Passenger rail market, fighting terrorism and tax evasion – this week at the European Parliament
MEPs gather in Brussels for a week of committee and political group meetings. More details below.
Opening up the passenger rail market. A provisional Parliament/Council agreement on legislation to open up the EU market for domestic passenger rail transport and ensure equal conditions for railway companies will be voted in the Transport Committee. It aims to boost the quality of services offered to passengers and to improve the performance of the rail sector. (Monday) A press seminar on this subject with key MEPs and experts will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Fighting terrorism. Travelling abroad for terrorist purposes, training or being trained for terrorism, inciting terrorism or financing terrorist activities would be made criminal offences under a draft EU counter-terrorism directive informally agreed between Parliament and Council negotiators. The deal, which would also require EU countries to help terrorist attack victims, will need to be confirmed in a vote by the Civil Liberties Committee. (Monday)
Tax evasion. The Committee of Inquiry into the Panama Papers scandal (PANA) will hear Taxation Commissioner Pierre Moscovici on progress made by the EU in fighting tax evasion. MEPs and a representative of the international Financial Action Task Force (FATF) will discuss international standards for anti-money laundering measures. (Wednesday)
Greenhouse gas emissions. A legislative proposal to align the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), which aims to reduce industrial greenhouse gas emissions, with targets set in the Paris Agreement on climate change will be put to a vote by the Environment Committee. It includes proposals to prevent so-called “carbon leakage”, whereby companies move their production to countries with less ambitious climate measures. (Thursday)
UK MEPs in the spotlight this week
EU Common Commercial Policy in the context of wildlife sustainability imperatives. Rapporteur: Emma McClarkin (ECR, East Midlands) Committee on International Trade (Monday)
Coordination of certain provisions laid down by law, regulation or administrative action in Member States concerning the provision of audiovisual media services in view of changing market realities. Rapporteur for the opinion: Emma McClarkin (ECR, East Midlands) Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (Monday)
An integrated European Union policy for the Arctic. Rapporteur for the opinion: David Martin (S-D, Scotland), Committee on International Trade (Monday)
Annual Report on EU Competition Policy. Rapporteur for the opinion: Jacqueline Foster (ECR, North West) Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (Monday)
EU flagship initiative on the garment sector. Rapporteur for the opinion: Jean Lambert (Verts/ALE, London) Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (Monday)
Establishing a Union programme to support specific activities enhancing the involvement of consumers and other financial services end-users in Union policy making in the field of financial services for the period of 2017-2020. Rapporteur for the opinion: Vicky Ford (ECR, Eastern) Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (Monday)
Cost-effective emission reductions and low-carbon investments. Rapporteur: Ian Duncan (ECR, Scotland) Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (Thursday)
"The Situaiton in the African Great Lakes Region" Committee on Foreign Affairs (Monday).
"Hearing on Greek labour market reform" Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (Monday).
"Hearing on the Fundamental Rights Implications on Big Data " Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (Thursday).