Future of the EU, conflict minerals and shareholder rights - this week at the European Parliament
The MEPs are travelling to Strasbourg for a busy week of debates and votes. We have selected a few highlights below. Link to the full agenda is at the very bottom.
Summit on future of EU. MEPs will take stock of the outcome of the 9-10 March European Council, and discuss the “Rome declaration” marking the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, with Council President Donald Tusk, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Malta’s Deputy Prime Minister Louis Grech and Italy’s Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, on Wednesday morning.
Shareholder rights. New tools to sharpen big EU firms’ focus on their long-run performance, by fostering their shareholders’ commitment, will be debated on Monday and voted on Tuesday. They will include giving shareholders a say on directors’ pay and making it easier for firms to identify their shareholders. A press conference is scheduled after the vote at 3pm UK time.
Conflict minerals. A draft EU regulation to stop the financing of armed groups and human rights abuses through trade in minerals from conflict areas will be put to a vote on Thursday. The new law will oblige all but the smallest EU importers of tin, tungsten, tantalum, gold to monitor their sources and do "due diligence" checks on their suppliers.
UK MEPs in the spotlight this week
Copyright in the Digital Single Market. Rapporteur for the opinion: Stihler Catherine (S-D), Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament (Monday)