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petak, 20. travnja 2012.

European Parliament Welcomes Croatian Observer MEPs

President Schulz opened the session by welcoming twelve Croatian observer MEPs. Taking part in group and committee meetings would prepare them to represent their citizens fully when Croatia joins the EU, hopefully on 1 July 2013, he said, adding that Croatia's desire to join shows that "despite the economic crisis, the EU is still pulling together". Mr Schulz noted that the European Parliament had already ratified Croatia's EU Accession Treaty, and said that its accession would be an historic day for Croatia, the EU and the whole of the Western Balkans.

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The April plenary session of the European Parliament was formally opened by President Martin Schulz on 17 April 2012.

During the opening of the session, MEPs gave a round of applause to 12 Croatian observer MEPs who were present in the chamber. Croatia is set to join the European Union in July 2013.

MEPs agreed to amend the week's agenda to allow for a debate on the legal security of European investments outside the European Union, following Argentina's announcement that it plans to renationalise the Spanish oil company YPF.

The debate will be held on 18 April and the vote on the resolution will be taken during the voting session on 20 April.

An attempt by the Social Democrat group to remove a planned debate on a report on taxation of energy products and electricity from the agenda was rejected.

Just another historic event which will culminate in official Croatian membership in the European Union Parliament on July 1, 2013.  (The introduction of the Croatian Observer MEPs lasts until about the 3 minute mark)

Highlights of the four day session in Strasbourg include a statement from European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso on the eurozone crisis, a debate on a deal on the sharing of passenger data with the US authorities, and questions to the European Commission on employment rights.

Due to the Greek Orthodox Easter, the session lasts from Tuesday to Friday, instead of the usual Monday to Thursday plenary week.

Useful links:

Democracy Live's guide to how the plenary sessions work.

A disclaimer on the use of simultaneous interpretations, on the European Parliament's website.

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