The Week Ahead: Agenda 30 May- 5 June 2016
European Border and Coast Guard: Plans to create a European Border and Coast Guard Agency, bringing together the EU’s Frontex border agency and national border authorities, will be put to a vote in the Civil Liberties Committee. The new agency’s mandate would empower it to intervene at EU external frontiers where urgent action is required, even if the EU countries concerned have not asked for help. (Monday) Press conference by rapporteur Artis Pabriks (EPP, LV) on Tuesday at 09:00.
Returning third-country nationals staying illegally in the EU/Safe countries of origin. Plans to introduce a standard EU travel document for non-EU nationals who are staying in the EU without proper papers and who are to be expelled from a member state to their country of origin, will also be voted in the Civil Liberties Committee. The aim is to speed up the return process. Separately, the Committee will debate amendments to a proposal on safe countries of origin. (Monday)
Exchanging information on criminal records of non-EU nationals. Civil liberties MEPs will vote on whether to expand the existing system for sharing criminal records among the 28 national judicial authorities to include non-EU nationals. This would update the European Criminal Records Information system (ECRIS) to enable national judges to check non-EU nationals’ criminal records anywhere in the EU with one single request. (Monday)
Minorities in Syria and Iraq. A public hearing on the plight of minorities caught up in the Syrian civil war and the war waged by ISIS will be held by the Human Rights Subcommittee. The panel will include representatives of some of the key minorities of the region, e.g. Christian, Turkmen and Yazidi Aim. (Monday)
Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) report. The FRA’s Director Michael O´Flaherty will table and discuss its 2015 annual report with Civil Liberties Committee MEPs. The report deals with issues such as migration and the refugee crisis, the upsurge of racist and xenophobic incidents in member states and the consequences of the recent terrorist attacks for fundamental rights. (Monday)
Plenary preparations. Political groups will prepare for the 6 - 9 June plenary session in Strasbourg. Agenda items include votes on draft rules against certain tax avoidance practices, fine-tuning plans for a “Panama Papers” inquiry committee, discussing unfair trading practices in the food supply chain, preparing follow-up questions to the Council on investigations into the use of torture by the CIA and quiz the Commission on the early impacts of the EU investment plan which will be up for a midterm review.
President's agenda. EP President Martin Schulz will meet Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) on Tuesday at 15.00 in Brussels. On Friday, he will travel to Lisbon to meet Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues, President of the Assembly of the Republic of Portugal at 11.00, then Prime Minister António Costa at 12.15. At 19.30, he will meet Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
Pre-session press briefing. The EP Press Service will hold a press briefing with the EP's political group spokespersons at 11.00 on Friday. (Anna Politkovskaya room, press centre, Brussels)