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10-06-2013

EP Plenary Session News 10-13 June

What will the MEPs be working on during this week's session

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Final step towards a Common European Asylum System

MEPs get their final say on the architecture of the Common European Asylum System in a vote on Wednesday. This system will lay down common procedures and deadlines for handling applications, create a basic set of rights for asylum seekers arriving in the EU and stop transfers of asylum applicants to member states that are unable to cope. Some 330,000 asylum applicants were registered in EU countries in 2012. The new asylum rules, which have already been informally agreed by Parliament and Council representatives, will be debated Tuesday and put to a vote on Wednesday. The new system should start working in the second half of 2015.

Common asylum procedures

To reduce disparities among national asylum procedures, Parliament and the Council have agreed on common deadlines for handling asylum applications, stricter rules on training staff dealing with asylum seekers and new provisions for the special needs of unaccompanied minors.

Minimum reception conditions

A short list of grounds for detaining asylum seekers, decent detention and living conditions, an early assessment of asylum seekers' medical and psychological needs and swifter access to the labour market are among the key improvements to the 2003 reception conditions directive.

No transfers to countries unable to cope

MEPs will also vote on the new Dublin regulation, which determines which country is responsible for dealing with an asylum request. Under the new rules, asylum seekers will not be transferred to EU countries where there is a risk of inhuman or degrading treatment. These rules will also introduce an early-warning mechanism to help tackle problems in national asylum systems before they turn into crises.

Police access to asylum seekers' database

Finally, member states’ police forces and Europol will gain access to asylum seekers’ fingerprints in the Eurodac database, to help them fight terrorism and serious crime.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

- UK, Ireland and Denmark are part of the Dublin and Eurodac rules. This will continue to be like this.

- Denmark is not bound by the current reception conditions and procedures directives. However, DK has aligned its legislation to the EU rules (e.g. provisions ensuring asylum seekers' right to work after a certain period).

- The UK decided to opt in to the current procedures and reception conditions directives, but the British Government announced in October 2011 that the UK would not take part in the new rules.

- Ireland opted in to the current asylum procedures directive from 2005. The Irish Government announced that it won't opt in to the new procedures and reception conditions directives.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Vote: Wednesday, 12 June Procedure: Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), 2nd reading agreement

Draft report on EurodacPress release on committee vote (24.04.2013) - EurodacProfile of rapporteur Monica Luisa Macovei (EPP, RO) - EurodacProcedure file - EurodacPress release on committee vote (24.04.2013) - Asylum proceduresProfile of rapporteur Sylvie Guillaume (S&D, FR) - Asylum proceduresProcedure file - Asylum proceduresPress release on committee vote (19.09.2012) - Reception conditionsProfile of rapporteur Antonio Masip Hidalgo (S&D, ES) - Reception conditionsProcedure file - Reception conditionsPress release on committee vote (19.09.2012) - Dublin IIProfile of rapporteur Cecilia Wikström (ALDE, SE) - Dublin IIProcedure file - Dublin IIEurostat data on asylum

Schengen reform: dawn raids to halt illegal border checks

Schengen compliance inspectors would be empowered to pay unannounced visits to prevent illegal border checks by national authorities at internal borders, as part of a reform package to be voted on Wednesday. Free movement is the most positive outcome of 50 years of EU integration, 62% of respondents told a recent Eurobarometer survey.

The "Schengen governance package" comprises two regulations, informally agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators on 29 May.

One regulation, establishing a new mechanism for evaluating compliance, would, for the first time, allow inspection teams to make unannounced visits to prevent illegal checks at internal borders. These teams would include experts from the European Commission and EU agencies, as well as member states.

The other regulation, amending the Schengen Borders Code, would allow member states to reimpose border checks only as a "measure of last resort, for a strictly limited scope and period of time, based on specific objective criteria and on an assessment of its necessity, which should be monitored at Union level".  

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Vote:  Wednesday 12 June
Procedure:  ordinary legislative procedure (co-decision), for the amendment to the Schengen Borders Code; consultation for the Schengen evaluation mechanism

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

Press release after the agreement (30.05.2013)Profile of rapporteur on the Schengen evaluation mechanism, Carlos Coelho (EPP, PT)Profile of rapporteur on border checks, Renate Weber (ALDE, RO) Procedure file - border checks

Share-out of MEP seats by member state after 2014 elections

The share-out of MEPs' seats among EU countries for 2014-2019 will be put to a final vote on Wednesday. Under plans tabled by MEPs in March and since backed by the Council, 12 EU countries would each lose one seat at the 2014 European elections. They are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal and Romania.
The next European elections should be held from 22 to 25 May 2014, according to a draft Council decision endorsed by Parliament at its latest plenary session.

Additional information

Parliament's proposal concerning the allocation of seats was adopted in plenary on 13 March and it was sent to the heads of state and government, who kept the allocation of seats per member state as proposed by MEPs. Council's draft decision (which kept the numbers unchanged, but redrafted some parts of the text) is now coming back to Parliament for consent.

Vote in plenary: Wednesday 12 June
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Irish MEPs on this issue: Nessa Childers (Labour-East), Paul Murphy (Socialist-Dublin)

Press release on plenary vote on 13.03.2013Profile of co-rapporteur Rafał Trzaskowski (EPP, PL)Profile of co-rapporteur Roberto Gualtieri (S&D, IT)

Pre-summit debate on country-specific reform recommendations

MEPs will debate the European Commission's country-specific budgetary and structural reform recommendations with Commission President José Manuel Barroso and the Irish Presidency of the Council on Wednesday. In a resolution to be voted at noon, they are likely to urge heads of state or government at the 27-28 June summit in Brussels to step up investment in order to spur growth and job-creation.
MEPs will discuss a roadmap for coordinating national reforms and social investment for growth and cohesion, based on the resolution.
Targeted social investments should form a key part of the EU countries' economic and employment policies coordinated through the "European Semester" process, says the Employment and Social Affairs Committee's draft resolution.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Vote:  Wednesday, 12 June
Procedure: Council and Commission Statement; Oral Question (with resolution)

Irish MEPs on this issue: Mairead McGuinness (Fine Gael-North East)

Draft agenda of the European Council 27-28 June

Vote on budget for aid to Europe's most deprived

Parliament will vote on Wednesday on the budget for the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived. MEPs on the social affairs, budget and agriculture committees all voted to keep the fund at its current level of 3.5 billion euros to pay for food and clothes to cover the basic needs of Europe's poorest citizens over the years 2014-2020.
The social affairs committee failed by two votes to approve a mandate for negotiations with the Council. Most of its members wanted the money to remain available for Europe's neediest even if some member states decided not to use their share.
The final amount of the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived 2014-2020 will be determined by the outcome of ongoing MFF negociations between Parliament and Council.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Vote: Wednesday 12 June
Procedure: Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), 1st reading


Irish MEPs on this issue: Emer Costello (Labour-Dublin) (rapporteur), Paul Murphy (Socialist-Dublin), Pat "the Cope" Gallagher (Fianna Fail-North West), Liam Aylward (Fianna Fail-East), Marian Harkin (Independent-North West)

Draft resolution on the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived:Press release on committee vote (20.05.2013)Profile of rapporteur Emer Costello (S&D, IE)Procedure fileFrequently asked questions (EC)

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 and voted on Tuesday. 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

Vote:  Tuesday, 11 June
Procedure:  Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), 1st reading agreement

Irish MEPs on this issue: Mairead McGuinness (Fine Gael-East), Nessa Childers (Labour-East)

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

Vote on using air passengers' personal data to counter terrorism

A Commission proposal to allow the use of EU air passengers' personal data, such as addresses or credit card details, in investigating serious crimes and terrorist offences will be put to a vote by the full House on Wednesday. The Civil Liberties Committee rejected the proposed text by 30 votes to 25.
In the committee vote, some MEPs argued that authorising this use of personal data is vital to EU counter-terrorism policy, but others countered that it was not justified. Parliament may approve, reject or amend the Commission proposal, or even refer the matter back to the Civil Liberties Committee.
Personal Passenger Name Record (PNR) data is collected by air carriers from passengers during the ticket reservation process. It includes information such as the passenger’s name, address, phone number and credit card details.
In February 2011, the Commission proposed that air carriers be required to forward the PNR data of passengers entering or leaving the EU to EU countries' national authorities, to help them to prevent, detect, investigate and prosecute serious crimes and terrorist offences.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Vote: Wednesday, 12 June
Procedure: Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), 1st reading

Draft report on the EU Passenger Name RecordPress release on committee vote (24.04.2013)Profile of rapporteur Timothy Kirkhope (ECR, UK)Procedure file

New rules for baby foods, special diet food and low-calorie food

Rules on the labelling and content of baby milks and foods for special medical purposes will be better defined in order to protect consumers and distinguish more clearly between foods for normal consumption and foods for specific groups, says a draft law to be voted on Tuesday. The draft, agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators, also covers some low-calorie diets.
Under the new legislation, the labelling of milk-based preparations for babies up to the age of 12 months (including follow-on formula) will no longer include any pictures of infants in order to ensure that breast-feeding is not discouraged.

Vote:  Tuesday
Procedure:  Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), 2nd reading agreement

Irish MEPs on this issue: Mairead McGuinness (Fine Gael-East), Liam Aylward (Fianna Fail-East), Nessa Childers (Labour-East)

Agreement with EU ministers on food intended for infants and young children, food for special medical purposes, and total diet replacement for weight controlPress release on committee vote (29.05.2013)Profile of rapporteur Frédérique Ries (ALDE, BE)Legislative Observatory file

Oil, gas and mineral firms could be forced to disclose payments to governments

Large oil, gas, mineral and logging firms could be forced to disclose full details of their worldwide payments to governments, for every extraction project, if Parliament endorses a draft law, already informally agreed with the Council, in a vote on Wednesday.
The "transparency initiative" legislation aims to make firms handling strategic resources and national governments more accountable.
Parliament's negotiators ensured that payments would have to be published project by project, i.e. for each licence obtained to access resources.
They also deleted a "tyrant's veto" clause that would have exempted firms from reporting requirements where the host country's criminal law bans disclosure.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Vote:  Wednesday, 12 June
Procedure:  Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), 1st reading agreement

Draft reportProfile of the rapporteur Arlene McCarthy (S&D, UK)Procedure file

President Borut Pahor of Slovenia to address Parliament

The Slovenian president, Borut Pahor, will deliver a formal address to the European Parliament on Tuesday at noon. He is likely to focus on the current situation in Slovenia and the accession of its neighbour country Croatia as the 28th member state of the EU on 1 July.
After the formal sitting, Mr Pahor and European Parliament president Martin Schulz will give a joint press conference at 12.30. (tbc)
Mr Pahor has been president of Slovenia since December 2012. He was prime minister of Slovenia from November 2008 to February 2012 and a member of the European Parliament from 2004 to 2008.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Procedure:  Formal sitting

Website of the Presidency of the Republic of Slovenia (EN)

Portugal's President Aníbal Cavaco Silva to address Parliament

Portugal's President Aníbal Cavaco Silva will deliver a formal address to the European Parliament on Wednesday at noon. He is likely to focus on Portugal's experience with its bailout programme and its relations with the EU.
After the formal sitting, Mr Cavaco Silva and European Parliament President Martin Schulz will give a joint press conference at 12.30.
Mr Cavaco Silva, a professor of economics, was first elected President in 2006 and is now serving his second term, which runs until 2016. He was also Prime Minister of Portugal from 1985 to 1995.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Procedure:  Formal sitting

Website of the Presidency of the Portuguese Republic (EN)

Vote on new Croatian Commissioner for consumer protection

Parliament votes Wednesday on the nomination of Croatia's Neven Mimica as European Commissioner-designate for consumer policy. Mr Mimica was given a favourable assessment by the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee, in association with the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee, on 4 June.
Parliament will vote by majority of votes cast in a secret ballot. The new commissioner will be formally appointed at the June European Council, in a qualified majority vote, bringing the total number of commissioners to 28. He will serve from 1 July 2013 until 31 October 2014, when a whole new Commission will take office.
Croatia joins the EU on 1 July.

Vote:  Wednesday, 12 June  
Procedure:  (use list of terminology attached)


Irish MEPs on this issue: Mairead McGuinness (Fine Gael-East)

Watch the hearing via VODWebsite of the hearingWritten answersAudiovisual material for media professionals

MEPs to debate unrest in Turkey

The violent crackdown on anti-government protests in Turkey and curbs on fundamental rights and freedoms, including freedom of speech and freedom of the media, will be in the spotlight during the debate between MEPs and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Wednesday. The unrest has spread following the use of force by police in response to a protest aimed at saving Istanbul's Gezi Park.
The plenary debate follows an exchange of views on recent developments in Turkey in the Foreign Affairs Committee on 6 June 2013.
A resolution will be voted on Thursday.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Vote:  Thursday, 13 June
Procedure:  High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Statement (with resolution)

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

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Vote on plans to step up fight against organised crime

Plans to appoint a European public prosecutor to protect the EU's financial interests and introduce an EU-wide definition of mafia-style crime will be debated on Monday and put to a vote on Tuesday. These plans are part of a package of proposed laws and measures to equip EU law enforcement bodies to combat crime better at national, EU and international levels.
Other proposed measures include introducing new laws to protect witnesses and informers, new rules making it easier to use criminals' confiscated assets for social purposes and barring anyone convicted for corruption from bidding for public contracts in the EU.
These plans were drawn up by Parliament's Special Committee on Organised Crime, Corruption and Money Laundering.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Vote:  Tuesday, 11 June
Procedure: non-legislative resolution, interim report

Irish MEPs on this issue: Gay Mitchell (Fine Gael-Dublin), Emer Costello (Labour-Dublin)

Draft reportProfile of rapporteur Salvatore Iacolino (EPP, IT)Mandate of the special committee on organised crime, corruption and money launderingProcedure file

Improving workers' protection against electromagnetic fields

New EU rules to improve the safety of workers most exposed to electromagnetic fields will be put to vote on Tuesday. The text, already informally agreed with the Council, incorporates new international limit values but allows sector-specific exceptions, e.g. for the army or magnetic resonance imaging in health care. Employers would have to assess and reduce risks.
The rules would apply to all sectors but focus on workers who are exposed to high risks, for example in heavy industries such as steel or metal processing, or who work long hours close to television or radio broadcasting stations, radar installations or mobile phone pylons.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Vote:  Tuesday, 11 June
Procedure: Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), 1st reading

Irish MEPs on this issue: Marian Harkin (Independent-North West)

Press release on committee vote (06.12.2012)Profile of rapporteur Elisabeth Morin-Chartier (PPE, FR)Procedure file

Votes on relaxing EU cod quota rules and blacklisting non-EU boats

MEPs are to overhaul a controversial EU cod management plan in a vote on Tuesday. This plan has forced automatic annual cuts in the cod quota since 2008, even though stocks are reportedly recovering. If the cuts continue, some cod fisheries may have to close in a few years. In another vote, also on Tuesday, MEPs could empower the Commission to blacklist more non-EU countries for illegal fishing.
MEPs aim to make the cod management plan more flexible, by inserting case-by-case exceptions.
Meanwhile, Parliament has taken the Council to court over its recent decision to split the cod plan into two parts with different legal bases. This split would set a precedent for excluding Parliament from decision-making on rules that fix fishing opportunities, a key issue in multiannual management plans.
In a separate vote, MEPs are likely to approve a faster procedure for blacklisting countries that do not cooperate with international efforts to combat illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing.
The European Commission would be empowered to add new countries to an existing blacklist, including the names of the vessels involved, and to publish it. The eight countries currently on the list are Belize, Cambodia, Fiji, Guinea, Panama, Sri Lanka, the Togolese Republic and the Republic of Vanuatu.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Vote:  Tuesday, 11 June (2x Dodds) and Wednesday, 12 June (Romeva)
Procedure:  Ordinary legislative procedure (Co-decision), 1st reading

Irish MEPs on this issue: Pat "the Cope" Gallagher (Fianna Fail-North West), Mairead McGuinness (Fine Gael-East)

Draft report on a regulation amending the long-term plan for cod stocksProfile of rapporteur Diane Dodds (NI, UK)Procedure fileCouncil regulation excluding the Parliament from the decision-making process Court action European Parliament vs Council of the EUCod plan from 2008Factsheet on codFactsheet on multiannual fisheries plansCommission webpage on multiannual fisheries plansDraft report to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishingProfile of rapporteur Raül Romeva i Rueda (Greens/EFA, ES)Procedure fileCommission webpage on IUU fishing

Court of Auditors: Parliament to vote on Romanian and Croatian candidates

Parliament votes Wednesday on whether to endorse Romania's and Croatia's European Court of Auditors nominees, George Pufan and Neven Mates. The Budgetary Control Committee recommends backing Mr Pufan (14 votes to 13) but rejecting Mr Mates (11 votes to 16). It is the Council that ultimately decides on appointments to the Luxembourg body, after consulting Parliament.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Votes: Wednesday, 12 June
Procedure: Consultation

Draft report on the nomination of George Pufan as a Member of the Court of AuditorsDraft report on the nomination of Neven Mates as a Member of the Court of AuditorsPress release on committee vote (28.05.2013)Profile of rapporteur Inés Ayala Sender (S&D, ES) Procedure file (Mates)Procedure file (Pufan)

Mali: how can the EU help with reconstruction and democratisation?

How can the EU help promote security, development and good governance in Mali? MEPs will put these questions to the Council and the Commission on Wednesday, in the wake of the EU mission to train the Malian army and the Brussels international donors' conference in May.
MEPs will also debate ways to promote national dialogue to secure sustainable peace, and ensure that future international intervention is better coordinated.
MEPs from the Security and Defence Subcommittee and the Foreign Affairs and Development committees exchanged views with Mali's interim President Dioncounda Traoré on 16 May.
Parliament will vote a resolution on Mali on Thursday.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Vote:  Thursday, 13 June
Procedure:  Oral question to Council and Commission (with resolution)

Irish MEPs on this issue: Gay Mitchell (Fine Gael-Dublin)

Question for oral answerPress release on MEPs' debate with Dioncounda Traoré, President of Mali (16.05.2013)

EEAS two years on: MEPs to call for stronger synergy and political leadership

Two years on, the European External Action Service (EEAS) has yet to attain its full potential and cruising speed, MEPs will say in a debate with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Wednesday. It needs to improve its coordination with the Commission and the Council, long-term strategic planning, crisis response delivery, and political leadership and accountability, says a draft resolution to be voted on Thursday.
The debate and the resolution will set out MEPs' inputs to this summer's review of the organisation and the functioning of the EEAS.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Vote:  Thursday, 13 June
Procedure:  Non-legislative resolution

Irish MEPs on this issue: Gay Mitchell (Fine Gael-Dublin)

Draft resolution on 2013 review of the organisation and the functioning of the EEASPress release on committee vote (23.04.2013)Profile of co-rapporteur Elmar Brok (EPP, DE) Profile of co-rapporteur Roberto Gualtieri (S&D, IT) Procedure file

Afghanistan: MEPs to discuss future EU engagement

Negotiations on the new EU-Afghanistan cooperation agreement on partnership and development (CAPD), launched in March 2012 and due to be finalized shortly, will top Wednesday's debate on Afghanistan with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. The discussion also follows the NATO ministerial meeting in June which considered options for NATO engagement in Afghanistan after 2014.
The CAPD, which will provide the legal base for the EU's enhanced cooperation with and assistance to Afghanistan, will cover trade, development, justice and home affairs and other areas. Parliament will have to give its green light before it can enter into force.
MEPs will adopt a resolution on Afghanistan on Thursday.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Vote:  Thursday, 13 June
Procedure:  High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Statement (with resolution)

EU-Afghanistan relations (EEAS website)

Defending human rights in ACP countries and press freedom around the world

MEPs are expected to raise issues about human rights abuses based on sexual orientation in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and to urge the EU to take the lead in protecting journalists throughout the world in a debate on Wednesday.
They will discuss strong reservations expressed by the development committee about parts of the revised Cotonou Agreement with the ACP group given that over half the EU's ACP partner countries discriminate against their citizens on the grounds of sexual orientation. Although the committee recommends that Parliament approve the agreement this time when it votes on Thursday it calls for an explicit ban on this type of discrimination next time the agreement is revised.
The House will also debate a draft resolution on the freedom of press and media in the world, to be voted on Thursday, calling on the EU to take a tougher stand against countries that allow abuse, murder and acts of violence against journalists.
Wednesday's debate will follow a presentation by foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on the EU's annual human rights report assessing the Union's role in defending human rights and democracy across the globe.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Vote:  Thursday 13 June
Procedure:  Consent on the revision of the Cotonou agreement, non-legislative resolution on freedom of the press, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Statement

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

Draft resolution on the freedom of press and media in the worldPress release on committee vote (08.05.2013)Profile of rapporteur Marietje Schaake (ALDE, NL) on the freedom of press Procedure file - pressDraft recommendation on the second revision of Cotonou AgreementPress release on committee vote (19.03.2013)Profile of rapporteur Michael Cashman (S&D, UK) on the revision of Cotonou agreementProcedure file - CotonouEU Strategic Framework on Human Rights and Democracy - fact sheet

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 13 June at 3pm, with the votes following at around 4pm.

• The rule of law in Russia
• Azerbaijan: the case of Ilgar Mammadov
• The situation of Rohingya Muslims in Burma

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Procedure: Non-legislative resolutions
Debate/vote: Thursday, 13 June


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

Social Development in growth and cohesion

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

Millennium Development Goals - DEVE report

Irish MEPs on this issue: Gay Mitchell (Fine Gael-Dublin), Emer Costello (Labour-Dublin), Liam Aylward (Fianna Fail-East), Paul Murphy (Socialist-Dublin)

Listing

- Re-use of public sector information (Kalfin) (COD) - DebateThu, Vote Thu
- Social Housing in the EU (Delli) (INI) - Debate Mon, Vote Tue

Irish MEPs on this issue: Emer Costello (Labour-Dublin)

- Electronic toll service and vignette system (Higgins) (INI) - Debate Mon, Vote Tue

Irish MEPs on this issue: Jim Higgins (Fine Gael-North-West)

- Promotion and protection of freedom of religion or belief (Andrikiene) - Debate Wed

Irish MEPs on this issue: Gay Mitchell (Fine Gael-Dublin)

- Customs enforcement of intellectual property rights (Creutzmann) (COD) - Debate Mon, Vote Tue
- Legal aid in cross-border civil and commercial disputes (Zwiefka)  (INI) - Debate Mon - Vote Tue
- Adjustment rate to direct payments provided for in Regulation in respect of calendar year 2013 (Capoulas Santos) (COD) - Debate Tue, Vote Wed
EP calendar for 2014, Vote Wed