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The Week Ahead 29 August – 04 September 2016

26-08-2016 - 12:48

Committee meetings, Brussels

Turkey. Parliament President Martin Schulz will pay a visit to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Ankara (Thursday), following meetings a week earlier by Foreign Affairs chairman Elmar Brok and Turkey rapporteur Kati Piri with Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and other members of government. The Foreign Affairs Committee will discuss the rule of law and human rights situation in Turkey following the failed coup attempt. MEPs are also set to discuss the country's recent rapprochement to Russia and its military presence in Syria. (Tuesday)

CETA. MEPs will debate whether or not to approve the newly negotiated CETA, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada. Under pressure from Parliament, the European Commission and Canada reopened negotiations on the controversial Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) clause and replaced it with a new Investment Court system. CETA cannot enter into force without European Parliament approval. MEPs will also assess the European Commission’s recent decision to have national parliaments ratify the deal as well. (Wednesday)

Car emissions. Parliament's Inquiry Committee on Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS) will hear Günter Verheugen, former Commissioner for Enterprise and Industry. Members will also hear automotive supplier Faurecia, a market leader in catalytic converters and other emission reduction systems for cars and vans. (Tuesday)

Terrorism. MEPs on the Civil Liberties Committee will discuss this summer’s terrorist attacks in France, Germany and Belgium with EU Counter-terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove, the European Commission and the Council. (Wednesday)


Migration. Civil Liberties MEPs will debate new legislative proposals to complete the reform of the Common European Asylum System, including harmonised procedures for international protection, protection standards and rights and reception conditions. The legislative package was presented by the Commission on 13 July. (Wednesday)

PRIIPs. MEPs on the Economic and Monetary Affairs committee may vote to formally object to a delegated act by the Commission providing for more information to clients of so-called Packaged retail and insurance-based investment products, such as certain investment funds, insurance products or derivative instruments. (Thursday)

2017 EU budget. A number of Parliament’s committees will start voting their amendments to the 2017 EU budget, feeding into the position the Budgets Committee will lay down next month. The draft 2017 budget as proposed by the Commission makes provisions to address the refugee crisis as well as slow economic growth in the EU. MEPs want the 2017 budget to incorporate already the changes which may come out of the parallel mid-term revision of the Multiannual Financial Framework, the EU’s long-term budget. The current framework ends in 2020. (Wednesday)

President's agenda. EP President Martin Schulz will meet with a Portuguese NGO helping homeless people on Wednesday, before travelling to Ankara to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Thursday.

Press briefing. The EP Press Service will hold a press briefing on the week's activities at 11.00 on Monday, in the “Anna Politkovskaya” EP press conference room, Brussels. Ask #EPressbriefing @EuroParlPress questions on committees' work.

EP Press Service contact during the weekend


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