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Tragedies in the Mediterranean, biofuels, fighting terrorism and cybercrime - this week in the European Parliament

MEPs return to Strasbourg for a plenary sitting from Monday 27th to Thursday 30th April. 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

Tragedies in the Mediterranean. MEPs will demand concrete action to halt the drowning of Mediterranean migrants and refugees in a key debate with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Council President Donald Tusk. (Wednesday)

Fighting terrorism and cybercrime. MEPs will state their views on the new “European Agenda on Security”, setting out key priorities and actions to fight terrorism, organised crime and cybercrime. (debate on Tuesday, vote on Wednesday)

Biofuels shift. MEPs will vote on new rules capping crop-derived biofuel production in favour of alternative sources to cut greenhouse gas emissions. (Tuesday)

Read the full agenda (pdf)
 

Watch live through webstreaming at

Europarl TVEurope by SateliteBBC Parliament Live
 

Issues involving UK MEPs

Money Market Funds. Rapporteur: Neena Gill (West Midlands, Labour) Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs. Debate Tuesday, vote Wednesday

 

Other topics

European security strategy, plastic bags, Youth empoyment initiative, eCall in cars.