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Freedom of movement in the UK, consequences of Brexit workshop and mini-plenary – this week at the European Parliament

Brexit will certainly be on the agenda as MEPs return to Brussels for a mini-plenary session and a week of committee meetings. On Tuesday the Internal Market Committee will host a workshop on the consequences of Brexit and on Wednesday all MEPs will debate the EU citizen's freedom of movement in the UK. More details below:




EU citizens’ freedom of movement in the UK. Following the growing number of reports that the UK Home Office is using a restrictive interpretation of the right of EU citizens to stay in the UK, political groups will debate the issue with the Commission. (Debate on Wednesday)

Access to medicines. MEPs will discuss and vote on recommendations on ways to improve people’s access to medicines. Prices of new medicines have risen in the EU in the past few decades to the point of being unaffordable for many and may now threaten the sustainability of national health care systems. (Debate on Wednesday, vote on Thursday)


Car emissions inquiry. The Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS) will vote on its final report on discrepancies between test and real driving emissions of diesel cars, with draft recommendations to the Commission and member states for improvements in applying EU standards. The text will be debated and voted at the April Strasbourg plenary. Press point with the chair and co-rapporteurs at 16.00. (Tuesday)

Money laundering/financing terrorism. The Economic and Monetary Affairs and Civil Liberties committees will vote on an update of EU legislation against money laundering, terrorism financing and tax avoidance. The changes aim to close loopholes and strengthen measures against terrorism financing. These would include ending secrecy about companies’ true owners and sharing this information between member states. (Tuesday)

Read the full agenda

UK MEPs in the spotlight this week

Report on the 2016 Commission Report on Montenegro. Rapporteur: Charles Tannock (ECR, London) Committee on Foreign Affairs  (Monday and Tuesday)

EU flagship initiative on the garment sector. Rapporteur for the opinion: Jean Lambert (Greens, London) Committee on Development  (Tuesday)

The implementation of the European Fund for Strategic Investments. Rapporteur for the opinion: Jill Evans (Plaid Cymru, Wales) Committee on Culture and Education (Monday and Tuesday)

Proposal for a Council implementing decision on the launch of automated data exchange with regard to DNA data in Greece. Rapporteur: Claude Moraes (Labour, London) Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (Monday).


Public Hearings

"Workshop on the consequences of Brexit ", Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (Tuesday)


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