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EP News No. 34/2012

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As the Brussels plenary scheduled for 7-8 November has been cancelled, Members return to Brussels on 5 November for a week of committee meetings.


Committee highlights:

European Globalisation Adjustment Fund 2014-2020
MEPs in the committee on Employment and Social Affairs MEPs in the Employment Committee will vote a proposal to continue the EGF aimed at providing support for workers made redundant as a result of globalization for the next long-term budget period. MEPs propose not only to continue but also to extend the scope of the EGF to include temporary contract as well as the self-employed, such as farmers. (Tuesday)

Airport package
The Airports legislative package seeks to boost capacity and improve quality at European airports. It contains three legislative proposals on the allocation of slots, groundhandling services and noise-related restrictions. The three reports will be voted in the next meeting of the Committee on Transport and Tourism of 06.11.12, from 15.00.

Rules to deal with banks in trouble
Rules on how to deal with banks in trouble will be presented to the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs on Tuesday by rapporteur Gunnar Hökmark (EPP, SV). The EP has been calling for such legislation for over two years. (Debate on Tuesday)

Vote on the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund
During the extraordinary meeting of 06.11.12, the Members of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs will vote on the legislative draft report on the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) by Marian HARKIN (ALDE, IE) on which 291 amendments have been tabled. The EGF aims at giving support to workers made redundant as a result of major structural changes caused by globalisation.

'Goods Package' - Harmonisation of laws in Member States (Recast)
On 06.11.12, Members of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection will vote on two out of the nine legislative draft reports from Zuzana ROITHOVÁ (EPP, CZ), on the market of pyrotechnic articles and on the market of measuring instruments on the Commission's "NLF-package", aligning nine product directives with the New Legislative Framework.

Request for a proposal for a European Law of the Administrative Procedure
On 06.11.12, the Committee on Legal Affairs will vote on a legislative initiative calling on the Commission to submit a proposal for a regulation on a European Law of Administrative Procedure. The Committee is persuaded that such a law will reinforce the legitimacy of the Union and give citizens and businesses clearer rights and more legal certainty in their relations with the Union's administration.

LUX cinema prize
The Committee on Culture and Education will launch the EP prize for cinema, with a shortlist of three films to be considered for this year's award, the Hungarian film "Just the Wind", the Italian "Shun Li and the Poet" and the Portuguese "Taboo". (Monday)

German chancellor Angela Merkel will address MEPs in a special meeting to discuss the future of Europe and efforts to solve the current financial and economic crisis. Before, the chancellor will have a meeting with EP President Martin Schulz. (Wednesday pm)


Among the issues involving UK MEPs:


Hearings and workshops:


Petitons with UK interest:

  • No. 791/2008 by Mr Christopher Stockwell (British), on behalf of Names' Action for the Compensation in Europe, on request for infringement proceedings against United Kingdom for alleged failure to implement Directive 73/239/EC in connection with the Lloyds' case
  • No. 76/2012 by Mark Austin (British), on the compatibility of Article 30 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union with Council Regulation (EEC) No. 3911/92 of 9 December 1992 on the export of cultural goods
  • No. 1243/2011 by Joachim Hellmann (German), on visa requirements for travel of his Thai spouse to the UK
  • No. 199/2012 by C.L. (Irish), on excessive requirements for information by the UK authorities for an EEA family permitNo. 214/2012 by Michael Gare-simmons (British), on the infringement of internal market provisions and the right to free movement on two different issues
  • No. 347/2012 by the association Anti-Slavery International (British), on the exploitation of minors in cotton production in Uzbekistan
  • No. 361/2012 by P.S. (Irish), on application by the uK of Directive 2010/64/EU on the right to interpretation and translation in criminal proceedings

Committee Meetings


Further Information

Paola Buonadonna
European Parliament UK Office
tel 020 7227 4300


Diary Dates

1 July-31 December 2012: Cypriot Presidency

European Parliamentary sessions 2012
19-22 November - Strasbourg
10-13 December - Strasbourg