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EP Plenary Session News 18-21 November 2013

18-11-2013

What are the MEPs working on in this week's Plenary session in Strasbourg ?

Highlights include:

  • Sakharov Prize: 2013 laureate and 25th anniversary
  • Women should take 40% of seats on company boards by 2020
  • MEPs to call for treaty change to allow Parliament to decide where it sits
  • INTRO MFF
  • Parliament set to approve long-run budget for 2014-2020 and annual one for 2014
  • Investing in Europe's regions: MEPs to vote on rules for new €325bn cohesion policy
  • MEPs set to approve fairer and greener farm policy
  • More young people able to study and train abroad under Erasmus+
  • MEPs to vote to maintain European social funding
  • Connecting Europe: MEPs to approve new infrastructure funds
  • Final vote on EU's next research programme Horizon 2020
  • LIFE goes on: budget vote for environment and climate action programme 2014-2020
  • Creative Europe programme: funds to boost cultural and artistic exchanges
  • MEPs to approve further deployment of EU satellite navigation
  • Bulgaria, Lithuania and Slovakia to get more aid to close nuclear reactors
  • Key information to protect small investors
  • EP to approve €840,000 in EU aid for redundant workers in Spain
  • MEPs to debate and vote demands for world trade talks in Bali
  • Human rights and democracy resolutions
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Sakharov Prize: 2013 laureate and 25th anniversary

Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year old Pakistani girl campaigner for girls’ right to education and 2013 laureate of the Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought, will receive her prize from Parliament’s President Martin Schulz at a ceremony in Strasbourg, on Wednesday 20 November at 12.00.

Between 17 and 21 November, Parliament will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Sakharov prize by inviting former laureates to a series of debates and events taking place in its Strasbourg premises.

Sakharov Prize Laureates 1988-2012 who will be present  in Strasbourg
Oslobodjenje (1993, Bosnia and Herzegovina), Taslima Nasreen (1994, Bangladesh), Leyla Zana (1995, Turkey), Wei Jiingsheng (1996, China), Salima Ghezali (1997, Algeria), H.E. Mr. Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao (1999, East Timor), ¡Basta Ya! (2000, Spain), Nurit Peled-Elhanan (2001, Israel), Dom Zacarias Kamwenho (2001, Angola), Representative of Oswaldo José Paya Sardinas (2002, Cuba) - Rosa Maria Paya Acevedo, daughter, BAJ - Zhanna Litvina (2004, Belarus), Hauwa Ibrahim (2005, Nigeria), Ladies in White - Mrs Berta Soler (2005, Cuba), Reporters without Borders - Mr Christophe Deloire (2005, France), Aliaksandr Milinkevich (2006, Belarus), Salih Mahmoud Mohammed Osman (2007, Sudan), Representative of Hu Jia (2008, China) - Zeng Jinyan, Memorial - Mr Oleg Orlov (2009, Russia), Guillermo Fariñas (2010, Cuba), Ali Ferzat (2011, Syria), Ahmed El Senussi (2011, Libya), Representative of Nasrin Sotoudeh (2012, Iran) -  Shirin Ebadi, Representative of Jafar Panahi (2012, Iran) - Karim Lahidji

Award of the Prize: Wednesday, 20 November

Irish MEPs on this issue: Mairead McGuinness (Fine Gael-East), Gay Mitchell (Fine Gael-Dublin)

Sakharov Prize - 25 years of promoting human rights
 

Women should take 40% of seats on company boards by 2020

Companies listed on official stock exchanges in the EU should aim to ensure, by 2020, that at least 40% of their non-executive directors are women, MEPs will say on Wednesday when they vote on new rules seeking to promote gender equality in economic decision making.
MEPs will call for a transparent, open and fair selection procedure and mandatory sanctions if companies fail to follow non-discriminatory selection procedures. Small and medium-sized firms (with fewer than 250 employees) would be exempt from the directive. In 2013, only 17.6% of non-executive board members of the EU's largest companies were women.

Debate:  Tuesday, 19 November
Vote:  Wednesday, 20 November
Procedure:  Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), first reading

Irish MEPs on this issue: Marian Harkin (Independent-North West), Emer Costello (Labour-Dublin)

Draft report on “Women on company boards”Press release on committee vote (14.03.2013)Profile of rapporteur Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou (EPP, EL)Profile of rapporteur Evelyn Regner (S&D, AT)European Commission Factsheet:Procedure file
 

MEPs to call for treaty change to allow Parliament to decide where it sits

The European Parliament should have the right to decide where and when it meets, says a report to be debated on Tuesday and voted by the full House on Wednesday. Constitutional Affairs Committee MEPs suggest initiating an ordinary treaty revision procedure to propose the changes needed to allow Parliament to decide on the location of its seat and its internal organisation.

“The European Parliament would be more effective, cost-efficient and respectful of the environment if it were located in a single place”, says the text approved in the Constitutional Affairs Committee by 22 votes to 4.

According to the report, the additional annual costs resulting from Parliament’s geographic dispersion are estimated to range between €156 million and €204 million, equivalent to about 10% of its annual budget.

What do the current treaties say?

Protocol 6 to the treaties lays down that "Parliament shall have its seat in Strasbourg" where 12 periods of monthly plenary sessions shall be held. Its three working places are Strasbourg, Brussels and Luxembourg. Article 341 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) says that the seat of the institutions of the Union shall be determined by “common accord of the governments of the Member States”.

Article 48 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) allows the European Parliament to  put  proposals to the Council for the amendment of the EU treaties.

Debate: Tuesday, 19 November
Vote: Wednesday, 20 November
Procedure: non-legislative resolution

Irish MEPs on this issue: Liam Aylward (Fianna Fail-East), Emer Costello (Labour-Dublin)

Draft reportPress release (14.10.2013)Press conference (15.10.2013)Profile of co-rapporteur Ashley Fox (ECR, UK)Procedure file
 

INTRO MFF

Votes on long-term EU investments

Parliament is to vote Tuesday to give its consent to the EU’s long-term budget for 2014-2020, as set out in the Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF) regulation. Investments in agriculture, regional development and all major EU funding programmes have been set by Parliament and Council after two years of negotiations. Parliament will put them to a vote once it has approved the MFF.  

Parliament’s approval of the MFF is a prerequisite for it to approve the legal bases of various important EU programmes. The following programmes are to be put to a vote at this session:

- Common Agricultural Policy
- Cohesion policy and Regional development including the Social Fund
- HORIZON 2020
- Erasmus +  
- LIFE
- Programme for social change and innovation
- Creative Europe
- Europe for Citizens
- Nuclear safety cooperation and nuclear decommissioning assistance
- Competitiveness of enterprises and SMEs, and
- European satellite navigation systems

"Common Provisions" rules for all EU funds

From 2014 on, there will be a common set of provisions to improve coordination between the European Structural and Investment Funds (European Regional Development Fund, Cohesion Fund and European Social Fund as the three cohesion policy funds, plus the Rural Development and Fisheries funds).

This common strategy is based on the Europe 2020 goals, which translate into specific investment priorities. A common set of rules – not least to simplify accounting - and more closely targeted reporting requirements will reduce bureaucracy and simplify the use of EU funds.

Irish MEPs on this issue: Mairead McGuinness (Fine Gael-East), Liam Aylward (Fianna Fail-East), Marian Harkin (Independent-North West), Pat the Cope Gallagher (Fianna Fail-North West), Sean Kelly (Fine Gael-South), Phil Prendergast (Labour-South)

 

Parliament set to approve long-run budget for 2014-2020 and annual one for 2014

Parliament is to vote on the EU’s long-run budget for 2014-2020 on Tuesday and its annual one for 2014 on Wednesday, following their approval in the Budgets Committee on 14 November.

Parliament is to vote Tuesday on the EU’s long-run budget, the Multi-annual Financial Framework. This vote has been postponed several times because the conditions Parliament set out in its resolution of 3 July were not  met.

However, these conditions are now met, insofar as a deal is in place to remedy payment shortfalls for 2013, the legal bases for the various EU programmes are agreed and progress is being made towards establishing a High-Level Working Group on EU "own resources".  

2014 budget: flood damage and payment shortfalls fixed  

Parliament is to vote Wednesday on a 12 November deal with the Council  on the EU budget for 2014 - the first under the new Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF). The agreed package includes amending budgets to remedy payments shortfalls in  fiscal 2013 and compensation for  victims of catastrophic flooding and drought in 2013. It also takes on board Parliament’s priorities for 2014 in areas such as employment, research and innovation, border management and humanitarian aid.

Debate:  MFF 19 November
Vote: MFF 19 November, Budget 2014 20 November
Procedure:  Budget

Press release after the 12 November deal by Parliament and Council on Budget 2014Resolution of 3 July setting out EP conditions for approving the MFFExplanatory note MFF, Budgets 2013/2014 and Amending Budgets 6,7,8,9 Profil of rapporteur, Giovanni La Via (EPP, IT), Budget 2013Profil of rapporteur, Anne Jensen (ALDE, DK), Budget 2014, Commission spendingProfil of rapporteur, Monika Hohlmeier (EPP, DE), Budget 2014, EP Budget and other sectionsProfil of rapporteur, Jean-Luc Dehaene (EPP, BE), MFF 2014-2020Profil of rapporteur, Ivailo Kalfin (S&D, BG), MFF 2014–2020
 

Investing in Europe's regions: MEPs to vote on rules for new €325bn cohesion policy

New rules for the EU Cohesion Policy in 2014-2020 that aim to cut red tape and increase the focus on key targets like innovation, research, energy efficiency or SME support will be debated  on Tuesday and put to a vote on Wednesday. The European Regional Development and Cohesion Funds deliver major investment in times of economic crisis.

MEPs will ensure that local and regional partners have a bigger say in decisions, and that theme-based planning will be more flexible. They will also make sure that the measures to link effective funding with sound economic governance will be applied more fairly.

The key regulation in this legislative package also sets out the main rules governing the European Social Fund (ESF), the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, ensuring a total budget of over €400bn.

Debate: Tuesday, 19 November
Vote: Wednesday, 20 November
Procedure:  Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), 1st reading agreement

Irish MEPs on this issue: Mairead McGuinness (Fine Gael-East), Liam Aylward (Fianna Fail-East), Marian Harkin (Independent-North West), Pat the Cope Gallagher (Fianna Fail-North West), Emer Costello (Labour-Dublin), Sean Kelly (Fine Gael-South), Phil Prendergast (Labour-South)

Draft report on the ERDFDraft report on the Cohesion FundDraft report on the ETCDraft report on the EGTCDraft report on the ESFPress release on committee vote (07.11.2013)Press release on committee vote (10.07.2013)

Profile of rapporteurs:

Lambert van Nistelrooij (EPP, NL) Constanze Angela Krehl (S&D, DE) Jan Olbrycht (EPP, PL)Victor Boştinaru (S&D, RO) Riikka Pakarinen (ALDE, FI) Joachim Zeller (EPP, DE) Elisabeth Morin-Chartier (EPP, FR)Financial breakdown of Cohesion Policy allocations per Member State

Procedure files:

Common Provisions regulationERDFhttp://www.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/ficheprocedure.do?id=595882European Territorial cooperation European grouping of territorial cooperation (EGTC)Background note Committee on Regional DevelopmentCommission website on the future Cohesion Policy Legislative proposals on the future Cohesion Policy Results of Regional Policy Project examples
 

MEPs set to approve fairer and greener farm policy

On Wednesday, the European Parliament will discuss the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and endorse a deal reached with the Council on this major farm policy overhaul. Under the new CAP, funds will be distributed more fairly among member states and among farmers. MEPs have insisted that EU funds go only to active farmers and not to landowners unless they farm their land.

The new CAP will also trigger more environmentally-friendly farming practices. Almost a third of direct payments to farmers will be conditional on compliance with compulsory greening measures like crop diversification or maintaining permanent grassland and pasture. Furthermore, to introduce fresh blood into the ageing farming sector, Parliament persuaded the member states that, from 2014, they must allocate an extra share of the EU farm budget to helping young farmers.

Debate:  Wednesday, 20 November
Vote:  Wednesday, 20 November
Procedure:  Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), 1st reading agreement

Irish MEPs on this issue: Mairead McGuinness (Fine Gael-East), Liam Aylward (Fianna Fail-East), Marian Harkin (Independent-North West), Nessa Childers (Independent-East), Pat the Cope Gallagher (Fianna Fail-North West), Sean Kelly (Fine Gael-South), Phil Prendergast (Labour-South)

Draft report on Financing, management and monitoring of the CAPDraft report on the European Agricultural Fund for Rural DevelopmentDraft report on the Common organisation of the markets in agricultural productsBackground notePress release on committee vote (25/09/2013)Press release on committee vote (28/06/2013) Library of the European Parliament Background information

Profile of rapporteurs & procedure files

Profile of rapporteur Luis Manuel Capoulas Santos (S&D, PT)Profile of rapporteur Michel Dantin (EPP, FR)Profile of rapporteur Giovanni La Via (EPP, IT)Procedure file (Direct payments)Procedure file (Rural development)Procedure file (Common market organisation)Procedure file (Financing, management and monitoring)Commission website "The CAP after 2013"Commission Memo: "CAP Reform – an explanation of the main elements"
 

More young people able to study and train abroad under Erasmus+

Young people in Europe will have a range of options for studying, training or taking up apprenticeships abroad under a single new programme to be endorsed by Parliament on Tuesday. It will include a loan-guarantee facility which will help thousands of students get cheap loans to study for masters degrees in other EU countries.

Some 5 million young people aged between 13 and 30 at all levels of education will be eligible for grants to study abroad by 2020. They will include young sportspeople and volunteers working to combat doping, discrimination and violence in sport.

Debate: Monday, 18 November 2013
Vote: Tuesday, 19 November 2013
Procedure: codecision (ordinary legislative procedure)

Irish MEPs on this issue: Mairead McGuinness (Fine Gael-East), Liam Aylward (Fianna Fail-East), Nessa Childers (Independent-East), Pat the Cope Gallagher (Fianna Fail-North West), Sean Kelly (Fine Gael-South)

Draft report on "ERASMUS+"Press release after the vote in committee (5.11.2013)Profile of the rapporteur Doris PACK (PPE, DE) Legislative observatory
 

MEPs to vote to maintain European social funding

Parliament will vote on Wednesday to raise the European Social Fund's share of the EU's regional funding to 25% from the current level of 22.1%. It will also endorse an agreement and to finance an employment and social innovation programme.

Parliament's employment committee insists that at least 25% of EU cohesion funds – over €81 billion – should be earmarked for the European Social Fund (ESF). It points out that the ESF must have sufficient resources to cover the portion of the funding for the aid programme for the most deprived and the youth employment initiative which will now be met from the ESF.

The €815-million programme for employment and social innovation will finance measures to increase access to micro-finance for business start-ups and help workers move around the EU as well as social inclusion schemes.

Debate:  Tuesday, 19 November
Vote:  Wednesday, 20 November
Procedure:  ordinary legislative procedure, first reading

Irish MEPs on this issue: Liam Aylward (Fianna Fail-East), Marian Harkin (Independent-North West), Nessa Childers (Independent-East), Emer Costello (Labour-Dublin)

Draft report on the European Social FundPress release on committee vote (05.07.2012)Profile of rapporteur Elisabeth Morin-Chartier (PPE, FR)Procedure fileBackground noteDraft report on the Programme for Employment and Social InnovationPress release on committee vote (05.09.2013)Profile of rapporteur Jutta Steinruck (S&D, DE)Procedure file
 

Connecting Europe: MEPs to approve new infrastructure funds

MEPs are set to endorse a deal with member states on the EU's new Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) to speed up funding to complete key trans-European transport, energy and telecoms links in a vote on Tuesday. The same day they will approve guidelines for developing the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T).

The CEF will have a total budget of about € 29.3 billion for 2014-2020, with some €23.2 billion earmarked for the transport sector to improve cross-border connections, remove bottlenecks and bridge gaps; €5.12 billion for energy to modernise and expand energy infrastructure and increase security of supply; and €1 billion for telecoms to stimulate the development of broadband networks and digital services.

In a separate vote MEPs will adopt the guidelines setting out common principles and priorities for completing the TEN-T network by linking up major cities and ports to form an efficient road-rail-air-water trans-European transport network.

Debate: Monday, 18 November
Vote: Tuesday, 19 November
Procedure:  Co-decision (Ordinary legislative procedure), first reading agreement

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

Text of agreement (CEF)Text of agreement (TEN-T)Profile of rapporteur Dominique Riquet (EPP, FR) Profile of rapporteur Ines Ayala Sender (S&D, ES)Profile of rapporteur Adina-Ioana Vălean (ALDE, RO)Profile of rapporteur Georgios Koumoutsakos (EPP, EL)Profile of rapporteur Ismail Ertug (S&D, DE)Procedure file (CEF)Procedure file (TEN-T)
 

Final vote on EU's next research programme Horizon 2020

MEPs are set to adopt the EU's next framework programme for research and innovation, to run from 2014 to 2020 with a budget of €70.2bn, in a vote on Thursday. Horizon 2020 replaces the 7th framework programme for research. It includes better support for small and medium-sized firms and measures to attract more young people into science and more scientists to the programme.

The package consists of five legal files:

•Establishment of Horizon 2020, rapporteur: Teresa Riera Madurell (S&D, ES),
•Specific Programme Implementing Horizon 2020, rapporteur: Maria Da Graça Carvalho (EPP, PT),
•Rules for participation, rapporteur: Christian Ehler (EPP, DE),
•European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT), rapporteur: Philippe Lamberts (Greens/EFA, BE), and
•Strategic Innovation Agenda of the EIT, rapporteur: Marisa Matias (GUE/NGL, PT).

Debate: Wednesday, 20 November
Vote:  Thursday, 21 November
Procedure:  Co-decision and Consultation

Irish MEPs on this issue: Mairead McGuinness (Fine Gael-East), Pat the Cope Gallagher (Fianna Fail-North West), Emer Costello (Labour-Dublin), Sean Kelly (Fine Gael-South), Phil Prendergast (Labour-South)

Profile of rapporteur Teresa Riera Madurell (S&D, ES) Procedure file: Establishment of Horizon 2020 Profile of rapporteur Maria Da Graça Carvalho (EPP, PT) Procedure file: Programme Implementing Horizon 2020 Profile of rapporteur Christian Ehler (EPP, DE) Procedure file: Rules for the participation Profile of rapporteur Philippe Lamberts (Greens/EFA, BE) Procedure file: EIT Profile of rapporteur Marisa Matias (GUE/NGL, PT) Procedure file: Strategic Innovation Agenda of the EIT
 

LIFE goes on: budget vote for environment and climate action programme 2014-2020

The next LIFE programme - the EU's financial instrument supporting environmental and climate action projects carried out by public or private bodies in 2014-2020 – will be debated and put to a vote on Thursday. As agreed with EU ministers, its  budget will increase to €3.1 billion (from €2.2bn currently) to tackle new tasks and challenges, mainly in  the climate action and resource efficiency fields.

Debate and vote: Thursday, 21 November
Procedure: codecision (ordinary legislative procedure), first reading agreement

Draft agreement negotiated with CouncilPress release: agreement with CouncilProfile of rapporteur Jutta Haug (S&D, DE)Procedure file
 

Creative Europe programme: funds to boost cultural and artistic exchanges

Literary translation, video games, theatre, cinema co-productions and subtitling, dubbing and audio descriptions of films will be supported by the new Creative Europe programme to be endorsed by Parliament on Tuesday. Small, medium-sized and micro enterprises in the cultural sector will benefit from cheap loans backed by a loan-guarantee facility.

With a budget of over €1.4 billion for 2014-2020, the programme will also help cinemas and other audiovisual professionals adjust to the digital age.

Debate:  Monday 18 November 2013
Vote: Tuesday, 19 November 2013
Procedure: codecision (ordinary legislative procedure, first reading, with agreement)

Irish MEPs on this issue: Nessa Childers (Independent-East), Sean Kelly (Fine Gael-South)

Draft report on the Creative Europe ProgrammePress release after the vote in committee (5.11.2013)Profile of the rapporteur Silvia COSTA (S&D, IT) Legislative observatory
 

MEPs to approve further deployment of EU satellite navigation

New funding and governance rules for the EU's two satellite navigation services, Galileo and the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) in 2014-2020 will be put to a vote on Wednesday. These services will provide an EU alternative to America's GPS system, on which global navigation satellite system (GNSS) users currently depend.

The EU system will be more precise than those in place today and could be used in areas such as road safety, fee collection, traffic and parking management, fleet management, emergency call technology, goods tracking and tracing, online booking, safety of shipping, digital tachographs, animal transport, agricultural planning and environmental protection.

Debate: Tuesday, 19 November
Vote:  Wednesday, 20 November
Procedure:  Co-decision (Ordinary legislative procedure). first reading agreement

Draft report on Galileo and EGNOSProfile of rapporteur Marian-Jean Marinescu (EPP, RO)Procedure file
 

Bulgaria, Lithuania and Slovakia to get more aid to close nuclear reactors

EU financial aid to help Bulgaria, Lithuania and Slovakia to complete the decommissioning of three nuclear power plants in the next budget period (2014-2020) will be put to a vote on Tuesday. These power plants are "too dated and could not be cost effectively upgraded to meet the minimum required safety standards" says rapporteur Giles Chichester (ECR, UK).

To qualify for the €860 million total aid available (€260 million euro for Kozloduy, €400 million for Ignalina, and €200 million for Bohunice), the three countries will need to meet certain conditions, including fully transposing the Nuclear Safety Directive into their national laws and submitting detailed decommissioning plans to the European Commission.

Energy Committee MEPs propose that the Commission should review the performance of the Kozloduy, Ignalina and Bohunice decommissioning programmes and assess their progress by the end of 2017.

Vote:  Tuesday, 19 November
Procedure:  Consultation

Draft resolution on the nuclear decommissioning assistance - Bulgaria, Lithuania, SlovakiaProfile of rapporteur Giles CHICHESTER (ECR, UK) Procedure file
 

Key information to protect small investors

Draft EU financial market rules giving small investors crucial information before they sign a contract will be endorsed by MEPs on Wednesday. They will back a mandatory, two-page A4 Key Information Document (KID) containing clear, comparable and complete information on any investment product. This will provide a mandate for fine-tuning the legislation in talks with member states.

KIDs should be given to all small investors, to help them to understand and compare investment products, assess the risks and estimate the total cost of their investment, say MEPs. These documents should also inform investors if their investment will contribute to any projects with environmental or social aims.

Vote: Wednesday, 20 November
Procedure:  Co-decision, first reading (amendments only)

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

Press release after the committee vote (21.10.2013)Profile of the rapporteur: Pervenche BERÈS (S&D, FR)Procedure file
 

EP to approve €840,000 in EU aid for redundant workers in Spain

Workers laid off in Valencia, Spain, are set to receive help in getting back on to the labour market when MEPs vote on Tuesday to grant the region €840,000 from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund. With the funding, local authorities will be able to provide tailor-made services for 300 redundant workers in the ailing Spanish construction sector. Once Parliament has approved the decision, the Council has to endorse it.

Vote: Tuesday, 19 November 2013
Procedure: budget

Draft report on EGAF aid to ValenciaPress release on committee vote (17/10/2013) Profile of rapporteur Andrej Plenković (EPP, HR) Procedure file
 

MEPs to debate and vote demands for world trade talks in Bali

The EU must play a leading role and explore all options to break the decade-long deadlock in world trade talks at the World Trade Organization (WTO) ministerial meeting in Bali this December, MEPs are likely to urge the Commission, which will negotiate on behalf of the EU, on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, MEPs will also vote on a resolution setting out their demands for the EU position in the world trade talks, such as a multi-lateral "trade facilitation" deal to speed up world trade flows and focus on development interests.
Under the Lisbon Treaty, Parliament's approval is needed for the EU to ratify international trade agreements.  

Debate: Tuesday, 19 November
Vote: Wednesday, 20 November
Procedure: Commission statement with a resolution

Press release on committee vote (16.10.2013)Profile of co-rapporteur Vital Moreira (S&D, PT)Profile of co-rapporteur Pablo Zalba Bidegain (EPP, ES)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 10 October at 3pm, with the votes following at around 4pm.

1. Bangladesh: human rights and forthcoming elections.
2. Qatar: situation of migrant workers.
3. Fair justice in Bolivia, notably the cases of Előd Tóásó and Mario Tadic.

Procedure: Non-legislative resolutions
Debate/vote: Thursday, 21 November

 

Other Topics on the Agenda

- Common Security and Defence policy (INI Koppa, Gahler), debate Wed, vote Thu

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

 

- European defence technological and industrial base

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

 

- Action program for customs (Baldassarre), debate and vote Thu

 

- Action program on taxation (Stolojan), debate and vote Thu

 

- Competitiveness of enterprises/SMEs (COSME 2014-2020) (Creutzmann), debate Wed, vote Thu

Irish MEPs on this issue: Liam Aylward (Fianna Fail-East), Pat the Cope Gallagher (Fianna Fail-North West)

 

- Europe for Citizens programme 2014-2020 (Takkula), debate Mon, vote Tue

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

 

- Insurance and Reinsurance (Solvency II) (Bowles), vote Wed

 

- Entrepreneurship 2020

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

 

- State of play of the Doha development agenda

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

 

- Commission work programme 2014

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

 

- Credit agreements relating to residential property

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

 

Oral Question: Social dimension of EMU EMPL Emer Costello (Labour-Dublin)

 
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