How to get out of the economic slump? This was the question MEPs tried to answer in their plenary debate on the recent European Council that formalised the deal on the EU fiscal pact. They also approved the creation of a special committee on organised crime and gave a green light to the agreement between the EU and US ending the so-called beef war.
At the opening of the plenary on Monday, a minute's silence was held for the victims of the Syrian repression, of terrorism in Europe and of the Fukushima nuclear disaster one year ago.
Parliament also observed a minute's silence on Wednesday for the 28 victims, mainly children, of the bus accident in Switzerland. President Martin Schulz expressed the "deepest sympathy to the families of the victims and to all those affected by this disaster".
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