Transparency register/lobbyists and Plenary preparations - this week in the European Parliament
MEPs are in Brussels on 2nd May for a week of Committee meetings ahead of plenary
Transparency register/lobbyists. The ongoing public consultation on the Parliament and Commission joint Transparency Register for lobbyists and interest groups, their role in policy-making and transparency in EU decision-making will be debated at a conference with EP Vice-President Sylvie Guillaume, Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and several other experts. (Monday)
Plenary preparations. Political groups will prepare for the 9-12 May plenary session in Strasbourg, where MEPs are to debate the new migration and asylum reform package to be presented by Commission and preparations for the World Humanitarian Summit. The EP will also vote on draft laws giving Europol new powers to fight terrorism and making residence/entry permits easier to obtain for au pairing and students from third countries. Members will also vote recommendations on how to protect women who are victims of human trafficking, improve existing rules on parental leave and help the development of EU mountain regions.