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EP News No. 5/2014

01/02/2014

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MEPs meet in Strasbourg from Monday 3 - Thursday 6 February 2014.

 

Highlights of the agenda:

Banking Union.
MEPs are set to vote on the single resolution mechanism and related bank-financed fund – the third and final step towards the launch of a banking union – after further negotiations with Council on Wednesday. The rules will make banks safer thanks to better supervision, protect depositors' savings and stop taxpayers from being the first to pick up the tab when failing banks are wound up. (Debate Tuesday, debate and vote Thursday)

Financial market fraud.
Serious market abuses insider dealing and financial market manipulation, such as the recent Libor rate-rigging scandal, should be made criminal offences in all EU countries and punishable with jail sentences, under rules informally agreed with Council. A press conference is scheduled for 15.30. (Tuesday)

Online music services.
Online music providers should find it easier to build up music streaming services offered across the EU and artists' rights should be better protected under new rules to be voted by MEPs. The vote will be followed by a press conference. (Tuesday)

Air passenger rights.
Updated rules should ensure that passengers get rapid information and more help and are offered alternative trips or compensation when their flights are delayed or cancelled. MEPs amended the Commission's proposal to stop abusive commercial practices and introduce clear claim procedures. A press seminar with the rapporteur will take place on Tuesday evening, The vote will be followed by a press conference. (Wednesday)

EU-Russia relations and Ukraine.
MEPs will debate the political crisis in Ukraine and EU-Russia relations regarding their shared neighbourhood and trade issues, after the recent visit by an EP delegation to Kiev and the EU-Russia summit on 28 January. (Debate Wednesday, vote Thursday)

Syria.
MEPs will vote on a resolution calling on the EU to step up its engagement to end the plight of civilians in Syria. (Debate Wednesday, vote Thursday)

President Napolitano of Italy.
Giorgio Napolitano, President of the Italian Republic and former chair of the EP constitutional affairs committee, will deliver a formal address to the House at noon. (Tuesday)

President's diary.
President Schulz will meet Italian President Giorgio Napolitano on Tuesday. They will attend a conference in the afternoon on "The Spinelli Draft Treaty today", 30 years after its adoption. Earlier that day, he will meet John Ashe, President of the United Nations General Assembly. On Wednesday, Mr Schulz will unveil a banner in support of journalists being held hostage in Syria in the Agora “Geremek” (courtyard of Louise Weiss Building). On Sunday, he will visit Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

 

Among issues involving UK MEPs:

  • EU regulatory fitness and subsidiarity and proportionality - better lawmaking. Rapporteur: Sajjad Karim (North West, Cons) Monday
  • Criminal sanctions for insider dealing and market manipulation. Rapporteur: Arlene McCarthy (North West, Lab) Tuesday
  • Migration to Union-wide credit transfers and direct debits. Rapporteur: Sharon Bowles (South East, LibDem) Vote Tuesday
  • Authorising Member States to ratify, in the interests of the European Union, the Arms Trade Treaty. Rapporteur: David Martin (Scotland, Lab) Tuesday
  • Conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of seasonal employment. Rapporteur: Claude Moraes (London, Lab) Wednesday
  • Appointment of the Vice-Chair of the Supervisory Board of the European Central Bank. Rapporteur: Sharon Bowles (South East, LibDem) Vote Wednesday
 

Other topics include:

  • Steel industry: MEPs to call for anti-crisis measures
  • Parliament to press for progress on financial transaction tax
  • Online shopping: MEPs to call for more reliable parcel delivery in the EU
  • Fundamental rights of LGBTI people in the EU
  • FYRoM, Montenegro and Bosnia & Herzegovina: MEPs assess progress in 2013
  • Syrian refugees in Bulgaria
  • MEPs debate deaths of refugees during alleged "push backs" off the Greek coast
  • MEPs say rules on labelling country of origin of meat could confuse consumers
 
 

Committee Meetings

 

Further Information

Zuzana Pavlickova
Press Officer
European Parliament Information Office in the UK
Email: zuzana.pavlickova@ep.europa.eu
Tel: 020 7227 4300

 

Diary Dates

Council Presidency
1 January - 30 June 2014: Greece
1 July - 31 December 2014: Italy

European Parliament plenary sessions 2014
24-27 February - Strasbourg
10-13 March - Strasbourg
14-17 April - Strasbourg
1-3 July - Strasbourg
14-17 July - Strasbourg
15-18 September - Strasbourg
20-23 October - Strasbourg
24-27 November - Strasbourg
15-18 December - Strasbourg

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EP News No. 5/2014