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24-01-2014

What's happening in the European Parliament: 27 January to 2 February 2014

Troika under scrutiny, emission trading in aviation, fluorinated greenhouse gases...  Read more about what's on the agenda this week in Brussels at Parliament's Committee and political group meetings.

Troika under scrutiny. Six MEPs will travel to Greece on a fact-finding mission into the work of the “Troika” in the so-called programme countries - Greece, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and Cyprus (Wednesday-Thursday). A public hearing covering the same ground will bring together stakeholders from Business Europe, European trade unions and MEPs of the Economic and the Social Affairs committees. (Monday)

Emission trading in aviation. Environment Committee MEPs will vote on partial exemptions from the European emissions allowance system for intercontinental flights landing in and departing from EU countries. (Thursday)

Single European Sky 2+. Transport Committee members will fine-tune legislation to boost the efficiency and reduce the cost of air control services and air traffic management in the EU airspace. (Thursday)

Fluorinated greenhouse gases. Fluorinated gases should be banned from new air conditioning and refrigerating systems as of 2025, according to an informal agreement with Council to be approved by the Environment Committee. Fluorinated gases are often used as substitutes for chloroflurocarbons (CFCs), which are already banned. (Thursday)

Delegation to Ukraine. A delegation of 12 MEPs is to travel to Kiev to meet government officials, the political opposition and demonstrators. (Wednesday, Thursday)

Plenary preparations. Political groups will prepare for the 3-6 February plenary session in Strasbourg, which is likely to feature votes on seasonal workers' permits for third country nationals, a revision of air passenger rights, criminal penalties for insider dealing and financial market manipulation, protection against dumped and subsidized imports and the 2030 energy and climate framework.

The President's agenda. President Schulz will open the International Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony on Monday in Parliament's Espace Yehudi Menuhin and unveil a statue from the International Auschwitz Committee on the Esplanade Solidarność on Thursday, in Brussels. On Tuesday afternoon, he will meet the speaker of the UAE Federal National Council, Mr Mohammed Ahmed al Murr. President Schulz will give a speech at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe followed by a debate in the Council of Europe plenary chamber in Strasbourg. (Wednesday)

Seminar on EP elections and the future of the euro zone. A two-day seminar for journalists will offer insights by high-level experts and workshops on the electoral campaign and on-going legislative work on the banking union as well as a debate by MEPs on economic challenges ahead. (Tuesday, Wednesday)