Edouard FERRAND (ENF, FR) and Philippe LOISEAU (ENF, FR)
15.00 – 16.00Joint debate with the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
Joint debate with the Committee on Development
14-15 March 2016
Elena Valenciano (S&D, ES) Chair of the EP Subcommittee on Human Rights will head the delegation, accompanied by the Vice Chair Beatriz Becerra (ALDE, ES), Andrzej Grzyb (EPP, PL), Ramona Măanescu (EPP, RO), Soraya Post (S&D, SV), Karol Karski (ECR, PL), and Judith Sargentini (Greens/EFA, NL) to participate at the 31st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on 14-15 March 2016.
The current refugee crisis will be one of the main focus for the delegation during its visit to Geneva, including the discussion on the possible consequences for migrants and asylum-seekers of the EU-Turkey agreement currently under discussion.
During the two-day visit, MEPS will attend to the 31st Human Rights Council Plenary meeting and meet with, amongst others, the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, the President of the Human Rights Council, the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, the Director General of the International Organisation for Migration, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders, the Special Rapporteur on minority issues, and the Chair of the IGWG on Business and Human Rights.
14-17 March 2016 - CSW 60 - United Nations Headquarters, New York, USA
Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality
The sixtieth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will take place from 14-24 March 2016. A delegation of MEPs, led by Committee Chair Iratxe GARCÍA PÉREZ
(S&D, ES), will participate in this session from 14-17 March. The Commission will address as its priority theme "Women's empowerment and its link to sustainable development." The review theme will address the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls (agreed conclusions from the fifty-seventh session).
The nine day session will include a ministerial segment with round tables and other high level interactive dialogues, a general discussion and panel discussions. Stakeholders will organise many side events to draw attention to critical aspects of the work on gender equality. These side events, or activities organised outside the formal programme of the session, provides an excellent opportunity for Member States, UN entities and NGOs to discuss themes of the Commission and other critical gender equality issues.
MEPs participating include the following:
Committee Chair Iratxe GARCÍA PÉREZ (S&D, ES), Constance LE GRIP (EPP, FR), Elissavet VOZEMBERG-VRIONIDI (EPP, EL), Julie WARD (S&D, UK), Arne GERICKE (ECR, DE), Angelika MLINAR (ALDE, AT), Kostadinka KUNEVA (GUE/NGL, EL), Monika VANA (Greens/EFA, AT) and Daniela AIUTO (EFDD, IT)
Organised by the Legal Affairs Committee, MEPs will debate with legal experts the cross-border implications of the legal protection of vulnerable adults. This is a major issue, as there is an increasing number of mobile senior citizens within the European Union. Each Member State has a legal system in place to protect such persons, but there is no effective system to ensure that the protection remains in place following a move - or even during a temporary stay - to another Member State.
In the context of the report by Ramón JÁUREGUI ATONDO (S&D, ES) on "e-Democracy in the European Union: potential and challenges", this hearing, organised by the Constitutional Affairs Committee, will explore the potential and challenges of such an innovative form of democracy and will provide some elements of reflection to the report.
The Policy Department C has also commissioned a study on the feasibility of a European identity document and the related electronic identification technologies, which should be ready by next April.
Members of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development will be discussing with academic experts ways to better support EU's farming model with the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The debate will focus on most effective responses to farm structural changes in Western, Central and Eastern Europe and on finding efficient tools to improve farmers' bargaining power and to introduce more balance into the food supply chain.
12:00 Meeting with Prince Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights - Paul-Henri Spaak Building, 9th floor, Salon Protocolaire A
15:00 Extraordinary Conference of Presidents, in the presence of Frans Timmermans, First Vice president of the European Commissione
17:00 Meeting with Pavel Filip, Prime Minister of Moldova - Paul-Henri Spaak Building, 9th floor, Grand Salon Protocolaire
18:00 Meeting with Pedro Agramunt, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe - Paul-Henri Spaak Building, 9th floor, Salon Protocolaire A
Marina ALBIOL GUZMÁN (GUE/NGL, ES), Adolfo BARRENA, Carlos Alonso CIDAD and Samuel Martín-SOSA
David BORRELLI (IT), EFDD Co-Chair, Emmanuel MAUREL (S&D, FR), and Edouard MARTIN (S&D, FR)
15.00 – 18.30In association with the Delegation to the EU-Moldova Parliamentary Association Committee
Electronic voting from 16.00
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Discussions with representatives of multinational corporations (15.00-18.30)
Electronic voting from 10.00
15.00 – 17.00
End of votes
09.15-17.30 - József Antall (JAN) building, room 4Q1
This hearing, jointly organised by the European Parliament (Petitions, Civil Liberties, Legal Affairs and Constitutional Affairs committees) and the European Commission (DG Justice and Consumers) will give the opportunity to reflect, with all actors concerned, on concrete avenues to advance EU citizenship. The objective of the hearing is to look at ways of simplifying and facilitating the exercise of EU citizens' rights in their daily life, as well as to promote our common values and democratic participation.
MEPs will discuss with experts, professionals and civil society possible solutions and the way forward which will provide an opportunity to the shaping of the future for EU citizens.
A public hearing on the revision of the EU firearms directive will be held on Tuesday 15 March, from 15.00 to 17.00. MEPs will discuss with experts the scope and exceptions of the proposed directive, the categories of firearms and the control of illicit use and trafficking. The hearing will be opened by Vicky Ford (ECR, UK), chair of the Internal Market Committee and rapporteur on this file.
Discussion during the hearing will focus on the implementation of the trade agreements with Central America, Colombia and Peru (to which Ecuador is about to adhere), which are in force since 2013.
Ms Federica MOGHERINI, VP/High Representative of the Union will be a key speaker, together with representatives of the Embassies, NGOs and other stakeholders.
Members of the Committee on Culture and Education will debate with experts and representatives of the civil society issues relating to immigration and the subsequent integration of newcomers. Integration of students and teachers at school and by cultural education in non-formal contexts will be also discussed. Ms Kashetu Kyenge, LIBE Committee rapporteur on ‘The situation in the Mediterranean and need for a holistic approach to migration’, will also present her draft report.
10:00 Meeting with Luca Visentini, Confederal Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation - Paul-Henri Spaak Building, 9th floor, President's office
10:30 Meeting with Koen Lenaerts, President of the European Court of Justice - Paul-Henri Spaak Building, 9th floor, President's office
Kashetu KYENGE (S&D, IT) and Roberta METSOLA (EPP, MT), rapporteurs
09.00 - 12.30
15.45 - 16.30
17.15 - 18.00
Amending Regulation (EU) No 600/2014 on markets in financial instruments, Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 on market abuse and Regulation (EU) No 909/2014 on improving securities settlement in the EU and on central securities depositories as regards certain dates (COD) - Vote on a report by Markus FERBER (EPP, DE)
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The DROI subcommittee will hold an hearing on the human rights situation in the countries of origin and transit of migration during which three core topics will be addressed: the main causes of migration, the problem of human rights violations that occur along migration routes and the importance of a human rights-based approach to migration-related policies. Red Crescent from Tunisia, the International Organisation of Migration of Turkey and a representative from the Jordan government will present their regional perspectives.
Members of the Committee on Regional Development will discuss with experts the importance of simplification in cohesion policy, including practical solutions for simplified cost options, the use of digital technologies in cohesion policy (e-cohesion) and the importance of simplifying all rules, guidance and audit processes. Invited experts from member states will share their own national experiences and suggestions on how to cut red tape and facilitate beneficiaries in dealing with the increased administrative burden.
9:55 Official welcome of His Majesty King Abdullah II, King of Jordan - Paul-Henri Spaak Building, Protocol entrance
10:00 Meeting with His Majesty King Abdullah II, King of Jordan - Paul-Henri Spaak Building, 9th floor, Grand Salon Protocolaire
16:00 European Council
ENVI Committee will hold a public hearing on Palm Oil and deforestation. The aim of the hearing would be to have an exchange of views between MEPs and experts on the environmental impact of the palm oil industry. This industry is linked to major environmental issues, such as deforestation and habitat degradation, as the land and forests must be cleared for the development of the oil palm plantations.
On Thursday, 17 March 2016, from 15:00 to17:30, the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy organises a public hearing on the "New energy market design" in the European Parliament, József Antall building, room JAN 4Q2, Brussels. In the first session, energy providers and traders will be invited, and in the second one grid operators and regulators.
Organised by the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, the aim of this hearing is to take stock of the unveiled understanding between the European Commission and the US authorities on a new framework (Privacy Shield) which would replace the former US Safe Harbour for commercial transfers of EU personal data to US entities.
The Commission intends to quickly adopt a Decision declaring the adequate level of protectionwhich would be provided by the new "Privacy Shield". The hearing will enable the Parliament to gather proper information and a better insight of this new instrument so as to assess its different aspects as regards the protection of the rights of individuals in respect of their personal data and fundamental rights.