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EP News No. 5/2012

Table Of Contents


Plenary Session

Plenary session, Brussels, 1-2 February 2012

Highlights include:

Parliament to react to EU summit decisions
MEPs will state their views on key issues at the 30 January informal European Council, including any decision on fiscal union, in a debate on Wednesday. They will also set out a way forward to boost growth and employment, in a resolution to be voted on Thursday.

Debate with Catherine Ashton on Iran and Russia
The sanctions against Iran approved by the Council on 23 January and Russia's December 2011 legislative elections will be debated with EU foreign policy High Representative Catherine Ashton on Wednesday, after the question hour.

What next for Eurobonds?
On Thursday MEPs will quiz the Commission on the state of play on its green paper on Eurobonds and replies so far. Eurobonds could become a source of stability for the Eurozone in the medium term but cannot meet its short term needs, says the draft resolution, drawn up by the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee in December.

Repressive regimes: no EU stash for ill-gotten cash
EU Member States should consolidate and harmonise their measures to prevent repressive regimes from stashing cash, owning property, doing business or travelling in the EU, Parliament will say in a resolution to be voted on Thursday.

MEPs set to criticize EU humanitarian aid management
Parliament is set to ask some tough questions about how the EU manages its humanitarian aid budget and how EU aid is channelled through the UN. The critical draft resolution to be put to a vote on Thursday was unanimously approved by the Budgetary Control Committee.

Daphne: funding to fight violence against women and children
Funding for the next Daphne programme must be kept at a level comparable to that of the previous ones, says a resolution to be voted Thursday.

Proper waste treatment costs less
Managing waste badly is expensive, but exporting it costs even more, says a resolution to be voted on Thursday. Environmental, health and economic factors all militate in favour of good waste treatment practices, say MEPs, stressing that Europe's recycling industry has the potential to generate up to half a million jobs.

Sport: zero tolerance of hooliganism and cheating
For the first time, Parliament will debate ideas for EU-wide measures to tackle violence in sports stadiums, doping, match-fixing and illegal betting. It is expected to call, in a resolution to be voted on Thursday, for tough penalties on sports-related tax fraud and new rules to govern sports agents.


Dossiers led by UK MEPs:

  • Consistent policy towards regimes against which the EU applies restrictive measures. Rapporteur: Sir Graham Watson (South West, LibDem) - debate Wednesday, vote Thursday
  • Feasibility of introducing stability bonds. Oral question to the Commission by Sharon Bowles (South East, LibDem)

Other topics to be discussed:

  • EU Competition Policy
  • Cross-border transfer of company seats
  • EU foreign policy towards the BRICS and other emerging powers
  • Women in war
  • Annual tax report
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EP Live

Forthcoming media events in Europe House (London)

"Mortgage Credit - what's Europe up to?"
Friday 10 February 2010,
11.00am-12.00 noon

Vicky Ford (Eastern, Cons) will host a briefing on the latest developments in the
Mortgage Credit dossier currently making its way through the EP.

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.

Spaces are limited at these events, so if you are interested in attending please write to

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 until July 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