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The Week Ahead 03 – 09 November 2014

   
 
31-10-2014 - 11:03

Committee meetings, Brussels

GMOs. The environment and public health committee will vote on draft legislation that modifies current rules on GMOs by giving member states the option of restricting or banning their cultivation on their own territory, even if it is allowed at EU level. (Wednesday)


European Council. MEPs, at an open conference of presidents meeting, will debate the results of the EU Summit of 23 and 24 October on climate and energy policies, the economic and employment situation and external relations, with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy. This should be the last debate with Mr Van Rompuy before he steps down on 30 November. (Tuesday)


Ebola. Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, will brief the environment committee on the impact of the Ebola outbreak in Europe and abroad. In a separate meeting, the development committee will discuss the Ebola crisis as a first step towards draft a resolution. (Wednesday and Monday respectively)


Climate change. Environment MEPs will vote on a non-binding resolution in preparation for the COP 20 UN climate change conference in December 2014 in Lima, where an EP delegation will join the negotiations. In a separate event, Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), will present the key findings of the IPCC's fifth assessment report. (Wednesday)


EU financial interests. The president of the European Court of Auditors, Vítor Manuel da Silva Caldeira, will present the annual report on the regularity of financial transactions by EU institutions to the budgetary control committee. Commissioner Georgieva will also join the debate. This report forms the basis for Parliament's decision on whether or not to approve the accounts of all EU institutions. (Wednesday)


Plenary preparations. Political groups will prepare for the 12 and 13 November plenary session in Brussels, where Parliament is expected to debate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and to vote on resolutions on the peace process in Northern Ireland, Turkish actions in the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus and the humanitarian situation in South Sudan.


President's agenda. President Schulz will meet President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos on Tuesday. The meeting will be followed by a press point (Paul-Henri Spaak Building, 9th floor). On Tuesday, he will open the joint UN – European Commission’s Conference “Spring forward for women” in the Parliament. On Sunday, he will deliver the keynote speech at the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in Berlin.


Press briefing. The EP Press Service will hold a press briefing on week's activities at 11.00 on Monday. (EP Press conference room, Brussels)

 
REF. : 20141023WKN76129
Updated: ( 31-10-2014 - 13:01)