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Public Hearing on Retail Market Roundtable - see Public Hearings
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
Gun crime remains a significant threat. It has become clear that gaps in the current legislation on firearms and shortcomings in its implementation at national level make the EU vulnerable to criminal activity. To improve the EU's firearms control framework, the Commission has proposed several elements to amend the EU Firearms Directive (Directive 91/477/EEC as amended by Directive 2008/51/EC). The amendments now require in-depth examination as some regulations will require reference of closer inspection and subsidiarity (e.g. mandatory medical examinations, limit the period of validity of licences).
The aim of this mini-hearing is to gather the input of experts for its further work. The first discussion session, with Michael BENSTEIN, German Federal Police Office, will deal with technical issues regarding marking, deactivation, registration and authorisations of firearms. The second session, with Dr. Renaud BOUVET, Université of Rennes, will focus on licensing and medical tests.
How can the Digital Single Market reduce legal and practical barriers in retail and how to best deal with current trade laws hindering the ability of retailers to operate in certain member states are among the topics to be discussed in the second Retail Market Roundtable, organised by the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee. The first panel will be dedicated to the topic "Removing obstacles: delivering freedom of movement, establishment and choice". In the second panel, experts will discuss "Internal Market barriers in retail": The Retail Market Roundtable will be opened by Anna Maria Corazza Bildt (EPP, SE), Vice-Chair of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee. Dennis De Jong (GUE/NGL, NL) will be in charge of the wrap up and conclusions.
10:00 Chairing of the opening Plenary of the European Semester Conference: The revamped European Semester and the role of the European Parliament and national parliaments
11:30 Extraordinary Conference of Presidents, in the presence of David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
13:00 Press point after Extraordinary Conference of Presidents - Paul-Henri Spaak Building, ground floor
14:30 Meeting with Dacian Cioloș, Prime Minister of Romania, followed by press point - Paul-Henri Spaak Building, 9th floor, Grand Salon Protocolaire
15:30 Meeting with Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs - Paul-Henri Spaak Building, 9th floor, Grand Salon Protocolaire
17:30 Meeting with Valeriu Zgonea, President of the Chamber of Deputies of Romania - Paul-Henri Spaak Building, 9th floor, Grand Salon Protocolaire
Philippe LAMBERTS (BE), Greens/EFA Co-president, José BOVÉ (Greens/EFA, FR)
Kati PIRI (S&D, NL), rapporteur
Voting at 10.00
15.00 – 18.30
New territorial development tools in Cohesion policy 2014-2020: Integrated Territorial Investment (ITI) and Community-Led Local Development (CLLD) (INI) - vote on a draft resolution by Ruža Tomašić (ECR, HR)
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16 – 20 February 2016
A European Parliament delegation travels to Uganda from 16 to 20 February to observe the presidential and legislative elections in the country.
Jo Leinen (S&D, DE) will head the EP Election Observation mission, accompanied by Mariya Gabriel (EPP, BG), David McAllister (EPP, DE), Norbert Neuser (S&D, DE), Ryszard Czarnecki (ECR, PL), Javier Nart (ALDE, ES) and Igor Šoltes (Greens/EFA, SL) to observe the electoral process on 18 February. They will be integrated into the long term EU Election Observation Mission (EOM) that is headed by the Chief Observer Mr Eduard Kukan (EPP, SK).
In the first part of the visit, MEPs will meet representatives of political parties, officials of the Electoral Commission of Uganda, the government spokesperson, as well as representatives of civil society and international observation missions.
On election day on Thursday 18 February Members will observe the opening of the polling stations, the voting and the vote count. A press conference together with the EOM will be held on Saturday 20 February.
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)
In its Resolution of 23 October 2013 on organised crime, corruption and money laundering: recommendations on action and initiatives to be taken, the European Parliament identified 21 concrete measures to fight organised crime and corruption, which need to be implemented in the period 2014-2019.
This hearing is organised in the frame of the preparatory process for the LIBE's own-initiative report on the fight against corruption and follow-up of the CRIM committee resolution (2015/2110(INI)). It focuses on specific topics of interest to be dealt with in this report, such as the functional link between corruption and organised crime, law enforcement and prevention, specific areas requiring action (organised crime and migration, organised crime and environment, corruption and use of public funds, protection of witnesses, informants and those who cooperate with the judicial process, social reuse of confiscated assets).
The hearing organised by the Committee on Transport and Tourisme seeks to evaluate the latest development and challenges for future in the field of road transport safety. The hearing will consist of three panels with 8 experts and it will be combined with a presentation of a study on impact of lower and heavier vehicle on road safety.
9:00 Chairing of the opening Plenary of the Interparliamentary Conference on Stability, Economic Coordination and Governance in the European Union
10:30 Meeting with Kyriakos Mitsotakis, President of New Democracy - Paul-Henri Spaak Building, 9th floor, President´s office
11:30 Meeting with Kadri Veseli, Speaker of the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo - Paul-Henri Spaak Building, 9th floor, Grand Salon Protocolaire
15:00 Meeting with Mogens Lykketoft, President of the United Nations General Assembly - Paul-Henri Spaak Building, 9th floor, Salon Protocolaire A
Ramón JÁUREGUI ATONDO (S&D, ES), and Eider GARDIAZABAL RUBIAL (S&D, ES)
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With the Council and Commission and EEAS - In association with the delegation to the EU-Armenia and EU-Azerbaijan Parliamentary Cooperation Committees and the EU-Georgia Parliamentary Association Committee
MEPs from Fisheries Committee will debate the issue of fisheries controls in Europe with the Director of the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) and experts from the federal and public administration of agriculture, environment and ecology ministries and ports and fisheries authorities from five EU countries (Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Ireland). This hearing is part of the drafting of an initiative report by PECH committee and the likely revision of Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009 establishing a Community control system. The purpose of this hearing is to compare national practices in different Member States, to identify differences of application of the regulation, pitfalls to avoid and best practices to promote.
Organised by the Committee on Legal Affairs with the participation of EU National Parliaments, the aim of this workshop is to shed light on the recent two Commission proposals for a directive, one on the online sale of tangible goods and one on the online sale of digital content, aimed at better protecting consumers who shop online across the European Union.
11:30 Joint press conference with Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission - Berlaymont building
12:00 Meeting with Coalition of the Willing - The Permanent Representation of Austria to the EU
17:00 Speech at European Council
18:00 Press conference at European Council
Antonio PANZERI (S&D, IT) and Mohamed FADHEL BEN OMRANE, co-chairs of the EU-Tunisia Joint Parliamentary Committee
EMPL committee will hold a hearing on the social inclusion and integration of refugees into the labour market on Thursday, 18 February from 9.00 to 11.30. With the participation of renowned international experts, the hearing aims to improve understanding how to successfully integrate refugees into European societies and labour markets. It should also provide an input for a follow-up own-initiative report
Conflicts, climate change and inequalities driven migration, as well as different options to address it in order to bring peace and stability to fragile countries will be debated by MEPs with experts and representatives from different NGOs and International Organisation for Migration.
The ENVI Committee will hold a public hearing on "Emissions trading system". The European Commission presented in July 2015 a legislative proposal to revise the EU emissions trading system for the period after 2020. The reform is the first step in delivering on the EU's target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% domestically by 2030 in line with the 2030 climate and energy policy framework and as part of its contribution to the new global climate deal.
10:30 European Council