The Constitutional Affairs Committee (AFCO) of the European Parliament is organising an interparliamentary committee meeting on Tuesday 2 May 2017.
The aim of this meeting will be to discuss the key issue paper in view of the report on the Implementation of the Treaty provisions concerning national Parliaments, for which MEP Paulo Rangel was appointed rapporteur. The report will assess the use of the current mechanisms for national Parliaments' participation in the European Union provided for in the Treaties. Based in this assessment, the report will look into possible ways to associate national Parliaments more closely in EU affairs. The Report will also examine the implementation of the political dialogue established between the European Commission and national Parliaments.
The European Commission is preparing a comprehensive assessment of the EU security policy by June 2017. The assessment will cover three thematic priorities of the European Agenda on Security (EAS) adopted in 2015 - tackling terrorism and preventing radicalisation, disrupting organised crime and fighting cybercrime - and will include key measures adopted in these areas since 2002 (policy and legal instruments as well as practical cooperation tools). It is intended to ensure that EU policies in these areas are fit for purpose. Therefore the LIBE Committee will host an "Exchange of views" on Thursday, 11 May 2017, from 10.30 to 12.30 h at the European Parliament in Brussels.
For many years now the European Parliament has been celebrating International Women's Day with a special event bringing together parliamentarians from across Europe.
Women's participation in economy retains global salience. Though women's contributions to economy and science must be recognised and celebrated, the fact remains that in this changing world, the shift to inclusionary economy is not progressing as planned by the pledges of policy-makers. Further to the differences in the rate of participation for women and men in the labour market, gender gaps are sustained in today's labour markets, most notably in payment and pensions. Other gaps are also evident in the ability of women and men to balance private and professional lives, undertake entrepreneurship roles, be appointed in top management positions and on company boards, and participate in science and engineering professions.
On the occasion of the 2017 International Women's Day, the European Parliament's Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality invites Members of national Parliaments of the EU Member States, the enlargement countries, the countries in the Eastern and Southern Neighbourhood and supranational parliamentary assemblies to attend an interparliamentary committee meeting on the theme: "Economic Empowerment: Let's act together!"