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This Week's Top Stories from the European Parliament - 16-20 September 2019

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Detailed schedule for hearings of the Commissioners-designate adopted
Today

The Conference of Presidents (EP President and leaders of political groups) on Thursday decided on the detailed calendar of hearings of the Commissioners-designate.

The hearings will start on 30 September and last until 8 October.


Europe must remember its past to build its future
Plenary session | LIBE | Today

On the 80th anniversary of the start of the Second World War, Parliament insists on the importance of remembering Europe's tragic past to safeguard Europe's future.


Human Rights: breaches in Iran, Turkey and Myanmar
Plenary session | Today

On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted three resolutions taking stock of the human rights situation in Iran, Turkey and Myanmar.


No patents on naturally obtained plants and seeds
Plenary session | Today

Fruit, vegetables or animals obtained from conventional breeding processes, such as crossing, must not become patentable, MEPs said in a non-legislative resolution on Thursday.


EP President David Sassoli receives call and invitation to London from PM Boris Johnson
Yesterday

European Parliament President David Sassoli today received a phone call from UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. It was the first conversation between the two leaders.


Brexit: new European Parliament reaffirms wholehearted support for EU position
Plenary session | Yesterday

The Withdrawal Agreement is fair, balanced and provides legal certainty, MEPs say in a resolution reiterating Parliament's support for an "orderly Brexit".


Nearly €300 million in EU aid after 2018 floods in Austria, Italy, Romania
Plenary session | BUDG | Yesterday

On Wednesday, MEPs approved € 293 551 794 million in EU Solidarity Fund aid following extreme weather events in Austria, Italy and Romania in 2018.


MEPs boost support for EU research and Erasmus
Plenary session | BUDG | Yesterday

On Wednesday, MEPs approved a €100 million top-up for the EU's research programmes (€80 million for Horizon 2020) and youth mobility (€20 million for Erasmus+).


European Parliament gives green light to Christine Lagarde
Plenary session | 17-09-2019

Christine Lagarde obtained Parliament's approval to be the ECB's next President, in a plenary vote on Tuesday.


Yves Mersch recommended for ECB Supervisory Board
Plenary session | ECON | 17-09-2019

Plenary on Tuesday approved the appointment of Yves Mersch as Vice-Chair of the European Central Bank's Supervisory Board.


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