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10-02-2014

What's happening in the European Parliament: 10 to 16 February 2014

 

New rules to reinforce consumers’ rights when buying a travel package will be voted on by the internal market committee on Tuesday in Brussels.    This is just one of the topics on this week's agenda during parliamentary committee week.  Other topics include NSA inquiry, Troika inquiry, money laundering...  Read more about what's on.

NSA inquiry. The findings of Parliament's inquiry into the NSA surveillance of EU citizens and proposals to increase data protection will be voted on by the civil liberties committee. MEPs could call for the suspension of international agreements on data exchange and trade talks with the US, improvements in IT security at the EU institutions and more protection for whistle blowers and journalists. The vote will be followed by a press conference. (Wednesday)

Troika inquiry. The economic l affairs committee will exchange views with ECB Executive Board member Benoît Coeuré on the Troika’s work. The social affairs committee will vote a resolution on its impact on employment, workers' rights and social welfare. A press conference on the social impact of the Troika’s work is scheduled for 11.30 (Thursday)

Package travel. New rules to reinforce consumers’ rights when buying a travel package will be voted on by the internal market committee. They should include a guarantee of repatriation, a 24-hour withdrawal right after booking online, better assistance from travel agencies and provisions for people with reduced mobility. (Tuesday)

Money laundering. The civil liberties and economic affairs committee vote on proposed anti-money-laundering, legislation, including measures to identify those who profit from it and to tackle tax crimes and the gambling sector. (Thursday)

eCall for cars. New rules to ensure that all new cars are equipped from October 2015 with the 'eCall' emergency life-saving system will be voted on by the internal market committee. (Tuesday)

Migrant workers in Qatar ahead of 2022 football World Cup. The human rights subcommittee holds a public hearing on the situation of migrant workers in Qatar with a view to the 2022 FIFA World Cup. It will be followed by a press conference. (Thursday)

Election of Commission. The arrangements for electing the president of the European Commission after the European elections in May will be voted on by the constitutional affairs committee. MEPs are likely to propose that EU leaders not only take account of the preference of voters in proposing a candidate but also that some members of the new Commission should be chosen from among the newly-elected MEPs. (Tuesday)

President’s diary. President Schulz will visit the Palestinian Territories on Monday and Tuesday, and Israel on Wednesday. He will meet Mustapha Ben Jafar, President of the Constituent Assembly of Tunisia, in Brussels on Thursday (followed by a press point).