What's happening this week in the European Parliament?
Week 24-30 June 2013: Committees and political group meetings, Brussels
Committees and political group meetings
Budget. MEPs will hold a number of meetings to discuss the outcome of EU long-term budget negotiations between the Irish Presidency and European Parliament reporteurs (Tuesday). In the Budgets Committee, the Commission will present its financing estimates for 2014. The first reading of the Draft Budget in the Council is expected to take place this summer and in Parliament in October. (Wednesday)
Foreign affairs. Ali Larayedh, Prime Minister of Tunisia, will attend a special meeting of foreign affairs and other MEPs on EU-Tunisia cooperation. (Tuesday) The Committee on Foreign Affairs will hold a debate on the situation in Iran, following the recent presidential elections. EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton will meet the Committee to debrief Members on the latest Foreign Affairs Council and recent foreign policy developments. (Thursday)
Flood relief. The Budgets Committee will hold a preliminary vote on whether to support the use of solidarity funds for Croatia, Slovenia and Austria, following the flood damage caused in autumn 2012. (Thursday)
Plenary preparation. Political groups will prepare for the 1-4 July plenary session in Strasbourg, which will include votes on the auction of emission rights, the situation of fundamental rights in Hungary, car roadworthiness tests, banking reforms, the new European Ombudsman and cross-border health risks, as well as debates on the "Prism" surveillance programme, the closure of the Greek public broadcaster, the award of the Sakharov Prize to Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas and the incoming Lithuanian presidency's presentation of its programme.
President's diary. On Wednesday EP President Martin Schulz will inaugurate the "Baltic Way corridor" in the European Parliament in Brussels. He will open a "Welcome Croatia" photo exhibition with Prime Minister Zoran Milanović on Thursday, ahead of the country joining the EU on 1 July.