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The Week Ahead 15 – 21 September 2014

12-09-2014 - 09:59

Plenary session, Strasbourg

EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. After Council and Commission statements on developments in Ukraine and EU relations with Russia, MEPs will debate and vote on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, establishing a deep political association and free trade area. The agreement was signed by EU and Ukraine leaders on 27 June. (Debate and vote Tuesday)

Russian ban on imports of EU food products. Parliament will quiz agriculture commissioner Cioloş on what else the EU can do to help its farmers cope with the impact of the Russian import embargo on EU fruit and vegetables, dairy and meat products. EU farm produce exports to Russia were worth €11.9 billion in 2013. (Debate Monday)


Middle East. On-going conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Libya, and Gaza will feature prominently in a debate with representatives of Baroness Ashton, followed by resolutions. (Debate Wednesday, vote Thursday)


Ebola outbreak. MEPs will debate the EU response to the fast-spreading Ebola epidemic in West Africa (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal). The Ebola virus has claimed thousands of lives at an accelerating pace since March. (Debate Wednesday, vote Thursday)


European Youth Initiative. EU member states’ progress in implementing the €6 billion European Youth Initiative, launched in January 2014 to combat youth unemployment, will be debated with the Council and the Commission. MEPs will urge member states to move faster. (Wednesday)

European Globalisation Adjustment Fund aid. MEPs will vote on EU aid to help workers made redundant in various industries in Spain, The Netherlands, Romania and Greece to find new jobs. (Wednesday)

President's agenda On Tuesday the President will meet Turkish Minister for EU Affairs Volkan Bozkir and Syrian Catholic Archbishop of Mosul Basile Casmoussa. On Friday he will pay an official visit to Paris, where he will meet French Prime Minister Manuel Valls.


Pre-session press briefing. The EP Press Service will hold a press briefing at 16.30 on Monday. (EP Press conference room, Strasbourg)

REF. : 20140908WKN59602
Updated: ( 17-09-2014 - 10:18)