Jointly with the Subcommittee on Security and Defence
Jointly with the Committee on Development
Parliament's Development Committee and Security and Defence Subcommittee will hold a hearing to debate development and security, particularly in the region of Sahel.
After opening remarks by Linda McAVAN (S&D, UK), Chair of the Committee on Development, the hearing will be organised in two panels.
The first panel with Alex VINES, (Research Director, Area Studies and International Law; Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House) and Gabor IKLODY (Director of Crisis Management and Planning Directorate, EEAS) addresses the combined challenges of security and development.
The second panel with H.E. Pierre BUYOYA (African Union High Representative for Mali and the Sahel, former President of Burundi) and Toby LANZER (United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel) focuses on challenges in the Sahel.
Closing remarks by Anna FOTYGA (ECR, PL), Chair of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence.
12:00 Closing speech at the event "interreligious dialogue" - Paul-Henri Spaak Building, 6th floor, room B001
18:00 Speech at event of European Confederation of Independent Trade Unions (CESI) - Thon Hotel, Rue de la Loi 75
Philippe LAMBERTS (BE), Greens/EFA Co-President, Benedek JÁVOR (Greens/EFA, HU), and Julia REDA (Greens/EFA, DE)
With the Council and Commission and EEAS
In association with the delegation to the EU-Armenia and EU-Azerbaijan Parliamentary Cooperation Committees and the EU-Georgia Parliamentary Association Committee
Electronic voting at 10.00
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16.30 – 18.30
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Joint meeting with the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs
- Valdis DOMBROVSKIS, Vice-President and Commissioner for the Euro & Social Dialogue
- Pierre MOSCOVICI , Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs
- Marianne THYSSEN, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility
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(9.00 – 15.00)
(15.00 - 17.00)
Joint committee meeting with ITRE
- Organic production and labelling of organic products, amendment to Regulation (EU) of the European Parliament and of the Council
- Zootechnical and genealogical conditions for trade in and imports into the Union of breeding animals and their germinal products
- Protective measures against pests of plants
Parliament's Development Committee will hold a hearing to debate the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition.
The hearing will be organised in three panels on the objectives of the new alliance, on governance of food security, and it will introduce civil society views on the New Alliance and alternative approaches.
Members of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development will meet experts, scientists and industry representatives to discuss with them new techniques for plant breeding. MEPs will be interested in future prospects of plant breeding in the EU and ways to ensure that the EU plant sector is able to develop and grow.
The first panel, which includes Hon. Tim GROSER (New Zealand Minister of Trade), Hosuk LEE-MAKIYAMA (Director of European Centre for International Political Economy) and Pekka PESONEN (Secretary General, COPA-COGECA) will discuss the outlook for EU-New Zealand trade talks.
The speakers of the second panel "Towards EU-Australia FTA negotiations" will include Justin BROWN (Acting Deputy Secretary for Trade of Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade), Liina CARR (Confederal Secretary at The European Trade Union Confederation) and Pascal KERNEIS (Managing Director of the European Services Forum).
Concluding remarks by Daniel CASPARY, INTA Standing Rapporteur for Australia and New Zealand.
A high-level conference organised by Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Parliament responsible for interreligious dialogue, titled "The persecution of Christians in the world – a call for action" will take place on Tuesday in the EP's premises.
The meeting, organised in the framework of the Art. 17 dialogue, includes contributions by EP President Martin Schulz, who will draw the conclusions together with Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission, as well as Anthony L. Gardner, US ambassador to the EU, Andrea Riccardi (Community of Saint'Egidio), Dr. Paul Bhatti from Pakistan and Ms Helene Berhane from Eritrea, who will sing a gospel before the closing remarks.
Committee on Legal Affairs and the Committee on Petitions
Following the Committee on Petitions fact-finding visit to London on 5-6 November, this workshop will examine citizens' concerns, petitions and legal issues related to cross-border adoptions in the EU. Mairead McGUINNESS (EPP, IE), EP Vice-President and EP Mediator for International Child Abduction will participate in the debate. Experts in the field of family law will make presentations on different aspects of the cross-border recognition of adoptions, which is the subject of a report by Tadeusz ZWIEFKA (EPP, PL) for the Legal Affairs Committee.
15:00 Chairing of the Plenary
16:30 Meeting with Nguyễn Tấn Dũng, Prime Minister of Vietnam - Paul-Henri Spaak Building, 9th floor, Grand Salon Protocolaire
Gilles PARGNEAUX (S&D, FR)
All day Meeting of the Conference of Presidents with the incoming Dutch Presidency - Binnenhof
10:15 Meeting with Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of The Netherlands
10:45 Meeting with Dutch Government, preceded by family photo
12:45 Press Conference with Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of The Netherlands
15:00 Meeting with Members of the Second Chamber and Senate
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Joint meeeting with the Committee on Development and the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (9:30-11:30)
In camera (09.00-11.00)
The hearing will be chaired by Anna FOTYGA (ECR; PL), Chair of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence.
Elżbieta KARSKA, Chairperson-Rapporteur of the UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries, Geneva, talks talk about the mandate of the UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries to deal with private military and security companies.
Prof. Elke KRAHMANN from Brunel University London, Prof. Marc COOLS from Ghent University and Free University Brussels and Colonel Chris SANDERSON OBE JP (Industry Board Director, the International Code of Conduct Association (ICOCA)) will introduce other aspects of private security, including EU external action, challenges for integration in the public domain and industry perspective.
At the hearing MEPs will discuss member states' active labour market policies in the context of the Active Inclusion Strategy, that the Commission launched in 2008. This strategy stipulates focus on three strands to fight exclusion: offering adequate income support, guaranteeing access to high-quality public services and supporting labour market activation. The presentations of the six invited experts will be followed by an exchange of views.
Organised by the Women 's Rights and Gender Equality Committee, and in the context of the draft report (INI) being drawn up by Mary HONEYBALL (S&D, UK) on the same topic, MEPs will have the opportunity to discuss with experts the problems facing women refugees and asylum seekers in Europe As stated in Ms Honeyball's draft report "asylum systems have largely been seen through the lens of male experience. Despite the creation of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS), law, policy and practice in member states continues to vary significantly and there is a noticeable gap in the protection given to women seeking asylum in the EU.
The invited experts will speak on the following topics:
11:00 Keynote speech and participation in debate at the event "Last exit Germany: Which immigration policy does Europe need?" - Munich Kammerspiele, Maximilian street 26