skip to content

Cookie policy on the European Parliament Office in Ireland website

We use cookies to give the best experience on our site. Continue without changing your settings, and you'll receive cookies, or change your cookie settings at any time.

Continue
 
 
 

EP Plenary Session Newsletter 26- 29 October 2015

23-10-2015

What will the MEPs be working on during next week's Plenary Session in Strasbourg ?

Highlights include;
-Migration debate
-Roaming charges final vote
-GMO Foods vote
-Emissions and air quality debate
-Reform of EU electoral law debate
-EU Budget 2016 debate
-VW emissions scandal
-Restrictions on export of torture tools

 
 .

Migration: debate on 15 October EU summit outcome

Sustained refugee flows on the Western Balkans route, cooperation with Turkey, relocating asylum seekers entitled to stay within the EU and returning those who are not, plus plans to develop a European Border and Coast Guard System, will be debated with European Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Tuesday morning, in a follow up to the 15 October EU summit and the EU leaders' meeting scheduled for 25 October.

A discussion on completing the Economic and Monetary Union and next steps with regard to UK plans for an "in/out" referendum on the EU were other topics on the 15 October European Council's agenda.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Procedure: European Council and Commission statements followed by debate

#refugees #Turkey @Frontex_EU #EUCO #migrationEU #WesternBalkansRoute #refugeecrisis

European Council conclusions, 15 October 2015Commission's press release - President Juncker calls Leaders’ Meeting in Brussels on refugee flows along the Western Balkans route on 25 October 2015EP Research
 .
 
 .

Package holidays: new rules to protect those booking online, too

Package holidays: new rules to protect those booking online, too

Travellers putting together their own package holidays online will get the same protection as those buying from traditional travel agents under the draft EU rules to be voted by MEPs on Tuesday. MEPs have amended the draft to entitle travellers to cancel a package deal contract if its price rises by more than 8% before they leave. [rec 33, art 10.2 ]. Before buying a travel package , travellers would be entitled to receive clear information on the deal. and who is ultimately responsible if something goes wrong. [art 5.1, annex Ia]

The draft law on package travel, which is already agreed with Council and endorsed by it on 18 September, would update the current EU rules on package holidays, which date back to 1990. Since then, the growth in cheap flights and internet sales has substantially changed how travellers plan and buy holidays. According to the EU Commission, the new rules will cover an additional 120 million consumers who prefer to book their travel packages online.

The updated rules widen the definition of “package holidays” to include most types of travel arrangements booked online with various parts, such as flights, hotel accommodation or car hire, so as to protect holidaymakers in the event of problems.

Additional information

Vote: Tuesday, 27 October

Procedure: Co-decision (ordinary procedure), 2nd reading agreement

#PackageTravel #holidays

Draft rulesPress release on the deal on package travel directive (05.05.2015) Profile of the rapporteur Birgit Collin-Langen (EPP, DE)Procedure filePackage travel background note

Irish MEPs on this issue: Deirdre Clune, Fine Gael (South)

 .
 
 .

Net neutrality and end of roaming - final vote

A ban on "roaming" surcharges for using mobile phones abroad in the EU, to take effect from June 2017, and clear rules on the right to internet access, will become law when Parliament takes its final vote on the new telecoms package on Tuesday (tbc)

Roaming fees for calling, sending text messages and using mobile internet abroad in the EU will be banned from 15 June 2017.

From 30 April 2016 roaming surcharges must not exceed:

  • €0.05 per minute for voice calls
  • €0.02 for text messages (SMS), or
  • €0.05 per megabyte of mobile internet use.

Open access to internet

The new law will oblige firms offering internet access to treat all traffic equally, i.e. not to block or slow delivery of content, applications or services from selected senders or to selected receivers, (art 3.3) unless this is necessary to obey court orders, comply with laws, prevent network congestion or combat cyber-attacks.

Performance speed: deliver or compensate

MEPs ensured that internet providers will have to give users who are about to sign fixed or mobile internet contracts a clear explanation of what download and upload speeds (compared to the advertised speed) they can usually expect. (art 4d) Any significant discrepancy will trigger a right to remedies such as ending the contract or getting compensation.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Tuesday, 27 October

Vote: Tuesday, 27 October

Procedure: decision (early 2nd reading agreement)

Press conference: Tuesday 27 October at 15:30

hashtags #netneutrality #roaming #telecoms #singlemarket #ecommunications

Draft report on the telecoms packagePress release after deal with ministers (30.06.2015)Profile of rapporteur Pilar del Castillo (EPP, ES)Procedure fileEuroparlTV interview with Pilar del CastilloEP Research

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

 .
 
 .

GMOs: national import bans plan could be rejected

A draft EU law that would enable individual EU member states to restrict or prohibit the sale and use of EU-approved GMO food or feed on their own territory will be put to a vote on Wednesday. The Environment Committee and most political groups recommend that Parliament should reject the proposal, due to concerns it might prove unworkable and lead to the reintroduction of border controls between pro and anti-GMO countries.

This legislation would give member states the same “right to choose” as that on GMOs intended for cultivation, which entered into force in early April 2015. It therefore proposes to allow member states to restrict or prohibit - under certain conditions - the sale and use of genetically modified food and feed on their territory after these products have been authorised at EU level.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Wednesday, 28 October

Vote: Wednesday, 28 October

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

#GMOimports #GMO

Draft report: Possibility for the Member States to restrict or prohibit the use of genetically modified food and feed on their territoryFAQ: Eight things you should know about GMOsPress release on committee vote (13.10.2015)Profile of rapporteur Giovanni La Via (EPP,IT)Procedure fileEP Research Briefing: imports of GM food and feed – Right of Member States to opt outEuropean Commission press release

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

 .
 
 .

Encouraging novel food innovation

Draft rules to encourage food innovation via a new, simplified authorisation procedure for novel foods, already informally agreed with the Council of Ministers, will be put to a vote on Wednesday. MEPs tightened up the definition of novel foods to include, inter alia, food with a modified molecular structure, microorganisms, fungi, algae, food obtained from cellular or tissue cultures, and insects.

In talks, MEPs also insisted that safeguards with respect to foods from cloned animals must nonetheless be clearly included in the scope of these rules, as must the precautionary principle, measures to keep nanomaterials under scrutiny and animal testing restrictions.

A “novel” food is one that was not used for human consumption within the EU to a significant degree before 15 May 1997.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Wednesday, 28 October

Vote: Wednesday, 28 October

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

#Novelfoods

InfographicDraft report on novel foodsPress release on committee vote (25.06.2015)Profile of rapporteur James Nicholson (ECR, UK)Procedure fileEP Research briefing EP study on Novel FoodsAudiovisual material

Irish MEPs on this issue:  Nessa Childers, Independent (Dublin), Lynn Boylan, Sinn Féin (Dublin)

 .
 
 .

VW scandal: MEPs to call for real-world emissions testing

Parliament will set out its stance following the recent Volkswagen exhaust emissions manipulation revelations in a resolution to be voted on Tuesday. Long before VW’s emissions test-cheating software was revealed, MEPs repeatedly urged that car emissions testing should take account of real-world driving conditions, so as to end obvious discrepancies between official and real consumption and emissions figures.

In a debate with Internal Market Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska on 6 October many members said that the ongoing scandal endangers the credibility of the car industry as a whole and called on the EU Commission to speed up the introduction of so-called “real driving emissions” testing.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Vote: Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Debate: Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Procedure: Resolution on oral question

#Volkswagen #VWgate

Video recording of the debate (06.10.2015)Storified debate, context and reactions in English (06.10.2015)Storified debate, context and reactions in German (06.10.2015)EP Research note: Beyond the VW caseProcedure file

Irish MEPs on this issue: Mairead McGuinness, Fine Gael (Midlands-North-West),  Nessa Childers, Independent (Dublin)

 .
 
 .

Air quality: towards new national caps on key pollutants

National caps on six key air pollutants, including sulphur dioxide, particulates and nitrogen oxides, would be mandated by an EU directive to be put to a vote on Wednesday. The aim is to tackle the transboundary problem of poor air quality, which causes an estimated 400,000 premature deaths in the EU each year, and save €40bn in air pollution costs by 2030.

The Environment Committee draft says that the future national emission ceiling (NEC) directive should include caps on mercury (Hg) from 2020, as well as the proposed caps on sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOC), methane (CH4), ammonia (NH3), and particulate matter (up to PM2.5 micrometers) to be achieved by 2020 and 2030.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Wednesday 28 October

Vote: Wednesday 28 October

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

#AirQuality

Draft report on the reduction of national emissions of certain atmospheric pollutants and amending Directive 2003/35/ECPress release on committee vote (15.07.2015)Profile of rapporteur Julie Girling (ECR, UK)Procedure fileEP Research: Reducing air pollution - National emission ceilings for air pollutantsAudiovisual material for professionals – infoclip: air pollution

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

 .
 
 .

Reforming EU electoral law to enable all EU citizens living abroad to vote

An EU electoral law reform to enable all EU citizens living abroad to vote in EU elections will be proposed in a parliamentary legislative initiative to be voted on Wednesday. The proposal would entitle all EU citizens, including those living outside the EU, to vote in comparable conditions. To this end, it advocates introducing electronic, online and postal voting systems in EU member states.

The proposed reform suggests that lead candidates for the European Commission Presidency should be nominated by EU political parties at least 12 weeks ahead of European elections, in which they should also stand.

It also advocates mandatory thresholds for allocating seats in the European Parliament, ranging from 3 to 5% of the vote, to be applied in single-constituency countries or constituencies with more than 26 seats.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The EU Treaties, particularly article 223.1 of TFEU, give the European Parliament the right to initiate the procedure to reform the European electoral and formulate proposals in this sense. These proposals would then need to be adopted by the Council by unanimity and ratified by all member States.

Debate: Tuesday, 27 October

Vote: Wednesday, 28 October

Procedure: Legislative initiative procedure

Press conference : Wednesday 14.30 by co-rapporteurs Danuta Hübner and Jo Leinen

#EUelections #EUcitizens

Press release on committee vote (28.09.2015)Danuta Hübner (AFCO Chair, EPP, PL)Jo Leinen (S&D, DE)Procedure file

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

 .
 
 .

Automatic exchange of info on EU member states’ tax deals with multinationals

EU member states would be obliged to share information on the “tax ruling” deals that they grant to multinational companies under a Commission proposal to be debated Monday and voted on Tuesday. This proposal was prompted by investigative journalists’ “Luxleaks” revelations.

The Commission proposal received a lukewarm welcome in the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee on 13 October and the deal by the European Finance Ministers on 6 October - which considerably weakened the Commission proposal - was described by MEPs as "a missed opportunity" to enhance transparency.

The committee was especially critical of the member states' sidelining of the Commission, which is explicitly not allowed to do anything with the information, other than checking that it conforms to the directive.

MEPs would also have liked the new rules to apply to all national tax rulings, rather than just "cross-border rulings and advance pricing arrangements", as agreed by member states, because, MEPs say, national rulings, too, can have transnational effects.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Monday, 26 October

Vote: Tuesday, 27 October

Procedure: consultation

Press conference: Tuesday 27 October at 15:00

#luxleaks #TaxTransparency #taxrulings

Draft reportPress release on vote in Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (13.10.2015)Press release after ECOFIN deal (06.10.2015)Profile of rapporteur Markus Ferber (EPP, DE)Procedure file

Irish MEPs on this issue:  Nessa Childers, Independent (Dublin), Matt Carthy, Sinn Féin (Midlands-North-West), Marian Harkin, Independent (Midlands-North-West)

 .
 

Ending EU citizens' bank secrecy in Switzerland

 .

Parliament’s stance on a deal with Switzerland that would make it harder for EU citizens to hide cash from the tax man in Swiss bank accounts will be debated on Monday and put to a vote on Tuesday. The EU and Switzerland are to exchange information on the bank accounts of each others’ residents automatically, starting in 2018.

The EU and Switzerland agreed in May 2015 to clamp down on tax fraud and tax evasion. Information to be exchanged includes not only income, such as interest and dividends, but also account balances and proceeds from the sale of financial assets.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Monday, 26 October 2015

Vote: Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Procedure: Consultation

#TaxTransparency #taxevasion #Swissbanks

Draft reportProfile of rapporteur Jeppe Kofod (S&D, DK)Procedure file

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

 .
 
 .

2013 accounts test: EIT, Artemis and ENIAC to pass resit, Council to fail again

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and the public/private electronics research undertakings Artemis and ENIAC (now merged in ECSEL) are set to win Parliament’s approval for their 2013 accounts at the second attempt on Tuesday. But the European Council and the Council of Ministers are likely to fail the budget “discharge” test again, for the fifth year in a row.

MEPs are expected to confirm the Budgetary Control Committee’s assessment that EIT, Artemis and ENIAC have successfully implemented changes in their audit mechanisms and procurement procedures. By contrast, they will again criticise the European Council and the Council of Ministers for failing to provide Parliament with the spending information and documents it needs to do the spending discharge assessment.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Monday 26 October

Vote: Tuesday 27 October

Procedure: Budget discharge

#discharge2013 #eubudget @EITeu #Artemis #ENIAC

Second reports on discharge (drafts):

European Council and CouncilEITARTEMISENIACPress release on committee vote (22.09.2015)Profile of rapporteur Ryszard Czarnecki (ECR, PL)Discharge 2013: information and documents

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

 .
 
 .

EU budget 2016: Parliament to vote its position

Parliament votes its position on the EU budget for 2016 on Wednesday. Budgets Committee MEPs recommend that it should reverse all Council cuts to the Commission’s original proposal, and add extra money, to pay for migration-related measures inside and outside the EU, to help Europe’s young unemployed find jobs and to restore funding for the research and transport programmes that were curtailed earlier this year in order to fund the Juncker Investment Plan for Europe.

Parliament will vote on the figures agreed on by the Committee on Budgets, which set the overall level of commitment appropriations (i.e. funding available for contracting) at €157.42 billion, and of payment appropriations (i.e. the money available to pay invoices) at €146.46 billion.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Tuesday, 27 October

Vote: Wednesday, 28 October

Procedure: Budget

Press conference: Wednesday 28 October at 15:00, with co-rapporteurs José Manuel Fernandes (EPP, PT) and Gérard Deprez (ALDE, BE), and budgets chair Jean Arthuis (ALDE, FR) (TBC)

#EUbudget2016 #migrationEU #unemployment #youth #research #transport

Draft resolution on Parliament’s position on the draft budget for 2016.Press release on committee vote (13.10.2015)Overview of budget figuresProfile of co-rapporteur José Manuel Fernandes (EPP, PT)Profile of co-rapporteur Gérard Deprez (ALDE, BE)Procedure file

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)

 .
 
 .

Lending and re-use of securities: MEPs to vote for more transparency

Securities financing transactions (SFTs), in which securities are lent, borrowed or temporarily sold to create liquidity, facilitate funding or just to reveal their values, would be made more transparent by a draft law to be voted on Wednesday. MEPs want the ways in which investment funds use SFTs to be comprehensively disclosed to regulators, investors and the public

The draft transparency rules, informally agreed by MEPs and ministers in June, would cover all forms of lending, borrowing and re-use of securities in the EU. Disclosing these trades to regulators, investors and the public should contribute to financial stability.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Tuesday, 27 October

Vote: Wednesday, 28 October

Procedure: Ordinary legislative procedure (1st reading agreement)

Press release after the deal with the Council (17.06.2015)Procedure fileRapporteur Renato Soru (S&D, IT)

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

 .
 
 .

Drones: commercial or recreational use and safety

As commercial services using drones take off and their recreational use becomes ever more popular, it must be ensured that they pose no threat to public safety or personal privacy, say MEPs in a draft resolution to be debated and put to the vote on Thursday.

Clear EU and global rules would allow industry to make timely investment decisions (9), says the draft resolution on safe use of drones in civil aviation. These rules would also make it easier for drone manufacturers and providers of services such as media production, precision farming, safety inspections or monitoring of power and transport infrastructure, to sell goods and services in other EU countries, MEPs add (B,9).

However, to ensure that drones avoid no-fly zones over critical infrastructure, other aircraft and also to prevent their illegal use, the development and use of detect-and-avoid, anti-jamming, geo-fencing and anti-hijacking technologies should also be supported, MEPs stress. (25,32) Drone design standards should be developed to help to ensure effective privacy and data protection, they add (14, 24, 25)."

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Thursday, 29 October

Vote: Thursday, 29 October

Procedure: Non-legislative resolution

#drones #safety #privacy

Draft resolution on on safe use of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), commonly known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), in the field of civil aviationPress release on committee vote (16.09.2015)Profile of rapporteur Jacqueline Foster (ECR, UK)Procedure fileJacqueline Foster on new rules for drones: 'The key here is to ensure their safe use

Irish MEPs on this issue: Deirdre Clune, Fine Gael (South),

 .
 
 .

MEPs set to widen EU restrictions on exports of torture tools

The scope of EU "anti-torture” rules on exports of goods or substances that may be misused for torture or capital punishment should be widened to include services that promote these exports, say MEPs. Amendments to extend the current restrictions toservices such as marketing in expos or online catalogues, but also finance, transport and insurance, will be debated on Monday and voted on Tuesday.

In the resolution drafted by Marietje Schaake (ALDE, NL), and approved by the International Trade Committee, MEPs also advocate banning the transit of dual-use goods via the EU and add a “catch-all” clause to allow checks on dubious new ones.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Monday 26 October

Vote: Tuesday 27 October

Procedure: Co-decision, 1st reading

#antitorture

Draft report on amendments for Regulation on trade in goods which could be used for capital punishment, torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishmentPress release on committee vote (22.09.2015)Profile of rapporteur Marietje Schaake (ALDE, NL)Procedure fileEU current list of goods banned or subject to export controls

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

 .
 
 .

MEPs to debate growing tensions in the Middle East with Federica Mogherini

The House is set to debate the growing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians, Russia's direct military involvement in the Syrian conflict and the role of Iran in the region following the nuclear deal with the EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, at 15.00 on  Wednesday.
At the initiative of the EU, the Middle East Quartet (the EU, the UN, the US and Russia) met recently on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly and reaffirmed its commitment to a two-state solution that meets Israeli security needs and Palestinian aspirations for statehood and sovereignty.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Wednesday 28 October  
Procedure: Vice-President/ High Representative Statement
#MiddleEast #Israel #Palestine #Syria #Daesh

 .
 
 .

Using satellites to track aircraft in distress and locate crash sites

MEPs will be seeking the EU Commission’s views on using satellite technology to track flights and help locate aircraft in distress, in a debate on Thursday morning. The Malaysia Airlines 370 and Air France 447 tragedies highlighted air navigation system weaknesses that hinder research and rescue efforts say MEPs in a question tabled by the Transport Committee.
A resolution on the same subject will be voted at the voting session on Thursday.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Thursday, 29 October
Vote:  Thursday, 29 October
Procedure:  OQ with non-legislative resolution

Question for oral answer to the Commission

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

 .
 
 .

Mass surveillance: EU citizens' rights still in danger, MEPs say

Too little has been done to safeguard citizens' data privacy rights following revelations of electronic mass surveillance, MEPs will tell the Council and Commission in a debate on Wednesday. In a draft resolution, MEPs urge the Commission to come up immediately with alternatives to the “Safe Harbour” deal, which the EU Court of Justice recently ruled unsafe, on transfers of EU citizens’ personal data to the US. They also raise concerns about the surveillance laws in several EU countries.
Civil Liberties Committee MEPs are concerned about "recent laws in some member states that extend the surveillance capabilities of intelligence bodies", particularly in France, the UK and the Netherlands. They are also worried by reports of mass surveillance of telecommunications and internet traffic inside the EU by the German foreign intelligence agency BND, in cooperation with the US National Security Agency (NSA).

Background
This draft resolution takes stock of the action (or lack of action) by the European Commission, other EU institutions and member states to follow up the recommendations set out by Parliament in its resolution of 12 March 2014 on the electronic mass surveillance of EU citizens.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Debate:  Wednesday, 28 October
Vote:  Thursday, 29 October
Procedure: Oral question to Council and Commission (with resolution)
#surveillance #dataprotection

Press release on committee vote (13.10.2015)Oral question to the CouncilOral question to the Commission Video statement by Claude Moraes (S&D, UK), Civil Liberties Committee Chair and rapporteur on mass surveillance

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

 .
 
 .

"Smart border" checks at EU gateways - MEPs to quiz Commission and Council

Are the envisaged entry/exit system and the registered traveller programme "appropriate" and "adequate" responses to the current and future situation at the EU's external borders, given the growing number of people crossing? MEPs will put the question to Commission and Council on Wednesday. They are also likely to ask the Commission for more information on the expected new proposals and when they will be presented.
Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, announced on 3 December last year that the “Smart Borders” proposals tabled in 2013 would be withdrawn and replaced by new ones at the end of 2015 or the start of 2016.

Background for editors

The Smart Borders package includes proposals for an Entry/Exit System (EES) and a Registered Traveller Programme (RTP), to improve the management of Schengen area external borders, combat irregular immigration and gather data on over-stayers, whilst at the same time making it easier for pre-vetted non-EU nationals who are frequent travellers to cross borders.
The planned EES would be used to record the time and place of entry and exit of non-EU nationals crossing EU external borders, calculate the duration of their stay and generate an alert when authorised stay periods are exceeded.
The RTP would allow some groups of frequent travellers (e.g. business people,, family members etc.), from third countries to enter the EU, subject to appropriate pre-screening and simplified border checks, including the use of automated gates.
A Smart Borders pilot scheme tested biometric check technology at the main airports in Portugal, Germany, France, Spain, the Netherlands and Sweden from March to September 2015.
The Civil Liberties Committee rapporteurs on the Smart Borders Package are Agustín Díaz de Mera (EPP, ES), for the EES, and Tanja Fajon (S&D, SL), for the RTP.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Debate:  Wednesday, 28 October
Procedure:  Question for oral answer to Commission and Council
hashtags #smartBorders

Oral question to the Council on the Smart Borders package:Oral Question to the Commission on the Smart Borders package:What is Smart Borders?Profile of rapporteur Agustín Díaz de Mera (EPP, ES)Profile of rapporteur Tanja Fajon (S&D, SL)EP Research briefing note on the Smart Borders package:
 .
 
 .

Commission to present its 2016 work programme

The European Commission’s “to do” list for 2016 will be presented to Parliament by First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and debated on Tuesday.

MEPs set out their recommendations for the 2016 work programme in a non-legislative resolution voted on 16 September. They urged the Commission to show strong leadership in 2016, but also reminded it that "political decisions within the democratic decision-making process should prevail over technical assessments".

Parliament also backed the idea of refitting and simplifying EU legislation, but warned the Commission against using legislative and administrative simplification as a pretext for deregulating or lowering social and environmental standards.

European Parliament resolution on the Commission Work Programme 2016Press Release: Parliament urges Commission to show strong leadership in 2016 (16.09.2015)
 .
 
 .

Other Topics on the Agenda:

 

-Common Agricultural Policy: repealing obsolete acts, vote Tues

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

 

-Taxation of savings income in the form of interest payments: repealing the Savings Directive, Mon

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

 

- European Citizens' Initiative, debate Mon, vote Tue, Schöpflin (INI)

Irish MEPs on this issue: Nessa Childers, Independent (Dublin). Marian Harkin, Independent (Midlands-North-West)

 

- European Semester: implementation of 2015 priorities, debate Wed, vote Thu (Rosati/Commission statement)

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

 

- Court of Justice of the European Union: number of judges at the General Court, debate Tue, vote Wed (Marinho E Pinto

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

 

- Ebola crisis: long-term lessons, debate Mon, vote Tue, Goerens

Irish MEPs on this issue: Brian Hayes, Fine Gael (Dublin), Lynn Boylan, Sinn Féin (Dublin)

 

Integration of the long-term unemployed into the labour market, debate Wed, OQ

Irish MEPs on this issue: Marian Harkin, Independent (Midlands-North-West)

 

Hearing on summer-time changes in Europe, debate Thu, OQ, no resolution

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

 

-Provisions for fishing in the GFCM (General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean) Agreement area, vote Wed

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

 

-New challenges and concepts for the promotion of tourism in Europe, Thurs

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

 

Commission statement - Access to finance for SMEs, Wed

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

 .
 
 .

For further information, please contact Catherine Bunyan, Press Officer on 086 8559423 or at catherine.bunyan@ep.europa.eu .

To watch any part of the Plenary Session live, please click on the EP Live section of the Parliament's website and select Live Broadcast from the menu on the left-hand side.

To view a debate which has already taken place, please click on the Multimedia Library section of the Parliament's website, select 'search by date' from the menu on the left-hand side and choose the debate.  You can also scroll through the speakers and just listen to a speaker of your choice.