14:00 Event “Francesco De Sanctis and the development of modern Europe” (Yehudi Menuhin Hall)
17:00 Commemorative ceremony for the 145th anniversary of the death of Vassil Levski (Levski Monument in the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Belgium, Consular Service, Rue Copernic, 4C Bruxelles 1180)
18:00 Meeting with German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Mr Gerd Müller (President´s office)
19:00 Event on the occasion of European Parliamentary Week 2018 (House of European History)
This hearing organised by the Women's Rights and Gender Equality's Committee aims at exploring in which ways women are and can be agents of change in Southern Partnership States as well as look into the difficulties they face which might not be the same in every country. The experts participating will be: Joumana Haddad, Lebanese journalist, Lilian Halls-French, representing Initiative Féministe Euromed (IFE-EFI), and Elise Poumay, representing the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network.
08:45 Meeting with President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria, Ms Tsveta Karayancheva (President´s office)
09:00 European Parliamentary Week 2018 (Hemicycle)
14:30 Meeting with MEP Tadeusz Zwiefka (President´s office)
15:00 Meeting with Prime Minister of Romania, Ms Viorica Dăncilă (Protocol room)
17:00 Meeting with President of the Eurogroup, Mr Mário Centeno (President´s office)
Paloma LÓPEZ BERMEJO (GUE/NGL, ES), Cristina FACIABEN, Salama EL BACHIR, and Abida BACHIR
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Exchange of views with Iliana IVANOVA, Member of the European Court of Auditors, on work of ECA in the field of cohesion policy
In the context of the legislative procedure on the Commission’s proposal for a regulation on rail passengers’ rights and obligations (recast), the Committee on Transport and Tourism will invite representatives of users’ associations, railway undertakings, railway associations and regulatory bodies to share their views on the Commission's proposal. The following debate with Members will serve as documentation for the work of the Committee on Transport and Tourism.
Third in a series of the hearings about "impact of Brexit on transport', this hearing organised by the Committee on Transport and Tourism will focus on the maritime sector, including shipping companies and ports. As the negotiations between the UK and the EU enter their second, sector-specific stage, the Members will question their guests about their concerns, projections and wishes concerning the negotiations and legal and practical consequences of the UK leaving the EU.
The Civil Liberties Committee will hold a public hearing on 20 February 2018 from 15.00-18.30 to take stock of the situation regarding the Schengen area. The hearing is divided into three panels: overview of the latest and expected developments, assessment of the functioning of the Schengen area and how to move forward. The following issues will be discussed: the current obstacles for the Schengen area and how to enlarge it to Bulgaria and Romania; controls at internal borders; is the external border of Schengen adequately controlled?
The aim of the hearing is to facilitate a political debate of the initiatives undertaken by the EU since the migration crisis started and further assess the progress made with a view for the future.
Some of the participants:
Members of the European Parliament: Carlos Coelho (EPP,PT) and Tanja Fajon (S&D, SL)
Romania Minister delegate for European affairs, Mr. Victor Negrescu
Mr Valentin Radev,Bulgarian Minister of Interior
Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos
Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri, Frontex
Michèle RIVASI (Greens/EFA, FR), Eric ANDRIEU (S&D, FR), and Guillaume COUDRAY
Mario BORGHEZIO (ENF, IT), and Gian Marco CONCAS
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Exchange of views with Marianne THYSSEN (Commissioner) - Presentation of the Commission proposal on transparent and predictable working conditions in the EU
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A European Strategy for the promotion of Protein Crops - Encouraging the production of protein and leguminous plants in the European agriculture sector (INI) - vote on a draft resolution by Jean-Paul Denanot (S&D, FR)
Reflection Paper on the future of EU finances and the next multi-annual financial framework - exchange of views with Günther OETTINGER, Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources
Establishing the Creative Europe Programme (2014 to 2020) (COD) - vote on the provisional agreement resulting from interinstitutional negotiations, rapporteur Silvia Costa (S&D, IT)
The Employment and Social Affairs committee members and six invited experts will exchange views on the Commission proposal on work-life balance for parents and carers, which aims to address women’s underrepresentation in the labour market. The debate will contribute to the preparation of the committee’s legislative report.
The Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) will hold a public hearing on the revision of the gas directive.
This hearing is organised in light of the current work on the recent proposal to amend Directive 2009/73/EC on common rules for the internal market in natural gas. The focus will be on the proposed extension of the Directive's provision to gas pipelines to and from third countries as well as the possible impact on the EU Internal Gas Market and the EU's security of gas supply.
The Committee on Culture and Education will invite European researchers and shareholders to share their views on public spending on culture in Europe, on different financing models for art centres across Europe as well as on the cross-border taxes or copyright problems that artists face. The experts' presentations will be followed by a debate.
12:00 Covenant of Mayors 2018 Ceremony (Hemicycle)
15:00 Meeting with SNCF Supervisory Board Chairman, Mr Frédéric Saint Geours (President´s office)
Jean ARTHUIS (ALDE, FR), Chair of the Committee on Budgets, Jan OLBRYCHT (EPP, PL), and Isabelle THOMAS (S&D, FR), co-rapporteurs for the MFF, Janusz LEWANDOWSKI (EPP, PL), and Gérard DEPREZ (ALDE, BE), co-rapporteurs Own Resources
Workshop on national strategies for renewables
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10:00 European Industry Day 2018 (Crowne Plaza Hotel & Covent Garden)
12:00 Informal European Council
12:45 Press Conference at the European Council