What's on in Brussels next week ? 10 – 16 October 2016
Committees meet in Brussels next week. Among the issues on the table will be: Energy Union/security of gas supply; 2017 EU budget, Countering foreign disinformation; Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Read more.
Countering foreign disinformation. Faced with aggressive disinformation campaigns from countries such as Russia, and by non-state actors, such as ISIS, which incite fear and hatred, Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs will vote on proposals to counteract such propaganda. Awareness raising, supporting independent media resilience, but also increasing information literacy amongst EU citizens, are some of the examples. (Monday)CETA. MEPs will debate the pros and cons of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada with farmers, businesses and trade union representatives. CETA cannot enter into force without European Parliament approval. (Wednesday)
Wildlife trafficking. Environment MEPs’ proposals to step up the fight against wildlife trafficking and trading in products such as ivory, rhinoceros horns and pangolins, will be up for a vote. Draft actions include introducing EU-wide penalties for convicted wildlife traffickers and legislation to prohibit the import, trade and re-export of species that are protected in their countries of origin. (Thursday)LUX Prize 10th anniversary. To mark the 10th anniversary of the European Parliament LUX Film Prize, awarded annually to movies that foster debate on Europe and its future, British director Ken Loach will discuss the "Role for European Cinema in tomorrow's Europe" with Culture Committee Members. (Monday)
President's diary. EP President Martin Schulz will participate to the debate on “Can the great idea of Europe persist?” with European Council President Donald Tusk and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, in Passau (Germany) on Monday. On Tuesday, he will meet Italian Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti in Brussels. President Schulz will meet Melkite Greek Catholic Church Patriarch Gregorios III Laham, Universal Syriac Orthodox Church Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II and Antioch Greek Orthodox Church Patriarch John X Yazigi on Wednesday. On Thursday, President Schulz will meet Burkina Faso’s President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré and Croatia’s President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović.Press briefing. The EP Press Service will hold a press briefing on the week's activities at 11.00 on Monday, in the “Anna Politkovskaya” EP press conference room, Brussels. Ask #EPressbriefing @EuroParlPress questions on committees' work.