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EP News No. 40/2012

Table Of Contents


MEPs return to Brussels on 17 December for the last two days of committee meetings in 2012


Committee highlights:

2011 Discharge procedure: exchange of views with Commissioners
In the context of the 2011 Discharge to the Commission (Rapporteur: Jens GEIER (S&D, DE)) and to the European Development Funds (Rapporteur: Søren Bo SØNDERGAARD (GUE/NGL, DK)), the Committee on Budgetary Control will hold an exchange of views on 18.12.12 with Commissioners Hahn and Piebalgs. Members are also preparing written questions to the Commissioners which will be soon published on the Committee website.

Workshop on Trade Defence Instruments
The Committee on International Trade will hold a workshop on the modernisation of the Union's Trade Defence Instruments (TDIs) to discuss the expectations in relation to the Commission's forthcoming proposal. TDIs are often the only means that companies have in order to react to unfair international trading practices. The workshop takes place on 18.12.12.

Votes on Eurodac system for the comparison of fingerprints
On 17.12.12, at around 17.00, the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs will vote on the report on Establishment of Eurodac for the comparison of fingerprints, Rapporteur Monica Luisa MACOVEI (EPP, RO). The proposal is part of a package which aims to ensure a higher degree of harmonisation and better standards of protection for the Common European Asylum System (CEAS).

A new agenda for European Consumer Policy
The Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection will consider the draft report of Vicente Miguel GARCÉS RAMÓN (S&D, ES) on a new Agenda for European Consumer Policy, which focuses on: ensuring safe food, health and product safety, lowering the inequalities between consumers in Europe, contributing to a low carbon economy and protecting children from advertising. This meeting will take place on 17.12.12

Discussion with NGOs on the post 2013 EU Cohesion Policy
The Committee on Regional Development will discuss the post 2013 EU Cohesion Policy with Sebastien Godinot (World Wildlife Fund), Anne-Sophie Parent (AGE Platform Europe) and Julien Dijol (Housing Europe) on 18.12.12. The day before, the Committee will have heard Mr W. Deffaa, Director-General on Regional and Urban Policy at the Commission, explain the new structure of this DG.


Committee Meetings


Further Information

Paola Buonadonna
European Parliament UK Office
tel 020 7227 4300


Diary Dates

1 July-31 December 2012: Cypriot Presidency
1 January-31 July 2013: Ireland
1 July-31 December 2013: Lithuania

European Parliament plenary sessions 2013
14-17 January - Strasbourg
4-7 February - Strasbourg
27-28 February - Brussels
11-14 March - Strasbourg
27-28 March - Brussels
15-18 April - Strasbourg
8-9 May - Brussels
20-23 May - Strasbourg
10-13 June - Strasbourg
1-4 July - Strasbourg
9-12 September - Strasbourg
21-22 and 24-25 October - Strasbourg
6-7 November - Brussels
18-21 November - Strasbourg
9-12 December - Strasbourg