The Week Ahead: Agenda 06-12 June 2016
Migration compact. A new EU plan to address the root causes of migration will be presented by the EU Commission and debated in plenary on Tuesday afternoon. The “migration compact”, prepared by Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, foresees using EU funds to promote private investment in migrants’ countries of origin, particularly in Africa.
Integrating legal migrants. In a following debate, MEPs will discuss new plans by the EU Commission to set up uniform, efficient legal immigration procedures for those entitled to stay as well as an action plan for integration of third-country nationals. (Debate Tuesday)
Turkey. MEPs will debate the state of democracy in Turkey after 138 members of the Turkish parliament had their immunity lifted. Respect of fundamental rights is one of the conditions for a rapid introduction of visa-free travel for Turkish citizens as part of an arrangement for managing migration.
Juncker plan mid-term review. The first results of the European Commission's €315 billion investment plan for Europe will be debated on Wednesday morning with Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen. Most of the EU co-financed projects so far lined up to boost jobs and growth are in France, the UK, Italy and Germany.
Inquiry committee. Following the recent “Panama Papers” revelations about some 200,000 offshore letterbox companies, the, MEPs will vote on the creation of an inquiry committee to investigate alleged contraventions and maladministration in the application of EU laws on money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion. (Vote Wednesday)
Taxing multinationals. MEPs will give their opinion on the Commission's proposal for an anti-tax avoidance directive on Tuesday morning and vote on a resolution on Wednesday. The proposal aims to close loopholes used by corporate tax avoiders.
Endocrine disruptors. Parliament is set to reiterate its demand that the European Commission publish the over-due scientific criteria needed to identify and tackle exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals. These criteria should have been published by the end of 2013. (Vote Wednesday)
Removing hurdles to free movement. Parliament will vote on new EU rules to facilitate the free movement of citizens by simplifying procedures for proving the authenticity of their personal public documents, such as birth or marriage certificates, in other EU member states. To avoid the need for translation, the provisions would introduce new multilingual EU forms to be attached to the documents. (Debate Wednesday, vote Thursday)
President of Bulgaria. Rosen Plevneliev, President of the Republic of Bulgaria, will deliver a speech in the European Parliament on Wednesday at 12.00. The future of Europe and the current challenges that the EU is facing are expected to be among the topics addressed.
President's diary. Parliament’s President Martin Schulz will meet Georgia’s President Giorgi Margvelashvili on Tuesday. On Wednesday he will meet Bulgaria’s President Rosen Plevneliev and hold a joint press point following Mr Plevneliev’s formal address to the plenary session.
Pre-session press briefing. The EP Press Service will hold a press briefing at 16.30 on Monday. (EP Press conference room, Strasbourg)