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The Week Ahead 18 – 24 January 2016

15-01-2016 - 10:30

Plenary session in Strasbourg

Poland. Parliament will debate the state of the rule of law and restrictions to press freedom in Poland with Polish Prime minister Beata Szydło, the Council Presidency and the Commission on Tuesday afternoon at 16.00.

EU summit outcome. Conclusions of the 17-18 December European summit on fight against terrorism and the implementation of EU responses to migration challenges, amongst other issues, are up for a key debate with EU Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Tuesday afternoon, at 15.00.

Incoming/outgoing Council presidencies. MEPs are set to debate the priorities and challenges of the incoming Dutch Council Presidency with Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday morning, followed by a press conference with EP President Martin Schulz at 12.30. A review of the outgoing Luxembourg Presidency with Prime Minister Xavier Bettel is scheduled for Tuesday morning.


France/Mutual defence. The implications of France’s unprecedented decision to invoke the EU treaty’s mutual defence clause to ask for EU member states’ help in its “war” against the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) will be debated by MEPs with foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini on Wednesday afternoon and wrapped up in a resolution to be voted on Thursday.


COP21. The outcome of the international climate talks in Paris will be reviewed by MEPs with French foreign affairs minister Laurent Fabius, who chaired the Paris conference, in a debate on Wednesday afternoon, at 15.00.

Digital Single Market. Parliament's recommendations for measures to improve EU consumers' access to goods and services on the internet will be debated and voted on Tuesday. MEPs will push for a swift adoption of the 16 digital single market initiatives announced by the Commission last May. A press conference is scheduled at 15.00.

Car emissions. Parliament will appoint the 45 members to the temporary inquiry committee set up last December in a vote on Thursday. The special committee will investigate breaches of EU rules on car emission tests and alleged failures to enforce EU standards. Members will also discuss on Monday whether or not to veto new rules for Real Driving Emissions test recently tabled by the Commission. The vote will take place in February.


Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA). The International Trade Committee will vote on draft demands for the EU negotiators on TiSA – a deal among 24 economies representing 70% of world trade in services, with an ultimate goal of removing obstacles to services trade and also enhancing opportunities for EU firms to supply services in other countries. EP rapporteur Viviane Reding (EPP,LU) will hold a press conference on Tuesday, at 12.00.


President's diary. Parliament’s President Martin Schulz will meet Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of Luxembourg at 8:45 on Tuesday. On Wednesday morning, he will meet Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of The Netherlands at 8:30 and Polish Prime minister Beata Szydło early in the afternoon.

Pre-session press briefing. The EP Press Service will hold a press briefing at 16.30 on Monday. (EP Press conference room, Strasbourg)

EP Press Service contact during the weekend

+32 498 98 13 45

REF. : 20160104WKN08906
Updated: ( 20-01-2016 - 09:06)