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Coming up: Parliament priorities for the second half of 2013

MEPs are taking a break from official meetings the coming weeks, but behind the scenes work will continue to prepare for important legislative files later this year. Parliament will have to decide on matters that will affect the EU and Europeans for years to come, such as the long-term budget, banking supervision, data protection and better protection for temporary workers. Read on to find out more.

In the autumn Parliament will vote on a proposed deal for the EU’s long-term budget for 2014-2020. This will also affect the reform of the EU’s agricultural policy.

During the September session MEPs will vote on tougher rules for tobacco products to prevent young people from taking up smoking and a proposal to promote greener biofuels.

Parliament is also working on a new regulation on a single set of rules for all data collected online to ensure it is kept safe as well as on a directive on data processing in law enforcement. In addition the civil liberties committee is conducting an inquiry into the Prism scandal and will report back to Parliament by the end of the year.

In October MEPs are expected to vote on a proposal to give better protection to the one million workers temporarily posted in another European country by their employers every year.

MEPs will also aim to reach an agreement with the Council on the single supervision of European banks.