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06-10-2014

What's happening in the European Parliament: 6-12 October 2014

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MEPs will continue assessing the skills and qualifications of Commissioners-designate for the posts proposed by incoming Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. This time, the candidate Vice Presidents will be heard by the parliamentary committee(s) active in their proposed fields of responsibility, except for the candidate for the post of 1st Vice President of the Commission, Frans Timmermans, who will be heard at a meeting open to all MEPs. (Monday and Tuesday)

Public hearings of Commissioners-designate and committee meetings, Brussels

Hearings. MEPs will continue assessing the skills and qualifications of Commissioners-designate for the posts proposed by incoming Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. This time, the candidate Vice Presidents will be heard by the parliamentary committee(s) active in their proposed fields of responsibility, except for the candidate for the post of 1st Vice President of the Commission, Frans Timmermans, who will be heard at a meeting open to all MEPs. (Monday and Tuesday)

Commissioners-designate and/or committee chairs may decide to hold press points following the meetings. Timings and venues for all hearings are available in our Agenda.

For more detailed and continuously updated information on the hearings, see our dedicated website.

Budget 2015. The Budgets Committee will vote on the final figures it proposes for the EU’s 2015 budget. It has recommended that Parliament as a whole reverse cuts sought by the Council of Ministers and vote extra funds for growth and jobs policies, education, including the EU's Erasmus+ student mobility programme, and EU humanitarian support in war-stricken zones.(Tuesday)

Sakharov. MEPs will choose a shortlist of three finalists for Parliament's 2014 award for freedom of thought, in a joint vote by the Foreign Affairs and Development committees and the Human Rights Subcommittee. The Sakharov prize is awarded by the European Parliament every year to honour defenders of human rights and freedom of expression. (Tuesday)

President’s diary. On MondayPresident Schulz will meet Poland’s Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz, followed by a press point (Paul-Henri Spaak Building, 9th floor) as well as David Camp, Chair of the US Congress House Committee on Ways and Means. He will chair the Open Conference of Presidents that is to hear Commissioner-designate Timmermans on Tuesday. The President will travel to Milan on Wednesday to attend the high level summit on growth and employment. Finally, Mr Schulz will meet Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Hamburg on Saturday.