Slovakia and Malta/Rule of Law. A Civil Liberties Committee delegation will go to Slovakia and Malta to look into the situation of rule of law, corruption and safety of journalists. In both cases, MEPs will meet journalists, members of the government, police and judicial authorities, as well as NGOs. In Malta, they will also meet representatives of murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia’s family. There will be press conferences at the end of each of the two missions. (Monday to Thursday)
Palestine. Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Palestine will travel to the occupied territories to meet authorities, civil society bodies, community leaders and human rights defenders. They will assess the political situation in the West Bank and Gaza and the prospects for a future Palestinian state given the U.S. decision to recognise Jerusalem as capital of Israel and cut funding for UNRWA. They will also assess the human rights situation and look into the use of EU aid, the creeping demolition of EU-funded projects and the accelerated expansion of illegal Israeli settlements. (Tuesday to Thursday)
Japan/trade deal. An International Trade Committee delegation will go to Japan ahead of the European Parliament’s approval vote, at the end of this year, on the recently-agreed Economic Partnership Agreement. MEPs will discuss various aspects of the trade deal, including timber trade, measures to help small and medium sized enterprises and the prospect of Japan ratifying certain labour standards. (Tuesday to Thursday)
EuroLat. The Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (EuroLat) will hold its 11th plenary session in Vienna. 75 MEPs and 75 representatives of the Latin American and Caribbean parliaments will gather to debate, inter alia, the migration crisis in Venezuela and the upcoming presidential elections in Brazil. (Monday to Thursday)
Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan/cooperation. A Foreign Affairs Committee delegation will travel to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan to meet ministers and heads of parliamentary bodies and take stock of the implementation of EU-Kazakhstan cooperation agreement and the ongoing negotiations for a new agreement with Uzbekistan. They will seek to strengthen relations on nuclear non-proliferation, counter-terrorism, regional security, the rule of law, governance and human rights. (Monday to Thursday)
Democracy Day. To mark the International Day of Democracy the European Parliament will host a high-level conference on “EU Leadership for Democracy”. Former MEPs, representatives of civil society and NGOs, as well as journalists, will debate the current challenges facing democracies, the role of social media in politics as well as ways to advance democracy through female leadership and engagement. (Tuesday)
President’s diary. EP President Antonio Tajani will participate in the EPP Summit in Salzburg, on Friday. On the same day, the President will join a working dinner for the informal summit with heads of state or government, with migration as the main topic, also in Salzburg.