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This Week's Top Stories from the European Parliament - 6-10 July 2020

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How to recover European culture after COVID-19?

MEPs on Friday from around 9.35 AM in the presence of commissioner Margaritis Schinas will discuss EU plans to help European culture recover from the damage caused by the COVID-19 crisis.
Committee on Culture and Education


MEPs want the EU to play a stronger role in improving public health

In a debate on the EU's future public health strategy, MEPs said COVID-19 has shown that the EU needs stronger tools to deal with health emergencies.
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety


Parliament adopts major reform of road transport sector

Parliament backs revised rules to improve drivers' working conditions and stop distortion of competition in road transport.
Committee on Transport and Tourism


Article - Budget and recovery: MEPs push for clarity on EU own resources

The EU should secure adequate funding to push through its recovery plans and emerge stronger from the Covid-19 crisis, MEPs said during a plenary debate on 8 July.


EP Today

Thursday, 9 July


MEPs back Helga Berger as the Austrian member of the European Court of Auditors

On Wednesday, MEPs voted in a secret ballot to endorse the new Court of Auditors member Helga Berger, nominated by the Austrian government.
Committee on Budgetary Control


EU leaders prepare timetable and structure for EU budget negotiations

The four presidents of the main EU institutions met today to prepare the intensive inter-institutional negotiations that lie ahead.


Parliament approves candidate for post of EU banking watchdog boss

The plenary on Wednesday approved the nomination of Fran├žois-Louis Michaud for the post of Executive Director of the European Banking Authority.
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs


Parliament sounds alarm over children in Japan taken from EU parents

MEPs are concerned over the high number of parental child abduction cases due to the reluctance of Japanese authorities to comply with international law.
Committee on Petitions


Angela Merkel presents German Presidency priorities to the European Parliament

MEPs discussed with Chancellor Angela Merkel and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen the strategy and goals of the German Presidency in the coming six months.


July plenary session opens in Brussels

President Sassoli opened the 8-10 July part session in Brussels, in the presence of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.


Reform of road transport sector: press conference on Thursday, 9 July at 10:00

When: Thursday, 9 July at 10:00 - Where: Anna Politkovskaya pressroom and via Skype


Article - New rules to allow collective EU consumer action

New rules on collective redress will allow EU consumers to come together to fight domestic and cross-border cases of unlawful practices.


EP Today

Wednesday, 8 July


Article - Parliament to vote on revision of trans-European energy guidelines

MEPs are set to call for funding guidelines for key energy projects and improved storage solutions to better match the EU's ambitious climate goals.


German Presidency outlines priorities to EP committees

Ministers are outlining the priorities of the German Presidency of the Council of the EU to parliamentary committees, in a series of meetings.
Committee on Constitutional Affairs
Committee on Foreign Affairs
Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
Committee on Budgets
Committee on Budgetary Control
Committee on Culture and Education
Committee on Development
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs
Committee on Employment and Social Affairs
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality
Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection
Committee on International Trade
Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
Committee on Legal Affairs
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
Committee on Fisheries
Committee on Petitions
Committee on Regional Development
Committee on Transport and Tourism
Subcommittee on Human Rights
Subcommittee on Security and Defence


Shipping industry must contribute to climate neutrality, say MEPs

To decarbonise maritime transport, the Environment Committee voted on Tuesday to include CO2 emissions from the maritime sector in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS).
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety


Article - Better working conditions for truck drivers across the EU

New EU rules on road transport aim to end distortion of competition in the sector while providing better working conditions for drivers. Find out more.


Media Advisory: Visit of Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday

On Wednesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be in Parliament to debate with MEPs the priorities of the German Presidency.


Investigate alleged pushbacks of asylum-seekers at the Greek-Turkish border, MEPs demand

Greek and EU authorities must investigate recurrent reports of violent pushbacks at the border with Turkey, which if true would mean Greece is not ensuring the right to asylum.
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs


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