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EP News No. 6/2012

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MEPs return to Brussels on 6 February for a week of committee meetings and political group meetings.

Committee highlights:

Financial transaction tax
Financial experts will appear before the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee to discuss the proposal to introduce a financial transaction tax in the EU (Monday).

Situation in Hungary
Following the debate with Hungarian Prime Minister Orbán at the Strasbourg plenary session in January, the Civil Liberties Committee will hold a hearing with representatives of Hungarian civil society and the opposition to assess the civil rights situation (Thursday).

Food aid for the needy
The Agriculture Committee will vote on plans to continue distributing food to the EU's most deprived citizens (Monday).

Market abuse and insider dealing
The Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee will hold its first debate on draft legislation to combat market abuse, insider dealing and market manipulation, which provides among other things for minimum rules on criminal sanctions (Monday).

2013 Budget
Work on the 2013 budget will begin in the Budgets Committee with a debate on the general guidelines for the Commission's 2013 budget, which covers EU spending in the Member States, and a vote on the EU institutions' administrative budgets (Monday).


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

Preparing for plenary

Parliament's political groups will prepare for the 13-16 February plenary session in Strasbourg. There will be votes on the EU patent, recent political developments in Hungary, the situation in Russia, the EU-Morocco trade agreement on farm and fisheries products, the food-for-the-needy programme and the growth and jobs strategy. MEPs will also provide their input for the EU summit to be held on 1 and 2 March.


Further Information

Paola Buonadonna
European Parliament UK Office
tel 020 7227 4300


Diary Dates

1 January-31 July 2012: Danish Presidency

European Parliamentary sessions 1st half 2012
13-16 February - Strasbourg
12-15 March - Strasbourg
28-29 March - Brussels
17-20 April - Strasbourg
9-10 May - Brussels
21-24 May - Strasbourg
11-14 June - Strasbourg
2-5 July - Strasbourg