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EP News No. 36/2012

Table Of Contents


European Parliament session, Strasbourg, 19-22 November 2012

MEPs meet in Strasbourg for the penultimate plenary session of the year.


Among the highlights of the agenda:

Long-term budget: EU's future at stake
Drastic cuts in the EU's budget for 2014-2020 could paralyse it for a decade. MEPs will warn EU leaders, in a debate on Wednesday with Commission President Barroso and Cypriot Deputy Minister for European Affairs, not to let "net payer" member states talk them into striking a bad deal at the EU summit on 22 and 23 November. If need be, Parliament can veto the long-term budget.

Accountability vital to future Economic and Monetary Union
Parliament will adopt its guiding principles for a future Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) on Tuesday. These feature accountability rules to match transfers of powers to EU level. MEPs will also point out that reforms, such as improving tax co-ordination, can start now, without changing basic EU rules.

Budget 2013: EP to debate how to break budget deadlock
MEPs will look for ways to break the EU budget deadlock in a debate with the Cyprus Presidency and the Commission on Wednesday. The Commission must table a new draft budget for 2013, because Council and Parliament failed to agree on one before the 13 November deadline. Meanwhile, some EU programmes are still stuck because funds dried up and the Commission can no longer pay the bills.

MEPs to push for safer and greener motorbikes
MEPs will discuss more stringent safety and emission standards for future mopeds, scooters, motorbikes, all-terrain vehicles and quads, which currently account for only 2% of traffic, but 16 % of fatal accidents, on Europe's roads. They will also vote on new rules, agreed with Council, on Tuesday. Manufacturers will benefit too, as there will be one new regulation replacing the 15 existing directives.

Nomination of Commissioner-designate Borg
The European Parliament will vote on the nomination of Malta's Commissioner-designate, Tonio Borg, on Wednesday. Mr Borg was nominated by the Maltese government to take over the portfolio of health and consumer policy after the resignation of John Dalli.

MEPs to advise caution on shale gas
Member states should have the choice on whether to exploit shale gas but national and EU legislation must be sufficiently strict, for example on extraction through "fracking", to avoid harming the environment. This is the view of Parliament's industry and environment committees, whose separate draft resolutions will be put to the vote on Wednesday.

Protecting children on the internet
Children must be able to use the internet in a critical and informed manner and in total safety, say MEPs in a resolution to be voted on Tuesday. Fighting illegal and harmful content must have priority and more efforts are needed to withdraw illegal or unsuitable content. The House will call on member states and the Commission to develop a common approach towards child safety online.

Formal sitting with Michel Martelly, President of Haiti
Michel Martelly, President of Haiti since May 2011, will deliver a formal address to the European Parliament on Tuesday at noon.

European elections 2014
Less than two years from now EU citizens will be asked to elect their Members of the European Parliament. Ideas for boosting voter turnout and improving political legitimacy will be debated with the Council and Commission and set out in a resolution to be voted on Thursday.

Winner of 2012 LUX Prize to be announced on Wednesday, in Strasbourg
President Martin Schulz will announce the winner of the 2012 Lux Prize film competition at a formal ceremony in the Chamber, on Wednesday, in Strasbourg.


Among topics led by UK MEPs:


Other topics include:

  • Boosting European industry
  • EU aid worth €670 million for earthquake victims in Italy
  • Card payments should be secure and cheaper across the EU
  • MEPs can put an end to shark-finning
  • Cheaper wood imports from Russia
  • Home-made explosives: blocking terrorists' access to bomb-making materials
  • Regulate shadow banking: €51 trillion at stake
  • Muscle up security and defence policy or face decline
  • How to stop unfair trade competition from China?
  • Kazakhstan must improve its human rights record to establish closer ties with EU
  • Parliament wants to protect Baltic salmon and fight illegal fishing worldwide
  • Doha summit must be springboard for more climate action
  • MEPs to discuss situation in Gaza
  • Human rights and democracy resolutions - Iran, Burma and Libya
Final draft agenda
European Parliament Press Service

Committee meetings


Further Information

Paola Buonadonna
European Parliament UK Office
tel 020 7227 4300


Diary Dates

1 July-31 December 2012: Cypriot Presidency
1 January-31 July 2013: Ireland
1 July-31 December 2013: Lithuania

European Parliament plenary sessions 2012
10-13 December - Strasbourg

European Parliament plenary sessions 2013
14-17 January - Strasbourg
4-7 February - Strasbourg
27-28 February - Brussels
11-14 March - Strasbourg
27-28 March - Brussels
15-18 April - Strasbourg
8-9 May - Brussels
20-23 May - Strasbourg
10-13 June - Strasbourg
1-4 July - Strasbourg
9-12 September - Strasbourg
21-22 and 24-25 October - Strasbourg
6-7 November - Brussels
18-21 November - Strasbourg
9-12 December - Strasbourg