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30-06-2017

EP Plenary Session Newsletter 3-6 July 2017

What will MEPs be working on in next week's plenary session in Strasbourg? Among the items on the agenda will be the beginning of the Estonian presidency, the European Council and G20 preparations, Turkey, lifetime of products, tackling HIV and much more.

 

Debate on 22-23 June European Council and G20 preparations with Presidents Tusk and Juncker

MEPs will review the European Council conclusions and discuss issues to be addressed at the upcoming G20 with Council and Commission Presidents

In Wednesday’s morning’s key debate, MEPs will take stock of the outcome of the 22-23 June European Council and discuss initial progress in Brexit negotiations with Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

They will also give their input to the G20 meeting of world leaders to be held in Hamburg (Germany) 7-8 July.

The extension of sanctions against Russia, member states’ renewed commitment to implementing the Paris climate agreement and their stance on better protecting EU citizens from uncontrolled globalisation and irregular immigration will also be under MEPs scrutiny.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Wednesday, 5 July

Procedure: Council and Commission statements with debate

#euco #Brexit #G20 @JunckerEU @eucopresident #G20

Press page European Council 22-23 June Press page G20 summit 7-8 July “Shaping an interconnected world”Audiovisual material

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

 

Estonia’s EU Council Presidency priorities up for debate with PM Jüri Ratas

Estonia’s Prime Minister Jüri Ratas presents the incoming EU Council Presidency priorities to MEPs on Wednesday.

MEPs will debate the priorities of the incoming Estonian Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers with Prime Minister Jüri Ratas on Wednesday morning.

The Estonian government will focus its six-month mandate on the following priorities:

  • An open and innovative European economy
  • A safe and secure Europe
  • A digital Europe and the free movement of data
  • An inclusive and sustainable Europe

The day before, on Tuesday, MEPs will review progress made during the outgoing Maltese Presidency.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debates: Tuesday, 4 July and Wednesday, 5 July

Procedure: Council and Commission statements with debates

Press conference: Parliament’s president Antonio Tajani will hold a press conference with Estonia’s Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday at around 12.30 (tbc)

@EU2017EE #EU2017EE @ratasjuri

@EU2017MT #EU2017MT

Website of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU Audiovisual materialAudiovisual material
 

Making goods more durable and easier to repair

Consumers should be able to benefit from durable, high-quality products that can be repaired and upgraded.

MEPs therefore propose measures to tackle planned obsolescence for tangible goods and for software in a non-legislative resolution being put to the vote on Tuesday.

The recommendations include:

  • robust, easily repaired and quality products: “minimum resistance criteria” to be established for each product category from the design stage,
  • if a repair takes longer than a month, the guarantee should be extended by the same period,
  • member states should give incentives to produce durable and repairable products, boosting repairs and second-hand sales - this could help to create jobs and reduce waste,
  • essential components, such as batteries and LEDs, should not be fixed into products, unless for safety reasons,
  • spare parts which are indispensable for the proper and safe functioning of the goods should be made available “at a price commensurate with the nature and life-time of the product”,
  • an EU-wide definition of “planned obsolescence” and a system that could test and detect the “built-in obsolescence” should be introduced, as well as “appropriate dissuasive measures for producers”.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Monday 3 July 2017

Vote: Tuesday 4 July 2017

Procedure: Non-legislative resolution

#circulareconomy

Draft report on a longer lifetime for products: benefits for consumers and companiesPress release on committee vote (30.05.2017)Profile of rapporteur Pascal Durand (Greens/EFA, FR)Procedure fileEP Research: Study on “A longer lifetime for products: benefits for consumers and companies”Audiovisual material for professionals

Irish MEPs following this issue: Nessa Childers (Dublin), Mairead McGuinness, Fine Gael (Midlands North West), Brian Hayes, Fine Gael (South)

 

Turkey risks freeze of EU accession talks

Turkey’s EU accession talks should be suspended if proposed changes to the constitution go ahead, as these go against EU membership criteria, MEPs are to say on Wednesday.

The Parliament will discuss Turkey’s 2016 reform efforts towards EU membership with Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn on Wednesday and vote on a resolution on Thursday.

MEPs are concerned about Turkey backsliding in the rule of law, human rights, media freedom, and the fight against corruption. They condemn the repeatedly declared support for the reintroduction of the death penalty by the Turkish President.

But the draft resolution also recognises the importance of good EU-Turkey relations and maintaining a constructive and open dialogue, which is key to addressing common challenges, such as migration, security or terrorism.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Vote: Thursday, 6 July 2017

Press conference: Wednesday, 5 July at 11.30

Procedure: Own-initiative resolution

#EUenlargement @JHahnEU

Draft resolution on the 2016 Commission Report on TurkeyPress release on committee vote (20.06.2017)EP rapporteur Kati PIRI (S&D, NL) EP Research Service note on EU-Turkey relations (April 2017)Procedure fileAudiovisual materials

Irish MEPs following this issue: Nessa Childers, Independent (Dublin)

 

HIV, tuberculosis and hepatitis C epidemics on the rise

HIV, tuberculosis and hepatitis C epidemics should be tackled better at EU level with long-term programmes, say MEPs

There are not only health benefits, but also potential synergies and savings in taking action at EU level, given that all three infections require long-term and sustained programmes. Therefore EU plans need to be updated where they exist and new ones set up where necessary, say MEPs in an oral question to the Commission to be debated on Monday. They will adopt a resolution on Wednesday.

In 2015, almost 30 000 new HIV infections were reported by the 31 EU/EEA countries. An estimated 120 000 people in Europe developed Multi-Drug Resistant TB. Viral hepatitis (HCV) is one of the most serious public health threats globally.

MEPs therefore want the European Commission to come up with proposals in response to the agreement between EU Health Ministers in Bratislava on 4 October on the need to develop a policy framework on HIV/AIDS, TB and Hepatitis C.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Monday, 3 July

Vote: Wednesday, 5 July

Procedure: Oral question to the Commission with resolution

Procedure fileCommunicable Diseases: EU response to HIV, Tuberculosis and Hepatitis CAudiovisual material

Irish MEPs following this issue: Nessa Childers, Independent (Dublin), Lynn Boylan, Sinn Fein (Dublin), Mairead McGuinness Fine Gael (Midlands North-West)

 

Counter terrorism - vote to set up new committee

Parliament votes to set up new committee on counter‑terrorism

A proposal to establish a temporary committee on counter‑terrorism will be put to the vote on Thursday. The new committee will examine what is needed to improve anti-terror cooperation in the EU. In the past, MEPs have in particular stressed the need for increased cooperation and information-sharing among member states.

A temporary committee is a special committee established for a maximum of 12 months, which may be extended.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Vote: Thursday 6 July

European Parliament study: The European Union’s Policies on Counter-Terrorism: Relevance, Coherence and Effectiveness
 

EU plan to tackle root causes of migration

An EU scheme aiming to mobilise €44 billion in private investment in Africa will be put to the vote on Thursday, if the responsible committees approve it beforehand.

As part of the European External Investment Plan, the European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD) would encourage €44 billion in private sector investments in fragile states by offering a combination of grants, loans and financial guarantees worth €3.3 billion to boost jobs, growth and stability, thus addressing the root causes of migration.

In recent talks on the operating rules of the EFSD, MEPs persuaded EU ministers that the scheme needs to focus on poverty, jobs, climate change and small enterprises and support only responsible businesses complying with international tax transparency standards.

If the Foreign Affairs, Development and Budget committees approve the agreement on 3 July, a plenary vote will take place on 6 July in Strasbourg.

Quick facts:

EFSD resources come from the mid-term review of the MFF 2014-2020 and the European Development Fund (EDF) reserve. The new fund will include two regional platforms: one for Africa and the other for the EU Neighbourhood. It will function as a “one-stop-shop”, offering access to existing EU facilities (when EU grants are combined with loans or equity from public and private financiers), coupled with a new, additional guarantee for public and private investors. The EFSD Guarantee is expected to have a cash provision of €750 million including €350 million from the EU budget and €400 million from the EDF. The EFSD will also combine resources from two existing blending facilities – €2.6 billion from the Neighbourhood Investment Facility and Africa Investment Facility.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


Debate: Wednesday, 5 July

Vote: Thursday, 6 July

Procedure: Ordinary legislative procedure

#EFSD

Text of the provisional agreement on the European Fund for Sustainable DevelopmentPress release: EU plan to tackle root causes of migration should focus on the poor, MEPs say (24.04.2017)Legislative train schedule for the European Fund for Sustainable Development 2016-2019EP Research Briefing: European Fund for Sustainable Development (February 2017)European Commission Factsheet (September 2016)Procedure file Profile of co-rapporteur Eduard Kukan (EPP, SK)Profile of co-rapporteur Eider Rubial Gardiazabal (S&D, ES)Profile of co-rapporteur Doru-Claudian Frunzulica (S&D, RO)Audiovisual materials
 

Single seat for the European Parliament

MEPs are set to reiterate their previous calls for a single seat for the European Parliament in a debate with Commission and Council on Wednesday.

Members have voiced requests in favour of a single seat for the European Parliament over the years, arguing for the symbolic value and actual savings such a move would achieve. This decision would require a treaty change.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Wednesday 5 July 2017

Procedure: Council and Commission statements

European Parliament resolution on possible evolutions of and adjustments to the current institutional set-up of the European UnionOral question on a single seat for the European parliament in Strasbourg (2016)Audiovisual material for journalists
 

Vote on the appointment of Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner-designate for Digital Economy and Society

On Tuesday, the Parliament will vote on the appointment of Mariya Gabriel, Bulgarian Commissioner-designate for Digital Economy and Society. In a public hearing on 20 June, Ms Gabriel replied to questions from different committees’ members assessing her skills. The Conference of Committee Chairs and subsequently the Conference of Presidents evaluated the assessment of the lead committees’ coordinators.

Ms Gabriel was nominated by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to take over the responsibility for the Digital Economy and Society portfolio.

The lead committees for this hearing were the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) and the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT). Internal Market, Legal Affairs and Civil Liberties committees are also involved in the discussion.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Vote: Tuesday 4 July

Procedure: Appointment

@GabrielMariya #EPhearing

Hearing of Commissioner-Designate Mariya GabrielCommissioner-Designate Mariya Gabriel - CV Audiovisual material - Extracts from the presentation Audiovisual material - Extracts from the questions and answers Audiovisual material: full hearing

Irish MEPs following this issue: Sean Kelly, Fine Gael (South), Liadh ni Riada, Sinn Fein (South)

 

Commission 2018 work programme

MEPs will debate what they want the Commission to do in 2018 on Tuesday afternoon.

Parliament’s recommendations for legislation to be brought forward or initiated will be set out in a non-legislative resolution to be put to the vote on Wednesday. The Commission is expected to present its work programme for 2018 to Parliament in October.

On the day of the vote, the presidents of the Parliament, Council and Commission will meet to discuss the priorities set out in their December 2016 joint declaration and what progress has been made on them so far.

You can watch the plenary debate via EP Live, and EbS+.

Debate: Tuesday 4 July, 15:00

Vote: Wednesday 5 July

Procedure: Commission statement

Procedure reference: 2017/2699(RSP)

#CWP2018

Commission website dedicated to its annual Work ProgrammeAudiovisual material

Irish MEPs following this issue: Mairead McGuinness, Fine Gael (Midlands North West), Matt Carthy, Sinn Fein (Midlands North West)

 

MEPs: use €6.4billion EU budget refund for refugee aid

Plans to refund €6.4 billion left over from the 2016 EU budget to EU member states in 2017 will be put to a vote on Tuesday. Under EU rules, the money should be returned to member states via a reduction in their contributions.

However, in their draft resolution, MEPs urge member states to use the money to deal with the refugee crisis and match the EU contribution to the funds set up for this purpose, as they promised to do.

MEPs express concern about the €4.9 billion under-spend, mainly in cohesion funds. They also deplore a revenue loss of €1.5 billion due to the negative impact of the depreciation of the British Pound against the Euro.

Further information is available in a recent press release on the vote in the Committee on Budgets.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Vote: Tuesday, 4 July

Procedure: Budgetary

#EUBudget#EUBudget2017

Draft resolution on Draft amending budget No 2/2017: Entering the surplus of the financial year 2016 Press release on committee vote (20.06.2017)Profile of rapporteur Jens Geier (S&D, DE)Procedure fileAudiovisual material

Irish MEPs following this issue: Nessa Childers, Independent (Dublin), Liadh ni Riada, Sinn Fein (South)

 

EU rules to make more books available for blind people

New rules will make more books available for blind and visually impaired people in formats like Braille and audiobooks.

MEPs will debate and vote on Thursday on a deal concluded with the Council, ensuring that people who are blind or visually impaired have access to more books, newspapers, magazines and other print material in formats like Braille, audiobooks and large print. Mandatory copyright exceptions will make the production of this accessible format print material easier and facilitate its cross-border circulation.

The new rules will bring the EU’s laws into line with its international commitments under the Marrakesh Treaty, signed by the EU in 2014.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Thursday, 6 July

Vote: Thursday, 6 July

Procedure: Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), 1st reading

Press conference: Wednesday 5, July at 3pm with the rapporteur Max Andersson and Wolfgang Angermann, European Blind Union

#MarrakeshTreaty #copyright

Press release on committee vote (23.3.2017): Press release on inter-institutional deal (10.5.2017): Profile of rapporteur: Max Andersson (Greens/EFA, SE)Procedure files:Procedure fileEP Research: Marrakesh Treaty Audiovisual material

Irish MEPs - Nessa Childers, Independent (Dublin), Matt Carthy, Sinn Fein, (Midlands North West)

 

Private security companies need to be more accountable

Minimum requirements on screening staff, accountability and reporting misconduct should become a norm for private security companies, MEPs are to recommend on Tuesday.

The draft resolution advocates EU-wide rules on private security companies and a list of firms complying with EU standards on transparency and holding clean criminal records. MEPs also want to limit their operations to logistical support and protection tasks, avoiding military combat responsibilities.

Quick facts

The EU numbers some 40 000 private security companies, employing more than 1.5 million people and supplying services that range from logistical support, running prisons or providing protection, to combat support and supplying military technology (2013 figures). They are also used to guard EU delegations in countries outside the EU and provide security for the premises of EU missions and operations.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debates: Monday, 3 July 2017

Votes: Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Procedure: Own-initiative resolutions

Draft resolution on private security companies EP rapporteur Hilde VAUTMANS (ALDE, BE) Private security companies: stricter rules and more oversight (EuroparlTV video)Procedure fileAudivisual material
 

MEPs back first ever EU-Cuba deal

MEPs are expected to give their consent to the first ever EU-Cuba cooperation agreement on Wednesday noon after a debate with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Tuesday afternoon.

The Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (PDCA) will mark a turning point in bilateral relations between the EU and Cuba, say MEPs. It will help expand bilateral trade, promote dialogue and economic cooperation and provide for joint action on the world scene. It includes a provision to suspend the agreement if the provisions on human rights are violated.

The agreement has been under negotiation since April 2014, and was signed by EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini in December 2016, but needs to get the European Parliament’s consent before it can enter into force.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Tuesday, 4 July

Vote: Wednesday, 5 July

Procedure: Consent & Non-legislative resolution

@FedericaMog

Draft recommendation on the conclusion of the EU-Cuba Political Dialogue and Cooperation AgreementDraft resolution on the conclusion of the EU-Cuba Political Dialogue and Cooperation AgreementPress release on committee vote (20.06.2017)Profile of rapporteur: Elena Valenciano (S&D, ES)Procedure file (recommendation)
 
Procedure file (resolution)Video: extracts of the committee vote and statement by the rapporteur Elena Valenciano (soon available)Audiovisual material
 

New rules to disclose taxes paid by multinationals country by country

Large multinationals should provide publicly available information on how much tax they pay and where, according to draft rules to be debated and put to the vote on Tuesday.

Earlier this month, the Economics and Legal Affairs committees agreed on new EU rules which would oblige multinationals with a worldwide turnover of €750 million or more to make information about the tax they pay in each country, publicly available .

Committee MEPs also backed exemptions in the case of commercially-sensitive information. The two rapporteurs behind the report -- Hugues Bayet (S&D, BE) and Evelyn Regner (S&D, AT) -- are set to proposes amendments imposing time limits on how long firms can claim such an exemption.

Quick Facts

The legislation aims to increase tax transparency by providing the public with a picture of the taxes paid by multinationals, and where those taxes are paid. It is designed to crack down on corporate tax avoidance, which is estimated to cost EU countries EUR 50-70 billion a year in lost tax revenues, according to the European Commission.

Following the vote on the amendment, MEPs will vote on whether to enter into negotiations with the EU ministers

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Tuesday, 4 July

Vote: Tuesday, 4 July

Procedure: Co-decision

#taxation

Draft report on Disclosure of income tax information by certain undertakings and branchesPress release on committee vote (13.06.2017)Profile of rapporteur : Hugues Bayet (S&D, BE) Profile of rapporteur : Evelyn Regner (S&D, AT)Procedure fileBackground information, Audiovisual material

Irish MEPs: Nessa Childers, Independent (Dublin), Brian Hayes, Fine Gael (South)

 

EU financial help for Moldova

MEPs are set to vote on €100 million macro-financial assistance to Moldova on Tuesday after a recent informal deal with EU ministers.


The EU will provide a combination of grants and loans to support the country, which is recovering from economic and political turmoil, if MEPs agree. A pre-condition for receiving the package is that Moldova respects democracy, the rule of law and human rights and that the money also supports Chișinău’s fight against corruption, according to a June deal with EU ministers.

Quick facts: This is the second time since 2010 that the EU will provide macro-financial assistance. If approved, the EU would provide €60 million in loans and €40 million as a grant, which equals 25% of the country’s external financial needs. Moldova sank into economic recession in 2014, when a banking scandal and fiscal difficulties, coupled with weak export performance, shook the economy and the political landscape. The Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement with the EU, which has been in force since September 2014, has contributed to economic recovery.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Monday, 3 July

Vote: Tuesday, 4 July

Procedure: Ordinary legislative procedure

Press release on committee vote (20.06.2017.)EP Research, At a glance - Moldova: A small, vulnerable economy (July, 2016)EU-Moldova trade relations - from the CommissionProfile of rapporteur Sorin Moisa (S&D, RO)Committee on International TradeAudivisual material
 
 

Further trade concessions to Ukraine

Further trade concessions to foster the economic development of Ukraine are up for a vote on Tuesday.

The EU is set to offer further trade concessions to Kiev, according to a June informal agreement with EU ministers. In talks, MEPs approved most of the proposed new concessions, but reduced the volume of the additional quota for certain agricultural products and insisted that the fight against corruption become a condition for granting Kiev preferential exports.

Quick facts: The Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), part of the Association Agreement and provisionally applied since January 2016, provides for the mutual opening of markets for goods and services, but the EU reduces and abolishes duties faster. In view of Ukraine’s economic difficulties and its efforts to reform, the EU would offer additional new trade concessions. The EU is Ukraine's largest trading partner, whereas Ukraine accounts for 0.8% of the EU's total trade.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Tuesday, 6 July

Vote: Tuesday, 6 July

Procedure: Ordinary legislative procedure

#EUTrade

Press release on committee vote: Trade MEPs approve deal on further trade concessions to Ukraine (20.06.2017)EU-Ukraine trade relations in a nutshell (by the Commission)Profile of rapporteur Jaroslaw Walesa (EPP, PL)Committee on International TradeAudiovisual material

MEPs to debate Saudi Arabia’s election to UN women's rights commission

The controversial election of Saudi Arabia as a member of the UN Commission on the Status of Women will be up for a debate and a vote in plenary.

MEPs will debate with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on the much-criticised election of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) on Tuesday afternoon and will vote on a resolution on Wednesday.

In a secret ballot on 19 April, the ultra-conservative Islamic kingdom received support from 47 out of the 54 UN Economic and Social Council nations for its appointment to a four-year term (2018-2022) to the main United Nations body aimed at promoting gender equality and women’s rights.

The World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap ranks Saudi Arabia at 141 out of 144 countries. It is the only country in the world where women are prohibited from driving and at any age are legally required to have a male guardian to make all their decisions for them.

Saudi Arabia was also recently re-elected to the UN Human Rights Council.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Tuesday, 4 July

Vote: Wednesday, 5 July

Procedure:

Procedure: High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Statement (with resolution)

@UN_Women @unwomenEU #womensrights #UNCSW @FedericaMog

Irish MEPs: Lynn Boylan, Sinn Fein (Dublin), Sean Kelly, Fine Gael (South)

United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)Procedure fileAudiovisual material

Anti-dumping: more robust rules to defend EU industry and jobs

Parliament will soon start talks with national governments on new draft anti-dumping rules, if MEPs agree.

The new rules are designed to better protect EU industry and jobs against unfair trade practices from non-EU countries in which there is a heavy state interference in the economy.

International Trade MEPs recently approved a draft negotiating mandate proposing that an exporting country’s fiscal, social and environmental standards need to be taken into account when assessing its trade practices, and that there should be no additional burden of proof on EU companies in anti‑dumping cases, on top of the current procedure.

Parliament will start negotiations on this file with EU ministers, if there are no objections at the July plenary session in Strasbourg.

Quick Facts

EU jobs and businesses have been under immense pressure due to China’s excess production capacity and subsidised economy, especially in the steel sector. MEPs urged the Commission to counter unfair competition from China in a way that complies with WTO rules in a resolution in May 2016. Broader plans to update the EU’s “trade defence instruments”, with a view to raising tariffs against dumped or subsidised imports, are currently being negotiated with national governments.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Procedure: Ordinary legislative procedure

#antidumping

Press release on draft negotiating mandate: More robust anti-dumping rules to defend EU industry and jobs (20.06.2017.)Press Release: China’s proposed market economy status: defend EU industry and jobs, urge MEPS (12.05.2016.)Press release: Market economy status for China: MEPs call for fair competition safeguards (10.05.2016.)EP Research Briefing: Protection from dumped and subsidised imports (23 January 2017)EP Study: New trade rules for China? Opportunities and threats for the EU (2016) EU-China trade picture (by the Commission)Profile of rapporteur Salvatore Cicu (EPP, IT)Committee on International TradeAudiovisual material

EU Budget for 2018 must generate growth, jobs and ensure citizens’ security

In order to achieve sustainable growth and job creation in the EU, investments in research, innovation, infrastructure, education and SMEs are key, say MEPs in a draft resolution to be put to the vote on Wednesday.

This will constitute Parliament's first reaction to the EU draft budget for 2018, as presented by the Commission on 30 May.

In the draft text, MEPs

  • welcome the proposed increase in the budget of Horizon 2020 (research), the Connecting Europe Facility (infrastructure) and Erasmus+ (education);
  • regret however that the importance and urgency of the migration and refugee crisis “is not in line with the significant decreases” for the dedicated funds and programmes;
  • take positive note of the EU initiatives in the field of defence research, which will ““contribute to achieving economies of scale in the sector”, but “should be financed by additional funds and not be detrimental to existing programmes.”

The consolidated draft report tabled for the plenary vote will be available here. The EP rapporteur for the 2018 EU budget Siegfried Mureşan (EPP, RO) has already expressed an initial reaction to the Commission’s proposal on 30 May.

Next steps

After Parliament as a whole has set out its position on the 2018 Budget at its July session, Council presents its informal position and on 13 July the first three-way (trilogue) talks among the two arms of the budgetary authority (Parliament and Council) and the European Commission take place. Talks resume in September to reach an agreement before the end of the year.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Tuesday, 4 July

Vote: Wednesday, 5 July

Procedure: Budgetary

#EUBudget #EUBudget20018

Draft resolution on the mandate for the trilogue on the 2018 draft budget (version before 29 June committee vote) Press release on committee vote (29.06.217)Profile of rapporteur : Siegfried Mureşan (EPP, RO)Procedure fileEuropean Parliament resolution of 15 March 2017 on general guidelines for the preparation of the 2018 budgetAudivisual material

Future of the EU finances

The Commission will present different options on reforming the EU budget until 2025 on Tuesday. Budgetary reform will play an important role in decision-making about the future of the EU27, without the UK, a process which started in March 2017 with a “White Paper on the future of Europe”.

The Commission paper on the EU finances is the latest in a series of five reflection papers. MEPs will give their input on how the EU should use its funds in the future and on how to reform the way the Union is financed. They have already started preparing two draft resolutions, one on the post-2020 long-term budget of the EU and the other on the reform of the European Union’s system of own resources, which will be voted on at a later date.

Commissioner Günther Oettinger presented the reflection paper on EU finances to the members of the Committee on Budgets on 28 June. Watch his presentation and MEPs’ reactions here.

Next steps

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's State of the Union speech in September 2017 will take forward the ideas from the White and Reflection papers before first conclusions can be drawn at the December 2017 European Council summit. This will help to decide on a course of action to be rolled out in time for the European Parliament elections in June 2019.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Tuesday, 4 July

Vote: Resolution at a future part-session

Procedure: Commission statement followed by debate (with resolution)

#EUBudget #FutureofEurope


Irish MEPs: Matt Carthy, Sinn Fein (Midlands North West)

Fight against fraud: creating a level playing field across Europe

Fraud in EU procurement procedures or in cross-border VAT schemes will be easier to prosecute once new criminal law provisions, debated on Tuesday and put to the vote on Wednesday, come into force.

A draft directive, already agreed with the Council, lays down common definitions of several fraud-related crimes against the EU budget and sets common sanctions and minimum prescription periods across the EU. It also defines the scope of the new European Public Prosecutor Office, expected to be operational from 2020.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: Tuesday, 4 July

Vote: Wednesday, 5 July

Procedure: Ordinary legislative procedure, 2nd reading

#fightagainstfraud

Draft legislative resolution on the Council position with a view to the adoption of a directive on the fight against fraud to the Union’s financial interests by means of criminal law: Press release on committee vote (15.06.2017)Press release on committee vote (15.06.2017)Rapporteur: Ingeborg Gräßle (EPP, DE): Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar (S&D, ES): Procedure file: European Parliament resolution of 16 May 2017 on the Annual report 2015 on the protection of the EU’s financial interests – Fight against fraudEP Research briefing: Convention on the Protection of EU Financial Interests (July 2016)Commission FAQ about the European Public Prosecutor’s OfficeAudiovisual material

€1 million in aid for job-seeking for 339 former coal miners in Spain

Parliament will vote on Tuesday on EU aid worth €1,002,264 for 339 dismissed coal miners in the Spanish region Castilla y León to look for work.

  • Staff made redundant by five mining companies; most from “Hullera Vasco Leonesa S.A.” (227);
  • Job losses were the result of competition from cheaper coal from non-European countries;

Next steps


Once the full house has approved the request for aid, it still needs to be adopted by the Council of Ministers, on 11 July 2017.

Quick facts

The measures co-financed by the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund help redundant workers with career coaching and individual guidance, employment and business services, a variety of vocational training schemes, services for new entrepreneurs and start-up grants, hiring incentives, training-related allowances, subsidies and contributions towards removal costs. The Fund’s annual ceiling is €150 million.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debate: none

Vote: Tuesday, 4 July

Procedure: Budgetary

#EGF #EUfunds

Profile of rapporteur Monika Vana (Greens/EFA, AT)Procedure fileWebpage on the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (European Commission)

Culture to play a bigger role in EU diplomacy

Cultural relations should have a more prominent role in EU foreign policy, as it helps to prevent conflicts and promotes EU values, the European Parliament is to urge on Wednesday.

A resolution advocates for culture to become an essential part of EU political dialogue with non-EU countries, as it is a powerful bridge between people, helps to strengthen civil society, to prevent radicalisation and conflicts, and disseminate EU values.

MEPs recommend developing an effective EU strategy for international cultural relations, providing a separate EU budget line for this, launching an EU programme on international mobility and creating a Cultural Visa Programme.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Debates: Tuesday, 4 July

Votes: Wednesday, 5 July

Press conference: Wednesday, 5 July at 14.30

Procedure: Own-initiative resolution

Draft resolution “Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relations”EP rapporteur Elmar Brok (EPP, DE)EP rapporteur Silvia Costa (S&D, IT)Procedure file

Irish MEPs: Sean Kelly, Fine Gael (South), Liadh ni Riada, Sinn Fein (South)

Human rights

Parliament will hold urgent debates on the following human rights and democracy topics on Thursday 6 July, at around 10.00, with the votes following at 12.00.

  • The cases of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo and Lee Ming-che
  • Eritrea, notably the cases of Abune Antonios and Dawit Isaac
  • Burundi

Procedure: non-legislative resolutions

Debates/votes: Thursday 6 July

#humanrights #democracy

Listing

- Extension of the term of office of the Committee of Inquiry to investigate alleged contraventions and maladministration in the application of Union law in relation to money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion - Nessa Childers, Independent (Dublin)

- Long-range transboundary air pollution to abate acidification, eutrophication and ground-level ozone - Nessa Childers, Independent (Dublin)

- Working Conditions and precarious employment, Sylikotis (INI), debate Mondy, vote Tuesday - Lynn Boylan, Sinn Fein, (Dublin), Matt Carthy, Sinn Fein, (Midlands North West)

- Eduard Kukan, Doru-Claudian Frunzulică, Eider Gardiazabal Rubial (AFET/DEVE/BUDG A8-0170/2017) - European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD) and establishing the EFSD Guarantee and the EFSD Guarantee Fund - Mairead McGuinness, Fine Gael (Midlands North West)

- The role of fisheries-related tourism in the diversification of fisheries, debate Mon, vote Tue, Briano - Sean Kelly, Fine Gael (South), Liadh ni Riada, Sinn Fein (South)

- Building an ambitious EU industrial strategy as a strategic priority for growth, employment and innovation in Europe, vote Wed - Sean Kelly, Finne Gael (South)

- Motions for resolutions concerning debates on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law (Rule 135) Thursday afternoon - Sean Kelly, Finne Gael (South)

- Cristian Dan Preda (AFET A8-0222/2017) - Addressing human rights violations in the context of war crimes, and crimes against humanity, including genocide - Matt Carthy, Sinn Fein (Midlands North-West)

- Bernd Lucke (ECON A8-0235/2017) - Towards a pan-European covered bonds framework - Matt Carthy, Sinn Fein (Midlands North-West)

- Pavel Svoboda (JURI A8-0206/2017) - Limitation periods for traffic accidents - Tuesday- Matt Carthy, Sinn Fein (Midlands North-West)

- Towards a pan-European covered bonds framework, debate Mon, vote Tue, Lucke - Matt Carthy, Sinn Fein (Midlands North-West), Brian Hayes, Fine Gael (South)

- Double taxation dispute resolution mechanisms in the EU, debate Wed, vote Thu, Theurer - Matt Carthy, Sinn Fein (Midlands North-West), Brian Hayes, Fine Gael (South)