Brexit negotiator at the EP, end of roaming and data protection – this week at the European Parliament
MEPs return to Brussels for a mini-plenary session and a week of committee meetings. Michel Barnier, the European Commission's Brexit negotiator will meet with the European Parliament's president and group leader on Wednesday. Other highlights include a vote on roaming chargers and access to online content abroad. See all the highlights below.
UK negotiations. An extraordinary Conference of Presidents (EP President and political groups’ leaders) will meet European Commission negotiator on talks with the UK Michel Barnier. (Wednesday)
End of roaming charges. A proposal to cap wholesale roaming charges, i.e. what operators charge each other for using their networks, is up for a vote in the Industry Committee. Wholesale prices will have an impact on the end of roaming charges for users scheduled for 15 June 2017. (Tuesday)
Cross-border portability of online content. People buying online content such has movies, music, books and TV shows, would be able to use these services even when temporarily in another EU member state, under a draft law to be voted by the Legal Affairs Committee. (Tuesday)
Data protection/EU-US. MEPs will vote on new rules to protect people’s privacy when personal data is transferred between the EU and the US for law enforcement purposes. The so-called Umbrella Agreement will cover transfers of all personal data for the prosecution of criminal offenses, including terrorism. (Debate Wednesday, vote Thursday)
Commissioners' declarations of interest. MEPs will discuss transparency guidelines for European Commissioners’ declarations of interest. (Debate Wednesday, vote 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 and Tuesday).
Annual Report on EU Competition Policy. Rapporteur for the opinion: Jacqueline Foster (ECR, North West) Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (Monday and Tuesday).
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 and Tuesday).
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 and Tuesday).
Conclusion of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada of the one part, and the European Union and its Member States, of the other part. Rapporteur for the opinion: Charles Tannock (ECR, London) Committee on Foreign Affairs (Tuesday)
"Hearing of Ms Ida Auken, former Minister for the Environment, Denmark", Committee on Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (Monday).
"Crisis in the print media", Committee on Culture and Education (Monday).
"Hearing on Copyright reform", Committee on Legal Affairs (Tuesday).
"Preventing and countering radicalisation and violent extremism", Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (Tuesday).
" Hearing on the Implementation of the Biotech Directive", Committee on Legal Affairs (Tuesday).
"What Future for EU-Research Policy: Taking Stock and looking ahead", Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (Tuesday).
"FinTech: the influence of technology on the future of the financial sector", Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (Tuesday).
"Good governance and the implementation of SDG 16", Committee on Development (Tuesday).