The Week Ahead: Agenda 13-19 June 2016 - Committee meetings, Brussels
Health claims on caffeine. A proposal to veto a Commission draft plan to allow claims that caffeine helps boost alertness and concentration to be made on the labels of sugary drinks, and particularly energy drinks consumed mostly by adolescents, is up for a vote in the Environment and Public Health Committee. (Wednesday)
Medical devices. An informal deal with the Dutch Council Presidency on stricter monitoring and certification procedures for medical devices such as breast or hip implants will be put to a vote in the Environment and Public Health Committee. The committee will also vote on an informal deal on tighter information and ethical requirements for diagnostic medical devices, e.g. those used for pregnancy or DNA testing. (Wednesday)
Energy efficiency labelling. A proposal to apply the “A to G” label scale for energy-efficient household products throughout the EU will be put to a vote in the Energy Committee. A digital database of new products placed on the EU market is also proposed, to enable buyers to check that they comply with energy efficiency label rules. (Tuesday)
State of EU economy. The Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee will discuss the state of the European economy and the achievements under the Dutch Council Presidency with ECOFIN chair Jeroen Dijsselbloem. (Tuesday)
Palestine refugees. The situation of Palestinian refugees will be debated in the Foreign Affairs Committee with Pierre Krähenbühl, Commissioner General for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). A press point with Mr Krähenbühl and committee chair Elmar Brok will follow.
ACP-EU. The 31st plenary session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, in Windhoek (Namibia), will bring together MEPs and MPs from African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries to discuss, inter alia, free trade in Africa, migration flows between ACP countries and the EU, the pre-electoral situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo and violence against women and children in armed conflicts. (Monday to Wednesday)
President's agenda. EP President Martin Schulz will meet Selahattin Demirtaş, co-chair of Peoples' Democratic Party, one of the major opposition parties in Turkey, on Wednesday, and deliver a keynote speech at a conference entitled “Remembrance culture in Europe or European culture of remembrance”, in Berlin.
Press briefing. The EP Press Service will hold a press briefing on the week's activities at 11.00 on Monday, in the “Anna Politkovskaya” EP press conference room, Brussels. Ask #EPressbriefing @EuroParlPress questions on committees' work.