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EP News No. 16/2012

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MEPs meet in Brussels for a plenary session from 8-10 May coinciding with the celebration of Europe Day (9 May).


Among the highlights of the agenda:

Mobile roaming
MEPs will vote on a deal they negotiated on cheaper roaming rates within the EU, which will include caps on mobile internet charges for the first time. The new price caps are set to be in place in time for this summer holiday season (debate Wednesday, vote Thursday).  

Europe Day debate
EP President Martin Schulz and the political group leaders will give their assessment of where the EU stands - and their vision for the future - in a debate on the occasion of Europe Day (Wednesday).

Budget discharge
Parliament will decide whether to grant budget discharge for the EU's institutions and agencies. MEPs are expected to withhold their green light for the European Environment Agency, the European Food Safety Authority and the European Medicines Agency (debate and vote Thursday)

Dossiers led by UK MEPs:

Regional airports
Recognising Europe's smaller airports as an economic lifeline to their regions, Parliament will vote on non-binding recommendations on rules affecting issues as diverse as state aid and passengers' hand luggage. This is an own initiative report by Philip Bradbourn (West Midlands, Cons) (debate Wednesday, vote Thursday).  

Russia imports
A report by Robert Sturdy (Eastern, Cons) on restrictions on imports of certain products from Russia will be voted on Thursday.

Final draft agenda
Press service

Committee highlights:

The Economic Affairs Committee will vote on mortgages legislation, which will address responsible lending and borrowing, while safeguarding the different mortgage cultures that exist across Member States (Tuesday).

Medicine safety
In the wake of deaths attributed to anti-diabetes drug 'Mediator', the Public Health Committee will vote to close legal loopholes to improve detection of potentially unsafe medicines and speed up action to take them off the market (Tuesday).


Committee Meetings

  • Foreign Affairs
  • Human Rights
  • Security and Defence
  • Development
  • International Trade
  • Budgets
  • Budgetary Control
  • Economic and Monetary Affairs
  • Employment and Social Affairs
  • Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
  • Industry, Research and Energy
  • Internal Market and Consumer Protection
  • Transport and Tourism
  • Regional Development
  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Fisheries
  • Culture and Education
  • Legal Affairs
  • Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
  • Consititutional Affairs
  • Women's Rights and Gender Equality
  • Petitions

Other Business:


Further Information

Paola Buonadonna
European Parliament UK Office
tel 020 7227 4300


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