EU-US trade deal: 11 debates in the EP this week
The European Parliament is working on its position on the EU-US trade deal known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) this week. The international trade committee, which is responsible for drafting the Parliament's position, will discuss recommendations for the first time on Tuesday, while 10 out of the 13 committees that will contribute to the report will also discuss or vote on their opinions this week. MEPs are due to debate and vote on the EP's position before summer.
The trade deal, which is still being negotiated, can only enter into force if it has been approved by both the Council and the European Parliament. MEPs have already warned that they would not approve the agreement at any cost and that they will be closely looking at issues such as food standards.
The international trade committee is responsible for drafting the Parliament's position based on a report prepared by Bernd Lange, a German member of the S&D group. All groups will discuss the draft text, although the final vote will only take place once the other 13 committees involved have given their opinions.
Monday 23 February
Foreign affairs commitee discussion
Legal affairs committee discussion
Tuesday 24 February
Agricultural committee discussion
Hearing on the challenges and opportunities for the internal market (organised by the internal market and international trade committees)
International trade committee discussion (the committee in charge of the EP's position)
Industry committee discussion (includes hearing on the impact of TTIP on industry, research and energy policy areas)
Development committee vote (first of the 13 committees to formally submit an opinion on the proposed text)
Culture committee discussion
Time to be confirmed (check out the live schedule to find out when you can watch them)
Petitions committee discussion
Economic affairs committee discussion