CETA, data protection and Panama Papers – this week at the European Parliament
MEPs return to Brussels for a week of committee meetings. A busy week for British MEPs as many of them will be leading a number of dossiers in the committees. CETA, EU's trade policy, data protection and Panama Papers will also be discussed.
EU trade policy/CETA. MEPs will hold a debate on the CETA agreement, which will need to be ratified by the European Parliament before it enters into force, on Thursday. The day before Trade Committee MEPs will also debate the future of EU trade policy with EU trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, WTO Deputy Director-General Karl Brauner, World Bank lead economist Paul Brenton and other experts from the IMF, OECD, UNCTAD, the International Trade Centre and Oxfam. (Wednesday and Thursday)
Data protection/EU-US. Draft recommendations on the EU-US Agreement on the protection of personal information relating to the prevention, investigation, detection and prosecution of serious crimes, including terrorism, will be debated by the Civil Liberties Committee. The so-called Umbrella Agreement cannot enter into force without Parliament’s consent. (Tuesday)
Panama papers inquiry. The Committee of Inquiry into the Panama Papers scandal (PANA) will hear EU Commissioner Věra Jourová, who is responsible for the EU's anti-money-laundering policy. (Tuesday)
UK MEPs in the spotlight this week
General Revision of Parliament's Rules of Procedure Rapporteur: Richard Corbett (S-D, Yorkshire and the Humber) Committee on Constitutional Affairs (Tuesday).
Establishing a long-term plan for cod stocks and the fisheries exploiting those stocks (Wednesday). Rapporteur: Diane Dodds (NI, Northern Ireland) Committee on Fisheries (Wednesday).
Responsible ownership and care of equidae. Rapporteur: Julie Girling (ECR, South West) Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (Monday and Tuesday)
Access to energy in developing countries. Rapporteur: Linda McAvan (S-D, Yorkshire and the Humber) Committee on Development (Monday).
Annual Report on EU Competition Policy. Rapporteur for opinion: Jacqueline Foster (ECR, North West) Committee on Transport and Tourism (Wednesday and Thursday).
An integrated European Union policy for the Arctic. Rapporteur for opinion: David Martin (S-D, Scotland) Committee on International Trade (Wednesday and Thursday).
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 opinion: Emma McClarkin (ECR, East Midlands) Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (Wednesday and Thursday).
“A Space Strategy for Europe” Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (Thursday).
“Marine Protected Areas: marine biodiversity and ecosystems for the Blue Economy” Committee on Fisheries (Wednesday).
“Universities and the development of entrepreneurship and innovation” Committee on Culture and Education (Tuesday).
“European Youth Hearings” Committee on Constitutional Affairs (Tuesday).