On 9 May 2012, the president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, opened the mini-plenary session in Brussels.
He paid tribute to Portuguese MEP Miguel Portas, from the European United Left/Nordic Green Left group, who died in April at the age of 53 after suffering from cancer.
The opening of the session gives MEPs the opportunity to amend and approve the agenda, and for general announcement or points of order to be made.
Highlights of the two-day session in Brussels include debates on the future of Europe, on plans to cut the cost of mobile phone roaming charges in the EU, and the formal signing-off of the EU's accounts.
to how the plenary sessions work.
on the use of simultaneous interpretations, on the European Parliament's website.