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Brussels plenary, EU referendum and data protection - this week in the European Parliament

MEPs return to Brussels on 30th November for a mixed week of Committee meetings and plenary on Wednesday 2nd December. The plenary is when Members of the European Parliament from all political groups and from all countries meet in the parliamentary chamber to discuss and vote on legislation.

 
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Highlights

Plenary (Wednesday)

Circular economy. MEPs will discuss a new package of draft legislation on waste and a sustainable economy to be presented by environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella at 15h.

Hungary. MEPs will quiz the Commission on progress made on assessment and in-depth monitoring of democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights in Hungary. Parliament asked the Commission for this assessment in a resolution voted on 10 June.

Committees

UK/EU renegotiation. The Committee on Constitutional Affairs will discuss the renegotiation of the United Kingdom constitutional relationship with the European Union following their delegation to London a couple of weeks ago. You can watch the committee meeting online: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/ep-live/en/committees/video?event=20151203-0900-COMMITTEE-AFCO. (Thursday)

Passenger Name Records and Data Protection. Members leading ongoing talks with Council on both the Passenger Name Record (EU PNR) proposal on the use of air passengers' data to fight terrorism and on EU-wide data protection rules, will brief the Civil Liberties Committee on the state of play in the talks, including outstanding issues. The aim is to reach a deal by the end of 2015. (Monday)

Read the full agenda
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UK MEPs in the spotlight this week

Use of Passenger Name Record data (EU PNR). Rapporteur: Timothy Kirkhope (Yorkshire and the Humber, Conservative). Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (Monday)

Crisis relocation mechanism and mechanisms for determining the Member State responsible for examining an application for international protection lodged in one of the Member States by a third country national or a stateless person. Rapporteur: Timothy Kirkhope (Yorkshire and the Humber, Conservative). Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (Tuesday)

Protecting against the effects of the extra-territorial application of legislation adopted by a third country and actions based thereon or resulting therefrom (recast). Rapporteur: David Martin (Scotland, Labour). Committee on International Trade (Monday)

Bringing transparency, coordination and convergence to Corporate Tax policies in the Union. Co-Rapporteur: Anneliese Dodds (South East, Labour). Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (Tuesday)

Crisis relocation mechanism and mechanisms for determining the Member State responsible for examining an application for international protection lodged in one of the Member States by a third country national or a stateless person. Rapporteur: Timothy Kirkhope (Yorkshire and the Humber, Conservative). Committee on Legal Affairs (Thursday)

Implementation and review of the EU-Central Asia Strategy. Rapporteur: Julie Girling (South West, Conservative). Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (Thursday)

Meeting the antipoverty target in the light of increasing household costs. Rapporteur: Julie Ward (North West, Labour). Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (Thursday)

 

Hearings and workshops

Hearing on "Development and Security, particularly in the Sahel region". Committee on Security and Defence and Committee on Development (Monday)

Hearing on "The use of Private Security Companies in the context of European security and defence". Committee on Security and Defence (Thursday)

Hearing on "Member States' Active Labour Market Policies". Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (Thursday)

Hearing on "The situation of women refugees and asylum seekers in the EU". Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (Thursday)

Workshop on Communicable Diseases: EU Response to HIV, TB and Hepatitis C. Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (Tuesday)

Workshop on Adoption: Cross-border legal issues. Committee on Legal Affairs and Committee on Petitions (Tuesday)

 

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