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EP Plenary Session Newsletter 23-26 November 2015

18-11-2015

What will the MEPs be working on during next week's Plenary Session in Strasbourg ? Highlights include:
-Debate on Paris attacks and anti-terror measures
-Vote on recommendations to end aggressive tax planning and tax evasion
-EU budget 2016: final vote, -Lux Prize Winner
-Aftermath of G20 and Valletta summits
-Refugee crisis funding, State of the Energy Union
-Stop violence against women, -Child poverty

 
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Debate on Paris attacks and anti-terror measures

MEPs will discuss the 13 November terrorist attacks in Paris and subsequent police and military operations, and also give their feedback on the 20 November Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting, in a key debate with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the Council Presidency on Wednesday, from 8.30 to 12.00. A resolution on preventing radicalisation and recruitment of EU citizens by terrorist organisations will also be debated on Tuesday afternoon and voted on Wednesday.

The debate is set to focus on current and envisaged anti-terror measures. These include the Passenger Name Record data (EU PNR) proposal (currently being negotiated in three-way “trialogue" talks between Parliament, Council and Commission), stepping up information-sharing among EU member states and between them and Europol, strengthening controls at the EU's external borders, tackling terrorist financing, and combating firearms trafficking.

Ways to counter Daesh in Syria and elsewhere are also expected to be addressed in the debate.

Procedure: Council and Commission statements followed by debate

Debate: Wednesday, 25 November

#ParisAttacks #terrorism

Joint statement of the Heads of State or Government and leaders of the European Union and its institutions on the terrorist attacks in ParisSchulz condemns the Paris terrorist attacks Video statement by EP President Martin Schulz following the terrorist attacks in Paris Justice and Home Affairs Council, 20 November 2015 - Agenda highlights Background note on EU PNR Draft report on the prevention of radicalisation and recruitment of European citizens by terrorist organisations

Irish MEPs on this issue: Seán Kelly, Fine Gael (South), Mairead McGuinness, Fine Gael (Midlands-North-West), Marian Harkin, Independent (Midlands-North-West), Matt Carthy, Sinn Féin (Midlands-North-West), Liadh Ní Riada, Sinn Féin (South) Lynn Boylan, Sinn Féin (Dublin)

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President Sergio Mattarella to address Parliament

President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarrella will deliver a formal address to the European Parliament on Wednesday at 12.00, for the first time since he was elected twelfth President of the Republic on 31 January 2015.

Debate: Wednesday, 25 November 2015 at noon

Procedure: formal sitting

Hashtag: #Italy #Mattarella #ItalianRepublic

Biography of Sergio Mattarella
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2015 LUX film prize in Strasbourg: and the winner is...

President Martin Schulz will announce the winner of this year's LUX Prize on Tuesday, 24 November at a ceremony in the Chamber, in Strasbourg. This year's finalists are Mediterranea (Italy, US, Germany, France, Qatar) by Jonas Carpignano, Mustang (France, Germany, Turky, Qatar) by Deniz Gamze Ergüven and Urok (The Lesson) by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov (Bulgarie, Greece).

MEPs, who have been able to watch the films at Parliament, will elect the winner of this, the ninth, edition of the LUX Prize competition. Voting is open from 16 to 23 November.

A press conference with the directors of the three films is scheduled for 15.00 on Tuesday, 24 November, in Strasbourg.

The LUX Prize is the European Parliament's award for European film (co)productions aimed at both focusing public debate on EU policies and promoting the distribution of the films across Europe. Parliament meets the costs of translating and subtitling each of the three films on the final shortlist in the EU's 24 official languages. In addition, the winning film will be adapted for the hard of hearing and visually impaired in at least the original language version.

#LuxPrize #Mediterranea #Mustang #TheLesson

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Award ceremony : Tuesday, 24 November at 12.00

Procedure: LUX Prize

Press conference: Tuesday, 24 November at 15.00

LUX Prize websiteMediterranea Mustang Urok Interview: Jonas Carpignano, director of MediterraneaInterview: Margita Gosheva, actress in The LessonPodcast with Jonas Carpignano (Mediterranea), Elit Iscan (Mustang) and Margita Gosheva (The Lesson)
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Vote on recommendations to end aggressive tax planning and tax evasion

Parliament’s recommendations to combat aggressive corporate tax planning and tax evasion will be debated on Tuesday, and set out in a resolution to be voted on Wednesday. They will include requiring multinational firms to report their financial data country by country, introducing a common consolidated corporate tax base, making EU member states’ tax deals with these firms more transparent and doing more to protect whistle blowers.

The draft resolution, prepared by co-rapporteurs Elisa Ferreira (S&D, PT) and Michael Theurer (ALDE, DE) builds on the principle that multinational companies should pay their taxes where value is created.

They argue that today’s corporate tax competition – prompting aggressive tax planning and evasion, without any agreed framework - is harmful. Apart from the loss of public revenue, it is unfair that big firms should pay hardly any taxes on their profits, while small and medium-sized ones – and citizens - must pay their full share.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Tuesday 24 November

Vote: Wednesday 25 November

Procedure: INI

Press conference: Wednesday 25 November 15:00

#luxleaks #TaxTransparency #taxevasion #taxrulings

Draft reportPress release on committee vote (26.10.2015)Profile of co-rapporteur Elisa Ferreira (S&D, PT)Profile of co-rapporteur Michael Theurer (ALDE, DE)Procedure fileTAXE Committee pageEP Research study: Aggressive corporate tax planning under scrutiny

Irish MEPs on this issue: Brian Hayes, Fine Gael (Dublin), Deirdre Clune, Fine Gael (South), Marion Harkin, Independent (Midlands-North-West), Matt Carthy, Sinn Féin (Midlands-North-West)

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EU budget 2016: final vote

Parliament will vote on Wednesday the EU budget for 2016, following a compromise deal between Parliament and Council. Parliament negotiators reversed most of the cuts made earlier by the Council and negotiated more funding for migration front-line countries, humanitarian aid, the EU research and development tool Horizon 2020, small and medium-sized enterprises and students on Erasmus+ exchange programmes.

Parliament and Council agreed on €155 billion in commitment appropriations and €143.9 billion in payment appropriations for 2016. The agreement on the 2016 budget – part of an overall deal reached on 14 November – includes pledges to continue with the youth employment initiative and to keep the level of unpaid bills low. Council is expected to confirm the joint conclusion of the negotiations on 24 November.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Tuesday 24 November

Vote: Wednesday 25 November

Procedure: budget

Press conference: Wednesday 25 October 14:30, with José Manuel Fernandes (EPP, PT), Gérard Deprez (ALDE, BE), Jean Arthuis (ALDE, BE), Eider Gardiazábal Rubial (S&D, ES)

#EUbudget #migrationEU #refugeecrisis #EUfunds

Profile of general rapporteur José Manuel Fernandes (EPP, PT)Profile of other sections rapporteur Gérard Deprez (ALDE, BE)Profile of agencies rapporteur Jens Geier (S&D, DE)Profile of 2015 budget rapporteur Eider Gardiazábal Rubial (S&D, ES)Procedure fileEP research service background documents for the 2016 budgetInfographics: how much did your country pay into and receive from the EU budget in 2014?

Irish MEPs on this issue: Deirdre Clune, Fine Gael (South), Liadh Ní Riada, Sinn Féin (South)

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MEPs’ reactions to the G20 and Valletta summits

Terrorism, climate change, economic growth and migration, which dominated the 15-16 November G20 summit in Antalya, Turkey, will take centre stage in a debate with Commission and Council on Wednesday morning. MEPs will also react to the joint action plan, agreed by EU and African leaders at the 11-12 November Valletta summit, to manage current migration and refugee flows.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Wednesday 25 November 2015

Procedure: Council and Commission statements followed by debate

#MigrationEU #VallettaSummit #G20 #terrorism #ParisAttacks

G20 Antalya summit, 15-16 November 2015 - G20 leaders’ communiquéG20 statement on the fight against terrorismValletta summit, 11-12 November 2015 - action plan
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Fighting radicalisation of young Europeans without undermining citizens' rights

Member states should step up cooperation and swift exchange of information between national law enforcement bodies and EUROPOL to detect and monitor terrorist suspects or potential "foreign fighters", MEPs say. In a draft resolution to be discussed on Tuesday afternoon and voted on Wednesday, they also recommend measures such as prompt deletion of illegal content that spreads violent extremism on the internet.

In this non-binding resolution, MEPs give their input for a joint EU strategy for fighting extremism and the recruitment of EU citizens by terrorist organisations, to be applied in particular online, in prisons and through education and social inclusion.

Other measures include confiscating passports, freezing financial assets, checking potentially radicalised people re-entering the EU, and setting up a blacklist of European jihadists andjihadist terrorist suspects

MEPs will also recommend separating radicalised prisoners, strengthening intercultural dialogue and setting up support systems such as hotlines where family members and friends can get help quickly if they fear someone is being radicalised or may be about to leave the EU to join a terrorist organisation

Debate: Tuesday 24 November

Vote: Wednesday 25 November

#radicalsation #recruitment #terrorist #organizations

Draft resolution on prevention of radicalisation and recruitment of European citizens by terrorist organisationsInterview - Rachida Dati on the radicalisation of EU-citizens: Video statement by Rachida Dati on preventing radicalisation Rapporteur Rachida Dati (EPP, FR) Procedure file EP Research study: Preventing radicalisation in the EU

Irish MEPs on this issue: Mairead McGuiness, Fine Gael (Midlands-North-West), Deirdre Clune, Fine Gael (South), Marion Harkin, Independent (Midlands-North-West)

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EP secures better information, advice and protection for insurance buyers

Buying insurance will be made easier and safer following Parliament's vote on Wednesday to update EU rules on the information and advice offered by insurance sales staff. The current rules on sales of insurance will be amended to introduce similar information and consumer protection requirements for all insurance distribution channels unless they meet the conditions for exemption.

Insurance distributors will have to register with a competent authority in their home member state, and their sales staff will have to be fully trained to meet the requests and needs of customers. Buyers must be informed of the overall cost of the insurance contract and, before signing it, must be given standard information, free of charge, on the type of insurance, obligations under the contract, risks insured and excluded and means of payment and premiums, in clear, plain language.

To protect clients against the financial inability of an insurance distributor to pay out a premium or a claim, intermediaries (brokers or sellers) must have a permanent financial capacity amounting to 4% of the sum of all annual premiums received but no less than €18,750.

The rules will not apply to all insurance distribution. There are exemptions, for example when the insurance is complementary to the supply of goods or services and covers the risk of damage or theft, or when the amount of the premium paid for the insurance product does not exceed €600 calculated on an annual basis.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Tuesday, 24 November

Vote: Wednesday, 25 November

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

#Insurancemediation #insurance #consumerprotection

Draft resolution on insurance mediationPress release after deal with Council (30.06.2015)Profile of rapporteur Werner Langen (EPP, DE) Procedure fileProcedure file

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

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Debate on first State of the Energy Union

The first annual "State of the Energy Union" report, presented by the European Commission on 18 November, will be debated in plenary on Tuesday morning, with Commission Vice-President for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič.

MEPs will take the opportunity to assess progress made to date and are likely to quiz the Commission on energy security in the context of the doubling of Nord Stream capacity.

The report highlights "progress made" in 2015 and the "way forward" in 2016, with regard to:

  • “decarbonising” the economy,
  • energy efficiency,
  • progress towards a fully-integrated internal energy market,
  • energy security, solidarity and trust,
  • an energy union for research, innovation and competitiveness, and
  • the implementation of the Energy Union

2015/2113(INI)

2015/2108(INI)

Debate: Tuesday, 24 November

#energyunion #energysecurity

Procedure file - Procedure file - Press release on committee vote (11.11.2015) – Press release on committee vote (11.11.2015) - Statement of Jerzy Buzek, chairman of Parliament's committee on Industry and Energy on the EC press release and links

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

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Stop violence against women: EP in orange on 25 November

On 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, MEPs will ask the European Commission what new measures it plans to take to prevent gender-based violence against women in the EU and whether it can propose an EU directive on combating violence against women, as requested by Parliament. The debate starts at 08.30.

To mark this day, the European Parliament in Strasbourg will participate in the global initiative "Orange the world" and the building will be lit up in orange from the evening of 24 November until until midnight on 25 November.

"Orange the world" is a yearly UN campaign to prevent and end violence against women and girls. This initiative aims to raise awareness and promote action to end violence against women. It will run for 16 days, from 25 November to 10 December.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Wednesday, 25 November

Press conference: Wednesday, 25 November at 11.00 with FEMM Chair Iratxe

GARCÍA PÉREZ

Procedure: Oral question to Commission

#orangetheworld #16days

Oral question to the Commission European Parliament resolution of 25 February 2014 with recommendations to the Commission on combating Violence Against Women Violence against women: an EU-wide survey (European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights)EP ResearchUN Women campaign:

Irish MEPs on this issue: Mairead McGuinness, Fine Gael (Midlands-North-West), Deirdre Clune, Fine Gael (South), Liadh Ní Riada, Sinn Féin (South), Lynn Boylan, Sinn Féin (Dublin), Nessa Childers, Independent (Dublin)

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Debates with Ms Mogherini on Burundi, Myanmar, Georgia, and Moldova

Mounting insecurity, continuous violence and human rights violations in Burundi will be debated with the EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Wednesday afternoon. In subsequent debates, MEPs will also assess the recent elections in Myanmar, the tense political situation in Georgia and political instability in Moldova following the government’s recent dismissal.

A resolution on the situation in Burundi is to be voted at the December plenary session.

Statements by the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (with resolution on Burundi)

Debate: Wednesday 25 November

Vote: December II (Burundi)

#Burundi #Myanmar #Georgia #Moldova

Council conclusions on Burundi (16/11/2015)
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Debate on ways to protect and support the EU base metals and steel industry

Anti-dumping measures and sustainable initiatives to support the European base metals industry, including steel, will be debated with the Commission on Tuesday afternoon. A draft resolution prepared by Edouard Martin (S&D, FR) is scheduled for a plenary vote in December.

Industry Committee MEPs call for "the revision of the two regulations on trade defence instruments (TDI)", and suggest "an initial review of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy complaints"

They also deplore “the fact that the legislative proposal on the modernisation of TDI is at a standstill in the Council despite the strong support which Parliament has expressed for tougher measures against unfair imports from third countries".

Procedure: Commission statement, non-legislative resolution

2014/2211(INI)

Debate: Tuesday, 24 November

Vote: December II

Draft resolution on Press release on committee vote (13.10.2015) Profile of rapporteur Edouard Martin (S&D, FR) Procedure file -

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

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Concerns over toxic additive to recycled plastics

The EU Commission should not authorise the recycling of plastics that contain the banned softener diethylhexyl phthalate (DHEP), to make soft PVC items such as footwear and floor coverings, because it poses a reproductive toxicity threat to exposed workers and could render their male foetuses sterile, says a draft resolution to be voted on Wednesday.

DEHP has been the main “general purpose” phthalate used over the last 50 years. Under the REACH legislation, DEHP has been classified as a Substance of Very High Concern and since February 2015 authorisation for its use must be granted by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). The use of DEHP is also banned in toys, childcare articles and in cosmetics.

The Commission has proposed, in a draft decision still to be approved by EU member states, to authorise the recycling of old plastics containing it into new PVC products.

DEHP is known to adversely affect the endocrine system in mammals, e.g. by reducing foetal testosterone. It can also irreversibly affect the rate at which a mammal develops as well as its reproductive capacity, says the text

Procedure: Non-legislative resolution

Procedure Code: (D041427 – 2015/(RSP))

Vote: Wednesday, 25 Novembe

#DEHP

Press release on committee vote (10.11.2015)

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

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MEPs ask to increase support for children's access to education in emergencies

MEPs will debate the need for member states to support the Commission's target of increasing the share of humanitarian funds for the education of children in emergencies to 4% and for all host countries to help integrate child refugees in their national education systems on Wednesday afternoon, and vote on a resolution on Thursday.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Wednesday 25 November

Vote: Thursday 26 November

Procedure: Oral question to Commission (with resolution)

hashtags #education

Meeting documents
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Parliament to state its position for world trade talks in Nairobi

The European Parliament’s political message for the December round of world trade talks in Nairobi (Kenya) will be debated on Monday and voted on Tuesday. MEPs are likely to reaffirm their trust in multilateralism in world trade and stress the need to keep the needs of developing countries in the mind, but also to call for faster progress towards concluding the long-running “Doha Round” of world trade talks.

The World Trade Organisation’s tenth two-yearly Ministerial Conference – its top decision-making forum – takes place in Nairobi from 15 to 18 December 2015. It will be attended by a delegation of MEPs.

Procedure: Non-legislative resolution

2015/2632(RSP)

Debate: Monday, 23 November

Vote: Tuesday, 24 November

#WTO #Doha #MH10

Draft resolution - The state of play of the Doha Development Agenda in the view of 10th WTO Ministerial Conference (not online yet) Profile of rapporteur Bernd Lange (S&D, DE) Procedure file Tenth WTO Ministerial Conference official Website

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

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Child poverty: MEPs to table recommendations to break the vicious circle

Recommendations to break the cycle of disadvantage for children living in poverty will be set out in a resolution to be debated on Monday and voted on Tuesday. They include investing more in social protection, health, education and social housing, and establishing “child guarantee” funds for this purpose.

The text, drafted by Inês Cristina Zuber (GUE/NGL, PT), also calls on the EU Commission and member states to step up resources, services and also children's participation to fight child poverty. Reducing child poverty and social exclusion should also become a sub-target of the EU 2020 Strategy, it adds.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Monday, 23 November

Vote: Tuesday, 24 November

Procedure: Non-legislative resolution

Draft resolution on reducing inequalities with a special focus on child poverty Profile of rapporteur Inês Cristina Zuber (GUE/NGL, PT) Procedure fileSave the Children: Child Poverty and Exclusion in Europe UNICEF: Children in the Developed World

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

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Parliament to push for maximum EU funding to tackle  refugee crisis

The EP will call on Wednesday on member states to stump up as much money as possible to tackle the migration crisis. It wants cash saved from smaller than expected EU budget contributions to go to two EU funds to help refugees and migrants in and near Syria and to tackle the root causes of migration in Africa. MEPs are also to decide on the use of a maximum budget flexibility to provide additional resources for migration management efforts.

While member states' contributions to the EU budget have fallen by €9.4 billion, partly thanks to a windfall of €2.3 billion in competition fines and higher than expected customs duties, their financial pledges to the Africa Trust Fund and the Syria Trust Fund are still behind by €2.3 billion. Parliament expects member states to honour their pledges, states the draft resolution on draft amending budget 8/2015.

In a separate vote on Wednesday, the House is set to approve the use of budget flexibility to finance migration. It successfully negotiated a deal to make full use of the €1.53 billion available from the 2014 and 2015 budgets for this purpose in 2016.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Tuesday 24 November

Vote: Wednesday 25 November

Procedure: budgetary

Press conference Wednesday 25 November at 14:30, with 2016 budget rapporteurs José Manuel Fernandes (EPP, PT) and Gérard Deprez (ALDE, BE), budgets committee chair Jean Arthuis (ALDE, FR) and 2015 budget rapporteur Eider Gardiazábal Rubial (S&D, ES)

#EUfunds #EUbudget #migrationEU #refugeecrisis

Press release: Syria and Africa Funds: Parliament urges member states to pay up (11.11.2015)Press release: Budget 2016 deal: Parliament ensures more funding for refugees and jobsProfile of rapporteur (DAB8/2015) Eider Gardiazábal Rubial (S&D, ES)Profile of rapporteur (flexibility instrument) José Manuel Fernandes (EPP, PT)Procedure file (DAB8/2015)Procedure file (flexibility instrument)

Irish MEPs on this issue: Liadh Ní Riada, Sinn Féin (South)

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Human rights and democracy resolutions

Parliament will hold urgent debates on the following topics relating to human rights and democracy, on Thursday 26 November around 11.00 with the votes following at 12.00.

  • Afghanistan – in particular the killings in the province of Zabul
  • Cambodia
  • Freedom of Expression in Bangladesh
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Other Topics on the Agenda

 

- Presentation of the Court of Auditors' annual report - 2014, debate Thurs
Irish MEPs on this issue: Mairead McGuinness, Fine Gael (Midlands-North-West), Matt Carthy, Sinn Féin (Midlands-North-West), Liadh Ní Riada, Sinn Féin (South)

 

-The Role of the EU in the UN- Mon 17.00-23.00
Irish MEPs on this issue: Seán Kelly, Fine Gael (South), Matt Carthy, Sinn Féin (Midlands-North-West)

 

-Repealing certain acts from the Schengen acquis- Tues
Irish MEPs on this issue: Brian Hayes, Fine Gael (Dublin)

 

-Commission Statement- Preventive measures to tackle the gender pension gap in the EU- Tues
Irish MEPs on this issue: Marian Harkin, Independent (Midlands-North-West), Nessa Childers, Independent (Dublin)

 

-Oral Question- A new animal welfare strategy for 2016-2019- Mon
Irish MEPs on this issue: Nessa Childers, Independent (Dublin)

 

-EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work
Irish MEPs on this issue: Deirdre Clune, Fine Gael (South), Marian Harkin, Independent (Midlands-North-West), Lynn Boylan, Sinn Féin (Dublin), Nessa Childers, Independent (Dublin)

 

Accession of Ecuador to the trade agreement between the European Union and Peru and Colombia, debate Monday, vote Tuesday

 

-Human rights in EU-Vietnam trade negotiations, debate Monday (no resolution)

 
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Further Information:

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