Delegations - this week at the European Parliament
The MEPs are off for a week of delegations and constituency business. Panama Papers inquiry will visit Malta, the Civil Liberties Committee will visit Frontex offices in Warsaw and the European Parliament President Antonio Tajani will go to Berlin on Friday to meet Germany’s President Joachim Gauck and Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Panama papers inquiry/Malta. Members of the Inquiry Committee into Money Laundering, Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion (PANA) will visit Malta, further to the Panama Papers revelations that some Maltese politicians and 45 intermediaries located in the island had links to Mossack Fonseca, the law firm at the heart of the scandal. The delegation will meet, among others, Malta’s Finance Minister, members of the tax administration, journalists and intermediaries including law firms and banks. (Monday)
Asylum/Canada. Civil Liberties Committee MEPs will go to Canada to look into its resettlement program and integration policy for asylum seekers. They will also meet Members of the Citizenship and Immigration and Justice and Human Rights committees, as well as government and NGO representatives. Over 40,000 Syrian refugees have been resettled in Canada since November 2015. (Monday to Friday)
Peace process/Palestine. The Delegation for relations with Palestine will travel there to discuss the Middle East peace process, particularly settlements, and look into EU-funded projects. MEPs will meet President Mahmoud Abbas as well as Palestinian and Israeli peace activists and visit communities at risk of forced displacement. If granted access, they will also go to Gaza to meet Labour Minister Abu Shahla and the Director of UNRWA operations Bo Schack. (Monday to Friday)