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Controversial Danish refugee laws, trade secrets and improvement in port services - this week in the European Parliament

MEPs return to Brussels on 25th January for a mixed week of Committee and Political Group meetings ahead of the Plenary next week.



Danish law on asylum and refugees. A controversial draft law, proposed by the Danish government, which would empower the authorities to seize valuable assets from refugees in order to pay for their stay when applying for asylum in Denmark, will be debated at the Civil Liberties Committee. (Monday)

Trade secrets. An informal Parliament/Council deal on new rules to help businesses obtain legal redress against the theft or misuse of their trade secrets is up for a vote in the Legal Affairs Committee. MEPs sought in the talks to ensure that freedom of expression and information are protected and that the new rules will not restrict the work of journalists. (Thursday)

Port services. New rules to improve the quality and efficiency of services provided to sea port users, such as shipping companies, will be voted by the Transport Committee. The committee will set out its position on measures proposed by the Commission for market access to port services and to improve the transparency of port infrastructure and port service charges and public funding of ports. (Monday)

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UK MEPs in the spotlight this week

Discharge to the Agencies. Rapporteur: Derek Vaughan (Wales, Labour). Committee on Budgetary Control (Monday)

Technological solutions to sustainable agriculture in the EU. Rapporteur: Anthea McIntyre (West Midlands, Conservative). Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (Monday)

The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. Rapporteur: Molly Scott Cato (South West, Greens). Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (Monday)

Meeting the antipoverty target in the light of increasing household costs. Rapporteur: Julie Ward (North West, Labour). Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (Thursday)

The situation of women refugees and asylum seekers in the EU. Rapporteur: Mary Honeyball (London, Labour). Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (Thursday)

Single Market governance within the European Semester 2016. Rapporteur: Catherine Stihler (Scotland, Labour). Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (Monday)


Hearings and workshops

Public Hearing on Virtual currencies. Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (Monday)

Public Hearing on Administrative Procedure for the EU. Committee on Legal Affairs (Thursday)


Other topics

ECB annual report, Serbia and Kosovo and fight against fraud.


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