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Following the last week of committee meetings, next week is dedicated to external parliamentary activities including a number of delegations. This is the last week of meetings before September. We will resume service at the end of August. Enjoy your summer!
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Firms supplying essential services, e.g. for energy, transport, banking and health, or digital ones, such as search engines and cloud services, will have to improve their ability to withstand cyber-attacks under the first EU-wide rules on cybersecurity, approved by MEPs on Wednesday.
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EU leaders must respond to the UK's vote to leave the EU, by doing more to defend the EU project and to make it more transparent, social and responsive to citizens' concerns. This was a key message that came out of Parliament's Tuesday morning debate with European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, on last week's EU summit.
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MEPs return to Strasbourg for a plenary sitting from Monday 4th to Thursday 7th July. The plenary is when Members of the European Parliament from all political groups and from all countries meet in the parliamentary chamber in Strasbourg to discuss and vote on legislation.
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The UK must respect the wish of a majority of its citizens, entirely, fully and as soon as possible, by officially withdrawing from the EU before any new relationship arrangements can be made, says the European Parliament in a resolution voted after an extraordinary plenary debate on Tuesday. MEPs also stress the urgent need for reforms to ensure that the EU lives up to its citizens’ expectations.
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What is the European Parliament’s position on the UK referendum? The European Parliament will hold an extraordinary plenary session on Tuesday 28 June at 9am UK time. The debate will be followed by a vote on a number of draft resolutions concerning the outcome of the referendum. The draft resolutions can be accessed here.
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The EU Commission proposal for an EU anti-tax avoidance directive was welcomed by Parliament in a resolution voted on Wednesday. MEPs nonetheless advocated stricter limits on deductions for interest payments and tougher rules on foreign income. They also called for more transparency for trust funds and foundations, common rules for “patent box” tax reductions on intellectual property earnings, and an EU blacklist of tax havens and sanctions against uncooperative jurisdictions.
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The European Parliament agreed to set up an inquiry committee into the “Panama Papers” revelations, of detailed information on offshore companies and their ultimate beneficiaries, in a vote on Wednesday. The committee is to investigate alleged contraventions and maladministration in the application by the EU Commission or member states of EU laws on money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion. It will have 65 members and twelve months to present its report.
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Events

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The European Parliament Information Office in the UK has been invited to address U3A monthly meetings. These meetings are open to members of the U3A and their guests. Should you wish to book a speaker for your U3A please contact Elisabeth.Sweeney@ep.europa.eu or tel 0207 227 4328.
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Public interest

European Emergency Number Association
112 is a general emergency number which you can use in ALL EU countries. Anyone in need can call it 24/7 to reach the fire brigade, ambulance, police or coastguard. The number is free and can be reached by landlines, mobiles and payphones. You can even use it here in the UK instead of 999 (though it does not replace it).
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Educational resources

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EUROSCOLA brings together about 600 students from all over the European Union for a day in Strasbourg discussing aspects of European integration, in multilingual working groups of 100 students. It is open to students aged 16-18.
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Free educational sessions at Europe House. Specially designed to be interactive, politically neutral and suitable for for 11-18 year olds at schools and colleges, including those studying for GCSE, A-Level and BTEC qualifications. They are completely free of charge. You can also request a session to be held at your school or college.
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