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This Week in the European Parliament 26 March - 1 April 2012

Plenary Session and Committee Meetings - Brussels

Derivatives. Parliament will vote on a deal its negotiators struck with EU Member States on new EU rules to make trade in over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives safer and more transparent (vote Thursday).

Enlargement. MEPs will debate and vote on the progress of Turkey, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro towards joining the EU (debate Wednesday, vote Thursday).  

Air passenger rights. Parliament will vote a resolution on air passengers' rights, saying that a coming update of EU rules must ensure that air fares are all-in, that stranded passengers get immediate help or are flown home when airlines go bust (vote Thursday).

Committees and other business

Troika on Greece. The Economic Affairs and Employment committees will hold a joint meeting with the Troika on Greece (EU, ECB, IMF) to discuss financial and economic developments in Greece (Tuesday).

Data Transfer to the US. The Civil Liberties Committee will vote on the Passenger Name Record (PNR) deal on the transfer of EU air passengers' data to the US authorities. Parliament's rapporteur recommends rejecting it (Tuesday).

ACTA. The International Trade Committee will pursue its debate on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) (Tuesday).

Giga-liners. The Transport Committee will quiz Commissioner Siim Kallas on supersize lorries and the Commission's new policy of allowing cross-border haulage with larger and heavier vehicles where both countries agree (Monday).

CIA flights. The Civil Liberties Committee will hold a fresh public hearing on the CIA's alleged illegal detention and transfers of prisoners in Europe. A special committee inquiry on this produced a final report in February 2007 (Tuesday).

President's diary. On Wednesday at 1.30 p.m., President Schulz will give a press conference on the European Citizens' Initiative rules, which enter into force 1 April and will enable 1 million citizens to ask the European Commission to propose legislation. On Wednesday, he will also meet Moldova's Prime Minister Vlad Filat (followed by a press point). On Thursday he will meet Italian Senate President Renato Schifani.

Press briefing. A briefing on key topics of media interest will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. (Anna Politkovskaya Room, PHS 0A050).

Agenda Week 26 March-1 April