The Week Ahead 26 February – 04 March 2018
EU summit. MEPs will debate the outcome of the informal meeting of EU heads of state or government on 23 February, focussing on the Spitzenkandidaten (lead candidate) process, on Parliament’s composition after the 2019 elections and on the EU’s long-term budget after 2020. (Wednesday)
Poland/Article 7. The House is set to back the European Commission’s call for EU governments to determine whether Poland is at a clear risk of a serious breach of EU values. MEPs are likely to express their concerns regarding the rule of law in Poland, the separation of powers, the independence of the judiciary and fundamental rights. A resolution on the Commission’s decision to activate Article 7 (1) of the EU Treaty will be put to the vote on Thursday.
Honey and bees. MEPs will debate on Wednesday ways to better protect bee health, intensify the fight against honey counterfeiting, increase support for EU beekeepers and promote the benefits of honey consumption in the EU. A resolution will be put to the vote on Thursday.
Tax avoidance. In a bid to crack down on aggressive cross-border tax planning, as revealed by the Panama and Paradise papers, Parliament will debate and vote on a law that would require service providers who help firms and individuals avoid tax through complex cross-border schemes, to automatically report such schemes to authorities. (Thursday)
Special tax committee. In a response to the Paradise Papers revelations and the work of Parliament’s PANA committee, MEPs will vote on the setting up of a special committee which will examine financial crime, tax evasion and tax avoidance. (Thursday)
Waste package. The agreement with the Council of ministers on legislation setting more ambitious recycling targets for municipal and packaging waste and to cut landfilling will be put to a vote in the Environment Committee. The files are part of the so-called "circular economy" package. (Tuesday)
Monetary Dialogue with Mario Draghi. On Monday afternoon, the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee will discuss the latest developments in the European economy with Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank.
Vote on appointment of Luis de Guindos. The Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee will hold an exchange of views with Luis de Guindos, candidate for Vice-President of the ECB on Monday afternoon. A vote on his appointment will take place on Tuesday.
President’s Diary. On Wednesday at noon, President Tajanai will sign the geo-blocking legislation with Bulgarian Minister Lilyana Pavlova (Back drop press area, PHS 9th floor). At 16.00 he will sign the EP-UNWTO (UN World Tourism Organisation) Memorandum of Understanding with UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili, before speaking at the opening of the EU-CHINA Tourism Year Parliamentary Day at 16.40h.
Press briefing. The EP Press Service will hold a press briefing at 11.00 on Monday. (“Anna Politkovskaya” press conference room, Brussels)
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