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EP News No. 18/2012

Table Of Contents


Members return to Brussels on 29 May for a week of committee meetings and hearings.

Highlights include:

Future Role of the European Court of Auditors: Challenges ahead and possible reform
On 30.05.12, the Committee on Budgetary Control will hold a hearing on the "Future role of the European Court of Auditors: Challenges ahead and possible reform" (Rapporteur: Inés AYALA SENDER (S&D, ES). Speakers include current and former President and Members of the European Court of Auditors, a representative from the University of Nanterre and the former Internal Auditor of the European Commission.

Joint Hearing on Horizon 2020
On 29.05.12, the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and the Committee on Regional Development are holding a joint public hearing on "Synergies between EU cohesion policy and Horizon 2020". The Members, together with experts from different parts of Europe, will discuss ways how to combine best their forces in order to make the European Research Area become a reality and thus induce sustainable growth in all Member States.

Exchange of views with EEAS Crisis Response Chief on Syria and Yemen
On 29.05.12, from 10.30 - 11.30, the Subcommittee on Security and Defence will hold an exchange of views with Dr Agostino Miozzo, Managing Director of the Crisis Response Department in the EEAS on his recent visits to Syria and Yemen.

eCall: a new 112 service for citizens - Joint meeting
On 30.05.12, at 11.00, the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection and the Committee on Transport and Tourism will consider the 100 amendments submitted to the draft report on support for an EU-wide eCall service in electronic communication networks for the transmission of in-vehicle emergency calls based on 112 ("ecalls") (Olga SEHNALOVÁ (S&D, CZ) - Dieter-Lebrecht KOCH (EPP, DE)).

Consideration and votes on Peru and Colombia trade agreement On 29.05.12, the Committee on International Trade will consider a draft recommendation on the Trade Agreement between the EU and Colombia and Peru. Members will also vote on the motion for resolution regarding an oral question on respect for human rights and labour standards in relation to the agreement.

Issues involving UK MEPs:

  • Special report no. 12/2011 (2011 discharge): Do EU measures contribute to adapting the capacity of EU fishing fleets to available fishing opportunities. Rapporteur: Marta Andreasen (South East, UKIP) - Committee on Budgetary Control (Tuesday)
  • Implementation of the Single European Sky Legislation. Rapporteur: Jacqueline Foster (North West, Cons) - Committee on Transport and Tourism (Wednesday)
  • Amendment of Directive 2004/109/EC on the harmonisation of transparency requirements in relation to information about issuers whose securities are admitted to trading ona regulated market and Commission Directive 2007/14/EC. Rapporteur: Arlene McCarthy (North West, Lab) - Committee on Legal Affairs (Wednesday)
  • 18th report on better legislation - Application of the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality. Rapporteur: Sajjad Karim (North West, Cons) - Committee on Legal Affairs (Thursday)

Public Hearings:


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
  • Organised crime, corruption and money laundering

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
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