Robotics, refugees and commissioner's reshuffles - this week at the European Parliament
The MEPs are back in Brussels for a week packed with committee meetings. We have selected some highlights below.
Commissioner Oettinger’s new portfolio. Three parliamentary committees will quiz Commissioner Günther Oettinger on his new portfolio for Budget and Human Resources. The new tasks were assigned to Mr Oettinger by Commission President Juncker following the resignation of Commission Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva. (Monday at 17:00)
Refugees. The Civil Liberties Committee will discuss the implementation of the EU – Turkey deal on refugees and migrants, the state of play on relocation and resettlement operations and the Commission's recommendation to resume transfers of refugees back to Greece under the Dublin convention. In a separate debate, UNHCR director for Europe Vincent Cochetel will present proposals for better protecting refugees in the EU. (Thursday)
Robotics. Proposals for the first-ever set of rules at EU-level to address legal and ethical issues raised by the increased use of robotics and artificial intelligence, will be voted in the Legal Affairs Committee. MEPs will call for legislation to define who is liable for robots’ actions, increase safety, as well as introduce a code of conduct to ensure compliance with fundamental ethical principles. (Thursday)
UK MEPs in the spotlight this week
An integrated European Union policy for the Arctic. Rapporteur for opinion: David Martin (S&D, Scotland) Committee on Foreign Affairs (Thursday).
Establishing a Union programme to support specific activities enhancing the involvement of consumers and other financial services end-users in Union policy making in the field of financial services for the period of 2017-2020. Rapporteur for opinion: Vicky Ford (ECR, Eastern) Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (Thursday).
"The role of lawyers, accountants and bankers in Panama Papers"" Committee on Money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion (Monday).