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EP News No. 7/2012

Table Of Contents


European Parliament session, Strasbourg, 12-16 February 2012

MEPs meet in Strasbourg for the second plenary session of this month.


Among the highlights of the agenda:

Current economic crisis/Eurobonds
MEPs will take stock of the current economic crisis ahead of the 1 and 2 March EU summit. They will also vote a resolution on Eurobonds, which says these could become a source of stability for the Eurozone in the medium term, but other instruments are needed to meet short-term needs. (Wednesday)

Jobs for young people
MEPs will quiz the Commission on its plan to use up to €82 billion in unallocated EU structural funds to help small firms and combat youth unemployment. (Monday)

Homeless people
As more than 3 million people in the EU are homeless and suffer out in the cold, MEPs will press the European Commission to act on their September 2011 request for a strategy for the homeless. (Monday)

Parliament will debate the deteriorating security and human rights situation in Syria with Denmark's Foreign Minister Villy Søvndal. A resolution will also be put to the vote. (Debate Wednesday, vote Thursday)

Parliament will take a stand on the situation in Russia, in a resolution focusing on the December 2011 legislative elections, the recent demonstrations and upcoming presidential elections in March. (Thursday)

MEPs will vote on a resolution on recent political developments in Hungary, further to a heated plenary discussion with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on 18 January. (Thursday)

Among topics led by UK MEPs:

Reform of milk sector
MEPs will debate and vote the report by James Nicholson (Northern Ireland, Ulster Conservatives Unionist Party) on contractual relations in the milk and milk products sector. (Debate Tuesday, vote Wednesday)

MEPs will vote on a report steered by Timothy Kirkhope (Yorkshire & Humber, Cons) on how Iceland Norway and Switzerland are to apply the set of regulations brought about by the Schengen agreement. (Wednesday)

2013 Budget
MEPs will debate and vote the report by Derek Vaughan (Wales, Lab) on the EP's position on the guidelines for the 2013 budget, ahead of the Commission proposal expected for the second half of April. (Debate Wednesday, vote Thursday)

Other topics to be discussed:

Mario Monti
Economic developments in Italy and Europe will be debated with Italy's Prime Minister Mario Monti. A press conference by President Schulz and Mr Monti is scheduled for 16.30. (Wednesday)

Food for the needy
Parliament is set to save the food aid programme for needy EU citizens. If MEPs endorse a compromise reached with the Council, the programme will continue until the end of 2013, with an annual budget ceiling of €500 million. (Debate Tuesday, vote Wednesday)

Final draft agenda
European Parliament Press Service

Committee meetings

Foreign Affairs
Human Rights
Security and Defence
International Trade
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
Culture and Education
Legal Affairs
Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
Consititutional Affairs
Women's Rights and Gender Equality


Forthcoming media events in Europe House (London)

"A Woman's Place in Europe"
Friday 2 March 2012
10.00am-12.00 noon (to be followed by lunch from 12.00 noon-1.00pm)
- What has the EU done so far to advance the cause of gender Equality in Europe?
- What further measures are in the pipeline?
- Should Europe do more or does it need to interfere less when it comes to improving women's lot, particularly in work place?

In the run up to the 101st anniversary of International Women's Day, a panel of top speakers from the political and business worlds will debate these issues and answer questions from the audience in an event organised by the European Parliament Information Office in the UK.

For a full list of briefings and debates organised by the European Parliament Information Office in the UK please subscribe to the Events Newsletter on our website.


Further Information

Paola Buonadonna
European Parliament UK Office
tel 020 7227 4300


Diary Dates

1 January-31 July 2012: Danish Presidency

European Parliament plenary sessions 2012
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
10-13 September - Strasbourg
22-23 October - Strasbourg
25-26 October - Strasbourg
7-8 November - Brussels
19-22 November - Strasbourg
10-13 December - Strasbourg