European Defence Union and plenary preparations - this week at the European Parliament
MEPs are in Brussels these days for a week of Committee meetings.
Car emissions inquiry. The inquiry committee into emission measurements in the car industry will continue its work by hearing Fiat/Chrysler Chief Technical Officer Harald Wester, German Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Alexander Dobrindt and Lower Saxony’s Economy, Labour and Transport Minister Olaf Lies. (Monday and Thursday)
European Defence Union. Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs will table their recommendations for creating a European Defence Union. These are likely to include encouraging member states to set up multinational forces, devoting 2% of GDP to defence and reviewing the Common Security and Defence policy. The aim is to better equip the EU to deal with all phases in a crisis (prevention, management and resolution). (Thursday)
Plenary preparations. Political groups will prepare for the 24 - 27 October plenary session in Strasbourg, where MEPs will debate and vote on next year’s EU budget as well as its long term financing proposal (MFF review) and on a draft legislative resolution calling for an EU mechanism on fundamental rights in the member states. MEPs will also debate a new EU strategy towards Iran, the situation in Belarus and the crack-down on journalists in Turkey. Also on the agenda are new measures to prevent the spread of plant pests and a call on the Commission to propose measures to reduce trans-fats in food.
UK MEPs in the spotlight this week
Agreement on Operational and Strategic Cooperation between Georgia and Europol. Rapporteur: Claude Moraes (Lab, London), Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (Monday)
"Hearing of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles" Committee on Emissions Measurements in the Automotive Sector (Monday)
"Hearings of German Ministers representing federal and state administration" Committee on Emissions Measurements in the Automotive Sector (Thursday)