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The Week Ahead 22 – 28 September 2014

19-09-2014 - 12:57

Committee meetings, Brussels

Preparing for the hearings of commissioners-designate. EP committees and political groups will go on preparing for the hearings taking place from 29 September to 7 October. The Legal Affairs Committee will meet in camera to discuss the candidates’ declarations of financial interests. (Thursday)


Draghi. The European Central Bank’s President Mario Draghi will debate its perspective on economic and monetary developments with Economic and Monetary Affairs CommitteeMEPs. Targeted longer-term refinancing operations (TLTROs) and the effects of Euro area countries’ differing inflation rates on common monetary policy are also likely to be debated. (Monday)

Carbon leakage. A draft measure partially exempting certain industries from paying for CO2 emission allowances under the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) so as to prevent “carbon leakage” (i.e. production and jobs relocating to third countries) will run into objections in the Environment Committee. Parliament has a right of veto. (Wednesday)

EU-Russia trade restrictions. The economic consequences of Russia’s ban on farm produce imports from the EU and EU economic restrictions against Russia will be debated by the International Trade Committee. These sanctions are already hurting EU producers and, if they persist, could have a longer-lasting impact on growth and jobs. (Wednesday)

Gaza. UNRWA Director Robert Turner will brief Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs on the situation in Gaza after the ceasefire. (Tuesday)

Sakharov Prize. Nominees for the 2014 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought will be presented by political groups and individual MEPs at a joint meeting of the Foreign Affairs and Development committees and the Human Rights Subcommittee. The European Parliament awards the prize every year to honour defenders of human rights and freedom of expression. (Tuesday)

President's agenda. EP President Martin Schulz will meet Portugal’s Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho in Lisbon on Tuesday (followed by a press point)

Briefing on hearings of commissioners-designate. The EP Spokesperson and press service will hold a technical briefing on the public hearings of the candidate commissioners on Thursday in Brussels.

REF. : 20140915WKN62704
Updated: ( 22-09-2014 - 17:37)