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CETA vote, tax avoidance and car emissions – this week at the European Parliament

The MEPs have a busy week of committee meetings in Brussels ahead. Tuesday is set to be of particular interest with the Canadian trade agreement vote, further inquiries into tax avoidance and car emissions. See more below.



CETA. International Trade Committee MEPs will vote on whether or not to approve the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) negotiated with Canada. The full house will vote on the trade agreement in February. CETA can only enter into force with MEPs’ approval. (Tuesday)

Taxation/EP inquiry. The Special Committee on Money Laundering, Tax avoidance and Tax Evasion (PANA) will continue its inquiry by looking into the role played by banks, accountants and lawyers in the setting up of secret offshore financial vehicles for their clients. (Tuesday)

Car emissions/EP inquiry. Meanwhile, Parliament’s Special Committee on Emission Measurements in the car sector (EMIS) will continue its inquiry by hearing representatives of car manufacturer Audi AG, part of the Volkswagen Group. (Tuesday)

Read the full agenda

UK MEPs in the spotlight this week

Conclusion of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada of the one part, and the European Union and its Member States, of the other part. Rapporteur for the opinion: Charles Tannock (ECR, London) Committee on International Trade (Monday)

EU Common Commercial Policy in the context of wildlife sustainability imperatives. Rapporteur: Emma McClarkin (ECR, East Midlands), Committee on International Trade (Monday)

Implementation report on Creative Europe. Rapporteur for the Opinion: Clare Moody (S&D, South West) Committee on Culture and Education (Monday)

Prospectus to be published when securities are offered to the public or admitted to trading. Rapporteur for the opinion: Vicky Ford (ECR, Eastern), Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (Wednesday)

Conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of highly skilled employment. Rapporteur for the opinion: Jean Lambert (Verts/ALE, London) Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (Wednesday)

Approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles and their trailers, and of systems, components and separate technical units intended for such vehicles. Rapporteur: Daniel Dalton (ECR, West Midlands), Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (Wednesday)

Responsible ownership and care of equidae. Rapporteur: Julie Girling (ECR, South West) Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (Wednesday)

EU funds for gender equality. Rapporteur: Clare Moody (S&D, South West) Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (Wednesday)

Initiative on resource efficiency: reducing food waste, improving food safety. Rapporteur for the opinion: James Nicholson (ECR, Northern Ireland) Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (Thursday)


Public Hearings

"The role of lawyers, accountants and bankers in Panama Papers" - Part I, Committee on Money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion (Tuesday)

"Academic Further and Distance Education as Part of the Lifelong Learning Strategy", Committee on Culture and education (Tuesday)

"Hearing of AUDI AG", Committee on Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (Tuesday)

"Hearing on the situation of human rights in Syria : the Syria Emergency", Committee on  Human Rights (Wednesday)

"The Review of the Framework for Electronic Communications", Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (Thursday)


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