CETA, Canadian Prime Minister and External border checks vote – this week at the European Parliament
The MEPs are travelling to Strasbourg for a week of debates and votes and it is a busy one. The EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is expected to get EP's final nod. Justin Trudeau, the Canadian PM is due to speak in the plenary and the MEPs will vote on a number of key files – from external border checks to an update on the EU's counter-terrorism law.
CETA final vote. Parliament will vote on the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) on Wednesday, after a morning debate on the landmark deal, which aims to boost goods and services trade and investment flows. Lead MEPs will hold a joint press conference with Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström after the vote, at 13.00.
Visit of Canada’s Prime Minister. Justin Trudeau will address the full Parliament on Thursday at 10.00. It is the first-ever visit by a Canadian Prime Minister to the European Parliament.
External border checks. New rules to tighten the screening of EU citizens and third country nationals entering the EU are up for a debate and final vote. The amended Schengen Border Code will allow for systematic data checks at external borders to identify travellers returning from battlefields or using false or stolen documents. A press conference is scheduled for Wednesday at 13.30. (Debate Wednesday, vote Thursday)