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EP Plenary Session Newsletter 22-25 October 2018

19-10-2018

What will MEPs be working on in next week's plenary session in Strasbourg? Highlights include; reducing the use of plastics; promoting clean vehicles;lauching automated dat exchange with regards to DNA in Ireland.

 

A ban on the sale of single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery or cotton buds, making up over 70% of marine litter, will be put to a vote on Wednesday.

The new law will forbid the sale of single-use plastic products such as cutlery, cotton bud sticks, plates, straws, beverage stirrers and balloon sticks within the EU from 2021.

MEPs from the Environment Committee have added very lightweight plastic bags, products made of oxo-degradable plastics and fast-food containers made of expanded polystyrene to the list of banned products.

They also introduce reduction measures to cover waste from tobacco products, in particular cigarette filters containing plastic, and lost or abandoned fishing gear.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

SCRIBO topic: Environment

Debate:  Monday 22 October

Vote:  Wednesday 24 October

Procedure:  Ordinary legislative procedure

Press conference: Wednesday, 24 October, 15h

Draft report on single-use plastics
Press release on committee vote (10.10.18)
Profile of rapporteur : Frédérique Ries (ALDE, BE)
Procedure file

Irish MEPs following this issue Sean Kelly, Fine Gael (South); Mairead McGuiness, Fine Gael (Midlands-North-West); Lynn Boylan, Sinn Fein (Dublin)

 

Reform of road charging rules

EU countries imposing time-based road use charges will need to switch to distance-based charging, under draft rules to be put to the vote on Thursday.

EU member states which already impose or are about to introduce charges on trans-European transport network roads should make them distance-based for trucks and buses from 2023 and for cars and motorcycles from 2026, according to Transport Committee MEPs in a reform of EU rules on road charging. Draft rules to switch from time-based road use charges to distance-based aim to better reflect actual road use and pollution generated by the vehicle.

To encourage use of environmentally-friendly vehicles, EU countries would need to set different road charging rates based on CO2 emissions, they say.

The draft rules on road charging also set limits on the short-term charges that can be imposed on drivers, in order to ensure fair treatment of occasional users and drivers from other EU countries, until the switch from time-based “vignettes” to distance-based tolling  takes place. “Vignette” stickers should also be available for shorter periods of one day and one week, MEPs add.

EU member states which already impose or are about to introduce charges on trans-European transport network roads should make them distance-based for trucks and buses from 2023 and for cars and motorcycles from 2026, according to Transport Committee MEPs in a reform of EU rules on road charging. Draft rules to switch from time-based road use charges to distance-based aim to better reflect actual road use and pollution generated by the vehicle.

To encourage use of environmentally-friendly vehicles, EU countries would need to set different road charging rates based on CO2 emissions, they say.

The draft rules on road charging also set limits on the short-term charges that can be imposed on drivers, in order to ensure fair treatment of occasional users and drivers from other EU countries, until the switch from time-based “vignettes” to distance-based tolling takes place. “Vignette” stickers should also be available for shorter periods of one day and one week, MEPs add.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Procedure Code: 2017/0114(COD)Debate:  Wednesday, 24 October

Vote:  Thursday, 25 October

Procedure: ordinary legislative procedure, first reading

Draft report
Press release on committee vote (24.05.2018)
Profile of rapporteur
Procedure file
EP Research Briefing
Free photos, video and audio material

Irish MEPs following this issue are: Lynn Boylan, Sinn Fein (Dublin); Sean Kelly, Fine Gael (South)

 

Paris agreement: calls to step up EU climate commitments

A resolution calling on the EU to raise its emission reduction targets by 2030 will be put to a vote ahead of the Katowice climate talks.

The text stresses that the current commitments taken by UNFCCC parties “would limit global warming only to a temperature rise of about 3.2°C and would not even come close to 2°C”. MEPs consider that the impact of a 2°C rise in global temperatures would be profound and most likely irreversible, but might be avoided by pursuing the target of 1.5°C.

They propose updating the European Union’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to a greenhouse gas emissions reduction of 55% by 2030. They however regret that in most other countries, the debate on increasing national contributions is only starting very slowly.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

SCRIBO topic: Environment

Procedure Code: 2018/2598(RSP)

Debate:  Monday, 22 October

Vote:  Thursday 25 October

Procedure:  Ordinary legislative procedure

Draft resolution on the COP24 climate conference
Press release on committee vote (10.10.18)
Procedure file
EP research: COP24 climate change conference in Katowice

Irish MEPs following this issue are Sean Kelly, Fine Gael (South); Lynn Boylan, Sinn Fein (Dublin)

 

Facebook-Cambridge Analytica: MEPs to discuss follow-up action

MEPs will discuss measures to be taken after the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data breach with Commissioner Jourová on Tuesday, followed by  vote on a resolution on Thursday.

MEPs are expected to urge Facebook to allow EU bodies to carry out a full audit to assess data protection and security of users’ personal data, following the scandal in which the data of 87 million Facebook users was improperly obtained and misused. They are likely to recommend that the company make changes to its platform to comply with EU data protection law.

Furthermore, MEPs will discuss measures to prevent election manipulation on social platforms and action needed to update EU competition rules to reflect the digital reality.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Procedure Code: 2018/2855(RSP)

Debate: Tuesday, 23 October

Vote: Thursday, 25 October

Procedure: Commission statement with resolution

Profile of rapporteur: Claude Moraes (S&D, UK)
Vote in Civil Liberties Committee (109.10.2018)
Interview with rapporteur Claude Moraes: "We have to look at how social platforms are used for campaigns"
Multimedia package: data protection
Free photos, video and audio material

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

 

Drinking water: new plans to improve tap water quality

MEPs will vote on plans to improve consumers’ trust in drinking water from the tap, which is much cheaper and cleaner for the environment compared to bottled water.

The new law, to be put to a vote on Tuesday, tightens the maximum limits for certain pollutants such as lead (to be reduced by half), polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and harmful bacteria, and sets up monitoring for levels of microplastics, an emerging concern.

Right2Water

Member states should also take measures to improve water access, such as setting up free water fountains in cities and public places, where technically feasible and proportionate. MEPs also advocate for tap water to be provided for free, or for a low service fee, in restaurants, canteens and catering services.

Following-up on their resolution on the citizens’ initiative Right2Water, MEPs reiterate their demand that member states should also focus on the needs of vulnerable groups in society in terms of water access.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

SCRIBO topic: Environment

Procedure Code: 2018/0172(COD)

Debate: Monday 22 October

Vote: Tuesday 23 October

Procedure: Ordinary legislative procedure

Press conference: Tuesday, 23 October at 14.30

Draft report on drinking water
Press release on committee vote (11.09.18)
Profile of rapporteur : Michel Dantin (EPP, FR)
Procedure file
Briefing: revision of the drinking water directive
Press release by the European Commission (01.02.18)

Irish MEPs following this issue are Lynn Boylan, Sinn Fein (Dublin)

 

Reform of road charging rules

EU countries imposing time-based road use charges will need to switch to distance-based charging, under draft rules to be put to the vote on Thursday.

EU member states which already impose or are about to introduce charges on trans-European transport network roads should make them distance-based for trucks and buses from 2023 and for cars and motorcycles from 2026, according to Transport Committee MEPs in a reform of EU rules on road charging. Draft rules to switch from time-based road use charges to distance-based aim to better reflect actual road use and pollution generated by the vehicle.

To encourage use of environmentally-friendly vehicles, EU countries would need to set different road charging rates based on CO2 emissions, they say.

The draft rules on road charging also set limits on the short-term charges that can be imposed on drivers, in order to ensure fair treatment of occasional users and drivers from other EU countries, until the switch from time-based “vignettes” to distance-based tolling  takes place. “Vignette” stickers should also be available for shorter periods of one day and one week, MEPs add.

EU member states which already impose or are about to introduce charges on trans-European transport network roads should make them distance-based for trucks and buses from 2023 and for cars and motorcycles from 2026, according to Transport Committee MEPs in a reform of EU rules on road charging. Draft rules to switch from time-based road use charges to distance-based aim to better reflect actual road use and pollution generated by the vehicle.

To encourage use of environmentally-friendly vehicles, EU countries would need to set different road charging rates based on CO2 emissions, they say.

The draft rules on road charging also set limits on the short-term charges that can be imposed on drivers, in order to ensure fair treatment of occasional users and drivers from other EU countries, until the switch from time-based “vignettes” to distance-based tolling takes place. “Vignette” stickers should also be available for shorter periods of one day and one week, MEPs add.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Procedure Code: 2017/0114(COD)Debate:  Wednesday, 24 October

Vote:  Thursday, 25 October

Procedure:  ordinary legislative procedure, first reading

Draft report
Press release on committee vote (24.05.2018)
Profile of rapporteur
Procedure file
EP Research Briefing
Free photos, video and audio material

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

 

Broiler welfare: Parliament set to call for better industrial poultry farming

MEPs are set to call for action to improve welfare of broiler chickens, the fight against antimicrobial resistance on poultry farms and meat origin transparency.

The non-legislative resolution, to be put to a vote on Tuesday, will wind up the 4 October plenary debate on animal welfare, antimicrobial use and the environmental impact of industrial broiler farming.

In the debate, MEPs asked the European Commission whether it plans to take action to improve the enforcement of the Broilers Directive. They also wanted to know what it would do to support alternative chicken production that increases animal welfare and reduces the need for the indiscriminate use of antimicrobials.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

SCRIBO topic: Agriculture

Procedure Code: 2018/2858(RSP)

Debate: Thursday, 4 October

Vote: Thursday, 25 October

Procedure: Non-legislative resolution

Free photos, video and audio material

Irish MEPs following this issue are Mairead McGuiness, Fine Gael (Midlands-North-West); Matt Carthy, Sinn Fein (Midlands-North-West)

 

MEPs to debate outcome of October EU summit

MEPs will take stock of the results of the 17/18 October meeting of EU leaders with European Council President Donald Tusk on Wednesday morning.

The main items on the agenda of the meeting of heads of State or government, on 18 October in Brussels, were migration and internal EU security. A separate meeting on 17 October, in EU27 format, was dedicated to Brexit.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

SCRIBO topic: Institutional

Procedure Code: 2018/2772(RSP)

Debate: Wednesday, 24 October

Procedure::Debate without resolution

Draft agenda of the 18 October 2018 European Council
Debate at the Parliament before the summit (Press release, 2.10.2018)
Free photos, video and audio material

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