The Week Ahead: Agenda 04 - 10 April 2016
Plenary preparations. Political groups will prepare for the 11-14 April plenary session in Strasbourg. Amongst other topics, MEPs will prepare for debates and votes on a committee proposal for a centralised EU asylum system with national quotas, the progress made by Turkey, Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina towards EU membership, the protection of trade secrets, breeding animals and tools to foster mobility in vocational education.
Discharge 2014. Budgetary Control MEPs will round off their investigation into how the EU has spent its budget funds over the year 2014. Votes on whether to grant discharge (approve the handling of the budgets) or not will include the funds for the functioning of the EU, as well as administrative funds for all institutions and agencies. (Votes on Monday and Thursday).
Terrorist attacks in Brussels. Civil Liberties MEPs will hold a discussion following the extraordinary meeting of EU ministers of Justice and Home Affairs of Thursday 24 March after the terrorist attacks in Brussels. (Thursday)
EU-Turkey cooperation in migration and visa liberalisation. Civil Liberties MEPs will debate the next steps in EU-Turkey cooperation in the field of migration, as well as the progress made by Turkey towards visa liberalisation. EU leaders recently agreed with Ankara to speed up the process, with a view to grant visa-free access to the EU for Turkish citizens already by June 2016, provided that all conditions have been met. (Thursday).
Citizenships for sale. The sale of citizenship in EU countries and allegations of corruption in the issuing of residence permits and visas by member state consulates are looked into by MEPs of the Civil Liberties committee in a meeting with Commission representatives. (Thursday)
Car emissions. The EMIS committee, set up to investigate alleged contraventions and maladministration related to car emissions, will hold its first meeting. (Thursday).
TAXE II. MEPS of the TAXE II committee will continue their hearings of bank representatives (Royal Bank of Scotland and Deutsche Bank) and discuss with competition commissioner for Margrethe Vestager. (Monday)
President's agenda. EP President Martin Schulz will give the keynote speech at a conference on "Asylum and migration in the European Union" in Berlin on Monday. On Wednesday afternoon he will meet with Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, in Brussels, and on Thursday morning he will give the opening speech of a conference about "30 years since Chernobyl - Witnesses of the past and nuclear power today", also in Brussels.