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25-11-2013

This week in the European Parliament 25 November-1 December

Committee meetings - Brussels

Portability of pension rights. Parliament and Council negotiators will try to strike a deal on new legislation to make it easier to keep or obtain pension rights when working in another EU country. If an agreement is reached, the deal will need to be confirmed by representatives of national governments and by the Employment Committee before being put to a plenary vote. (Wednesday)

Alternative fuels for transport. Measures to ensure the build-up of alternative fuel stations across Europe, such as refuelling and recharging stations for electric, hydrogen or natural gas vehicles, by setting binding targets for member states, are up for a vote in the Transport Committee. (Tuesday)

Public procurement. Legislation that would give the EU the right to restrict access to public procurement for third countries not offering reciprocal access to their markets will be voted by the International Trade Committee. The aim is to improve the EU's negotiating position in trade talks with third countries (e.g. US, Japan or India) and offer new opportunities to EU companies. (Thursday)

Collective management of copyrights. A deal struck by Parliament and Council negotiating teams two weeks ago on legislation to stimulate the creation of EU-wide online music services for consumers will be put to the vote in the Legal Affairs Committee. (Tuesday)

Sound levels of vehicles. An informal deal with the Council on car noise limits to protect public health will be put to a vote in the Environment Committee. MEPs advocate labels to inform consumers about new cars' noise levels and adding artificial sound to hybrid and electric vehicles to alert pedestrians. (Wednesday)

Candidate for the ECB bank supervisor. ECB supervisory board candidate Daniele Nouy, will be vetted by the Economic Affairs Committee. Parliament needs to give its consent for the candidate to take office. (Wednesday)

Conference of Presidents. On Tuesday, the Conference of Presidents (EP President and political groups’ leaders) will meet in Athens. President Schulz will also meet Greek President Karolos Papoulias. On Thursday and Friday, Mr Schulz will be in Vilnius for the 3rd Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius with EU governments’ leaders and Commission President Barroso.

Women in Parliaments. Parliament will host the 2013 Annual Summit of the "Women in Parliaments Global Forum" (WIP), with female members of parliaments from around the world and high-profile politicians and activists. (Wednesday to Friday)

Elections 2014 website. A comprehensive and multi-media website providing a wide range of information on the 2014 European elections and an overview of legislation and actions approved by Parliament in recent years will go on line (Sunday).