Newsletter - 19-22 April 2010 - Strasbourg plenary session
Votes postponed to May Brussels session following airspace closures
Parliament has modified its agenda in the light of the air travel disruption: all the votes planned for this week will now take place at the next session on 5-6 May in Brussels. The agenda now also includes a debate on Tuesday morning with the Commission on the impact of the volcanic ash cloud and the resulting airspace closures.
Energy efficiency: final vote on further measures to cut consumption
MEPs will vote in Strasbourg on new energy efficiency legislation for buildings and the new layout of the EU energy efficiency label. These measures - which come in addition to the EU's 2008 climate change package - were agreed with the Council last year but need to be endorsed first by the Industry Committee on Monday and then by the full Parliament on Wednesday.
Airport charges: Member States should bear any extra security costs
Aviation security measures that go beyond common EU requirements should be paid for by Member States, not passengers, says Parliament's Transport Committee.
Closer monitoring of air safety outside EU
Europeans flying outside the EU should be informed about any air carriers in non-EU countries that have been blacklisted by the EU, believes the Transport Committee. In a plenary debate, MEPs will ask the Commission how many other countries have adopted blacklist legislation similar to the EU's and how it can monitor compliance with international air safety standards outside the EU. Since 2005 the Commission has kept a regularly updated list of air carriers not allowed to fly in EU airspace.
Parliament decides on 2008 budget discharge
MEPs will look at the way the EU budget was spent in 2008 and then decide whether to approve the financial management of each EU institution and agency that year, under the "budgetary discharge procedure". The Budgetary Control Committee has made recommendations to the institutions and agencies on how they can improve their budgetary management and is proposing that the discharge be granted to all except the Council of Ministers and the European police college.
Animal welfare: step up inspections and penalties
The EU's 2006-2010 animal welfare action plan has been satisfactorily implemented but existing rules should be better enforced through more inspections and effective penalties, says a draft resolution by the Agriculture Committee.
MEPs debate Commission's 2010 work programme with Barroso
Parliament's political groups will each highlight their legislative priorities for 2010 in a debate with Commission President Barroso, who has been invited to speak about the Commission's Legislative and Work Programme for this year. The programme focuses on four main areas: tackling the crisis and sustaining Europe’s social market economy, building a citizen's agenda, developing an ambitious external agenda and modernising the EU's ways of working.
SWIFT and PNR: data sharing with USA and Australia
Following debates with Council and Commission on data sharing issues, MEPs will vote on two resolutions, one restating Parliament's conditions for approving bank data transfers to the USA for anti-terrorism purposes via the SWIFT network, and the other suggesting a blueprint for a standard Passenger Name Record file model.
Fast-track funding to boost economic recovery of regions
Implementing the European digital agenda by 2015
Call for full partnership between EU and Latin America
Future of EU maritime transport policy
Making life easier for the farming community
Annual anti-fraud report 2008
Europeana on-line library should be expanded but copyright respected
Over €2 billion from Europe for rebuilding of Haiti
EU-Canada summit: an end to Czech and Romanian visa requirements?
Streamlining EU legislation: MEPs to vote on powers of delegation
New strategies to help EU adapt to climate change
Other reports on the agenda
- Agriculture in areas with natural handicaps - rapporteur Herbert DORFMANN (EPP, IT)
- Transportable pressure equipment - rapporteur Brian SIMPSON (S&D, UK)
- Guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network - rapporteur Brian SIMPSON (S&D, UK)
- Repeal of directives regarding metrology - rapporteur Anja WEISGERBER (EPP, DE)
- Religious freedom in Pakistan
- Saharawi human rights defenders on hunger strike
- Situation in Thailand
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