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What's happening in the European Parliament next week: 20-26 January 2014

Next week Parliament's Committees meet in Brussels.  Read on for more information on the agenda.

European Parliament Brussels taken from the Place Luxembourg
European Parliament Brussels taken from the Place Luxembourg
 

Greek Presidency ministers. Greek ministers will set out the different aspects of the current Presidency programme in the committees concerned. (Monday-Thursday)

Turkish PM Erdoğan. The EP President and group leaders will meet Mr Erdoğan. Likely topics are Turkey’s EU accession negotiations, the independence of the judiciary, the situation in Kurdistan and Turkey's position on Syria and Iraq. This will be followed by a press point with EP President Schulz. (Tuesday pm)

Economic governance. MEPs and 140 national MPs will debate how to improve the role of parliaments in “European Semester” EU-wide economic policy coordination. EP President Schulz, EC President Barroso and European Council President Van Rompuy will address the opening session. (Monday-Wednesday)

e-Call for cars. New rules on automatic emergency calls from cars to save lives in the event of an accident will be put to a vote in the Internal Market Committee. (Thursday)

Illegal waste shipments. A bill aimed at closing loopholes in legislation on the shipment of waste will be put to the vote in the Environment Committee. Hundreds of illegal shipments of waste are made each year both within the EU and to non-EU countries. (Wednesday)

Return of national treasures. The Culture Committee will vote on an update and extension of laws on the return of illegally exported national treasures. (Tuesday)

Hearing on human rights in Russia. Representatives of Human Rights Watch, Memorial and the LGBTI organisation Quarteera will give their views to the Human Rights Committee on the human rights situation in Russia, against the background of the Olympic Games in Sochi next month. (Wednesday)

Anti-dumping measures. The Trade Committee will vote on proposals to speed up possible action when goods are dumped on the EU market and improve the accuracy of possible damage calculations. It will also vote on a resolution on China’s retaliatory measures against EU wines after the EU imposed restrictions on imports of solar panels from China. (Tuesday).

Tobacco, clinical trials, audit reform, vehicle checks. The committees concerned will endorse agreements reached by Parliament and Council negotiators on the tobacco directive, clinical trials, audit reform and roadworthiness tests. (Tuesday and Wednesday)

European Elections 2014/ReACT. In the run-up to the May 2014 European elections, a special event will be held in Rome on quality of life, the fourth in a series of five “ReACT” events on key issues such as the economy and jobs. (Wednesday)

President's agenda. EP President Martin Schulz will meet Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan bilaterally before the Conference of Presidents (Tuesday). He will attend the World Economic Forum in Davos (Wednesday - Friday).