EP this week: financial crisis, border control and EU-US trade agreement
This is the last week of official meetings until September, but work will continue behind the scenes. MEPs will meet their constituents and delegations will travel to countries such as the US to discuss the response to the global crisis and how a transatlantic free-trade agreement - which is currently being negotiated between the EU and the US - could affect the environment. A delegation will also travel to Spain to observe the Frontex Indalo border control operation.
The economic and environment committees are going to Washington DC on Monday 15 July to discuss with their US counterparts the crisis and how trade talks might affect environmental rules on carbon trading, air transport and food safety. Meanwhile a delegation from the civil liberties committee will be in Spain on Tuesday 16 July to visit the Frontex Indalo operation, aimed at stemming the flow of illegal migration from Africa.
At the end of the week Parliament goes into summer recess, but committee meetings will resume at the end of August. The next plenary session is scheduled for 9-12 September.