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EP Plenary Session Newsletter 12-15 September 2016

06-09-2016

What will MEPs be working on during next week's Plenary Session in Strasbourg? Highlights include: State and future of the European Union debate with jean-Claude Juncker; debate on Commission's illegal state aid verdict on Ireland's tax deal with Apple; car emissions, EU budget 2017, relocation of asylum seekers, SME Competiveness,

 

State and future of the European Union debate with Jean-Claude Juncker

Annual SOTEU speech and public debate to take stock of results and set political priorities for the year to come

Two days before the 27 EU heads of state or government – minus the UK – meet informally in Bratislava, Parliament will discuss the way forward for the European Union, following EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s annual “State of the European Union” speech on Wednesday morning.

The three-hour debate is likely to focus on migration, jobs, terrorism, Brexit and how to address the core demands of EU citizens. Since 2010, the annual State of the European Union speech and debate have kicked off discussions on the EU’s political agenda for the year.

On 6 July, Parliament voted a resolution setting out its priorities for the Commission’s work programme for 2017, which it is to be presented in October.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Debate: Wednesday, 14 September
Press Conference: tbc
Procedure: Commission Statement (followed by a debate)
#SOTEU #MigrationEU #terrorism #Brexit

Eurobarometer: What citizens expect from the European Union Press Release on EP priorities for the Commission work programme 2017 (06.07.2016)

Irish MEPs following this issue: Mairead McGuinness, Fine Gael, (Midlands North-West), Brian Hayes, Fine Gael (Dublin), Matt Carthy, Sinn Fein (Midlands North-West), Lynn Boylan, Sinn Fein (Dublin), Liadh Ni Riada, Sinn Fein (South), Deidre Clune, Fine Gael (South), Sean Kelly, Fine Gael (South), Marian Harkin, Independent, (Midlands North-West), Nessa Childers Independent, (Dublin)

 

Parliament to assess  candidate  Commissioner for Security Union

Hearing and vote on the UK candidate for Security Union Commissioner, Sir Julian King.

Parliament will assess the UK candidate for the post of Security Union Commissioner, Sir Julian King, during the Strasbourg session. On Monday evening, the Civil Liberties Committee will hold a public hearing with the candidate. Based on the committee’s recommendation, the Conference of Presidents (EP President and political group leaders) will decide whether to close the hearing procedure and the full House will then take a vote on Thursday.

The Civil Liberties Committee will hear the Commissioner-designate on Monday 12 September in Strasbourg from 19.00 to 22.00. The hearing will be open to the press and web-streamed.

On Tuesday, Civil Liberties Coordinators will meet (in camera) to assess the outcome of the hearing, after which the evaluation will be conveyed to the Conference of Presidents (CoP - EP President and political group leaders). If the CoP deems the hearing procedure closed, the full House will vote by secret ballot on Thursday at noon.


Note to editors

The hearing will last 3 hours. Julian King may make an opening statement of no longer than 15 minutes. There will be two rounds of questions and the candidate will have the opportunity to make a five-minute closing statement.

As Commissioner for the Security Union, Julian King will support the implementation of the European Agenda on Security and contribute to delivering an operational and effective Security Union. He will work under the guidance of Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermanns, complementing the work of Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, who is in charge of Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship.

Julian King's candidature was put forward by the UK government following the resignation of Lord Jonathan Hill, who held the Financial Services portfolio. Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced on 2 August that he intended to allocate the newly created Security Union portfolio to the new UK Commissioner. Parliament must be consulted and hear the candidate, before he can be appointed.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Hearing: Monday, 12 September at 19.00
Vote: Thursday, 15 September
Press conference: Civil Liberties Committee Chair Claude Moraes will give a brief door step on Tuesday morning, after the meeting of Civil Liberties coordinators

@JulianKingFCO #EPhearing #SecurityUnion

Civil Liberties Committee subject file on the hearing (including the CV of the candidate and the questionnaire sent by the Committee)Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament, Annex XVIPress release on the announcement of Sir Julian King as candidate for Security Union Commissioner (02.08.2016)Mission letter sent by President Juncker to Sir Julian King
 

Debate: Commission’s illegal state aid verdict on Ireland’s tax deal with Apple

Parliament to debate EU Commission decision that tax deal between Ireland and Apple is illegal state aid.

The EU Commission’s conclusion that Ireland granted Apple Inc. illegal tax benefits, which enabled it to pay substantially less tax than other businesses over many years will be debated in plenary session on Wednesday at 15:00.

The Commission calculated that the selective treatment by the Irish tax authorities allowed Apple to pay an effective corporate tax rate of 1% on its European profits in 2003, falling to 0.005 per cent in 2014.

This is illegal under EU state aid rules, according to the Commission, because it gives Apple a significant advantage over other businesses that are subject to the same national tax rules.

The Commission decided that Ireland must now recover the taxes unpaid by Apple in Ireland for 2003 to 2014, totalling up to €13 billion, plus interest. Ireland is challenging this decision.

After hearings with representatives of multinationals, including Apple, Parliament’s special committee on ”tax ruling” deals, set up in response to the the November 2014 “LuxLeaks”, revelations, delivered a long list of recommendations to make corporate taxation in Europe fairer and more transparent

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Debate: Wednesday, 14 September
Procedure: Commission statement followed by debate
hashtags #LuxLeaks #TaxTransparency

Press release + background after plenary vote TAXE 1 report (25.11.2015)Press release + background after plenary vote TAXE 2 report (06.07.2016)Press releases following plenary adoption legislative recommendations (16.12.2015)Video: Exchange of views with representatives of multinational corporations including Apple, Google, IKEA and McDonalds at the TAXE2 committee (15.03.2016)

Irish MEPs following this issue: Marian Harkin, Independent, (Midlands North-West), Deidre Clune, Fine Gael (South),  Sean Kelly, Fine Gael (South), Mairead McGuinness, Fine Gael, (Midlands North-West), Matt Carthy, Sinn Fein (Midlands North-West, Lynn Boylan, Sinn Fein (Dublin), Liadh Ni Riada, Sinn Fein (South), Nessa Childers, Independent, (Dublin)

 

Car emissions: vote on inquiry committee’s interim report

Parliament to vote on an interim report by its “EMIS” inquiry committee intocar emissions frauds

An interim report by the Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS), which is investigating possible breaches of EU rules, will be debated and put to a vote on Tuesday. The committee, set up in response to relevations about cheating devices to reduce pollutant emissions during official car tests, is to wrap up its work by spring 2017.

Since its constituent meeting on 2 March, EMIS has held 12 meetings with close to 50 hours of hearings of 37 people, who also submitted their replies to about 400 questions beforehand. It also commissioned a study into discrepancies in emissions between type-approval tests and real-world driving.

The committee has also asked the European Commission to provide it with all its documentation relating to the measurements of vehicle emissions, including work done by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), as well as all records of the activities of various expert groups dealing with legislation on vehicle type approval procedures.

The interim report, drafted by Pablo Zalba Bidegain (EPP, ES) and Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy (ALDE, NL), summarises the committee's activities so far and sets out a work programme for the second half of its one-year mandate, as unanimously approved by EMIS members on 13 July.

Debate: Tuesday, 13 September
Vote: Tuesday, 13 September
Procedure: Non-legislative resolution
#EMIS #dieselgate

Draft resolution on the inquiry into emission measurements in the automotive sectorPress release on committee vote (14.07.2016)Procedure fileEP Research Blog: Emissions in the Automotive SectorEP Research and other publications on car emissionsEPTV: Dieselgate scandal: turning a blind eye to car industry deviation? (06.09.2016)

Irish MEPs following this issue: Nessa Childers, Independent, (Dublin)

 

Rule of law and Fundamental rights in Poland

Parliamentary debate and resolution on fundamental rights in Poland as laid down in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

MEPs are set to assess recent developments in Poland and their impact on fundamental rights in a debate on Tuesday afternoon and a non-binding resolution to be voted on Wednesday. The debate will follow Council and Commission statements.

Note for editors

The Commission decided on 13 January 2016 to initiate the first stage of the "Framework for addressing systemic threats to the Rule of Law" in Poland. A first debate on the situation there, in which Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło and EU Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans took part, was held at the January plenary session in Strasbourg, followed by a non-binding resolution voted in April. The Commission tabled a Rule of Law Opinion on Poland on 1 June and a Rule of Law Recommendation on 27 July.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Debate: Tuesday, 13 September
Vote: Wednesday, 14 September
Procedure: Non-legislative resolution

#Poland #ruleoflaw #fundamentalrights

EC Press Release: Commission adopts Rule of Law Recommendation on the situation in Poland (27.07.2016)EC Press Release: Commission adopts Rule of Law Opinion on the situation in Poland (01.06.2016)EC Communication: Framework for addressing systemic threats to the Rule of LawCharter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union
 

EU budget 2017: Council to defend its position on next year’s finances

The Council will present its position on the EU draft budget for 2017 on Wednesday, as part of the annual budgetary procedure. Budgets Committee MEPs have criticized the member states’ proposed cuts.

The Council of EU finance ministerswill present its position on the EU draft budget for 2017 on Tuesday, as part of the annual budgetary procedure. Its proposed cuts of €1.28 billion in commitments (-0.81%) and €1.1 billion in payments (-0.82%), were deplored by Budgets Committee members on 31 August, especially in view of the need to tackle the refugee crisis and slow economic growth.

The draft budget, as tabled by the Commission on 30 June, amounts to €157.6 billion in commitment appropriations and €134.9 billion in payment appropriations. Parliament will vote its official position in plenary session on 26 October. Parliament and the Council, which together form the EU’s budgetary authority, must then agree on next year’s budget by 17 November. Otherwise the Commission must propose a new draft budget.

Background information

Strictly speaking, the budget of the EU consists of two separate budgets: a budget in commitment appropriations and a budget in payment appropriations. Appropriations for commitments are the amounts authorised that can be reserved in a given year for programmes or projects (budgetary commitment). Appropriations for payments are the amounts authorized for actual money that can be used in a given year to honour obligations stemming from a budgetary commitment.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONI
Debate: Tuesday, 13 September
Procedure: Budgetary procedure
hashtags #EUBudget

Council press release: “EU budget for 2017 - Council agrees its position” (20.07.2016)EP Press release (31.08.2016): “EU Budget 2017 - Council’s position contradictory, say Budget MEPs”Working Document on Council’s position on Draft Budget 2017European Parliament resolution of 9 March 2016 on general guidelines for the preparation of the 2017 budget, Section III – CommissionPress release on committee vote “Overcoming crises, rapid recovery: Parliament’s EU budget priorities for 2017” (09.03.2016)Commission press release on Draft EU Budget 2017 proposal (30.06.2016)Procedure file

Article: “EU's 2017 budget - Parliament starts drawing up its position” EuroparlTV: Setting up negotiations on the 2017 EU budget

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

 

Debates on Turkey and Gabon

MEPs to debate developments in Turkey, further to failed coup, and Gabon, further to disputed re-election of President Ali Bongo

Developments in Turkey further to the failed coup attempt in July 2016, including the state of the rule of law and human rights and Turkey’s military presence in Syria, will be debated by MEPs with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Tuesday. This will be followed by a debate on the situation in Gabon after the disputed re-election of President Ali Bongo.

Turkey

How Turkey handles respect for human rights and the rule of law in the aftermath of the failed coup attempt will be a crucial test of the state of its democracy, insisted Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs in a debate on Parliament’s fact-finding mission there at the end of August.

Parliament’s President Martin Schulz condemned the attempted coup in his meeting with Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan in Ankara on 1 September and welcomed the civic vigilance and the unity of Turkish political forces that stood up for democracy.

Gabon

The wave a violence that followed the disputed re-election of Gabon’s outgoing President Ali Bongo left three people dead and 105 injured, according to the Gabonese authorities. Supporters of Jean Ping - Bongo’s opponent and a former chairman of the African Union - declared the results fraudulent and demanded a recount.

The EU mission observing Gabon's election, led by MEP Marya Gabriel (EPP, BG), highlighted a "clear anomaly" in the results from Mr Bongo's home province.

Migration

The debates on foreign affairs issues will also include the upcoming UN High-level summit (New York, 19 September)on large movements of refugees and migrants.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Debates: Tuesday, 13 September
Procedure: High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Statement

#Turkey #Gabon

Press release on committee debate on Turkey (30.08.2016)Martin Schulz’s statement following his visit to Turkey (01.09.2016)UN summit on refugees and migrants
 

Vote on using asylum seekers’ EU relocation places for refugees from Turkey

A proposal to take 54,000 places on a scheme for relocating asylum seekers from Greece and Italy to other EU member states, and use them to resettle Syrian refugees from Turkey in the EU instead, will be put to a vote on Thursday. Civil Liberties Committee MEPs object that the intra-EU relocation scheme should not be mixed up with the resettlement one, which involves a non-EU country.

The EU Commission wants to use 54,000 of the 120,000 places on the relocation scheme agreed by EU leaders in September 2015 to resettle Syrians from Turkey in the EU, in line with the EU-Turkey migration deal.

Rather than using these 54,000 relocation places for resettlement, Civil Liberties Committee MEPs would like to see them shared between Greece (41,236) and Italy (12,764),like the remaining 66,000, as migratory pressure on these two countries remains high.

“Resettlement should not take place at the expense of relocation”, says the text prepared by Ska Keller (Greens, DE), noting that whereas relocation is a form of internal solidarity, among EU member states, resettlement is a form of external solidarity, with third countries hosting the majority of refugees.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Debate: Wednesday 14 September

Vote: Thursday 15 September
Procedure: Consultation
#migration

Draft resolution on the proposal to modify the provisional measures adopted on 22 September 2015 in the area of international protection for the benefit of Italy and GreeceProcedure fileMember States' Support to Emergency Relocation Mechanism, as of 2 September 2016 (European Commission)EU-Turkey statement, 18 March 2016

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

 

Vote on new European travel document to ease return of non-EU nationals

MEPs to debate and vote on standard format travel document to ease return of non-EU nationals staying “irregularly” in the EU.

Plans to introduce a standard European travel document to speed the return of non-EU nationals staying irregularly in EU member states without valid passports or identity cards will be debated on Wednesday and put to a vote on Thursday. MEPs point out that many EU countries face serious difficulties in returning these people to their home countries in a safe and lawful way.

European Commission figures also suggest that less than 40% of decisions made within the EU to return irregularly staying third country citizens were enforced in 2014.

If approved, the new regulation will lay down a common format for the European travel document in order to improve its recognition by destination states. The technical details would include personal information, as well as a passport photograph, in order to combat counterfeiting and falsification.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Debate: Wednesday 14 September
Vote: Thursday 15 September
Procedure: Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), 1st reading agreement
hashtags #traveldocument

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&reference=A8-2016-0201&language=ENPress release on committee vote (30.05.2015)Procedure fileEuroparlTV - “Returning migrants staying illegally in Europe”EP think tank - The Establishment of an EU Entry/Exit SystemBriefing - The Return Directive: seeking improved implementation
 

SME competiveness: MEPs to call for - small company loans at big company rates

To kick-start growth, EU countries should simplify start-up requirements for new firms and help SMEs to borrow at the same low rates as big ones, says a draft resolution to be debated on Monday and voted on Tuesday. The text advocates stepping up the use of EU regional development funds -to boost small business competiveness and expand export markets and the green economy.

The EU’s 23 million small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) make up about 99% of all its businesses, and provide over 100 million jobs. They have been allocated €140 billion out of the EU’s €350 billion regional (“cohesion”) policy budget for 2014-2020.

In 2007-2013, EU cohesion policy funding for SMEs, amounting to €70 billion, helped them to create over 263,000 jobs.

Enhance cross-border cooperation in neighbouring regions

MEPs will also debate and vote on a separate resolution on the European Territorial Cooperation tool, stressing its effectiveness in areas such as research, transport and mobility and the need to further develop its potential by increasing its role in post-2020 cohesion policy.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Monday, 12 September
Vote: Tuesday, 13 September
Procedure: non-legislative resolutions

Draft resolution on enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs Draft resolution on European Territorial Cooperation - best practices and innovative measuresBriefing note on the competitiveness of SMEsExamples of projects of Territorial Cooperation per countryProcedure file (SMEs)Procedure file (European Territorial Cooperation)

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

 

MEPs to call for less red tape and more funding for SMEs to create jobs

Recommendations to make the life easier for small business entrepreneurs, by clarifying EU rules and simplifying access to finance, will be debated on Wednesday and put to a vote on Thursday. Europe’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) create most jobs in the private sector, but are less able to cope with administrative burdens or to get bank loans than big ones.

The draft resolution by Zdzisław Krasnodębski (ECR, PL) calls on the EU Commission and member states to consider the often disproportionate impact of administrative requirements on SMEs and systematically reduce it to a minimum, while ensuring that employees have proper health and safety protection.

Members also suggest that SMEs should get favourable tax treatment, to offset the advantages of large multinationals. In addition, EU-funded programmes for enterprises should pay more attention to less developed, poorer and isolated regions, says the text.

Another text, drafted by Otmar Karas (EPP, AT), focuses on SMEs’ access to finance in the EU Capital Markets Union. Conditions for obtaining loans should be clearer, information on banks and investors publicly available and taxation system transparent and effective to attract investments, says the text.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Wednesday, 14 September

Vote: Thursday, 15 September

#SMEs

Draft resolution on how best to harness the job creation potential SMEsDraft resolution on access to finance for SMEsProcedure file (job creation potential of SMEs)Procedure file (access to finance for SMEs)

Irish MEPs following this issue: Brain Hayes, Fine Gael (Dublin), Nessa Childers, Independent (Dublin),  Mairead McGuinness, Fine Gael, (Midlands North-West), Matt Carthy, Sinn Fein, (Midlands North-West), Liadh Ni Riada, Sinn Fein (South), Lynn Boylan, Sinn Fein, (Dublin), Sean Kelly Fine Gael, (South), Marian Harkin, Independent, (Midlands North-West)

 

Social dumping: MEPs want to end unfair competition

EU countries should join forces to stop firms cutting costs illegally by breaching EU and national rules on workers’ rights, says a draft resolution to be debated with Commissioner Marianne Thyssen on TuesdayWednesday and voted on WednesdayThursday. To prevent firms from exploiting gaps between single market economic freedoms, which apply EU wide, and workers’ social rights, which depend on national rules, it calls on EU countries to coordinate better and introduce a European social security card.

The text, drafted by Guillaume Balas (S&D, FR), notes that many companies cut costs illegally, by breaching EU and national rules on workers’ rights. Member states should therefore define “decent pay” and step up labour inspections (3) to combat social fraud, bogus self-employment and undeclared work, says the text. (4)

Employment policy guidelines and applying the employment equality directive

Parliament will also discuss draft resolutions on employment policy guidelines (Wednesday afternoon) and the proper application of the EU employment equality directive (Thursday morning). Votes on both resolutions are scheduled for Thursday.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Debate: Tuesday, 13Wednesday, 14 September
Vote: Wednesday, 14Thursday, 15 September

#socialdumping

Draft resolution on social dumping in the European Union Draft resolution on guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States Draft resolution on application of ‘Employment Equality Directive’Procedure file

Irish MEPs following this issue: Lynn Boylan, Sinn Fein, (Dublin), Marian Harkin, Independent, (Midlands North-West), Matt Carthy, Sinn Fein (Midlands North-West)

 
 

Parliament to vote on whether to return investor protection proposals to Commission

EU Commission proposals to protect consumers buying packaged financial products - a market worth up to €10 trillion - have been judged insufficient by the Economic Affairs Committee and could be sent back to the Commission if the Committee’s view is confirmed by Parliament as a whole in a vote on Wednesday.

The Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee described the measures, covering “packaged retail and insurance-based investment products” (PRIIPs), as “misleading” and flawed. It unanimously recommended that Parliament should return the proposals for revision.

A key criticism is that the proposed formulas for predicting investment performance, which are meant to help investors choose between different products, could produce overly rosy predictions which could in turn mislead consumers and result in their losing money.

If Parliament as a whole backs the draft resolution, the Commission will have to come up with new proposals. The PRIIP legislation is due to come into force on 31 December.


Note for editors

A plenary vote in favor of the draft resolution in accordance with Rule 105(3) of the Rules of Procedure would oblige the Commission to submit a new delegated act taking into account Parliament’s recommendations.

The delegated act concerns the draft regulatory technical standard which supplements Regulation (EC) no 1286/2014 on key information documents for packaged retail and insurance-based investment products (PRIIPs).


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Vote: Wednesday, 14 September
Procedure: Legislative resolution (Scrutiny of delegated acts)
Press conference (if applicable: date)
#PRIIPs

Draft resolutionPress release on committee vote (01.09.2016)Procedure file
 

Parliament to give its verdict on 3 nominees for the European Court of Auditors

Parliament votes Tuesday on candidate members of the European Court of Auditors, nominated by Cyprus, Malta and Portugal and approved by the Budgetary Control Committee. The final decision on appointments to the Luxembourg body will be taken by the EU Council of Ministers.

Members of the Court of Auditors are appointed for six years. The Council, after consulting the European Parliament, decides upon the proposals made by each member state. Before the plenary vote, the three nominees were heard in the Budgetary Control Committee on 5 September, which endorsed them in secret ballots.

The committee backed the nominations of:
Mr Leo Brincat – (Malta), by 11 votes to 9, with 1 abstention, and
Mr João Figueiredo (Portugal), by 19 votes to 0, with 2 abstentions.
It also recommended renewing mandate of Lazaros S. Lazarou (Cyprus), by 19 votes to 1, with 1 abstention.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Vote: Tuesday, 13 September
#ECA

Irish MEPs following this issue: Brian Hayes, Fine Gael (Dublin)

 

Trade in endangered species: MEPs to set out priorities ahead of CITES summit

MEPs to vote resolution on fighting trade in endangered species ahead of CITES COP17 conference in Johannesburg

MEPs will set out their priorities for fighting wildlife crime in a debate with Council and the Commission on Tuesday, ahead of the 17th conference of Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), to be held in Johannesburg from 24 September to 5 October. A resolution will be put to a vote on Thursday.

MEPs Pavel Poc (S&D, CZ), Marijana Petir (EPP, HR) and Dubravka Šuica (EPP, HR) will participate in the conference from 23 to 26 September.

The draft text backs proposals by the EU and its member states for CITES resolutions on corruption and on hunting trophies, extending CITES protection to various species imported into the EU, notably as pets, and amendments on control of trade in personal and household effects.

CITES advocates regulating international trade in specimens of animal and plant species, in order to protect them against over-exploitation, decline and extinction.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Debate: Tuesday, 13 September
Vote: Thursday, 15 September
Procedure: Oral question to Council and the Commission (with resolution)
hashtags #CITES #Wildlifecrime

Oral question to the Commission: Key objectives for the CITES CoP17 meeting in Johannesburg (South Africa)Oral question to the Council: Key objectives for the CITES CoP17 meeting in Johannesburg (South Africa)EP Research: Wildlife crime
 

Vote on trade deal with six African countries

MEPs will debate a draft Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with six member states of the South African Development Community (SADC) on Tuesday and are set to vote on the deal on Wednesday. It offers duty-free access to the EU for products from Namibia, Mozambique, Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho and improved EU market access for South Africa. The agreement cannot enter into force without Parliament’s approval.

Under the Cotonou Partnership Agreement of 2000, African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and the EU agreed to negotiate reciprocal, though asymmetric, trade agreements that comply with WTO rules and to support these countries’ development and integration into the world economy. Negotiations with six SADC states ended in 2014. The other eight SADC countries belong to other regional EPA groupings.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Debate: Tuesday, 13 September
Vote: Wednesday, 14 September
Procedure: Consent
#SADC #EUpartners #Botswana #Lesotho #Mozambique #Namibia #SouthAfrica #Swaziland

Draft resolution Press release on committee vote: ‘International Trade MEPs back trade deal with six African countries’ (14.07.2016)Procedure fileEP Research Service: Trade regimes applicable to developing countries (03.2016)
 
 
Press release on committee vote: ‘International Trade MEPs back trade deal with six African countries’ (14.07.2016)EP Research Service: Trade regimes applicable to developing countries (03.2016)
 

Human rights and democracy resolutions

Parliament will hold urgent debates on the following human rights and democracy topics on Thursday 15 September, around 11:00, with the votes following at 12.00.

1. Philippines
2. Somalia
3. Zimbabwe

ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONProcedure: non-legislative resolutions
Debates/votes: Thursday 15 September
#humanrights #democracy

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Other Items on the Agenda

- Creating labour market conditions favourbale for work-life blance Tatjana Zdanoka Vilija Blinkevicute EMPL/FEMM

Irish MEPs on this issue:Mairead McGuinness, Fine Gael, (Midlands North-West), Deidre Clune, Fine Gael, (South), Marian Harkin, Independent, (Midlands North-West) Lynn Boylin, Sinn Fein, (Dublin),

- Report on the Activities, impact and added value of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund between 2007 and 2014 Marian HARKIN EMPL

Irish MEPs on this issue:Marian Harkin, Independent, Midlands North-West), Lynn Boylan, Sinn Fein, (Dublin)

- EU Trust Fund for Africa: implications for development and humanitarian aid - Ignazio Corrao (DEVE)

Irish MEPs on this issue: Brian Hayes, Fine Gael (Dublin)

- EU relations with Tunisia in the current regional context - Fabio Massimo Castaldo (AFET)

Irish MEPs on this issue: Brian Hayes, Fine Gael (Dublin)

- Council and Commission statements - Outcome of the G20 Summit

Irish MEPs on this issue: Nessa Childers, Independent, (Dublin),

- Applicatio of the Postal Services Diretive Feber TRAN

- EU strategy on heating and cooling

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

- Creating labour market conditions favourable for work-life balance

Irish MEPs on this issue: Nessa Childers, Independent, (Dublin),

- Report on application of the Employment Equality Directive

Irish MEPs on this issue: Nessa Childers, Independent, (Dublin), Sean Kelly, Fine Gael, (South), Marian Harkin, Independent, (Midlands North-West), Lynn Boylan, Sinn Fein, (Dublin)

- Statistics on natural gas and electrity prices Barbara KAPPEL ITRE

Irish MEPS on this issue: Sean Kelly Fine Gael, (South), Matt Carthy, Sinn Fein, (Midlands North-West), Lynn Boylan, Sinn Fein, (Dublin),

- Towards a New Energy Market Design

Irish MEPS on this issue: Sean Kelly Fine Gael, (South)

- Technical requirement for inland waterway vessels Ivo Belet TRAN

Irish MEPS on this issue:Liadh Ni Riada, Sinn fein, (South)

- Application fo the Postal services directive Feber TRAN

Irish MEPs on this issue:Matt Carthy Sinn Fein, (Midlands North-West), Lynn Boylan, Sinn Fein, (Dublin),

 

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