Soledad CABEZÓN RUIZ (S&D, ES)
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.
16:30 Meeting with Dietmar Woidke, Minister President of Brandenburg - Paul-Henri Spaak Building, 9th floor, Grand Salon Protocolaire
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Interparliamentary Committee meeting with representatives from the National Parliaments
Jointly with the Subcommittee on Security and Defense and in association with the Delegation for relations with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly
Discharge 2014 : European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) (DEC) - Vote on a report by Markus FERBER (EPP, DE)
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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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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