President Hollande. French President François Hollande and MEPs will debate a wide range of topics, likely to include the future of the EU, the economic situation and military action in Mali. There will be a press conference by Mr Hollande and EP President Schulz after the debate. (Tuesday)
EU summit. MEPs will debate the EU's budget for 2014-2020 (the so-called MFF) with the Irish Presidency and the European Commission. They are likely to warn member states to avoid a long-term budget which will have structural deficits built into it or risk Parliament withholding its necessary blessing. (Wednesday) EP President Schulz will hold a press conference in Brussels immediately after his participation in the summit. (Thursday)
European Semester. The likely short-term impact of fiscal consolidation on growth, employment and social inclusion must be properly assessed, say Employment MEPs in their position on the Commission's annual growth survey. (Debate Tuesday, vote Thursday). The Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee is to vote its position on Monday evening with a plenary vote also on Thursday.
Medicine prices. Generics should be granted faster market-access, MEPs say. New pricing rules would cut medicine costs for both, the patient and social security schemes. (Debate Monday, vote Tuesday)
Fisheries reform. MEPs will insist that the EU's new fisheries policy is sustainable when they vote on a radical reform proposal. They want to end overfishing and ban wasteful discards of unwanted dead fish. (Debate Tuesday, vote Wednesday)
Car noise pollution. Motor vehicle noise limits would be drastically lowered to protect the health of EU citizens under a draft law to be put to a vote. This law would also introduce a noise labelling scheme for new cars and set standards for making electric vehicles audible to pedestrians. (Debate Tuesday, vote Wednesday)
Tunisian President. Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki will address MEPs in a
formal sitting on Wednesday.
Presidents' diary. EP President Schulz will meet the presidents of the Council and Commission, Messrs Barroso and Van Rompuy, and Irish PM Kenny to continue discussions on the MFF (Monday a.m.) ahead of his participation at the summit (Thursday). He will have a press conference with Tunisian President
Moncef Marzouki (Wednesday).