Argentina, Colombia, Netherlands and President's diary - this week in the European Parliament
This week sees a mix of delegations and visits for MEPs in the European Parliament.
Argentina. A delegation of MEPs of the Foreign Affairs committee led by chair Elmar Brok will go to Buenos Aires to meet with the recently elected Argentinian President, Mauricio Macri (tbc), Vice-President Gabriela Michetti, as well as with other members of the Argentinian government and representatives of Parliament and civil society. The visit aims to support the new government's efforts to strengthen relations with the European Union. (Tuesday-Wednesday)
Colombia. Another delegation of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee will travel to Bogotá (Colombia) on 31 March and 1 April to meet with members of the government and of parliament, as well as with civil society representatives. The visit will be an opportunity for MEPs to assess progress in the peace process between the government and FARC rebels and reconfirm the EU's support. (Thursday-Friday)
Netherlands. Members of the Agriculture Committee will travel to Berkel en Rodenrijs (Netherlands) to learn more about biological pest management. The delegation will also meet with Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Minister for Economic Affairs Henk Kamp, Agriculture Minister Martijn van Dam, Dutch MPs and representatives of the Dutch agriculture sector in The Hague. (Tuesday)
President's diary. EP President Martin Schulz will pay an official visit to Cyprus on Tuesday and Wednesday. He will meet Nikos Anastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus, and Yiannakis Omirou, President of the House of Representatives, followed by an address to the House of Representatives at noon. The President will also meet with the Turkish Cypriot Leader Mustafa Akinci in Nicosia as well as with leaders of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot political parties. On Wednesday at 18.00 he will meet with Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission and Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, in Brussels.