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Opening – First plenary session of 2018 | EU Parliament Press

President Tajani opened the session in Strasbourg, expressing concern over repeated human rights violations in Turkey and highlighting Wednesday’s debate on the future of Europe.

30 years after the Sakharov prize was first awarded, the Parliament must continue to support those to whom it is awarded, as some continue to be persecuted. Leyla Zana, who was awarded the Sakharov Prize in 1995, has been removed from her post in the Turkish Grand National Assembly. President Tajani expressed solidarity with her on behalf of the House. “It is not acceptable that someone elected by the people should be removed from their seat”, he said.

President Tajani expressed concern regarding repeated human rights violations in Turkey, which target not only the political opposition, but also representatives of civil society, including journalists and academics. Having mentioned several of those currently being persecuted, he affirmed that the EP will continue to support them in their struggle for freedom and justice.

On Wednesday morning, after the presentation of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU, the first in a series of debates on the future of Europe will take place, kicking off with Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. A new format will allow for a more interactive debate, putting the Parliament at the heart of the discussion on the future of the EU. President Tajani confirmed that he will try to be as balanced as possible during the debate, to reflect the diversity of the House.

 

Incoming MEPs

Michael Detjen (S&D, DE)

Outgoing MEPs

Jutta Steinruck, (S&D, DE)

 

Agenda changes

No agenda changes.

Requests by committees to start negotiations with Council and Commission

Decisions by several committees to enter into inter-institutional negotiations (Rule 69c) are published on the plenary website.

If no request for a vote in Parliament on the decision to enter into negotiations is made by Tuesday 24.00, the committees may start negotiations.

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EVENT HIGHLIGHTS | Cyber Skills Gap: can gender balance fill the void?

On the 7th of November, PubAffairs Bruxelles hosted a debate on cyber skills gap and whether a more gender-balanced workforce could fill the substantial skills shortage affecting the cybersecurity field. Mr Rodrigo Ballester, Cabinet Member of Commissioner Navracsics, European Commission, Ms Silvia Merisio, Digital Economy and Skills, DG CONNECT, European Commission, Ms Lyndsay Turley, Head of Comms & Public Affairs EMEA, ISC2, Ms Jacky Fox, Director – Cyber Risk , Deloitte, and Ms Emma Mohan-Satta, Fraud Prevention Consultant, Kaspersky Lab were all present as speakers.

The debate was moderated by Magnus Franklin, Chief Correspondent, MLex.

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Does Europe really need Fiscal and Political Union? | Project Syndicate

Greece’s combative former finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, and his nemesis, former German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble, were at loggerheads on Greek debt throughout Varoufakis’s term in office. But they were in full agreement when it came to the central question of the eurozone’s future. Monetary union required political union. No middle way was possible. This is one of the interesting revelations in Varoufakis’s fascinating account of his tenure as finance minister. “You are probably the one [in the Eurogroup] who understands that the eurozone is unsustainable,” Varoufakis quotes Schäuble as telling him. “The eurozone is constructed wrongly. We should have a political union, there is no doubt about it.”Of course, Schäuble and Varoufakis had different ideas regarding the ends that political union would serve. Schäuble saw political union as a means to impose strong fiscal discipline on member states from the centre, tying their hands and preventing “irresponsible” economic policies. Varoufakis thought political union would relax creditors’ stranglehold on his economy and create room for progressive politics across Europe.

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EVENT HIGHLIGHTS | What role for ‘Local Energy Communities’ in the EU energy transition?

On the 17th of October, PubAffairs Bruxelles hosted a debate on ‘Local Energy Communities’ (LECs) as a new model of energy production and consumption and their role in the EU energy transition with Mr Siim Meeliste, Counsellor for Energy from the Estonian Permanent Representation to the EU, Mr Antonio Lopez-Nicolas, Deputy Head of Unit, Renewable Energy and CCS Policy, European Commission, Dr Jan Ole Voss, Legal Advisor, European Renewable Energy Federation, Mr Josh Roberts, Advocacy Officer, REScoop.eu, and Mr Luis Arturo Hernández, Innovation Team Lead, Decentralised Energy Systems, E.ON.

The debate was moderated by Hughes Belin, freelance journalist.

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Album photos | Débat | Élargissement aux pays des Balkans occidentaux: urgence ou précipitation?

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COP23: Introducing a new toolkit to help support the Paris Agreement | EUROPP – LSE Blog

Countries hit hard by recent climatic events, from category 5 hurricanes in the Caribbean, to severe flooding in South Asia, are demanding swift action. Not just in terms of disaster recovery, but also with regard to adaptation and mitigation policies that can reduce and address the effects of climate change. One recommendation to come out of the climate change workshop at the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) in Dhaka this month was that ‘legal reform can make a low carbon and climate resilient development pathway possible by reinforcing policy, strengthening institutions and mobilising resources towards climate change activities’. There is high demand for a tool that can support countries in realising the nationally-driven focus of the Paris Agreement, by providing collective experience in the strengthening of national laws related to climate change.The Paris Agreement’s goal is to hold the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C, to pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5°C, and to achieve net zero emissions in the second half of this century. Realising such a goal will require widespread socio-economic changes in diverse societies around the world. In addition to the challenges of decarbonisation, countries face climate change consequences across themes as diverse as urban planning, potable water, sanitation, agriculture, and loss of territory due to sea-level rise.

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[FR] INVITATION | Élargissement aux pays des Balkans occidentaux: urgence ou précipitation? | Mardi 21 novembre

Nous sommes heureux de vous inviter à participer à une soirée de discussion autour de la question de l’élargissement aux pays des Balkans occidentaux avec nos orateurs M. Nicholas Cendrowicz, Chef d’Unité adjoint, Balkans occidentaux – Coopération et Programmes régionaux, Commission européenne, M. Cristian Preda (PPE/RO), Député européen, M. Rayko Nikolov, Attaché, Représentation Permanente de la Bulgarie, M. Giuliano Fragnito, Attaché, Représentation Permanente de l’Italie et M. Erwan Fouéré, Chercheur associé, Centre d’études politiques européennes – CEPS.

Monsieur Stéphane Lopez, Ambassadeur, Représentant de l’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie auprès de l’Ue, tiendra un discours d’introduction.

Le débat sera modéré par Hughes Belin, journaliste freelance.

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En 1999, l’Union européenne a lancé une politique visant au rapprochement progressif avec les pays des Balkans notamment occidentaux, tenant compte des différentes spécificités de chacun. Si six pays étaient concernés, seuls la Serbie et le Monténégro ont réellement commencé les négociations d’adhésion, l’Albanie et l’Ex-République yougoslave de Macédoine se voyant accorder le statut de pays candidats, alors que la Bosnie-Herzégovine et le Kosovo devaient encore passer plusieurs étapes cruciales préalables.

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Photo Album | Debate | Cyber Skills Gap: can gender balance fill the void?

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Thank you for attending our debate ‘What role for ‘Cyber Skills Gap: can gender balance fill the void?’

PubAffairs Bruxelles was delighted to host on the 7th of November the debate ‘Cyber Skills Gap : can gender balance fill the void?’ between our distinguished speakers Mr Rodrigo Ballester, Cabinet Member of Commissioner Navracsics, European Commission, Ms Silvia Merisio, Digital Economy and Skills, DG CONNECT, European Commission, Ms Lyndsay Turley, Head of Comms & Public Affairs EMEA, ISC(2), Ms Jacky Fox,  Director – Cyber Risk, Deloitte, Ms Emma Mohan-Satta, Fraud Prevention Consultant, Kaspersky Lab and Mr Martijn van Lom, General Manager Kaspersky Lab Benelux.

We would like to thank our distinguished guests, our sponsor, Kaspesky Lab, and our moderator, Magnus Franklin, Chief correspondent at MLex.

We hope that all the contributors, attendees, as well as our present and future members will join us for our next debate which will be held in French on the 21st of November.

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