Credit rating agencies. The Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee votes on EU plans to tighten up rules governing credit rating agencies. Aims include regulating how they rate sovereign debt, curbing the dominance of the big three agencies and reducing the scope for conflicts of interest (Tuesday).
Schengen. Danish justice minister Morten Bødskov will be at the Legal Affairs Committee on Tuesday for a discussion and possible vote by MEPs on the correct legal basis for the legislation on the Schengen evaluation mechanism. Mr Bødskov will also be at the Civil Liberties Committee on Wednesday to discuss the Danish presidency's achievements in justice and home affairs.
ACTA. The International Trade Committee, which leads on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement ACTA, votes Thursday morning on whether to advise Parliament as a whole to approve or reject it, followed by a press conference. Four EP committees have already rejected ACTA in non-binding opinions. On Tuesday, the Petitions Committee will debate an anti-ACTA petition signed by some 2.8 million people. A seminar for journalists on ACTA with all leading MEPs will be held on Thursday afternoon.
Syria. Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs will discuss developments in Syria with representatives of the Syrian opposition and the EU External Action Service (Tuesday).
Animal Welfare. The Agriculture Committee will vote a resolution on animal welfare and public health measures intended to prevent the spread of animal related diseases. MEPs are set to call for common guidelines to safeguard animal welfare and for more power for EU food and veterinary authorities to monitor animal welfare inspections carried out by EU countries (Tuesday).
Emergency call system. The Transport and Internal Market committees will vote on a resolution saying that the eCall in-car emergency call system, which automatically alerts the rescue services in the event of a crash., should become compulsory (Tuesday).
EU farm policy. Agriculture Committee MEPs will debate their farm policy reform proposals, including less bureaucracy, new greening measures, better-targeted payments for farmers, and an overall drive to boost competiveness (Tuesday).
Press briefing. A briefing on key topics of media interest will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. (Anna Politkovskaya Room, PHS 0A050).