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20/04/2012

EP News No. 15/2012

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Members return to Brussels on 23 April for a full week of committee meetings and hearings.

Highlights include:

Commission Work Programme 2013: Structured Dialogue
The Committee on Development will hold an exchange of views with Kristalina Georgieva, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection, on the Commission Work Programme for 2013 at its meeting on 24.04.12, at 15.00. This will be followed at 16.50 by an exchange of views with Lars Thunell, CEO for International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group, on "Development and crisis".


Growth and Mobility: Modernising the professional qualifications Directive
On 25.04.12, the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection is organising a public hearing on the proposal to amend the Professional Qualifications Directive. The hearing will take place from 15.00 - 17.30 and will focus on the minimum training requirements, common training principles and the principle of partial access during the first session while the second panel will present the views on the proposals concerning the professional card. You may follow the hearing live on the EP's web-stream.


Exchange of views with the Ambassador of Japan to the EU
The Committee on International Trade will have an exchange of views with the Ambassador of Japan to the European Union, Mr Kojihiro Shiojiri to discuss the state-of-play of the scoping exercise, which is paving the way for negotiations between the two trading giants. The EU-Japan Summit agreed on 28.05.11 to start the process for negotiations for a deep and comprehensive Free Trade Agreement.


Environment and Pressing concerns of EU Citizens
Reconvening in Brussels on 24.04.12, at 09.00, the Committee on Petitions will be considering and voting upon the Opinions on "EU Water Legislation" and "20 main concerns with the European Single Market". The Committee will also discuss on Animal welfare worries (from Spain, Italy, England, Finland and Germany); Fact-Finding Visits (FFV) to Romania and Berlin; and Environmental concerns in Poland and Bulgaria.


Exchange of views with Commissioner Andor
On 23.04.12, at 15.10, the Members of the committee on Empoyment and Social Affairs will have an exchange of views with the Commissioner on Employment and Social Affairs, László Andor in the context of the Structured Dialogue on the Commission 2012 legislative and work programme.

Issues involving UK MEPs:

  • Amendment to Annex I to Council Reg. (EC) No. 1528/2007 as regards the exclusion of a number of countries from the list of regions or states which have concluded negotiatons. Rappporteur: Andrew Duff (Eastern, LibDem) Committee on International Trade (Wednesday)
  • Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement between the EU and its Member States, Australia, Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland and the USA. Rapporteur: David Martin (Scotland, Lab) Committee on International Trade (Wednesday)
  • Defective silicone gel breast implants made by French company PIP. Co-rapporteurs: Linda McAvan (Yorkshire & Humber, Lab), Marina Yannakoudakis (London, Cons). Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (Wednesday)
  • Amendment of Regulation (EC) No. 726/2004 as regards pharmacovigilance. Rapporteur: Linda McAvan (Yorkshire & Humber, Lab). Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (Thursday)
  • Amendment of Directive 2001/83/EC as regards pharmacovigilance. Rapporteur: Linda McAvan (Yorkshire & Humber, Lab). Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (Thursday)
  • Voluntary and unpaid donation of tissues and cells. Rapporteur: Marina Yannakoudakis (London, Cons). Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (Thursday)
  • Oral question 2012/05 by Chris Davies (North West, LibDem) on European zoos. Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (Thursday)
  • Recreational craft and personal watercraft. Rapporteur: Malcolm Harbour (West Midlands, Cons). Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (Wednesday)
  • Amending Council Reg (EC) No. 1300/2008 of 18 December 2008 establishing a multi-annual plan for the stock of herring distributed to the west of Scotland and the fisheries exploiting that stock. Rapporteur: Struan Stevenson (Scotland, Cons). Committee on Fisheries (Tuesday)
  • Education, training and Europe 2020. Rapporteur: Mary Honeyball (London, Lab). Committee on Culture, Education and Sport (Wednesday)
  • Amendment of Directive 2004/109/EC on the harmonisation of transparency requirements in relation to information about issuers who securities are admitted to trading on a regulation market and Commission Directive 2007/14/EC. Rapporteur: Arlene McCarthy (North West, Lab). Committee on Legal Affairs (Thursday)
  • Proposal for a Regulation of thre EP on the detailed provisions governing the exercise of the EP's right of inquiry replacing the Decision of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission of 19 april 1995 (96/167/EC, Euratom, ECSC). Rapporteur: David Martin (Scotland, Lab). Committee on Constitutional Affairs (Thursday)
  • Amendment of Rule 196 of Parliament's Rules of Procedure on provisions concerning plenary sittings applicable in committee. Rapporteur: Andrew Duff (Eastern, LibDem). Committee on Constitutional Affairs (Thursday)
  • Draft protocol on the application of the Charter of Fundamental rights of the EU on the Czech Republic (Consultation). Rapporteur: Andrew Duff (Eastern, LibDem). Committee on Constitutional Affairs (Thursday)
  • Draft protocol on the application of the Charter of Fundamental rights of the EU on the Czech Republic (Approval). Rapporteur: Andrew Duff (Eastern, LibDem). Committee on Constitutional Affairs (Thursday)
  • Annual report on the activities of the Committee on Petitions. Rapporteur: Giles Chichester (South West, Cons). Committee on Petitions (Tuesday)
 

Petitions with UK interest:

  • No. 595/2011 by Kendra Pinder (British) on the alleged mistreatment of animals in Romania.
  • No. 613/2007 by Robert Houliston (British) bearing 5 signatures, on obstacles to the right of EU citizens to vote and stand as candidates at municipal and European elections in Spain.
  • No. 1351/2008 by Peter Hudson (British) on the discriminatory treatment of the Roma population in Italy.
  • No. 6/2009 by Jean Marie Taga Fosso (French) concerning discrimination based on nationality regarding the refusal of the British authorities to recognise his French degree in pharmacy.
  • No. 1413/2009 by AE (Spanish) on alleged discrimination on the basis of nationality in relation to the access to the pharmacist profession in the UK.
  • No. 1812/2009 by José Antonio Melgarejo Melgarejo (Spanish) on those seeking to work as pharmacists in the UK who have qualifications from other Member States.
  • No. 479/2001 by Obi Aso (Hungarian) on limitations on working as a pharmacist in the UK.
 

Public Hearings and Workshops:

 

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
  • Organised crime, corruption and money laundering
 

Further Information

Paola Buonadonna
paola.buonadonna@europarl.europa.eu
European Parliament UK Office
tel 020 7227 4300

 

Diary Dates

1 January-31 July 2012: Danish Presidency


European Parliament plenary sessions 2012
17-20 April - Strasbourg
9-10 May - Brussels
21-24 May - Strasbourg
11-14 June - Strasbourg
2-5 July - Strasbourg
10-13 September - Strasbourg
22-23 October - Strasbourg
25-26 October - Strasbourg
7-8 November - Brussels
19-22 November - Strasbourg
10-13 December - Strasbourg