MEPs debate refugee crisis, animal health and antibiotic resistance - this week in the European Parliament
MEPs return to Strasbourg for a plenary sitting from Monday 7th to Thursday 10th March. The plenary is when Members of the European Parliament from all political groups and from all countries meet in the parliamentary chamber in Strasbourg to discuss and vote on legislation.
This is the forum where, following committee meetings in the preceding weeks, MEPs take part in the decision-making and express their standpoint to the European Commission and Council of the European Union.
EU leaders on refugee crisis. MEPs will be updated by the Commission on the implementation of the EU Action Plan on migration and progress made by member states, on Tuesday afternoon.
Animal Health. Measures to prevent and halt outbreaks of animal diseases such as avian flu or African swine fever will be debated on Monday and put to a vote on Tuesday.
Antibiotic resistance. In Thursday’s vote on proposed updates to an EU law on veterinary medicines, MEPs are likely to advocate banning collective and preventive antibiotic treatment of animals, and to back measures to stimulate research into new medicines.
Milk and fruit at school. Safeguards for children in criminal cases. International protection for whistleblowers.
UK MEPs in the spotlight this week
The situation of women refugees and asylum seekers in the EU
Report: Mary Honeyball (London, Labour)
Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality