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EP News No. 10/2012

Table Of Contents


European Parliament session, Strasbourg, 12-15 March 2012

MEPs meet from 12-15 March in Strasbourg for the first plenary session of this month.


Among the highlights of the agenda:

Setting sights on a low-carbon economy
MEPs will give their input to an EU "roadmap" that sets out a vision for drastic cuts in CO2 emissions and a massive uptake of green technologies by 2050. Voting on Thursday, Parliament is expected to call for reform of emissions trading and progress in the transport and agriculture sectors to make the EU's economy more sustainable and competitive (debate and vote Thursday). Rapporteur: Chris Davies (North West, LibDem)

Ending the beef trade war
EU concessions to help put an end to the 20-year hormone beef trade war with the USA and Canada will be put to a vote. The deal allows the EU to keep its ban on hormone-treated beef imports in return for importing more high-quality beef (debate Tuesday, vote Wednesday).

Quotas for women
Parliament will vote on proposals to reduce the gender pay gap and use quotas to boost the number of women on company boards and in political bodies (debate Monday, vote Tuesday).

Russian elections
MEPs will discuss the elections which brought Vladimir Putin back as Russian President. Recent events in Kazakhstan and Nigeria will also be in the spotlight, ahead of Parliament adopting separate resolutions on all three topics (debates Wednesday, votes Thursday).

Dutch discriminatory web site
European citizens' basic rights such as free movement and non-discrimination will be under the spotlight in a debate sparked by the launch of a web site inviting Dutch citizens to post complaints about central and Eastern Europeans in The Netherlands. A resolution will also be put to the vote (debate Tuesday, vote Thursday).

MEPs will debate and vote on the progress of Iceland, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina towards joining the EU (Wednesday).


Among topics led by UK MEPs:

Agreement between the EU, Iceland and Norway on the applicatio of certain provisions of the Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters. Rapporteur: Claude Moraes (London, Lab)

Oral questions on maritime policy. Brian Simpson (North West, Lab)


Other topics to be discussed:

Conclusions of the European Council meeting 1-2 March 2012
International Cocoa Agreement 2010
European Fisheries Fund
Statement by Commission Vice-President/EU High Represenative Catherine Aston on the situation in Nigeria
Commission statement on child labour in the cocoa sector
Council and Commission statements on addressing the EU diabetes epidemic

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


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
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