New European Parliament President, police cooperation and a look ahead – this week at the European Parliament
MEPs travel to Strasbourg this week for the first plenary session of 2017. The main task ahead is the election of the new President, Vice-Presidents and quaestors. Other items on the agenda include a look ahead to the challenges 2017 will bring, and a debate on police cooperation. More details below.
Mid-term election of EP President. MEPs will elect the new President of the European Parliament for the next two and a half years in a secret ballot on Tuesday. If not elected by an absolute majority of valid votes cast during the first three ballots, MEPs will choose the new President from the two best scoring candidates of the third ballot, by a simple majority, in a fourth round. The election starts in the morning with short presentations by each of the candidates and might last until late in the evening. (Tuesday)
2017 challenges. In a debate on the outcome of the December summit with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Council President Donald Tusk on Wednesday at 15.00, MEPs will address the challenges ahead in the areas of external and internal security, EU-Russia relations, investment in jobs, migration and arrangements for Brexit negotiations. (Debate Wednesday)
Police cooperation. Recent terror attacks in the EU have highlighted deficiencies in the sharing of law enforcement and intelligence information among EU member states. On Wednesday evening, MEPs will quiz the Council and Commission on their plans to ensure that vital information is exchanged quickly. (Debate Wednesday)