Tax avoidance, climate change and EU budget – this week at the European Parliament
MEPs gather in Brussels for a week of committee and political group meetings. More details below.
Taxation/Stiglitz. The Committee of Inquiry into Money Laundering, Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion (PANA) will hold two hearings: one with Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz, in his capacity as former advisor to the Panama government, and another with representatives of European tax enforcement bodies, including EUROPOL, EUROJUST, the EU's Financial Intelligence Units and national prosecutors. (Wednesday and Monday respectively)
PANA chair Werner Langen will hold a press point with Mr Stiglitz at 11:30am on Wednesday.
Climate change/COP22. A twelve-strong delegation of MEPs will take part in UN climate talks (COP22) in Marrakesh. Following the European Parliament’s ratification and the entry into force of the 2015 Paris agreement, these will focus on how to finance and share the efforts needed to keep climate warming well below 2 degrees compared to pre-industrial levels. (Tuesday to Friday)
2017 EU budget/MFF. MEPs and member states’ finance ministers will try to strike a deal on the EU budget for 2017. Also on the table is the revision of the EU’s seven-year budget, the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). If there is a deal, there will be a press point (details to be announced). (Wednesday or Thursday)
UK MEPs in the spotlight this week
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 (Monday)
"Anti-money laundering and tax evasion: Who assures compliance with the rules and enforces them" Committee on Money Laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion (Monday).
"Hearings of former Commission Officials from DG ENV and DG ENTR/GROW" Committee on Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (Monday).
"EU Resettlement Framework" Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (Monday).
"EU foreign policy in the Sahel region" Committee on Foreign Affairs (Monday).