UK candidate for Security Union Commissioner, State of the European Union, Apple case, Turkey - this week in the European Parliament
MEPs return to Strasbourg for a plenary sitting from Monday 12th to Thursday 15th September. 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.
State of the Union. Following EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s annual “State of the European Union” speech, MEPs will discuss the way forward for the European Union on Wednesday morning. The three-hour debate will start at 8.00.
Apple case. The EU Commission’s conclusion that Ireland granted Apple Inc. illegal tax benefits, which enabled it to pay substantially less tax than other businesses over many years, will be debated with competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager on Wednesday at 14.00.
The Commission decided that Ireland must recover unpaid taxes totalling up to €13 billion, plus interest.
Turkey. Developments in Turkey further to the failed coup attempt in July 2016, including the state of the rule of law and human rights and Turkey’s military presence in Syria, will be debated with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Tuesday.
Hearing of Commissioner-designate. The Civil Liberties Committee will meet on Monday 18.00 - 21.00 to quiz the Commissioner-designate for the Security Union, Sir Julian King. He has been nominated by the UK government to replace UK Commissioner Jonathan Hill who resigned at the end of June. Civil Liberties Committee Chair Claude Moraes will give a brief door step on Tuesday late morning outside the LOW S 4.2 meeting room. Following the evaluation by the committee, the Conference of Presidents will decide on Wednesday whether to table appointment recommendations for a plenary vote by secret ballot on Thursday.