Anti-money laundering. A blacklist of non-EU countries at risk of hosting money-laundering practices will be up for a vote in the Economic and Monetary Affairs and Civil Liberties committees. Parliament in January rejected a previous Commission proposal for a blacklist, saying it fell far short of its objective and asking that territories that facilitate fiscal crime be included. (Wednesday)
VAT on e-books. Member states should be able to levy a lower VAT rate on e-books (5% minimum) rather than the standard minimum rate of 15%, say Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs, who want to bring the e-book VAT rate into line with those on printed publications. (Wednesday)
Private security companies. Proposals to strengthen accountability and oversight of the 40,000 private security companies (PSCs) in the EU, such as a “positive list” of those without criminal records and with strict staff vetting and strict codes of ethics, are up for a vote in the Foreign Affairs Committee. PSCs employ 1.5 million contractors in national military and civilian agencies as well as in EU delegations, missions and operations. In the past, PSCs have been accused of committing human rights violations and even causing casualties. (Tuesday)
Sharing economy. Opportunities and benefits of the sharing economy, but also concerns over taxation, consumer protection and labour rights, will be assessed by the Internal Market Committee. MEPs will vote on a resolution in response to a Commission communication on a "European agenda for collaborative economy", presented in June last year. (Wednesday)
Tunisia. MEPs and members of Tunisia’s Assembly of People's Representatives (ARP) will meet in Brussels to discuss present and future EU-Tunisia relations, including the ongoing talks on a Free Trade Agreement, the participation of women in public life and the fight against money laundering. The “Tunisian week” will be opened by EP President Antonio Tajani and ARP President Mohamed Ennaceur. (Tuesday to Thursday)
NATO. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and Foreign Affairs Committee and Security and Defence Sub-committee MEPs will debate EU-NATO relations and preparations for the 25 May NATO summit. (Wednesday)
House of European History. The House of European History (HEH) will be officially inaugurated on 4 May, with a ceremony led by EP President Antonio Tajani and in the presence of former EP president and HEH initiator Dr Hans-Gert Pöttering and Professor Wlodzimierz Borodziej, chair of the academic board. The HEH, which aims to encourage citizens to reflect upon and debate the history of Europe and of European integration, opens to the public on 6 May. A press conference with President Tajani and former President Pöttering will be held on Thursday at 12.00.
Open Days. As every year to celebrate Europe Day (9 May), the European Parliament in Brussels will welcome visitors from 10:00 to 18:00 to discover how it shapes the laws that affect Europe. (Saturday)
President's diary. EP President Antonio Tajani will deliver a speech at the 2017 State of the Union conference, in Florence on Friday.
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