Brexit in committees, climate change and more – this week at the European Parliament
The MEPs are back in action with a week packed full with committee meetings. Expect Brexit to pop up here and there as the next phase of the negitiations starts as well.
Brexit On Wednesday afternoon EP's Brexit Coordinator Guy Verhofstadt will give an update on the progress of negotiations to the Committe on Employment and Social Affairs. Expect a position paper on essential principles on Citizens' Rights and a comparison on UK/EU positions on the matter. (Wednesday)
Yemen. Foreign Affairs and Development Committee MEPs will meet with Abdulmalik Al-Mekhlafi, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Yemen. Parliament adopted a resolution on 15 June 2017 describing the humanitarian situation in Yemen as “catastrophic” and calling once more on EU member states not to export arms that could be used in Yemen. (Wednesday).
Carcinogens. A provisional agreement reached with the Council in July on the limits to harmful substances such as chromium VI, hard wood dust and vinyl chloride monomer, to which workers may be exposed, is up for a vote by Employment and Social Affairs MEPs. The final vote by the full house is set for September (Wednesday).
UK MEPs in the spotlight this week
Legitimate measures to protect whistle-blowers acting in the public interest when disclosing the confidential information of companies and public bodies - Rapporteur for the opinion: Molly Scott Cato (Green Party), Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (Wednesday)
Recommendation on the negotiating mandate for EU trade negotiations with New Zealand - Rapporteur for the opinion: James Nicholson (Conservative), Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (Wednesday)