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The Week Ahead 18 – 24 May 2015

13-05-2015 - 18:01

Plenary session, Strasbourg

Migration. MEPs will give their views on the European Agenda on Migration presented by the Commission on 13 May in a debate with Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans, Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos and the Council Presidency on Wednesday at 9.00.


Fighting tax evasion and terrorist financing. The ultimate owners of companies will have to be listed in central registers in EU countries, open both to the authorities and to people with a "legitimate interest", such as journalists, under a Parliament/Council deal to be debated on Tuesday and voted on Wednesday.


Hungary. MEPs will debate the situation in Hungary with Commission Vice-president Frans Timmermans on Tuesday afternoon. The debate follows Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's remarks on the possibility of reinstating capital punishment in Hungary and a public consultation on immigration launched by the Hungarian government.


“Conflict minerals”. A draft law to help stem the flow of revenue to armed groups from sales of tin, tantalum and tungsten, their ores, and gold will be debated on Tuesday and put to a vote on Wednesday.


Digital single market. The new EU digital single market strategy, tabled by the European Commission on 6 May, will be analysed in a debate on Tuesday morning. The strategy, which sets out 16 initiatives, including proposals on e-commerce, geo-blocking, telecoms and copyright, will be presented by Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip.


Healthcare. A resolution setting out measures to improve patient safety, inter alia by tackling growing resistance to human and veterinary antibiotics, will be discussed on Monday and put to a vote on Tuesday. Furthermore, MEPs also state concerns about healthcare infections which reportedly affect 8-12% of patients admitted to hospitals in the EU.


Turkey. MEPs are likely to stress that Turkey must step up the fight against corruption, guarantee the freedom of media and of expression and respect the independence of the judiciary, in a draft resolution assessing Turkey’s 2014 reform progress to be voted on Wednesday.


Security and defence. How to enable the EU and its member states to cope with new security challenges at EU borders will be the main topic in a debate with the EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Tuesday. The debate takes place ahead of the keenly-awaited June European Council on defence.


Tax rulings. A delegation of the Special Committee on Tax Rulings will visit Luxembourg on Monday to meet, inter alia, the Finance Committee of the Luxembourg Parliament and Minister of Finance Pierre Gramegna as well as experts representing accountancy firms, business associations, NGOs and companies. A press conference will take place at 16:30.


President's diary. President Schulz will open the plenary sitting in Strasbourg on Monday. He will also chair the plenary debate with Council and Commission on the European Agenda on Migration, on Wednesday. On Thursday, he will take part, alongside EU heads of state or government, in the Eastern Partnership Summit, in Riga (Latvia), where he will also deliver a speech on Friday.


Pre-session press briefing. The EP Press Service will hold a press briefing with the EP political groups’ spokespersons at 16.00 on Monday. (EP Press conference room, Strasbourg)

REF. : 20150511WKN54605
Updated: ( 20-05-2015 - 11:57)