What's happening in the European Parliament, 17-23 March 2014
An urgent vote to end or greatly reduce customs duties on EU imports from Ukraine will be taken by the International Trade Committee on Thursday. Read on to see what else is being discussed at Parliament's committee and political group meetings in Brussels during the week of 17-23 March 2014
Ukraine. An urgent vote to end or greatly reduce customs duties on EU imports from Ukraine will be taken by the International Trade Committee. This is part of the EU aid package for Ukraine. (Thursday)
Posting of Workers. Workers posted abroad temporarily to provide services will be better protected under a deal with member states to be endorsed by the Employment Committee. The new rules aim to distinguish more clearly between genuine posting and attempts to circumvent the law but also to give member states some leeway in carrying out compliance inspections. (Tuesday)
Banking union. Lead MEPs will meet Council negotiators to work towards a deal on the bank resolution mechanism. Views still differ widely on many key issues and the scope for striking a deal will depend on specific proposals from Council and further movement. (Wednesday)
Economic dialogue. The single resolution system for winding down failing banks and the upcoming review of bank assets by the European Central Bank will be discussed by Economic Affairs Committee MEPswith ECB supervisory board chair, Michelle Nouy (Tuesday). The committee will also hold debates with Commissioner Barnier (Tuesday) and French finance minister Pierre Moscovici (Monday).
End of roaming charges.* Using a mobile phone in another EU country would cost no more than using it at home under draft telecoms legislation to be voted on by the Industry Committee. The new rules would also prevent internet operators from slowing down data traffic to disadvantage competitors and free up trade in radio spectrum rights to promote high-speed mobile connections. (Tuesday)
Aviation emission limits. Aviation emission allowance legislation designed to reduce air pollution from intra-EU flights and later fromall flights to or from the EU is up for a vote in the Environment Committee. The Emissions Trading System (ETS) would also require member states to report on how they spend revenue from auctioning emission allowances. (Wednesday)
Fraud against the EU.* Fraudulent use of EU funds would be subject to criminal penalties under legislation to be voted on in the Civil Liberties and Budgetary Control committees. This would include fraud, corruption, money laundering and obstruction of public procurement procedures. (Thursday)
ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. The current crisis in the Central African Republic, migrants' rights and terrorism are among the topics to be debated at the 27th meeting of ACP and EU parliamentarians in Strasbourg. (Monday to Wednesday)
European Council. President Schulz, on behalf of the European Parliament, will address government leaders at the European Council (followed by a press conference). The European Semester, industrial competitiveness, climate and energy and the upcoming EU-Africa summit are on the agenda. (Thursday and Friday)
President's diary. President Schulz will meet Austrian President Heinz Fischer on Monday as part of his visit to Austria. On Tuesday he will be in Luxembourg to meet Prime Minister Xavier Bettel. On Thursday, he will meet Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma (followed by press point).
*Note to editors: votes closing parliament's first reading on legislation without agreement with Council