Agenda- The Week Ahead 15 - 21 February 2016
Committee meetings, Brussels
-Antibiotic resistance in veterinary medicine
-Iran/Mohammad Javad Zarif
UK referendum/Cameron. UK Prime Minister David Cameron will come to the European Parliament and meet its President Schulz and political group leaders to debate UK reform demands and the settlement proposed by European Council President Donald Tusk. A press point will follow (Tuesday)
ECB/Draghi. European Central Bank President Mario Draghi will give the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee his perspective on economic and monetary developments, such as the weaker than expected inflation outlook, low oil prices, real wage trends in the Eurozone and the pros and cons of extending the ECB's quantitative easing programme. (Monday)
Euro. Eurogroup and ECOFIN chair Jeroen Dijsselbloem will join the Economic and monetary Affairs Committee to discuss the economic state of play in the Eurozone and possibly the new anti-tax avoidance package, the Greek debt and the situation of Italian banks. (Thursday)
Economic governance. National MPs from across the EU will join MEPs to debate economic coordination, particularly the role of the European and national parliaments, and EU stability and economic governance, as part of the 2016 edition of the European Parliamentary Week. Parliament’s President Martin Schulz, European Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will address the plenary session at the start of the meeting. (Tuesday and Wednesday)
Antibiotic resistance in veterinary medicine. Draft legislation to tackle growing antimicrobial resistance in animals with stricter rules on the use of existing antibiotics and by stimulating the development of new veterinary medicines across the EU will be voted in the Environment and Public Health Committee. (Wednesday)
Iran/Mohammad Javad Zarif. Iran’s Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will join the Foreign Affairs Committee to debate Iran-EU relations, possibly including the nuclear deal and the unfreezing of Iranian assets. (Tuesday)
Zika outbreak. World Health Organisation (WHO) representatives will join the Environment and Public Health Committee to debate the recent outbreak of the Zika virus, which could cause birth defects and has prompted the WHO to declare a global public health emergency. At EU level, the Early Warning and Response System for medical emergencies has already been activated. (Wednesday)
President's agenda. EP President Martin Schulz will meet Romania’s Prime Minister Dacian Cioloș, followed by a press point, Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif and President of Romania’s Chamber of Deputies Valeriu Zgonea, on Tuesday. He will meet Speaker of the Kosovo Assembly Kadri Veseli and UN General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft on Wednesday. On Thursday Mr Schulz will hold a press conference with EC President Jean-Claude Juncker and meet Croatia’s Prime Minister Tihomir Orešković. Later in the day, he will address the European Council and participate in its deliberations.
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 committees' work before and during the briefing.