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15/06/2012

EP News No. 21/2012

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Members return to Brussels on 18 June for a week of committee meetings and hearings.

Highlights include:

Credit rating agencies
The Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee votes on EU plans to tighten up rules governing credit rating agencies. Aims include regulating how they rate sovereign debt, curbing the dominance of the big three agencies and reducing the scope for conflicts of interest (Tuesday).


Schengen
Danish justice minister Morten Bødskov will be at the Legal Affairs Committee on Tuesday for a discussion and possible vote by MEPs on the correct legal basis for the legislation on the Schengen evaluation mechanism. Mr Bødskov will also be at the Civil Liberties Committee on Wednesday to discuss the Danish presidency's achievements in justice and home affairs.


ACTA
The International Trade Committee, which leads on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement ACTA, votes Thursday morning on whether to advise Parliament as a whole to approve or reject it, followed by a press conference. Four EP committees have already rejected ACTA in non-binding opinions. On Tuesday, the Petitions Committee will debate an anti-ACTA petition signed by some 2.8 million people. A seminar for journalists on ACTA with all leading MEPs will be held on Thursday afternoon.


Syria
Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs will discuss developments in Syria with representatives of the Syrian opposition and the EU External Action Service (Tuesday).


Animal Welfare
The Agriculture Committee will vote a resolution on animal welfare and public health measures intended to prevent the spread of animal related diseases. MEPs are set to call for common guidelines to safeguard animal welfare and for more power for EU food and veterinary authorities to monitor animal welfare inspections carried out by EU countries (Tuesday).



Emergency call system
The Transport and Internal Market Committees will vote on a resolution saying that the eCall in-car emergency call system, which automatically alerts the rescue services in the event of a crash, should become compulsory (Tuesday)


EU farm policy
Agriculture Committee MEPs will debate their farm policy reform proposals, including less bureaucracy, new greening measures, better-targeted payments for farmers, and an overall drive to boost competiveness (Tuesday).

Issues involving UK MEPs:

  • Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) between the EU and it's Member States, Australia, Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland and the USA. Rapporteur: David Martin (Scotland, Lab). Committee on International Trade (Thursday)
  • Amendment to Annex I to Council Regulation (EC) No 1528/2007 as regards the exclusion of a number of countries from the list of regions or states which have concluded negotiations. Rapporteur: David Martin (Scotland, Lab). Committee on International Trade (Wednesday and Thursday)
  • Second amendment to the Cotonou Agreement of 23 June 2000. Rapporteur: Michael Cashman (West Midlands, Lab). Committee on Development (Tuesday)Insider dealing and market manipulation (market abuse). Rapporteur: Arlene McCarthy (North West, Lab). Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (Tuesday)
  • Criminal sanctions for insider dealing and market manipulation. Rapporteur: Arlene McCarthy (North West, Lab). Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (Tuesday)
  • Voluntary and unpaid donation of tissues and cells. Rapporteur: Marina Yannakoudakis (London, Cons). Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (Wednesday)
  • Research and Training Programme of the European Atomic Energy Community (2014-2018) complementing Horizon 2020 - The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. Rapporteur: Peter Skinner (South East, Lab). Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (Monday)
  • Recreational craft and personal watercraft. Rapporteur: Malcolm Harbour (West Midlands, Cons). Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (Wednesday & Thursday)
  • Multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020. Rapporteur: Brian Simpson (North West, Lab). Committee on Transport (Monday)
  • Common organisaton of the markets in fisher and aquaculture products. Rapporteur: Struan Stevenson (Scotland, Cons). Committee on Fisheries (Wednesday)
  • 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)
  • Amendment of Council Regulation (EC) No 2371/2002 on the conservation and sustainable exploitation of fisheries resources under the common fisheries policy. Rapporteur: Ian Hudghton (Scotland, SNP). Committee on Fisheries (Thursday)
  • Amendment of Directive 2004/109/EC on the harmonisation of transparency requirements in relation to information about issuers whose securities are admitted to trading on a regulated market and Commission Directive 2007/14/EC. Rapporteur: Arlene McCarthy (North West, Lab). Committee on Legal Affairs (Monday)
  • Draft protocol on the application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU to the Czech Republic. Rapporteur: Andrew Duff (East of England, LibDem). Committee on Constitutional Affairs (Monday)
  • Proposal for a Regulation on the detail provisions governing the exercise of the European Parliament's right of inquiry replacing the Decision of 19 April 1995 (95/167/EC, Euratom, ECSC). Rapporteur: David Martin (Scotland, LibDem). Committee on Constitutional Affairs (Tuesday)
  • Annual report on the activities of the Committee on Petitions 2011. Rapporteur: Giles Chichester (South West, Cons). Committee on Petitions (Tuesday)
 

Public Hearings:

 

Petitions with UK interest:

  • No.223/2012by Alex Wilks (British), on behalf of AVAAZ, bearing more than 2.8 million signatures, on ACTA.
  • No.11/2012 by Thring Townsend Lee & Pembertons (British), on behalf of its clients Mr & Mrs Brownrigg, on breaches of the EC Regulation 1774/2002 by the UK government in connection with its failure to provide adequate infrastructure for the collection, transportation and disposal of animal by-products on the Isle of Wight.
  • No.256/2011 by Harry Nduka (Nigerian), on his right to stay in the UK.
  • No.386/2011 by G.A. (British), on the refusal of the Portuguese tax authorities to send correspondence to another Member State.
  • No.483/2011 by Simon Wright (British), on breach of the Habitats Directive by granting planning permission for a housing development in Nottingham.
  • No.572/2011 by Sarah Bonafont (British), on protection of children in Ukraine. Petition 1085/2011 by Mary Aina (British), on the refusal by the Irish authorities of an entry visa for her Nigerian husband
  • No.1094/2011 by M.A. (British), on alleged infringement of Directive 2004/38/EC by Ireland
  • No.223/2012by Alex Wilks (British), on behalf of AVAAZ, bearing more than 2.8 million signatures, on ACTA.
  • No.131/2012 by Thring Townsend Lee & Pembertons (British), on behalf of its clients Mr & Mrs Brownrigg, on breaches of the EC Regulation 1774/2002 by the UK government in connection with its failure to provide adequate infrastructure for the collection, transportation and disposal of animal by-products on the Isle of Wight.
  • No.256/2011 by Harry Nduka (Nigerian), on his right to stay in the UK.
  • No.386/2011 by G.A. (British), on the refusal of the Portuguese tax authorities to send correspondence to another Member State.
  • No.483/2011 by Simon Wright (British), on breach of the Habitats Directive by granting planning permission for a housing development in Nottingham.
  • No.572/2011 by Sarah Bonafont (British), on protection of children in Ukraine.
  • No.1085/2011 by Mary Aina (British), on the refusal by the Irish authorities of an entry visa for her Nigerian husband
  • No.1094/2011 by M.A. (British), on alleged infringement of Directive 2004/38/EC by Ireland
 

Committee Meetings

  • Foreign Affairs
  • Human Rights
  • Security and Defence
  • Development
  • International Trade
  • Budgets
  • Budgetary Control
  • Economic and Monetary Affairs
  • Employment and Social Affairs
  • Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
  • Industry, Research and Energy
  • Internal Market and Consumer Protection
  • Transport and Tourism
  • Regional Development
  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Fisheries
  • Culture and Education
  • Legal Affairs
  • Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
  • Consititutional Affairs
  • Women's Rights and Gender Equality
  • Petitions
  • Organised crime, corruption and money laundering
 

Further Information

Paola Buonadonna
paola.buonadonna@europarl.europa.eu
European Parliament UK Office
tel 020 7227 4300

 

Diary Dates

1 January-31 July 2012: Danish Presidency


European Parliament plenary sessions 2012
2-5 July - Strasbourg
10-13 September - Strasbourg
22-23 October - Strasbourg
25-26 October - Strasbourg
7-8 November - Brussels
19-22 November - Strasbourg
10-13 December - Strasbourg