasbourg, October I 2017

The adoption of Parliament’s resolution on the state of play of the Brexit negotiations was one of the main points of the October I plenary session, as was a debate on the constitution, rule of law and fundamental rights in Spain. Other subjects debated during the week included the cancellation of flights by Ryanair, the forthcoming COP23 climate change conference in Bonn, the situation in Moldova and breaches of human rights in Africa, Ukraine and the Maldives. Continue reading

EP Plenary Session October: Looking to the future of the EU

Members of the European Parliament meet for a plenary session 12 times per year. This blogpost discusses the main topics of the October 2017 EP plenary session. Continue reading

Session round-up – Strasbourg, September 2017

In addition to the State of the Union address by European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, the main debates held during Parliament’s September plenary session included questions such as fire safety in buildings, the impact of hurricane Irma, breaches of human rights and a series of statements related to external relations presented by the High Representative, Federica Mogherini. Continue reading

The 2017 State of the Union debate in the European Parliament

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s State of the Union address to the European Parliament, and the subsequent debate, on 13 September come in the context of the ongoing broader reflection on the future path of the European Union. Continue reading

Next steps in the debate on the future of Europe

A clearer view of the European Commission’s vision of the future of Europe should be one outcome of the 2017 State of the Union speech by President Jean-Claude Juncker. Continue reading

EP Plenary Session September: Boosting EU values of social cohesion and human rights

Written by Clare Ferguson, This month’s European Parliament plenary agenda sees MEPs back in Strasbourg, with the major focus of this month’s session on Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s address on the State of the Union, to be held at 09:00 on Wednesday morning. The speech is likely to look back at the reflections and scenarios … Continue reading

EP Plenary Session July: Parliament continues efforts to promote democracy and sustainability

Written by Clare Ferguson, There is a sense of an ending around this month’s plenary session, as European leaders say a final farewell to that quintessential citizen of Europe, Helmut Kohl, the personification of German reunification and European integration, this weekend. Parliament will also mark the passing of Simone Veil, the first woman to be … Continue reading

EP Plenary Session June: Cohesion policy, Climate change, and Capitals of Culture

Written by Clare Ferguson, Cohesion policy Jobs, growth and investment are a top EU priority, and come high on the European Parliament agenda. Following Monday’s joint debate on reducing economic and social inequality between regions through current EU cohesion policy, Members will look to the future and vote on an own-initiative report on the building … Continue reading

EP Plenary Session May I: What future for liberalism, multilateralism, and free trade?

Written by Clare Ferguson, With a Commission statement scheduled for Tuesday morning dealing with globalisation, the EU’s place in the world leads the agenda for the first European Parliament plenary session in May. Multilateralism is a core element of EU international relations – both the 2003 European security strategy and the 2016 global strategy emphasise … Continue reading

EP Plenary Session April II: Discharge of the EU’s 2015 budget (but it’s not just about the money)

Written by Clare Ferguson, The biggest issue on Parliament’s plenary agenda for this session is the discharge procedure for the EU’s 2015 budget. To ensure the transparent and democratic scrutiny of how public funds are spent, Parliament’s elected Members decide whether the EU institutions have disbursed their budget in accordance with the rules. As the … Continue reading

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