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30-09-2013

What's happening this week in Parliament 30 September-4 October

The reform of the EU's agricultural policy is one of the main points on the EP's agenda this week. The three finalists for the 2013 Sakharov Prize will also be announced and there will be another hearing about the NSA surveillance of Europeans. In addition the budgets committee will vote on next year's EU budget, which is aimed at boosting growth and creating jobs for young people.

Last Tuesday the Parliament and the Council reached a political agreement on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The EP's agriculture committee will hold its first reading vote on Monday 30 September, which will be followed by a vote by all MEPs either during the second October plenary session or the November session.

On Wednesday and Thursday the budget committee will vote on its position on the proposed EU budget for next year. The budget's main priorities will be stimulating economic growth and creating jobs for young people, because of the current high unemployment rates.

The civil liberties committee will hold more hearings on the US surveillance of Europeans. The 4th and the 5th hearing will take place this Monday and Thursday respectively. On Monday MEPs will question representatives of US civil society and whistleblowers who used to work for the NSA and MI5 on their activities in the field of surveillance and their legal protection. On Thursday MEPs will hear from representatives of the British authorities as well as from the Belgian data protection supervisor onthe alleged hacking by the UK’s intelligence services of Belgian telecoms firm Belgacom.

The foreign affairs and development committee together with the human rights subcommittee will meet on Monday 30 September to select the three finalists for the 2013 Sakharov Prize from the current seven nominees. The laureate will be chosen by president Martin Schulz and the leaders of the political groups on 10 October in Strasbourg and will be invited to the award ceremony on 20 November, also in Strasbourg.