Agenda: The Week Ahead 16 - 22 November 2015, Political group and committee meetings, Brussels
Highlights of the agenda for the week ahead include: -Tax transparency and multinational companies -Improved conditions for non-EU students and researchers -Migration/Steinmeier -UK referendum -Frontex/fundamental rights -Enlargement/Neighbourhood Policy
Tax transparency and multinational companies. Eleven out of 13 multinational companies which initially refused invitations to appear before Parliament's Special Committee on Tax Rulings have accepted a 'last chance invitation' to share their views with committee members. This is the last meeting before the 25 November final vote on Parliament's recommendations for fairer tax competition in the EU. (Monday)
Improved conditions for non-EU students and researchers. Parliament and Council negotiators will try to strike a deal on new rules for students and researchers from third countries who want to study or do research in the EU. Parliament would like to make the EU more attractive by giving them the right to stay in the EU for at least 9 months after the end of their studies or contracts to look for a job or set up a business. (Tuesday)
Migration/Steinmeier. The refugee crisis and relations with Syria and Turkey are likely to be addressed in a Foreign Affairs Committee debate with Germany’s Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier. (Monday)
UK referendum. A Constitutional Affairs Committee delegation will go to London to meet various ministers, parliamentary committees and think-tanks. The discussion will focus on the UK’s upcoming EU membership referendum and the EU’s institutional future. (Monday and Tuesday)
Frontex/fundamental rights. A request that the Frontex border agency set up a complaints mechanism on alleged breaches of fundamental rights will be put to a vote in the Civil Liberties and Petitions committees. A proposal for reviewing the Frontex mandate is expected for December. (Monday)
Enlargement/Neighbourhood Policy. Foreign Affairs Members will debate the review of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Commissioner in charge of enlargement negotiations Johannes Hahn. (Wednesday)
Plenary preparations. Political groups will prepare for the 23 – 26 November plenary session in Strasbourg, where MEPs will debate the outcomes of the migration summit in Valletta (Malta). They will prepare for votes on immediate budgetary measures to meet EU migration policy needs and on next year’s EU budget, subject to the results of budget talks with member states. In the run-up to the LUX Prize award ceremony on 24 November, MEPs will view the three finalist films and vote on the 2015 winner.
President's agenda. EP President Martin Schulz will deliver a keynote speech at the launch of the European Pact for Youth during the Enterprise 2020 Summit and meet the Archbishop of Constantinople and Ecumenical Patriarch His All Holiness, Bartholomew I, on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Schulz will meet Kosovo Prime Minister Isa Mustafa.
Pre-session press briefing. The EP Press Service will hold a press briefing with the EP's political group spokespersons at 11.00 on Friday. (Anna Politkovskaya room, press centre, Brussels)
Press seminar on media freedom. The EP press service is organising a seminar for journalists on the situation of the media in Russia and the other Eastern neighbourhood countries. (Tuesday and Wednesday)