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03-02-2014

What's happening this week in the European Parliament: 3-6 February 2014

aerial view EP Strasbourg
aerial view EP Strasbourg

Next week the European Parliament holds its monthly plenary session in Strasbourg.   Banking union, air passenger rights,  financial market fraud are just some of the topics on the agenda.   Find out more.

Banking Union. MEPs are set to vote on the single resolution mechanism and related bank-financed fund – the third and final step towards the launch of a banking union – after further negotiations with Council on Wednesday. The rules will make banks safer thanks to better supervision, protect depositors' savings and stop taxpayers from being the first to pick up the tab when failing banks are wound up. (Debate Tuesday, debate and vote Thursday)

Air passenger rights. Updated rules should ensure that passengers get rapid information and more help and are offered alternative trips or compensation when their flights are delayed or cancelled. MEPs amended the Commission's proposal to stop abusive commercial practices and introduce clear claim procedures. A press seminar with the rapporteur will take place on Tuesday evening. The vote will be followed by a press conference. (Wednesday)

Financial market fraud. Serious market abuses insider dealing and financial market manipulation, such as the recentLibor rate-rigging scandal, should be made criminal offences in all EU countries and punishable with jail sentences, under rules informally agreed with Council. A press conference is scheduled for 15.30. (Tuesday)

EU-Russia relations and Ukraine. MEPs will debate the political crisis in Ukraine and EU-Russia relations regarding their shared neighbourhood and trade issues, after the recent visit by an EP delegation to Kiev and the EU-Russia summit on 28 January. (Debate Wednesday, vote Thursday)

Syria. MEPs will vote on a resolution calling on the EU to step up its engagement to end the plight of civilians in Syria. (Debate Wednesday, vote Thursday)

Online music services. Online music providers should find it easier to build up music streaming services offered across the EU and artists' rights should be better protected under new rules to be voted by MEPs. The vote will be followed by a press conference. (Tuesday)

President Napolitano of Italy. Giorgio Napolitano, President of the Italian Republic and former chair of the EP constitutional affairs committee, will deliver a formal address to the House at noon. (Tuesday)

President's diary. President Schulz will meet Italian President Giorgio Napolitano on Tuesday. They will attend a conference in the afternoon on "The Spinelli Draft Treaty today", 30 years after its adoption. Earlier that day, he will meet John Ashe, President of the United Nations General Assembly. On Wednesday, Mr Schulz will unveil a banner in support of journalists being held hostage in Syria in the Agora “Geremek” (courtyard of Louise Weiss Building). On Sunday, he will visit Israel and the Palestinian Territories.