The Week Ahead 11 - 17 May 2015
What's on the agenda next week at the European Parliament: Political group and committee meetings, Brussels
Luxleaks/tax rulings. A public hearing with journalists from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, who helped to reveal what has become known as “Luxleaks”, as well as with other experts will be held by the Tax Rulings Committee. (Monday)
The Tax Rulings Committee will also start a series of visits to countries where the Commission has started tax investigations, starting with Belgium on Tuesday. On Monday, there will be a press conference with committee chair Alain Lamassoure (EPP, FR) and rapporteurs Elisa Ferreira (S&D, PT) and Michael Theurer (ALDE, DE) on the delegation’s visits programme.
EU-Russia. Possible ways to improve EU-Russia relations, the conditions Russia needs to meet following its illegal annexation of Crimea and direct or indirect involvement in the war in Ukraine, will be examined in a resolution to be voted by the Foreign Affairs Committee. (Monday)
Turkey. The Foreign Affairs Committee will vote a resolution assessing Turkey’s reform progress in 2014. MEPs are likely to voice concerns over the freedom of media and assembly there and to call for EU-Turkey cooperation to be stepped up. (Monday)
Georgia. Georgia’s President Giorgi Margvelashvili will join the Foreign Affairs Committee to debate the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga, recent developments in Georgia, and its progress in implementing the EU Association Agreement signed in July 2014. (Monday)
Mukwege/women’s rights. Sakharov laureate Dr Denis Mukwege will join the Development Committee to debate how empowering women in Africa can foster the overall development of societies and why addressing health and human security is a prerequisite for progress in developing countries. (Monday)
Vivisection/Citizens’ Initiative. A “Stop Vivisection” European citizens' initiative (ECI) to end animal testing for scientific purposes, will be presented by its supporters and experts in a public hearing and debated by MEPs from the Agriculture, Public health, Research and Petitions committees. (Monday)
Plenary preparations. Political groups will prepare for the 18 – 21 May plenary session in Strasbourg, where MEPs are to discuss the new European Agenda on Migration and Commission proposals to remove barriers to the Single Digital Market. They are set to vote on measures against money laundering, illegal imports of minerals and metals from conflict zones and also on Parliament's annual reports on the common security and defence policy and Turkey’s progress on the path to EU accession. Other items likely to be on the agenda include the Middle East peace process, the Eastern Partnership summit, capital markets union, VAT exceptions for books and digital services, maternity leave and measures to fight antimicrobial resistance.
President’s diary. President Schulz will meet European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, European Council President Donald Tusk, Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem and ECB President Mario Draghi on the future of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), on Monday. Mr Schulz will be awarded the Charlemagne Prize in Aachen on Thursday, where he will also deliver a keynote speech at the Charlemagne Prize Forum. The day before, he will also deliver a keynote speech at the Charlemagne Youth Prize ceremony, still in Aachen.
TTIP/Press seminar. The EP press service is holding a seminar for journalists on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a trade agreement that cannot come into effect without Parliament's approval. The seminar takes place shortly before the Trade Committee’s vote on its mid-term draft resolution on the TTIP talks (28 May). (Tuesday and Wednesday)