The Week Ahead: Agenda 4-10 July 2016
Parliament will debate the outcome of the 28 - 29 EU summit with EU Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. Besides the consequences of the UK’s EU membership referendum, the heads of state or government also discussed digital single market and capital markets union proposals, “European Semester” country-specific economic policy recommendations and the EU’s global strategy for a common foreign and security policy. (Debate Tuesday)
Plenary session and committee meetings in Strasbourg
Incoming/outgoing Council presidencies. MEPs will debate the priorities of the incoming Slovak Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers with Prime Minister Róbert Fico on Wednesday morning, followed by a joint press conference with EP President Martin Schulz. A separate debate on the outgoing Dutch Presidency’s achievements will be held on Tuesday morning with Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
EU Border and Coast Guard. Plans to set up an EU border control system, bringing together the EU’s Frontex border agency and national border management authorities, will be debated on Tuesday and voted on Wednesday. Under these plans, national authorities will still manage their borders on a day-to-day basis but, if their EU external borders are under pressure, they will be able to seek help from the new agency. A round-table meeting for journalists with the rapporteur takes place on Tuesday from 9.30 to 11.00 and a press conference is scheduled after Wednesday's vote at 15.00.
Energy efficiency labelling. Parliament will set out its position on proposed binding new rules for energy efficiency labelling on household products in a resolution to be voted on Wednesday, after debating them on Monday. The draft text calls for a clear A to G scale.
Cybersecurity. Firms supplying essential services and networks, e.g. for energy, transport, banking and health, or digital ones, such as search engines and cloud services, will have to take action to improve their ability to withstand cyber-attacks, under the first EU-wide cybersecurity rules informally agreed with Council and up for a final vote. (Debate Tuesday, vote Wednesday)
Protecting whistle blowers. Following the conviction of "Luxleaks" whistle blowers Antoine Deltour and Raphael Halet for having revealed tax deals granted to multinationals, MEPs will hold a debate with the Commission on Wednesday afternoon on how to better protect whistle blowers in the EU.
Corporate taxation. The TAXE II Committee’s final recommendations for making corporate taxation fairer and clearer are to be debated on Tuesday and put to a vote on Wednesday. MEPs are to call inter alia for an EU public register of beneficial owners of companies, a tax havens blacklist and a code of conduct for banks and tax advisors. A press conference by the chair and rapporteurs is scheduled before the vote, at 09.30.
Terrorism/foreign fighters. A new draft law that would make preparing to commit terror attacks a crime throughout the EU will be put to a vote in the Civil Liberties Committee. “Preparatory acts” for terrorist purposes would include receiving training within or outside Europe, travelling or facilitating travel or raising funds. (Monday) Press conference by rapporteur Monika Hohlmeier (EPP, DE) at 09.30 on Tuesday.
President's diary. Parliament’s President Martin Schulz will meet Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico in Strasbourg on Tuesday. Also on Tuesday, he will chair an extraordinary Conference of Presidents, attended by Prime Minister Fico. On Friday, he will give the keynote speech at a Reporters without Frontiers Conference in Hamburg.
Pre-session press briefing. The EP Press Service will hold a press briefing at 16.30 on Monday. (EP Press conference room, Strasbourg)