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06-05-2013

What's happening in the European Parliament this week 6-12 May

Financial aid for Cyprus will be discussed this week with Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem; Olli Rehn, commissioner for economic affairs, and Jörg Asmussen, board member of the European Central Bank. MEPs will also have their say on rules for seizing criminal assets and discuss the railway package. They will also hear from NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen about security issues, while EP president Martin Schulz will present the Charlemagne Youth Prize to the winners in Aachen.

The EP's economic committee will discuss financial assistance to Cyprus with Mr Dijsselbloem on Tuesday and with commissioner Rehn and Mr Asmussen the day after.

The social affairs committee will debate a new EU fund for Europe's most deprived on Tuesday. The idea is to replace the EU's food distribution programme and include help for the homeless and children suffering from poverty. Its existence will depend on the outcome of the negotiations for the EU's long-term budget for 2014-2020.

The civil liberties committee will vote on Tuesday on a draft report setting out how to make it easier for member states to freeze, seize and manage criminal assets.

CO2 emissions rules for vans are to be reviewed following  a vote by the environment committee onTuesday. The aim to achieve a target of 147g/km emissions by 2020. Light commercial vehicles would use less petrol and therefore be cheaper to run for businesses.

Also on Tuesday, the EP's special committee on organised crime will adopt its report, which calls among other things for strengthening judicial and police cooperation at the European and international level.

NATO secretary general Rasmussen will attend a meeting of the foreign affairs committee on Monday to debate current foreign and security issues.

The winners of this year's Charlemagne Youth Prize will receive their award on Tuesday from Mr Schulz. The EP president will also attend the prize ceremoney on Thursday. On Friday, he meets Italian president Giorgio Napolitano and new Italian prime minister Enrico Letta.

Meanwhile a conference on political Islam will take place in the EP on Tuesday. The goal is to establish a political dialogue with representatives of Islamic parties currently in power in Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia. The conference is organised by the EP's foreign affairs and security and defence committees together with Carnegie Europe, Belgium's Royal Institute for International Relations and Switserland's foreign affairs department.

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