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This week at the European Parliament - 1st-5th December 2014

01/12/2014

MEPs return to Brussels on 1st December for a full week of committee meetings.

To do the preparatory work for Parliament’s sessions MEPs meet in specialised standing committees each with 24 to 76 MEPs. The political make-up of committees reflects that of the Parliament. They draw up, amend and adopt legislative proposals and own-initiative reports.  They also consider Commission and Council proposals and draw up reports to be presented to the plenary assembly.

Highlights

EU budget
Parliament’s budget negotiators try again next week to reach an agreement with the Council on a budget for 2015 as well as on the payment of the most urgent pending bills for 2014. The Commission presents its new budget proposal on 28 November. Talks are set to start on Tuesday.

Moscovici/Economic dialogue
For the first time in his new mandate, Commissioner Pierre Moscovici will discuss the Commission position on national budget reforms and economic policies with the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs. The committee will then debate the Annual Growth Survey and the Alert Mechanism with Commissioners Valdis Dombrovskis and Marianne Thijssen too. (Tuesday)

TTIP
Two committees will debate the Transatlantic trade agreement, which is currently being negotiated. The Committee on Employment and Social Affairs will discuss its employment and social aspects with Commission chief negotiator Ignacio Garcia Bercero, whilst Commissioner Malmström will brief the Committee on International Trade on her plan, recently agreed with her US counterpart Michael Froman, for a "fresh start to the TTIP negotiations". (Tuesday and Wednesday)

Migration
Solidarity and fair sharing of responsibilities among member states, search and rescue duties, safe and legal routes for asylum seekers into the EU and cooperation with third countries are among the issues likely to be addressed in a resolution to be voted in the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and tabled for the December plenary. (Wednesday)

Mikhail Khodorkovsky
Russian businessman and Amnesty International prisoner of conscience Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who was released from jail in December 2013, will join the Committee on Foreign Affairs for a debate on human rights situation in Russia. (Tuesday)

ACP/EU
The 28th plenary session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, which brings together 78 MEPs and 78 MPs from African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, takes place in Strasbourg. The Assembly will debate and vote, inter alia, on the Ebola outbreak and the expansion of terrorism in Africa. (Monday to Wednesday)

Conference of Presidents
President Martin Schulz and leaders of the EP political groups will visit Latvia before it takes over the 6-month Presidency of the Council of the EU on 1 January 2015. In Riga they will have a joint meeting with the Cabinet of Ministers and meet the President of Latvia Andris Bērziņš and members of the Saeima, the national Parliament. (Wednesday to Thursday)

President's diary
President Martin Schulz will meet Afghanistan’s President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Lebanon’s Prime Minister Tammam Saeb Salam (both followed by press points) and President of the European Council Donald Tusk on Tuesday. On Wednesday he will meet Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin and Finland’s Prime Minister Alexander Stubb, (the latter followed by a press point). On Thursday, Mr Schulz will meet Latvia's Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma (followed by a press conference). Finally, the President will meet Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borissov on Friday.

 

Among issues involving UK MEPs:

Money market funds - Rapporteur: Neena Gill (West Midlands, Labourg) Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (Monday)
Appliances burning gaseous fuels - Rapporteur: Catherine Stihler (Scotland, Labour) Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (Wednesday)
Personal protective equipment  - Rapporteur: Vicky Ford (Eastern, Conservative) Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (Wednesday)
Renewing the EU Internal Security Strategy (ISS) - Rapporteur: Claude Moraes (London, Labour) Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (Wednesday)
The situation in the Mediterranean and the need for a holistic EU approach to migration - Rapporteur: Claude Moraes (London, Labour) Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (Wednesday)

 

Hearings and Workshops

Public Hearing on Employment and social aspects of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) - Committee on Employment and Social Affairs and Committee on International Trade (Tuesday)
Public Hearing on 'Supporting Innovative Start-ups and SMEs' - Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (Wednesday)
Public Hearing on the "Organic production and labelling of organic products - Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (Wednesday)

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Petitions with UK interest

Petition  689/1998 by David Petrie (British), on behalf of the 'Associazione Lettori di Lingua Straniera in Italia', on the situation of foreign-language lecturers in Italy
Petitions  508 and 509/2007  by Simon Lander and Cheryl Wolley (British), on discriminatory treatment of foreign-language assistants at Cagliari university and other Italian universities
Petition 1961/2013 by Edward Marnell (British), on behalf of Cammel Laird strikers, on Unjust treatment of Cammel Laird strikers
Petition 1831/2008 by Mr Mustafa Irkan (British), on indirect discrimination by Swedish authorities
Petition 0467/2011 by Michael Jones (British), on alleged discriminatory tariffs for non-Maltese users of electricity and water supplies in Malta
Petition 1918/2012, by Patricia Frances (British) concerning discrimination in Malta in respect of water and power supply
Petition 0352/2013 by Arthur Hohler (British), on Right to vote in a country other than that of their nationality
Petition 1708/2013 by Sohail Khan (British) on the use of synthetic and symbiotic technology in European crop and livestock farming

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Further Information

Zuzana Pavlickova
Press Officer
European Parliament Information Office in the UK
zuzana.pavlickova@ep.europa.eu
Tel: 020 7227 4300

 

Diary Dates

Council Presidency
1 July - 31 December 2014: Italy
1 January - 30 June 2015: Latvia


European Parliament plenary sessions 2014
15-18 December - Strasbourg