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EP News No. 24/2012

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NB: This is the last EP News before the summer recess. Normal service will resume at the beginning of September. Bonnes vacances to all.


MEPs return to Brussels on 9 July for a last week of committee meetings before the summer recess.


Committee highlights:

Monetary Dialogue
The Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs is pleased to welcome ECB President Mario Draghi for the Monetary Dialogue on 09.07.12 from 14.30 - 16.30 . President Draghi will describe and comment on current economic and monetary developments and explain the ECB's policy stance.

Exchange of views on Employment Package
On 10.07.12, at 11.30, Members of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs will have an exchange of views with Philippe De Buck, Director-General of Business Europe on the "Employment Package". This package, presented in April 2012 is primarily aimed at providing medium-term policy guidance to help the EU reach the employment and social objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy.

Exchanges of views on the priorities of the Cypriot Presidency
Ministers from the Cypriot Presidency will be attending the Committee meetings the week of  09.07.12.  They will present their work programme and priorities followed by an exchange of views with Members. Please see individual Committee pages for further details.

Airports package: the allocation of slots at EU airports
Giommaria UGGIAS (ALDE, IT) will present his draft report on the allocation of slots as part of the airports package in the next meeting of the Committee on Transport and Tourism Commissioner Malmström's overview of priorities in the Area of Home Affairs on 09.07.12. This report seeks to increase transparency in the slot allocation process and to reinforce the independence of slots coordinators.

Commissioner Malmström's overview of priorities in the Area of Home Affairs
Cecilia Malmström, the Commissioner responsible for Home Affairs, will give an overview  of recent developments and future priorities in her area of responsibility, which includes the Schengen and asylum issues, in the meeting of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs on 09.07.12, at 15.00.


Among the issues involving UK MEPs:



Hearing on "Organised crime in the EU: Fields of activitiy and instruments - prevention, investigation and repression". Special committee on organised crime, corruption and money laundering. Special committee on organised crime, Corruption and Money Laundering (Wednesday and Thursday)

Joint hearing on "The Implications of climate change on human rights, with presentation of a study on "Human Rights and Climate Change: EEU policy options. Sub-committee on Human Rights and Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. (Wednesay and Thursday)


Petitons with UK interest:

  • No. 94/2011 by Dan Pescod (British) on behalf of European Blind Union (EBU)/Royal Naitonal Institute of Blind People (RNIB), on access by blind people to books and other printed products (in the presence of the petitioner)
  • No. 249/2007 by Pauline Smout (British), on breaches of EC legilsation in connection wit the granting fo a landfill permit at Hafod Quarry, Wrexham
  • No.345/2011 by Anthony Craven (British), on behalf of "National Support Group for victims of failed home income plans", on failure to obtain compensation for flawed home income plans marked mainly by British Building Societies in the late 1980s.
  • No. 467/2011 by Michael Jones (British), on alleged discriminatory tariffs for non-Maltese users of electricity and water supplies in Malta.
  • No. 524/2011 by Peter allen (British), on the constructon of an electrical sub-station near a residental area in Cyprus.
  • No. 584/2011 by Alice JOnes (British), on behalf of Bodelwyddan Action Group, on failure to conduct an EIA and adequate public consultation according to Directive 2003/35/EC in the process of authorising a housing development plan for 2000 new homes in Bodelwyddan (Wales).

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
  • Special Committee on Organised Crime, Corruption and Money Laundering

Further Information

Paola Buonadonna
European Parliament UK Office
tel 020 7227 4300


Diary Dates

1 July-31 December 2012: Cypriot Presidency

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