What will MEPs be working on during next week's Plenary Session in Strasbourg? Highlights include: State and future of the European Union debate with jean-Claude Juncker; debate on Commission's illegal state aid verdict on Ireland's tax deal with Apple; car emissions, EU budget 2017, relocation of asylum seekers, SME Competiveness,
Following a busy plenary session in Strasbourg, MEPs work this week in their constituency or take part in parliamentary delegations. Parliament President Martin Schulz travels to London to meet among others UK Prime Minister Theresa May, while some MEPs are in Lebanon to assess the country's response to the refugee crisis.
Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager won wide support from MEPs, in a Wednesday afternoon debate, for the Commission’s state aid verdict that the tax benefits that Ireland granted to Apple Inc., enabling it to pay substantially less tax than other businesses over many years, were illegal.
We have recently launched our 2016 competiton for schools. We are asking students to design a poster depicting events taking place in the capital cities of Europe while the Easter Rising was unfolding in Dublin in 1916, a snapshot of what life was like across Europe at the time of the Easter Rising. The prize? A trip for 24 students and two teachers from your school to the European Parliament in Strasbourg to take part in Euroscola, a one-day youth parliament for 16-18 year olds. Closing date: 18 November, 5.00 pm.
The European Parliament will once again be present at this year's National Ploughing Championships, which take place from Tuesday 20 to Thursday 22 September at Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. We will be available to assist you with questions on EU policies, your rights as a European citizen and all topics of EU interest. Experts in the field of the Common Agricultural Policy will also be on hand. You will find us in Block 3, row 13, stand no 307.
The 2016 LUX Film Prize has selected the three films in its Official Competition. The 10th-anniversary edition of the award will have Leyla Bouzid’s As I Open My Eyes (France/Tunisia/Belgium/United Arab Emirates), Claude Barras’ My Life as a Courgette (Switzerland/France) and Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann (Germany/Austria/Romania) as the final contenders.
The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is awarded each year by the European Parliament to individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to the fight for human rights across the globe, drawing attention to human rights violations as well as supporting the laureates and their cause. Raif Badawi, a Saudi Arabian blogger, human rights activist and author of the website Free Saudi Liberals, whose wife, Ensaf Haidar, accepted the prize on his behalf at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, is the 2015 Laureate.
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Parliament decides its annual calendar of work on the basis of a proposal by the Conference of Presidents. The calendar is divided into plenary sittings (part-sessions) and meetings. It comprises: 12 four-day part-sessions in Strasbourg and additional two-day part-sessions in Brussels, two weeks a month for meetings of parliamentary committees and interparliamentary delegations, one week a month for political group meetings and four weeks a year where MEPs concentrate exclusively on constituency work. The weeks are colour coded indicating that period's particular activities.