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11-10-2013

What's happening in Parliament 14-20 October

Committees and political groups meetings, Brussels


Women on boards. The committees on Women's Rights and Gender Equality and Legal Affairs will vote on whether to require EU-listed companies to ensure, by 2020, that at least 40% of their non-executive board members are women. In 2012 only 15% of non-executive board members at the EU's largest companies were women. (Monday)

Product safety. The Internal Market Committee will vote on two draft laws, to make it easier to detect unsafe goods and improve product traceability by overhauling country of origin rules. (Thursday)

EU system for struggling banks. The Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee will table plans to amend the proposed Single Resolution Mechanism (SRM), which would establish a single authority and fund for the resolution of failing banks. This proposal is part of the Banking Union package. (Monday)

NSA surveillance. The Civil Liberties Committee will hold its seventh and eighth hearings on US surveillance in the EU. MEPs will first discuss whether the surveillance activities breached EU and international law and its impact on fundamental rights. They will then consider national investigations under way in Germany and the Netherlands. (Monday and Thursday)

Plenary preparation. Political groups will prepare for the 21-24 October plenary session in Strasbourg, which will feature votes on the EU budget for 2014-2020, the EU budget for 2014, the Horizon 2020 and Connecting Europe Facility programmes, the safety of medical devices, migratory flows in the Mediterranean, and the possible suspension of the SWIFT agreement in response to NSA surveillance. At this session, Aung San Suu Kyi is to be presented with the Sakharov Prize, awarded to her in 1990.