The Week Ahead 23 - 29 March 2015 - What is on the agenda
Plenary and committee meetings, take place in Brussels. On Monday ECB President Draghi will discuss quantitive easing in ECON Committee. At the plenary session Energy Union, relations with Russia and situation in Ukraine will be discussed with the Commission and the Council on Wednesday. The Parliament will vote on aid of 2.5 million from the EGF for Irish Lufthansa Technick workers. Members will also discuss the Tax Transparency Package, just tabled by the European Commission. Other topics on the agenda include International Roma Day, Russia/Crimea; discharge of 2013 budget,
Ukraine. MEPs will vote on whether Ukraine should be granted up to €1.8 billion in EU macro-financial assistance for economic and political stabilisation and reform. This would be the biggest grant of financial help that the EU has ever made to a non-EU country under the Macro-Financial Assistance (MFA) programme.
Tax transparency. Members will debate the Tax Transparency Package, just tabled by the European Commission to tackle corporate tax avoidance and harmful tax competition in the EU.
International Roma Day. Parliament will debate Anti-Gypsyism in Europe, and whether the EU should recognise 2 August as the official remembrance day of the Roma genocide in WWII, with the Council and Commission. A resolution will be voted at the April plenary session in Strasbourg.
Draghi/quantitative easing. Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs will meet European Central Bank President Mario Draghi to debate the latest ECB monetary policy measures, including quantitative easing, and to hear from Mr Draghi - in his role as Chair of the Systemic Risk Board - whether or not the EU's financial stability is still under threat. (Monday)
Budgetary control. The Budgetary Control Committee will vote on whether to approve how the EU institutions and bodies have spent their respective funds from the 2013 budget, followed by a debate with budget and human resources Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva on Commission spending for 2013. (Monday and Tuesday)
Russia/Crimea. Crimea’s militarization and security situation one year after its illegal annexation by Russia will be debated by the Defence Subcommittee with leader of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis movement Refat Chubarov, leader of the Crimean Tatar community Mustafa Jemilev, and Members of the Ukrainian Parliament. (Tuesday)
Mukwege. Congolese gynaecologist and 2014 Sakharov Prize laureate Denis Mukwege will meet the Human Rights Subcommittee on Thursday to discuss ways to support his work against rape and violence on women and hold a press point with Subcommittee Chair Elena Valenciano. Mr Mukwege will also meet EP President Schulz on Wednesday.
President's diary. EP President Martin Schulz will meet Speaker of Montenegro’s Parliament Ranko Krivokapić and deliver the closing speech at an event entitled "The rise of religious radicalism and fundamentalism and the role of inter-religious dialogue in the promotion of tolerance and respect for human dignity", on Tuesday. On Wednesday, he will chair the plenary debate on the latest European Council conclusions. Finally, Mr Schulz will meet Romanian Senate President Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu and Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambayev, followed by press point (Paul-Henri Spaak building, 9th floor), on Thursday.