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14/09/2012

EP News No. 27/2012

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MEPs return to Brussels on 17 September for a full week of committee meetings.

 

Committee highlights:

Union Customs Code (Recast)
On 17.09.12, Members of the Internal Market and Consumer Protecton Committee will consider the legislative draft report on Union Customs Code. The purpose of the recast is to postpone the date of application, remove the three comitology procedures and replaces them either by a delegation of powers or by implementing powers and adjust some provisions in the current customs legislation.

CAP reform: debate on amendments tabled
More than 7000 amendments have been tabled by Members of the Committee on Agriculture to the Commission proposals related to the CAP reform. Following on their debate on the direct payments to farmers file on 03.09.12, Members will exchange views on 17-18.09.12 on the remaining elements of the package, i.e. agricultural markets organisation (sCMO), rural development and CAP horizontal rules.

Public hearing: Cybercrime and match fixing is sport
The hearing in the Special Committee on Organised, Corruption and Money Laundering on 17-18.09.12 will deal with organised crime and corruption with the participation of leading experts on these topics. Members will focus specifically on cybercrime as well as match fixing and other forms of corruption in sports. Members seek to obtain a proper evaluation of this phenomenon and understand how it can be efficiently detected and prevented.

Debate on the annual report on Common Security and Defence Policy
On 18.09.12, the Subcommittee on Security and Defence will examine the draft report on the Implementation of the Common Security and Defence Policy (based on the Annual Report from the Council to the Parliament on the Common Foreign and Security Policy) by its Chairman Arnaud DANJEAN (EPP, FR).

Connecting Europe Facility: Joint Committee Meeting The draft report on the Connecting Europe Facility between the Committee on Transport and Tourism and the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy will be discussed on 18.09.12, from 17.00 - 18.30. This legislative proposal aims to improve the EU's transport, energy and digital networks with an investment of €50 billion.

 

Among the issues involving UK MEPs:

 

Hearings:

  • Public Hearing on "Business and human rights: promoting society's interests and accountable, transparent and responsible bsuiness behaviour". Subcommittee on Human Rights (Monday)
  • Public Hearing on "How to improve the capacity of the future Hercule III programme (2014-2020) to promote activities in the field of the protecton of the EU's financial interests?". Committee on Budgetary Control (Tuesday)
  • Public Hearing on "Organised crime: cybercrime - involvement of organised crime in sports/Corruption: evaluation, detection and prevention of the problem". Special Committee on Organised Crime, Corruption and Money Laundering (Monday and Tuesday)
  • Public Hearing on "The support of the cohesion policy to SMEs". Committee on RegionalPolicy (Tuesday)
  • Public Hearing on "The energy roadmap 2050, a future with energy". Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (Tuesday)Mini Hearing on "Mobility week". Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (Tuesday)
  • Public Hearing on "How to make overseas countries and territories relays for EU Development Policy. Committee on Development (Tuesday)
  • Hearing on "Asbestos related occupational health threats and prosepcts for abolishing all existing asbestos". Rapportuer: Stephen Hughes (North East, Lab). Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (Tuesday)
  • Public Hearing on "Method for direct participation of citizens in EU Member States - model for a more democratic Europe". Committee on Constitutional Affairs (Tuesday)
  • Public Hearing on "The challenges of the EU-Kazakhstan partnership". Committee on Foreign Affairs (Wednesday)
 

Petitons with UK interest:

  • No. 133/2012 by Andrew Duff, MEP, (British) on behalf of the European Union of Federalists, calling on the European Parliament under Article 48(2) of the TEU, to initiate the formation of a fiscal union.
  • No. 1345/2010 by Paul McColgan (Irish), on behalf of Abolish VRT Campaign, on problems with vehicle registration in a cross-border situation between the UK and Ireland
  • No. 1357/2010 by Ryan Stewart (Irish), on behalf of Abolish VRT Campaign, on the concundrum faced by Irish students studying in the UK regarding vehcile registration tax
 

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
  • Special Committee on 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 July-31 December 2012: Cypriot Presidency

European Parliamentary sessions 2012
22-23 October - Strasbourg
25-26 October - Strasbourg
7-8 November - Brussels (cancelled)
19-22 November - Strasbourg
10-13 December - Strasbourg