With a view to fostering a common debate, discussing legislation and sharing experiences at national level, as well as strategic action and ideas for the way forward at European level, the European Parliament is bringing together European and National Parliamentarians on the theme "Cultural and Creative Sectors in the EU".
To this end, the Committee on Culture and Education invites Members of national Parliaments of the EU Member States to attend an interparliamentary committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday, 11 October 2016, from 15h00 to 18h30, at the European Parliament in Brussels.
On 28 September, from 15h00 to 17h00, the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) of the European Parliament will discuss the draft report on the European Semester for economic policy coordination: implementation of 2016 priorities.
At this occasion, the committee will debate the assessment of the 2016 European Semester as well as the priorities for the 2017 Annual Growth Survey, which will be the basis for next year's European Semester.
Building on the success of similar events organised in previous years, the ECON committee is inviting the Chairpersons of the corresponding committees of national Parliaments, or their representatives, to attend the discussion on this topic.
With the aim of providing a forum for proactive dialogue with national Parliaments, an Interinstitutional Conference on the Future Financing of the European Union will be held at the European Parliament in Brussels on 7 and 8 September 2016.
The Conference will bring together Members of national Parliaments and the European Parliament, representatives from Member States' governments and the European institutions as well as the members of the High Level Group on Own Resources.
It will create the opportunity for an in-depth exchange of views on key issues of European public finance and in particular on the future of the financing of the European Union budget. The result of the discussions shall feed into the final report of the High Level Group which will be presented by the end of the year.
In February 2015, the European Parliament established a special committee on Tax Rulings and Other Measures Similar in Nature or Effect (TAXE 1) and it has adopted a resolution on 25 November 2015 putting forward many recommendations to tackle tax avoidance by multinational companies in the EU.
The European Parliament has then decided to set up a new special committee (TAXE 2) to build on and complete this work. Mr Alain Lamassoure, Chair of the TAXE 2 committee, continued to work in close cooperation with national Parliaments on the basis of the successful interparliamentary meeting which took place on 17 June 2015, and invited national Parliaments to an interparliamentary meeting with the TAXE 2 committee.
The meeting took place on Monday, 18 April 2016, from 15h00 to 18h30 in room JAN 4Q2 of the European Parliament's József Antall building in Brussels.
For many years now the European Parliament has celebrated International Women's Day with a special event bringing together Parliamentarians from across Europe.
To continue this important tradition, on the occasion of the2016 International Women's Day, the EP's Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) is inviting Members of national Parliaments of the EU Member States, the candidate countries, Norway and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to attend an interparliamentary committee meeting on the theme "Women refugees and asylum seekers in the EU".
The meeting will provide the opportunity to discuss experiences and best practices on how to guarantee the rights of and protect vulnerable people, such as women refugees and asylum seekers, when they arrive in the EU.
Keeping with its tradition of hosting colleagues from national parliaments once per semester, the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) invited Members of national Parliaments to attend an interparliamentary committee meeting, which will focus on conflicts in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region, including the external aspects of the refugee crisis and the way towards the NATO Summit in Warsaw.
The meeting will start with a general debate with VP/HRMs Federica Mogherini. In the afternoon Members will have an exchange of views with Mr Nabih Berri, Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament. This will be followed by a discussion with the Secretary-General of NATO, Mr Jens Stoltenberg on NATO's priorities for 2016 and the preparation for the July 2016 Warsaw Summit of NATO. This part of the meeting will be conducted in association with the Subcommittee on Security and Defence and with the Delegation for Relations with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.
The day will conclude with a discussion with the UN Special Representative for Libya, Mr Martin Kobler.
The meeting is going to take place on Tuesday, 23 February 2016, from 11:30 to 18:30, at the JAN 2Q2 room of the European Parliament in Brussels.
The Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) of the European Parliament in association with the Policy Department will hold a Workshop on 'New rules for digital contracts' with EU national Parliaments on Wednesday, 17 February 2016.
The Workshop will bring together JURI MEPs and Members of the EU national Parliaments with academics and experts in three sessions: 'Scope of application and general approach of the new rules for contracts in the digital environment', 'Conformity, lack of conformity and remedies in contracts' and 'Modification and termination of contracts'.
The workshop follows the presentation by the Commissioners of two proposals adopted on 9 December 2015, one for the online sale of tangible goods and the other for the online sale of digital content, aiming at better protecting consumers who shop online across the European Union. First, a directive on certain aspects concerning contracts for the supply of digital content, and second, a proposal for a directive on certain aspects concerning contracts for the online and other distance sales of goods(COM (2015)0634 and COM(2015)0635). In the context of its Digital Single Market Strategy of May 2015, the Commission had announced to come up with a revised proposal for the former "Common European Sales Law". The input and position of EU national Parliaments in framing the new EU legislation in this field is vital.
In 2014, 50% of EU consumers shopped online, rising from 30% in 2007. With an average annual growth rate of 22%, online retail sales of tangible goods surpassed EUR 200 billion in 2014, reaching a share of 7% of total retail in the EU-28. The Commission highlights that this economic potential would be further unleashed by removing barriers. Also markets of digital content products are growing rapidly. For instance, the applications("app") sector in the EU has grown significantly in less than five years, and is expected to contribute EUR 63 billion to the EU economy by 2018. Consumer spending in the video game sector is estimated at 16 billion EUR in 2013. In the music industry, digital revenues now represent 31% of total revenue in the EU. Removing barriers due to contract law differences should bring an overall benefit to the European economy.
The meeting is going to take place on Wednesday, 17 February 2016, from 16:00 to 18:30, at the JAN 2Q2 room of the European Parliament in Brussels.