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Brexit, medical devices and car emissions – this week at the European Parliament

The MEPs are travelling to Strasbourg for a week packed with debates and votes. The Parliament will adopt its formal position on Brexit negotiations, but other highlights include final agreements on medical devices and recommendations on new rules for car emissions.  

 
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Highlights

Brexit. Political groups will set out their Brexit priorities in a key debate on Wednesday, just before talks start on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.  MEPs will then vote on a resolution officially setting out the European Parliament’s key concerns and conditions throughout the process. (Wednesday)

Medical devices. Following recent breast and hip implant scandals, MEPs will vote on stricter rules for the certification and monitoring of medical devices, to ensure full traceability and patient safety. MEPs will also vote on legislation to tighten up information and ethical requirements for diagnostic medical devices, used for example in pregnancy or DNA testing. (Debate Tuesday, vote Wednesday)

Car emissions. MEPs will debate and vote on recommendations to the EU Commission and member states on how to remedy flaws in checks on car manufacturers and close legal loopholes to prevent further cheating in emissions tests, while also properly enforcing laws to protect air quality. A press conference with the chair and rapporteurs of the EMIS inquiry committee will take place after the vote at 15.00. (Debate and vote Tuesday)

Read the full agenda
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UK MEPs in the spotlight this week

The implementation of the European Fund for Strategic Investments - Opinion: Evans Jill (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales), Committee on Budgets and Committee on Economic and monetary affairs (Monday)

Estimates of revenue and expenditure for the financial year 2018 – Section I – European Parliament - Rapporteur: Ashworth Richard (Conservative Party), Committee on Budgets and Committee on Economic and monetary affairs (Monday)

 
 
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Public Hearings

"Impact of the schemes revealed by the Panama Papers on Developing Countries" - Committee on Money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion (Thursday)