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The Week Ahead 14 – 20 March 2016

   
 
Press conferences
 
Monday 14-03-2016 - 11:00 - 11:30 Briefing on parliamentary agenda
Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak, 0A050
 
Monday 14-03-2016 - 11:30 - 12:00 "Dispelling the uncertainty of French and European farmers with concrete proposals to save our rural areas"
Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak, 0A050

Edouard FERRAND (ENF, FR) and Philippe LOISEAU (ENF, FR)

 
Monday 14-03-2016 - 15:00 - 18:30 Special Committee on Tax Rulings and Other Measures Similar in Nature or Effect (TAXE 2)
Brussels, Altiero Spinelli, 3E-2
  • Discussion with representatives of Guernsey and Jersey (15.00-18.30)
 
Monday 14-03-2016 - 15:00 - 18:30 Committee on Development
Brussels, Altiero Spinelli, 3G-3

15.00 – 16.00
Joint debate with the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

  • Proposed Council Regulation on the provision of emergency support within the Union (DEVE/8/05940) - debate with Christos STYLIANIDES, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management
 
Monday 14-03-2016 - 15:00 - 18:30 Committee on International Trade
Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak, 1A002
  • EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) - Discussion with Jean-Luc DEMARTY, Director General DG Trade, Commission
  • Discussion with the Commission on the TTIP follow-up report
 
Monday 14-03-2016 - 15:00 - 18:30 Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection
Brussels, Jòzsef Antall, 6Q2
  • Discussion with Jyrki KATAINEN, Vice-President responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness
 
Monday 14-03-2016 - 15:00 - 18:30 Committee on Transport and Tourism
Brussels, Jòzsef Antall, 4Q2
 
Monday 14-03-2016 - 15:00 - 18:30 Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak, 3C050
  • Workshop on "Effects of the structural changes on EU farming: How to better support the European model of agriculture of the XXI century with the CAP?" (15.00 - 17.00) - see Special events
 
Monday 14-03-2016 - 15:00 - 18:30 Committee on Culture and Education
Brussels, Altiero Spinelli, 1G3
 
Monday 14-03-2016 - 15:00 - 18:30 Committee on Legal Affairs
Brussels, Altiero Spinelli, 5E-2
  • Hearing on the protection of vulnerable adults: a cross-border perspective (15.00-16.30) - see Public Hearings
  • Accountability and Remedy Project: debate with Lene WENDLAND, representative of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) (16.30-17.30)
 
Monday 14-03-2016 - 15:00 - 16:00 Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
Brussels, Altiero Spinelli, 3G3

Joint debate with the Committee on Development

  • Debate with Christos STYLIANIDES, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management on the proposed Council Regulation on the provision of emergency support within the Union
 
Monday 14-03-2016 - 15:00 - 18:30 Committee on Constitutional Affairs
Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak, 4B001
  • Hearing on "e-Democracy in the European Union: potential and challenges" (15.00-17.30) - see Public Hearings
 
Monday 14-03-2016 - 15:00 - 18:30 Committee on Petitions
Brussels, Jòzsef Antall, 4Q1
  • Protecting the best interest of the child (across borders) in Europe - vote on motion for a resolution (16.30)
 
Delegations
 
DROI mission to the 31st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council

Geneva, Switzerland

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.  

 
Monday 14-03-2016 - 09:00 - 19:00 Mission to the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women

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)

 
Public hearings
 
Monday 14-03-2016 - 15:00 - 16:30 The protection of vulnerable adults: a cross-border perspective
Brussels, Altiero Spinelli, 5E2

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.

 
Monday 14-03-2016 - 15:00 - 17:30 e-Democracy in the European Union: potential and challenges
Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak, 4B1

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.

 
Special events
 
Monday 14-03-2016 - 15:00 - 17:00 Effects of the structural changes on EU farming: How to better support the European model of agriculture of the XXI century with the CAP?
Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak, 3C050

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.


 
The President's diary
 
The President's diary

Brussels


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

 
Press conferences
 
Tuesday 15-03-2016 - 11:30 - 12:00 "Contamination with lindane in the Spanish state"
Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak, 0A050

Marina ALBIOL GUZMÁN (GUE/NGL, ES), Adolfo BARRENA, Carlos Alonso CIDAD and Samuel Martín-SOSA

 
Tuesday 15-03-2016 - 14:15 - 14:45 "MEPs launching counter public consultation on MES China"

David BORRELLI (IT), EFDD Co-Chair, Emmanuel MAUREL (S&D, FR), and Edouard MARTIN (S&D, FR)

 
Tuesday 15-03-2016 - 09:00 - 18:30 Committee on Foreign Affairs
Brussels, Jòzsef Antall, 2Q2

15.00 – 18.30
In association with the Delegation to the EU-Moldova Parliamentary Association Committee

  • Discussion with Pavel Filip, Prime Minister of Moldova

Electronic voting from 16.00

  • 2015 Report on Turkey (2015/2898(RSP)) - Rapporteur: Kati PIRI (S&D, NL) - Adoption of amendments

  • The EU in a changing global environment - a more connected, contested and complex world (2015/2272(INI)) - Rapporteur: Sandra KALNIETE (EPP, LV) - Adoption of amendments

End of voting

 
Tuesday 15-03-2016 - 09:00 - 18:30 Special Committee on Tax Rulings and Other Measures Similar in Nature or Effect (TAXE 2)
Brussels, Altiero Spinelli, 3E-2
  • Discussions with representatives of Andorra, Liechtenstein and Monaco (09.00-12.30)
  • Discussions with representatives of multinational corporations (15.00-18.30)

 
Tuesday 15-03-2016 - 09:00 - 18:30 Committee on International Trade
Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak, 1A002

Electronic voting from 10.00

  • EU-Mercosur: The way forward in the Association Agreement's trade negotiations - Adoption of question for oral answer

End of voting

15.00 – 17.00

  • Public hearing: Trade and economic relations with Latin America - Implementing the trade agreement with the Andean countries (see Public Hearings)
 
Tuesday 15-03-2016 - 09:00 - 18:30 Committee on Budgetary Control
Brussels, Altiero Spinelli, 5G-3
 
Tuesday 15-03-2016 - 09:00 - 18:30 Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection
Brussels, Jòzsef Antall, 6Q2

Votes

  • Recommendation for a Council decision concerning the accession of the Republic of Croatia to the Convention of 18 December 1997, drawn up on the basis of Article K.3 of the Treaty of the European Union, on mutual assistance and cooperation between customs administrations - Adoption of draft report - Rapporteur: Liisa JAAKONSAARI (S&D, FI)

End of votes

  • Public hearing: Control of the acquisition and possession of weapons - Rapporteur: Vicky FORD (ECR, UK) - see Public Hearings
 
Tuesday 15-03-2016 - 09:00 - 18:30 Committee on Transport and Tourism
Brussels, Jòzsef Antall, 4Q2
  • Interoperability of the rail system within the European Union  (recast) (COD) - vote on a draft recommendation for second reading, rapporteur Izaskun Bilbao Barandica (ALDE, ES)
  • Railway safety (recast) (COD) - vote on a draft recommendation for second reading, rapporteur Michael Cramer (Greens/EFA, DE)
  • European Union Agency for Railways and repeal of Regulation (EC) No 881/2004 (COD) - vote on a draft recommendation for second reading, rapporteur Roberts Zīle (ECR, LV)
  • EU-Macao Agreement on certain aspects of air services (NLE) - vote on a draft resolution by Dieter-Lebrecht Koch (EPP, DE)
 
Tuesday 15-03-2016 - 09:00 - 18:30 Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak, 3C050
  • Manufacture, placing on the market and use of medicated feed and repealing Council Directive 90/167/EEC (COD)- vote on a draft regulation by Clara Eugenia Aguilera García (S&D, ES)
  • Enhancing innovation and economic development in future European farm management (INI) - vote on a draft resolution by Jan Huitema (ALDE, NL)
  • Discussion with  Vytenis ANDRIUKAITIS, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, in the framework of the Structured Dialogue
 
Tuesday 15-03-2016 - 09:00 - 12:30 Committee on Culture and Education
Brussels, Altiero Spinelli, 1G3
  • Discussion with Stefano DOMINIONI, Director of the European Institute of Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe
  • Hearing on "Integration of immigrants and their children through education and culture" (15.00-17.30) - see Public hearings
 
Tuesday 15-03-2016 - 09:00 - 18:30 Committee on Legal Affairs
Brussels, Altiero Spinelli, 5E2
  • Draft Multiannual Strategic programme for EUIPO - discussion with António CAMPINOS, President of the Office for Harmonisation in the Intermal Market (OHIM) (11.30-12.30)

09.15-17.30 - József Antall (JAN) building, room 4Q1

  • Hearing jointly with the Petitions, Civil Liberties and Constitutional Affairs committees in cooperation with the European Commission - "Union Citizenship in Practice:  Our common values, rights and democratic participation" - see Public Hearings
 
Tuesday 15-03-2016 - 09:15 - 17:30 Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
Brussels, Jòzsef Antall, 4Q1
  • Hearing jointly with the Petitions, Legal Affairs and Constitutional Affairs committees in cooperation with the European Commission - "Union Citizenship in Practice:  Our common values, rights and democratic participation" - see Public Hearings
 
Tuesday 15-03-2016 - 10:00 - 12:30 Committee on Constitutional Affairs
Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak, 4B001

09.15-17.30 - József Antall (JAN) building, room 4Q1

  • Hearing jointly with the Petitions, Civil Liberties and Legal Affairs committees in cooperation with the European Commission - "Union Citizenship in Practice:  Our common values, rights and democratic participation" - see Public Hearings
 
Tuesday 15-03-2016 - 09:00 - 12:30 Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality
Brussels, Altiero Spinelli, 3G2
 
Tuesday 15-03-2016 - 09:00 - 18:30 Committee on Petitions
Brussels, Jòzsef Antall, 4Q1
  • Hearing jointly with the Civil Liberties, Legal Affairs and Constitutional Affairs committees in cooperation with the European Commission - "Union Citizenship in Practice:  Our common values, rights and democratic participation" (09.15-17.30) - see Public Hearings
 
Delegations
 
DROI mission to the 31st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council

Geneva, Switzerland

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.  

 
Tuesday 15-03-2016 - 09:00 - 19:00 Mission to the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women

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)

 
Public hearings
 
Tuesday 15-03-2016 - 09:15 - 17:30 Union Citizenship in Practice: Our common values, rights and democratic participation
Brussels, Jòzsef Antall, 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.



 
Tuesday 15-03-2016 - 15:00 - 17:00 Control of the acquisition and possession of weapons
Brussels, Jòzsef Antall, 6Q2

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.

 
Tuesday 15-03-2016 - 15:00 - 17:00 Trade and Economic relations with Latin America
Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak, 1A002

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.

 
Tuesday 15-03-2016 - 15:00 - 17:30 Integration of immigrants and their children through education and culture
Brussels, Altiero Spinelli, 01G03

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.

 
The President's diary
 
The President's diary

Brussels

 

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

 
Press conferences
 
Wednesday 16-03-2016 - 11:00 - 11:30 The situation in the Mediterranean and the need for a holistic EU approach to migration"
Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak, 0A050

Kashetu KYENGE (S&D, IT) and Roberta METSOLA (EPP, MT), rapporteurs

 
Wednesday 16-03-2016 - 09:00 - 18:30 Subcommittee on Human Rights
Brussels, Altiero Spinelli, 3G-3

09.00 - 12.30

  • Hearing on the human rights situation in the countries of origin and transit of migration

15.45 - 16.30

  • Discussion on human rights situation in Crimea

17.15 - 18.00

  • Discussion with Golog Jigme, Tibetan human rights activist
 
Wednesday 16-03-2016 - 09:00 - 18:30 Committee on Budgets
Brussels, Jòzsef Antall, 4Q-1
 
Wednesday 16-03-2016 - 09:00 - 12:30 Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs
Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak, 3C50

Votes (11.20-11.35)

  • Amending Directive 2014/65/EU on markets in financial instruments as regards certain dates (COD) - Vote on a report by Markus FERBER (EPP, DE)
  • 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)

  • Common system of value added tax, with regard to the duration of the obligation to respect a minimum standard rate (CNS) - Vote on a report by Peter SIMON (S&D, DE)

End of votes

 
Wednesday 16-03-2016 - 09:00 - 18:30 Committee on Employment and Social Affairs
Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak, 1A002
  • Refugees: Social inclusion and integration into the labour market - Consideration of draft report - Rapporteur: Brando BENIFEI (S&D, IT)

Votes

  • Report on the application of Council Directive 2010/18/EU of 8 March 2010 implementing the revised Framework Agreement on parental leave concluded by BUSINESSEUROPE, UEAPME, CEEP and ETUC and repealing Directive 96/34/EC - Adoption of draft report - Rapporteur: Maria ARENA (S&D, BE)
  • Fighting inequalities to boost economic growth in the EU - Adoption of question for oral answer - Co-rapporteurs: David CASA (EPP, MT), Jutta STEINRUCK (S&D, DE), Anthea McINTYRE (ECR, UK), Enrique CALVET CHAMBON (ALDE, ES), Patrick LE HYARIC (GUE/NGL, FR), Jean LAMBERT (Greens/EFA, UK), Laura AGEA (EFDD, IT), Dominique MARTIN (ENF, FR)

End of votes

  • Social dumping in the European Union - Consideration of amendments - Rapporteur: Guillaume BALAS (S&D, FR)
 
Wednesday 16-03-2016 - 09:00 - 18:30 Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
Brussels, Jòzsef Antall, 2Q2
  • Discussion with the European Commission on the TTIP negotiations

Votes

  • Japan's decision to resume whaling in the 2015-2016 season - Adoption of question for oral answer to the Commission, Adoption of question for oral answer to the Council - Co-rapporteurs: Renate SOMMER (EPP, DE), Renata BRIANO (S&D, IT), Julie GIRLING (ECR, UK), Frédérique RIES (ALDE, BE), Stefan ECK (GUE/NGL, DE) Linnéa ENGSTRÖM (Greens/EFA, SV), Marco AFFRONTE (EFDD, IT)

End of votes

  • Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council: Report on the implementation of Decision No 1082/2013/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2013 on serious cross-border threats to health and repealing Decision No 2119/98/EC - Discussion with the European Commission
  • Discussion with Mr Jyrki KATAINEN, European Commission Vice-President responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, as part of the structured dialogue, and including on the implementation of the Circular Economy Action Plan
 
Wednesday 16-03-2016 - 09:00 - 18:30 Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
Brussels, Jòzsef Antall, 4Q2
  • Review of Telecoms Framework – progress update by Director General Roberto VIOLA, European Commission
  • Structured Dialogue European Parliament - European Commission, Discussion with Vice-President Jyrki KATAINEN, Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness
  • Governance tools in the Single Market: making life easier for businesses and industries, Presentation by Director Valentina SUPERTI, European Commission
 
Wednesday 16-03-2016 - 15:00 - 18:30 Committee on Regional Development
Brussels, Altiero Spinelli, 1G3
  • Workshop on Simplification in cohesion policy (15.00-16.45) - see Special events
 
Wednesday 16-03-2016 - 09:00 - 18:30 Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
Brussels, Jòzsef Antall, 6Q2

VOTES (09.05-10.50)

  • Establishment of a touring visa and amendment to the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement and Regulations (EC) No 562/2006 and (EC) No 767/2008 (COD), rapporteur Brice HORTEFEUX (EPP, FR) - vote on draft report and vote on the opening of interinstitutional negotiations and the composition of the negotiating team pursuant to Rule 73(2)
  • Union Code on Visas (recast (COD), rapporteur Juan Fernando LÓPEZ AGUILAR (S&D, ES) - vote on draft report and vote on the opening of interinstitutiona negotiations and the composition of the negotiating team pursuant to Rule 73(2)
  • Situation in the Mediterranean and the need for a holistic EU approach to migration (INI) , co-rapporteurs Roberta METSOLA (EPP, MT) and Kashetu KYENGE (S&D, IT) - vote on draft report
  • Public access to documents (Rule 116(7) for the years 2014-2015 (INI), rapporteur Laura FERRARA (EFDD, IT) - vote on draft report
  • Agreement on Strategic Cooperation between the Federative Republic of Brazil and Europol (CNS), rapporteur Claude MORAES (S&D, UK) - vote on draft report

end of votes

  • European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS): exchange of information on third country nationals (COD), rapporteur Timothy KIRKHOPE (ECR, UK) - discussion with the Commission (12.00-12.30)
  • The situation in Greece as regards migration and refugees - discussion with Ioannis MOUZALAS, Greek Alternate Minister of Immigration Policy (15.00-16.45)
 
Delegations
 
Wednesday 16-03-2016 - 09:00 - 19:00 Mission to the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women

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)

 
Public hearings
 
Wednesday 16-03-2016 - 09:00 - 12:30 Public hearing on the human rights situation in the countries of origin and transit of migration
Brussels, Altiero Spinelli, A3G-3

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.

 
Special events
 
Wednesday 16-03-2016 - 15:00 - 16:45 Simplification in cohesion policy
Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak, 3C050

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.


 

Thursday 17-03-2016

The President's diary
 
The President's diary

Brussels


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

 
Thursday 17-03-2016 - 09:00 - 12:30 Committee on Budgets
Brussels, Jòzsef Antall, 4Q-1
  • Hearing on MFF mid-term revision (see Public hearings)
 
Thursday 17-03-2016 - 09:00 - 10:30 Committee on Employment and Social Affairs
Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak, 1A002
 
Thursday 17-03-2016 - 09:00 - 12:30 Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
Brussels, Jòzsef Antall, 2Q2
  • Public Hearing on Palm Oil - see Public hearings
  • Assessment of the outcome of COP21 on climate change - Discussion with the European Commission and the Council Presidency
  • Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council regarding trans fats in foods and in the overall diet of the Union population - Discussion with the European Commission
 
Thursday 17-03-2016 - 09:00 - 18:30 Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
Brussels, Jòzsef Antall, 4Q2
  • TTIP negotiations (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) - Briefing by the European Commission on TTIP

Votes

  • Election of the third Vice-Chair of the ITRE Committee
  • Civil Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) between the EC and its Member States of the one part, and the Republic of Korea, of the other part. - Adoption - Rapporteur: Gianluca Buonanno (ENF, IT)

End of votes


  • Public Hearing: "New Energy Market Design" - see Public hearings
 
Thursday 17-03-2016 - 09:00 - 12:30 Committee on Regional Development
Brussels, Altiero Spinelli, 1G3
  • Cohesion policy in mountainous regions of the EU (INI) - vote on a draft resolution by Michel Dantin (EPP, FR)
  • Discussion with Wilhelm MOLTERER, Managing Director, European Fund for Strategic Investments, and Mr László Baranyay, Vice-President EIB
 
Thursday 17-03-2016 - 09:00 - 18:30 Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
Brussels, Jòzsef Antall, 6Q2
  • Combating terrorism and replacing Council Framework Decision 2002/475/JHA (COD), rapporteur Monika HOHLMEIER (EPP, DE) - discussion on draft report (09.00-10.00)
  • Control of the acquisition and possession of weapons (COD), rapporteur Bodil VALERO (Greens/EFA, SE) - discussion on draft opinion (11.10-12.00)

12.00-12.30

  • Short-stay visa waiver: agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Peru (NLE), rapporteur Mariya GABRIEL (EPP, BG) - discussion on the state of play with the Council Presidency and Commission
  • Short-stay visa waivers: agreements between the European Union and the Republic of Colombia, the Republic of Palau and the Kingdom of Tonga (NLE), rapporteur Mariya GABRIEL (EPP, BG) - joint debate on draft reports

15.00-18.30

  • High -Level Hearing on "The new US Privacy Shield for commercial transfers of EU personal data to the US" - see Public Hearings
 
Delegations
 
Thursday 17-03-2016 - 09:00 - 19:00 Mission to the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women

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)

 
Public hearings
 
Thursday 17-03-2016 - 09:00 - 10:30 Palm Oil and deforestation
Brussels, Jòzsef Antall, 2Q2

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.

 
Thursday 17-03-2016 - 09:00 - 12:30 Hearing on mid-term revision on MFF
Brussels, Jòzsef Antall, 4Q-1
  • MFF mid-term revision - prospects for the EU budget for the second half of the MFF
 
Thursday 17-03-2016 - 15:00 - 17:30 New energy market design
Brussels, Jòzsef Antall, 4Q2

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.  

 
Thursday 17-03-2016 - 15:00 - 18:30 The new US Privacy Shield for commercial transfers of EU personal data to the US
Brussels, Jòzsef Antall, 6Q2

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 protection
which 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.