MEPs work in their constituencies and take part in parliamentary delegations this week. The civil liberties committee meets with US authorities to discuss NSA surveillance as well as the EP's call to suspend the SWIFT agreement. The foreign affairs committee and the human rights subcommittee take part in the UN general assembly, while the employment committee discusses anti-crisis measures in Athens. On 1 November the 20th anniversary of the co-decision procedure in the EU will also be marked.
From Monday to Wednesday, a delegation of the civil rights committee will discuss the Prism programme and EU data protection with US authorities in Washington DC. Also on the agenda will be the possible suspension of the SWIFT agreement on the exchange of bank data to help counter terrorism. The civil liberties committee will be joined on Wednesday in the White House by the foreign affairs committee delegation for a meeting with Karen Donfried, senior director for European affairs, from the National Security Council.
EU-UN cooperation in matters of peace, security and human rights are to be discussed during the UN general assembly in New York from Wednesday to Friday.
Economy and bank regulations
The employment committee will visit Athens from 29-31 October to gather information on the country's economic situation and measures implemented to fight the crisis.
Banking regulations, tax evasion and tax fraud are the key topics of discussions in London, where on Monday and Tuesday a delegation of the economic committee meets with British policy makers, including finance minister George Osborne.
20 years of co-decision
On Friday we mark the 20th anniversary of the co-decision procedure entering into force. Introduced by the Maastricht Treaty, it reinforced EP’s role in the EU's law-making process. In 2009 co-decision was renamed the ordinary legislative procedure.