Summit on future of EU. MEPs will take stock of the outcome of the 9-10 March European Council, and discuss the “Rome declaration” marking the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, with Council President Donald Tusk, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Malta’s Deputy Prime Minister Louis Grech and Italy’s Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, on Wednesday morning.
Shareholder rights. New tools to sharpen big EU firms’ focus on their long-run performance, by fostering their shareholders’ commitment, will be debated on Monday and voted on Tuesday. They will include giving shareholders a say on directors’ pay and making it easier for firms to identify their shareholders. A press conference is scheduled after the vote at 16.00
Conflict minerals. A draft EU regulation to stop the financing of armed groups and human rights abuses through trade in minerals from conflict areas will be put to a vote on Thursday. The new law will oblige all but the smallest EU importers of tin, tungsten, tantalum, gold to monitor their sources and do "due diligence" checks on their suppliers.
Waste reduction. The share of waste to be recycled should rise to 70% by 2030, from 44% today, according to the amended “waste package” proposal to be voted on Wednesday. MEPs also want to limit the share of landfilling to 5% and to deliver a 50% reduction in food waste by 2030. Parliament will determine its first reading position before starting negotiations with Council.
Firearms. A revised EU gun law, aimed at closing security loopholes while addressing the concerns of legitimate users, will be debated and voted by Parliament on Tuesday. The new rules tighten controls on blank firing and inadequately deactivated weapons and require EU countries to have a monitoring system in place for the issuance or renewal of licences.
From farm to fork. Plans to tighten up official food inspections, from farm to fork, will be discussed on Tuesday and put to a vote on Wednesday. The legislation, already informally agreed by MEPs and the Council, aims to improve food traceability, combat fraud and restore consumer trust in the integrity of the food chain.
Global gag rule. MEPs will discuss the impact of the “global gag” rule, imposed by US President Donald Trump, with Federica Mogherini on Wednesday afternoon. Under the new rules, US public funding for NGOs to help women deal with social and health issues will be cut unless these NGOs stop mentioning abortion. Some MEPs want the EU to step in and help NGOs to continue informing women on all safe solutions.
EU Arctic policy. Climate change is raising geopolitical tensions in the Arctic, as the melting ice cap opens up new navigation and fishing routes, and inspires increased competition for its natural resources, says a draft resolution to be debated on Wednesday and voted on Thursday. MEPs are set to call for better protecting its fragile eco-system and to ban Arctic oil and gas extraction.
President's diary. EP President Antonio Tajani will meet Strasbourg Mayor Roland Ries in Strasbourg on Monday. President Tajani will meet Commissioners Corina Crețu and Sir Julian King, as well as High Representative and Commission Vice-president Federica Mogherini, on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Mr Tajani will hold a bilateral meeting with Italy's Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni. He will deliver a speech at "Conference of Presidents of EU Parliaments for the 60th Anniversary of the Treaties of Rome" on Friday in Rome.
Pre-session press briefing. The EP Press Service will hold a press briefing at 16.00 with political group’s spokespersons on Monday. (EP Press conference room, Strasbourg)
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