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16/03/2012

EP News No. 11/2012

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Members return to Brussels on 19 March for a full week of committee meetings and hearings.

Highlights include:

Hearing on Unblocking the Anti-Discrimination Directive
A hearing in the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs on Unblocking the Anti-Discrimination Directive will revisit the current state of EU legislation on equal treatment, equality, non discrimination before and after the Lisbon Treaty. It will also address the concrete obstacles to the adoption of the proposed Directive on implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation (2008/0140(APP), Rapporteur Raül ROMEVA I RUEDA (Verts/ALE, ES)). The hearing will take place on 20.03.12, between 09.00 - 12.30.


CAP reform: Workshop on greening proposals
Professor Alan Matthews, of Trinity College Dublin, will present a briefing note on 'Environmental public goods in the new CAP: Impact of greening proposals and possible alternatives' as part of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee meeting on 19.03.12.  The presentation will start at 15.00 and will take place in room JAN 6Q2.


European citizens and their petitions will be at the heart of next meeting
Reconvening in Brussels on 19 - 20.03.12, at 15.00 and 09.00, the Committee on Petitions will be considering and voting upon the "European Year of Citizens (2013)" and discuss: "The shrinking cows" of Ireland - impact of pollution on an Irish farm; Fact-Finding Visits (FFV) to Romania and Berlin; and Environmental concerns in Malta and Bulgaria.


Evaluation of the Union's finances
In the context of the 2010 discharge to the Commission (Rapporteur: Christofer FJELLNER (EPP, SE)), the first report under Article 318 on the evaluation of the Union's finances based on the achieved results will be presented during the Committee on Budgetary Control meeting of 20.03.12. The Secretary-General of the European Commission, Catherine Day will be present.


Human rights clauses in EU Agreements
On 19.03.12 the Subcommittee on Human Rights will debate human rights aspects of agreements between the EU and Latin American countries as they include a human rights clause.  The clause stipulates that respect for human rights and democratic principles underpin internal and external policies of the Parties and is an essential element. It is often followed by an additional clause on non-execution of the agreement in case of breach.

Issues involving UK MEPs:

  • Annual Report on Human rights in the World. Rapporteur: Richard Howitt (Eastern, Lab) - Foreign Affairs Committee (Wednesday and Thursday)
  • Estimates of revenue and expenditure for 2013 - Section I - Parliament. Rapporteur: Derek Vaughan (Wales, Lab) - Budgets Committee (Wednesday)
  • European system of national and regional accounts in the EU. Rapporteur: Sharon Bowles (South East, LibDem) - Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (Wednesday)
  • Defective silicone gel breast implans made by French company PIP. Co-rapporteurs: Linda McAvan (Yorkshire & Humber, Lab; Marina Yannakoudakis (London, Cons) - Environment, Public health and Food Safety Committee (Wednesday)
  • Amendment of Regulation (EC) No. 726/2004 on pharmacovigilance. Rapporteur: Linda McAvan (Yorkshire & Humber, Lab) - Environment, Public health and Food Safety Committee (Thursday)
  • Amendment of Directive 2001/83/EC on pharmacovigilance. Rapporteur: Linda McAvan (Yorkshire & Humber, Lab) - Environment, Public health and Food Safety Committee (Thursday)
  • Amending Council Regulation (EC) No. 1300/2008 of 18 December 2008 establishing a multi-annual plan for the stock of herring distributed to the west of Scotland and the fisheries exploiting that stock. Rapporteur: Struan Stevenson (Scotland, Cons) - Fisheries Committee (Tuesday)
  • Common organisation of the markets in fishery and acquaculture products. Rapporteur: Struan Stevenson (Scotland, Cons) - Fisheries Committee (Wednesday)
  • Amendment of Council Regulation (EC) No. 1342/2008 of 18 December 2008 establishing a long-term plan for cod stocks and the fisheries exploiting those stocks. Rapporteur: Diane Dodds (Northern Ireland, DUP) - Fisheries Committee (Thursday)
  • Exchange, assistance and training programme for the protection of the euro against counterfeiting (the 'Pericles 2020' programme). Rapporteur: Anthea McIntyre (West Midlands, Cons) - Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (Wednesday)
  • Criminal sanctions for insider dealing and market manipulation. Rapporteur: Arlene McCarthy (North West, Lab)< - Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (Wednesday)
  • Draft protocol on the application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU on the Czech Republic (consultation). Rapporteur: Andrew Duff (Eastern, LibDem) - Constitutional Affairs Committee (Monday)
  • Draft protocol on the application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU on the Czech Republic (approval). Rapporteur: Andrew Duff (Eastern, LibDem) - Constitutional Affairs Committee (Monday)
  • Amendment of Rule 196 of Parliament's Rules of Procedure on provisions concerning plenary sittings applicable in committee. Rapporteur: Andrew Duff (Eastern, LibDem) - Constitutional Affairs Committee (Tuesday)
  • Annual report of the activities of the Committee on Petitions 2011. Rapporteur: Giles Chichester (South West, Cons) - Petitions Committee (Tuesday)
 

Petitions with UK interest:

  • No. 851/2007 by Frankie Edwards (British), concerning the issuing of a residence card to an Egyptian citizen who is the spouse of a British national
  • No. 958/2007 by Graham Unsworth (British), on registration duty on used cars imported into Malta
  • No. 1028/2007 by Nicholas Zelle (British), concerning registration tax on used vehicles imported into Malta
 

Public Hearings and Workshops:

  • "One year on: the role of EEAs in the impulse and coordination of the Unions foreign policy". Foreign Affairs Committee
  • "Horizon 2020: the framework programme for research and innovation". Industry, Research and Energy Committee
  • "Regionalisation in the context of the CFP reform". Fisheries Committee
  • "Unblocking the Anti-Discrimination Directive". Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee
  • Workshop on "Environmental public goods in the new CAP/Impact of greening proposals and possible alternatives. Agriculture and Rural Development Committee
 

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
 

Further Information

Paola Buonadonna
paola.buonadonna@europarl.europa.eu
European Parliament UK Office
tel 020 7227 4300

 

Diary Dates

European Parliamentary sessions 1st half 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