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The Week Ahead 22 – 28 February 2016

   
 

Monday 22-02-2016

Quick links to the differents types of event:
Press conferences
 
Monday 22-02-2016 - 11:00 - 11:30 Briefing on parliamentary agenda
Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak, 0A50
 
Monday 22-02-2016 - 12:00 - 12:30 "Petition to create a European plan to eradicate Hepatitis C"
Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak, 0A050

Soledad CABEZÓN RUIZ (S&D, ES)

 
Monday 22-02-2016 - 15:00 - 18:30 Committee on Budgetary Control
Brussels, Altiero Spinelli, 1G-3
 
Monday 22-02-2016 - 16:30 - 18:30 Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs
Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak, 3C50
 
Monday 22-02-2016 - 15:00 - 18:30 Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak, 1A002
  • Structured Dialogue European Parliament - European Commission and Presentation of the Gas Package with Miguel Arias CAÑETE, Commissioner for Climate Action & Energy
  • Study on 'Open Innovation, including 3D printing', Presentation by Christine HAMZA and Dieter REHFELD, METIS
 
Monday 22-02-2016 - 15:00 - 18:30 Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection
Brussels, Altiero Spinelli, 3G-3
 
Monday 22-02-2016 - 15:00 - 18:30 Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
Brussels, Jòzsef Antall, 4Q1
  • "Achievements of the Expo 2015 in the context of challenges ahead for European and world agriculture" - discussion with Franz FISCHLER (Chair of the Steering Committee for the EU Scientific Programme for Expo 2015) and David WILKINSON (Commissioner General for the participation of the European Commission to EXPO 2015)
 
Monday 22-02-2016 - 15:00 - 18:30 Committee on Constitutional Affairs
Brussels, Altiero Spinelli, 3E-2
  • Joint hearing with the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs on fundamental rights and the rule of law: the role of the judiciary (16.30-18.30) - see Public Hearings

 
Monday 22-02-2016 - 15:00 - 18:30 Committee on Petitions
Brussels, Altiero Spinelli, 3G2
 
Public hearings
 
Monday 22-02-2016 - 16:30 - 18:30 Respect for democracy, fundamental rights and the rule of law: the role of the judiciary
Brussels, Altiero Spinelli, 3E2

Joint Hearing

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)

Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO)


In March 2014 the Commission published a Communication on "A new EU Framework to strengthen the Rule of Law", setting up an early warning tool to address systemic threats to the rule of law by entering into a dialogue with the Member State concerned. This tool has never been used so far.


Against this background, the European Parliament, in its resolution of 10 June 2015

on the situation in Hungary mandated the LIBE Committee to “contribute to the development and elaboration of this proposal in the form of a legislative own-initiative report to be adopted by the end of the year.”


Following a first mini-hearing in December, this hearing is organised in the frame of the preparatory process for this LIBE legislative own-initiative report (under art. 225 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).


Participants include senior judges from the Court of Justice of the EU, the European Court of Human Rights, as well as national instances, who will present their relevant experiences from everyday court practice.

 

Tuesday 23-02-2016

Quick links to the differents types of event:
The President's diary
 
The President's diary

Brussels

 

16:30            Meeting with Dietmar Woidke, Minister President of Brandenburg - Paul-Henri Spaak Building, 9th floor, Grand Salon Protocolaire

 
Tuesday 23-02-2016 - 09:00 - 18:30 Committee on Foreign Affairs
Brussels, Jòzsef Antall, 2Q2

Votes:

  • 2015 Report on Montenegro (2015/2894(RSP)) - Rapporteur: Charles TANNOCK (ECR, UK) - Adoption
  • 2015 Report on the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (2015/2895(RSP)) - Rapporteur: Ivo VAJGL (ALDE, SL) - Adoption
  • Implementation and review of the EU-Central Asia Strategy (2015/2220(INI)) - Rapporteur: Tamás MESZERICS (Greens, HU) - Adoption

End of voting

Interparliamentary Committee meeting with representatives from the National Parliaments

From 11.30

  • Discussion with VP/HR Federica MOGHERINI on the conflicts in the MENA region and the refugee crisis

From 15.00

  • Discussion with Nabih BERRI, Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament

From 16.00

Jointly with the Subcommittee on Security and Defense and in association with the Delegation for relations with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly

  • Discussion with the Secretary General of NATO, Jens STOLTENBERG, on NATO priorities for 2016 and the July 2016 NATO Summit in Warsaw

From 17.30

  • Discussion with the UN Secretary General Special Representative for Libya,  Martin KOBLER
 
Tuesday 23-02-2016 - 15:00 - 16:30 Committee on Budgets
Brussels, Altiero Spinelli, 5G-3
  • Estimates of revenue and expenditure for the financial year 2017 – Section I – European Parliament (BUD) - Rapporteur:  Indrek TARAND (Greens/EFA, EE) - Discussion in the presence of Vice-Presidents of the European Parliament responsible for the budget and the Secretary General, Klaus WELLE
 
Tuesday 23-02-2016 - 09:00 - 18:30 Committee on Budgetary Control
Brussels, Altiero Spinelli, 1G-3
 
Tuesday 23-02-2016 - 10:00 - 18:30 Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs
Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak, 3C50
  • Appointment of a new Executive Director of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) (NLE) - Discussion with Fausto PARENTE, selected candidate for the position (11.15-12.15)

Votes (15.40-16.10)

  • Appointment of a new Executive Director of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) (NLE) - Vote
  • Discharge 2014 : European Banking Authority (EBA) (DEC) - Vote on a report by Markus FERBER (EPP, DE)
  • Discharge 2014 : European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) (DEC) - Vote on a report by Markus FERBER (EPP, DE)
  • Discharge 2014 : European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) (DEC) - Vote on a report by Markus FERBER (EPP, DE)

End of votes

 
Tuesday 23-02-2016 - 09:00 - 18:30 Committee on Employment and Social Affairs
Brussels, Jòzsef Antall, 6Q2

Votes

  • What is Social Triple A? - Adoption of question for oral answer - Co-rapporteurs: Gabriele ZIMMER (GUE/NGL, DE), Tamás MESZERICS (Greens/EFA, HU), Enrique CALVET CHAMBON (ALDE, ES), Arne GERICKE (ECR, DE), Dominique MARTIN (ENF, FR), Laura AGEA (EFDD, IT), David CASA (EPP, MT), Jutta STEINRUCK (S&D, DE)

End of votes

  • Discussion with James CALLEJA (Director of CEDEFOP, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training)
 
Tuesday 23-02-2016 - 09:00 - 18:30 Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
Brussels, Jòzsef Antall, 4Q2
  • Public hearing: Real Driving Emissions Tests - see Public hearings
  • Discussion with Ms Andrea AMMON, acting Director of ECDC

Votes

  • Mandatory indication of the country of origin or place of provenance for certain foods - Adoption of questions for oral answer - Co-rapporteurs: Renate SOMMER (EPP, DE), Glenis WILLMOTT (S&D, UK), Julie GIRLING (ECR, UK), Anneli JÄÄTTEENMÄKI (ALDE, FI), Lynn BOYLAN (GUE/NGL, IE), Michèle RIVASI (Greens/EFA, FR), Piernicola PEDICINI (EFDD, IT), Matteo SALVINI (ENF, IT)
  • Zika virus outbreak - Adoption of question for oral answer - Co-rapporteurs: Annie SCHREIJER-PIERIK (EPP, NL), Matthias GROOTE (S&D, DE), Bolesław G. PIECHA (ECR, PL), José Inácio FARIA (ALDE, PT), Kateřina KONEČNÁ (GUE/NGL, CZ), Martin HÄUSLING (Greens/EFA, DE), Piernicola PEDICINI (EFDD, IT), Joëlle MÉLIN (ENF, FR)

End of votes

  • Mandatory indication of the country of origin or place of provenance for certain foods - Consideration of motion for a resolution - Co-rapporteurs: Glenis WILLMOTT (S&D, UK), Julie GIRLING (ECR, UK), Anneli JÄÄTTEENMÄKI (ALDE, FI), Lynn BOYLAN (GUE/NGL, IE), Michèle RIVASI (Greens/EFA, FR), Piernicola PEDICINI (EFDD, IT), Matteo SALVINI (ENF, IT)
  • Implementation of health legislation - Discussion with Commission representatives on cross-border healthcare
  • Zika virus outbreak - Consideration of motion for a resolution - Co-rapporteurs: Annie SCHREIJER-PIERIK (EPP, NL), Matthias GROOTE (S&D, DE), Bolesław G. PIECHA (ECR, PL), José Inácio FARIA (ALDE, PT), Kateřina KONEČNÁ (GUE/NGL, CZ), Martin HÄUSLING (Greens/EFA, DE), Piernicola PEDICINI (EFDD, IT), Joëlle MÉLIN (ENF, FR)
  • Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the progress in establishing marine protected areas (as required by Article 21 of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive 2008/56/EC) - Discussion with the Commission 
 
Tuesday 23-02-2016 - 09:00 - 18:30 Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak, 1A002
  • Structured Dialogue European Parliament - European Commission, Discussion with Tibor NAVRACSICS, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport
  • Public Hearing: Energy costs and EU industry competitiveness - see Public hearings
 
Tuesday 23-02-2016 - 09:00 - 18:30 Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection
Brussels, Altiero Spinelli, 3G-3
  • Control of the acquisition and possession of weapons - Discussion - Rapporteur: Vicky FORD (ECR, UK)
  • Presentation of an initial analysis on "the impact of changes to border control within Schengen on the single market for goods and services"
  • Discussion with Pierre MOSCOVICI, Commissioner responsible for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs
  • Public hearing: The Single Market Strategy - see Public hearings
 
Tuesday 23-02-2016 - 09:00 - 18:30 Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
Brussels, Jòzsef Antall, 4Q1
  • Animal Health (COD) - vote on draft recommendation for second reading, rapporteur Jasenko Selimovic (ALDE, SE)
  • Hearing on "Tools to Reduce Price Volatility in Agricultural Markets" (15.00-18.00) - see Public hearings

 
Tuesday 23-02-2016 - 09:00 - 12:30 Committee on Constitutional Affairs
Brussels, Altiero Spinelli, 3E-2
  • Interinstitutional agreement on better law-making (ACI), rapporteur Danuta Maria HÜBNER (EPP, PL) - vote on draft report (09.00)
  • Renegotiation of the United Kingdom constitutional relationship with the European Union – discussion with Jonathan FAULL, Head of the Commission Task Force for Strategic Issues related to the UK Referendum (11.30)
 
Tuesday 23-02-2016 - 09:00 - 18:30 Committee on Petitions
Brussels, Altiero Spinelli, 3G2
  • Hearing on taking citizens' concerns seriously: broadening the scope of the EU Charter on Fundamental Rights (09.00-12.30) - see Public Hearings
 
Public hearings
 
Tuesday 23-02-2016 - 09:00 - 11:00 Real Driving Emissions tests
Brussels, Jòzsef Antall, 4Q2

The Environment, Public Health and Food Safety committee will hold a public hearing on "Real Driving Emissions tests" to inform ENVI on the development of these new testing procedures, in the context of ENVI's ongoing work on the reduction of pollutant emissions from road vehicles. In September 2015, ENVI adopted its position on the Commission proposal of January 2014 on the reduction of pollutant emissions from road vehicles. A key feature of ENVI's position is that test procedures for certain pollutant emissions should reflect real driving conditions, a timely response given the revelation of Volkswagen's use of defeat devices in laboratory emissions testing. This hearing will host speakers representing industry, consumers and research with a view to increasing understanding of the issues at stake.

 
Tuesday 23-02-2016 - 09:00 - 12:30 Taking citizens' concerns seriously: broadening the scope of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights
Brussels, Altiero Spinelli, 3G2

This hearing, organised by the Petitions Committee, aims at discovering whether the protection granted to citizens' fundamental rights in the EU is in fact effective and to what extent citizens' expectations, as expressed in petitions, can indeed be satisfied under the present legal mechanism of protection. Speakers will originate from academic institutions, the Court of Justice of the EU, a national Constitutional Court and competent EU institutions and agencies.

 
Tuesday 23-02-2016 - 15:00 - 17:00 The Single Market Strategy
Brussels, Altiero Spinelli, 3G-3

The Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee will hold a hearing on the Single Market Strategy on 23 February 2016, from 15.00 to 17.00. The discussions will give input to the draft report by Lara Comi (EPP, IT) on the same subject, which will provide Parliament's response to the Commission's communication "Upgrading the Single Market: more opportunities for people and business", presented on 28 October 2015. The hearing will be devoted to "creating more opportunities for consumers, professionals and businesses, and boosting enforcement" and to "encouraging and enabling the modernisation and innovation that Europe needs".

 
Tuesday 23-02-2016 - 15:00 - 17:30 Energy Costs and EU Industry Competitiveness
Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak, 1A002

The Industry, Research and energy committee is organising a Public Hearing on energy costs and EU industry competitiveness. The hearing will look at all major components of energy costs and in particular from the side of providers and users. Their impact on the competitiveness of European industry will be discussed in an international context.

 
Tuesday 23-02-2016 - 15:00 - 18:00 Tools to Reduce Price Volatility in Agricultural Markets
Brussels, Jòzsef Antall, 4Q1

Building on the past experience, members of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development will debate with academics and sector representatives future ways to tackle price volatility in the agricultural markets. Farmers in many EU member states have been struggling for months now with falling prices they get for their products, particularly milk and meat ones.

 

Wednesday 24-02-2016

Quick links to the differents types of event:
Plenary session
 
Wednesday 24-02-2016 Plenary agenda
in Brussels
15:00 - 23:00 (Debates)
  • Resumption of session and order of business
     
  • Conclusions of the European Council meeting of 18 and 19 February 2016
     
  • Joint debate - European Semester 2016
    European Semester for economic policy coordination: Annual Growth Survey 2016
    Report
    Author : Maria João Rodrigues
    (Reference:A8-0030/2016)
    Committee: ECON
     
    European Semester for economic policy coordination: employment and social aspects in the Annual Growth Survey 2016
    Report
    Author : Sofia Ribeiro
    (Reference:A8-0031/2016)
    Committee: EMPL
     
    Single Market governance within the European Semester 2016
    Report
    Author : Catherine Stihler
    (Reference:A8-0017/2016)
    Committee: IMCO
     
  • European network of Employment Services, workers' access to mobility services and the further integration of labour markets
    Report
    Author : Heinz K. Becker
    (Reference:A8-0224/2015)
    Committee: EMPL
     
  • Joint debate - EU-Tunisia trade relations
    Introduction of emergency autonomous trade measures for Tunisia
    Report
    Author : Marielle de Sarnez
    (Reference:A8-0013/2016)
    Committee: INTA
     
    Opening of negotiations for an EU-Tunisia Free Trade Agreement
     
  • Preparation for the UN General Assembly special session on drugs
     
  • One-minute speeches (Rule 163)
     
The President's diary
 
The President's diary

Brussels

 

9:30             Meeting with Nabih Berri, Speaker of the Parliament of Lebanon - Paul-Henri Spaak Building, 9th floor, Grand Salon Protocolaire


11:00            Meeting with His Excellency Monsignor Alain Paul Lebeaupin, Apostolic nuncio - Paul-Henri Spaak Building, 9th floor, President´s office


15:00            Chairing of the Plenary: Conclusions of the European Council meeting of 18 and 19 February 2016

 

Thursday 25-02-2016

Plenary session
 
Thursday 25-02-2016 Plenary agenda
in Brussels
09:00 - 11:20 (Debates)
  • Activities of the European Ombudsman in 2014
    Report
    Author : Soledad Cabezón Ruiz
    (Reference:A8-0020/2016)
    Committee: PETI
     
  • Tobacco agreement (PMI agreement)
    Report
    (Reference:O-000019/2016 - O-000018/2016 - O-000017/2016 - O-000016/2016 - O-000015/2016 - O-000014/2016 - O-000010/2016)
     
11:30 - 13:30 (VOTES followed by explanations of votes)
  • Authorisation for Austria to sign and ratify, and Malta to accede to, the Hague Convention of 15 November 1965
    Report
    Author : Viktor Uspaskich
    (Reference:A8-0018/2016)
    Committee: JURI
     
  • EU-San Marino agreement on the automatic exchange of financial account information
    Report
    Author : Cora van Nieuwenhuizen
    (Reference:A8-0025/2016)
    Committee: ECON
     
  • Accession of Croatia to the Convention on the protection of the financial interests of the Union
    Report
    Author : Tomáš Zdechovský
    (Reference:A8-0019/2016)
    Committee: LIBE
     
  • European network of Employment Services, workers' access to mobility services and the further integration of labour markets
    Report
    Author : Heinz K. Becker
    (Reference:A8-0224/2015)
    Committee: EMPL
     
  • Introduction of emergency autonomous trade measures for Tunisia
    Report
    Author : Marielle de Sarnez
    (Reference:A8-0013/2016)
    Committee: INTA
     
  • Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund: application EGF/2015/007 BE/Hainaut-Namur Glass
    Report
    Author : Tomáš Zdechovský
    (Reference:A8-0029/2016)
    Committee: BUDG
     
  • European Semester for economic policy coordination: Annual Growth Survey 2016
    Report
    Author : Maria João Rodrigues
    (Reference:A8-0030/2016)
    Committee: ECON
     
  • European Semester for economic policy coordination: employment and social aspects in the Annual Growth Survey 2016
    Report
    Author : Sofia Ribeiro
    (Reference:A8-0031/2016)
    Committee: EMPL
     
  • Single Market governance within the European Semester 2016
    Report
    Author : Catherine Stihler
    (Reference:A8-0017/2016)
    Committee: IMCO
     
  • Opening of negotiations for an EU-Tunisia Free Trade Agreement
     
  • Activities of the European Ombudsman in 2014
    Report
    Author : Soledad Cabezón Ruiz
    (Reference:A8-0020/2016)
    Committee: PETI
     
  • European Central Bank annual report for 2014
    Report
    Author : Notis Marias
    (Reference:A8-0012/2016)
    Committee: ECON
     
  • Opening of FTA negotiations with Australia and New Zealand
    Report
    (Reference:O-000154/2015)
     
  • Introduction of compatible systems for the registration of pet animals across Member States
     
  • Humanitarian situation in Yemen