EP News No. 24/2012
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NB: This is the last EP News before the summer recess. Normal service will resume at the beginning of September. Bonnes vacances to all.
MEPs return to Brussels on 9 July for a last week of committee meetings before the summer recess.
The Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs is pleased to welcome ECB President Mario Draghi for the Monetary Dialogue on 09.07.12 from 14.30 - 16.30 . President Draghi will describe and comment on current economic and monetary developments and explain the ECB's policy stance.
Exchange of views on Employment Package
On 10.07.12, at 11.30, Members of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs will have an exchange of views with Philippe De Buck, Director-General of Business Europe on the "Employment Package". This package, presented in April 2012 is primarily aimed at providing medium-term policy guidance to help the EU reach the employment and social objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy.
Exchanges of views on the priorities of the Cypriot Presidency
Ministers from the Cypriot Presidency will be attending the Committee meetings the week of 09.07.12. They will present their work programme and priorities followed by an exchange of views with Members. Please see individual Committee pages for further details.
Airports package: the allocation of slots at EU airports
Giommaria UGGIAS (ALDE, IT) will present his draft report on the allocation of slots as part of the airports package in the next meeting of the Committee on Transport and Tourism Commissioner Malmström's overview of priorities in the Area of Home Affairs on 09.07.12. This report seeks to increase transparency in the slot allocation process and to reinforce the independence of slots coordinators.
Commissioner Malmström's overview of priorities in the Area of Home Affairs
Cecilia Malmström, the Commissioner responsible for Home Affairs, will give an overview of recent developments and future priorities in her area of responsibility, which includes the Schengen and asylum issues, in the meeting of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs on 09.07.12, at 15.00.
Among the issues involving UK MEPs:
- Amendment of Directive 2003/98/EC on re-use of public sector information. Rapporteur: Sajjad Karim (North West, Cons). Committee on Legal Affairs (Monday)
- Specific requirements regarding statuatory auditing of public-interest entitites. Rapporteur: Sajjad Karim (North West, Cons). Committee on Legal Affairs (Monday)
- Special report no. 12/2011 (2011 discharge): Do EU measures contribute to adapting the capacity of EU fishing flreets to available fishing opportunities? Rapporteur: Marta Andreasen (South East, UKIP). Committee on Budgetary Control (Monday)
- Implementaiton of the Single European Sky legislation. Rapporteur: Jacqueline Foster (North West, Cons). Committee on Transport and Tourism (Monday and Tuesday)
- 18th report on better legislation - application of the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality (2010). Rapporteur: Sajjad Karim (North West, Cons). Committee on Legal Affairs (Tuesday)
- Amendment of Directive 2004/109/EC on the harmonisation of transparency requirements in relation to information about issuers who securities are admitted to trading on a regulated market and Commission Directive 2007/14/EC. Rapportuer: Arlene McCarthy (North West, Lab). Committee on Legal Affairs (Tuesday)
- EU strategy for the Horn of Africa. Rapporteur: Charles Tannock (London, Cons). Committee on Foreign Affairs (Tuesday)
- Education, training and Europe 2020. Rapporteur: Mary Honeyball (London, Lab). Committee on Culture and Education (Tuesday)
- Exchange, assistance and training programme for the protection of the euro against counterfeiting (the Pericles 2020 programme). Rapportuer: Anthea McIntyre (West Midlands, Cons). Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (Tuesday)
- Draft protocol on the application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU to the Czech Republic. Rapporteur: Andrew Duff (Eastern, LibDem). Committee on Constitutional Affairs (Wednesday and Thursday)
- Amendment of Council Regulation (EC) No.1342/2008 of 18 December 2008 establishing a long-term plan for cod stocks and the fisheries exploiting those stocks. Rapporteur: Diane Dodds (Northern Ireland, DUP). Committee on Fisheries (Wednesday and Thursday)
- General budget of the EU for 2013. Co-rapporteur: Derek Vaughan (Wales, Lab). Committee on Budgets (Thursday)
- Annual report on the activities of the Committee on Petitions 2011. Rapporteur: Giles Chichester (South West, Cons). Committee on Petitions (Thursday)
Hearing on "Organised crime in the EU: Fields of activitiy and instruments - prevention, investigation and repression". Special committee on organised crime, corruption and money laundering. Special committee on organised crime, Corruption and Money Laundering (Wednesday and Thursday)
Joint hearing on "The Implications of climate change on human rights, with presentation of a study on "Human Rights and Climate Change: EEU policy options. Sub-committee on Human Rights and Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. (Wednesay and Thursday)
Petitons with UK interest:
- No. 94/2011 by Dan Pescod (British) on behalf of European Blind Union (EBU)/Royal Naitonal Institute of Blind People (RNIB), on access by blind people to books and other printed products (in the presence of the petitioner)
- No. 249/2007 by Pauline Smout (British), on breaches of EC legilsation in connection wit the granting fo a landfill permit at Hafod Quarry, Wrexham
- No.345/2011 by Anthony Craven (British), on behalf of "National Support Group for victims of failed home income plans", on failure to obtain compensation for flawed home income plans marked mainly by British Building Societies in the late 1980s.
- No. 467/2011 by Michael Jones (British), on alleged discriminatory tariffs for non-Maltese users of electricity and water supplies in Malta.
- No. 524/2011 by Peter allen (British), on the constructon of an electrical sub-station near a residental area in Cyprus.
- No. 584/2011 by Alice JOnes (British), on behalf of Bodelwyddan Action Group, on failure to conduct an EIA and adequate public consultation according to Directive 2003/35/EC in the process of authorising a housing development plan for 2000 new homes in Bodelwyddan (Wales).
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- Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
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- Internal Market and Consumer Protection
- Transport and Tourism
- Regional Development
- Agriculture and Rural Development
- Culture and Education
- Legal Affairs
- Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
- Consititutional Affairs
- Women's Rights and Gender Equality
- Special Committee on Organised Crime, Corruption and Money Laundering
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1 July-31 December 2012: Cypriot Presidency
European Parliamentary sessions 2012
10-13 September - Strasbourg
22-23 October - Strasbourg
25-26 October - Strasbourg
7-8 November - Brussels
10-22 November - Strasbourg
10-13 December - Strasbourg