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Refugee crisis, Roaming and GMOs - this week in the European Parliament

MEPs return to Strasbourg for a plenary sitting from Monday 26th to Thursday 29th October. 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.

This is the forum where, following committee meetings in the preceding weeks, MEPs take part in the decision-making and express their standpoint to the European Commission and Council of the European Union.

 
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Highlights

Refugee crisis.  The outcome of the EU summit on 15 October and the special summit on the Western Balkans migration route on 25 October as well as the upcoming Valletta summit on 11-12 November with African countries, will be debated with European Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Tuesday, at 9am.

Roaming and net neutrality. A ban on "roaming" surcharges for using mobile phones abroad in the EU and new rules on internet access will become law when Parliament takes its final vote on the new telecoms package on Tuesday. A press conference is scheduled for 2.30pm (Debate Monday, vote Tuesday)

GMOs. A draft EU law that would enable individual EU member states to restrict or prohibit the sale and use of EU-approved GMO food or feed on their own territory will be put to a vote on Wednesday. The Environment Committee and most political groups recommend that Parliament should reject the proposal. (Debate and vote Wednesday)

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Other topics:

Tax rulings, Sakharov prize 2015, Novel Foods, Travel package, Volkswagen and EU electoral law.

Read the full agenda (pdf)
 

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