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08-09-2014

What's on in the European Parliament: 8-14 September

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European Parliament Brussels

Next week committees and political groups will meet in Brussels.  The situation in Ukraine, the plight of children in Gaza are on the agenda of the relevant committees while political groups will be preparing the September plenary session.  On Wednesday afternoon President Schulz will meet Mary Robinson, UN Special Envoy on Climate Change.

Ukraine. Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs will discuss and vote on plans to fast track ratification of the EU-Ukraine association agreement. The situation in Ukraine will also be discussed with NATO and EEAS representatives in the Security and Defence Subcommittee. EP President Martin Schulz will travel to Ukraine, meeting Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Thursday and President Petro Poroshenko, with whom he will also open the Yalta European Strategy Conference in Kiev, on Friday. (Monday, Thursday, Friday)

Egypt: Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs will meet Dr Shawqy Ibrahim Abdul Kareem Allam, the Grand Mufti of Egypt, to discuss current affairs there. (Monday)

Gaza children. Human Rights Subcommittee MEPs will hold a hearing on the plight of children in Gaza, with the participation of Israeli activist and 2011 Sakharov Prize laureate Professor Nurit Peled. (Thursday)

Plenary preparations. Political groups will prepare for the 15-18 September plenary session in Strasbourg, where the Parliament is due to ratify the EU-Ukraine association agreement and possibly discuss the latest developments in relations with Russia, and crises in Gaza, Syria and Iraq. The Council will present its position on the draft general budget for financial 2015. MEPs will also probably vote on applications to mobilise the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund in Greece, Romania, Spain and The Netherlands.

President's agenda. On Tuesday President Schulz will meet UN Special Envoy on Climate Change Mary Robinson.