Highlights

Highlights of the week

Plenary debate on the situation in Turkey

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Plenary debate on the situation in Turkey

At its mini-Plenary on Wednesday, the European Parliament will discuss the situation in Turkey, particularly focusing on the constitutional referendum of 16 April 2017. The EPP Group Chairman Manfred Weber will lead the debate.

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  • Marion Jeanne, tel:  +32 479 840 293

Ending unjustified geoblocking

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Ending unjustified geoblocking

Members of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee will vote on a Report authored by Róża Thun MEP on Tuesday on geoblocking, streghthening the European Commission's proposal from last year. MEPs want to limit geoblocking used by entrepreneurs and to increase consumers' access to the goods and services sold online. At the same time, they plan to enable the entrepreneurs to trade online with foreign consumers in accordance with the law they use in their home country. A press conference is planned for after the vote.

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  • Agata Byczewska, tel:  +32 473 841 093

Dealing with asylum applications - a clear set of rules needed

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Dealing with asylum applications - a clear set of rules needed

Standards for the reception of applicants for international protection will be voted on in the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs on Tuesday. The new law will introduce EU standards on reception conditions of applicants for international protection applicable in all Member States, and common rules on rights and obligations of the applicants. The EPP Group supports setting a clear set of rules that will put an end to different procedures for dealing with asylum applications across Member States. It is essential that the EU prevents irregular secondary movements of refused applicants.

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  • David Stellini, tel:  +32 473 541 926

Establishing a European fund to fight the root causes of migration

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Establishing a European fund to fight the root causes of migration

On Monday, Members of the Budgets, Foreign Affairs and Development Committees will vote on their position, co-authored by Eduard Kukan MEP, on the proposal to set up the European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD) and accompanying guarantee mechanisms to mobilise investments in Africa and the EU’s Eastern and Southern Neighbourhood in order to fight poverty and the root causes of migration. The EPP Group proposes that in addition to the official development aid, more innovative funding should be put in place. Blending public-private partnerships can leverage public financing and improve the investment climate in places where the risks are too high to attract private funding, like fragile, conflict and violence-torn countries or regions. Significant numbers of irregular migrants come from such regions.

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  • Agata Byczewska, tel:  +32 473 841 093
  • Francisco Correia Da Silva, tel:  +32 470 830 567
  • Alen Legovic, tel:  +32 473 534 397

EU media law: addressing consumer concerns over excessive advertising

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EU media law: addressing consumer concerns over excessive advertising

On Tuesday, the Committee on Culture and Education will vote on the revision of the Audiovisual Services Directive to create a fair, level playing field between the classical television and the rising online media platforms. The core areas are youth and consumer protection, the accessibility of disabled people to audiovisual media services, the quota of European works and their financial support by Video on Demand providers. One key question will be the advertisement regulation. While the Commission proposed a daily maximum of 20 percent advertising without an hourly limit, the European Parliament's Co-Rapporteur, Sabine Verheyen, supports the idea of limiting advertising during the so-called primetime: "It is our main goal to protect our consumers against an excessively high volume of advertising during the peak viewing hours."

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  • Meike Bogdan, tel:  +32 473 850 507

Future of the Central European University (CEU) in Hungary

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Future of the Central European University (CEU) in Hungary

A cross-group, joint public event with the Rector and President of the Central European University (CEU), Michael Ignatieff, will look into the new law of the Hungarian Government which may severely infringe independent non-state-funded education and research bodies. The renowned CEU, with students and scholars from all over the world, is a particular case in point. The event will take place on Tuesday @ 13.45 hrs, ASP 5G3, European Parliament, Brussels.

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  • Thomas Bickl, tel:  +32 478 215 372

Combating child sexual abuse

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Combating child sexual abuse

Combating child sexual abuse online and offline is a key priority for the EPP Group. The criminal networks are cross-border and sophisticated. We need to step up our European police and judicial cooperation, together with Europol and Eurojust, to prevent crime, combat impunity and protect child victims. The public hearing in the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee on Tuesday will be a good opportunity to listen to experts on the measures taken by Member States to implement the Directive on combating the sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children and child pornography, to identify gaps in the application of existing rules and to compare best practices. Anna Maria Corazza Bildt is responsible for the EP Report on the implementation of this Directive.

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  • Lina Stenlund, tel:  +32 485 911 164

More democracy and freedom needed in Venezuela

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More democracy and freedom needed in Venezuela

The European Parliament is expected to approve a Resolution on the alarming situation in Venezuela following the debate held earlier in April. The EPP Group will propose to condemn the continued unconstitutional violation of the democratic order and the recent decision of the Supreme Court to suspend the powers of the Venezuelan National Assembly, as well as calling on the Government to allow transparent elections as the only way to terminate the current political impasse. The EPP Group will also condemn the decision to ban the opposition leader Henrique Capriles from holding political office for 15 years, and will call for the immediate release of all political prisoners. The EPP Group will also call on the Venezuelan authorities to allow humanitarian aid into the country as a matter of urgency.

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  • Javier Jimenez Arbelo, tel:  +32 475 48 04 46

Evaluating how EU money from the 2015 budget was spent

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Evaluating how EU money from the 2015 budget was spent

At the plenary sitting in Brussels, the Parliament will vote on the 2015 budgetary discharges. The Reports evaluate how money was spent in the EU Institutions, funds, agencies and public-private partnerships. Parliament's Rapporteur for the European Commission and the executive agencies discharge is the EPP Group Member Joachim Zeller who, in his Report, criticises the seven-year budgeting cycle of the Union, among other recommendations.

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  • Pete Pakarinen, tel:  +32 470 830 213

Dijsselbloem finally comes to plenary

Jeroen Dijsselbloem

Dijsselbloem finally comes to plenary

Jeroen Dijsselbloem, President of the Eurogroup, will finally come to the plenary of the European Parliament on Thursday to answer questions from MEPs, after having previously refused to do. The main topic will be the state of play of the economic adjustment programme for Greece. Of course, MEPs will also ask questions on Dijsselbloem's controversial remarks about Southern European countries.

  • Daniel Köster, tel:  +32 487 384 784

Chairman's Agenda

Manfred Weber, Chairman of the EPP Group

Chairman's Agenda

Monday: CSU Party Bureau meeting, Munich

Tuesday: Meetings with Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis, Commissioner Günther Oettinger and Brexit Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier

Wednesday: Exchange of views with the President of the European Court of Auditors, Klaus-Heiner Lehne

Saturday: EPP Party Presidency meeting and EPP Summit, Brussels

Press Conferences

Conference

Press Conferences

Monday @ 11.00 hrs: Briefing on the parliamentary agenda

Thursday @ 10.00 hrs: Aldo Patriciello and Francesc Gambús on an innovative strategy to improve cardiovascular health in Europe

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