The week ahead. June 08 - 14. Plenary session in Strasbourg
What's on the agenda in the week ahead, June 8 - 14, 2015. Plenary session in Strasbourg. TTIP, EU-Russia relations, FIFA, and more.
TTIP. Parliament’s recommendations to the European Commission for its Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks with the USA will be up for the key debate on Wednesday morning and voted at noon. Protecting investors while safeguarding regulatory rights of states is set to top the debate, with opinions split on the appropriate mechanism for resolving disputes between investors and states. (Debate and vote Wednesday)
EU-Russia relations. The EU and its member states should monitor Russia’s funding of EU political parties, earmark funds to counter its propaganda and tackle Black Sea security threats, say MEPs in two draft non-legislative resolutions. The issue of how best to counter Russia's recent entry ban on 89 EU politicians and officials is also likely come up in the debate. (Debate Wednesday, vote Thursday)
FIFA. Revelations of wide-spread corruption at the International Football Federation and calls to consider a country’s human rights record before choosing it as a venue for international sports events, will be debated on Wednesday. A resolution on FIFA corruption will be voted on Thursday. (Debate Wednesday, vote Thursday)
Corporate governance. Shareholders would get their say on remuneration policy for listed company directors, under a draft law in which legal affairs MEPs also wish to insert new tax transparency requirements for large companies and public interest entities. (Debate Tuesday, vote Wednesday)
Intellectual property rights. The need to protect EU industries from counterfeiting in third countries will be stressed by MEPs in a debate on Monday. With lessons learned from Parliament’s rejection of the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade agreement (ACTA) three years ago, the Commission is expected to table new proposals. In a separate debate and resolution, MEPs are likely to call for intra-EU rules to combat online breaches of intellectual property rights. (Debates Monday, votes Tuesday)
Hungary and Turkey. Two resolutions will be voted to wrap up May plenary debates, one on Turkey’s pre-accession reform progress and the other, with Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans, on a consultation on migration and talks of reinstating capital punishment in Hungary. (Wednesday)
Mongolia's President. Mongolia’s President Tsakhiagiyn Elbegdorj will deliver a formal address to MEPs in plenary session on Tuesday at 12.00. This will be his first visit to the European Parliament since he was elected President in May 2009.
President's diary. On Tuesday, Parliament President Martin Schulz will meet President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj of Mongolia at 11.30. A joint press point is scheduled at 12.30, following president Elbegdorj's formal address in plenary. On Wednesday, President Schulz will hold a speech at the high-level NOAH internet conference in Berlin. On Saturday, the president will deliver a speech at the ceremony in honour of the 30th anniversary of the Schengen agreement in Schengen, Luxembourg.
Pre-session press briefing. The EP Press Service will hold a press briefing at 16.30 on Monday. (EP Press conference room, Strasbourg)