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What's happening in Parliament 18 - 24 February 2013

Committees week, Brussels


Budget debate. EP President Schulz and lead MEPs will debate the EU's long-term budget with European Council President Van Rompuy and Commission President Barroso. Parliament has the right to veto a deal reached by member state governments earlier this month. (Monday)

Debate with Draghi. Economic affairs MEPs will hold two separate debates with Mario Draghi in his capacities as ECB chief and chair of the European Systemic Risk Board. (Monday)

Emissions trading. The lead environment committee will vote on whether to delay auctioning a number of carbon credits to boost the low carbon price and green investments. (Tuesday)

Horsemeat. The public health and food safety committee will debate the EU response to the discovery of horsemeat in products labelled as containing beef, with Commission and EU food safety agency (EFSA) representatives. (Monday)

Freezing criminal assets. The justice and home affairs committee will vote on draft legislation for member states to freeze or seize assets gained by criminal activities. (Wednesday)

MEP numbers. With Parliament set to have fewer seats after the 2014 elections, the constitutional affairs committee will vote on proposals to establish the number of MEPs for each country. (Tuesday)

Media freedom. A draft resolution calling for the EU to monitor media freedom and support investigative journalism will be put to a vote in the civil liberties committee. (Thursday)

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