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10-04-2013

What's happening this week in the European Parliament 8-12 April 2013

Committee and political group meetings

Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean. EP President Martin Schulz and MEPs will welcome their national counterparts from the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) to the 9th plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean (Thursday and Friday). President Schulz will hold a press conference with the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Jordan, Saed Hayel Srour, at 12.30 on Friday (Altiero Spinelli building, Room ASP 5G2). 


Temporary suspension of EU visa-free regime. The Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committee votes on a proposal for the temporary suspension of visa waivers for non-EU nationals in the event of a "substantial and sudden increase" in irregular migrants or unfounded asylum requests (Monday).


Road safety. Parliament, Council and Commission negotiators will try to reach a political agreement on new rules to increase road safety and prevent fraud in the road haulage industry with smart tachographs (Thursday).


Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia progress report. The foreign affairs committee will evaluate and vote on progress by the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in preparing for EU membership (Monday).


Plenary preparation. Parliament's political groups will prepare for the plenary session in Strasbourg, which will feature addresses by Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen and Irish President Michael D. Higgins. MEPs will vote on: the ECB report for 2011 after a debate with Mario Draghi; new rules on capital requirements for banks, including bonus caps; increased competition among airport ground-handling service suppliers; and EU emissions trading. A plenary debate is also scheduled on changes to the Hungarian constitution.


President's agenda. EP President Martin Schulz will meet Emomalii Rahmon, President of Tajikistan, followed by press statement (Paul-Henri Spaak Building, 9th floor, Salon protocolaire) (Wednesday).  He will also have meetings with Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico, Slovenian Prime Minister Alenka Bratušek, and Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril el-Warfally.

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