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11-11-2013

What's happening this week in Parliament: 11-17 November

Budget 2014-2020 (MFF). The Budgets Committee will vote the EU's long-term budget, the Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF), for 2014-2020, after months of tough negotiations with national governments. To enter into force, the MFF still needs to be approved by the full Parliament. (Thursday)


Budgets 2013 and 2014. Negotiators for Parliament and national governments will try to strike a deal on the EU Budget for 2014, at the closing meeting of the budgetary conciliation procedure. The package includes budgetary issues for 2013, such as solidarity funding for Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and Romania. If a deal is struck, the Budgets Committee could vote on the 2014 budget on Thursday. (Monday and Thursday)


NSA/data protection. The Civil Liberties Committee will hold its ninth and tenth hearings on US surveillance in the EU. These will feature a debate with Chair of the US Congress Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations James Sensenbrenner, a discussion of the involvement of commercial firms in surveillance activities and presentations by Microsoft and Google representatives. (Monday and Thursday)


Seasonal workers. A deal with Council on new legislation to give non-EU seasonal workers better working and living conditions and end exploitation, but also to prevent temporary stays becoming permanent, will be put to a vote in the Civil Liberties Committee. The Commission estimates that over 100,000 third-country seasonal workers come to the EU every year. (Thursday)


Plenary preparation. Political groups will prepare for the 18-21 November plenary session in Strasbourg, which is likely to feature votes on the EU budgets for 2014-2020, and 2014, reform of the Common Agricultural Policy and EU regional funds, women on executive boards, Erasmus+, the location of seats of EU institutions and the award of the 2013 Sakharov Prize 2013 to Malala Yousafzai.


European Elections 2014/ReACT. In the run-up to the May 2014 European elections, Parliament will hold a conference in Warsaw, part of a series of five “ReACT” events on "The EU in the world today - the energy to act”, focusing on issues such as energy dependence, personal data protection and the Eastern Partnership. (Thursday)


President's agenda. On Tuesday, President Schulz will be in Paris to take part in a conference on Youth Employment, after meeting Minister for State Reform and Decentralisation Marylise Lebranchu, and before holding a press point with President François Hollande at the L'Elysée Palace.