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Plenary session, committee and political group week

 
Tue 27-01-2015
 
 
Parliamentary committees
08:00 - 18:30 Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs
Brussels, Jòzsef Antall, 4Q2
 
 
The President's diary
08:00 - 15:30 The President's diary
 
 
Parliamentary committees
09:00 - 18:30 Committee on Petitions
Brussels, Altiero Spinelli, 1G3
 
 
Parliamentary committees
09:00 - 18:30 Committee on Budgetary Control
Brussels, Altiero Spinelli, 3G-3
 
 
Parliamentary committees
09:00 - 12:30 Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
Brussels, Jòzsef Antall, 4Q1
 
 
Public hearings
15:00 - 18:30 TTIP: hearing on investment disputes and regulatory aspects
Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak, 1A02
 
 
Public hearings
15:00 - 18:30 The milk package and the prospects for the dairy sector
Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak, 3C050
 
 
Parliamentary committees
15:00 - 18:30 Committee on Legal Affairs
Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak, 1A2
 
 
Parliamentary committees
15:00 - 17:00 Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
Brussels, Jòzsef Antall, 2Q2
 
 
Parliamentary committees
15:00 - 18:30 Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak, 3C050
 
 
Parliamentary committees
15:00 - 15:30 Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
Brussels, Jòzsef Antall, 4Q2
 
 
Parliamentary committees
15:30 - 17:30 Committee on Culture and Education
Brussels, Jòzsef Antall, 4Q1
 
 
Press conferences
15:30 - 16:00 "Anti-money laundering directive" – vote in the committees
Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak, 0A050
 
 

“The EU has to make existing data protection rights more effective in practice, and to allow citizens to more easily exercise their rights at a time when we all run our entire lives with our smartphones”, says Giovanni Buttarelli, newly appointed European Data Protection Supervisor. He is working to ensure the protection of personal data and privacy, and to promote good practice in the EU institutions and bodies. We talked to him ahead of Data Protection Day on 28 January. (Read more: Buttarelli: "The EU has to make existing data protection rights more effective" )

 

Speaking in Prague, on 27 January, to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz Parliament's president Martin Schulz said: "Too many allowed hatred to grow, too many turned a blind eye, too many stood silent. We must never allow this to happen again." Meanwhile in Brussels MEPs and members of the Belgian Jewish community gathered to observe a minute's silence in memory of the millions of victims of the Holocaust. (Read more: Auschwitz anniversary: MEPs mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day )

 

The fees that banks charge retailers for processing shoppers’ payments would be capped under draft EU rules endorsed by Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs in a vote on Tuesday. The vote confirms an informal deal struck with the Council in December. The cap would apply to both cross-border and domestic card-based payments and should cut costs for card users. (Read more: Capping card payment fees: economic affairs MEPs back deal with Council )

 

The ultimate owners of companies will have to be listed in central registers in EU countries, open both to the authorities and to people with a "legitimate interest", such as journalists, under a Parliament/Council deal endorsed by the Economic and Monetary Affairs and Civil Liberties committees on Tuesday. The new anti-money laundering directive aims to help to fight money laundering, tax crimes and terrorist financing. New rules to make it easier to trace transfers of funds were also approved. (Read more: Money laundering: company owner lists to fight tax crime and terrorist financing )

 
Press releases (second part)
 

EU solidarity should not replace decisions that must be taken in countries suffering economic difficulties, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble told Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs in Tuesday’s special debate on the review of the economic governance framework. His Italian colleague Pier Carlo Paduan, vehemently rejected criticism of measures to bring down Italy’s deficit and stressed the need to better coordinate reform policies. (Read more: “Solidarity should not replace necessary decisions”, Schäuble tells MEPs )

 

In the online world the borders are blurred. Experts from different parts of the world can come together and work on a project, citizens can invest and support innovative ideas on crowdsourcing web sites, and objects can be designed in one country and instantly printed in another. What could be the impact of such technologies on the economy? Parliament's Science and Technology Options Assessment panel (STOA) will discuss the issue today from 14:00 CET. Follow the event live here. (Read more: Live: Are crowdsourcing and 3D printing set to revolutionise society? )

 

A new, improved EU Transparency Register was launched on Tuesday with the aim of making EU-decision-making and the activities of lobbyists more transparent and more accountable while also giving lobbyists more incentives to register and making the database easier for lobbyists and the public to access. (Read more: Commission and Parliament implement new rules on Transparency Register )

 

Investor protection, including investor-to-state disputes, and regulatory aspects in the forthcoming Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will be discussed on Tuesday, at a joint hearing with the trade and legal affairs committees. (Read more: MEPs to discuss investor protection and regulatory aspects of TTIP )

 

The legislative elections in Greece on 25 January brought to power Syriza, a left-wing group which campaigned on an anti-austerity platform. We asked Parliament's president Martin Schulz as well as representatives of the various political groups to share their views and expectations after the vote. Read on to find out what they had to say, and click on the names to watch our short video clips. (Read more: Reactions of MEPs to Greece elections )

 

The European Commission calculates that the Juncker Plan for a European Strategic Investments Fund will create 1.3 million jobs, said Commissioner for Growth and Jobs Jyrki Katainen in a debate with Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs on Monday. If projects incur losses, the public share of their funding will take the first blow. "That's why they are interesting for private investors", he said. (Read more: Juncker Plan will create 1.3 million jobs, Katainen tells economic affairs MEPs )

 
 
Press conferences
 
"Anti-money laundering directive" – vote in the committees 15:30  Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak ,  0A050
 
 
Fight against terrorism: EPP Group's proposals 10:30  Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak ,  A050
 
 
Education in Crisis 15:00  Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak ,  0A050
 
 
Business Activity Act 16:00  Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak ,  A050
 
 
The "landing obligation" regulation - the outcome of inter-institutional negotiations 10:00  Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak ,  0A050
 
 
Twitter
 
.@EP_Economics discusses tomorrow at 8:00 the #economicgovernance with W. #Schauble & P. #Padoan.LIVE: http://t.co/0vTp0DSjM8
Press release: @JunckerEU Plan will create 1.3 million #jobs, @jyrkikatainen tells @EP_Economics MEPs: http://t.co/ylPTG4QFeo
.@EP_ForeignAff MEPs discuss at 16:00 #Ukraine following #Mariupol attack: http://t.co/ng8d7h9oOT
.@EP_ForeignAff MEPs call for tightening #Russia sanctions after #Mariupol attack http://t.co/V5EgYM2a8z
Follow the rest of #Mariupol shellings #Ukraine #Russia debate in @EP_ForeignAff LIVE at http://t.co/Pwz9MaBFJS
.@ElmarBrok_MEP: #Russia is a party to the conflict& has to recognize this,it can't pretend to be outsider. Stop #KGB methods of covering up
RT @ElenaValenciano: Ni un latigazo más a Raif Badawi. Desde @EP_HumanRights pedimos su liberación #FreeRaifBadawi http://t.co/F27GVlk6Ex
.@ElenaValenciano says: "Unjust and inhumane the punishment of blogger Raif Badawi". Read full statement here: http://t.co/gLcsh73yGu
#EPlenary adopts resolution on #mediafreedom in #Turkey Press release here: http://t.co/3RJPLoqHkf
.@EP_Defence moves to debate emerging security challenges in the #Arctic LIVE http://t.co/jj46hHTP7O
#Sahel: a high risk area for the security of the EU: watch @EP_Defence hearing LIVE http://t.co/ZvN75PJyhs Draft pgme http://t.co/7KEIs5o9LE
#CSDP Annual Report now debated by @EP_Defence LIVE awb://ow.ly/3vNRIU Rapporteur @ArnaudDanjean Draft text awb://ow.ly/3vNRIV
Development MEPs hail the uniqueness of the #ACPEU Joint Parliamentary Assembly http://t.co/1J20k2h0Hz
.@EP_Development now turns to debate the situation of working children with experts LIVE awb://owl.li/HK2DM #childlabour
.@ArneLietz :@EP_Development will focus on consequences of #TTIP on development countries.A deeper analysis of text needed at later stage
#TTIP #ISDS & regulatory aspects hearing tomorrow 3pm http://t.co/1FH6AqKm5X
next week 27 Jan pm there will be an #ISDS hearing, held by @EP_Legal + @EP_Trade . It will focus also on other regulatory aspects of #TTIP
how will @EU_TTIP_team proceed on #ISDS: @MalmstromEU to present a plan in spring & engage w/ @EP_Trade beforehand - tells @Trade_EU to MEPs
Financing EU security and defence policy: discussion in @EP_Budgets & @EP_Defence on Wed am. Agenda, docs: http://t.co/ARgQ8oEB3V
#Junckerplan, budget amendments @EP_Budgets, with @KatainenJyrki @KGeorgievaEU, starting 15:00. Live: http://t.co/bxcH1tFXt0
2016 #EUbudget: discussion on estimates starts @EP_Budgets 10:30. Live: http://t.co/4SnhOxBgjw @JMFernandesEU @gerardeprez
#Discharge 2013: @EU_Commission secgen @EP_BudgControl tmrw. Also: @EUAuditorsECA airport report. Agendas, docs: http://t.co/rqP0OGdHAL
Tomorrow (Tuesday) at 08:00 in @EP_Economics we have @Wolf_Schauble and Italian MinFin Pier Carlo Padoan. Watch live: http://t.co/SsZiZBFeiY
.@JunckerEU Plan will create 1.3 million jobs, @jyrkikatainen tells @EP_Economics affairs MEPs. Press release: http://t.co/AHTycZ0zp5
.@EP_Economics MEPs reactions after #ECB Draghi press conference #QE http://t.co/42ZrNOLA99
.@EPSocialAffairs starting now - follow LIVE http://t.co/PqpGBj0ZVL
.@EPSocialAffairs meeting starting now. Follow live http://t.co/hUY6d835Pe…
.@EPSocialAffairs meeting starts @ 15.00 in JAN 6Q2. Follow live http://t.co/9A2GD6Mm4o Agenda http://t.co/pfMMXVuksD
#EnergyUnion: Cttee meeting tmw 15.00cet, exchange of views with @MarosSefcovic Webstream http://t.co/78JJnpt0Xh Docs http://t.co/Hcr1MbglZx
#Waste package: exchange of views w. #EC & public hearing - LIVE http://t.co/RTgYBy2pBV
Press release - #Foodsafety #MEPs call for #CountryOfOrigin #labelling of #meat in processed foods http://t.co/un0UCH0CEh
.@EP_Industry debate with @MarosSefcovic about #energysecurity starts in 10'. Follow here: http://t.co/n296EpQSDv
.@EP_Industry rejected #ETS opinion 28/31/7 #MSR #EUETS @Antonio_Tajani
#PackageTravel rules: @EP_SingleMarket approves the mandate for negot'ns w/ @eu2015lv. The mandate dates 12/03/2014 http://t.co/NJHsu8EAA2
Recommendations on how to improve single market governance approved by 31 votes to 3 & 4 abstentions in @EP_SingleMarket #europeansemester
Short note on the approval of the agreement on cross-border tracking traffic offences in TRAN yesterday http://t.co/8X7ZUybw4g
Now in TRAN committee: debate on maritime safety, watch live here http://t.co/SzKqPyg11p
Starting now @EP_Transport: presentation of LV presidency priorities live streaming here: http://t.co/SzKqPyg11p
.@eu2015lv priorities discussed by EP committees: Press release http://t.co/nzdjOu80UK
Progress on new #CohesionPolicy OPs; #REGI MEPs warn about low implementation - Debate with @CorinaCretuEU http://t.co/aL9Cgxti1p
#REGI discussion with @eu2015lv starting now http://t.co/0BUmNyPfUP #CohesionPolicy
.@EP_Agriculture 27/1: Hearing on #milkpackage & prospects 4 #dairy sector after #milk quotas: http://t.co/PoREcVCmWG http://t.co/ZdBIFvSDus
Missed the @EP_Agriculture mtg this week? Watch it all again via VOD here: http://t.co/j6zS1yYYdw http://t.co/Of0d2HYZXF
.@EP_Agriculture mtg comes to an end. MEPs will meet again 27/01 for public hearing on prospects for #dairy sector after end of #milk quotas
Landing obligation: On Thu 29/01 trilogue and @ 12:00 press conf w/ rapporteur @AlainCadec http://t.co/kk6x2zuuVN #discards #fisheries
Landing obligation: On Thu 29/01 trilogue and @ 12:00 press conf w/ rapporteur @AlainCadec...
RT @xpavard: AGRI-FISH Council 26.1 @eu2015lv - First press conference on #fisheries with @KarmenuVella probably earlier than scheduled. Ma…
RT @EP_YouthEvent: .@MehmoodMadeeha European civic education should be obligatory in schools. A long with more exchange programmes across t…
RT @EP_YouthEvent: .@MehmoodMadeeha European civic education should be obligatory in schools. As long with more exchange programmes across …
RT @EP_YouthEvent: #EYEHearings @loredana adapting education to the needs of job market. Austria and Germany implemented dual edu system wi…
#Copyright: Debate on implementation of #InfoSoc directive starting now: http://t.co/rVTLLsMzXP Draft report: http://t.co/wacn06XiPR
.@EP_legal Hearing on protecting trade secrets today at 15. Programme: http://t.co/4WeVyW8WSd Watch live: http://t.co/rVTLLsMzXP
.@EP_Justice agenda for 27 January is available here: http://t.co/ql2mhQmZlT
.@EP_Justice 27/1: Debate #terrorism, de-radicalisation & #foreignfighters w/ @Avramopoulos, Gilles de Kerchove, a.o. http://t.co/LH2HIa9q5i
This week @ClaudeMoraesMEP set up roadmap for discussions @EP_Justice on counter #terrorism & counter #radicalisation http://t.co/hO71RXmNsi
Next meeting @EPInstitutional should take place on 26/2 - for last meetings here is the link for the VOD http://t.co/x0tdQ8z7uQ
Hearing #equaltreatment of #women and men in matters of #employment and occupation. Live now: http://t.co/NwW0gAg8RP
Exchange of views @VeraJourova at 15.30 @EP_GenderEqual. Live: http://t.co/NwW0gAg8RP
Hearing #equaltreatment of #women and men in matters of #employment and occupation at 16.30h. Live: http://t.co/NwW0gAg8RP
New @EP_Petitions vice-Chairs are Rosa Estarás (EPP, ES), @RobertaMetsola (EPP, MT), @MarleneMizzi (S&D, MT) & Pál Csaky (EPP, SK)
.@EP_Petitions to elect its Chair and 4 vice-Chairs today at 5.15pm - Follow it live http://t.co/oRCwtM8xzF
RT @mvandenbroeke: #EP press team selfie on last day of last session in Strasbourg #EP2014 http://t.co/ROIQm4aEz1
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