European Council. EP President Antonio Tajani will address EU leaders at 15:00 on the major topics for discussion at the summit, namely migration, security and defence, economic and budgetary matters as well as Brexit, and hold a press conference at 16:00. (Thursday)
Hungary/respect for EU values. The Civil Liberties Committee will vote on whether to propose that EU ministers activate the so-called Article 7 mechanism against a member state for the first time, due to a risk of a serious breach of EU values. Article 7 of the EU Treaty provides for a procedure to enforce EU values and can go as far as imposing sanctions, including the suspension of voting rights. (Monday)
Facebook/Cambridge Analytica. Following up on the 22 May meeting between Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Parliament’s political leadership, MEPs will hold a second public hearing with Facebook representatives (the first was on 4 June) to look into ensuring data protection and preventing illegal use of data. (Monday)
Preventing criminalisation of humanitarian assistance. The Civil Liberties Committee is set to ask for further clarifications on the application of the EU Facilitation Directive - which provides for sanctions against anyone assisting people with irregular entry or irregular residence in the EU - to ensure that acts of humanitarian assistance to migrants and asylum-seekers are not criminalised. (Monday)
EU-US relations. After recent unilateral decisions by the US administration to pull out of various international deals and organisations, Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs will assess the state of EU-US relations and particularly the "America first" policy and disagreements on trade, the Iran deal and the Middle East peace process. MEPs strive for strong EU-US relations, as the backbone of global stability. (Thursday)
High-level conference on cultural heritage. To highlight the importance and diversity of European culture, Parliament is holding a conference on “Cultural heritage in Europe: linking past and future”. Political leaders, policy makers, artists from various fields and stakeholders will debate the challenges facing the sector. EP President Antonio Tajani and EC President Jean-Claude Juncker will open the event. (Tuesday)
EURONEST assembly. The EU-Neighbourhood East (EURONEST) Parliamentary Assembly will bring together MEPs and national MPs from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine to debate the fight against corruption and money laundering and adopt resolutions on regional security, foreign direct investment, energy efficiency and ways to tackle undeclared labour. (Tuesday and Wednesday)
Plenary preparations. Political groups will prepare for the last plenary session before the summer break, focusing on debates on the outcome of the EU summit 28-29 June and with Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz on the programme of the EU’s incoming Austrian Presidency. They will also continue the Future of Europe debates with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. MEPs are also set to take votes on a decision to start negotiations with EU ministers on copyright reform and on a negotiating mandate on working conditions for drivers in cross-border transport, as well as final votes on EU electoral law and the European defence industry.