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Parliament in Session. EU summit and future of Europe
24-10-2017
Council President Donald Tusk discussed with MEPs the outcome of the 19-20 October meeting of European leaders, which focussed on migration and asylum, defence, and the Brexit negotiations.

President Tusk also briefed MEPs on first reactions and deliberations among heads of states or government on different scenarios for the future of Europe.
Parliament in Session. Minute’s silence for victims of forest fires in Portugal and Spain
23-10-2017

EP President Antonio Tajani commemorated those who died in recent forest fires in Portugal and Spain and Hurricane Ophelia in Ireland, at the opening of the session in Strasbourg.


The fires are very worrying, said President Tajani, with 750 000 hectares burnt across Europe this year; more than 100 people have lost their lives in Portugal alone. An EU civil protection service must be urgently put in place to help communities in the event of an emergency.

All EU countries must take their fair share of asylum seekers
19-10-2017
EU countries refusing to relocate asylum seekers should have reduced access to EU funds, say MEPs in Parliament's draft negotiating mandate on new Dublin rules.

The Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday passed its proposal for a new Dublin regulation, the corner stone of the EU asylum system.

The main points of the reform:
- automatic relocation of all asylum seekers according to a fixed distribution key
- all asylum seekers to be registered upon arrival
- security checks to be stepped up