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Newsletter - 8-11 March 2010 - Strasbourg plenary session

04-03-2010 - 17:08
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MEPs to step up scrutiny of EU foreign and security policies
MEPs will use their budgetary power and democratic right to scrutinise EU foreign, security and defence policy, including funding for the external action service, say two resolutions on the Strasbourg agenda. High Representative Catherine Ashton will be present for the debate.
 
Gaza conflict: implementing the Goldstone recommendations
MEPs may call for independent investigations of alleged human rights breaches in the Gaza conflict when they vote on the findings of the UN fact-finding mission there led by former South African judge Richard Goldstone.
 
Reducing red tape for small firms
Very small companies could be exempted from having to draw up annual accounts if MEPs approve changes to EU accounting rules in Strasbourg next week. It would be up to each Member State to grant any exemptions.
 
Vote on EU 2020 and Greek debt crisis
MEPs will vote on a resolution on the meeting of EU leaders held on 11 February in Brussels, at which a pledge was made to help Greece in its debt crisis if necessary, and the new EU plan for jobs and growth, the EU 2020 strategy, was discussed.
 
Investing in low carbon technologies
In a question to the Council of EU Ministers, the Industry Committee is urging EU governments to make the financing of low carbon technologies one of the priorities in the 2010-2020 roadmap.
 
Better protection for EU holidaymakers: revision of package travel law
Parliament will hear the Commission's plans for revising the 1990 Package Travel Directive, which protects consumers' rights when they book a holiday through a travel agency. Passenger compensation in the event of airline insolvency is set to be included in the revised legislation.
 
Call for better use of funds for Roma emancipation
The issue of Roma inclusion will be debated on Tuesday by MEPs, Council and Commission, ahead of the second European Roma summit, to be hosted by the Spanish Presidency.
 
International Women's Day: combating violence against women
The President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek, will open the plenary session on Monday with a statement to mark the 99th International Women's Day (8 March).
 
Long-stay visa holders to have greater freedom to move around the EU
A non-EU national staying in one Member State on a long-stay visa will be allowed to travel to most other Member States for three months in any six-month period, under a new regulation to be put to the vote in Strasbourg.
 
Pet passports: special health checks to be prolonged for UK, Ireland, Finland, Sweden and Malta
Temporary national measures to prevent the spread of rabies, tapeworm and ticks to Finland, Ireland, Malta, Sweden, and the UK could be extended for the last time until December 2011, if MEPs vote in favour on Tuesday. Otherwise they will expire in June 2010.
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