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The Week Ahead 20 – 26 February 2017

17-02-2017 - 11:51


Trade agreements/Mexico. An International Trade Committee delegation will be in Mexico City as the EU and Mexico are set to update a 17-year-old trade agreement. MEPs will meet governmental, parliamentary, civil society and industry representatives to discuss the scope and the potential of a new trade deal. Trade negotiations with Mexico were launched in May 2016. (Monday to Wednesday)


Panama papers inquiry/Malta. Members of the Inquiry Committee into Money Laundering, Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion (PANA) will visit Malta, further to the Panama Papers revelations that some Maltese politicians and 45 intermediaries located in the island had links to Mossack Fonseca, the law firm at the heart of the scandal. The delegation will meet, among others, Malta’s Finance Minister, members of the tax administration, journalists and intermediaries including law firms and banks. (Monday)


Asylum/Canada. Civil Liberties Committee MEPs will go to Canada to look into its resettlement program and integration policy for asylum seekers. They will also meet Members of the Citizenship and Immigration and Justice and Human Rights committees, as well as government and NGO representatives. Over 40,000 Syrian refugees have been resettled in Canada since November 2015. (Monday to Friday)


Border controls/Frontex (Poland). A Civil Liberties Committee delegation will go to Frontex headquarters in Warsaw to assess European Border and Coast Guard operations at EU external land, sea and air borders. MEPs will meet, among others, Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri and Fundamental Rights Officer Inmaculada Arnaez. (Monday and Tuesday)

Peace process/Palestine. The Delegation for relations with Palestine will travel there to discuss the Middle East peace process, particularly settlements, and look into EU-funded projects. MEPs will meet President Mahmoud Abbas as well as Palestinian and Israeli peace activists and visit communities at risk of forced displacement. If granted access, they will also go to Gaza to meet Labour Minister Abu Shahla and the Director of UNRWA operations Bo Schack. (Monday to Friday)


EU relations with India. MEPs from the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Delegation for relations with India will visit it to re-launch the stalled EU-India dialogue on counter-terrorism, cyber-security, piracy and human rights. The visit will feed into a draft resolution on EU-India relations to be voted by Parliament later this year. An Internal Market Committee delegation will also go to India to visit start-up incubators and explore new digital market opportunities. (Monday to Friday) 

President’s diary. European Parliament President Antonio Tajani will go to Berlin on Friday to meet Germany’s President Joachim Gauck and Chancellor Angela Merkel.  


EP Press Service contact on 18 - 19 February

Janez VOUK

+32 475 78 48 56

REF. : 20170213WKN62354
Updated: ( 20-02-2017 - 11:22)