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06-03-2015

EP Plenary Session Newsletter 9-12 March 2015

What will the MEPs be working on during this week's Plenary Session in Strasbourg ? Highlights include: - Parliament to discuss death of Russian opposition leader Nemtsov - MEPs to debate Europe's economic priorities - Parliament wants to boost equality between men and women in the EU - Tackling child sexual abuse on the Internet - Address of King Abdullah II of Jordan - Parliament to set out its 2016 budget priorities - MEPs to debate impact of Russian import restrictions on EU road hauliers

 

Parliament to discuss death of Russian opposition leader Nemtsov

MEPs will debate the assassination of the Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and the general state of democracy in Russia with EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini on Wednesday afternoon.

MEPs are likely to condemn the ban on entering Russia that prevented MEP Sandra Kalniete (EPP, LV) from attending Mr Nemtsov’s funeral.

Parliament will vote on a resolution on the matter on Thursday


IM-Press topic: External Affairs
Specialist: Agnese
Debate: Wednesday, 11 March
Vote:  Thursday, 12 March  
Procedure: High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Statement (with resolution)

hashtags #Russia #nemtsov @BorisNemtsov

Press release: EP President Schulz on denial of entrance onto Russian territory of MEP Kalniete
 

MEPs to debate Europe's economic priorities:

MEPs will debate European economic priorities with the commissioners for the euro, employment and internal market, and the Latvian Presidency on Wednesday morning. They are expected to support the Commission's three-pillar approach for growth and recovery, based on investment, structural reforms and growth-friendly fiscal consolidation.

The Commission is represented by Valdis Dombrovskis, Marianne Thyssen and Elżbieta Bieńkowska, commissioners for the euro, employment and internal market, respectively.

They will also push for more involvement of national parliaments in the European Semester talks and better follow-up and more national ownership of the country- specific recommendations, of which only 9% were implemented in 2013. Moreover, they will put forward recommendations for making Europe more competitive and resilient in order to withstand future crises, inter alia by working towards integrated capital markets, fighting tax fraud and evasion, completing the EU's internal energy market and making labour markets more efficient.


IM-Press topic: European Semester
Procedure Code: 2014/2221(INI) + deux autres
Specialist: Ron
Debate: Wednesday, 11 March
Vote: Wednesday, 11 March  
Procedure: INI

#LV2015EU #investEU

Profile of rapporteur Dariusz Rosati (EPP, PL)Procedure fileProfile of rapporteur, Sergio Gutierrez Prieto (S&D, ES)Procedure fileProfile of rapporteur, Ildikó Gáll Pelcz (EPP, HU)Procedure fileEP Research briefing note - European Semester: Annual Growth Survey 2015 Implementation of the Stability and Growth Pact: January 2015Stability and Growth Pact - An Overview of the RulesCoordination and Surveillance of Budgetary Policies of Euro Area Member States during Autumn CycleMember States progress towards the EU2020 targetsThe legal nature of Country Specific RecommendationsImplementation of Country Specific RecommendationsInvolvement of the National Parliaments in SCP and NRP – 2013 and 2014

Irish MEPs on this issue: Marian Harkin, Independent (Midlands-North West), Brian Hayes, Fine Gael (Dublin), Nessa Childers, Independent (Dublin)

 

Capping card payment fees: MEPs set for a final vote

Rules capping fees that banks charge retailers for processing shoppers’ payments will be put to vote by Parliament as a whole on Tuesday. The rules were agreed informally with the Council of Ministers last December. The cap would apply to both cross-border and domestic card-based payments and should cut costs for card users.

The rules also aim to enhance fee transparency, so as to stimulate competition and enable both retailers and users to choose the card schemes that offer them the best terms.  

Next steps

After Parliament's vote the rules will need to be officially endorsed by the Council before they can take effect, six months after the legislation enters into force.


IM-Press topic: Economic and monetary affairs
Procedure Code: 2013/0265 (COD)
Specialist: Dorota
Vote:  Tuesday, 10 March
Procedure:  Ordinary legislative procedure (1st reading agreement)

#cardfees

Press release after the deal with the Council (17.12.2014)

Irish MEPs on this issue: Brian Hayes, Fine Gael (Dublin), Nessa Childers, Independent (Dublin)

 

Parliament wants to boost equality between men and women in the EU

MEPs vote on Tuesday on a resolution calling for 10 days' paid paternity leave and recognition of a woman’s right to abortion and contraception. They will point to problems caused by gender inequality such as violence against women, the gender pay gap and the career glass ceiling.

In the draft resolution, MEPs are calling for paid paternity leave of at least 10 working days and deplore the four-year deadlock in the Council over the maternity leave directive. (24-25). Women must have control over their sexual and reproductive health and rights, not least by having ready access to contraception and abortion, says the text. (45)

Every year the women’s rights and gender equality committee passes a resolution assessing the progress made to achieve equality between women and men.

The equal treatment of men and women is a fundamental right of the European
Union and has been enshrined in the Treaties since 1957.The principle of gender equality is central to all EU policy.

The House will debate the resolution on Monday afternoon.


IM-Press topic: Gender equality
Procedure Code: 2014/2217(INI)
Specialist: Maja
Debate:  Monday, 9 March
Vote:  Tuesday, 10 March
Procedure:  non-legislative resolution

#equality #women

Draft resolution on Progress on equality between women and men in the EU in 2013Profile of rapporteur: Marc Tarabella (S&D, BE)EPRS research: Advancing gender equality in the EUEuropean Commission: Gender Equality in the EUEP Study - Evaluation of the Strategy for Equality between Women and Men 2010-2015Procedure filePress conference

Irish MEPs on this issue:

 

Energy Union: MEPs to debate priorities ahead of the European Council

MEPs will give their input on the future Energy Union proposals in a debate with the Council and Commission on Wednesday at 09.00. This issue will top the agenda at a meeting of EU heads of state or government in Brussels on 19 and 20 March.

Parliament debated the proposals with Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič at a plenary meeting in Brussels on 25 February, where the European Commission tabled its European Energy Union Strategy communication.

A non-binding resolution on the strategy, now being drafted for the Industry, Research and Energy Committee by rapporteur: Algirdas Saudargas (EPP, LT), is scheduled for a committee vote on 7 May 2015
Other topics likely to be on the European Council agenda include EU relations with Russia and the situation in Ukraine and preparations for the EU Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga (Latvia). The first phase of the 2015 “European Semester” economic policy coordination exercise will also be concluded at the summit.


IM-Press topic: European Council
Specialist: Raluca
Debate:  Wednesday, 11 March
Procedure: Council and Commission statements

#energysecurity #energyunion #euco #Russia #Ukraine #EuropeanSemester #EasternPartnership

Draft agenda of European Council - 19 - 20 March 2015Recorded plenary debate with Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President for Energy Union (25.02.2015)Draft non-legislative resolution on European Energy Security Strategy Procedure fileEnergy Union - European Commission

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

 

Address of King Abdullah II of Jordan

King Abdullah II of Jordan will deliver a formal address to Parliament on Tuesday at noon. This will be his fourth appearance in the Chamber, following his visits in 2002, 2007 and 2012.


IM-Press topic:
Procedure Code:
Specialist: Václav
Debate: Tuesday, 10 March
Procedure: Formal sitting

#Jordan

Official website of King Abdullah II

Irish MEPs on this issue:

 

Tackling child sexual abuse on the Internet

Parliament is to call for further efforts to halt the rise in paedophilia on the Internet in a resolution to be voted on Wednesday. In February’s preparatory debate, MEPs urged EU member states to do more to enforce a 2011 EU directive on combating sexual abuse of children, to make investigation and prosecution more effective and to work more closely with internet service providers and with the EU law enforcement agency, Europol, to get illegal images removed.

The rise in paedophilia on the Internet, and notably growing demand, increasing violence, the advanced levels of encryption used by child abusers and the use of social media for online luring, are likely to be addressed in the resolution.

According to Europol, 10% of Internet paedophilia victims are under two years old.


IM-Press topic: Justice and Home Affairs
Procedure Code: 2015/2564(RSP)
Specialist: Isabel
Debate: Thursday, 12 February
Vote: Wednesday, 11 March
Procedure: Non-legislative resolution

#paedophilia #childabuse #internet

Press release on Child sex crimes: Parliament backs tougher penalties and EU-wide deletion of porn web pages (27.10.2011)2011 directive on combating the sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children and child pornography

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

 

MEPs want to channel funds towards long term European investment

Parliament votes on Wednesday on rules to create European Long-Term Investment Funds (ELTIFs) designed to benefit the real economy and society by channelling non-bank funds into long-term projects to deliver infrastructure, intellectual property or research results.

ELTIFs are vehicles designed to boost non-bank investment in the real economy across the EU and outside it, provided these projects benefit the EU economy and spur growth. Their regulated structure, uniform rules and stable returns should help to attract the savings of both individual and professional investors to finance long-term investments in the European Union including those envisaged in the so-called Juncker plan.

ELTIFs will channel public and private funds only into long-term projects unlikely to return a quick profit. However, they should drive long-run growth by delivering infrastructure, machinery and equipment and education and research results, and by fostering the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Next steps

After the plenary vote, the rules, which have been already been informally approved by the member states, must be officially endorsed by the Council.


IM-Press topic: Economic and Monetary Affairs
Procedure Code: 2013/0214(COD)
Specialist: Dorota
Debate:  Tuesday, 10 March
Vote:  Wednesday, 11 March
Procedure:  Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), 1st reading agreement

#ELTIF #investment #fund

Press release after the deal with the Council (26.11.2014)EP Research briefing note - European long-term investment funds

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

 

EU delays in tackling hormone-disrupting chemicals

The European Commission will be asked to explain delays in delivering criteria for identifying and categorizing endocrine disruptors - chemicals that scientists link to a rise in foetal and genital abnormalities, cancer and infertility – in a question for an oral reply on Monday evening. The Commission had a legal duty to deliver these criteria by December 2013.

In a resolution voted in March 2013, MEPs urged the EU to act to reduce exposure to these substances, which scientists link to a recent rise in cases of impaired sperm quality, early onset of puberty, certain cancers and other disorders.

The Council of Ministers decided last month to back Sweden in taking the European Commission to the Court of Justice for failure to act over the chemicals, found in products ranging from pesticides to toys, medical devices and cosmetics.


IM-Press topic: Public Health
Procedure Code: O-000017/2015
Specialist: Baptiste
Debate:  Monday 9 Maarch
Procedure: Written question for oral reply

#EDC #endocrinedisruptors

Oral questionEuropean Parliament resolution on the protection of public health from endocrine disruptersPress release: MEPs call for clampdown on chemicals affecting hormones

Irish MEP's on this issue: Lynn Boylan, Sinn Fein (Dublin), Marian Harkin, Independent (Midlands-North West), Nessa Childers, Independent (Dublin)

 

MEPs to set out their stance on ECB activities

Parliament’s stance on European Central Bank activities will be set out in a resolution to be voted on Tuesday. The draft text, by Pablo Zalba Bidegain (EPP, ES), responds to the ECB's annual report for 2013, but also assesses the ECB’s recent monetary policy measures and how it fulfils its new role as a bank supervisor.


IM-Press topic: ECON
Procedure Code: 2014/2157(INI)
Specialist: Ron
Debate: Wednesday, 25 February
Vote: Tuesday, 10 March
Procedure: Non-legislative procedure

#ECB

Draft reportProfile of the rapporteur Pablo Zalba Bidegain (EPP, ES)Procedure fileECB annual reportVideo for the debate

Irish MEP's on this issue: Mairead McGuinness, Fine Gael (Midlands-North West), Brian Hayes, Fine Gael (Dublin), Sean Kelly, Fine Gael (South), Luke Ming Flanagan, Independent (Midlands-North West)

 

MEPs to vote on rules to make lorries safer and greener

MEPs vote on Tuesday on new rules to allow manufacturers to design safer and greener lorries. More rounded cabs would be safer for pedestrians and cyclists: driver's would have a better field of vision reducing blind spots and a deflective shape would reduce the force of impact in case of accidents.


A more streamlined front would also reduce air resistance, resulting in lower fuel consumption and emissions. Extra weight allowances for alternative-fuel powertrains would provide an incentive to use greener technologies.

Changes to the weight and dimensions directive (1996) to allow exemptions from current limits where the environmental and safety performance of lorries is improved were agreed by the Italian Council Presidency and Parliament negotiators last December and unanimously approved by Parliament’s transport and tourism committee in February. They will be debated on Tuesday ahead of the final vote the same day.


IM-Press topic:
Procedure Code: 2013/0105(COD)
Specialist: Jaan
Debate:  Tuesday, 10 March
Vote: Tuesday, 10 March
Procedure:  Ordinary legislative procedure, 2nd reading agreement

#lorries #transport

Press release on the vote in committee (24.02.2015)Rapporteur Jörg Leichtfried (S&D, AT)Procedure fileEP Research briefing note - Weights and dimensions of trucks and buses

Irish MEP's on this issue: Marian Harkin, Independent (Midlands-North West)

 

EU budget control: MEPs to urge member states to crack down on fraud

EU member countries must do more to claw back EU funds lost to fraud, check better how EU funds are spent and vigorously combat corruption, MEPs are set to say in a resolution to be voted on Wednesday. The text responds to European Commission accounts detailing fraud against the EU budget in 2013.

Eighty per cent of EU funds are managed and spent by member countries. However, overall responsibility for spending remains with the Commission, which should use its existing tools for protecting EU funds more effectively, say budgetary control MEPs.


IM-Press topic: Budget
Procedure Code: 2014/2155(INI)
Specialist: Eszter
Debate: Tuesday 10 March
Vote: Wednesday 11 March
Procedure: budget discharge

#EUbudget #fraud  #EUfunds

Draft report on the Commission's annual evaluation of fight against fraud (24.02.2015)Fight against fraud: 2013 annual report by the CommissionProfile of rapporteur Georgi Pirinski (S&D, BG)Procedure fileEP Research briefing note - 2013 report on protection of the European Union's financial interests – fight against fraud

Irish MEPs on this issue: Luke Ming Flanagan, Independent (Midlands-North West)

 

EU job-search aid for redundant workers in Belgium, Germany and Poland

Some 3,000 workers made redundant in Belgium, Germany and Poland in 2013-2014 will receive EU aid worth €6.3million to help them find jobs, if Parliament gives its approval on Tuesday. The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aid still has to be approved by the Council of the European Union.


IM-Press topic: Budget
Procedure Codes: 2015/2019(BUD) (Duferco), 2015/2017(BUD) (Saint-Gobain), 2015/2021(BUD)  Caterpillar), 2015/2020(BUD) (ArcelorMittal), 2015/2018(BUD)] (Aleo Solar), 2015/2016(BUD) (Zachem)
Specialist: Eszter
Vote: Tuesday 10 March
Procedure: budget

#EGF #Belgium #Germany #Poland

Country, town, region

Company

Number of beneficiaries

Amount of aid (in €)

Sector

EP rapporteur

Belgium, La Louvière, (Hainaut region)

Duferco, NLMK

701

981,956

steel manufacturing

Andrej Plenković (EPP, HR)

Belgium, Auvelais (Namur region)

Saint-Gobain Sekurit Benelux SA

257

1,339,928

manufacturing of safety glass for cars

Liadh Ní Riada (GUE/NGL, IE)

Belgium, Gosselies (Charleroi region)

Caterpillar Belgium S.A.

630

1,222,854

machinery manufacturing

Anneli Jäätteenmäki (ALDE, FI)

Belgium, Liège

ArcelorMittal Liège S.A.

910

1,591,486

steel manufacturing

Victor Negrescu (S&D, RO)

Germany, Prenzlau/Brandenburg region

Aleo Solar and two subsidiaries

476

1,094,760

solar modules

Iris Hoffmann (S&D, DE)

Poland, Kujawsko-Pomorskie Province

Zaklady Chemiczne Zachem and two suppliers

50

115,205

chemical industry

Jan Olbrycht (EPP, PL)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


IM-Press topic: Budget
Procedure Codes: 2015/2019(BUD) (Duferco), 2015/2017(BUD) (Saint-Gobain), 2015/2021(BUD) Caterpillar), 2015/2020(BUD) (ArcelorMittal), 2015/2018(BUD)] (Aleo Solar), 2015/2016(BUD) (Zachem)
Specialist: Eszter
Vote: Tuesday 10 March
Procedure: budget

#EGF #Belgium #Germany #Poland

Link to draft reportsPress release on committee vote (26.02.2015)The Commission's EGF pageEP research: Success Stories: the use of the EU Globalisation Adjustment Fund (12.12.2014)Procedure file on DufercoProcedure file on Saint-GobainProcedure file on CaterpillarProcedure file on ArcelorMittalProcedure file on Aleo SolarProcedure file on ZachemEP Research briefing note - European Globalisation Adjustment Fund

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

 

Parliament to set out its 2016 budget priorities

Parliament’s policy guidelines for the Commission's upcoming EU 2016 budget proposal will be debated on Tuesday and set out in a resolution to be voted on Wednesday. Budget Committee MEPs recommend that the 2016 EU spending should focus on fostering economic growth, solidarity among EU member states and with third countries in need, and putting EU finances in order.

Drawn up by José Manuel Fernandes (EPP, PT), the guidelines urge the Commission to include help for start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in their draft budget to create more jobs. The Commission should also ensure that “European Youth Initiative” (EYI) job creation schemes for young people are properly financed, they add.

Solidarity among EU member states to even out differences among regions should continue, but it should also extend over EU borders, in particular by delivering urgent humanitarian assistance and development aid to Ukraine and elsewhere. The burden of handling immigration flows should be fairly shared among EU countries, says the draft text.

Finally, the Commission must present its promised plan to reduce the EU’s growing payments backlog, which reached an unprecedented €24.7 billion in “cohesion” (regional development) spending alone at the end of 2014. The work of the Monti Group on proposals for in-depth reform of the revenue system that funds the EU budget must also forge ahead, adds the draft.

Note to editors

The budget guidelines are the first document that the Parliament produces during the annual budget procedure. It sets out the line that the Parliament expects the Commission to take when drawing up its budget proposal. The Multi-annual Financial Framework ceiling for 2016 is €150.217 billion in commitment appropriations (before the approval of amendments in progress).


IM-Press topic: Budget
Procedure Code: 2015/2008(BUD)
Specialist: Eszter
Debate: Tuesday 10 March
Vote: Wednesday 11 March
Procedure: budget

#EUbudget

José Manuel Fernandes (EPP, PT)Monti GroupThe Multi-annual Financial Framework ceilingDraft report on Parliament's guidelines for the 2016 budgetPress release on committee vote (26.02.2015)Joint statement on payment appropriations and a payment plan (points 3.6 and 3.7 of EU budget 2015) The 2016 budget guidelines of co-decision maker Council (17.02.2015) EP research: how much does your country pays into the EU budget and how much does it get from it?Procedure file

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

 

2014 progress of Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro and FYROM

Parliament will discuss the 2014 reform efforts of Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia with Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn on Tuesday. It is likely to welcome the resumption of high-level talks between Belgrade and Pristina and point to persisting problems in the region with the rule of law, corruption, -discrimination, the pace of structural reforms and the polarisation of politics.

The House will vote on the four separate resolutions on Wednesday.


IM-Press topic: Enlargement
Procedure Code: 2014/2947(RSP), 2014/2948(RSP), 2014/2949(RSP), 2014/2950(RSP)
Specialist: Václav
Debate: Tuesday, 10 March
Vote: Wednesday, 11 March
Procedure: Council and Commission statements followed by debate (with resolution)
Press conference: Wednesday, 11 March, 14.30, with the rapporteurs

#Serbia #Kosovo #Montenegro #FYROM #enlargement

Draft resolution on 2014 Progress Report on SerbiaDraft resolution on the European integration process of KosovoDraft resolution on 2014 Progress Report on MontenegroDraft resolution on 2014 Progress Report on the former Yugoslav Republic of MacedoniaPress release on committee vote (24.02.2015)Profile of rapporteur David McAllister (EPP, DE) – SerbiaProfile of rapporteur Ulrike Lunacek (Greens/EFA, AT) – KosovoProfile of rapporteur Charles Tannock (EPP, DE) – MontenegroProfile of rapporteur Ivo Vajgl (ALDE, SL) – the former Yugoslav Republic of MacedoniaProcedure files

EP Research briefing note:

Serbia's EU accession: need for greater efforts Montenegro's EU accession: losing momentum? Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: impasse? Kosovo's EU integration: progress or stagnation?

Irish MEP's on this issue:

 

EU foreign policy annual review with Federica Mogherini

Parliament’s views on key EU foreign policy aims and choices will be debated with foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini on Wednesday and set out in a resolution to be voted on Thursday. The draft text argues that the EU has yet to unleash its full potential to shape the international and security environment and needs a more proactive and credible foreign policy, based on a joint perception of interests and threats.

MEPs will also seek Ms Mogherini’s views on the relations between the EU and the League of Arab States, namely on the counter-terrorism cooperation. A separate resolution will be put to the vote on Thursday.


IM-Press topic: Foreign Affairs
Procedure Code: 2014/2219(INI)
Specialist: Vaclav
Debate:  Wednesday 11 March
Vote:  Thursday 12 March
Procedure:  High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Statement (with resolution)
Press conference: Wednesday 11 March, 10 am

#CFSP #counterterrorism #ArabStates

Draft resolution on the Annual Report from the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Press release on committee vote (24.02.2015)Profile of rapporteur Elmar Brok (EPP, DE)Procedure file

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

 

Parliament to demand human rights clauses in international agreements

MEPs are likely to demand the inclusion of binding human rights clauses in all EU international agreements in a debate on Wednesday and vote on Thursday on the EU's 2013 report on human rights and democracy. Guaranteeing common standards for the reception of refugees, protecting children and adopting a coherent and strategic approach to human rights in China will be among the issues discussed.

The debate on a resolution drafted by Pier Antonio Panzeri (S&D, IT) and adopted by the foreign affairs committee on 10 February starts at 15.00 on Wednesday. This will be followed by a debate with the EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini on the 28th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) which opened on 2 March.


IM-Press topic:

Procedure Code: 2014/2216(INI)
Specialist: Kristina
Debate: Wednesday, 11 March
Vote: Thursday, 12 March
Procedure: Non-legislative resolution

#HumanRights #democracy #UNHRC #China

Draft resolution on EU's Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World 2013 Profile of rapporteur Pier Antonio Panzeri (S&D, IT)Website of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)Procedure file

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

 

MEPs to debate impact of Russian import restrictions on EU road hauliers

Parliament will debate the harm Russia's ban on some imports of food and agricultural products is doing to the EU transport sector on Monday evening. MEPs say this has been neglected by the Commission although it has already introduced short-term market support measures for producers of fruit, vegetables and dairy produce worth more than EUR 155 million.

MEPs will ask the Commission for data on the impact on the transport sector and for information on possible EU measures to prevent further losses.


IM-Press topic:
Procedure Code: 2015/2541(RSP)
Specialist: Jaan
Debate:  Monday, 9 March
Procedure:  Question for oral answer by the Commission

#Russian #imports

Question for oral answer by the Commission

Irish MEPs on this issue:

 

Political repression in Venezuela

Parliament’s resolution on the situation in Venezuela, to be voted on Thursday, will wrap up its 25 February plenary debate on the worsening state of the country. Many speakers in that debate criticised the methods used by Venezuela’s government and forces of order against the political opposition and protesters, which have included imprisonment and political persecution.


IM-Press topic: Foreign Affairs
Procedure Code:
Specialist: Václav
Debate:  Wednesday, 25 February
Vote: Thursday, 12 March
Procedure: Non-legislative resolution

#Venezuela

Videorecording of the debate (25.02.2015)Press release after the plenary debate (26.02.2015) (Spanish only)

Irish MEPs on this issue:

 

Human rights and democracy resolutions

Parliament will hold urgent debates on the following topics relating to human rights and democracy, in the morning on Thursday 12 March morning with the votes following around 12.00.

• Recent attacks and abductions by Da'esh in the Middle East, notably of Assyrians
• South Sudan, including recent child abductions
• Tanzania, notably the issue of land grabbing


IM-Press topic: Human rights
Specialist: Kristina
Debate: Thursday, 12 March
Vote: Thursday, 12 March
Procedure: Non-legislatives resolutions

#humanrights #democracy

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

 

Other Topics on the Agenda:

- Rise of anti-semitism, Islamophobia and violent extremism in EU, debate Wednesday

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

 

- Annual report on EU competition policy, Messerschmidt (INI), debate Monday, vote Tuesday

Irish MEPs on this issue: Luke Ming Flanagan, Independent (Midlands-North West)

 

- Global High-Level Conference on Ebola of 3 march 2015 - Council and Commission statements, debate Tuesday

 

- Mali peace agreement - Statement by the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy - debate Wednesday

 

- Sustainable exploitation of sea bass - Oral question to the Commission, debate Thursday, vote Thursday

 

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.

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