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09-09-2013

What will the MEPs be working on this week in Strasbourg?

aerial view EP Strasbourg
aerial view EP Strasbourg

Highlights include:  Launch of the information campaign on the 2014 European Elections; Barroso on the State of the Union; mortgages; Syria and Egypt; biofuels and renewable energy; shale gas; threat to media freedom

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  • Barroso's last State of the Union speech before the elections
  • Information campaign leading up to the European elections
  • Towards a new generation of cleaner biofuels
  • Banking supervision in plenary spotlight
  • Syria: MEPs to call for negotiated political solution
  • MEPs to debate deadlock in Egypt
  • MEPs set to limit mortgage risks for home buyers
  • Saving the European eel: MEPs set to demand tougher rules
  • Ensuring equal property rights for registered partners and married couples
  • MEPs set to curb financial market manipulation
  • Shale gas: environmental impact study to precede any new project
  • David Miranda case and threats to media freedom
  • Russian pressure on ex-Soviet countries to drop EU integration plans
  • Sharing biodiversity benefits fairly and sustainably
  • Council to present its position on EU's 2014 budget
  • Mobilising the EU to tackle youth unemployment
  • Human rights and democracy resolutions
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Barroso's last State of the Union speech before the elections

Commission President José Manuel Barroso will deliver his last State of the Union speech before next year's European elections. He will present his flagship plans to Parliament on Wednesday from 9:00, followed by a debate.

Debate:  Wednesday 11 September
Procedure:  statement by the European Commission President

Irish MEPs on this issue: Phil Prendergast (Labour- South), Marian Harkin (Independent-North West), Mairead McGuinness (Fine Gael-East), Nessa Childers (Independent- East), Pat the Cope Gallagher (Fianna Fail-Noth West), Paul Murphy (Socialist-Dublin)

Draft resolution
 

Information campaign leading up to the European elections

In the run-up to the 2014 European elections, the European Parliament is officially launching its awareness and information campaign on 10 September. The campaign will consist of four phases and be operational until after the elections themselves, with the election by the new Parliament of the European Commission President.

Vice-Presidents Podimata (S&D, EL) and Karas (EPP, AT) will hold a press conference Tuesday at 11.30 to brief media on the details of the campaign.

The campaign will run in four phases: the opening, a thematic phase, the election campaign proper and the election and inauguration of the new Commission.

With the majority of laws now being shaped at EU level, the European Parliament is at least as powerful as any national parliament. It is therefore important for voters to know what decisions are taken and how they can shape those decisions.


Press Conference: Tuesday, 10 September at 11.30

This time it's different. Soon in 28 countries. Watch the press conference on EP Live
 

Towards a new generation of cleaner biofuels

Draft legal measures to cap traditional biofuel production and accelerate the switchover to a new generation of products from other sources, such as seaweed and or certain types of waste, will be debated on Tuesday and put to a vote on Wednesday. These measures aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions due to the growing use of farmland to produce biofuel crops.

The share of first-generation biofuels produced from food or biofuel crops should not exceed 5.5% of the energy used in transport by 2020, and second-generation biofuels should contribute at least 2%, say the Environment Committee proposals, drafted by Corinne Lepage (ALDE, FR).

The committee also wants greenhouse gas emissions due to the growing use of farmland to produce biofuel rather than food crops to be taken into account. This indirect land use change (ILUC) could cancel out part of the environmental benefits of biofuels.

The Energy Committee, which also contributed to the draft, advocates a 6.5% ceiling for first-generation biofuels, and is against including ILUC in the legislation.


Debate:  Tuesday, 10 September
Vote:  Wednesday, 11 September
Procedure:  Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), 1st reading
Press conference: Tuesday or Wednesday, tbc

Irish MEPs on this issue: Marian Harkin (Independent-North West),  Mairead McGuinness (Fine Gael-East), Emer Costello (Labour-Dublin), Nessa Childers (Independent-East),
Pat the Cope Gallagher (Fianna Fail-Noth West), Paul Murphy (Socialist-Dublin)

Draft report on fuels and energy from renewable sources Press release on committee vote (11.07.2013) Profile of rapporteur Corinne Lepage (ALDE, FR) Procedure file
 

Banking supervision in plenary spotlight

MEPs decide on Tuesday whether or not to give the go-ahead to the EU bank supervision system, which would bring about 150 of the EU's largest banks under the direct oversight of the European Central Bank.

The decision is expected to hinge on the outcome of final negotiations between the ECB and MEPs on strict transparency and accountability rules which would apply to the ECB in its bank supervisor role.

The new oversight system, an essential component of banking union, involves the transfer of considerable bank supervisory powers from national to EU level. MEPs and various national parliaments have insisted throughout that this transfer of powers requires commensurate democratic control of the new supervisor. They have also stressed the need to develop a more uniform culture of bank supervision, so as to discourage disparate approaches.

Procedure: co-decision (ordinary legislative procedure) and consultation
Debate: Tuesday, 10 September
Vote: Tuesday, 10 September

Irish MEPs on this issue: Pat the Cope Gallagher (Fianna Fail-Noth West), Paul Murphy (Socialist-Dublin)

Draft report amending the tasks of the European Banking Authority Draft report conferring bank supervisory tasks on the ECB Press release on committee vote (29.11.2012) Press release on trialogue deal (19.03.2013) Profile of rapporteur Marianne Thyssen (EPP, BE) - report on ECB Profile of rapporteur Sven Giegold (Greens, DE) - report on EBA Procedure file - Amended role for EBA Supervisory tasks for ECB:
 

Syria: MEPs to call for negotiated political solution

MEPs are likely to call for a negotiated political solution for Syria, despite any possible military action following the use of chemical weapons, in a debate with The EU Foreign Policy Chief, Catherine Ashton on Wednesday. Over 2 million Syrian refugees have fled the country.

The plenary debate follows an extraordinary meeting of the Foreign Affairs Committee on 28 August.

Debate:  Wednesday, 11 September
Vote:  Thursday, 12 September

Irish MEPs on this issue: Mairead McGuinness (Fine Gael-East),Emer Costello (Labour-Dublin), Paul Murphy (Socialist-Dublin)

Press point by Elmar Brok (EPP, DE), chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee (28.08.2013)Syria: “We believe a political solution is still needed”
 

MEPs to debate deadlock in Egypt

The plenary will discuss the current deadlock in Egypt with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Wednesday, following the government crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and the charges levelled against the former President Mohamed Morsi and other Brotherhood leaders. A resolution on Egypt will be voted on Thursday.

The plenary debate follows an extraordinary meeting of the Foreign Affairs Committee on 28 August.

Procedure.Statement by the Vice-President/High Representative
Debate: Wednesday, 11 September
Vote: Thursday 12, September

Irish MEPs on this issue: Mairead McGuinness (Fine Gael-East), Emer Costello (Labour-Dublin), Paul Murphy (Socialist-Dublin)

Press point by Elmar Brok (EPP, DE), chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, (28./08./2013)
 

MEPs set to limit mortgage risks for home buyers

Home buyers across the EU would be better informed about the costs and risks of taking on a mortgage, partly shielded against market swings that inflate their repayments and better protected if they cannot repay the loan, under new rules to be voted by Parliament on Tuesday.

The legislation would cover mortgages on residential property, residential property including an office space and building land.

Procedure: co-decision (ordinary legislative procedure), first reading
Debate: Tuesday, 10 September
Vote: Tuesday, 10 September
Press conference: tbc
#hipotecas

Irish MEPs on this issue: Phil Prendergast (Labour-South), Paul Murphy (Socialist-Dublin),

Draft report on the proposal for a directive on credit agreements relating to residential property Press release on committee vote (07.06.2012) Profile of rapporteur: Antolín Sánchez Presedo (S&D, ES) Procedure file
 

Shale gas: environmental impact study to precede any new project

The EU's existing Environmental Impact Assessment Directive is being updated, and the Environment Committee proposes extending it to shale gas extraction projects, in a draft resolution to be voted on Wednesday.

The committee also proposes stepping up public participation in environmental impact studies and establishing clear rules for settling conflicts of interest between the experts drawing up these studies, competent authorities and project developers, and stepping up the monitoring of projects that have adverse effects on the environment. The Environmental Impact Directive sets out criteria for gathering the information needed before a public or private project is authorised.

Procedure: co-decision (ordinary legislative procedure), first reading
#EIA, #Shalegas, #Fracking

Draft report on the Environmental Impact Assessment directive Profile of rapporteur Andrea Zanoni (ALDE, IT) Procedure file
 

Saving the European eel: MEPs set to demand tougher rules

The European eel stock has declined by more than 95% in the past thirty years and that the European Commission should table new EU legislation before the end of March 2014 to save this endangered species, says a draft resolution to be voted on Wednesday. An evaluation of current eel stock recovery measures, to be presented by the end of October 2013, should help shape the new law, it adds.

Parliament also plans to call for sanctions against member states that are slow to provide the data needed to assess the stock and will press for more frequent reporting.

Procedure: co-decision (ordinary legislative procedure)
Debate: Tuesday, 10 September
Vote: Wednesday, 11 September

Irish MEPs on this issue: Marian Harkin (Independent-North West), Pat the Cope Gallagher (Fianna Fail-Noth West)

Draft report establishing measures for the recovery of the stock of European eel Press release on committee vote (18.06.2013) Profile of the rapporteur Isabella Lövin (Greens/EFA, SE) Procedure file Commission proposal Commission webpage on eel National eel management plansCouncil regulation establishing measures for the recovery of the stock of European eel
 

Ensuring equal property rights for registered partners and married couples

International couples in registered partnerships should have the same right as married ones to choose which member state's national law will govern their property rights if the relationship ends, says a draft opinion to be debated on Monday and voted on Tuesday.

Parliament is being consulted on draft legislation that would subject the property rights of registered partners to the law of the member state in which their partnership was registered.

MEPs are set to urge that registered partners, like married couples, should be entitled to choose which member state's law will govern their property rights, provided that they have a close connection to the member state concerned.

The proposed new rules are gender neutral, and do not affect national laws on marriage or registered partnerships. "International couples" means couples of different nationalities, those living outside their home country, or those having assets in a number of member states.

Procedure: Consultation
Debate: Monday, 9 September
Vote: Tuesday, 10 September
#propertyrights

Draft report on matrimonial property regimes Draft report on property consequences of registered partnerships Profile of the rapporteur Alexandra Thein (ALDE, DE) Procedure file, matrimonial property regimes Procedure file, property consequences of registered partnerships
 

MEPs set to curb financial market manipulation

New rules imposing tougher sanctions for manipulating financial markets, insider dealing or abuse of inside information will be put to vote on Wednesday. These rules will also cover a wider range of trading venues and financial instruments than today's rules.

Companies convicted of market abuse could be fined up to 15% of their annual turnover. Individual perpetrators would face the fines up to at least 3 times profits made and a temporary or some cases permanent ban on doing certain jobs within investment firms.

Procedure: co-decision (ordinary legislative procedure), first reading agreement
Debate: Tuesday, 10 September
Vote: Wednesday, 11 September
#Marketabuse

Draft report on proposal for a regulation on insider dealing and market manipulation (market abuse) Press release on committee vote (09.10.2012) Profile of rapporteur Arlene McCarthy (S&D, UK) Procedure file
 

David Miranda case and threats to media freedom

The UK's detention and anti-terror law investigation of David Miranda, partner of Guardian columnist Glenn Greewald, will be debated with Commissioner Reding on Tuesday afternoon. The debate will also focus on threats to media freedom in the context of state surveillance of citizens. Mr Greenwald has reported on a series of mass surveillance schemes disclosed by former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

The Civil Liberties Committee is conducting an inquiry into alleged spying by the US and EU countries on EU citizens. At its first hearing, on 5 September, MEPs heard some of the journalists who unveiled the mass surveillance programmes. The second hearing is scheduled for Thursday, 12 September.

Procedure: Council and Commission statements followed by a debate
Debate: Tuesday, 10 September
#EPInquiry #NSA #EUdataP #miranda #Prism

irish MEPs on this issue: Paul Murphy (Socialist-Dublin)

Press release on the Civil Liberties Committee's inquiry (10.07.2013) Profile of the EP inquiry's rapporteur Claude Moraes (S&D, UK) Audiovisual material for professionals EP resolution setting the mandate of the inquiry (04.07.2013)
 

Russian pressure on ex-Soviet countries to drop EU integration plans

MEPs are set to criticise growing Russian pressure on the EU's eastern neighbours, such as Ukraine and Armenia, not to seek to deepen economic and political ties with the EU at this November's Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius. Debate Wednesday, vote Thursday.

The debate with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Wednesday and a resolution to be voted on Thursday follow Russia's recent moves to block imports of Ukrainian confectionary and an announcement by Armenia's President Serzh Sargsyan that it will join a customs union with Russia.

Procedure: Commission statement (with resolution)
Debate: Wednesday, 11 September
Vote: Thursday, 12 September
#EaP #Ukraine #Armenia

 

Sharing biodiversity benefits fairly and sustainably

Natural and genetic resources play a growing role in many economic sectors, including food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic production. Rules for sharing the user benefits of these resources with their countries of origin will be set out in a draft law to be debated on Wednesday and voted on Thursday.

MEPs plan to insert criteria to ensure traceability, ethical conduct and compliance with international legal obligations. They also propose establishing a European fund for biodiversity, to protect these resources in their country of origin.

Procedure: Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), 1st reading
Debate: Wednesday, 11 September
Vote: Thursday, 12 September
#Nagoyaprotocol, #Biodiversity

 

Council to present its position on EU's 2014 budget

The Council's stance on the EU's draft budget for 2014 will be presented by its Lithuananian Presidency on Tuesday. It proposes €142.23 billion in commitments and €135 billion in payments, i.e. €240 million less for commitments and €1.06 billion less for payments than the the European Commission proposed at the end of June.

Parliament must now state its position before starting 21-day "concilation" talks with the Council to deliver a final budget for 2014 before the end of this year.

Procedure: Budgetary
Debate: Tuesday, 10 September

Irish MEPs on this issue: Liam Aylward (Fianna Fail- East), Paul Murphy (Socialist-Dublin)

 

Mobilising the EU to tackle youth unemployment

Plans to introduce measures to promote the mobility and employment of young people and a European Quality Framework for Traineeships will be debated on Wednesday and put to a vote on Thursday.

Member states must adapt their teaching systems to labour market needs and eliminate all barriers so as to offer the best cross-border traineeship possibilities to young people, says a draft resolution by the Culture Committee.

To prevent the exploitation of young trainees, Employment Committee MEPs call on the Commission to propose a European Quality Framework for Traineeships, including criteria for compensation, working conditions and health and safety standards.

Procedure: Non-legislative resolution
Debate: Tuesday, 10 September
Vote: Wednesday, 11 September
#Youth #Unemployment

Irish MEPs on this issue; Emer Costello (Labour-Dublin), Nessa Childers (Independent- East), Sean Kelly (Fine Gael-South), Liam Aylward (Fianna Fail- East), Pat the Cope Gallagher (Fianna Fail- Noth West), Paul Murphy (Socialist-Dublin)

 

Human rights and democracy resolutions

Parliament will hold urgent debates on the following topics relating to human rights and democracy Thursday 12 September at 15.00, with the votes following at around 16.00.

Democratic Republic of the Congo
Central African Republic
Situation in Bahrein/Situation in Guatamala

Procedure: Non-legislative resolutions
Debate/vote: Thursday, 12 September

Irish MEPs on this issue: Paul Murphy (Socialist-Dublin)

 
 

Other topics on the Agenda

One minute speeches
Monday Paul Murphy (Socialist-Dublin) on Seanad election

- Internal market for services,  debate Tuesday, vote Wednesday
Irish MEPs on this issue: Phil Prendergast (Labour-South)

-Unaccompanied minors in the EU, rapporteur Nathalie Griesbeck (ALDE, FR), debate and vote Thursday
Irish MEPs on this issue: Phil Prendergast (Labour-South), Emer Costello (Labour-Dublin)

- European cultural and creative sectors as sources of economic growth and jobs, debate Tuesday, vote Wednesday
Irish MEPs on this issue: Phil Prendergast (Labour-South), Nessa Childers (Independent- East),Liam Aylward (Fianna Fail- East)

-Equal pay for male and female workers for work of equal value, Oral question with resolution, debate Monday, vote Tuesday
Irish MEPs on this issue: Marian Harkin (Independent-North West), Paul Murphy (Socialist-Dublin)

-Activities of the European Ombudsman in 2012 Thursday
Irish MEPs on this issue: Marian Harkin (Independent-North West), Nessa Childers (Independent- East),

- Oral Question - European strategy on health and safety at work Thursday
Irish MEPs on this issue:Emer Costello (Labour-Dublin), Liam Aylward (Fianna Fail- East), Pat the Cope Gallagher (Fianna Fail- Noth West), Paul Murphy (Socialist-Dublin)

- Cross-border collective bargaining and transnational social dialogue Thursday
Irish MEPs on this issue:Emer Costello (Labour-Dublin), Paul Murphy (Socialist-Dublin)

- Endangered European languages, vote Wednesday
Irish MEPs on this issue: Emer Costello (Labour-Dublin), Sean Kelly (Fine Gael-South), Paul Murphy (Socialist-Dublin)

- Parliament's rights in the appointment procedure of future executive directors of the European Environment Agency Wednesday
Irish MEPs on this issue: Nessa Childers (Independent- East),

- Internal energy market, debate Monday, vote Tuesday
Irish MEPs on this issue: Sean Kelly (Fine Gael-South)

-Online gambling, vote Tuesday
Irish MEPs on this issue: Sean Kelly (Fine Gael-South)

-Cyber security strategy anddigitalmarket,joint debate Tuesday, vote Wednesday
Irish MEPs on this issue: Pat the Cope Gallagher (Fianna Fail- Noth West)

 

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