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EP Plenary Session News 7-10 October 2013

04-10-2013

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

Highlights include:

  • Making tobacco less attractive to young people
  • Shale gas: environmental impact study to precede any new project
  • EP to back rules barring convicted doctors from working in other EU countries
  • Eurosur: Parliament to vote on new border surveillance system
  • EU response to the Syrian refugee crisis
  • Suspension of EU-US bank data deal following NSA snooping scandal?
  • MEPs to discuss "violent xenophobic and homophobic attacks" in Russia
  • Pilot and cabin crew flight time limitations
  • Calls against "visual only" meat checks in abattoirs
  • Rise of right-wing extremism in Europe
  • Situation of Roma people in the EU
  • EU-Mauritania: Parliament to vote on controversial fisheries agreement
  • Update on illegal CIA flights and secret detention sites in Europe
  • MEPs want to improve rules for EU industry operating in China
  • Formal sitting with Macky Sall, President of Senegal
  • Parliament set to support greener and safer watercraft
  • MEPs to vote on banning cadmium from power tool batteries
  • Who will be the 26th Sakharov Prize laureate?
  • MEPs and the Commission to discuss the future of the EU carbon market
  • Protecting human rights by combating corruption
  • Improving inspections of seafarers' living and working conditions
  • Combating caste-based discrimination
  • Employment measures worth €3.7 million for redundant workers in Italy
  • Social and civil rights and the environment top EU citizens' petitions
  • Human rights and democracy resolutions
Agenda for the European Parliament plenary sessionFollow the plenary liveEuroparlTVPress conferences and other eventsEP Audiovisual websiteEP Newshub
 

Making tobacco less attractive to young people

A proposed law to make tobacco less attractive to young people, inter alia by banning sweet or fruity flavours, is to be put to a vote on Tuesday. The draft, as amended by the Public Health Committee, would also require more health warnings on packets and subject electronic cigarettes to EU rules on medicinal products.

Although the use of certain substances essential to produce tobacco, such as sugar, would remain authorised, additives and "characterising flavours" would be banned by the Public Health Committee proposal.

The text says that the labelling or packaging of tobacco products must not suggest that some products could be less harmful than others or be beneficial to health. Neither should it resemble that of food or cosmetic products.

Packets or packaging of cigarettes, rolling tobacco, pipe tobacco or water pipe tobacco would have to have health warnings on each side. These warnings should cover at least 75% of the external area of the front and back surfaces. "Slim" cigarettes, and packets of less than 20 cigarettes, would be banned.

Electronic cigarettes would be treated as medicinal products, but should be available not only from pharmacies, but other outlets too, says the text.


Debate: Tuesday, 8 October
Vote:  Tuesday, 8 October
Procedure: Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), 1st reading
Press conference Tuesday 14h00

Irish MEPs on this issue: Marian Harkin (Independent-North West), Sean Kelly (Fine Gael-South), Jim Higgins (Fine Gael-North West), Mairead McGuinness (Fine Gael-East), Nessa Childers (Independent-East), Pat the Cope Gallagher (Fianna Fail-Noth West), Paul Murphy (Socialist-Dublin), Emer Costello (Labour-Dublin), Phil Prendergast (Labour- South)

Draft report on the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco and related productsPress release on committee vote (10.07.2013)Profile of rapporteur Linda McAVAN (S&D, UK)Procedure file
 

Shale gas: environmental impact study to precede any new project

The EU's existing Environmental Impact Assessment Directive is being updated, and the Environment Committee proposes extending it to shale gas extraction projects, in a draft resolution to be voted on Tuesday.

The committee also proposes stepping up public participation in environmental impact studies and establishing clear rules for settling conflicts of interest between the experts drawing up these studies, competent authorities and project developers, and stepping up the monitoring of projects that have adverse effects on the environment. The Environmental Impact Directive sets out criteria for gathering the information needed before a public or private project is authorised.

Debate: Tuesday, 8 October
Vote: Wednesday, 9 October
Procedure: co-decision (ordinary legislative procedure)

Irish MEPs on this issue: Jim Higgins (Fine Gael-North West), Mairead McGuinness (Fine Gael-East), Marian Harkin (Independent-North West), Nessa Childers (Independent-East), Pat the Cope Gallagher (Fianna Fail-Noth West), Paul Murphy (Socialist-Dublin), Emer Costello (Labour-Dublin)

 

EP to back rules barring convicted doctors from working in other EU countries

Health professionals, such as doctors, nurses, pharmacists and childcare specialists, who face disciplinary action or criminal sanctions in their home country will be unable to practise in another EU member state under new rules to be voted by Parliament on Wednesday. However, a new electronic card listing their qualifications will also make it easier for professionals to work throughout the EU.

There are some 800 regulated professions in the EU and seven of them are automatically recognised in all member countries under the existing Professional Qualifications Directive. They are: doctors, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, midwives, veterinary surgeons and architects.

The updated rules will accelerate the recognition process, which in some cases could take as little as four weeks.

Debate:  Wednesday, 9 October
Vote:  Wednesday, 9 October
Procedure:  Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), 1st reading agreement
Press conference:  Wednesday, 9 October at 15.00 (tbc)

Irish MEPs on this issue: Liam Aylward (Fianna Fail-East), Paul Murphy (Socialist-Dublin), Emer Costello (Labour-Dublin), Phil Prendergast (Labour-South)

Draft rules on recognition of professional qualifications Press release on trialogue deal (12.06.2013)Profile of the rapporteur: Bernadette VERGNAUD (S&D, FR)Procedure file
 

Eurosur: Parliament to vote on new border surveillance system

The EU's external borders and migrants' lives would be better protected under the new Eurosur border-surveillance system to be voted on by Parliament on Thursday. According to data from the EU border management agency Frontex, more than 72 000 people crossed the EU’s external borders illegally in 2012, about half the number for 2011.

Eurosur, whose governing rules have been agreed provisionally by MEPs and EU countries, is a communication network designed to improve the detection, prevention and combating of clandestine immigration and cross-border crime. At the initiative of MEPs, it must also be used to help save migrants' lives when they are in danger.

When using Eurosur, EU countries must always respect human rights, including the "non-refoulement" principle, which prohibits returning people to a place where their life or freedoms could be threatened, the EP-Council deal says. There must also be full compliance with EU fundamental rights, including personal data protection.

What is Eurosur?

Eurosur is intended to improve the management of the EU's external borders by stepping up the exchange of information among European countries and with the EU border management agency Frontex. The system would allow the sharing of real-time data and intelligence from various authorities and surveillance tools, such as satellites or ship reporting systems, via a protected communications network. Eurosur should start working on 2 December 2013 in all member states located at the southern and eastern external borders and on 1 December 2014 in the others

Vote: Thursday, 10 October 2013
Procedure: Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), 1st reading agreement
Press conference: Wednesday at 14.30

Draft report on EurosurPress release on the EP-Council agreement (30.05.2013) Profile of rapporteur Jan Mulder (ALDE, NL)Procedure fileFrontex Annual Risk Analysis 2013
 

EU response to the Syrian refugee crisis

EU and member state aid for refugees fleeing Syria will be debated with the Council and Commission on Wednesday at 09.00. Parliament will vote a resolution on the same day. Over 2 million Syrian refugees, more than half of them children, have now fled the country. On Wednesday evening, MEPs and the Commission will also debate EU policy on migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean.

In 2012, 23,510 Syrian refugees requested asylum in the EU and 18,700 received it. This makes them the largest single group of persons granted protection in the EU (accounting for 18% of the total), according to Eurostat data.

Most of the refugees are staying in Syria's neighbouring countries Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, but the numbers rise daily as hostilities continue.

Civil Liberties Committee MEPs who met Syrian refugees in Jordan in February urged the EU to support the ever-growing numbers of victims of the conflict. In a resolution adopted in the committee on 3 October, MEPs call on the EU to go on providing humanitarian aid and support and on Syria’s neighbouring countries to keep their borders open.

The EU has so far mobilised almost €1.8 billion in relief and recovery aid from the Commission and member states to help meet the humanitarian needs created by the Syria conflict.

Debate: Wednesday, 9 October 2013
Vote: Wednesday, 9 October 2013
Procedure: Council and Commission statements followed by debate (with resolution), on the refugees from Syria, and Commission statement followed by debate, on the EU migratory policies in the Mediterranean sea

Irish MEPs on this issue: Gay Mitchell (Fine Gael-Dublin), Mairead McGuinness (Fine Gael-East), Sean Kelly (Fine Gael-South), Paul Murphy (Socialist-Dublin)

Number of asylum applicants registered in the EU27 in 2012Number of persons granted protection status in the EU27 in 2012Press release on committee vote (3.10.2013)Syrian refugees in Jordan: EP delegation calls for EU to continue support (14.02.2013)EU must do more to help Syrian refugees (debate in Parliament on 12.12. 2012) Number of asylum applicants registered in the EU27 in 2012 (Eurostat) Number of persons granted protection status in the EU27 in 2012 (Eurostat) UNHCR data on Syrian refugees
 

Suspension of EU-US bank data deal following NSA snooping scandal?

MEPs and Commissioner Malmström will discuss whether the EU should suspend its cooperation with the US Terrorist Finance Tracking Programme (TFTP) in response to the US National Security Agency's alleged tapping of EU citizens' bank data handled by the Belgian company SWIFT. The debate will be held on Wednesday afternoon. Parliament will vote on a resolution on this in the second plenary session of October.

Ms Malmström told Civil Liberties Committee MEPs on 24 September that she was not satisfied with the explanations provided by the US authorities regarding these allegations and that the Commission had requested the start of formal consultations with the US, as provided for in the TFTP agreement. "If media reports are true this constitutes a breach of the agreement and a breach of the agreement can lead to suspension," Ms Malmström pointed out.

Debate: Wednesday, 09 October
Vote: 21-24 October
Procedure:  Commission statement followed by debate

Irish MEPs on this issue: Paul Murphy (Socialist-Dublin), Phil Prendergast (Labour-South), Marian Harkin (Independent-North West)

Press release on committee debate (24.09.2013) EU-US TFTP agreement
 

MEPs to discuss "violent xenophobic and homophobic attacks" in Russia

MEPs will discuss with the Commission the recent xenophobic and homophobic acts reported in Russia. Moreover they will rise the issue of NGOs facing a "proactive closing down campaign" by Russian authorities.

MEPs will ask if the Commission has followed up EP's recommendations and has raised these issues with the Russian leaders during the EU - Russia and G20 summits.

Debate:  Wednesday, October 9
Procedure:  Oral question to Commission

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

Oral question: rule of law and human rights in RussiaEP resolution - Rule of law in Russia (13.06.2013)Press release (13.06.2013)
 

Pilot and cabin crew flight time limitations

New rules on flight and rest times for pilots and cabin crew will be put to the test on Wednesday, when MEPs vote on a draft resolution which opposes the adoption of new safety standards as proposed by the Commission. The Transport and Tourism Committee voted in favour of the resolution on 30 September, asking the Commission to withdraw the proposal.

If the resolution is endorsed in plenary session, the new measures would not be adopted and existing rules of flight times remain unchanged. The Commission's proposals include scaling back night flight duty from 11.45 hours to 11 hours, capping combined standby at the airport with flight duty at 16 hours, limiting total flight time to 1,000 hours over a period of 12 months and increasing weekly rest by 12 hours twice a month. Pilots' associations have objected that the new rules are not a sufficient improvement on current aviation safety rules.

The European Parliament has the right to scrutinise Commission implementing measures on flight time under the "comitology" procedure, which allows it to oppose, but not to amend them. It has three months from the time when it received the draft rules (on 25 July) to raise objections.

Debate:  Tuesday 8 October
Vote: Wednesday 9 October
Procedure:  regulatory procedure with scrutiny (RPS)

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

Draft resolution on Flight Time Limitations measuresPress release on committee vote (30.09.2013)
 

Calls against "visual only" meat checks in abattoirs

MEPs could veto proposals to allow veterinarians to declare that meat is fit for human consumption in abattoirs after a simple visual check. Food Safety Committee MEPs fear that these proposals could result in sanitary problems and risks to human health going undetected.

The proposal would allow incision and palpation procedures by official veterinarians, before applying the health mark, but only if data of provenance; previous inspections or visual checks indicate possible risks to public health, animal health or animal welfare.

Debate:  Monday, 9 October
Vote: Tuesday, 10 October
Procedure: Legislative resolution

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

Draft resolution
 

Rise of right-wing extremism in Europe

MEPs will debate the rise of right-wing extremism in Europe, with Viviane Reding, EU Commission Vice-President and Commissioner for Justice, Citizenship and Fundamental Rights, on Wednesday afternoon.

Debate: Wednesday, 9 October
Procedure: Oral Question without resolution

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

 

Situation of Roma people in the EU

MEPs will assess the situation of Roma people in the EU with Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding and the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council in a debate on Wednesday at 15.00.

Debate: Wednesday, 9 October
Procedure: Council and Commission statements followed by debate

 

EU-Mauritania: Parliament to vote on controversial fisheries agreement

Higher licence fees and reduced fishing opportunities, e.g. the exclusion of octopus fishing, cause some MEPs to doubt whether the new protocol to the EU-Mauritania Fisheries Partnership Agreement (FPA) should be approved. It is "economically unviable", says rapporteur Gabriel Mato Adrover (EPP, ES), who recommends rejecting it. However, other MEPs support it because it is more sustainable.

EU fishing vessels are allowed to catch various species of fish and shellfish in Mauritanian waters in exchange for an EU payment of €70 million a year. Access is granted to vessels from 12 EU countries. Spain is the main beneficiary of the protocol, which is the biggest of the EU’s fisheries agreements in terms of the volume and variety of fisheries products as well as the financial contribution. It is a two-year protocol, covering 2013 and 2014.

Debate:  Monday
Vote:  Tuesday
Procedure:  Consent

Irish MEPs on this issue: Pat the Cope Gallagher (Fianna Fail-Noth West)

Draft resolution on the new EU-Mauritania Fisheries protocol Press release on committee vote (29.05.2013)Profile of rapporteur Gabriel Mato Adrover (EPP, ES)Procedure fileEP Background info on the EU-Mauritania Fisheries Partnership AgreementEuropean Commission webpage about the EU-Mauritania Fisheries Partnership Agreement
 

Update on illegal CIA flights and secret detention sites in Europe

One year on, the Council and Commission will be asked which of Parliament's recommendations for investigating the CIA's "rendition" programme in Europe they have acted upon. Issues to be raised on Wednesday will include EU member states’ involvement, human rights safeguards and democratic oversight of cross-border intelligence activities. A resolution will be voted on Thursday.

Parliament's recommendations were set out in a September 2012 resolution on the follow-up to the work of its Temporary Committee on the CIA's alleged use of European countries for the transportation and illegal detention of prisoners.
MEPs will assess to what extent to these recommendations have been acted upon, and if not, why not.

Debate: Wednesday, 9 October
Vote:  Thursday, 10 October
Procedure: Oral questions to Council and Commission (with resolution)

Irish MEPs on this issue: Paul Murphy (Socialist-Dublin), Emer Costello (Labour-Dublin)

Oral question to the CouncilOral question to the CommissionEuropean Parliament resolution of 11 September 2012Press release after the plenary vote (11.09.2012) European Parliament resolution of 14 February 2007
 

MEPs want to improve rules for EU industry operating in China

EU firms seeking to set up in China face discrimination such as the requirement to establish joint ventures with Chinese companies, which forces them to transfer strategic technologies. Talks on strengthening investment protection rules should not be launched unless China formally commits to negotiating easier access for EU firms to its market, says a resolution to be voted on Wednesday.

The current business climate for EU industry operating in China is unpredictable and uneven, compared to the stable and open business environment Chinese investors find in the EU, says the resolution, to be adopted shortly before EU foreign ministers authorize the launch of EU-China bilateral investment talks. Once a deal is struck, Parliament's consent will be needed before it can enter in force.
MEPs will also also call on the EU to consider upgrading its economic ties with Taiwan while it is working on doing so with China, in a resolution to be debated on Tuesday and voted on Wednesday.

Debate:  Tuesday, 8 October
Vote:  Wednesday, 9 October
Procedure: Non-legislative resolution

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

Press release on committee vote (17.09.2013): no EP consent without transparency Rapporteur on trade with China Helmut Scholz (GUE/NGL, DE)Rapporteur on trade with Taiwan Franck ProustProcedure file ChinaProcedure file Taiwan
 

Formal sitting with Macky Sall, President of Senegal

Senegal President Macky Sall will deliver a formal address to MEPs on Wednesday at noon. Mr Sall has been President of Senegal since April 2012, after he won the second round of the presidential elections of 25 March 2012.

Debate:  Wednesday 9 October
Procedure: Formal Sitting
Press conference: Wednesday 9 October, 12:30

Webpage of the Presidency of the Republic of Senegal
 

Parliament set to support greener and safer watercraft

New rules to make watercraft greener and safer will be debated on Tuesday and put to the vote on Wednesday. The industry will have three years to comply with new exhaust emission limits, which will reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) and hydrocarbon (HC) emissions by 20%. In addition tiller-controlled outboard engines will have to be equipped with an emergency stopping device.

The updated EU rules on the safety and environmental performance of recreational craft and personal watercraft cover vessels between 2.5 and 24 meters in length, such as motor boats, sailing yachts and water scooters.

Debate:  Tuesday, 8 October
Vote:  Wednesday, 9 October
Procedure:  Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), 1st reading agreement

Press release on agreeement with Council (08.05.2013)- Profile of the rapporteur Malcolm Harbour (ECR, UK)- Procedure filePress release on temporary boost to CO2 permit prices (03.07.2013)
 

MEPs to vote on banning cadmium from power tool batteries

MEPs will vote on Thursday on legislation agreed with EU ministers banning the toxic substance cadmium from portable batteries and accumulators used in cordless power tools such as drills, screwdrivers, saws, wrenches and grinders. This ban would apply from 31 December 2016. Mercury would be banned from button cells from autumn 2015.

The new rules would allow existing batteries and accumulators to be marketed until stocks are exhausted. Manufacturers would be need to design appliances to ensure that waste batteries and accumulators can be easily removed, at least by independent professionals.

Debate:  Thursday 10 October
Vote:  Thursday 10 October
Procedure:  Ordinary legislative procedure, first reading

Draft report on on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators as regards the placing on the market of portable batteries and accumulators containing cadmium intended for use in cordless power toolsProfile of rapporteur Vladko Todorov Panayotov (ALDE, BG)Procedure file
 

MEPs to vote on banning cadmium from power tool batteries

MEPs will vote on Thursday on legislation agreed with EU ministers banning the toxic substance cadmium from portable batteries and accumulators used in cordless power tools such as drills, screwdrivers, saws, wrenches and grinders. This ban would apply from 31 December 2016. Mercury would be banned from button cells from autumn 2015.

The new rules would allow existing batteries and accumulators to be marketed until stocks are exhausted. Manufacturers would be need to design appliances to ensure that waste batteries and accumulators can be easily removed, at least by independent professionals.

Draft report on on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators as regards the placing on the market of portable batteries and accumulators containing cadmium intended for use in cordless power tools Profile of rapporteur Vladko Todorov Panayotov (ALDE, BG)Procedure file
 

Who will be the 26th Sakharov Prize laureate?

Belarusian dissidents Ales Bialatski, Eduard Lobau and Mykola Statkevich, US National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden and Pakistani campaigner for girls' education Malala Yousafzai are shortlisted for this year's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Parliament's Conference of Presidents chooses the final laureate on Thursday 10 October and her/his name will be announced by the President  around noon.  The award ceremony will be held in Strasbourg on 20 November.

Shortlist of candidates (Press release of 30.09.2013)Seven nominations (Press release of 16.09.2013)http://www.europarl.europa.eu/aboutparliament/en/00f3dd2249/Sakharov-Prize-for-Freedom-of-Thought.htmlConference of Presidents of the European Parliament
 

MEPs and the Commission to discuss the future of the EU carbon market

MEPs will debate EU carbon market reform plans with the Commission on Monday. They will look at ways to remedy the shortcomings of the emission allowance trading scheme, make it more stable and predictable, and possibly link it to similar schemes in third countries.

Debate:  Monday 7 October
Procedure:  Oral Question to the Commission

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

Oral Question on the state of the European carbon market in 2012
 

Protecting human rights by combating corruption

The EU should pass an anti-corruption law, modelled on the US Sergei Magnitsky Act, to punish third-country officials who breach human rights by banning them from entering the EU and freezing any assets they hold there, says a draft resolution to be debated Monday and voted Tuesday.   Similar sanctions should apply to officials involved in judicial "manipulation" of whistleblowers, journalists reporting on corruption and human rights activists, it adds.

EU member states should monitor and if necessary impose sanctions on companies based on their territory that are involved in corruption in third countries, says the text. Member states are also urged to amend their criminal laws to establish jurisdiction over individuals found on their territory who have committed acts of bribery or corruption anywhere, as long as the proceeds are found in the member state in question or have been laundered there.

Debate:  Monday, October 7
Vote:  Tuesday, October 8
Procedure:  Non-legislative resolution

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

Draft resolution on corruption in the public and private sectors: the impact on human rights in third countriesPress release on committee vote (27.06.2013)Profile of rapporteur Ana Gomes (S&D, PT) Procedure file
 

Improving inspections of seafarers' living and working conditions

MEPs vote Tuesday on an agreement that would require EU member states to put in place proper inspection and certification mechanisms to ensure that living and working conditions on ships flying their flags conform to the International Labour Organisation's Maritime Labour Convention 2006. Seafarer recruiting agencies would also have to be inspected by the member state in which they operate.

This international convention, which has been transposed into EU law, governs working and accommodation conditions and social protection. At Parliament's insistence, a procedure for filing complaints about breaches of the convention has been included. This procedure would guarantee confidentiality and protection for complainants.

Vote:  Tuesday, 8 October
Procedure:  Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), 1st reading agreement

Draft report on implementing the agreement on the Maritime Labour Convention 2006Profile of rapporteur Pervenche Berès (S&D, FR)Procedure file
 

Combating caste-based discrimination

The EU should use all its programmes, policies and agreements to combat caste-based discrimination in third countries, says a draft resolution to be debated Wednesday and put to a vote Thursday. Worldwide, about 260 million people from groups defined by descent and occupation suffer poverty, segregation and abuse due to discrimination, it notes.

MEPs will discuss with the Commission how EU development programmes in countries such as India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Yemen and Mauritania can be made to combat caste-based discrimination on a par with other kinds of discrimination, and ensure that EU aid reaches marginalised groups.  

Debate:  Wednesday, October 9
Vote: Thursday, October 10
Procedure:  Oral question to Commission (with resolution)

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

Question for oral answer: Caste-based discriminationA Human Rights and Poverty Review: EU Action in Addressing Caste-Based DiscriminationPress release (08.07.2013)European Parliament resolution of 13 December 2012 on caste discrimination in India
 

Employment measures worth €3.7 million for redundant workers in Italy

Parliament is set to approve aid worth €3.7 million from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund to help workers in Italy who lost their jobs as a result of globalisation or the economic crisis. The money will fund measures to help them re-enter the labour market. Some 1,500 workers were laid off by the high-end automobile maker De Tomaso Automobili S.p.A. and by two computing firms in Lombardy. The EP's decision will then need to be endorsed by Council.

Vote: Tuesday 8 October
Procedure: Budget

Draft report on De Tomaso Automobili caseRapporteur for De Tomaso Automobili: Dominique Riquet (EPP, FR)Procedure fileDraft report on the Lombardian companiesRapporteur for the Lombardian companies: Salvador Garriga Polledo (EPP, ES)Procedure file
 

Social and civil rights and the environment top EU citizens' petitions

Protecting citizens against discrimination, defending their social and civil rights, especially in a period of crisis, and safeguarding the environment are key concerns for EU citizens and Parliament's Petitions Committee, says its 2012 activity report, to be adopted by Parliament on Thursday. The EP received 1,985 petitions in 2012, mostly from German, Spanish, Italian, Romanian and British citizens.

Any European Union citizen or resident may, individually or in association with others, submit a petition to the European Parliament on a subject that comes within the EU's fields of activity and affects them directly.

Debate: Thursday, 10 October
Vote: Thursday, 10 October
Procedure: Non-legislative resolution

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

Draft resolution on the Petitions Committee's activities in 2012Press release on committee vote (17.09.2013)Profile of rapporteur Edward McMillan-Scott (ALDE, UK)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.       Recent cases of violence and persecution against Christians, notably in Maaloula (Syria), Peshawar (Pakistan) and the case of pastor Saeed Abedini (Iran)*
2.       Clashes in Sudan and subsequent media censorship
3.       Recent violence in Iraq

Procedure: Non-legislative resolutions
Debate/vote: Thursday, 10 October

 

Other topics on the agenda

- EU-Armenia Visa facilitation (Bauer) - vote Wed

- EU fisheries strategies in the Pacific, INI (Fraga Estevez) - vote Tue

- Gendercide - the missing women (INI (Papadopoulou) - vote Tue

Irish MEPs on this issue: Gay Mitchell (Fine Gael-Dublin), Jim Higgins (Fine Gael- North West), Paul Murphy (Socialist-Dublin), Emer Costello (Labour-Dublin)

-Violence agains women (OQ to the Commission), no resolution, debate Tue

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

Effects of budgetary constraints for regional and local authorities regarding the EU's Structural Funds

Irish MEPs on this issue: Liam Aylward (Fianna Fail-East), Paul Murphy (Socialist-Dublin)

European Single Supervisory Mechanism

Paul Murphy (Socialist-Dublin)

EU trade policy towards countries of the Eastern Partnership ahead of the Vilnius Summit

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

Oral Question on the Future of the European Economic Area (EEA): Pat the Cope Gallagher (Fianna Fail-North West)

Oral Question on the European research area:  Pat the Cope Gallagher (Fianna Fail-North West), Paul Murphy (Socialist-Dublin), Liam Aylward (Fianna Fail-East)

One-minute speech on Equitable Life: Mairead McGuinness (Fine Gael-East)

One minute speech on agri-food return for producers: Sean Kelly (Fine Gael-South)

 

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