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Summary

  1. MEPs decide to debate the situation in Catalonia on Wednesday afternoon
  2. They also debate conservation rules for Atlantic tuna
  3. Short debates followed on advisory reports from committees
  4. Women's job opportunities, attacks on NGOs and cybercrime included
  5. Report also presented on relations with ASEAN countries

Live Reporting

By Paul Seddon

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight & coming up tomorrow

    And with that, today's plenary sitting comes to a close.

    MEPs will be back tomorrow at 08.00 BST, when they will debate the state of Brexit talks with Jean-Claude Juncker and Michel Barnier.

    At 11.00 BST they will vote on a non-binding motion that recommends that EU leaders should not open trade talks yet with UK.

    In the afternoon, they will debate Ryanair's flight cancellations.

    They will also debate new safety rules for ferries, to be voted on during Wednesday.

  2. Short speeches begin

    Finally this evening, there will be a round of short one-minute speeches from backbench MEPs.

    This item of business, traditionally held during the Monday plenary sitting, is normally used by MEPs to make points about topical issues or stories of interest to their country or region.

  3. Report on ASEAN relations presented

    Debate on advisory committee reports

    The next report, from the foreign affairs committee, urges stronger political and trading relationships with the ASEAN bloc of South Eastern Asian countries.

    The 10-state group includes Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore and Cambodia.

    The draft report says there is “very good reason” to relaunch talks for a region-to-region trade deal between ASEAN countries and the EU.

  4. Commissioner: Resilience must be improved

    Debate on advisory committee reports

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Sir Julian King

    UK Commissioner Sir Julian King, whose brief includes responsibility over security, tells MEPs that the EU needs to build on "what already exists" but also boost co-operation.

    He says recent attacks show the need to improve the resilience of networks to attacks.

    He adds that the EU Commission wants to set up a cybercrime research centre, and has tabled a regulation on tackling non-cash payment fraud.

    Commissioners plan to announce measures to improve cross-border access to electronic evidence by the beginning of next year, he adds.

  5. MEP presents report on tackling cybercrime

    Debate on advisory committee reports

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Next up, centre-right Greek MEP Elissavet Vozemberg-Vrionidi has drafted a report from the justice committee about tackling cybercrime.

    The draft reports expresses concern at the attack on NHS computers earlier this year, and calls for more EU co-operation in preventing crime online.

    It suggests common EU legal definitions of cybercrime, and suggests that regulation could in future be used to strengthen minimum requirements for online passwords.

    The collection of electronic evidence to support prosecutions "needs to respect human rights", she adds.

    Elissavet Vozemberg-Vrionidi
  6. Report presented on charities and NGOs

    Debate on advisory committee reports

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Teresa Jiménez-Becerril Barrio

    Next up is a report from the development committee about clampdowns against charities and NGOs around the world, presented by Spanish MEP Teresa Jiménez-Becerril Barrio.

    The draft report says this is happening as a result of funding limitations, internet censorship, increased bureaucracy, as well as violence.

    It also expresses concern about groups that legally receive foreign funding being branded as “foreign agents” by hostile governments.

    It calls for EU states to use all tools at their disposal, including trade policy, to ensure “partner countries” live up to commitments to protect human rights.

  7. Commissioner responds

    Debate on advisory committee reports

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Karmenu Vella

    Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella says that women are "significantly" under-represented in the jobs market.

    This is due to how men and women "share caring responsibilities in our society", he adds.

    He says the gender pay gap is being closed but "only slowly" and has remained static in recent years.

    The EU Commission is preparing an action plan in this area, he adds.

  8. MEP presents report on women's economic opportunities

    Debate on advisory committee reports

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Anna Hedh

    Swedish social democrat Anna Hedh presents a report from the women’s equality committee with suggestions for boosting women’s “economic empowerment”.

    The draft report calls for greater transparency on pay to tackle the “gender pay gap”, and says quotas in the public sector “may be necessary” to ensure fair representation.

    It also backs the use of gender-blind CVs, and calls for gender-balanced lists for European Parliament elections when the rules are next revised.

    Tomorrow some MEPs may seek to amend sections of the draft report, including a part that says public sector cuts across the EU have had a greater impact on women.

  9. MEPs debate advisory reports

    Next tonight there will be short debates on “own initiative” reports from four of the assembly’s committees, which will be voted on tomorrow.

    These reports are non-binding and effectively serve as policy suggestions for the European Commission, which has to initiate new EU legislation.

  10. MEP press on implementation details

    Debate on incorporating ICCAT rules

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Sofia Ribeiro

    Portuguese social democrat Sofia Ribeiro says that the rules must take account of the "social and economic sustainability" of the fishing sector.

    French Socialist Isabelle Thomas says the text will be transposing rules in a 2008 version of the ICCAT, not a more recent version adopted last year.

    She says her S&D group would also like to "denounce" the omission of swordfish in the rules to be transposed - but will support the Parliament's position at the vote tomorrow.

  11. Commissioner supports incorporation of rules

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Karmenu Vella

    Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella says he agrees with the "practical approach" of incorporating the recommendations into EU law.

    He say this will ensure legal certainty and a "level playing field" for those affected, and make the rules more efficient to implement.

    However, he says he would like to assure MEPs that the EU "has always assured compliance" with international commitments.

  12. MEPs debate tuna conservation measures

    Bluefin tuna

    MEPs are now debating a proposal to transfer parts of an international agreement protecting various species of Atlantic tuna into EU law.

    The new regulation will incorporate 28 recommendations from the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT).

    The rulebook includes measures seeking to conserve about 30 different tuna and tuna-like species, as well as reduce accidental catches of seabirds and turtles.

    An agreement on the regulation between MEPs and national fisheries ministers has already been approved by the fisheries committee and will be put to a final vote tomorrow.

  13. MEPs agree to add debate on Catalan referendum

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Protest
    Image caption: Students gather ahead of a protest against the violence that marred the referendum vote

    MEPs have decided to add a debate to this week’s agenda on the disputed independence referendum that took place in Catalonia yesterday.

    After a vote, MEPs decide that the debate should take place on Wednesday afternoon, but decide not to hold a vote on a resolution.

    After a separate vote, they agree that the formal title of the debate should be on the "constitution, rule of law and fundamental rights in Spain in the lights of the events of Catalonia".

  14. MEPs add debate on endocrine disruptors

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Philippe Lamberts

    Belgian MEP Philippe Lamberts, the co-leader of the Green/EFA group, asks for a debate tomorrow afternoon on Wednesday’s vote on endocrine disrupting chemicals.

    MEPs are due to vote on a motion rejecting a plan from the EU Commission to exempt some chemicals from the scope of criteria for identifying endocrine disruptors in pesticides.

    The request is approved after a vote.

  15. MEPs keep Brexit motion on agenda

    Debate on plenary agenda

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    On behalf of the ENF group, ex-UKIP MEP Janice Atkinson proposes that tomorrow’s debate on Brexit should not be followed by a vote on a resolution.

    She criticises the scheduled vote as “grandstanding”.

    The request is however rejected after a show of hands.

  16. Good afternoon

    Welcome to live coverage of today’s plenary sitting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, which will be getting underway shortly.

    The sitting will kick off with administrative announcements, after which MEPs will have the chance to request additions or changes to this week’s agenda or make points of order.

    Proposals to add a debate to the agenda have to be made to the President at least one hour before the sitting opens, and can be tabled by one of the Parliament’s committees, one of its political groups, or a group of 38 MEPs.

    In order to be formally added, an item must have the approval of a majority of MEPs – this can be shown via a show of hands.