Agenda - Mini plenary session Brussels - 24-25 February 2016
Plenary (Wednesday and Thursday); Summit conclusions/UK referendum/Migration. European Semester. Labour mobility. Trade with Tunisia. Tobacco industry. Registration of pet animals. Committees; Refugees/Mogherini. NATO. Transmissible animal diseases. Gun control. Montenegro and FYROM. President’s diary. Press briefing.
Plenary (Wednesday and Thursday)
Summit conclusions/UK referendum/Migration. MEPs will discuss the outcome of the 18-19 February European Council meeting with its President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. (Wednesday)
European Semester. EU economic priorities for 2016 will be the focus of a debate with the Commission on the European Semester for economic policy coordination. MEPs are expected to comment on the implementation of the Stability and Growth Pact, its social aspects and how the economic potential of the internal market can be further exploited. They will also come up with recommendations for dealing with the financial challenges posed by the refugee crisis and security challenges. Three separate resolutions will be voted. (debate Wednesday, votes Thursday)
Labour mobility. Linking up national employment services, be they public or private, should give job-seekers better access to job offers across borders. MEPs will vote on measures informally agreed with the Council to further integrate the EU labour market. (Thursday)
Trade with Tunisia. MEPs will vote on emergency measures to temporarily raise the amount of olive oil that can be imported duty free from Tunisia. They will also discuss and vote on recommendations for further talks on an EU-Tunisia free trade agreement. (Thursday)
Tobacco industry. MEPs will quiz the Commission on the four agreements currently in force between the EU and Philip Morris International (PMI), Japan Tobacco International (JTI), Imperial Tobacco Limited (ITL) and British American Tobacco (BAT) to fight cigarette smuggling. Members will ask for an assessment, including the possible financial implications, and will question whether these agreements should be prolonged. The agreement with PMI is due to expire in July 2016. (Thursday)
Registration of pet animals. A proposal to introduce compatible national systems for identifying and registering cats and dogs will be put to a vote. Several political groups have voiced concern about growing illegal trade in badly-bred pets. Pet trafficking is increasingly linked to organised crime, and is now estimated to be the third most profitable illegal trade within the EU, after narcotics and weapons. It also poses a public health risk, they add. (Thursday)
Refugees/Mogherini. Foreign affairs MEPs and national MPs will debate the conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and the refugee crisis with EU foreign policy Chief Federica Mogherini. (Tuesday)
NATO. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will meet Foreign Affairs Committee and Security and Defence Subcommittee MEPs and national MPs to discuss NATO priorities for 2016, possibly including the recent NATO engagement in the Mediterranean to deter human trafficking, and the July NATO Summit in Warsaw. (Tuesday)
Transmissible animal diseases. Draft legislation informally agreed with Council to help prevent and halt new outbreaks of animal diseases such as avian flu or African swine fever and keep pace with scientific progress will be put to a vote at the Agriculture Committee. (Tuesday)
Gun control. MEPs will give their views on how best to prevent weapons falling into the hands of terrorists and keep track of cross-border arms transfers in the Internal Market Committee’s kick-off debate on the revision of the EU firearms directive. Concerns over the impact that the proposal would have on sport shooters, hunters, collectors and museums will also be discussed. (Tuesday)
Montenegro and FYROM. Progress made in 2015 by Montenegro and FYROM on their path to the EU will be assessed in two resolutions to be voted by the Foreign Affairs Committee. (Tuesday)
President’s diary. EP President Martin Schulz will meet Speaker of Lebanon’s Parliament Nabih Berri and His Excellency Monsignor Alain Paul Lebeaupin, on Wednesday.
Press briefing. The EP Press Service will hold a press briefing on the week's activities at 11.00 on Monday, in the “Anna Politkovskaya” EP press conference room, Brussels. Journalists can use #EPressbriefing to put questions on committee work, before and during the briefing.