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EP Plenary Session Newsletter 11-14 December 2017

What will MEPs be working on in next week's plenary session in Strasbourg? Among the items on the agenda will be the Brexit negotiations, Jerusalem as capital of Israel, EU defence policy, and much more.

 

Venezuela’s democratic opposition receive 2017 Sakharov Prize Wednesday at noon

The democratic opposition in Venezuela will receive the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in a ceremony on Wednesday at noon.

The Democratic Opposition includes the country's National Assembly (Julio Borges, Speaker) and all political prisoners as listed by Foro Penal Venezolano, represented by Leopoldo López, Antonio Ledezma, Daniel Ceballos, Yon Goicoechea, Lorent Saleh, Alfredo Ramos and Andrea González. They will all, either in person or through representatives, be presented with the prize by EP President Antonio Tajani, during a ceremony on Wednesday at noon.

Julio Borges, President of the National Assembly, and Antonio Ledezma, Mayor of Caracas, will hold a press conference with President Tajani immediately after the award ceremony at 12.30.

Also shortlisted for the Prize were Guatemalan human rights defender Aura Lolita Chavez Ixcaquic and Swedish-Eritrean journalist Dawit Isaak. Lolita Chavez will attend the ceremony. Dawit Isaak, imprisoned in Eritrea, will be represented by his daughter.

You can watch the plenary ceremony via EP Live and EbS+.

Ahead of the ceremony, MEPs on the committees on Foreign Affairs, on Development and on the Subcommittee on Human Rights will hold a discussion with the 2017 Sakharov Prize winners, on Monday 11 December from 19.30 – 21.00. You can follow the meeting through webstreaming.

Background information

The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, named in honour of Soviet physicist and political dissident Andrei Sakharov, is awarded each year by the European Parliament. It was set up in 1988 to honour individuals and organisations defending human rights and fundamental freedoms. Last year the prize was awarded to Nadia Murad and Lamya Haji Bashar, two Yazidi women who survived sexual enslavement by Islamic State (IS). They have become spokespersons for women who have undergone sexual violence perpetrated by the terrorist group.

#SakharovPrize

EP LiveEbS+ (13.12.2017) Joint AFET/DEVE/DROI extraordinary meeting with 2017 Sakharov Prize laureates (Monday 11 December at 19.30)Press conference by EP President Antonio Tajani and 2017 Sakharov Prize laureates (Wednesday 13 December at 12.30) Top story: Sakharov Prize 2017Audiovisual materials for Sakharov Prize 2017Website of the Sakharov prize for freedom of thought
 

Brexit to take centre stage in pre-European Council debate

MEPs will debate defence, social policies, education, migration, and the Brexit negotiations with Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans and chief EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier on Wednesday morning.

The Brexit debate will focus on whether the EU Commission and the UK have made “sufficient progress” in the Brexit talks - on citizens’ rights, the UK Northern Irish border with Ireland and the “divorce bill” - to enable them to move on to talks on the shape the future relations between the EU and the UK should take.

The final decision on whether the talks have made “sufficient progress” or not will be taken by the EU 27 heads of state or government, and is scheduled for 15 December.

Parliament as a whole will have the final say on the outcome of negotiations when it votes to approve or reject the withdrawal deal, to be finalised by the end of March 2019.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Wednesday, 13 December

Vote: Wednesday, 13 December (tbc)

Procedure: Council and Commission statements, resolution

#Brexit

Draft agenda, European Council, 14- 15 December 2017 Draft agenda, EU27 European Council (Art. 50)Audiovisual material: EU summitAudiovisual material: Brexit

Irish MEPs following this issue: Brian Hayes, Matt Carthy.

 

Vote on sweeping proposals to stamp out practices exposed by Panama Papers

Better regulation of financial intermediaries, better protection of whistle-blowers and a single definition of tax havens are among sweeping proposals up for vote on Wednesday.

The recommendations are part of a swathe of reforms proposed by the Parliament’s Special Inquiry into Money laundering, Tax avoidance and Tax evasion (PANA) which is nearing the end of its mandate after eighteen months’ work.

MEPs will debate the findings of the Committee, which was originally set up in the wake of the Panama Papers revelations, before they vote on its many recommendations.

After the vote, the final report and recommendations will be passed to the Commission and Council.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Tuesday, 12 December

Vote: Wednesday, 13 December

Procedure: Own initiative, Special committee/Committee of inquiry

Press conference: Wednesday, 13 December, 14.30

#PANA #taxevasion

Profile of rapporteur:Jeppe Kofod (DK, S&D)Profile of rapporteur Petr Jezek (CZ, ALDE)Procedure file:Final PANA committee meetingsPress release on committee vote: EU countries fail to fight money laundering and tax evasion, finds committee (18.10.2017) Draft report on the inquiry into money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasionEP TV and WEBCOMM productsAudiovisual material: PANA

Irish MEPs following this issue: Brian Hayes, Matt Carthy, Nessa Childers.

 

MEPs prolong and top up EU investment plan

The European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI), which has helped economic recovery, will be prolonged until 2020 and topped up with extra money to finance more projects that promise the best economic and social returns in the EU member states, according to a new law to be put to the vote on Tuesday.

EFSI also known as the Juncker Plan, aims to mobilise €500 billion to redress market failures and investment gaps, by funding innovative projects with a high-risk profile which would not otherwise be supported. According to the agreement between the Parliament and the member states, investments should also foster job creation, particularly for young people and economically weaker EU regions.

Quick facts

The EFSI, implemented by European Investment Bank, was established in 2015 for an initial period of 3 years, with the aim of mobilising at least €315 billion of investments in the real economy. The European Commission proposed to extend the fund’s duration until the end of the EU’s current Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) in December 2020, with a view to reaching an investment target of €500 billion.

You can check the EFSI results for your country on the European Commission website.

Debate: Tuesday, 12 December

Vote: Tuesday, 12 December

Procedure: Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), 1st reading agreement

#EFSI

EU investment plan: MEPs and ministers agree to prolong and add new resources Procedure file: Rapporteur for the BUDG committee: José Manuel Fernandes (EPP, PT)Rapporteur for the ECON committee: Udo Bullmann (S&D, DE)At a glance: Implementation of EFSIEuropean Commission: Investment Plan for Europe - Results

Irish MEPs following this issue: Brian Hayes, Sean Kelly, Matt Carthy.

 

Possible veto on allowing phosphate additives in kebabs, pending safety review

Parliament will decide on Tuesday whether to veto an EU Commission proposal to allow phosphates in kebab meat out of health concerns.

Amid concerns about the health impact of phosphates, MEPs will vote on Tuesday on a Commission proposal to allow the use of phosphoric acid, di and tri phosphates and polyphosphates (E 338-452) in kebab meat - be it mutton, lamb, veal, beef or poultry.

Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee MEPs recommended that Parliament should block plans to allow the use of these phosphates in kebab meat, at least until the results are out of a scientific study done by the European Food Safety Agency are known.. If Parliament as a whole backs the committee’s objection by an absolute majority (376 votes), the proposal will be blocked and the EU Commission will have to go back to the drawing board.

EU rules do not allow the use of phosphate additives in meat preparations placed on the single market, unless explicitly listed in legislation. This listing is subject to three conditions : that there is a technological need, there is no health risk and its use does not mislead the consumer. The Commission proposal would add “frozen vertical meat spits” to this list.

Quick facts

MEPs point out that a 2012 scientific review showed a potential link between phosphate additives in food with increased cardiovascular risk. However, a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) assessment however stated that it is not possible to attribute this risk to phosphorus intake in general or to phosphate additives. But another scientific study from 2013 also suggested a link between high-phosphorus diets and increased mortality in the US population.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Vote: Tuesday, 13 December

Procedure: Legislative resolution

#kebab #phosphate

Draft resolution on the draft Commission regulation amending Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the use of phosphoric acid – phosphates – di – tri – and polyphosphates (E 338‑452) in frozen vertical meat spits (D052941/02 – 2017/2920(RPS))Press release on committee vote (28.11.2017)Profile of rapporteur Christel Schaldemose (S&D, DK) Profile of rapporteur Bart Staes (Greens/EFA, BE)EU legislation on additives in meat preparationsAudiovisual material for professionals

Irish MEPs following this issue: Nessa Childers.

 

Making EU farm policy work better for farmers and consumers

Reforms designed to simplify EU farming policy, boost farmers’ bargaining power against supermarkets and better equip them to face risks, will be debated on Monday and voted on Tuesday.

The reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which is to take effect in 2018, should strengthen farmers’ bargaining power by allowing all recognised farmers’ organisations to plan production and negotiate supply contracts on behalf of its members without falling foul of the EU’s competition rules.

Farmers would also get better tools to protect themselves against market volatility and risks such as bad weather conditions, plant pests or animal diseases, and the EU Commission will be empowered to respond faster to crises with exceptional support measures for farmers.

Member states would have more flexibility to define an “active farmer”, i.e. a person eligible for EU farm subsidies. They could also significantly increase “top-ups” for young farmers, to attract them into the sector.

Quick facts

The draft law updating the 2013 EU’s farming policy rules was provisionally agreed by MEPs and EU ministers on 12 October. The new CAP rules, if approved by Parliament and Council, should enter into force on 1 January 2018.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Monday, 11 December

Vote: Tuesday, 12 December

Procedure: Ordinary legislative procedure (co-decision), 1st reading agreement

Type of document: Regulation

#Omnibus #CAPreform #CAP

Draft resolutionPress release on committee vote (22.11.2017)Profile of rapporteur Albert Dess (EPP, DE)Procedure file:Audiovisual material for professionals

Irish MEPs following this issue: Matt Carthy.

 

More choice in online TV and radio programmes

MEPs will vote on Tuesday on opening talks with EU governments on new rules to give consumers a wider choice of online TV and radio on offer in the EU.

Demand for online TV and radio is growing among EU internet users, especially among younger audiences. The new rules aim to respond to this demand, by making it easier for broadcasters to make their news and current affairs programmes available online in other EU countries. This is done by simplifying the process of clearing copyright.

Quick facts on procedure

Parliament will be ready to start talks with the Council on the new rules if a majority of MEPs support the decision taken by the Legal Affairs Committee in November on the EP negotiating mandate. However, should the plenary overturn the committee’s decision, the new rules on online TV and radio will be added to the agenda of the January plenary session, for a vote on the draft text and amendments.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Vote: Tuesday, 12 December

Procedure: Mandate for negotiations (Co-decision, 1st reading)

#SatCab #copyright

Draft report on copyright and related rights applicable to certain online transmissions of broadcasting organisations and retransmissions of television and radio programmesProfile of rapporteur: Tiemo Wölken (S&D, DE)Procedure file:Audiovisual material for professionals:
 

MEPs want sturdier investigative powers

MEPs will repeat their demand to strengthen the European Parliament’s right of inquiry in a debate with Council and Commission representatives on Wednesday.

The right of inquiry is a vital instrument for the exercise of its functions of scrutiny. The European Parliament’s investigative powers, however, fall short of those of committees of inquiry in national parliaments, which have a quasi-judicial investigative tool at their disposal.

MEPs are expected to urge the Council and Commission to break the inter-institutional deadlock which has hampered previous attempts to update the rules on the EP’s right of inquiry.

Background information

The European Parliament has recently increased its use of investigative instruments, i.e. special and inquiry committees to investigate money laundering, tax avoidance or emission levels in the automotive sector.

In May 2012, MEPs endorsed a proposal on the detailed provisions governing the exercise of the European Parliament's right of inquiry. Whilst Parliament is seeking to equip its power of inquiry with appropriate investigative instruments in order to be able to effectively exercise its function of scrutiny, MEPs have so far not obtained the necessary agreement from the Council and the European Commission. The other EU institutions have expressed concerns that parliamentary inquiry might turn from a political tool into a quasi-judicial one. In 2014, the Committee on Constitutional Affairs appointed Ramón Jáuregui Atondo (S&D, ES) to resume negotiations.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Wednesday, 13 December

Procedure: Oral question to the Council and to the Commission

#Epinquiry

Question for oral answer to the CouncilProfile of rapporteur Ramón Járuegui Atondo (S&D, ES)EPRS study: Parliament’s committees of inquiry and special committeesAudiovisual material for professionals

Irish MEPs following this issue: Nessa Childers.

 

Sexual abuse of children: remove online content and protect migrant children

Member states must do more, better and faster to fight sexual abuse and exploitation of children, MEPs are likely to insist in a resolution to be put to the vote on Thursday.

They are set to demand that illegal content online must be quickly removed, or blocked, and call for cross-border cooperation to prevent migrant children becoming prey to smugglers and abusers.

The resolution prepared by Anna Maria Corazza-Bildt (EPP, SE) also demands measures against new forms of crime online, such as revenge porn and sexual extortion.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Wednesday, 13 December

Vote: Thursday, 14 December

Press conference: Wednesday, 10.30

Procedure: Own-initiative report

#childrenprotection

Draft resolution on the implementation of the 2011 Directive on combating the sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children and child pornographyEPRS: Combating sexual abuse of children. Implementation assessment of Directive 2011/93/EUEP Study on Combatting child sexual abuse online (December, 2015) Audiovisual material for professionals

Irish MEPs following this issue: Sean Kelly.

 

Paying for CO2 emission: vote on exemption for intercontinental flights

Airlines will remain exempt from paying for CO2 emissions for intercontinental flights, but only until December 2023, under rules to be voted on Tuesday

The legislation, which would prolong the current exemption for intercontinental flights until 31 December 2023, was informally agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators on 18 October. Without it, the EU exemption would expire at the end of this year.

Prolonging the EU exemption would bridge the time gap until the start of the first phase of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)’s Carbon Reduction and Offsetting Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) scheme.

In talks with ministers, MEPs ensured that more will be done to reduce emissions from intra-EU flights by means of a “linear reduction factor” – a yearly reduction of emission permits placed on the EU carbon market.

Swiss link

MEPs will also vote on giving their consent to an agreement with Switzerland, in order to link the country’s carbon market with the EU ETS. The Agreement sets out the institutional framework as well as the key objectives and principles for linking the two systems.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Monday, 11 December

Vote: Tuesday, 12 December

Procedure: Ordinary legislative procedure, first reading agreement

#EUETS #ETS

Briefing: CO2 emissions from aviationPress release on committee vote (06.11.2017)Profile of rapporteur Julie Girling (ECR, UK)Procedure file:Profile of rapporteur, Christofer Fjellner (EPP, SV)Audiovisual material for professionals

Irish MEPs following this issue: Sean Kelly, Matt Carthy.

 

Debates on Foreign affairs debates: Iran nuclear deal,  Jerusalem as capital, Rohingyas and Afghanistan.

MEPs will discuss the Iran nuclear deal, US President Donald Trump’s pledge to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the persecution of Rohingyas and political instability in Afghanistan.

MEPs will discuss Mr Trump’s decision not to certify the Iran nuclear deal with EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, on Tuesday afternoon. They are set to underline that the EU and the rest of the international community intend to honour the agreement and to pursue the ”twin-track” approach of sanctions coupled with diplomatic negotiation.

This will be followed by a debate on Mr Trump’s pledge to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and order that the State Department start preparing to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. MEPs are to ask Ms. Mogherini how this will affect the Middle East Peace Process negotiations.

In another debate on Tuesday afternoon, to be wrapped up by the resolution on Thursday, MEPs are likely to renew their call on the military and security forces in Myanmar to immediately cease the killings, harassment and rape of the Muslim minority Rohingya people. More than 600,000 of them have fled the Rakhine state to neighbouring Bangladesh, escaping what the United Nations termed “ethnic cleansing” by Myanmar’s security forces.

In a resolution voted in September, MEPs condemned the behaviour of the Burmese authorities and wondered whether the EP Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, awarded in 1990 to Aung San Suu Kyi, now Myanmar’s State Counsellor, should be revoked if laureates violate the award criteria.

Afghanistan will also be up for a plenary debate on Tuesday afternoon. Civilian casualties in attacks in Afghanistan have significantly increased in the last two years, according to the United Nations. MEPs will quiz Ms Mogherini on how the EU's political and financial support can better contribute to Afghanistan’s stability and development, and vote a resolution on Thursday.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debates: Tuesday, 12 December

Votes: Thursday, 14 December (Afghanistan and Rohingyas)

Procedure: Non legislatives resolutions

#IranDeal

EPRS Study: US decertification of the Iran nuclear deal (October 2017)DG EXPO Study: Afghanistan: Challenges and Perspectives until 2020 (February 2017)EPRS Briefing: Plight of the Rohingya minority in Myanmar (February 2017) Audiovisual material for professionals

Irish MEPs following this issue: Sean Kelly, Matt Carthy.

 

Migrants in Libya: MEPs to discuss EU’s role

The situation of migrants and asylum-seekers in Libya, following reports about inhuman treatment and even slave trade, will be discussed in plenary with Commissioner Avramopoulos on Tuesday afternoon.

Last week, during the African Union-European Union summit in Abidjan (Ivory Coast), the EU agreed to set up a joint migration task force with the African Union and the UN, in order to protect migrants and refugees in Libya, ease voluntary returns to their countries of origin and promote resettlement of the most vulnerable ones.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates there are between 700,000 and 1 million migrants in the country.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Tuesday, 12 December

Procedure: Statement by the High Representative/Commission

Joint statement EU-AU on the migrant situation in Libya (Abidjan, 29-30.11.2017)Photos, videos and audio material free to use
 

MEPs to review EU foreign and defence policy

A strong and united EU diplomatic response to international threats and challenges, as well as a closer EU defence integration, should guide the EU’s foreign and defence policy, MEPs are set to say in a debate with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Tuesday.

In resolutions reviewing key EU foreign and defence policy choices, to be voted on Wednesday, MEPs list major challenges that threaten the EU’s security: proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, conflicts in the Eastern and Southern neighbourhood, proxy wars, and hybrid and information warfare. (CFSP 7)

These challenges should be met with a strong EU diplomatic response and swifter action to developing crises, MEPs add. To this end, they also advocate speeding up Council decision-making on common foreign and security policy, by switching from unanimity to qualified majority voting. (CFSP 38)

MEPs also welcome the fact that after their repeated appeals, EU defence integration is getting under way with the launch of a European Defence Fund, an EU operational headquarters, Permanent Structured Cooperation and an annual review of member states’ defence plans. (CSDP 13, 16, 31, 34, 41)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Tuesday, 12 December

Vote: Wednesday, 13 December

Procedure: Non-legislative resolutions

#CFSP #Defence

Press release on a committee vote (06.11.2017)Draft resolution on the implementation of the Common Foreign and Security PolicyDraft resolution on the implementation of the Common Defence and Security PolicyEP rapporteur on CFSP David McAllister (EPP, DE) EP rapporteur on CSDP Michael Gahler (EPP, DE)EP Research Service facts sheet on EU foreign policyProcedure file (CFSP)Procedure file (CSDP)

Irish MEPs following this issue: Brian Hayes, Matt Carthy.

 

Protect freedom of religion and migrants’ rights

The EU must do more to stop persecution based on religion and to guarantee migrants’ rights both in the EU and in third countries, MEPs are likely to say.

On the basis of the EU annual report on human rights and democracy worldwide in 2016, MEPs are likely to call on the EU to protect migrants, refugees and asylum seekers’ rights and to promote inter-religious dialogue in its relations with non-EU countries.

They want ISIS/Daesh fighters to be prosecuted and for the UN Security Council to give the International Criminal Court (ICC) the powers to do so.

In a debate with EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, on Tuesday afternoon, Parliament will urge the EU to address human rights violations that migrants, refugees and asylum seekers face as the victims of conflicts, poverty, trafficking and smuggling networks. MEPs will call for people to be resettled and for family reunification schemes and humanitarian corridors to be set up. They will also ask for long-term solutions to tackle the external dimension of the refugee crisis, i.e. the crises which cause people to flee their homes.

MEPs may also address freedom of speech on the web, where the decisions about which content is taken down are left to private companies, and call on the EU Commission to adopt a directive to increase the transparency of takedown procedures.

The text will be put to a vote on Wednesday at 12.30.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debates: Tuesday, 12 December

Votes: Wednesday, 13 December

Procedure: Non legislative resolution

#humanrights

Draft resolution on Human Rights and Democracy in the World 2016 and the European Union’s policy on the matter Press release in committee (13.11.2017)EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016Libya: Foreign Affairs MEPs debated conditions of migrants and prospect for stabilisation Profile of rapporteur Godelieve Quisthoudt-Rowohl (EPP, DE) Procedure file:
 

MEPs to discuss improved disaster management for the EU

The Commission will present its proposal to strengthen and speed up cross-border disaster relief in a debate on Wednesday.

To ensure a more efficient response to natural disasters such as earthquakes, wildfires and floods, the Commission proposed setting up a dedicated EU reserve of civil protection resources, rescEU, which could be quickly deployed during disasters. Furthermore, it would strengthen the member states’ capacity to coordinate their response by, for instance, financing operation costs during disaster relief.

Quick Facts

Established in 2001, the EU Civil Protection Mechanism provides a unified, supportive and collective response to disasters in EU countries as well as Iceland, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia and Turkey.

In November, the Commission proposed creating a new system for an even more efficient and timely response to disasters, which can handle multiple disasters at the same time.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Wednesday, 13 December

Procedure: Council and Commission statements.

#EUCivPro #rescEU

Commission: rescEU: a new European system to tackle natural disasters (23.11.2017)Audiovisual material for professionals
 

Debate on expanding the Schengen area

MEPs will discuss how to enlarge and strengthen the border check-free Schengen area with Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia in a topical debate on Wednesday afternoon.

Bulgaria and Romania are ready to join the Schengen border check-free area, Parliament said in a legislative resolution voted as long ago as 8 June 2011,

The final political decision on whether Bulgaria, Romania and also Croatia can become part of the Schengen area, and thus drop systematic checks at borders with neighbouring EU countries, has to be taken unanimously by the Council.

Recently, Parliament endorsed a Council decision to grant Bulgaria and Romania access to the Visa Information System (VIS), which allows the Bulgarian and Romanian authorities to consult and check VIS data, but without the right to enter, amend or delete them.

Bulgaria and Romania joined the EU in 2007, and Croatia in 2012.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Wednesday, 13 December

Procedure: Topical debate

#Schengen

Press release: Bulgaria and Romania ready to join Schengen area, says Parliament (2011)Audiovisual material for professionals
 

Clear rules on all fishing authorisations outside EU waters

A new law to streamline fishing authorisations for the EU’s external fishing fleet will be put to the vote on Tuesday.

The new regime - already agreed with Council in June - would set out strict, transparent and harmonised rules for issuing and managing fishing authorisations to EU vessels fishing outside EU waters and to foreign vessels operating in EU waters.

Every EU vessel fishing beyond EU waters would be required to obtain an authorisation by its flag member state, based on a set of common eligibility criteria including administrative information on the vessel and its owner. The new rules would also include special provisions on reflagging operations and the creation of an EU electronic fishing authorisation register - partly accessible to the public.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Monday 11 December

Vote: Tuesday 12 December

Procedure: ordinary legislative procedure, second reading agreement

#EUfisheries

Profile of rapporteur Linnéa ENGSTRÖM (Greens/EFA, SV)Procedure file:EP briefing on new rules for managing the EU external fishing fleetProcedure file European Commission factsheet on EU fleets fishing internationally EU Commission website on illegal fishingAudiovisual material for professionals
 

Human rights and democracy resolutions

Parliament will hold urgent debates on the following human rights, democracy and rule of law topics on Thursday 14 December, at around 10.00, with the votes following at 12.00.

  • Freedom of expression in Vietnam, notably the case of Nguyen Van Hoa
  • Cambodia: the banning of the opposition
  • El Salvador: The cases of women prosecuted for miscarriage

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Procedure: non-legislative resolutions

Debates/votes: Thursday, 14 December

#humanrights #democracy

Irish MEPs following this issue: Brian Hayes, Sean Kelly.

 

Other issues being followed by Irish MEPs:

EU Citizenship Report 2017 — Sean Kelly

Digital trade strategy — Sean Kelly, Matt Carthy.

European Council meeting of 14 and 15 December 2017 — Sean Kelly, Nessa Childers.

Composition of the European Parliament — Sean Kelly

Renewal of the mandate of the Chair of the Single Resolution Board — Matt Carthy.