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The Week Ahead 06 – 12 July 2015

03-07-2015 - 10:21

Plenary session, Strasbourg

Greece. MEPs will discuss developments in Greece and the EU summit outcomes on migration and security with Council President Donald Tusk and Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, in a three-hour-debate on Tuesday afternoon.


TTIP. Parliament’s recommendations to the Commission for its Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks with the USA will be debated on Tuesday morning, before Wednesday’s vote. Ways to protect investors while safeguarding the regulatory rights of states will top the debate. Press conference with rapporteur Bernd Lange after the vote at 14.30. (Debate Tuesday, vote Wednesday)


Copyright. MEPs will debate updating copyright rules for the digital age. Issues include the right to create and publish photographs of public buildings and the need to improve cross-border access to online content, while ensuring fair remuneration for authors and creators. Press conference with lead MEP Julia Reda on Wednesday at 15.30. (Debate and vote Thursday)

Directors’ pay. Shareholders would get their say on listed company directors’ pay, under a draft law in which some MEPs also aim to include new tax transparency rules for large firms and public entities. Press conference with lead MEP Sergio Cofferati after the vote at 14.00. (Debate Tuesday, vote Wednesday)

Emission trading. Parliament votes on an EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) reform to reduce the surplus of carbon credits available for trading in order to support the price of the emission rights. (Debate Tuesday, vote Wednesday)


Terrorism and foreign affairs. MEPs will first debate recent terrorist attack with the Council and Commission on Wednesday at 15.00, then EU support for Tunisia, the Yemen crisis, EU-Cuba relations and the Middle East peace process with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. Resolutions on Burundi and the Yemen will be voted on Thursday.


Resource-saving economy. The case for mandatory waste-reduction targets, revamped eco-design legislation and measures to uncouple growth from natural resource consumption is made in a draft resolution calling on the Commission to table new legislative proposals before the end of 2015 for a "circular economy". (Debate on Monday, vote on Wednesday)


Incoming/outgoing Council presidencies. MEPs will review the outgoing Latvian Presidency with Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma on Tuesday morning and debate the incoming Luxembourg Presidency’s priorities with Prime Minister Xavier Bettel on Wednesday morning.

President's diary. President Schulz will mark the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre, paying tribute to its over 8,000 Bosniak victims, at Monday’s opening. Earlier in the day, he will meet Dutch House of Representatives speaker Anouchka van Miltenburg. He will hold press conferences with Latvia’s Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Tuesday at 10.30, and with Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and Jean-Claude Juncker, on Wednesday at 12.00. Then at 15.00, Mr Schulz will chair a debate on Greece and the EU summit conclusions.

Pre-session press briefing. The EP Press Service will hold a press briefing with the EP political groups’ spokespersons at 16.30 on Monday. (EP Press conference room, Strasbourg)

EP Press Service contact during the weekend


Phone: 32 498 98 32 80

REF. : 20150629WKN71712