EP News No. 16/2012
Table of contents
Members return to Brussels on 8 May for committee meetings and plenary on 9-10 May.
Among the highlights of the agenda:
MEPs will vote on a deal they negotiated on cheaper roaming rates within the EU, which will include caps on mobile internet charges for the first time. The new price caps are set to be in place in time for this summer holiday season (debate Wednesday, vote Thursday).
Europe Day debate
EP President Martin Schulz and the political group leaders will give their assessment of where the EU stands - and their vision for the future - in a debate on the occasion of Europe Day (Wednesday).
Parliament will decide whether to grant budget discharge for the EU's institutions and agencies. MEPs are expected to withhold their green light for the European Environment Agency, the European Food Safety Authority and the European Medicines Agency (debate and vote Thursday).
Dossiers led by British MEPs:
Recognising Europe's smaller airports as an economic lifeline to their regions, Parliament will vote on non-binding recommendations on rules affecting issues as diverse as state aid and passengers' hand luggage. This is an own initiative report by Philip Bradbourn (West Midlands, Cons) (debate Wednesday, vote Thursday).
A report by Robert Sturdy (Eastern, Cons) on restrictions on imports of certain products from Russia will be voted on Thursday.
Mortgages The Economic Affairs Committee will vote on mortgages legislation, which will address responsible lending and borrowing, while safeguarding the different mortgage cultures that exist across Member States (Tuesday).
Medicine safety In the wake of deaths attributed to anti-diabetes drug 'Mediator', the Public Health Committee will vote to close legal loopholes to improve detection of potentially unsafe medicines and speed up action to take them off the market (Tuesday).
Petition against ACTA MEPs and the Commission will discuss the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) together with representatives of the 2.8 million petitioners who have expressed their opposition to it (Tuesday).
- 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
- Organised crime, corruption and money laundering
MEPs host a Europe Day workshop with senior editors to debate economic issues and Parliament's role in shaping the future of Europe (Wednesday).
European Parliament UK Office
tel 020 7227 4300
1 January-31 July 2012: Danish Presidency
European Parliament plenary sessions 2012
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