EU and national authorities should provide emergency aid to help migrants and refugees to cope with freezing temperatures and snow in several parts of Europe, MEPs urged on Wednesday. They also called on EU governments to keep their promises to transfer thousands of asylum-seekers, particularly from Greece, to other countries.
For more information read press release
Brexit, EU relations with the US and Russia, migration, economic and social progress, and the defence union were the key political challenges for 2017 debated by MEPs, Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen and Council President Donald Tusk on Wednesday. Mr Tusk briefed MEPs on the outcome of the December 2016 meeting of EU heads of state or government.
Antonio Tajani (EPP, IT) has been elected new President of the European Parliament. He obtained 351 votes in the forth round of voting in Parliament's presidential election on Tuesday evening. Gianni Pittella (S&D, IT) received 282 votes.For more information on election read: Antonio Tajani elected new president of the European Parliament