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28-06-2013

EP Plenary Session News 1- 4 July

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What will the MEPs be working on during the next Plenary session in Strasbourg ?

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  • Elections 2014: an EU-wide campaign on European issues
  • Climate change: CO2 permit auction freeze back in plenary
  • MEPs to scrutinise Hungary's compliance with EU values
  • Stricter penalties for cyber criminals
  • Revised EU-wide rules on vehicle checks to improve road safety
  • Surface waters: three pharmaceuticals to go on EU watch list
  • Better EU pandemic response
  • MEPs to debate the closure of the Greek national broadcaster
  • MEPs to call for better protection of EU citizens' data
  • Ambitious Financial Transaction Tax with concern for the real economy
  • MEPs to set priorities for thorough overhaul of banking sector
  • Investment funds: safeguards for small investors and new rules on managers' pay
  • MEPs to debate priorities of Lithuanian Presidency
  • Debrief on European Council meeting
  • Three years after award, Cuban activist Guillermo Fariñas receives his Sakharov Prize
  • MEPs to urge quicker response to natural disasters following floods in Central Europe
  • Arms exports: MEPs to call on member states to stick to the rules
  • As Internet and TV become one...
  • Road accident injuries: MEPs to call on Commission to act
  • MEPs to urge Norway to lift import duties on EU farm produce
  • Parliament to elect new European Ombudsman
  • Critical vote on rules governing EU anti-fraud watchdog OLAF
  • Human rights and democracy resolutions
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Elections 2014: an EU-wide campaign on European issues

European political parties should name their candidates for European Commission president well ahead of the elections to allow enough time to run an EU-wide campaign focused on EU issues, says a resolution to be debated on Wednesday and voted on Thursday. MEPs also want the candidates for Commission president to present their political programmes in person in all EU countries and the names of the European parties to appear on ballot papers.

Recommendations to the EU member states and political parties for improving the organisation of the next European elections are set out in a resolution by Andrew Duff (ALDE, UK). They follow up the recent decisions to bring the polling dates forward and to nominate party political candidates for the Commission presidency.

Public debates between candidates for Commission president

The draft resolution urges European political parties to hold a series of public debates between the nominated candidates (para 9) and asks EU countries to permit political broadcasts by the European political parties. (para 8)

Put European political parties on the ballot

The constitutional affairs committee also urges member states and political parties to see that the names of the European political parties and, where appropriate, their logos, appear on the ballot paper. (para 4) No member state currently does this.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Vote:  Thursday, 4 July
Procedure: non-legislative resolution


Irish MEPs on this issue: Gay Mitchell (Fine Gael-Dublin), Paul Murphy (Socialist-Dublin)

Draft resolutionPress release on committee vote (28.5.2013)
 

Climate change: CO2 permit auction freeze back in plenary

A proposed freeze on the auctioning of some CO2 emission permits, so as to encourage low-carbon innovation, is to be put to a vote for the second time on Wednesday, after the full House narrowly rejected it in April. The text has been amended in committee and now advocates an earlier, more predictable reintroduction of credits in the year following the freeze. MEPs also propose earmarking a share of permit auction revenues for innovation.

The growing surplus of emission allowances – due to initial oversupply and the economic slowdown – has made the carbon price fall well below the levels estimated when the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) was created. The proposal would allow the Commission to “backload” – or delay - the timing of a share of permits to be auctioned, so as to raise the carbon price and thus encourage low-carbon innovation.

Avoid companies relocating outside the EU

A compromise between the EPP, S&D and ALDE groups endorsed by the Environment Committee says the Commission "may, in exceptional circumstances" adapt the timing of auctions, provided an impact assessment shows no "significant risk" of companies relocating outside the EU.

Permits withheld should be reintroduced "in a predictable and linear manner starting from the year following that during which allowances have last been withheld" the text says.

Earmarking auction revenues to fund low-carbon technologies

The compromise caps the number of permits to be frozen at a maximum of 900 million. Of these, 600 million must be made available to set up a fund to support the development of innovative low-carbon technologies,

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Vote:  Wednesday, 3 July
Procedure:  Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), 1st reading

Draft report on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2003/87/EC clarifying provisions on the timing of auctions of greenhouse gas allowancesPress release on committee vote (19.06.2013)Profile of rapporteur Matthias Groote (S&D, DE)Procedure file
 

MEPs to scrutinise Hungary's compliance with EU values

Recommendations to the Hungarian authorities on how to remedy any breaches of key EU values promptly are set out in a resolution to be voted on Thursday. Should the Hungarian authorities fail to abide by these values, the text asks European Parliament authorities to consider resorting to EU Treaty Article 7.1, which would enable the Council of Ministers to determine whether there is a clear risk of a serious breach.

The Civil Liberties Committee draft stipulates what the Hungarian authorities should do to ensure that they abide fully by EU values as set out in EU Treaty Article 2.

To ensure that all EU member states abide both by the EU's common values and its "Copenhagen" accession criteria, the draft also calls on EU institutions to set up a "Copenhagen mechanism"..

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Tuesday, 2 July
Vote: Wednesday, 3 July
Procedure: Non-legislative resolution

Irish MEPs on this issue: Paul Murphy (Socialist-Dublin)

Draft resolutionPress release on committee vote (19.06.2013)Profile of rapporteur Rui Tavares (Greens/EFA, PT)Procedure fileTreaty on European Union - Article 7 (pages 19 and 20)EU Fundamental rights agency: Annual report 2012
 

Stricter penalties for cyber criminals

Cyber criminals will face tougher EU-wide penalties, under a draft directive to be voted on Thursday. The new rules, already informally agreed between Parliament and Council negotiators, also aim to help prevent cyber attacks and to boost police and judicial cooperation. They require EU countries to respond to urgent requests for help within eight hours.

Attacks against "critical infrastructure", such as power plants, transport networks and government networks, can lead to a five-year sentence in prison. The same applies if an attack is committed by a criminal organisation or if it causes serious damage.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate:  Wednesday, 3 July
Vote:  Thursday, 4 July
Procedure: Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), 1st reading agreement

Text of the agreement Press release on committee vote (6.6.2013)Interview with rapporteur Monika Hohlmeier (EPP, DE)
 

Revised EU-wide rules on vehicle checks to improve road safety

In a vote on Tuesday, Parliament is likely to endorse minimum EU-wide standards for regular vehicle inspections and roadworthiness checks on road-haulage tractors and caravan trailers

On Monday, MEPs debate a package of draft laws on regular roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles and their trailers, roadside inspections of commercial vehicles and registration documents for vehicles.
The package includes a risk-rating system which member states could use to target companies operating vehicles that perform badly in vehicle inspections.

The first-reading votes on the three draft laws will be held on Tuesday.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Monday, 1 July
Vote: Tuesday, 2 July
Procedure:  Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), first reading

Irish MEPs on this issue: Paul Murphy (Socialist-Dublin), Liam Aylward (Fianna Fail-East), Jim Higgins (Fine Gael- North West)

Draft report on periodic roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles and their trailersDraft report on the technical roadside inspection of the roadworthiness of commercial vehiclesDraft report on the registration documents for vehiclesPress release on committee vote (30.05.2013)Profile of rapporteur Werner Kuhn (EPP, DE)Profile of rapporteur Olga Sehnalová (S&D, CZ)Profile of rapporteur Vilja Savisaar-Toomast (ALDE, ET) Procedure file, Periodic roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles and their trailersProcedure file, roadside inspection of commercial vehiclesProcedure file, registration documents
 

Surface waters: three pharmaceuticals to go on EU watch list

A dozen substances will be added to the EU's list of priority substances deemed to pose a risk to the water environment when MEPs vote on Tuesday to endorse rules agreed with EU ministers last Wednesday. A watch list of emerging pollutants is to be set up and will include for the first time three pharmaceutical substances.

Under the new rules, a watch list will be established to monitor and collect information on substances, including emerging pollutants and three specific pharmaceuticals – used in painkiller and hormonal preparations – to assess whether they should be included in future in the priority substances list following regular reviews.

The draft law acknowledges the risk posed by the three pharmaceutical substances (17alphaethinylestradiol, 17beta-estradiol and Diclofenac) and asks the Commission to develop a strategic approach to the risks posed by pharmaceuticals in the aquatic environment.

It also stipulates that emissions into surface waters of eight substances, including two of the existing priority substances, must be phased out completely over 20 years and sets stricter environmental quality standards (EQSs) for seven existing priority substances to be met by 2021.

Background

Since 2000, the Water Framework Directive  has been the EU's main water policy instrument for setting anti-pollution strategies. The list is updated every four years.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate:  Monday
Vote:  Tuesday
Procedure:  Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), 1st reading agreement

Draft report on priority substances in the field of water policyPress release on committee vote (28.11.2012)Profile: Richard Seeber (EPP, AT)Procedure file
 

Better EU pandemic response

The EU's ability to cope with cross-border health threats such as the coronavirus, the 2011 E coli outbreak or the H1N1 flu epidemic in 2009 will be strengthened by a draft law to be debated on Tuesday and voted on Wednesday. The legislation, already agreed with the Council, provides for a Europe-wide health emergency to be declared, with a provision facilitating member states bulk ordering of vaccines.
The new law builds on lessons learned in recent crises, such as the outbreak of Escherichia coli bacteria infections in 2011, the volcanic ash cloud in 2010 or the H1N1 flu pandemic in 2009.

The current EU system will be strengthened to provide a faster response that is better coordinated at EU level. It will also facilitate group purchases of medicines by Member states. Access to vaccines will be fairer as they will be purchased at advantageous prices.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate:  Wednesday, 3 July
Vote: Thursday, 4 July
Procedure:  Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), 1st reading agreement

Irish MEPs on this issue: Liam Aylward (Fianna Fail-East)

Draft report on cross-border health threatsPress release on committee vote (10.10.2012)Profile of rapporteur Gilles Pargneaux (S&D, FR)Precedure fileEuropean Commission press release & memo
 

MEPs to debate the closure of the Greek national broadcaster

MEPs will debate the closure of the Greek national broadcaster (ERT) on 11 June with the Commission and the Council on Wednesday. The decision of the Greek government sparked numerous reactions and protests and led the third party in the coalition government in Greece, Democratic Left, to withdraw its support from the government.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Wednesday,  3 July
Procedure: Commission and Council statements

 

MEPs to call for better protection of EU citizens' data

MEPs will air the implications of the US PRISM internet surveillance case for EU citizens' privacy and stress the need to expedite EU data protection reform in a debate with the Commission and Council on Wednesday afternoon. They are also set to raise recent press reports of another secret surveillance programme, allegedly run by the UK intelligence agency.

Parliament has held two recent debates on the PRISM surveillance programme: one with Commissioner Tonio Borg on 11 June in Strasbourg, and the other with Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding, at a Civil Liberties Committee meeting on 19 June.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Wednesday, 3 July
Procedure: Council and Commission statements followed by debate

Irish MEPs on this issue: Paul Murphy (Socialist-Dublin), Phil Prendergast (Labour-South)

Press release on Civil Liberties Committee debate (19.06.2013)Article on plenary debate (11.06.2013)Q&A on EU data protection reformData protection featureAudiovisual material for professionals - Data protection
 

Ambitious Financial Transaction Tax with concern for the real economy

Parliament votes its opinion on the setup of the financial transaction tax (FTT) on XXX. The draft text calls for a wide-scope FTT, with stocks and bond trades taxed at 0.1% and derivatives trades at 0.01% in 11 EU countries. Until January 2017 lower rates would apply to sovereign bond trades and pension fund industry trades. New rules are also proposed to make avoiding the tax more costly.

A wide scope

The draft text backs the Commission proposal that the FTT should cover a wide range of financial instruments, be it stocks, bonds or derivatives. At the same time, it addresses specific concerns, notably the trading needs of pension funds and listed small and medium-sized enterprises.

Tax rates

The text retains the tax rates proposed by the Commission, i.e. 0.1% on trades in stocks and bonds and 0.01% on derivatives trades. However, until 1 January 2017, trades in sovereign bonds should be taxed at only 0.05% and trades by pension funds would only be taxed at 0.05% for stocks and bonds and 0.005% for derivatives.

FTT: expensive to avoid

The text includes clauses to make evading the FTT potentially far more expensive than paying it. It links payment of the FTT to the acquisition of legal ownership rights, which means that if the buyer of a security did not pay the FTT, he or she would not be legally certain of owning that security and would be unable to clear the trade centrally.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate:  Tuesday, 2 July
Vote:  Wednesday, 3 July
Procedure:  (CNS)

Irish MEPs on this issue: Marian Harkin (Independent-North West), Gay Mitchell (Fine Gael-Dublin), Paul Murphy (Socialist-Dublin), Nessa Childers (Labour-East)

Press release on committee vote (18.06.2013)Profile of rapporteur Anni Podimata (S&D, EL) Procedure file
 

MEPs to set priorities for thorough overhaul of banking sector

MEPs will lay down their priorities on XXX for a broad overhaul of EU banks. They will say that board members must be held personally liable when mistakes are made and that banks must clearly separate their riskier trading activities from their more conservative retail ones.  Calls for more competition and better corporate governance are also expected.

The adopted resolution will feed into the work of the Commission which is expected to present a legislative proposal in September.
  
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate:  Tuesday, 2 July
Vote:  Wednesday, 3 July (tbc)
Procedure:  Non legislative resolution

Irish MEPs on this issue: Paul Murphy (Socialist-Dublin), Gay Mitchell (Fine Gael-Dublin), Phil Prendergast (Labour-South)

Press release on committee vote (18.06.2013)Profile of rapporteur Arlene McCarthy (S&D, UK)Procedure file
 

Investment funds: safeguards for small investors and new rules on managers' pay

Small investors should be better protected against investment funds that take unnecessary risks with their money by a draft law to be voted on Wednesday. The law includes new rules on fund managers' pay and bonuses and sets minimum EU-wide administrative penalties for mismanagement.

EU-regulated undertakings for collective investments in transferable securities (UCITS), which gather assets from small investors and pool them to buy bonds, shares or other financial products, currently control almost €9,000 billion in funds.

Single depositary

The law would require UCITS to appoint a single "depositary" (investment firm or credit institution) to oversee investor payments to the fund and act as a custodian of its assets.  This depositary could be deemed liable for any loss of assets, even if they are held by another party, and must  refrain from investing it on their own account.

Pay

The variable component of a fund manager's total salary should not exceed the fixed component and 50% of variable remuneration should be paid in the assets of his UCITS, says lead MEP Sven Giegold (Greens/EFA, DE). However, MEPs are deeply divided on this.

Next steps

The plenary vote on this legislation gives Parliament's negotiators a strong mandate to fine-tune it in three-way talks with EU member states and the European Commission.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Tuesday, 2 July (TBC)
Vote:  Wednesday, 3 July
Procedure:  Co-decision, first reading (amendments only)

Press release after the committee vote (21.03.2013)Profile of the rapporteur: Sven Giegold (Greens/EFA, DE)Procedure file
 

MEPs to debate priorities of Lithuanian Presidency

Parliament will discuss the programme of the incoming Lithuanian Presidency of the Council with President Dalia Grybauskaitė of Lithuania in the week's key debate on Wednesday, focusing on restoring the EU's economic credibility and growth and strengthening the EU as a global model of openness and security. The debate starts at 9 a.m.

Developing the banking union framework and deepening the economic and monetary Union will be high on the Lithuanian Presidency agenda. Other key priorities include further deepening the single market, especially in the field of energy, closer integration of the EU and its Eastern partners and smarter control of the EU’s external borders.

The debate will be followed by a press conference with President Grybauskaitė and the presidents of the European Parliament and the European Commission,at 12.15.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate:  Wednesday, 3 July
Procedure:  Council and Commission statements followed by debate
Press conference: Wednesday, 3 July 2013 at 12.15

Irish MEPs on this issue: Paul Murphy (Socialist-Dublin)

Homepage of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU
 

Debrief on European Council meeting

MEPs will discuss the outcome of the last European summit with presidents Herman Van Rompuy and José Manuel Barroso on Tuesday. Banking union, youth unemployment, the reform recommendations made to each country and the next steps on economic governance will feature prominently.

In a following debate, MEPs will also review the outgoing Irish Presidency with the Irish Taoiseach, Enda Kenny.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate:  Tuesday 2 July
Procedure:  Council and Commission statements followed by debate

Irish MEPs on this issue: Paul Murphy (Socialist-Dublin), Liam Aylward (Fianna Fail-East), Gay Mitchell (Fine Gael-Dublin), Nessa Childers (Labour-East), Marian Harkin (Independent-North West), Phil Prendergast (Labour-South)

Website of the Irish Presidency of the Council
 

Three years after award, Cuban activist Guillermo Fariñas receives his Sakharov Prize

Guillermo Fariñas, Sakharov laureate in 2010, will receive his prize and address Parliament at a ceremony during the plenary session in Strasbourg at noon on Wednesday, 3 July. The Cuban authorities barred him from attending the award ceremony in 2010 and his place was taken symbolically by an empty chair.

The Cuban independent journalist and political dissident, Guillermo Fariñas, conducted 23 hunger strikes over the years to protest against the regime and censorship in Cuba.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate:  Wednesday, 3 July
Procedure: formal sitting

Sakharov PrizeInterview with Guillermo Fariñas (December 2010)
 

MEPs to urge quicker response to natural disasters following floods in Central Europe

Emergency funds must reach victims of natural disasters more quickly and the mechanism for this must be made more flexible, MEPs are expected to tell the Council and the Commission in a debate on Tuesday. In a resolution to be voted on Wednesday, Parliament is set to call for aid from the EU's Solidarity Fund.

The debate follows fatal floods that hit mainly Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic and to a lesser extent Slovakia, Hungary and Poland in late May and early June.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Tue 2 July
Vote: Wed 3 July
Procedure: Council and Commission statements followed by debate (with resolution)

Procedure file
 

Arms exports: MEPs to call on member states to stick to the rules

MEPs are expected to call on EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Wednesday to ensure that the member states apply and interpret uniformly the EU's 2008 common position setting out criteria and checks for arms export licences, in the wake of the Council's recent decision not to prolong the EU arms embargo on Syria. EU member states are among the biggest arms exporters in the world.

The House will vote on a resolution on the implementation of the 2008 common position on Thursday.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate:  Wednesday, 3 July 2013
Vote:  Thursday, 4 July 2013
Procedure:  High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

Irish MEPs on this issue: Paul Murphy (Socialist-Dublin), Gay Mitchell (Fine Gael-Dublin)

Legislative Observatory file2008 Council Common Position on arms exportsArms export control (EEAS website)
 

As Internet and TV become one...

The convergence of traditional TV, video on demand and the Internet into a single hybrid "connected TV" device make it necessary to update the EU's Audiovisal Media Services Directive (21), say Culture and Education Committee MEPs.  A draft resolution to be voted Thursday asks that the same rules apply to the same services, irrespective of the medium of transmission (22).

MEPs worry that connected TV could crowd out public broadcasting, partially broadcast or difficult to find programmes and that media pluralism and cultural diversity could disappear from our screens (20).

The Commission should propose legislation to ensure barrier-free access to the Internet (14) and net neutrality (33) and oversee the application of a basic code of ethics for the protection of minors and of private life (26), underlines the resolution.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Thursday, 4 July
Vote: Thursday, 4 July
Procedure:  Non-legislative resolution

Projet de résolution sur la télévision hybride (télévision connectée)Communiqué de presse après le vote en commission (29.05.2013)Profile of rapporteur Petra Kammerevert (S&D, DE) Observatoire législatifEtude de la Bibliothèque du PE sur la télévision connectée
 

Road accident injuries: MEPs to call on Commission to act

MEPs are to urge the the Commission to detail its plans to prevent and reduce the severity of road accident injuries in a resolution to be voted on Tuesday. Each year, 1,500,000 people are injured on EU roads, of whom 300,000 seriously. In a debate on Wednesday, they will also call on the Commission to table an action plan to step up use of the 112 emergency call number.

MEPs will ask the Commission about targets to reduce serious injuries by 2020 and other measures such as a best practice manual for on-the-spot medical care for people injured in traffic accidents.

On Wednesday, they will also ask when the Commission will table a detailed action plan with resources for awareness-raising campaigns for the '112' emergency number and to develop reliability and accuracy criteria for caller location technology to be supplied to the emergency services.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Monday, 1 July (injury strategy), Wednesday, 3 July ('112')
Vote: Tuesday, 2 July (injury strategy)

Irish MEPs on this issue: Paul Murphy (Socialist-Dublin), Liam Aylward (Fianna Fail-East),  Gay Mitchell (Fine Gael-Dublin), Marian Harkin (Independent-North West), Jim Higgins (Fine Gael- North West)

Question for oral answer on injury strategyProcedure file on injury strategyEP resolution on universal service and 112 number (05.05.2011) Community database on road accidents (CARE)
 

MEPs to urge Norway to lift import duties on EU farm produce

How will the EU respond to the massive import duties that Norway has imposed on EU farm produce since the start of this year? On Wednesday MEPs will ask the Commission to assess the damage done to EU farmers and exporters by tariffs ranging from 277% to 344% and on Thursday they will vote a resolution urging Norway to withdraw the measures.

From 1 January 2013 EU exporters of certain cheeses, lamb and beef to Norway face ad valorem duties of 277%, 429% and 344% respectively.

These duties arguably breach both the European Economic Area Agreement and the latest EU-Norway agreement on farm trade preferences, in force since January 2012.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Wednesday, 3 July  
Vote:  Thursday, 4 July
Procedure: Oral question to Commission (with resolution)

Oral Question on Significant increase in Norwegian duties on agricultural productsPress release on committee vote (25.04.2013)Profile of rapporteur Christofer Fjellner (EPP, SE)Procedure file
 

Parliament to elect new European Ombudsman

Parliament will elect the new European Ombudsman, who investigates complaints about maladministration in the EU institutions and bodies, in a secret ballot on Tuesday. MEPs quizzed the six candidates at a public hearing on 18 June.

To be elected, a candidate needs to win a majority of votes (50%+1). If, after two ballots, no candidate attains this threshold, there will be a third ballot with only the two highest-scoring candidates from previous votes. The new Ombudsman will exercise his or her duties till the successor takes office, after next European elections, on 22-25 May 2014.

The candidates are:

Alex Brenninkmeijer (The Netherlands)
Markus Jaeger (Germany)
Ria Oomen-Ruijten (The Netherlands)
Emily O’Reilly (Ireland)
Dagmar Roth-Behrendt (Germany)
Francesco Speroni (Italy)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Vote:  Tuesday, 2 July
Procedure:  election of European Ombudsman, rule 204

Irish MEPs on this issue: Nessa Childers (Labour-East), Marian Harkin (Independent-North West),
Gay Mitchell (Fine Gael-Dublin)

Press release on the public hearings (18/06/2013)Procedure fileVideo recording of the hearings, morning sessionVideo recording of the hearings, afternoon sessionRule 204 : Appointment of the OmbudsmanRule 205 : Activities of the OmbudsmanRule 206 : Dismissal of the Ombudsman
 

Critical vote on rules governing EU anti-fraud watchdog OLAF

The plenary is to discuss and vote on the overhaul of the rules on how the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) tackles fraud. Although a political agreement has already been reached with Council on the content of the new regulation, some MEPs want to strengthen the scrutiny of OLAF following a critical report of the OLAF supervisory committee and therefore propose changes to the agreed text.

Negotiations to create a more efficient rulebook to OLAF have been ongoing since 2006.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Tuesday, 2 July
Vote: Wednesday, 3 July
Procedure: Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), 1st reading agreement

Irish MEPs on this issue: Nessa Childers (Labour-East)

Draft report on OLAF regulation2012 activity report of the OLAF supervisory committeeProfile of rapporteur Ingeborg Grässle (EPP, DE)Procedure file
 

Human rights and democracy resolutions

Parliament will hold urgent debates on the following topics relating to human rights and democracy, in the morning on Thursday 4 July at 3pm, with the votes following at around 4pm.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Procedure: Non-legislative resolutions
Debate/vote: Thursday, 4 July

 

Listing

- Impact of the crisis on access to care for vulnerable Groups (INI) (Lambert) - debate Thu, vote Thu

Irish MEPs on this issue: Paul Murphy (Socialist-Dublin), Liam Aylward (Fianna Fail-East), Marian Harkin (Independent-North West)

- Macro-financial aid to Georgia (COD) (Moreira) - debate Wed, vote Thu
- External aviation policy (INI) (Marinescu) - debate Mon, vote Tue
- Contribution of cooperatives to overcoming the  crisis (Toia) (INI) - debate Mon, vote Tue

Irish MEPs on this issue: Phil Prendergast (Labour-South)

- A bioeconomy for Europe (Bartolozzi) (INI) - debate Mon, vote Tue
- Statute for a European Foundation (Regner) (COD) - vote Tue
- Adoption by Latvia of the euro on 1 January 2014 (Balz) (INI) - vote Thu
-Vote on the removal of immunity from Marine LePen

Irish MEPs on this issue: Paul Murphy (Socialist-Dublin)

 

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