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04-01-2013

What's happening this week in the European Parliament (7-11 January 2013)

Eurozone chief Jean-Claude Juncker meets the economic and monetary affairs committee to discuss the new provisions for economic dialogues between the EP and individual member states that will allow the EP to help hold national governments to account when they break EU rules. (Thursday)

Ashton on EEAS accounts EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton answers questions from the budgetary control committee on the European External Action Service's accounts for 2011, as part of Parliament's scrutiny of the implementation of the EU budget. Karel Pinxtena, a member of the European Court of Auditors, will be present. (Thursday)

Visas The civil liberties committee votes on a safeguard clause to allow the EU to re-introduce visa requirements temporarily if faced with a sudden and major increase in irregular migrants or unfounded asylum applications by non-EU nationals. This amendment to the EU visa-free regime recently agreed by the EP and Council was requested by several member states facing a spike in asylum requests after visas were waived for the Western Balkans. (Thursday) (TBC)

President's agenda On Friday, EP President Martin Schulz pays an official visit to Portugal, where he meets President Anibal Cavaco Silva and Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho. President Schulz meets the Slovenian President, Borut Pahor, in Brussels, on Tuesday. On Wednesday, also in Brussels, he meets former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski and former EP President Pat Cox, the EP's observers at court proceedings against Ukraine's former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko. On Thursday, the President meets the Speaker of the Armenian Parliament, Hoavik Abrahamyan, followed by a press point, also in Brussels.

Plenary preparation Parliament's political groups will prepare for the plenary session in Strasbourg, where the House will vote on a range of economic and monetary issues, including banking supervision, the capital requirements directive (CRD IV), rating agencies and stability bonds. The agenda also includes minimum standards for processing applications for asylum and a partnership agreement with Iraq and a debate on the outgoing Cyprus presidency and expectations for the incoming Irish one.

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