Jointly with the Committee on International Trade and in association with the Delegation for relations with the Maghreb countries and the Arab Maghreb Union:
Jointly with the Committee on Foreign Affairs and in association with the Delegation for relations with the Maghreb countries and the Arab Maghreb Union:
Joint meeting with the Committe on Budgets
Dili and across the country, Timor Leste
18-22 March 2017
A seven-strong delegation from the European Parliament, led by Ana GOMES (S&D, PT), will visit Timor Leste in order to observe presidential elections in the country on Monday 20 March 2017. Prior to the election day, MEPS Inese VAIDERE (EPP, LV), Joachim ZELLER (EPP, DE), Juan Fernando LOPEZ AGUILAR (S&D, ES), Javier NART (ALDE, ES), Marisa MATIAS (GUE/NGL, PT) and Ignazio CORRAO (EFDD, IT) will meet with Xanana Gusmão, 2009 Sakharov Prize who led the struggle for Timor-Leste's freedom and self-determination, with presidential candidates and with representatives of the current government. On Monday 20 March, the election day, MEPs will observe the opening of the polling stations, the voting as well as the vote count in Dili, the capital of Timor Leste and across the country. On Tuesday 21 March, they will gather their observations, prepare their conclusions and meet with José Ramos-Horta, former President and Prime Minister, 1996 Nobel Peace Prize before holding a press conference on Wednesday 22 March.
From 20 to 24 March a FEMM delegation will participate in the 61th session of the UNCSW. The subject of the session will be “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work”. The delegation will meet Mr António Guterres, Secretary-General of the UN. The EP will also organise a side-event on 22 March on “European Parliament as a partner in the economic empowerment of women”. Speakers in the event will include MEPs and the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Malta to the UN.
The Committee on Constitutional Affairs is helding a hearing on "The Development of a European Demos" during the regular AFCO meeting of 20 March 2017, from 15.00 until 16:30.
The main objective of the hearing is to discuss the existence of a "demos" which is typically European and which would thus allow for the construction of a supranational European democracy.
It should also allow to gather evidence from well-known experts on the existence of such an element as well as to hear contrasting theories.
The hearing will explore with experts and NGOs how development aid is tied to human rights clauses and the question of migration currently – from the perspective of the donor counties and the recipients.
The Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development will debate with experts ways to promote sustainable use of plant protection products and ensure their availability on the market. They will discuss past development and future of plant protection products, their impact on biodiversity, existing regulatory framework and review of authorisation processes and plant protection in the organic sector.
On Monday 20 March, the Policy Department for Citizens Rights and Constitutional Affairs will organise a workshop for the Constitutional Affairs Committee on "Democratic complementarity: Implementing the Treaty Provisions on National Parliaments". Three invited experts, Olivier Rozenberg, Diane Fromage and Luís Heleno Terrinha will present their views.
11:30 Plenary session "60 years of the Rome Treaties"
15:00 Event Citizens Parliament (Plenary)
In association with the Delegation for relations with the United States:
Jointly with the Committee on Development and the Committee on Budgets (Rule 55):
Electronic vote 9.00 – 10.00
End of voting
Electronic vote at 10.15
14.00 – 17.30
17.30 – 18.30
End of votes
Vote (10.00 -)
9.00 - 11.30
MEPs on the Foreign Affairs Committee will debate EU relations with Latin America and the Caribbean with high level speakers such as Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary General of the Ibero-American Conference and former Vice President of Costa Rica, Paola Amadei, Executive Director of the European Union - Latin America and the Caribbean Foundation and Anna Ayuso Pozo, Senior Research Fellow at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs.
IMCO will hold a public hearing on the proposed directive establishing a European Electronic Communications Code (ITRE lead Committeee, IMCO associated Committee with Dita Charanzova, ALDE, as rapporteur). The hearing will focus on the main areas under IMCO competence and will be divided into two Panels: one focusing on new approaches to Universal Service Obligation, and the other one on end-user rights in the electronic communications sector.
Trade MEPs will discuss with various experts and stakeholders how to make the EU export control regime 'future-proof'. The issues to be addressed potentially are plentiful: due diligence, human rights, catch-all clauses, new surveillance technologies, intangible transfers, a new licensing architecture, to name just a few. The public hearing will feed into the Committee's deliberations of the Commission's proposal for reviewing 'Dual Use’ regulation.
10:30 Cérémonie pour l'inauguration "Monument en mémoire des victimes" (petite rue de la Loi, entre le rond-point Schuman et l’avenue de la Joyeuse Entrée)
16:15 Meeting with President of Portugal Mr. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (Grand salon protocolaire)
Miguel URBÁN CRESPO (GUE/NGL, ES), Ana TABOADA, and Eric TOUSSAINT
Monica MACOVEI (ECR, RO)
In association with the Delegation for relation with the Maghreb countries:
In association with the Delegation for relations with the United States and the Delegation for relations with Canada:
In association with the Delegation for relations with Japan:
Jointly with the Committee on Foreign Affairs:
i) Presentation by the Commission, EUROSTAT: Report on European statistics on tourism ii) Discussion on European Visa and Tourism
Joint meeting with the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (9.00 - 10.00) - see separate agenda
10.00 - 11.30
16.00 – 17.00
Joint hearing with the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (17.00 - 18.30) - see Public hearings
Joint debate on the operationalisation of the European Border and Coast Guard (9.45 - 11.00)
The hearing organised by the Committee on Fisheries aims to focus on the impact and effects of the planned measures. During the preparation and development of the Natura 2000 management plans it became obvious that fishing activities in these areas will be restricted. The measures could restrict so far applied rights of the fishing sector to operate draught in certain areas. Nevertheless, it is not yet clear to which extent the fishing sector, especially small scale and artisanal fisheries will be affected. Such an extensive intervention in existing "status quo", by which a lot of European fishermen and the whole fishing sector might be affected, should only be implemented after a comprehensive investigation.
The Policy Department of the Directorate General for External Policies is organising a workshop for the Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) on 22 March 2017, 15.00-16.00. Chaired by Pier Antonio Panzeri, Chair of DROI, the workshop provides an opportunity to discuss concrete proposals on how to move forward on the EP call for a common EU position on armed drones, with specific attention to human rights and international humanitarian law standards.
The Committee on Transport and Tourism will debate on ways in which Europe seeks to lower its environmental impact through low emission mobility. MEPs will discuss with experts from the European Environment Agency and industry the external costs of transport, state of play in reducing transport emissions and efforts and expectations by the transport sector in this field.
ITRE will hold a public hearing on ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans.’ The hearing follows the publication of a European Commission legislative package of the same name. The hearing will concentrate on the electricity market and renewable energy aspects, such as electricity trading, grid investments, renewable energy sustainability and combatting energy poverty. The hearing will also consider the role of new services and technologies, for example demand response and wider up-take of electro-mobility as well as 'prosumers' and new local energy communities.
The East and South China Sea is a strategic maritime link and a major trade route with rich fishing grounds and oil and gas reserves. Mounting conflicts between neighbouring countries (in particular China, the Philippines and Vietnam) have resulted in growing security tension and militarisation of the region. The hearing will therefore address security implications of the territorial disputes for global and European security, and the role the EU could play in easing tensions in the region.
On 22 March, the Legal Affairs Committee and the Employment and Social Affairs Committee will organise a hearing on a "Statute for social and solidarity-based enterprises", from 17.00 to 18.30. The purpose of this hearing is to provide an overview of the current state of the legislation on social and solidarity-based enterprises in Europe and to provide information of how the proliferation of this kind of enterprises could boost employment, improve community welfare and advance economic growth.
Experts, stakeholders and high-ranking officials from the institutions will participate.The event will be webstreamed.
11:00 Meeting with Vice President of the Republic of Panama Ms. Isabel Cecilia de Saint Malo García de Alvarado (Grand salon protocolaire)
Discussion with Marianne THYSSEN (Commissioner) on social security coordination
Votes (10.00 - 10.45)
Votes (12.00 – 12.30)
end of votes
Joint debate (15.30 - 16.30)
The Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) will hold a public hearing under the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) with Ms Danièle Nouy, Chair of the Supervisory Board of the ECB. At this this occasion, Ms Nouy will present the ECB's third Annual Report on the SSM. Afterwards, there will be an exchange of views with ECON Members.
Norcia and Rome
10:30 Working session: Conference of Presidents and the Bureau of the European Parliament with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and local authorities (Norcia)
Visit to the historical centre affected by the earthquake (Norcia)
11:30 Press point (Norcia)
12:00 Visit of Norcia's Cathedral (Norcia)
12:30 Event with civil society (Norcia)
16:00 Conference of Presidents and the Bureau of the European Parliament and Meeting with the President of the Italian Republic Mr. Sergio Mattarella (Quirinal Palace - Rome)
18:00 European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, President of the European Council Donald Tusk and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker meeting with Pope Francis (Vatican - Rome)
10:00 Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, in Campidoglio (Sala Oriazi e Curiazi, same as in 1957) : Speeches by Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, and Prime Minister of Malta Joseph Muscat
11.45 Ceremony of the signature of the Rome Declaration, followed by Press conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, and Prime Minister of Malta Joseph Muscat