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EP News No. 29/2012

Table Of Contents


MEPs return to Brussels on 1 October for a week of committee meetings and political group meetings.


Committee highlights:

2013 Budget
The Budgets Committee is expected to vote in favour of the Commission proposals for the 2013 EU budget, in particular in areas where the member states have proposed drastic cuts. MEPs say the cuts contradict the 'growth compact' agreed at the June European Council. MEPs will push for robust budgets for growth-stimulating programmes for research, innovation and youth employment. By contrast, MEPs are in favour of making further savings in the EP's own administrative budget. (Wednesday and Thursday)

Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs host Hamadi Jebali, Head of the Government of Tunisia, to discuss how the Parliament can support the ongoing transition and the democratic process in the country. MEPs are set to quiz him on the timetable to establish a new constitution, which is currently being drafted ahead of elections due to take place next year. He will meet EP President Schulz shortly after the debate. (Tuesday)

Georgia elections
A delegation of eight MEPs will observe parliamentary elections in Tbilisi and surrounding areas. The members will meet political representatives and NGOs and will hold a press conference on their findings. (Monday and Tuesday)

Ukraine elections
While an EP delegation is preparing to observe elections in Ukraine, EP political group leaders and the EP President will meet former Polish President Kwaśniewski and former EP President Cox on their fact-finding mission to the country, followed by a press conference. (Tuesday)

Closer economic union
EP President Schulz and political group leaders will meet the 'sherpas' Brok, Gualtieri, Verhofstadt and Cohn-Bendit to define a mandate for the upcoming negotiations with the Council and Commission on the banking, fiscal, economic and political union. MEPs have stressed the need for democratic legitimacy and accountability for the new EU competences. (Tuesday)

Gender equality
MEPs, national MPs and others will debate how to advance gender equality. Commissioner Viviane Reding will discuss her recent proposal to increase women's representation in boards. A workshop for media will highlight the European Parliament's own actions.  (Tuesday and Wednesday)

Common Agricultural Policy seminarA two-day seminar for journalists with the participation of MEPs will offer insight into the EU farm policy (CAP) reform package, which is to enter into force on 1 January 2014.  (Monday and Tuesday)


Among the issues involving UK MEPs:


Hearings and workshops:

  • Workshop on "Challenges of Multi-tier Governance in the EU". Committee on Constitutional Affairs (Thursday)

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