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EP this week: asylum rules in Denmark, trade secrets, the European Central Bank

Others Article - Institutions25-01-2016 - 12:27
Parliament building in Brussels   Parliamentary committees and political groups meet in Brussels this week

In a week squeezed between two Strasbourg plenary sessions, MEPs discuss, among other issues, the Danish plan to seize asylum seekers’ assets, in compensation for the costs of their stay in the country. In other news, Parliament's Legal Affairs committee votes on the protection of companies from the misuse of their trade secrets, and the Budget Control committee examine cases of fraud against the EU budget . Find out about the main topics in Parliament this week.

Should asylum seekers be made to cover the costs of their stay with whatever valuables they are found to be carrying on them? A draft Danish law says they should, in return for the accommodation and all services the authorities provide to them. Others argue this means taking away even cherished heirlooms and other possessions they had brought with them from their homes on their flight from tragedy. The Civil Liberties committee discusses the issue on Monday afternoon.

A draft directive, allowing companies demand compensation if someone steals their trade secrets, will be voted in the Legal Affairs committee on Thursday. In talks with EU governments, MEPs made sure this right would not be used to prevent whistle-blowers and journalists from performing their duty.

New rules ensuring EU fees charged by ports on their users are both transparent and open to comparison, is to be voted in the Transport committee on Monday.

Foreign Affairs MEPs vote on Thursday their annual reports on the progress of Serbia’s bid for EU membership and on Kosovo’s reforms sensed to clear the way towards further European integration.

The Budgetary Control Committee will make recommendations on how to prevent and fight fraud and misuse of EU funding in a report to be voted on Thursday, based on the Commission’s findings on the implementation of the 2014 budget.

Economic committee MEPs vote on Monday to set out their position on the annual report of the European Central Bank, and discuss in a public hearing the pros and cons of virtual currencies such as BitCoin.

A report on mass surveillance and its impact on EU citizens’ fundamental rights, prepared by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, is to be presented by the agency’s director Michael O'Flaherty in the Civil Liberties committee on Monday.

REF. : 20160125STO11324