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The Week Ahead 01 – 07 February 2016

29-01-2016 - 12:51

Plenary session in Strasbourg

Migration/Schengen. MEPs will discuss the refugee crisis and border checks, both at EU external borders and within the Schengen passport-free area, with Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans on Tuesday afternoon. In a joint debate, they will also quiz the Commission on state of play on EU funding for refugees in Turkey and respect for the principle of non-refoulement of refugees.


European Council. MEPs will air their views on the UK’s upcoming in-or-out EU referendum in a Wednesday morning debate ahead of the European Council summit on 18 and 19 February. Contributors to the debate will include European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Dutch Minister for Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders, on behalf of the Council Presidency.

Corporate tax. Following Parliament's recommendations, tax Commissioner Pierre Moscovici will present the Commission’s latest corporate tax proposals on Tuesday morning. They include a draft Council directive to counter tax base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS), which follows up the OECD action plan for corporate taxation.

ECB. European Central Bank President Mario Draghi will be in Strasbourg on Monday afternoon for a debate with MEPs on the bank's annual report for 2014.


Car emissions. A proposal to veto a draft decision by the European Commission to raise diesel car emission limits for nitrogen oxides (NOx) by up to 110% when the long-awaited Real Driving Emissions (RDE) test procedure is introduced will be put to a vote on Wednesday.

China's market economy status. A debate on whether the EU should recognize China as a “market economy” will be held on Monday afternoon with trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström. MEPs will ask the Commission what options it is considering with regard to China’s market economy status (MES) and whether it will assess their likely impact on EU industry and jobs.


Attacks on women. MEPs will debate the issue of sexual harassment and violence against women in public spaces on Wednesday evening. In a prior debate on Tuesday, MEPs will ask the EU Commission and the Council when they plan to come up with a new Strategy for Gender Equality and Women's Rights. (Vote Wednesday)

TiSA. Parliament's recommendations for ongoing talks on a Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), with countries representing 70% of world trade in services, are to be debated on Monday. A press conference will be held after the vote on Wednesday at noon.

Presidents of Estonia and Nigeria. Estonia’s President Toomas Hendrik Ilves will address Parliament in a formal sitting on Tuesday at noon noon. Nigeria's president Muhammadu Buhari will deliver a speech to Parliament on Wednesday at noon.


President's diary. Parliament’s President Martin Schulz will meet French President François Hollande in the Élysée palace in Paris on Monday at 10.00. He will meet ECB President Mario Draghi on Monday at 16.00 in Strasbourg. He will welcome Estonia's President Toomas Hendrik Ilves on Tuesday at 8.15 and Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday at 11.30. On Thursday, Mr Schulz will address the Syria Donors Conference in London and meet Sir Suma Chakrabarti, President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) at 19.00. On Friday Mr Schulz will give a speech at the London School of Economics at 11.00. On Sunday, he will meet President Francois Hollande of France and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Strasbourg.

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

REF. : 20160125WKN11343
Updated: ( 02-02-2016 - 16:55)