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MEPs debate the pros and cons of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada with farmers, businesses and trade union representatives. EU trade ministers are to decide on 18 October in Brussels on the approval and provisional application of the agreement. CETA cannot enter into force without European Parliament approval.
 
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14/06/2017
MEPs gave their input ahead of the 22-23 June European Council, which will deal with the Brexit negotiations, including the procedure for relocating EU agencies which are now in the UK. Migration, security and defence were also on the agenda in a debate with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the Maltese Presidency of the Council.

U.S. President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change was discussed in Plenary. Parliament is also voting today on legislation implementing its 2030 emissions-reduction targets the same day.

The cuts will help deliver on the EU’s overall target for 2030 - a 30% cut from 2005 levels, in line with the Paris Agreement.The legislation will make it possible to break down the EU target into binding, national ones, for sectors not covered by the EU carbon market - i.e. agriculture, transport, building and waste, which together account for about 60% of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions.  

As of 15 June 2017, roaming charges in the European Union will no longer apply. President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani, Prime Minister of Malta Joseph Muscat, on behalf of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, issued the following statement:

"The European Union is about bringing people together and making their lives easier. The end of roaming charges is a true European success story. From now on, citizens who travel within the EU will be able to call, text and connect on their mobile devices at the same price as they pay at home. Eliminating roaming charges is one of the greatest and most tangible successes of the EU."
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17/05/2017
MEPs debate the outcome of the last European Council, which approved guidelines for the negotiations with the UK on the terms of its withdrawal from the EU, with European Council President Donald Tusk and the Commission, on Wednesday morning. The European Parliament had already adopted its key principles and conditions for the UK's withdrawal agreement on 5 April. In their resolution, MEPs gave priority to securing equal and fair treatment for EU citizens living in the UK and British citizens living in the EU. Any agreement at the end of UK-EU negotiations will need to win the approval of the European Parliament.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres delivered a formal speech to MEPs on Wednesday at noon. The UN Secretary-General addressed the situation in Syria, the refugee crisis and the EU’s key role in implementing the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. António Guterres was UN High Commissioner for Refugees from June 2005 to December 2015 and Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002. He succeeded Ban Ki-moon as UN Secretary-General on 1 January 2017.

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António Guterres: "A strong and united EU is fundamental to a strong UN"


António Guterres was UN High Commissioner for Refugees from June 2005 to December 2015 and Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002. He succeeded Ban Ki-moon as UN Secretary-General on 1 January 2017.

New rules enabling EU citizens with subscriptions for online films and TV series to access this content while temporarily in another EU country, were debated today and will be voted on Thursday. EU citizens visiting another EU country are often prevented from accessing online content services, such as films, TV series, music, games, or sporting events, for which they have paid subscriptions for in their home country. The new rules, informally agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators in February 2017, will remove these restrictions so that EU citizens can also watch, listen or play when abroad in another EU country for holidays, studies or business.
01/03/2017

MEPs are set to react to the Commission’s White Paper on the future of Europe on Wednesday at 15.00, following its presentation by EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. Parliament’s President Antonio Tajani and Mr Juncker will hold a press conference after the debate, at around 16.30. Parliament set out its vision for the EU future in three resolutions voted by the full House on 16 February 2017.

Before the start of the debate, from around 14.20, a number of Commissioners and Parliament group leaders will hold doorsteps at the protocol entrance on the ground floor of the Paul Henri Spaak building.
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