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EP Plenary Session Newsletter 12th-15th June

What will MEPs be working on in next week's plenary session in Strasbourg? Among the items on the agenda will be Statements on US President Trump's decision on COP21 Paris Agreement, 30 years of Erasmus, the issue of the gender pension gap, MEPs priorities on the next European Council, and much more.

 

Simplifying energy labels for home appliances to A to G

Household appliances will be labelled with A to G ratings to indicate their energy consumption rather than with A+/A++/A+++.

MEPs will debate and vote on Tuesday on a deal concluded with the Council, enabling customers to have a simpler tool for choosing more efficient products to reduce energy consumption and their energy bills, thus encouraging manufacturers to innovate and invest in more energy efficient products.

Customers should be able to see the first new labels with the new scale indications in shops at the earliest at the end of 2019.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Tuesday, 13 June

Vote: Tuesday, 13 June

Procedure: Ordinary legislative procedure

Press conference: Wednesday, 14 June, 16.30 with Rapporteur Dario Tamburrano

#energyefficiency

Draft report on a framework for energy efficiency labellingPress release on outcome of the inter-institutional agreement (21.03.2017)Profile of rapporteur: Dario Tamburrano (EFDD, IT)Procedure fileAudiovisual material for professionals

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

 

30 years of Erasmus+ celebrated at the European Parliament in Strasbourg

The European Parliament will celebrate the Erasmus programme, which has helped more than nine million people to study, work, or volunteer abroad over the last 30 years.

President Tajani and President Junker will host an award ceremony on Tuesday in the hemicycle for 33 Erasmus participants - one for each participant country.

Education and Culture Committee Chair Petra Kammerevert and Commissioner Tibor Navracsics will join in the ceremony. The celebrations include an exhibition on Erasmus+, as well as debates with Erasmus participants and representatives of national Erasmus agencies, on the future of the programme.

Erasmus is one of the most successful European programmes, with more than nine million beneficiaries. It started as a student exchange programme in 1987 and now includes several education and exchange programmes, from secondary school to apprenticeship, teacher exchanges or volunteering.

A press conference with President Antonio Tajani, CULT Chair Petra Kammerevert,

Milan Zver (EPP, SL), EP rapporteur for Erasmus+, and Commissioner Tibor

Navracsics will be held on Tuesday at 10.30.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Tuesday

Procedure: Award ceremony

Press conference: Tuesday, at 10.30 with EP President Antonio Tajani, CULT Chair Petra Kammerevert (S&D, DE), Milan Zver (EPP, SL), EP rapporteur for Eramus+ and

Commissioner Tibor Navracsics

#ErasmusPlus @EUErasmusPlus

Erasmus+ programme:Erasmus+ - 30th anniversary Audiovisual material for professionals and existing

Irish MEPs following this issue: Liadh Ní Riada, Sinn Fein (South), Mairead McGuinness, Fine Gael (Midlands North-West)

 

Gender gap in pensions of 40% needs to be tackled

Gender inequality in employment and pay need to be tackled better, also to prevent pension gaps, which are nearly 40% in the EU.

The gender gap in pensions stood at 39.4 % in 2014 in the EU and increased in half of the Member States over the past five years. The lowest gender gap in pensions is 3.7% in Estonia and the highest is 48.8% in Cyprus.

The gender gap in pensions is mainly the result of differences in the labour market: a higher proportion of women working part-time, lower hourly wages, and women with fewer years in employment due to caring responsibilities.

MEPs outlined a number of proposals to tackle the gender gap in pensions:

  • reducing inequalities by tackling discrimination and stereotypes which block access to the labour market ,
  • respecting the principle of equal pay for equal work and offering women incentives to work longer and with shorter career breaks,
  • flexible working arrangements and care credits for maternity, paternity and parental leave or care for other family members and generally improving the work-life balance,
  • corrective measures in pension systems to aid the most vulnerable groups,
  • more accurate assessment and awareness-raising, including better data collection and monitoring.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Monday, 12 June

Vote: Tuesday, 13 June

Procedure: Non-binding resolution

#GenderEquality, #pension gap, #paygap

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Draft resolution on the need for an EU strategy to end and prevent the gender pension gap:Profile of rapporteur: Constance Le Grip (EPP, FR):Procedure file:European Parliament, Policy Department: ‘The gender pension gap: differences between mothers and women without children’:European Parliament, Policy Department: “Gender Gap in Pensions: Looking ahead”

Irish MEPs following this issue: Sean Kelly (Fine Gael, South), Matt Carthy, Sinn Féin (Midlands North-West), Nessa Childers, Independent (Dublin), Lynn Boylan, Sinn Féin (Dublin)

 

MEPs’ priorities for upcoming European Council

MEPs will give their input ahead of the 22-23 June European Council, which will deal with migration, security and defence. The Brexit negotiations will most likely be addressed as well in the debate with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the Maltese Presidency of the Council on Wednesday at 09.00.

Back in May, the European Parliament urged EU countries to fulfil their obligations and speed up the relocation of refugees, giving priority to children travelling alone. They also seek ambitious reform of the common European asylum system.

MEPs also consistently support more cooperation on defence between EU countries, calling on Member States to show political commitment, increase investment, share information, pool resources and create synergies at EU level in order to better protect Europeans.

Debates: Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Procedure: Council and Commission statements followed by a debate

#EUCO #Brexit #migrationEU #refugeecrisis #EUdefence @JunckeEU

European Council 22/23 June - AgendaAudiovisual material for professionals

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

 

Climate change agreement: Parliament moves ahead, debate on U.S. withdrawal

US president Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change will be discussed on Wednesday. Parliament will vote on legislation implementing its 2030 emissions reduction targets the same day.

The cuts will help deliver on the EU’s overall target for 2030 - a 30% cut from 2005 levels, in line with the Paris Agreement.

The legislation will make it possible to break down the EU target into binding, national ones, for sectors not covered by the EU carbon market - i.e. agriculture, transport, building and waste, which together account for about 60% of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Debate: Wednesday 14 June

Vote: Wednesday 14 June

Procedure: Ordinary legislative procedure

Press conference: XXX tbc

#EUESR #ParisAgreement

Draft report on climate action to meet commitments under the Paris Agreement and amending Regulation No 525/2013 of the European Parliament and the Council on a mechanism for monitoring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions and other information relevant to climate changePress release on committee vote (30.05.2017)Profile of rapporteur Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy (ALDE, NL)Procedure fileBriefing: effort sharing regulation, 2021-2030 - limiting Member States’ carbon emissionsAudiovisual materials for professionals

Irish MEPs following this issue: Matt Carthy, Sinn Féin (Midlands North-West), Sean Kelly, Fine Gael (South), Nessa Childers, Independent (Dublin)

 

European Capitals of Culture 2020-2033

European Capitals of Culture 2020-2033

The list of countries hosting the European Capitals of Culture for 2020-2033 is up for a decision by the Parliament on Tuesday.

Every year, two Member States can designate a city to be the European Capital of Culture. EU countries, candidate countries and potential candidate countries participate as well and for the first time, EFTA/EEA countries can have a Culture Capital once every three years.

The full list of countries hosting the European Capitals of Culture for the next period 2020-2033 has been agreed with the Council and will now be endorsed formally. The European Capitals of Culture aim to promote the richness and diversity of cultures and encourage citizens' sense of belonging to a common cultural area. A European Culture Capital also benefits from a cultural programme and cultural investments, which should contribute to its long-term sustainable development.

Romania (Timisoara) will host European Capital of Culture in 2021, together with Greece (Elefsina) and Serbia (Novi Sad).

Vote: Tuesday, 13 June

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

Press conference (if applicable: date)

#EuropeanCapitalofCulture

Draft resolution on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Decision No 445/2014/EU establishing a Union action for the European Capitals of Culture for the years 2020 to 2033Profile of rapporteur: Santiago FISAS AYXELÀ (EPP, ES)Procedure fileEC website- European Capitals of Culture Rijeka 2020Galway 2020Romania - 2021 Timisoara - 2021 Elefsina 2021Novi Sad 2021Audiovisual material for professionals EP Research –At a glance - European Capitals of Culture broaden their reach

Irish MEPs following this issue: Deirdre Clune, Fine Gael (South), Sean Kelly, Fine Gael (South), Matt Carthy, Sinn Féin (Midlands North-West), Liadh Ní Riada, Sinn Fein (South)

 

Shaping EU’s post-2020 cohesion policy

An adequate budget, synergies between funds and simplification could improve EU’s post-2020 cohesion policy aimed at reducing regional disparities.

MEPs will stress that, although the existing cohesion policy has mitigated the impact of the recent economic crisis and that of the austerity measures, regional disparities and social inequalities remain high. They will call for consolidated action in the post-2020 cohesion policy to reduce these disparities, and to prevent new ones from developing in all types of regions.

In a separate resolution to be jointly debated on Monday and put to the vote on Tuesday, MEPs will propose ways to increase the visibility of EU cohesion policy, as one of the most recent Eurobarometer studies revealed that only one third of EU citizens are aware of the positive impact of EU investments in the regions where they live.

For more information on the funds received by each member state click on the interactive map (EU Commission website)

Debate: Monday 12 June

Vote: Tuesday 13 June

Procedure: non-legislative resolutions

#CohesionPolicy #ESIFunds

Draft resolution on building blocks for a post-2020 EU cohesion policyDraft resolution on increasing visibility of European Structural and Investment FundsProcedure file (post-2020 EU cohesion policy)Procedure file (increasing visibility of ESI Funds)EP Study on post-2020 cohesion policyProfile of rapporteur Kerstin Westphal (S&D, DE)Profile of rapporteur Daniel Buda (EPP, RO)Commission website on EU Regional policyAudiovisual material for professionals Briefing note: Building blocks for post-2020 cohesion policyBriefing note: Increasing partnership in cohesion policy

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

 

Glyphosate: EU Commission questioned

The EU’s executive body is to say whether it will investigate allegations of undue influence from Monsanto over the EU approval of herbicide substance glyphosate.

Monsanto is owner and producer of Roundup®, a herbicide which contains glyphosate.

In an oral question to be debated on Tuesday with the European Commission, MEPs say that correspondence from the company, which was recently disclosed, has shed doubt on the credibility of a number of Monsanto-sponsored studies. The studies were part of the evidence used by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to evaluate the safety of glyphosate.

Debate: Tuesday 13 June

Procedure: oral question to the Commission

#Glyphosate

Procedure fileRenewing authorisation for glyphosateAudiovisual material for professionals

Irish MEPs following this issue:Seán Kelly, Fine Gael (South), Matt Carthy, Sinn Féin (Midlands North-West), Nessa Childers, Independent (Dublin), Lynn Boylan, Sinn Féin (Dublin), Mairead McGuinness, Fine Gael (Midlands North-West)

 

Instability in Democratic Republic of Congo to be denounced in plenary

MEPs are deeply concerned about the escalating violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, particularly in the Kasaï region.

MEPs deplore the growing lack of security in Kasaï provinces, at the centre of the country, where at least 400 people have died, including two UN experts who were killed in March, in a resolution to be put to the vote on Wednesday after a debate on Tuesday afternoon.

Debate: Tuesday 13 June 2017

Vote: Wednesday 14 June 2017

Procedure: High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Statement (with resolution)

#Congo #RDC @MONUSCO

Draft resolution on the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo Procedure fileEuropean Parliament resolution of 2 February 2017 on the rule of law crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in GabonEuropean Parliament resolution of 1 December 2016 on the situation in the Democratic Republic of the CongoEP Research Service - At A Glance: “Tense situation in Democratic Republic of Congo” (June 2016)Audiovisual material for professionals

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

 

Western Balkans: 2016 progress reports

Parliament holds its annual review of the reform efforts made by Serbia and Kosovo with Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn on Tuesday and votes on two separate resolutions and one on the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on Wednesday.

In their 2016 reports, MEPs welcome progress in normalising relations between Belgrade and Pristina. They call for additional efforts to be made to put the relevant agreements into effect, in full and on time, as a condition for EU accession.

Skopje should stay on its EU integration path and fully commit to robust reforms in the areas of rule of law, justice, corruption, fundamental rights, home affairs and good neighbourly relations.

Debates: Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Votes: Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Procedure: Own-initiative resolutions

#Serbia #Kosovo #fYRoM #EUenlargement @JHahnEU

Draft resolution on the 2016 Commission Report on SerbiaDraft resolution on the 2016 Commission Report on KosovoDraft resolution on the 2016 Commission Report on the Former Yugoslav Republic of MacedoniaSerbia and Kosovo: press release on committee vote (28.02.2017)The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: press release on committee vote (28.02.2017)Profile of rapporteur on Serbia, David McALLISTER (EPP, DE)Procedure file - SerbiaProfile of rapporteur on Kosovo, Ulrike LUNACEK (Greens/EFA, AT)Procedure file - KosovoProfile of rapporteur on the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Ivo VAJGL (ALDE, SI) Procedure file - the Former Yugoslav Republic of MacedoniaEP Research service note on Serbia (May 2017)EP Research service note on Kosovo (May 2017)EP Research service note on FYR Macedonia (April 2017)EU enlargement status (European Commission information)Audiovisual material for professionals: FYROM

Irish MEPs following this issue: Matt Carthy, Sinn Féin (Midlands North-West), Brian Hayes, Fine Gael (Co. Dublin)

 

Côte d’Ivoire President Alassane Ouattara to address Parliament

Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, will address MEPs at 12.00 on Wednesday in the Strasbourg Chamber.

Alassane Ouattara has been in power since May 2011 when his predecessor, Laurent Gbagbo, was forcibly removed from office after refusing to accept Mr Ouattara's internationally recognised victory in the November 2010 presidential election. In 2015, Mr Ouattara won a second five-year term, with nearly 84% of the vote.

The recent election of Côte d'Ivoire to the UN Security Council, as a non-permanent member for a two-year term starting in 2018, increases the country’s influence on the international scene.

Debate: Wednesday, 14 June

Procedure: Formal Sitting

Press conference: (with President Tajani - TBC)

#IvoryCoast @adosolutions

Presidency of the Republic of Côte d'IvoireDelegation of the European Union to Ivory CoastAudiovisual material for professionals

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

 

Malta’s Prime Minister quizzed on Panama Papers and rule of law

Joseph Muscat, freshly re-elected as Prime Minister of Malta, will discuss the rule of law in his country and the leaks from the Panama Papers linked to his administration.

Malta’s Prime Minister will attend the plenary sitting on Wednesday afternoon, where he will field questions on what actions he plans to take to address issues emerging from the Panama Papers, in an attempt to assuage doubts regarding the rule of law in the country.

Debate: Wednesday, 14 June

Procedure: Council and Commission statements

Procedure fileEP ResearchTemporary committee on money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion (PANA)Audiovisual material for professionals

Irish MEPs - Matt Carthy, Sinn Féin (Midlands North-West), Nessa Childers, Independent (Dublin)

 

Digital Europe: Sharing economy and the role of online platforms

The challenges of the “collaborative” or “sharing” economy, including fair competition, workers’ rights and tax compliance, and the role of online platforms in fighting the spread of fake news, are addressed in two separate, non-binding resolutions to be discussed on Wednesday and put to the vote on Thursday.

Ensuring fair competition between traditional business sectors and the new collaborative business models (e.g. Uber, Airbnb), a high level of consumer protection, workers’ rights and tax compliance are among the recommendations made to improve the collaborative economy.

In a separate resolution, MEPs address the role of online platforms in fighting fake news, defending citizens’ privacy rights and ensuring fair competition, among other topics.

Debate: Wednesday 15 June

Vote: Thursday 16 June

Procedure: Non-legislative resolutions

#collaborativeeconomy #platforms #DigitalSingleMarket

Draft report on a European Agenda for the collaborative economyPress release on committee vote (03.05.2017)Procedure fileDraft report on online platforms and the digital single market Press release on committees (Industry and Internal Market) vote (18.05.2017)Profile of Industry Committee rapporteur Henna Virkkunen (EPP, FI)Profile of Internal Market Committee rapporteur Philippe Juvin (EPP, FRProcedure fileEP Research: Publications on the collaborative economyAudiovisual material for professionals

Irish MEPs: Sean Kelly, Fine Gael (South), Deirdre Clune, Finne Gael (South)

 

More future-oriented investments in neediest EU economies

The EU investment plan should work better for weaker EU regions and focus more on riskier future-oriented investments, which would not otherwise be supported, MEPs say in a resolution to be voted on Thursday.

In their assessment of how the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) has been applied, MEPs are concerned that the EU-15, where the investment gap was already below the EU average, had received 91% of EFSI funding. In the future, they want to ensure a geographical balance across the EU, greater support for riskier innovative investments and that the final beneficiaries are aware of EFSI support, when they conclude the ongoing three-way negotiations with the member states and the Commission on the EFSI extension.

Debate: Wednesday, 14 June

Vote: Thursday, 15 June

Procedure: non legislative resolution

#EFSI #investEU

Profile of rapporteur: José Manuel Fernandes (EPP, PT)Eleventh report on relocation and resettlement (European Commission, 12.04.2017)Profile of rapporteur: Udo Bullmann (S&D, DE)EP Research on EFSI and structural funds: Complementarity or contradiction?Procedure file
 
Audiovisual material for professionals

Irish MEPs following this issue: Seán Kelly, Fine Gael (South), Matt Carthy, Sinn Féin (Midlands North-West), Brian Hayes, Fine Gael (Co. Dublin)

 

Beefing up the Eurozone

How to bring the euro area economies closer together and make them more resilient to outside shocks is the topic of a debate on Tuesday.

MEPs will propose ways to stabilise the Eurozone and make it stronger and to boost economic and social convergence between and within the Eurozone member states, in a discussion about the European Commission’s reflection paper on deepening and completing the Economic and Monetary Union. The reflection paper and Parliament’s take on it are part of a wider discussion about the future of the EU.

Debate: Tuesday, 13 June

Procedure: debate (no resolution)

#EMU #eurozone

European Commission: Reflection paper on the Deepening of the Economic and Monetary UnionAudiovisual material for professionals

Irish MEPs: Nessa Childers, Independent (Dublin),

 

Human rights

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

  • The Case of Afgan Mukhtarli and situation of media in Azerbaijan
  • Pakistan, notably the situation of human rights defenders and the death penalty
  • Indonesia, notably the situation of human rights

Procedure: non-legislative resolutions

Debates/votes: Thursday 15 June

#humanrights #democracy

Irish MEPs following this issue:

 
 

Other items on the agenda

- Assessment Horizon 2020 (INI)/ PRIMA - innovation in Med (COD), debate Mon, vote Tue, Cabezón Ruiz - Sean Kelly & Mairead McGuinness

- Specific measures to provide additional assistance to Member States affected by natural disasters - Monday - Matt Carthy

- Humanitarian situation in Yemen - Tuesday - Matt Carthy

- Objection to Commission Delegated Regulation amending Delegated Regulation (EU) No 639/2014 as regards the control measures relating to the cultivation of hemp, certain provisions on the greening payment, the payment for young farmers in control of a legal person, the calculation of the per unit amount in the framework of voluntary coupled support, the fractions of payment entitlements and certain notification requirements relating to the single area payment scheme and the voluntary coupled support - Wednesday - Matt Carthy

- Oral question - Building an ambitious EU industrial strategy as a strategic priority for growth, employment and innovation in Europe - Wednesday - Matt Carthy

- Status of fish stocks and socio-economic situation of the fishing sector in the Mediterranean, debate Mon, vote Tue, Affronte - Liadh Ní Riada

- Implementation of the ESFI - Liadh Ni Riada

- Taxation of ports, Debate Wed, Commission statement - Deirdre Clune

- Cost effectiveness 7th research programme, debate Mon, vote Tue, Dlabajová, Ayala Sender - Brian Hayes

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