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EP News No. 30/2012

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MEPs return to Brussels on 8 October for a full week of committee meetings.


Committee highlights:

Sakharov prize
MEPs will choose a shortlist of three finalists for Parliament's 2012 award for freedom of thought, in a joint vote by the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Committee on Development. Arab Spring laureates from last year will be honoured at an event the following day, hosted by EP President Schulz. Syrian cartoonist Ali Farzat will finally be able to receive his award in person. (Tuesday, Wednesday)

Punishing market abuse
The Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee will vote on two pieces of draft legislation that will define financial market abuse and insider trading and set criminal penalties, including minimum prison terms for the most serious cases. (Tuesday)

Mario Draghi
The Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee will host European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi to debate draft banking supervision legislation, the ECB bond buying programme and other crisis response measures. This follows a separate debate, in which MEPs will quiz him in his capacity as head of the European Systemic Risk Board. (Tuesday)

Protecting children online
The EU should better coordinate hotlines for reporting abuse and illegal content, according to a resolution to be put to the vote in the Culture Committee. Filter and blocking technology must keep pace with new developments, but educating children of online dangers is equally important, MEPs will say. (Tuesday)

Animal transport
Agriculture Committee MEPs will call to improve transport conditions for animals in the EU, in a resolution to be put to the vote. Measures to halt the decline of small, local abattoirs could shorten transport times for animals heading for slaughter, they will say. (Thursday)

Offshore oil and gas safety
Draft legislation to set minimum oil and gas safety standards across the EU will be put to the vote in the Industry and Energy Committee, ahead of expected negotiations with Council. (Tuesday)


Among the issues involving UK MEPs:


Hearings and workshops:

  • Public hearing on "Corporate Social Responsibility: promoting society's interests and a route to sustainable and inclusive recovery". Rapporteur: Richard Howitt (East of England, Lab) Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (Tuesday)
  • Public hearing on 'Guaranteeing sustainable land security in developing countries'. Committee on Foreign Affairs (Tuesday)
  • Public hearing on "Banking supervisionand resolution: next steps". Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (Wednesday)
  • Workshop on 'The exploration and exploitation of shale gas in the EU and its impact on the environment and the energy policy, from the perspective of petitions received. Committee on Petitions (Tuesday)

Petitons with UK interest:

  • No. 1044/2011 by Joanna Swabe (British), on behalf of Human Society International, bearing 22 signatures, on the Canadian Government's erecommendation in connection with a WTO mediation council concerning the enforcement of a Regulation (EC) No. 1007/2009 on the trade in seal products (in the presence of the petitioner) (Monday)
  • No. 1002/2011 by John Parsons (British), on behalf of the Costa del Sol Action Group, on the lack of complaints procedures and ombudsman services in financial services in Spain (Monday)
  • No. 429/2010 by Robert Houliston (British), on behalf of the 'Partido para Orihuela Costa', bearing 7,000 signatures, on the Cala Mosca urban development project in Orihuela, Valencia (in the presence of the petitioner) (Tuesday)
  • No. 1030/2011 by Joan Simmons (British), on a problem of product warranty in Spain (Tuesday)

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
22-23 October - Strasbourg
25-26 October - Strasbourg
7-8 November - Brussels (cancelled)
19-22 November - Strasbourg
10-13 December - Strasbourg