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EP Plenary Session Newsletter 6-9 July 2015

03-07-2015

What will the MEPs be working on during next week's Plenary Session in Strasbourg ? Highlights include: - TTIP - Copyright - Prospects for the EU Dairy Sector - Green Employment Initiative - Commission Work Programme 2016

 

MEPs to debate June European Council outcomes on migration, security, and Greece

Parliament will debate the 25-26 June European Council outcomes on migration, security, the single digital market and Greece with European Council President Donald Tusk on Tuesday afternoon. Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is expected to attend the debate.

EU leaders agreed on the ways to tackle the growing influx of migrants in the Mediterranean, including their resettlement and distribution from recipient countries to other parts of Europe. They also called for better cooperation among EU member states on defence and security and pledged to speed up efforts to complete the digital single market.

As for the EU summit, the Greek crisis will probably feature prominently in the Wednesday's debate.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Procedure Code:
Specialist: Janez

Debate: Tuesday, 7 July
Procedure: Commission and Council statements (without resolution)
Press conference (TBC)

#euco #Greece #migration #security #digitalsinglemarket

European Council conclusions, 25-26 June 2015

Irish MEPs on this issue: Marian Harkin, Independent (Midlands-North West), Sean Kelly, Fine Gael (South)

 

Luxembourg takes over EU presidency from Latvia

MEPs will debate the priorities of the incoming Luxembourg presidency with Prime Minister Xavier Bettel of Luxembourg on Wednesday morning. The House will review the outgoing presidency with Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma of Latvia and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Tuesday morning.

The priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency for the second half of 2015 are based on seven pillars:

- Stimulating investment to boost growth and employment
- Deepening the European Union's social dimension
- Managing migration, combining freedom, justice and security
- Revitalising the single market by focusing on its digital dimension
- Placing European competitiveness in a global and transparent framework
- Promoting sustainable development
- Strengthening the European Union's presence on the global stage

Luxembourg, a founding member state of the EU, will hold the six-month rotating presidency of the Council for the 12th time, from 1 July to 31 December 2015.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

IM-Press topic: Institutional

Procedure Code:

Debates: Tuesday and Wednesday, 7 - 8 July

Specialist: Agnese, Michaela

Procedure: Council Statements followed by a debate

#EU2015LV #eu2015lu

Luxembourg presidency webpageThe priorities of the Luxembourgish presidencyLatvian presidency webpageLuxembourg EU Council Presidency: Overview of priority dossiers

Irish MEPs on this issue: Matt Carthy, Sinn Fein (Midlands-North West), Sean Kelly, Fine Gael (South), Mairead McGuinness, Fine Gael (Midlands-North West)

 

TTIP talks: MEPs to table recommendations

Parliament’s recommendations to the European Commission for its Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks with the USA will be back on the plenary agenda in July, after the debate and vote were postponed in June. Tuesday's debate is set to focus on Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS), with views split on whether to ask that the use of private arbitration in disputes between investors and public authorities be excluded from the deal. The vote is on Wednesday.

The TTIP deal, which the EU and the USA have been negotiating since 2013, could deliver the world’s largest free trade area. From the outset, a substantial majority of MEPs strongly favoured these talks, as potentially beneficial for growth and jobs, but at the same time drew several “red lines” beyond which EU interests must be safeguarded (e.g. a  request to exclude audiovisual services).

Parliament will vote on a resolution, drafted by its International Trade Committee with contributions from 13 other committees, which assesses the progress made so far and sets out Parliament’s views on what needs to be achieved and safeguarded in the TTIP talks in areas such as agriculture, public procurement, data protection, energy, and labour rights.

Amendments and requests for the split and separate votes will also be put to a vote, as tabled for the June plenary session, decided the International Trade Committee on 29 June.

A TTIP deal, once drawn up by EU and US negotiators, would need the backing of the European Parliament and the EU Council to enter into force.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

IM-Press topic: External/International trade
Procedure Code: (2014/2228(INI))
Specialist: Agnese
Debate:  Tuesday, 7 July
Vote:  Wednesday, 8 July
Procedure:  Non-legislative resolution
Press conference: Wednesday, 8 July at 14.30

#TTIP #EPonTTIP #ISDS

Press release: TTIP: MEPs pave way for plenary vote by retabling June amendmentsPress release: European Parliament postpones vote and debate on recommendations for TTIP (11-06-2015)Draft resolution: EP’s recommendations to the Commission on negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)Press release on committee vote (28.05.2015)Profile of rapporteur Bernd Lange (S&D, DE) Procedure fileBackground: The European Parliament and the TTIPMore EP articles on TTIPEP Research briefing note: Parliament's recommendations on TTIP talksEP Research study: EU-US negotiations on TTIP: A survey of current issues

Irish MEPs on this issue: Liadh Ni Riada, Sinn Fein (South), Lynn Boylan, Sinn Fein (Dublin), Marian Harkin, Independent (Midlands-North West), Sean Kelly, Sinn Fein (South), Deirdre Clune, Fine Gael (South), Nessa Childers, Independent (Dublin)

 

MEPs will debate and vote on Thursday on ideas for updating copyright rules for the digital age and for protecting Europe’s cultural diversity while helping citizens access it. Issues include the right to create and publish photographs of public buildings and the need to improve access to online content for citizens across borders, while promoting creativity and ensuring fair remuneration for authors and creators.

The draft, non-binding resolution, which assesses the implementation of the key aspects of EU copyright law ahead of proposals from the Commission to overhaul it, calls for adequate provisions to improve access to services and content across borders as “consumers are too often denied access to certain content services on geographical grounds”.

MEPs are also likely to call for measures to strengthen the position of authors and creators and improve their remuneration for the digital distribution of their works, and to urge the Commission to assess the possibility of adapting current exceptions and limitations, e.g. for libraries and researchers, to the digital environment.

Images of public buildings and art works

The legal affairs committee wants to ensure that the permission of the authors of public works such as public buildings and art works permanently located in public places is sought before images of these works are used commercially. However, some MEPs want to ensure that these images can be used freely.

The Commission is to table a proposal by the end of 2015 to modernize EU copyright law to make it fit for the digital age.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

IM-Press topic:
Procedure Code: 2014/2256(INI)
Specialist: Niina
Debate: Thursday, 9 July
Vote: Thursday, 9 July
Procedure: Non-legislative resolution
Press conference: Wednesday, 8 July at 15:30

#Copyright #freedomofpanorama #geoblocking

Draft resolutionPress release on committee vote (16.06.2015)Profile of the rapporteur Julia Reda (Greens/EFA, DE)Interview with the rapporteurArticle: Debate: should the freedom of panorama be introduced all over the EU?Procedure fileVideo: Copyright in the age of the internetEP Research Note on Digital Single Market and geo-blockingEP Research study: Towards reform of the EU Copyright DirectiveEP Research: Challenges of copyright in the EU (Briefing)

Irish MEPs on this issue: Brian Hayes, Fine Gael (Dublin), Nessa Childers, Independent (Dublin), Deirdre Clune, Fine Gael (South)

 

MEPs to call for systemic change to deliver more resource-efficient economy

Binding waste-reduction targets, revamped ecodesign legislation and measures to break the link between growth and use of natural resources are the key demands set out in a draft resolution to be put to a vote on Tuesday. The text calls on the European Commission to table new legislation by the end of 2015.

The resolution follows up the Commission communication on a “circular economy” package in 2014, tabled together with a legislative proposal on waste which was withdrawn a couple of months later, by the new Commission.

Today’s global economy uses the equivalent of one and a half planets’ worth of resources to produce global output and absorb waste each year. This figure is forecast to rise to two planets’ worth by the 2030s, say MEPs. Europe is more dependent on imported resources than any other region and many will be exhausted in the relatively short term, they add.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

IM-Press topic: Environment
Procedure Code: 2014/2208(INI)
Specialist: Baptiste
Debate:  Monday, 6 July
Vote:  Wednesday, 8 July
Procedure:  Non-legislative resolution
Press conference: Tuesday, 7 July at 14.00

#CircularEconomy #wastereductio #ecodesign #naturalresources

Draft report: “Resource efficiency: moving towards a circular economy”Press release on committee vote (17.06.2015)Workshop proceedings: resource efficiency indicatorsProfile of rapporteur Sirpa Pietikainen (EPP, FI)Procedure fileEP Research study: Moving towards a circular economy

Irish MEPs on this issue: Marian Harkin, Independent (Midlands-North West), Luke Ming Flanagan, Independent (Midlands-North West), Sean Kelly, Fine Gael (South), Deirdre Clune, Fine Gael (South), Nessa Childers, Independent (Dublin), Lynn Boylan, Sinn Fein (Dublin)

 

Parliament set to approve an extra €69.6 million to cope with migrants

Three agencies managing migration flows into the EU and various EU funds for migration measures should get a €69.6 million budget boost for this year, if Parliament backs a European Commission proposal on Tuesday. Parliament has been calling for the bigger budgets in the wake of the April tragedies that cost the lives of around 1,200 migrants.

Budgets Committee MEPs note that even this increase may not suffice to meet real needs in the Mediterranean, let alone possible future migration from the Ukraine.

The budget increase of €75.7 million in commitments and €69.6 million in payments would be financed with funds for the Galileo European satellite navigation system, which MEPs want to be replenished in 2016. The three agencies in line for extra funding are FRONTEX, the European Asylum Support Office and the European Police Office (Europol). EU ministers approved the increases on 19 June.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

IM-Press topic: budget
Procedure Code: 2015/2121(BUD)
Specialist: Eszter
Vote: Tuesday, 7 June
Procedure: Budgetary

#EUbudget #migration #FRONTEX

Draft report on draft amending budget 5/2015 on additional resources to migration.Press release on Budget committee vote (23.06.2015)Rapporteur Eider Gardiazabal Rubial (S&D, ES)Parliamentary resolution on EU migration policies (23.04.2015)Press release: Parliament calls for urgent measures to save lives (29.04.2015)Draft amending budget 5/2015 as presented by the Commission (13.05.2015)Procedure fileEP Research study: Asylum and irregular immigration in the EUEP Research study: Asylum and irregular immigration in the EU
 

More shareholder say on directors’ pay and new corporate tax disclosure rules

Shareholders would be able to vote at least every three years on a listed company’s remuneration policy for directors, under a draft law to be debated on Tuesday and voted on Wednesday. Legal Affairs MEPs also inserted a requirement for large companies and public interest entities, such as listed companies and insurance firms, to disclose, country by country, profits made, taxes paid and public subsidies received.

The draft law, approved by the Legal Affairs Committee in a close vote, aims to increase transparency and foster shareholders’ long-run commitment to companies, by making it easier for them to exercise their rights.

Note to editors

Parliament is likely to vote on its first reading position on Wednesday. But MEPs might also decide not to close the first reading, and instead to enter into informal talks with the Council of Ministers to seek agreement on the final version of the legislation.

According to the European Commission, only 13 EU member states currently give shareholders “a say on pay”, either through a vote on directors’ remuneration policy and/or a report. Only 15 require disclosure of the remuneration policy and 11 require disclosure of individual directors’ pay.

FOR COLLEAGUES:

Only 15 Member States require disclosure of the remuneration policy (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom) and only 11 Member States require disclosure of individual directors’ pay (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom).

In addition, only 13 Member States give shareholders a say on pay through either a vote on directors’ remuneration policy and/or report. 10 Member States have introduced a binding shareholder vote (Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Hungary, Latvia, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden and the United Kingdom) and 3 an advisory one (Czech Republic, Italy and Spain).  

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

IM-Press topic:
Procedure Code: 2014/0121(COD)
Specialist: Niina
Debate:  Tuesday, 7 July
Vote: Wednesday, 8 July
Procedure: Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), first reading
Press conference: Wednesday, 8 July at 14.00

#ShareholderRights #shareholders #corporategovernance

Draft report on revision of shareholders’ rightsPress release after the vote in committee (7.5.2015)Profile of rapporteur Sergio Gaetano Cofferati (S&D, IT)Procedure fileEuropean Commission: Company law and corporate governance
 

Parliament to mark 20th anniversary of Srebrenica massacre

President Martin Schulz will mark the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre by paying tribute to the victims at the beginning of the session. There will then be a round of statements by political group speakers. Over 8,000 Bosniaks were murdered on 11 and 12 July 1995 in what is described by the UN as the worst crime on European soil since the Second World War.

A UN Security Council resolution to mark the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre and reflect on the UN's failure to prevent genocide is currently being drafted by the UK. The resolution is expected to honour the victims of the genocide and all those who suffered during the war. Bosnian Serbs refuse to accept the term  genocide to describe the massacre.

The ceremonies commemorating the anniversary will be held on 11 July.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

IM-Press topic: Foreign Affairs
Procedure Code:
Debate: Tuesday, 7 July
Specialist: Emilie, Vaclav
Procedure: Statement by the President, followed by a round of political speakers

#Srebrenica #srebrenica2015

Remembering Srebrenica
 

Draft EU budget for 2016: Parliament to vote on its negotiating mandate

Parliament welcomes most of the draft EU budget for 2016 as tabled by the European Commission. But it opposes cuts for small and medium-sized enterprises, wants the Youth Employment Initiative to continue, and reiterates that total outstanding EU bills for regional policy must be reduced to €2 billion, as previously agreed by the Commission and the Council. These are some of the aims set out in the negotiating brief, to be voted on Wednesday, for Parliament’s budget talks with EU ministers.

In the proposed mandate, 2016 budget rapporteur José Manuel Fernandes (EPP, PT) recalls the three institutions' pledge (attached to the mandate) to avoid again building up a backlog of delayed payments to beneficiaries of EU programmes. At the end of 2014, unpaid regional policy bills alone hit a record high of €24.7 billion.

The first three-way talks on next year's budget will take place on 14 July. They will continue in September, and the 2016 budget should be approved by the end of the year

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

IM-Press topic: budget

Procedure Code: 2015/2074(BUD)

Specialist: Eszter

Debate: Tuesday, 7 July

Vote: Wednesday, 8 July

Procedure: Budgetary

#EUbudget #YEI

Draft report on the mandate for trilogue on the 2016 budget (to come)Press release on Budget committee vote (23.06.2015)Parliament's guidelines for the 2016 budget (resolution on 11.03.2015)Draft budget presented by the Commission Profile of rapporteur José Manuel Fernandes (EPP, PT)Procedure fileEP Research study: 2016 draft EU budget: Mandate for the trilogue

Irish MEPs on this issue: Liadh Ni Riada, Sinn Fein (South)

 

Capital Markets Union: MEPs to call for EU-wide approach and focus on SMEs

The EU Capital Markets Union (CMU) should provide a new, more efficient way to channel savings into business ventures as well as protecting cross-border investors, says a non-binding resolution to be voted on Tuesday. On Monday MEPs will quiz Commission representatives on how they plan to develop a specifically European  approach to the CMU, SME-friendly regulatory conditions and ensure that the future legislative proposal is consistent and proportionate to needs.

The draft resolution, already approved by the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee,  says that reliable non-bank sources of finance should be further developed alongside well-established bank financing. EU businesses will be less vulnerable to tight bank lending terms if market players are able to raise debt, equity and venture capital directly from the market, it adds.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

IM-Press topic: Economic and monetary affairs
Procedure Code: 2015/2634(RSP)
Specialist: Dorota
Debate: Monday, 6 July
Vote: Tuesday, 7 July
Procedure: Oral Question to the Commission (with resolution)

#CapitalMarkets CMU #crossborder

Profile of the rapporteur Roberto Gulatieri (S&D, IT)Profile of the rapporteur Burhard Balz (EPP, DE)Procedure fileEPRS: Capital Markets UnionCommission Green Paper: Building a Capital Markets Union

Irish MEPs on this issue: Matt Carthy, Sinn Fein (Midlands-North West), Brian Hayes, Fine Gael (Dublin)

 

Parliament to vote on CO2 market reform deal

Parliament votes on Tuesday on a reform of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), informally agreed with the Latvian Presidency of the Council. The reform aims to reduce the surplus of carbon credits available for trading in order to support the price of the emission rights. The scheme would start operating in 2019.

The proposed law would create a system that automatically takes a portion of ETS allowances off the market and puts it into a reserve if the surplus exceeds a certain threshold. In the opposite scenario, allowances could be returned to the market. The surplus of emission allowances, which has been building up in the system since 2009, is estimated at over 2 billion.

The Market Stability Reserve would start operating earlier than initially foreseen, on 1 January 2019, rather than 2021 as proposed by the European Commission.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

IM-Press topic: Environment
Procedure Code: 2014/0011(COD)
Specialist: Baptiste
Debate:  Tuesday, 7 July
Vote: Tuesday, 7 July  
Procedure:  Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), 1st reading agreement
Press conference:

#EUETS #MSR #emissions

Draft report on the establishment and operation of a market stability reserve for the Union greenhouse gas emission trading schemePress release on committee vote (24.02.2015)Profile of rapporteur Ivo Belet (EPP, BE)Procedure fileEP researchEP Research study: ETS Market Stability Reserve

Irish MEPs on this issue: Mairead McGuinness, Fine Gael (Midlands-North West), Nessa Childers, Independent (Dublin), Sean Kelly, Fine Gael (South)

 

Employment: targeted actions and greening jobs

MEPs are expected to call for more detailed EU employment policy guidelines for EU member states’ efforts to fight youth unemployment and poverty in a debate on Tuesday and a resolution to be voted on Wednesday. Parliament will also debate and vote on a draft resolution on the potential for creating quality jobs by "greening" the economy.

The employment guidelines are EU recommendations to national governments on improving labour markets, workers' skills and combating poverty. MEPs will debate a draft resolution by the Employment Committee calling for public investment to create jobs, less red tape for small and medium-sized enterprises and incentives for young people to start their own businesses.

A separate draft resolution explores the potential for generating new high-quality jobs by stimulating the growth of a more sustainable economy. The sectors best able to deliver “green” jobs include science, research, engineering, digital technology and new technologies, suggests the text.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Procedure Code: Employment guidelines - 2015/0051(NLE); Green employment 2014/2238 (INI)
Specialist: Janez.
Debate: Tuesday, 7 July
Vote: Wednesday, 8 July
Procedure: Consultation (Employment guidelines) and Non-legislative resolutions (Green employment)

#employment #unemployment #poverty #labourmarket #skills

Draft report on guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States Draft resolution on the Green Employment Initiative Profile of rapporteur Laura Agea (EFDD, IT) - Employment guidelinesProfile of rapporteur Jean Lambert (Greens/EFA, UK) - Green Employment Initiative Procedure file Employment guidelinesProcedure file Green Employment Initiative

Irish MEPs on this issue: Marian Harkin, Independent (Midlands-North West) Luke Ming Flanagan, Independent (Midlands-North West), Deirdre Clune, Fine Gael (South), Lynn Boylan, Sinn Fein (Dublin)

 

Fighting tax evasion in developing countries

MEPs will call on companies to adopt country-by-country reporting and make all information publicly available in order to fight tax evasion and illicit money flows in developing countries, in a resolution to be debated on Wednesday and voted on Thursday.  They will also debate the UN conference on financing for development to be held on 13 and 14 July in Addis Ababa.

Background

Developing countries raise substantially less revenue than advanced economies (with a tax to GDP ratio ranging between 10 to 20%, as opposed to 30 to 40% of OECD economies) and are characterised by extremely narrow tax bases.

Tax havens and secrecy jurisdictions that allow banking or financial information to be kept private, combined with 'zero-tax' regimes to attract capital and revenues that should have been taxed in other countries generate harmful tax competition, undermine the fairness of the tax system and distort trade and investment, particularly affecting developing countries, with a loss of an estimated $189 billion of tax revenue annually.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

IM-Press topic: Development
Procedure Code: (2015/2058(INI))
Specialist: Kristina
Debate: Wednesday, 8 July
Vote:  Thursday, 9 July
Procedure:  Non-legislative resolution
Press conference (if applicable: date)

#taxevasion #illicitmoney

Draft resolution on Tax evasion in developing countriesPress release on committee vote (01.06.2015)Profile of rapporteur Elly Schlein (S&D, IT) Procedure file

Irish MEPs on this issue: Matt Carthy, Sinn Fein (Midlands-North West)

 

Milk, fruit and vegetables: farm income, market shocks and export outlets

Ways to help EU dairy, fruit and vegetable farmers to boost their bargaining power, competitiveness and ability to withstand market crises will be debated on Monday. Two draft non-legislative resolutions to be put to vote on Tuesday ask the European Commission to secure various export opportunities for EU produce shut out of the Russian market.

In two draft non-binding resolutions, one on milk and the other on fruit and vegetables, MEPs insist that the EU must better balance the food supply chain, further improve milk market monitoring, introduce better tools for dealing with market disturbances and provide further incentives for dairy farmers and fruit and vegetable growers to join forces in producer organisations.

MEPs also encourage EU member states to make better use of "Milk Package" tools, given that milk quotas expired on 31 March this year, and call on the European Commission to help farmers and growers to find new outlets, especially now that Russia has prolonged its embargo on EU foodstuffs.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

IM-Press topic:

Procedure Code: 2014/2147(INI) & 2014/2146(INI)

Specialist: Jan

Debate: Monday, 6 July

Vote: Tuesday, 7 July

Procedure: Non-legislative resolutions

#fruit #vegetables #fruitandveg #milk #milkfarmers #dairyfarmers #milkpackage

Draft resolution on prospects for the EU dairy sector – review of the implementation of the Dairy PackageDraft resolution on the fruit and vegetables sector since the 2007 reformPress release on agriculture committee vote - dairy sector (09.06.2015)Press release on agriculture committee vote - dairy sector (09.06.2015)Press release on agriculture committee vote - fruit and vegetable sector (06.05.2015)Profile of rapporteur on the dairy sector, James Nicholson (ECR, UK)Profile of rapporteur on the fruit and vegetable sector, Nuno Melo (EPP, PT)Procedure file (dairy sector)Procedure file (fruit and vegetable sector)School milk and fruit: MEPs back measures to teach healthier eating habits (press release, 27.05.2015)The end of milk quotas: EU must use all tools to avoid market disruptions and become a global dairy leader, say MEPs Siekierski and Nicholson (press release, 31.03.2015)EuroparlTV: End of milk quotas: Concerns of the dairy sectorEP Research: The future of the EU dairy sector after the end of milk quotas (24.06.2015)EP Research: Producer organisations in the EU fruit and vegetable sector (29.06.2015)EP Research: The Russian Embargo - Impact on the Economic and Employment Situation in the EU (14.11.2014)

Irish MEPs on this issue: Matt Carthy, Sinn Fein (Midlands-North West), Mairead McGuinness, Independent (Midlands-North West), Marian Harkin, Independent (Midlands-North West), Luke Ming Flanagan, Independent (Midlands-North West), Sean Kelly, Fine Gael (South), Deirdre Clune, Fine Gael (South)

 

€66.5 million for flood damage repairs in Romania, Bulgaria and Italy

Romania, Bulgaria and Italy are set to receive €66.5 million in total for compensation to cover part of the cost of emergency measures taken during the 2014 floods, if Parliament approves the Commission proposal on Tuesday. The aid is covered by the European Solidarity Fund.

Country

Natural disaster

Date of disaster

Amount of aid (€)

Romania

Floods

April-May 2014

4,198,175

Romania

Floods

July-August 2014

4,297,775

Bulgaria

Floods

July-August

1,983,600

Italy

Floods

October-November 2014

56,026,300

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

IM-Press topic: budget

Procedure Code: 2015/2079(BUD)

Specialist: Eszter

Vote: Tuesday, 7 July

Procedure: Budgetary

#EUbudget #Romania #Bulgaria #Italy #floods

Draft report on EUSF aid to Romania, Bulgaria and ItalyPress release on committee vote (23.06.2015)Profile of rapporteur Siegfried Mureşan (EPP, RO) Procedure file
 

Vote on €1.36 million in job search aid for redundant Finnish workers

More than 500 workers made redundant by electrical manufacturer Broadband Communications Finland and two suppliers will get EU aid worth €1.36 million to help them find new jobs if Parliament backs a European Commission proposal in a vote on Tuesday.

Country

Company

Number of beneficiaries

Amount of aid (€)

Sector

EP rapporteur

Finland

Broadcom Communications Finland, two suppliers

568

1,365,000

Mobile phone chipset production (electronics, electrical industry)

Petri Sarvamaa (EPP, FI)

The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aid also needs to be approved by the EU Council of Ministers, on 13 July.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

IM-Press topic: budget

Procedure Code: 2015/2125(BUD)

Specialist: Eszter

Vote: Tuesday 7 July

Procedure: budgetary

#EUbudget #EGF #Finland

Draft resolution on EGF aid to FinlandPress release on committee vote (23.06.2015)Profile of rapporteur Petri Sarvamaa (EPP, FI)Procedure fileThe Commission's EGF pageEP research: introduction to the EGF
 

MEPs to debate EU role in Middle East peace process with Mogherini

Parliament will debate the EU’s role in the Middle East peace process and the humanitarian situation in Yemen with the EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, on Wednesday afternoon. In a separate debate and vote on Thursday, MEPs will insist that the EU must step up its influence in the Middle East and North Africa to spur security and stability there.

The resolution on the Middle East and  North Africa (MENA) region, drafted by Vincent Peillon (S&D, FR), calls on EU countries to mobilise more military, logistical, financial and humanitarian resources to address the conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa. The EU must also engage more strongly with the regional actors, who should do more to prevent financing of terrorism, say MEPs. They will point to the lack of democracy as a key cause of political instability in the region.

The debate on the humanitarian situation in Yemen will be followed by a vote on Thursday.

The House will vote on a resolution on the role of the EU in the Middle East peace process in September.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

IM-Press topic: Foreign Affairs
Procedure Code:   2014/2229(INI)
Specialist: Vaclav Lebeda
Debate:  Wednesday, 9 July and Thursday, 10 July (Peillon report and Yemen resolution), September (Middle East peace process)
Vote:  Thursday, 10 July (Peillon report), September plenary session (resolution on the Middle East peace process)
Procedure: High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Statement (with resolution)/ Non-legislative resolution

#MENA #peaceprocess

Draft resolution on the security challenges in the Middle East and North Africa region and the prospects for political stabilityProfile of rapporteur Vincent Peillon (S&D, FR)Procedure fileEP Research study: Security challenges in the MENA region

Irish MEPs on this issue: Matt Carthy, Sinn Fein (Midlands-North West), Lynn Boylan, Sinn Fein (Dublin)

 

Foreign policy chief Mogherini to address Parliament on EU-Cuba relations

MEPs will discuss the latest developments in EU-Cuba relations and the direction they might take in future with Federica Mogherini on Wednesday.

Ms Mogherini met President Raul Castro of Cuba and Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez in Havana in March 2015 at the third round of talks on a political dialogue and cooperation agreement between the EU and Cuba. Talks have been under way since the EU’s formal rapprochement with Cuba in 2008 but accelerated in 2014 with the adoption of the negotiating mandate for the agreement in February and the start of negotiations in April.

The US and Cuban presidents recently announced that they would restore diplomatic relations and reopen embassies.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

IM-Press topic: Foreign Affairs
Procedure Code:
Debate: Wednesday, 8 July
Specialist: Emilie, Vaclav
Procedure: High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Statement followed by a debate

#EU #Cuba #EUCuba

EEAS spokesperson statement on on US-Cuba relationsEEAS webpage on EU Relations with CubaEEAS press release on EP Research study; A new phase in EU-Cuba relations

Irish MEPs on this issue: Matt Carthy, Sinn Fein (Midlands-North West)

 

“Back to basics” in European Neighbourhood Policy

The EU must get  “back to basics” in its European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) MEPs are set to say in their vote on the ENP policy review on Tuesday. It should start by  refocusing the ENP to build prosperity, stability, security and good neighbourliness, says the draft text.

The revised ENP must be more political, focused, flexible and coherent and take more  account of EU neighbour countries’ differing aspirations, the draft text says.

The ENP  must be based on EU values and principles, democracy, the rule of law and human rights, but ENP partnerships also needs a stronger security dimension, it adds.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

IM-Press topic: Enlargement / Foreign Affairs
Procedure Code:  2015/2002(INI)
Specialist: Vaclav Lebeda
Debate:  Monday, 7 July
Vote:  Tuesday, 7 July
Procedure: Non-legislative resolution

#ENP #Neighbourhood

Draft resolution on the review of the European Neighbourhood PolicyProfile of rapporteur Eduard Kukan (EPP, SK)Procedure fileEP Research study: Reviewing the European Neighbourhood Policy
 

Human rights and technology: Whistle blowers and activists should be protected

Whistle blowers and human rights defenders must be protected, say foreign affairs MEPs in a resolution adopted in May. They also stress that the mass surveillance of citizens by the US National Security Agency, with the active complicity of some EU countries, has seriously damaged the credibility of the EU's human rights policy. The House will vote on this non-binding resolution on Thursday.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

IM-Press topic: Human rights
Procedure Code: (2015/2058(INI))
Specialist: Kristina
Debate:
Vote:  Thursday 9 July
Procedure:  non legislative resolution
Press conference (if applicable: date)

#humanrights #surveillance #NSA

Draft resolution on human rights and technologyProfile of rapporteur Marietje Schaake (ALDE, NL)Procedure file
 

Door-to-door trips: MEPs to call for single ticket for all transport modes used

EU countries and the European Commission should take steps to improve the sharing of travel timetable information, so as to boost the development of “intermodal” tickets covering all the modes of transport used on a journey, say MEPs in a draft resolution to be voted on Tuesday. If no real progress is made by 2020, MEPs would ask the Commission to table EU legislation to finish the job, it adds.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

IM-Press topic:
Procedure Code: 2014/2244(INI))
Specialist: Jaan
Debate: Monday, 6 July
Vote:  Tuesday, 7 July
Procedure:  Non-legislative resolution

#singleticket #transport #intermodal #ticket

Draft resolution on delivering multimodal integrated ticketing in EuropePress release on Transport committee vote (28.05.2015)Profile of rapporteur Dieter-Lebrecht Koch (EPP, DE) Procedure fileEP Research background info on multimodal integrated ticketing
 

Human rights and democracy resolutions

Parliament will hold urgent debates on the following topics relating to human rights and democracy, on Thursday 9 July at 14.00  with the votes following at 15.00.

- Cambodia's draft laws on NGOs and trade unions

- The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in particular the case of two detained human rights activists Yves Makwambala and Fred Bauma  

- Bahrain, in particular the case of Nabeel Rajab

- Situation of two Christian pastors in Sudan

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

IM-Press topic: Human rights
Specialist: Kristina
Debate: Thursday, 9 July
Vote: Thursday, 9 July
Procedure: Non-legislatives resolutions

#humanrights #democracy

 

Listing

 

Recent terrorists attacks, debate Wed

 

Commission Work Programme 2016, debate Wed, vote Thu

Irish MEPs on this issue: Matt Carthy, Sinn Fein (Midlands-North West), Mairead McGuinness, Fine Gael (Midlands-North West), Marian Harkin, Independent (Midlands-North West), Sean Kelly, Fine Gael (South), Nessa Childers, Independent (Dublin)

 

Appointment of new member to Court of Auditors (Bettina Michelle Jakobsen, DK), Wed

 

Working Conditions of seafarers, debate Tue, vote Wed, Morin-Chartier, COD)

 

Situation in Burundi, vote Wed, resolution

 

European Agenda on Security, debate Tue, vote Wed, OQs

 

Annual report on Human Rights in the world in 2014, debate Wed

 

For further information, please contact Catherine Bunyan, Press Officer on 086 8559423 or at catherine.bunyan@ep.europa.eu or contact the Irish MEPs' Press Officers directly.

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