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24-04-2015

EP Plenary Session Newsletter 27-30 April 2015

What will the MEPs be working on during this week's Plenary Session in Strasbourg ?
Highlights include:
- Mediterranean tragedies: MEPs to demand action to save lives
- MEPs to call for stronger EU alcohol strategy
- MEPs to clamp down on wasteful use of plastic carrier bags
- Vote on life-saving emergency call system for cars
- Youth Employment Initiative: vote to make €1 billion available in 2015
- Debate on new "European Agenda on Security"
- Forests: MEPs to demand better management and efficient use of raw materials
- New fisheries policy: MEPs to approve key draft laws on discards and Baltic Sea

 

Mediterranean tragedies: MEPs to demand action to save lives

MEPs will demand concrete action to halt the deaths of Mediterranean migrants and refugees in a debate with the Commission's President, Jean-Claude Juncker and Council President Donald Tusk on Wednesday at 9.00.

Over 1,600 have died since the start of this year, reports the UN Refugee Agency. The debate is likely to focus on the ten-point action plan on migration tabled by Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos on 20 April and the outcome of the 23 April extraordinary European Council. It will be followed by a vote on a resolution

The European Parliament has for years been calling on the EU member states to take their fair share of responsibility and show solidarity with those that receive the most refugees and asylum seekers, both in absolute terms and relative to their populations.

Search and rescue obligations should also be "effectively fulfilled" and "properly funded in the medium and long term", Parliament said in a resolution approved in December.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

IM-Press topic: Immigration
Procedure Code:
Specialist: Isabel
Debate:  Wednesday, 29 April
Vote: Wednesday, 29 April
Procedure: European Council and Commission statements followed by debate (with resolution)

#migration #refugees #asylum #fundamentalrights

Ten point action plan on migration presented by Commissioner Avramopoulos on 20.04.2015Press release from the President of the European Parliament - Schulz for renewal of refugee and migration policies (19.04.2015)Video of the press point on migration by EP President Martin Schulz (20.04.2015)Video of the press conference with Roberta Metsola and Kashetu Kyenge, co-rapporteurs on the situation in the Mediterranean and the need for a holistic approach to migration (14.04.2015)Video recording of the kick-off debate in the Civil Liberties Committee on a strategic own-initiative report on the situation in the Mediterranean and the need for a holistic approach to migration (14.04.2015, from 11.30 onwards)Press release from 17.12.2014 - Migration: MEPs call on EU countries to share responsibilityPress release from 30.10.2014 - Civil Liberties Committee Chair statement on TritonPress release from 16.04.2014 - Migrants: Parliament approves search and rescue rules to prevent deaths at seaEuroparlTV video: Triton - between expectations and realityEPRS briefing - EU legal framework on asylum and irregular immigration 'on arrival' State of play

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

 

MEPs to clamp down on wasteful use of plastic carrier bags  

EU countries would be required to reduce the use of the  commonest and most polluting plastic bags under draft rules to be put to a vote on Tuesday. Plastic bag pollution of water bodies and aquatic eco-systems is a major environmental problem.

The law would require EU member states to choose between two options: either take measures to ensure that average yearly consumption does not exceed 90 lightweight bags per citizen by 2019 and 40 by 2025, or alternatively, ensure that, by 2018, these bags are not handed to shoppers free of charge.

Note to editors

In 2010 every EU citizen used an estimated 198 plastic carrier bags, some 90% of which were lightweight. In a business-as-usual scenario, consumption of plastic bags is expected to grow further. Estimates also suggest that over eight billion plastic carrier bags became litter in the EU in 2010.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

IM-Press topic: Environment
Procedure Code: 2013/0371(COD)
Specialist: Baptiste
Debate:  Tuesday, 28 April
Vote:  Tuesday, 28 April
Procedure: Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), 2nd reading agreement
Press conference: Tuesday, 28 April, 16.00

#plasticbags #environment

Draft recommendation for second readingPress release on committee vote (31.03.2015)Profile of rapporteur Margrete Auken (Greens/EFA, DK)Procedure fileEP Research: Curbing the use of lightweight plastic carrier bags

Irish MEPs on this issue: Brian Hayes, Fine Gael (Dublin), Nessa Childers, Independent (Dublin), Luke Ming Flanagan, Independent (Midlands-North West), Marian Harkin, Independent (Midlands-North West), Deirdre Clune, Fine Gael (South), Sean Kelly, Fine Gael (South)

 

Vote on shift to advanced biofuels

An informal deal struck by MEPs and ministers on a draft law to cap crop-derived biofuel  production and accelerate the shift to alternative sources, such as  waste or residues and new ones such as seaweed, will be put to a vote on Tuesday. The plan aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions caused by the growing use of farm land for biofuel crops.

Current legislation requires EU member states to ensure that renewable energy accounts for at least 10% of transport  consumption. by 2020. The new draft law says  that first-generation biofuels (those made from crops grown on farm land) should account no more than 7% of transport   consumption by 2020.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

IM-Press topic: Environment
Procedure Code: 2012/0288(COD)
Specialist: Baptiste
Debate:  Tuesday, 28 April
Vote:  Tuesday, 28 April
Procedure:  Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), 2nd reading agreement
Press conference: Tuesday, 28 April, 15.30

#Biofuels #ILUC #fuelquality #reneweablenergy

Draft recommendation for second readingPress release on committee vote (14.04.2015)Profile of rapporteur Nils TORVALDS (ALDE, FI)Procedure fileEP Research: Biofuels policy and indirect land use change

Irish MEPs on this issue: Nessa Childers, Independent (Dublin), Luke Ming Flanagan, Independent (Midlands-North West), Marian Harkin, Independent (Midlands-North West), Sean Kelly, Fine Gael (South)

 

Vote on life-saving emergency call system for cars

Emergency call devices that automatically alert rescue services to car crashes (eCall) would have to be fitted to all new models of cars and light vans by 31 March 2018 under draft rules to be voted on Tuesday. A vote in favour would confirm an informal deal struck in December with the Council of Ministers, which formally approved it on 2 March.

The in-vehicle eCall system uses 112 emergency call technology to alert the emergency services to serious road accidents automatically. This enables them to decide immediately on the type and size of rescue operation needed, which in turn helps them to arrive faster, save lives, reduce the severity of injuries and cut the cost of traffic jams.

Each year emergency services across the EU deal with road accidents which in 2014 took 25,700 lives. Once fitted to all vehicles, eCall could reduce the accident death toll by 10% a year.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

IM-Press topic: Internal market, transport, consumers
Procedure code: 2013/0165(COD)
Specialist: Gediminas
Debate: Monday, 27 April
Vote: Tuesday, 28 April
Procedure:  Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), 2nd reading agreement
Press conference: Tuesday, 28 April at 14.00 (TBC)

#eCall #roadtransport

Draft eCall in-vehicle system rules (Council position, reflecting the agreement with European Parliament)Press release on committee vote (17.03.2015)Profile of the rapporteur Olga Sehnalova (S&D, CZ)Legislative Observatory file eCall (Commission webpage)Road safety in EU: trends, statistics and main challenges (Commission information)

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

 

MEPs to call for stronger EU alcohol strategy

Requiring alcoholic drink producers to state calorie content and ingredients on the label should be considered as a possible aim for the new EU “alcohol strategy”, suggests a draft resolution to be voted on Tuesday. The text calls for more effort to reduce alcohol consumption by minors, and EU-wide labelling warnings against drink driving or drinking while pregnant. The European Commission is urged to table the new strategy in 2016 at the latest.

The resolution, drafted by the Environment and Health committee calls on the European Commission to “immediately begin work on the new EU Alcohol Strategy (2016-2022)” in order to assist national governments in dealing with alcohol-related harm. The strategy’s aims should include collecting reliable data, improving prevention and treatment, reducing accidents caused by drink driving and differentiating more clearly within drinking patterns.

It also suggests that the European Commission should assess whether alcoholic drinks should be labelled with information on ingredients and nutritional content.

Note to editors

Alcohol abuse causes 3.3 million premature deaths worldwide each year, i.e. 5.9% of the total. In the 20-39 age group, roughly 25% of all deaths can be attributed to alcohol abuse. These deaths are often due to accidents, acts of violence or liver disease.ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

IM-Press topic: Health
Procedure Code: 2015/2543(RSP)
Specialist: Baptiste
Debate:  Monday, 27 April
Vote:  Tuesday, 28 April
Procedure:  Oral question to Commission (with resolution)

#AlcoholStrategy

Parliamentary questionPress release on committee vote (31.03.2015)EP Research: EU Alcohol Strategy revisited

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

 

Debate on new "European Agenda on Security"

MEPs will state their views on the new “European Agenda on Security” in a debate with home affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos on Tuesday afternoon, immediately after the Commission approves it. The security agenda, which updates the EU Internal Security Strategy, sets out key priorities and actions for to fight terrorism, organised crime and cybercrime in 2015-2020.

In December 2014 resolution on the security agenda, MEPs called on EU member states to cooperate more closely and share relevant data and information faster and more efficiently. They also asked the Commission to take stock of current security tools and stressed that existing laws should be properly enforced "before proposing the creation of new ones".

MEPs also reiterated that all instruments should comply with the principles of proportionality and necessity and include appropriate safeguards for data protection, accountability and judicial redress.

The European Agenda on Security still needs to be formally approved by the Council.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

IM-Press topic:
Specialist: Rikke
Debate:  Tuesday, 28 April
Procedure: Commission statement and debate

#antiterrorism #security #organizedcrime #cybercrime

EP resolution on EU Internal Security StrategyPress release on plenary vote (17.12.2014)Plenary debate on Procedure file EP resolution on EU Internal Security StrategyCommittee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home AffairsEP Research - Internal Security Strategy: Open and safe Europe (Dec. 2014)
 

“Smart border” checks at gateways to the EU: questions to Commission and Council

Are the EU’s proposed Entry/Exit System and Registered Traveller Programme for non-EU nationals "appropriate and adequate” to deal with the growing numbers of people crossing its external borders? MEPs will put the question to the Commission and Council on Tuesday. In the ensuing debate, they are also likely to ask about data retention periods, whether law enforcement agencies should be given access to the data, and the costs of these systems.

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. A Smart Borders pilot scheme is testing biometric check technology at the main airports in Portugal, Germany, France, Spain, the Netherlands and Sweden from March to September 2015.

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 travellers, 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.

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

IM-Press topic: Justice and Home Affairs

Procedure Code:

Specialist: Isabel

Debate: Tuesday, 28 April

Procedure: Oral questions to Council and Commission

#SmartBorders #airports

Oral question to the CouncilOral question to the CommissionInformation about the Smart Borders PilotProfile of rapporteur on the EES, Agustín Díaz de Mera (EPP, ES)Profile of rapporteur on RTP, Tanja Fajon (S&D, SL)Procedure file on Entry/Exit System (EES)Procedure file on Registered Traveller Programme (RTP)
 

Ships’ CO2 emissions: vote on new reporting rules

Draft EU rules requiring ship owners using EU ports to monitor and report  CO2 emissions each year from January 2018 will be put to a vote on Thursday. These rules, already informally agreed with the Council of Ministers, will apply to ships over 5,000 gross tons, no matter where they are registered, as a first step towards cutting their greenhouse gas emissions.

The rules would establish an EU-wide system for the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of ships’ greenhouse gas emissions. This system is designed to gather data on emissions and engine efficiency and encourage efforts to cut emissions and fuel consumption. Warships and fishing boats would be excluded.

International shipping is the only means of transport not yet included in EU plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Ships using EU ports currently account for 4% of all greenhouse gas emissions from shipping, a figure that is set to rise substantially in future.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

IM-Press topic: Environment
Procedure Code: 2013/0224(COD)
Specialist: Baptiste
Debate:  Tuesday 28 April
Vote:  Tuesday 28 April
Procedure: Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), 2nd reading agreement

#MRV #ships #CO2 #CO2emissions #vessels #maritime

Recommendation for second readingPress release on committee vote (26.03.2015)Profile of rapporteur José Inácio FARIA (ALDE, PT)Procedure fileEP Research: Monitoring CO2 emissions in maritime transport

Irish MEP's on this issue: Sean Kelly, Fine Gael (South)

 

Olive trees: MEPs want answers on how to tackle spread of killer bacteria

Parliament will quiz the Commission on Thursday about plans to tackle the outbreak of Xylella fastidiosa bacteria, which have infected several thousand hectares of olive plantations in Italy and prevent it spreading to other EU regions. The Commission will also be asked to say how any growers whose trees have to be destroyed would be compensated.

MEPs also want the Commission to pursue research to eradicate deadly plant diseases caused by pathogens such as Xylella fastidiosa and so-called Black Spot, found in citrus imports from South Africa. They will ask whether it is ready to tighten restrictions on plant imports.

Note to editors

Xylella fastidiosa has already infected thousands of hectares of olive trees in Puglia region in Southern Italy and might also attack other plant species, such as citrus, grapevines and stone fruits (almond, peach, plum), leading, in the most severe cases, to their death.

Italy grows olives on about 1,700,000 ha, making it the EU’s second largest grower after Spain. Around 80% of this area is in southern Italy, including about 370,000 ha in the Apulia region alone.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

IM-Press topic: Agriculture
Procedure Code:
Specialist: Jan
Debate: Thursday, 30 April
Vote: Friday, 1 May
Procedure:  Oral question to the Commission

#Xylella #XylellaFastidiosa #olivetrees #Apulia

Question for an oral answer to the CommissionEuropean Food Safety Agency: FAQs on Xylella fastidiosa
 

Forests: MEPs to demand better management and efficient use of raw materials

Ideas for boosting competitiveness and creating new jobs in the EU’s forest-based industries will be debated on Monday. Parliament will then give its input to the new EU forest strategy in a non-binding resolution to be voted on Tuesday.

The draft resolution highlights the need for a new joint strategy to tackle cross-border challenges such as forest fires, climate change, natural disasters or invasive alien species, but insists that any specific measure must remain subject to national law.  

The new EU forest strategy should replace the one in force since 1998.

Note to editors

Forests cover some 40% of the EU land surface and absorb and store around 10 % of EU carbon emissions. About 60% of the EU's forests are private property. The EU forest sector currently employs over 3 million people.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

IM-Press topic: Agriculture
Procedure Code: 2014/2223(INI)
Specialist: Jan
Debate: Monday, 27 April
Vote:  Tuesday, 28 April
Procedure: Non-legislative resolution

#EUForestStrategy #ForestStrategy #Forests

Draft resolution on ‘A new EU Forest Strategy: for forests and the forest-based sector'Press release on committee vote (24.03.2015)Profile of rapporteur Elisabeth Köstinger (EPP, AT)Procedure fileThe new EU Forest Strategy (Commission's website)EP Research: A new impulse for EU forests

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

 

New fisheries policy: MEPs to approve key draft laws on discards and Baltic Sea

Parliament is set to give fishermen more time to adapt to new rules against discarding unwanted fish at sea, by delaying the entry into effect of sanctions. MEPs will also vote on a multiannual management plan for Baltic cod, sprat and herring stocks. These draft laws are needed to implement the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) which took effect in 2014.

In committee, MEPs made two key changes to the "landing obligation" regulation, which sets out arrangements for enforcing the discard ban, so as to make small fishermen’s lives easier. These limited a requirement to keep a log of each species caught and kept on board to catches above 50 kg live-weight equivalent and delayed the entry into effect of sanctions for failure to comply with the ban until 2017.

The multiannual plan for Baltic cod, sprat and herring is the first under the new CFP. Its reliance on long-run management, rather than annual planning, should improve predictability for fishermen. Multiannual plans, a key feature of the new CFP, aim to ensure that catches do not exceed what a given stock can reproduce in a given year.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

IM-Press topic: Fisheries
Procedure Code: 2013/0436(COD) – Landing obligation
Procedure Code: 2014/0285(COD) – Baltic Plan
Specialist: Armin
Debate: Monday, 27 April
Vote: Tuesday, 28 April
Procedures: Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), 1st reading agreement (Landing obligation); Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), 1st reading (Baltic Plan)

#fisheries #BalticSea  #Discards #CFPreality #CFPreform #BalticMAP

Press release on committee vote: Press release on committee vote: Rapporteur Alain Cadec (EPP, FR) – Landing obligationRapporteur Jarosław Wałęsa (EPP, PL) – Baltic Sea multiannual planBackground note on the Common Fisheries Policy reformBaltic Plan: PECH committee position to be tabled for the plenary voteLanding obligation: Political agreement between Parliament and Council to be tabled for the plenary voteEP Think Tank: Implementing the landing obligationEP Research: Multiannual plan for fisheries in the Baltic Sea

Irish MEP's on this issue: Matt Carty(Midlands-North West), Liadh Ni Riada, Sinn Fein (South)

 

MEPs to debate student massacre in Kenya and Nasheed arrest  in the Maldives

The 2 April  attack by Islamist al-Shabab gunmen on the University College in Garissa, Kenya, which killed 150  students, and the arrest in the Maldives of former President Mohammed Nasheed will be debated Wednesday afternoon. Resolutions will be voted on Thursday.

In the debate on developments  in Maldives, prompted by  Mr Nasheed’s arrest  on terrorism charges, MEPs are set to call for respect for democratic principles, including the rule of law.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

IM-Press topic: Foreign Affairs
Specialist: Vaclav and Agnese
Debates:  Wednesday, 29 April
Votes:  Thursday, 30 April
Procedure:  High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Statement (with resolution)

#Garissa #Maldives

Opening of April session in Brussels
 

Parliament  assesses 2014 progress of Albania and Bosnia & Herzegovina

Parliament debates the reform progress made by Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2014  with Commissioner Hahn on Wednesday. In its draft resolutions to be voted by the House on Thursday, the foreign affairs committee stresses the need for inclusive, constructive and sustainable political dialogue on reforms and for greater cooperation between the political forces in the two countries.

Both countries need to advance, inter alia, with their democratic processes, tackle corruption and put in place a professional and depoliticized public administration, foreign affairs MEPs say in the two separate resolutions, one for each country. They also say Albania must establish a solid track record for EU-related reforms and political elites in Bosnia and Herzegovina have to show clear commitment to resuming the reform process and moving closer to the EU.

Additional information:

Procedure: non legislative resolutions
Procedure Code: 2014/2952(RSP), 2014/2951(RSP)
Specialist: Václav Lebeda
Debate: Wednesday, 29 April
Vote: Thursday, 30 April

#Albania #BiH

Press release after the committee voteKnut Fleckenstein (S&D, DE) – profile of the rapporteur (Albania)Cristian Dan Preda (EPP, RO) – profile of the rapporteur (Bosnia and Herzegovina)EP Research: Albania: candidate country status obtainedEP Research: Bosnia and Herzegovina: a renewed approach?
 

Fighting fraud: MEPs to take stock of European Public Prosecutor talks                                                                                                      

The European Public Prosecutor to be named to fight fraud against the EU budget and help retrieve taxpayers' money must be fully independent and democratically accountable, MEPs insist in a draft resolution assessing the progress of EU countries’ long-running talks on plans for the post. The text will be voted on Wednesday.

Once EU member states agree to establish a European Public Prosecutor, Parliament will have to give its consent.

Background for editors
The European Commission presented its proposal for an European Public Prosecutor's Office in July 2013

In a resolution voted on 12 March 2014, MEPs urged the Council to involve Parliament in its work and made policy suggestions on key issues for the Prosecutor’s office, such as its structure, independence, decision-making process, sphere of competence, investigation tools, admissibility of evidence, judicial review and legal protection

Only 31% of judicial recommendations by EU anti-fraud office OLAF resulted in indictments in 2006-2013

Member states report that every year, around €500 million in EU expenditure and revenue is lost due to suspected fraud

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

IM-Press topic:
Procedure Code: 2013/0255(APP)
Specialist: Rikke
Debate:  Tuesday, 28 April
Vote:  Wednesday, 29 April
Procedure:  Interim report (non-legislative)

#EPPO #EU #public #prosecutor

Draft interim report on the establishment of the European Public Prosecutor's OfficeProfile of rapporteur Monica Macovei (EPP, RO) Procedure fileEuropean Parliament resolution on European Public Prosecutor's Office (12.03.2014)EP research: The European Public Prosecutor's OfficeEuropean Commission MEMO: Every euro counts - Frequently Asked Questions on the European Public Prosecutor’s OfficeEP reserach: Setting up the European Public Prosecutor's Office
 

Nigeria: European Parliament may urge international action against Boko Haram

Parliament will condemn the recent Boko Haram massacres in Nigeria in a resolution to be voted on Wednesday. It is also likely to call on the international community to tackle the causes of terrorism there. MEPs debated this issue on 14 January in Strasbourg with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.

MEPs called in the January debate for an international inquiry into the recent atrocities which reportedly left 2,000 dead and urged the EU to step up its assistance to help Nigeria to fight terrorism.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Code:
IM-Press topic: Foreign Affairs/Human rights
Specialist: Kristina
Debate:  Thursday, 29 April  
Vote:  Thursday, 29 April  
Procedure:  Statement by the EU's High Representative on Foreign Affairs (with resolution)

#Nigeria #BokoHaram #Haram

Video recording of plenary debate (14.01.2015)Briefing note on African-led counter-terrorism measures against Boko HaramBriefing note on Political situation in Nigeria: Before the elections
 

EP could refuse to approve spending by four projects, an agency and the Council

Parliament will consider whether or not to postpone approving spending in 2013 by four EU-private partnerships, the Budapest-based European Institute of Innovation agency, the Council and the European Council in a debate on Tuesday and a series of votes on Wednesday. It will vote on a total of 52 reports under the discharge procedure for scrutinizing EU spending.

The budgetary control committee has recommended postponing discharge, (i.e.  postponing approval of their spending) to the following organisations: the European Institute of Innovation and Technology; the ARTEMIS Technology Platform, ENIAC (European Nanoelectronics Initiative Advisory Council); IMI (Innovative Medicines Initiative); ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) projects; the Council; and the European Council. The final decision on discharge is smade in October, after an assessment of the improvements carried out by the bodies that failed the discharge test in April.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

IM-Press topic: discharge
Specialist: Eszter
Debate: Tuesday, 28 April
Vote: Wednesday, 29 April
Procedure: discharge
Press conference: Wednesday, 29 April 15:00 with rapporteurs Grässle, Czarnecki and Vistisen

hashtags #discharge #EUbudget #EIT

All draft discharge reports and amendments voted on 23-24 MarchThe Budgetary Control Committee's 2013 discharge pageRapporteur on the European Commission: Ingeborg Grässle (EPP, DE)Rapporteur on agencies, joint undertakings and institutions: Ryszard Czarnecki (ECR, PL)Rapporteur on joint undertakings: Anders Primdahl Vistisen (ECR, DK)EP research: Discharge procedure for the EU budget
 

MEPs set to make money market funds more crisis-resilient

A draft law to make EU money market funds more resilient to financial crises will be put to a vote on Wednesday. These funds hold assets worth €1 trillion and act as short-term lenders to financial institutions, firms and governments. But their “shadow banking” operations are not subject to EU banking rules and they lack direct access to central bank liquidity. The law would also require clearer investor information.

The draft law, already approved by the Economic and Monetary Affair Committee, is being put to vote by Parliament as a whole to consolidate its position for three-way talks on the draft with member states and the Commission.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

IM-Press topic: Economic and monetary affairs
Procedure Code: 2013/0306(COD)
Specialist: Dorota
Debate: Tuesday, 28 April
Vote: Wednesday, 29 April
Procedure: Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), vote on mandate for negotiations

#shadowbanking #moneymarket #funds

Press release on committee vote (26.02.2015)EPRS Money market funds (20.04.2015)Profile of rapporteur Neena Gill (S&D, UK)Procedure file

Irish MEPs on this issue: Brian Hayes, Fine Gael (Midlands-North West), Matt Carthy, Sinn Fein (Midlands-North West), Nessa Childers, Independent (Dublin), Luke Ming Flanagan, Independent (Midlands-North West), Marian Harkin, Independent (Midlands-North West)

 

Youth Employment Initiative: vote to make €1 billion available in 2015

European Social Fund rule changes needed to deliver €1 billion in EU funding this year to help member states get up to 650,000 young people into work will be debated on Tuesday evening and put to a vote on Wednesday noon. The changes would help kick-start member states’ schemes by concentrating up to 30% of EU Youth Employment Initiative payments towards them in 2015.

The EU Youth Employment Initiative tops up the European Social Fund (ESF) money in member states with regions where youth unemployment exceeds 25%. The changes will be put to the vote without amendments and, pending subsequent formal approval by the Council, should enter into force by July.

Note for editors

The Youth Guarantee Initiative is a set of measures in member states to accelerate the transition from school to work transitions and help create jobs for young people.

The YEI funding for 2014-2020 is €3.2 billion, to be matched by at least €3.2 billion from member states' European Social Fund allocations.

The proposal would increase the YEI pre-financing rate in its 2015 budget allocation from 1-1.5% to up to 30%.

Beneficiary member states could therefore receive a third of their YEI allocations as soon as the relevant operational programmes are approved. They are Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the UK.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


IM-Press topic: Employment
Procedure Code:
Specialist: Janez
Debate: Tuesday, 28 April
Vote: Wednesday, 29 April
Press conference: Wednesday, 29 April at 14:30
Procedure: Ordinary Legislative Procedure

#YouthEmployment #YEI #ESF

Draft report on amending regulation on the ESF, as regards initial pre-financing to programmes of the YEI Press release: Debate on front-loading €1 billion for Youth Employment Initiative in 2015 (10.02.2015)Profile of rapporteur Elisabeth Morin-Chartier (EPP, FR)Procedure fileEuropean Commission: legislative proposal EP Resolution on Youth Employment (17.07.2014)EPRS: Youth Employment InitiativeEuropean Commission: Youth Employment Initiative infographic

MEPs on this issue: Marian Harkin, Independent (Midlands-North West), Liadh Ni Riada, Sinn Fein (South)

 

MEPs discuss working conditions in Bangladesh two years after Rana Plaza

Parliament will mark the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster when the collapse of a textile factory led to over 1,100 deaths. In their debate on Monday, MEPs will also discuss progress since 2013 in improving workers' conditions in under the Bangladesh Sustainability Compact. They will vote on a resolution Wednesday.

The Bangladesh Sustainability Compact is an initiative launched two years ago by the EU, together with the Bangladeshi authorities, the United States and the International Labour Organisation (ILO), with the aim of improving labour, health and safety conditions for workers and encouraging responsible behaviour by companies. It lists short-term and long-term commitments to boosting labour rights, inspections and occupational safety.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Code: 2015/2589(RSP)
IM-Press topic: Foreign Affairs/Human rights
Specialist: Kristina
Debate: Monday, 27 April
Vote:  Wednesday, 29 April (tbc)
Procedure:  Commission statement (with resolution)

#Bangladesh #RanaPlaza

The Sustainability CompactBriefing note on the workers' conditions in the textile and clothing sectorBriefing note on the human rights situation in BangladeshEU Trade relations with Bangladesh

Irish MEP's on this issue: Nessa Childers, Independent (Dublin)

 

Expo Milan 2015: MEPs to debate food security and how to promote healthy eating

Measures to improve the security of food supplies, reduce food waste and promote healthy eating will be debated on Thursday. Parliament will then vote a non-binding resolution calling on the EU to use the Expo 2015 event in Milan to promote measures to improve food security worldwide. The draft suggests examples such as encouraging more efficient and sustainable agronomic practices and enforcing transparency and fairness in the food supply chain.

The draft resolution notes that areas of food insecurity still exist in the EU, where 79 million people live below the poverty line. It also notes that if the world’s food supply is to keep pace with its projected population growth, from 7 billion today to 9.1 billion in 2050, then it will need to increase by 70% (UN Food and Agriculture Organisation estimates).

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

IM-Press topic: Agriculture
Procedure Code: 20145/2574(INI)
Specialist: Jan
Debate: Thursday, 30 April
Vote: Thursday, 30 April
Press conference: Wednesday, 29 April at 16.00
Procedure:  Non-legislative resolution

#foodsecurity #foodwaste #malnutrition #expo2015

Oral question to the CommissionPress release on committee vote (24.03.2015)Profile of rapporteur Paolo De Castro (S&D, IT)
 

Human rights and democracy resolutions

Parliament will hold urgent debates on the following topics relating to human rights and democracy, on Thursday 30 April at 15.00  with the votes following at 16.00.

1. The case of Nadiya Savchenko
2. The situation of the Yarmouk refugee camp
3. Imprisonment of human and workers' rights activists in Algeria

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

IM-Press topic: Human rights
Specialist: Kristina
Debate: Thursday, 30 April
Vote: Thursday, 30 April
Procedure: Non-legislatives resolutions

#humanrights #democracy # Savchenko # Yarmouk #workers #Algeria

 

Listing

 

Bologna process, Lybacka, debate Monday, vote, Tuesday

Irish MEPs on this issue: Liadh Ni Riada, Sinn Fein (South)

 

European Investment Bank annual report 2013, Urtasun, debate Thursday, Vote Thursday

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

 

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

 

European film in digital era, Wenta, vote Tuesday

 

For further information, please contact Catherine Bunyan, Press Officer on 086 8559423 or at catherine.bunyan@ep.europa.eu or contact the Irish MEPs' Press Officers directly.

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.