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EP News No. 22/2012

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MEPs return to Brussels on 25 June for a week of committee meetings and political group meetings.


Committee highlights:

e-procurement - Challenges and opportunitiesIn the context of the on-going modernisation of the public procurement directives, the European Commission services with the support of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection are organising this conference that will highlight the opportunities offered by e-procurement, and discuss how to make it easy to move away from paper.  It will take place on 26.06.12.

CAP reform: meeting with national Parliaments
Representatives of national Parliaments of the 27 Member States and members of the Committee on Agriculture will debate together with Members proposals for reforming the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in a joint meeting on 25.06.12, from 15.00 to 18.30, at the European Parliament in Brussels


Digital Agenda Assembly
The Digital Agenda for Europe is the European Union's roadmap for bringing the benefits of a digital society and economy to Europe's citizens. The Digital Agenda Assembly (DAA) brings together Member States, EU institutions, citizens' representatives and industry representatives to assess progress and emerging challenges of the Digital Agenda for Europe. This years DAA will take place on 21-22.06.12 (Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection).


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

Preparing for Plenary:

Parliament's political groups will prepare for the 2-7 July plenary session, in Strasbourg, where there will be votes on the Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), bank capital requirements and bankers' bonuses, the European patent, access to basic banking services, the eCall in-car emergency call system, animal welfare and protection, the mandate for Parliament's negotiators in upcoming 2013 budget talks with the Council and the compulsory use of digital tachographs in lorries. MEPs will also debate priorities for the incoming EU Presidency (Cyprus takes over in July) and take stock of the outgoing Danish one.


Other Business

President Schulz/EU summitEP President Martin Schulz will speak at the 28-29 June EU summit and debate with EU leaders, and then give a press conference. Growth and jobs, the EU budget 2014-2020 and Schengen will top the agenda. Before the summit, President Schulz will meet presidents van Rompuy and Barroso on Thursday morning to discuss the financing of EU policies in 2014-2020, in the afternoon he will meet the prime ministers of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Safer and greener motorbikesParliament representatives and the Danish Presidency will pursue negotiations for a deal on new rules to make motorbikes safer and more environmentally friendly (Monday).

Asylum/reception conditionsParliament representatives and the Danish Presidency will seek an agreement on new legislation on detention conditions for asylum seekers.  The new law would also cover access to the labour market, free legal assistance and the identification of vulnerable asylum seekers (Wednesday).  

Home-made explosivesTalks will continue for a deal on a new law to restrict the general public's access to chemicals that can be used to make home-made explosives. These have been used in many terrorist attacks in recent years, such as the Norway bombings in July 2011 (Monday)


Further Information

Paola Buonadonna
European Parliament UK Office
tel 020 7227 4300


Diary Dates

1 January-31 July 2012: Danish Presidency
1 July-31 December 2012: Cypriot Presidency

European Parliamentary sessions 2012
2-5 July - Strasbourg
10-13 September - Strasbourg
22-23 October - Strasbourg
25-26 October - Strasbourg
7-8 November - Brussels
10-22 November - Strasbourg
10-13 December - Strasbourg