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EP Plenary Session Newsletter 12-14 November 2018

09-11-2018

What will MEPs be working on in next week's plenary session in Strasbourg? Highlights include; funding priorities for post-2020 budget; new ambitious targets on renewables and energy efficiency; and, empowering national competition authorities and ensuring the proper functioning of the internal market.

 

Long-term EU budget: MEPs to lay down funding priorities for post-2020 budget

MEPs will adopt their negotiating position on the next EU long-term budget, including a breakdown of the amounts foreseen for each EU programme, on Wednesday.

For the upcoming multiannual financial framework 2021-2027 (MFF), Parliament is likely to push for more funding for youth, research, growth & jobs and tackling climate change. New challenges like migration, defence and security should receive adequate resources, while funding for long-standing farming and cohesion policies should not be reduced. Also, new sources of direct revenue should partly replace taxpayer-funded contributions.

For more information, please check out the recent press release on the vote in the
Committee on Budgets (05.11.2018).

The exact figures for plenary to confirm are included in the draft interim report.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Procedure Code: 2018/0166R(APP)

Debate:  Tuesday 13 November

Vote:  Wednesday 14 November

Procedure:  Consent

Press conference: Wednesday, 14 November, 16h

Draft Resolution
At a Glance: Multiannual financial framework 2021-2027 - Interim report on the Commission proposals
Press release on committee vote (05.11.2018)
MFF Q&A
The budget at a glance: country-by-country tool
Profile of rapporteur: Jan Olbrycht (EPP, PL)
Profile of rapporteur: Isabelle Thomas (S&D, FR)
Profile of rapporteur: Gérard Deprez (ALDE, BE)
Profile of rapporteur: Janusz Lewandowski (EPP, PL)
Procedure file
Free photos, video and audio material

Irish MEPs following this issue are: Sean Kelly, Fine Gael (South); Mairead McGuiness, Fine Gael (Midlands-North-West); Liadh Ni Riada, Sinn Féin  (South).

 

Energy: MEPs to back new ambitious targets on renewables and energy efficiency

To fight climate change, binding 2030 targets for renewables (32%) and energy efficiency (32.5%) will be put to the vote on Tuesday.

In addition to setting binding targets on energy efficiency and renewables, the new legislation will give EU citizens the right to generate renewable energy for their own consumption, and to store and sell excess production.

It will also create a new governance structure to achieve the Energy Union and some types of food-crop biofuels will be phased out, in a move towards second-generation biofuels.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Procedure Code: 2016/0382(COD), 2016/0376(COD), 2016/0375(COD)

Debate:  Monday, 12 November

Vote:  Tuesday, 13 November

Procedure: ordinary legislative procedure

Press conference (13 November 14.00 tbc.)

 

Draft European Parliament legislative resolution on energy efficiency
Press releases on energy efficiency and governance after trilogues
Procedure file - Energy efficiency 2016/0376(COD)
EP Research Briefing on energy efficiency
Profile of energy efficiency rapporteur Miroslav Poche (S&D, CZ)
Draft European Parliament legislative resolution on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (recast)
Press releases on renewables after trilogues
Procedure file: Promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources. Recast 2016/0382(COD)
EP Research briefing on renewables
Profile of renewables rapporteur José Blanco López (S&D, ES)
Draft European Parliament legislative resolution on the Governance of the Energy Union
Procedure file - Governance of the Energy Union
EP Research Briefing on Governance
Profile of Governance of the Energy Union rapporteur Jakop Dalunde (Greens/EFA, Sweden)
Profile of Governance of the Energy Union rapporteur Michèle Rivasi (Greens/ EFA, France)
WEBCOMM products
Free photos, video and audio material

Irish MEPs following this issue: Sean Kelly, Fine Gael (South); Mairead McGuiness, Fine Gael (Midlands-North-West).

 

Protecting the internal market against secret cartels and law-breaking firms

MEPs will vote on measures to equip national competition authorities to better detect and tackle breaches of EU competition law, on Wednesday.

As national competition authorities in the EU member states (NCAs) apply EU competition rules to agreements or practices which affect cross-border trade, new rules are to be put in place to consistently enforce EU competition law throughout the EU. NCAs would have to have adequate budgetary independence, i.e. human and financial resources to carry out their work and to obtain information that could serve as evidence in investigating breaches of competition law.

Additionally, leniency programmes have been put in place, ensuring legal certainty and increasing the chances that companies will come clean about their illegal actions.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

SCRIBO topic: Economic and monetary affairs

Procedure Code: 2017/0063(COD)

Debate:  Tuesday, 13 November

Vote:  Wednesday 14 November

Procedure:  Ordinary legislative procedure, first reading agreement

Draft report on proposal of a directive to empower the competition authorities of the Member States to be more effective enforcers and to ensure the proper functioning of the internal market
Procedure file
Profile of the rapporteur: Andreas Schwab (EPP, DE)
EPRS Briefing: Empowerment of national competition authorities

Irish MEPs following this issue: Sean Kelly, Fine Gael (South); Matt Carthy Sinn Fein (Midlands-North-West).

 

MEPs to approve €17.7 million in EU aid after intense floods in Latvia

Parliament will vote on €17,730,519 in EU aid to repair damage caused by intense floods in Latvia in the summer and autumn of 2017, on Tuesday.

During August, September and October 2017, Latvia was affected by a long-lasting period of intense rainfall leading to soil being saturated and subsequent flooding throughout the country, particularly in the Latgale region and surrounding territories. The flood destroyed crops and caused widespread damage to water courses, the drainage system, connected water treatment installations as well as road and railway infrastructure.

The aid is intended to help restore essential infrastructure, reimburse the cost of emergency measures and cover the costs of some of the clean-up operations.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

SCRIBO topic: budget

Procedure Code: 2018/2230(BUD)

Vote:  Tuesday, 13 November

Procedure: Budgetary

Steps of the procedure
Draft report on the mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund to provide assistance to Latvia
Rapporteur Inese Vaidere (EPP, LV)

Irish MEPs following this issue: Liadh Ni Riada, Sinne Féin (South); Matt Carthy, Sinn Fein (Midlands-North-West).

 

Plans for cleaner trucks, more electric buses by 2030

MEPs will decide on reductions in CO2 emissions for lorries and buses to cut greenhouse-gas emissions.

The draft report from the Environment Committee proposes a higher target (35%) than the European Commission’s proposal (30%) for new lorries to reduce the EU’s CO2 emissions by 2030, with an intermediate target of 20% by 2025.

Manufacturers will also have to ensure that zero- and low-emission vehicles (which emit at least 50% less) represent a 20% market share of the sales by 2030, and should already have 5% of the market share by 2025.

Environment Committee MEPs added urban buses to the scope of the proposal, and proposed that 50% of new buses should be electric from 2025 and 75% should be electric by 2030.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

SCRIBO topic: Environment

Debate:  Wednesday, 14 November

Vote:  Wednesday, 14 November

Procedure: ordinary legislative procedure

Draft report on CO2 emission performance standards for new heavy-duty vehicles
Press release on committee vote (18.10.2018)
Profile of rapporteur : Bas Eickhout (Greens/EFA, NL)
Procedure file
EP research briefing
Free photos, video and audio material

Irish MEPs following this issue: Sean Kelly, Fine Gael (South).

 

Modernising rail passengers’ rights

Proposals to update rules on European rail passenger will be put to a vote on Thursday.

Changes to the 2009 rules aim to improve information given to passengers about their rights, ensure better assistance to people with reduced mobility, better access to cyclists, clearer complaints-handling procedures and more compensation for travellers in case of delays.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

SCRIBO topic: transport

Procedure Code: 2017/0237(COD)

Debate:  Wednesday, 14 November

Vote:  Thursday, 15 November

Procedure:  ordinary legislative procedure, first reading

Press conference: 14h30 on Wednesday, 14 November with rapporteur Boguslaw Liberadzki (S&D, PL)

Draft report on rail passengers’ rights and obligations
Press release on the vote in the transport committee (09.10.2018)
Profile of rapporteur Boguslaw Liberadzki (S&D, PL)
Procedure file
EP Research briefing: Rail passengers' rights and obligations in the EU (June 2018)
Free photos, video and audio material

Irish MEPs following this issue: Matt Carthy,  Sinn Fein (Midlands-North-West).

 

Multiannual plan to manage small pelagic stocks in the Adriatic Sea

MEPs will vote on a new multiannual plan to manage fishing opportunities and overfishing in the Adriatic Sea, on Tuesday.

This new law would manage the fisheries of small pelagic stocks, particularly sardine, anchovy, mackerel and horse mackerel, which currently are governed by several legal frameworks, at national, EU and international level.

In the draft position up for a vote, MEPs support regional cooperation, allowing groups of member states to submit joint recommendations on landing obligations and conservation measures. Nearly all the fisheries affected by this plan are from Italy and Croatia, with some boats from Slovenia, Albania and Montenegro.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate:  Monday, 12 November

Vote:  Tuesday, 13 November

Procedure:  Co-decision

Draft report on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a multi-annual plan for small pelagic stocks in the Adriatic Sea and the fisheries exploiting those stocks:
Press release on committee vote:
Profile of rapporteur :Ruža TOMAŠIĆ (ECR, HR)
Procedure file
Free photos, video and audio material

Irish MEPs following this issue: Liadh Ni Riada, Sinn Féin (South).

 

MEPs call for EU rules to ensure minorities’ rights are protected

A resolution demanding EU-wide rules to ensure minorities’ rights and measures against EU countries with discriminatory practices will be put to a vote on Tuesday.

The text calls on the European Commission to start working on a directive on minimum standards for minorities in the EU, including benchmarks and measures to stop member states discriminating against minorities. It also recommends that the EU should use the definition of minorities set out in the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

In their draft resolution, MEPs voice concern over the number of stateless Roma people in Europe often pushed to marginalisation. They call on EU countries to set up measures to end statelessness and guarantee that this minority group fully enjoys fundamental human rights.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Procedure Code: (2018/2036(INI)

Debate: Monday, 12 November

Vote: Tuesday, 13 November

Procedure: non-legislative resolution

Press release on committee vote (10.10.2018)
Draft resolution on minimum standards for minorities in the EU
Profile of rapporteur: József Nagy (EPP, SK)
Procedure file

Irish MEPs following this issue: Liadh Ni Riada, Sinn Féin (South).

 

Angela Merkel to debate future of Europe with MEPs.

This will be the twelfth in a series of future of Europe debates between EU heads of state or governments and MEPs, following on from:

  • Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on 17 January 2018,
  • Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on 6 February 2018,
  • Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa on 14 March 2018,
  • French President Emmanuel Macron on 17 April 2018,
  • Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel on 3 May 2018,
  • Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel on 30 May 2018,
  • Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on 13 June 2018,
  • Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on 4 July 2018,
  • Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on 11 September 2018,
  • Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas on 3 October 2018, and
  • Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on 23 October 2018.

Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen will address plenary on 28 November.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Topic: Interinstitutional

Procedure Code: 2018/2732(RSP)

Debate: Tuesday, 13 November, at 15:00

Procedure: Debate (without resolution)

Free photos, video and audio material
Federal Chancellor site
 

MEPs to end expensive calls between EU countries, in 2019

New telecom rules to cap prices for intra-EU calls, push for super-fast 5G networks and create an alert system for emergencies, will be put to the vote on Wednesday.

The new legislation will cap intra-EU phone calls at 19 cents per minute for calls and 6 cents for text messages (SMS) from 15 May 2019. It will also better protect smartphone users, including users of web-based services (Skype, WhatsApp, etc.). Additionally, member states will have to facilitate the rollout of 5G networks.

A “reverse 112” system will become obligatory in all member states to ensure that citizens are alerted by SMS or mobile app in the event of a major emergency or disaster in their area.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

SCRIBO topic: telecom, internal market

Procedure Code: 2016/0288(COD) and 2016/0286(COD)

Debate:  Wednesday, 14 November

Vote: Wednesday, 14 November

Procedure:  Co-decision

Press conference: Wednesday, 14 November 11.00 (tbc)

Draft European Parliament legislative resolution on establishing the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC) (recast)
EP Research briefing - Telecom code
Procedure file - Telecom code
Press release after trilogue (06.06.2018)
Commission study on intra-EU calls in 15 Member States
Profile of rapporteur Pilar del Castillo Vera (EPP, ES)
Profile of rapporteur Dita Charanzová (ALDE, CZ)
Draft European Parliament legislative resolution on establishing the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications
EP Research briefing - BEREC
Procedure file - BEREC
Profile of rapporteur Evžen TOŠENOVSKÝ
WEBCOMM products
Free photos, video and audio material
 

Lux Film Prize 2018 award ceremony

EP President Antonio Tajani will unveil the winner of the 2018 Lux Prize on Wednesday noon in the Strasbourg hemicycle.

This year's finalists are the films “The Other Side of Everything” by Mila Turajlic (Serbia/France/Qatar), Woman at War by Benedikt Erlingsson (Iceland/France/Ukraine) and Styx by Wolfgang Fischer (Germany/Austria).

The European Parliament is paying the cost of subtitling the three finalist films in all 24 official EU languages and is producing a digital cinema package for each EU country

The film winning the 2018 Lux Film Prize will be adapted for the visually and hearing impaired and receive promotional support during its international release. The prize winner is selected by MEPs.

A press conference with EP Vice-President Evelyne Gebhardt (S&D, DE) and the Directors of the three films is scheduled for 15.00 on Wednesday, 14 November, in Strasbourg.

The Lux Film Prize is dedicated to promoting European cinema by supporting the dissemination of European productions and sparking a Europe-wide debate on major political and societal issues. It was first awarded in 2007.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

IM-Press topic: Culture

Award ceremony: Wednesday, 14 November at 12.00

Procedure:  Award ceremony

Press conference: Wednesday, 14 November at 15.00 with Vice-President Evelyne Gebhardt (S&D, DE) and the directors of the three films.

Lux prize webpage
The Other Side of Everything” from Mila Turajlic
Woman at War by Benedikt Erlingsson (Iceland/France/Ukraine)
Styx by Wolfgang Fischer (Germany/Austria)
Free photos, video and audio material
 

Parliament to vote on arms export control

MEPs will vote on Wednesday to strengthen checks on arms export and penalise  EU members that fail to apply common EU rules.

MEPs call for EU members that do not apply the commonly agreed EU rules on arms export control to be punished.

EU members have diverging policies on exporting to certain countries, despite the common regime which, however, does not allow for sanctions.

In some cases, the arms exported to countries, for example to Saudi Arabia, were used to fuel conflicts that violate EU common positions and thus  undermine the entire EuRopean arms control effort.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Procedure: 2018/2157(INI)

Debate: Tuesday, 13 November

Vote: Wednesday, 14 November

Procedure: non-legislative resolution

Draft report on arms exports
Press release on committee vote (09.10.2018)
Profile of rapporteur: Sabine Lösing (GUE/NGL, DE)
The EU’s common position on arms control
EP Research: The further development of the Common Position 944/2008/CFSP on arms exports control
Procedure file
Free photos, video and audio material
 

Global strategy on migration: MEPs to discuss role of EU countries

MEPs will discuss on Tuesday efforts towards a common global strategy to manage migration flows and the role of EU member states in the UN-backed process.

 The Austrian government recently decided to step out of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, following a similar announcement by Hungary. The Czech Republic and Poland are also considering their involvement. The Global Compact on migration, which is not binding, will be signed in Morocco next month.

Background

 The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2016, marked the beginning of multilateral negotiations to adopt two global compacts on refugees and for safe, orderly and regular migration.

A fairer sharing of the burden and responsibility for hosting and supporting refugees is the objective of the Global Compact on refugees, which has already been agreed upon. The Global Compact on migration wants to ensure that migrants in vulnerable situations are treated in an adequate way, via durable solutions, addressing at the same time the risks and challenges linked to migration in the countries of origin, transit and destination.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

SCRIBO topic: Migration

Debate: Tuesday, 13 November

Procedure: Council and Commission statements, no resolution

EP resolution on the progress on UN Global compacts for safe, orderly and regular migration and on refugees (18.04.2018)
Free audiovisual material
 

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa to address European Parliament

The President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, will address MEPs in a formal sitting in Strasbourg on Wednesday at 11:30.

EU-South Africa strategic relations and cooperation, peace and security in Africa, development and trade and the priorities for the upcoming seventh EU-South Africa summit in Brussels on 15 November are likely to be among the issues addressed during Mr Ramaphosa’s first official visit to the European Parliament. He will also be the first South African President to deliver a speech in the House since his predecessor Thabo Mbeki did so in November 2004.

2018 further marks the centenary of the birth of former South African President Nelson Mandela, who in 1994 became the country’s first black head of state following the dismantling of the oppressive apartheid regime.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate:  Wednesday, 14 November

Procedure: Formal sitting

European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with South Africa
Free photos, video and audio material
 

Rule of law in Romania: Parliament to set its position

MEPs will set out their views on the latest judicial reforms in Romania and their impact on the separation of powers, in a resolution to be put to the vote on Tuesday.

 The non-legislative resolution will summarise the Parliament’s views following the debate with Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă on 3 October on the revamp of the judicial system, which sparked mass protests in Romania earlier this year.

Request for a permanent rule of law mechanism

In a separate non-legislative resolution to be put to the vote on Wednesday, MEPs will outline the need for a permanent and objective EU mechanism to assess if democracy and rule of law are being respected by all member states.

In a plenary debate with Council and Commission representatives on 23 October, MEPs argued that Article 7 of the EU Treaty is “not sufficient for an efficient response” to breaches of the EU´s founding values.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

SCRIBO topic: Fundamental rights

Debate: Wednesday, 3 October (Romania) - Tuesday, 23 October (Rule of law mechanism)

Vote: Tuesday, 13  November (Romania) - Wednesday, 14 November (Rule of law mechanism)Procedure: Non-legislative resolutions

Rule of law concerns in member states: how the EU can act (infographic)
MEPs call for EU democracy, rule of law and fundamental rights watchdog (Press release, 25.10.2016)
Free audiovisual material
 

EU association agreements: MEPs to vote on Moldova and Georgia

MEPs will discuss the state of play of the EU’s association agreements with Moldova and Georgia on Tuesday, followed by votes on resolutions on Wednesday.

Moldova

Implementing political reforms must be a top priority, the draft text on Moldova suggests. Although MEPs note some of the country’s achievements in the fields of trade, energy and public financial management, they are also concerned about its levels of corruption, lack of independent judiciary and backsliding on democratic standards.

Georgia

MEPs welcome Georgia’s efforts in sustaining the reform track, which makes the country a key EU partner in the region. They emphasise nevertheless that high-level corruption, labour and human rights and environmental protection remain areas of concern.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Procedure Code Georgia : 2017/2281(INI)

Procedure code Moldova: 2017/2282(INI)

Debate:  Tuesday, 13 November

Vote:  Wednesday, 14 November

Procedure: Non-legislative resolution

Foreign Affairs Committee
Procedure file on Moldova
Draft resolution on Moldova
Profile of rapporteur: Petras Auštrevičius (ALDE, LT)
Procedure file on Georgia
Draft resolution on Georgia
Profile of rapporteur : Andrejs Mamikins (S&D, LV)
Study on association agreements between the EU and Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine
Study on the Development of an Institutional Framework for the Implementation of the Association Agreements in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine: a comparative perspective.
Free photos, video and audio material
 

Response to  Central American migrants at the Mexican border

The caravan of thousands of Central American migrants walking north towards the US-Mexico border will be debated by MEPs on Wednesday.

US President Donald Trump has referred to the migrant caravan as an “invasion” and criticised several Central American countries for letting their citizens leave their homes and come to the US “illegally”.

The United States Department of Defence, the Pentagon, has been ordered to deploy over 5000 troops at the US-Mexico border to stop people from entering the country without a permit.

Most migrants are said to be fleeing poverty and violence in their countries of origin, mainly Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini will also join MEPs for the debate in the hemicycle.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate:  Wednesday, 14 November

Procedure: Statement by the EU Foreign Policy Chief

European Parliament resolution of 12 September 2018 on the state of EU-US relations
Free photos, video and audio material
 

US sanctions on Iran: impact on EU companies

The impact of US sanctions on Iran for European companies will be discussed in the plenary on Wednesday. [with the EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini].

The recently reintroduced US sanctions against Iran threaten European companies doing business in Iran. The EU, in turn, seeks to shield the companies from the sanctions by allowing damages to be recovered and mitigating the effect in the EU of any foreign court rulings against the companies.

Background

The United States on 5 November re-imposed sanctions on Iran lifted under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear agreement of 2015, after it withdrew from the nuclear agreement in May. Companies that do not obey the US sanctions would be barred from the US financial system, Washington warned.

The EU pledged to keep up trade between EU and Iran and to protect its companies against the fallout from extra-territorial sanctions.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

SCRIBO topic: International Trade

Debate:  Wednesday, 14 November

Procedure: Statement by the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

European Commission: Updated Blocking Statute in support of Iran nuclear deal enters into force (06.08.2018)
Iran: MEPs criticise US for withdrawing from deal to reduce nuclear threat (13.06.2018)
EP resolution welcoming the Iran nuclear deal (27.10.2016)
Free photos, video and audio material
 

Humanitarian visas to avoid refugees’ deaths: vote in plenary

Parliament will vote on a proposal for a new EU humanitarian visa system, which would allow asylum-seekers to reach Europe without putting their lives at risk.

The new system would allow people seeking international protection to request a visa at EU embassies or consulates abroad, giving them access to European territory - specifically to the member state issuing the visa - for the sole purpose of submitting an asylum application.

With this initiative, Civil Liberties Committee MEPs want to ensure that asylum-seekers can use legal means into Europe, to reduce trafficking and the subsequent death toll on the migration routes to the EU, particularly in the Mediterranean Sea.

The draft report calls on the European Commission to table a legislative proposal setting up a European humanitarian visa system, by 31 March 2019. In order to be adopted it will need the backing of an absolute majority from the Chamber (376 MEPs).

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

SCRIBO topic: Asylum policy

Procedure Code: 2017/2270(INL)

Debate: Tuesday, 13 November

Vote: Wednesday, 14 November

Procedure: Legislative initiative

Draft report with recommendations to the Commission on Humanitarian Visas
Press release on committee vote (10.10.2018)
Profile of rapporteur: Juan Fernando López Aguilar (S&D, ES)
Procedure file
EP Research Service: Added value assessment on humanitarian visas (July 2018)
Free photos, video and audio material
 

Human rights and democracy resolutions  

Parliament will hold urgent debates on the following human rights, democracy and rule of law topics on Thursday 15 November, at around 10.00, with the votes following at 12.00.

  • Vietnam, notably the situation of political prisoners,
  • The human rights situation in Cuba,
  • The human rights situation in Bangladesh.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate:  Thursday 15 November

Vote: Thursday 15 November

Procedure: non-legislative resolution

Free photos, video and audio material
 

Listing

- Increasing EU resilience against the influence of foreign actors on the upcoming European elections, Topical debate, Wednesday 14 November

- Regulating virtual currencies, OR, debate, Tuesday 13 November

- Floods in Europe, debate, Monday 12 November

-  Persistent organic pollutants, Girling (COD), debate Wednesday 14 November vote Thursday 15 November

- Care services in the UE for improved gender equality, Pietikäinen, INI, debate and vote Thursday 15 November

Irish MEPs following this issue are: Liadh Ni Riada, Sinn Féin (South).

- Asia Bibi case and the situation of religious minorities in Pakistan, debate Wednesday 14 November  Statement by the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, no resolution

Irish MEPs following this issue are: Mairead McGuiness, Fine Gael (Midlands-North-West).

- Lyme disease (Borreliosis), OQ with resolution, debate and vote Thursday 15 November

Irish MEPs following this issue are: Mairead McGuiness, Fine Gael (Midlands-North-West); Liadh Ni Riada, Sinn Féin (South).