Interparliamentary meeting with delegations from the Foreign Affairs Committees of the National Parliaments
Louis Michel (ALDE, BE), co-president of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), will head the EP delegation at the 28th JPA session held in Strasbourg from 1 to 3 December.
MEPs and their counterparts from national parliaments of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries will debate and vote on the Ebola outbreak and terrorism in Africa, migration, Small Island Developing States and national reconciliation in post conflict countries. The keynote debate of the 28th ACP-EU JPA session will be on "Yes! Africa can live up to its ambitions!".
10:00 Participation in the round table discussion at "Forum for young leaders from Middle East" - Paul-Henri Spaak building, 9th floor, President's Office
14:00 Meeting with Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of Afghanistan - Paul-Henri Spaak building, 9th floor, Grand Salon Protocolaire
15:00 Meeting with winner of Charlemagne Youth Prize - Paul-Henri Spaak building, 9th floor, Salon Protocolaire
17:00 Meeting with Tammam Saeb Salam, Prime Minister of Lebanon, followed by press point - Paul-Henri Spaak building, 9th floor, Grand Salon Protocolaire
Tomasz Piotr PORĘBA (ECR, PL), and Władysław ORTYL, Marshal of Podkarpackie Voivodeship
Ernest URTASUN (Greens/EFA, ES)
Julie GIRLING (ECR, UK)
In association with the Subcommittee on Human Rights and with the Delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee
In association with the Delegation for relations with the Mashreq countries
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(8.00 – 10.00, room JAN 4Q2, joint meeting with ECON committee)
(10.00 – 12.30, room PHS 3C050)
Employment and social aspects of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) - Discussion with Ignacio GARCIA BERCERO (DG Trade of the European Commission)
(15.15 – 16.15)
(16.15 – 18.30)
EMPL/8/00260 - Discussion with stakeholders - Rapporteur: Elisabeth MORIN-CHARTIER (EPP, FR)
Joint debate with the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality
Joint debate with the Committee on Civil LIberties, Justice and Home Affairs (11.00-12.30)
The hearing organised by the Committee on Culture and Education will focus on the current state of play, the challenges faced and the steps to be taken in order to tap into the potential of cultural heritage for social progress and sustainable economic development. Invited experts will include: Bénédicte Selfslagh, international expert on cultural heritage and deputy-Chair of Belgium Committee ICOMOS (International Council onMonuments and Sites), Aled Gruffyd Jones, Chief executive and Librarian of the National Library of Wales, Jacek Purchla, Director of the International Cultural Centre in Krakow and Sergiu Nistor, Professor at University of Architecture and Urbanism of Bucharest. Debates with Members will follow the rounds of presentations.
Organised by the Committee on Legal Affairs, the purpose of this hearing is to give an opportunity to Members of the European Parliament to hear the point of view of experts and stakeholders on how best to ensure that shareholders can exercise their rights effectively.
See link to hearing programme.
The Committee on Petitions will hold a hearing of Emily O'REILLY, who is the current European Ombudsman and has been nominated to stand for re-election. The hearing is open to all Members of the European Parliament.
The post of Ombudsman was established in 1995 with a mandate to investigate cases of maladministration by the EU institutions, including lack of transparency and refusal to provide information or documents.
The Ombudsman is elected by Parliament in a secret vote ballot at the start of each parliamentary term. Emily O’REILLY (Ireland) was elected on 3 July 2013 after her predecessor, Nikiforos DIAMADDOUROS (Greece), retired. She is the first woman to be elected European Ombudsman.
Ms O’REILLY is the only declared nominee and this hearing will take place with a view to her re-election to the post.
Parliament will elect the new Ombudsman by secret ballot on Tuesday, 16 December 2014.
Three panels of experts have been invited to make the presentations to the hearing organised by the Committee on Transport and Tourism. The presentations will include a general overview of the transport infrastructure and accessibility in the Member States of Central and Eastern Europe, a presentation of the development of transport infrastructure and the missing cross-border links - the voice of the regions and civil society and a presentation of the transport infrastructure as a prerequisite for the socioeconomic development, sustainable growth and competitiveness - views of users and businesses.
On 2 December from 16.30 – 18.30, members of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs will hear experts from the academic world, NGO sector, and central- and commercial banks about risks posed by large universal banks as well as the consequences of the different options of bank restructuring. The hearing is organised to get a general picture prior to starting the legislative work that should lead to safer banking. The debate will be summarised by the rapporteur, Gunnar HÖKMARK (EPP, SV).
10:00 Meeting with Haluk Dinçer, President of TÜSAID (Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen’s Association)- Paul-Henri Spaak building, 9th floor, Grand Salon Protocolaire
11:00 Meeting with García-Escudero Márquez, President of the Spanish Senate - Paul-Henri Spaak building, 9th floor, Salon Protocolaire
11:30 Meeting with Rosy Bindi, President of the Italian Antimafia Commission - Paul-Henri Spaak building, 9th floor, Salon Protocolaire
14:55 Welcome Alexander Stubb, Prime Minister of Finland - Paul-Henri Spaak building, ground floor
15:00 Meeting with Alexander Stubb, Prime Minister of Finland, followed by Press Point - Paul-Henri Spaak building, 9th floor, Grand Salon Protocolaire
19:00 Awarding the European Book Prize - Paul-Henri Spaak building, 1st floor, Anna Lind room
Jointly with the Committee on Foreign Affairs (15.00 – 17.00)
In association with the Delegation for relations with the countries of South Caucasus
Debriefing on the Foreign Affairs Council of 18 November (FAC - Defence)
(15.00 – 18.30)
In association with the Delegation for relations with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly
- General Jean-Paul PALOMÉROS, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, NATO
- Claude-France ARNOULD, Chief Executive, European Defence Agency
The EU's civilian missions: state of play
- Discussion with Kenneth DEANE, Director, Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability, EEAS
(15.30 - 18.30)
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Agreement between the EU and the Republic of the Seychelles on access for fishing vessels flying the flag of the Seychelles to waters and marine biological resources of Mayotte, under the jurisdiction of the EU (NLE) - vote on a draft recommandation by Alain Cadec (EPP, FR)
Please note that this meeting is not being webstreamed.
Human Rights Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the freedom of expression and democracy in Hong Kong. MEPs will discuss all the recent events in Hong Kong with experts from NGOs and Universities and representatives from the European External Action Service.
The Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development will organise a public hearing to discuss with farmers, NGOs and researchers how to best improve current EU rules on organic products and their labelling in view of draft legislative proposal published by the Commission in March this year.
Human Rights Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the children in armed conflicts and the ways to protect them. Among the participants will be Ms Leila Zerrougui, (UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for Children Affected by Armed Conflict) and Ms Yoka Brandt, (Deputy Executive Director, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF))
09:00 Meeting with Laimdota Straujuma, Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia - Mazā Ģilde, 3/5 Amatu Street, Riga
09:30 Meeting between the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia and the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament - Mazā Ģilde, 3/5 Amatu Street, Riga
11:45 Press Conference with Laimdota Straujuma, Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia - Mazā Ģilde, 3/5 Amatu Street, Riga
14:15 Meeting with Andris Bērziņš, President of the Republic of Latvia - Melngalvju nams, 7 Rātslaukums, Riga
15:00 Meeting of the Saeima of the Republic of Latvia and the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament - 11 Jēkaba Street, Riga
In association with the Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee (10:00 - 12:00)
Votes (starting at 10.00)
Discussion with Pascal SAVOURET, Director of the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) (9.00-9.45)
Hearing on 'Fisheries in the Outermost Regions' (15.00-18.30) - see Public Hearings
Organised by the Committee on Constitutional Affairs, MEPs will hold discussions with experts focusing on practical arrangements not requiring changes to the law in order to strengthen the visibility of the European elections and the public awareness thereof.
Topics for discusson include:
Human Rights Subcommittee in association with the Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee will hold a hearing on the human rights and the situation of minorities in Ukraine with a special focus on Crimea. Experts from Ukraine and representatives from the European External Action Service and the Commission will discuss with MEPs the current situation.
International Trade Committee will discuss with experts how best to break the link between mineral extraction and conflict, while at the same time promote legitimate trade in the interest of economic development.
The current economic and social crisis has some serious effects on the outermost regions of the EU, particularly in terms of competitiveness and employment. Urgent and appropriate actions should be taken in the next funding period and EMFF programming in order to meet the needs of economic growth and cope with the unemployment problem. The Committee on Fisheries will listen to various presentations from scientific experts in the field in order to address these issues.
Brussels and Hagen(Germany)
10:00 Meeting with Boyko Borissov, Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria - Paul-Henri Spaak Building, 9th floor, Grand Salon Protocolaire
14:00 Keynote speech at the opening of the conference "Parliamentarisation and de-parliamentarisation of constitutional orders" - FernUniversity Hagen, Universitätsstraße 47, Hagen, Germany