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Treaty of Rome anniversary, protection against online fraud - this week at the European Parliament

MEPs are back in Brussels for a week full of committee meetings. A number of expert exchanges of Brexit will take place as the Parliament celebrates the 60th anniversary of signing of the Treaty of Rome



60th anniversary of the Rome treaties.  To mark the occasion, the EP will hold a “Citizens’ Parliament”, bringing together people from all over the EU to discuss the future of the EU in the plenary chamber, on Tuesday.

On Friday, there will be a special meeting of the EP Conference of Presidents (EP President and political groups’ leaders) and the Bureau (Vice-Presidents and Quaestors) in Norcia, Italy, in the region hit by the recent earthquakes, where they will also meet Italy’s Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni. President Tajani and the presidents of the other two EU institutions will meet Pope Francis later in Rome.

On Saturday, President Tajani will deliver a speech at the 60th anniversary celebration, sign the Rome Declaration on behalf of Parliament and take part in a joint press conference with the leaders of the other EU institutions.

Protection against online fraud. National authorities would have more powers to enforce consumer rights, e.g. by checking whether websites geo-block consumers or to order the taking down of websites that host scams, under draft rules to be voted by the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee. These aim to tackle the most common practices harming online consumers, from abuse of online games for children to unfair contract terms for renting cars.(Tuesday)

Books for visually impaired people. Draft legislation providing for copyright exceptions to facilitate access to books and other print material for blind and visually impaired people will be up for a vote in the Legal Affairs Committee. The proposal would help make available works in accessible formats such as Braille, large print, e-books and audiobooks. (Thursday)

Read the full agenda

UK MEPs in the spotlight this week

Resilience as a strategic priority of the external action of the EU: Rapporteur: McAvan Linda (Labour Party), Committee on Development (Monday)

Guarantee Fund for external actions: Rapporteur for the opinion: Deva Nirj (Conservative Party),  Committee on Development (Tuesday)

EU guarantee to the European Investment Bank against losses under financing operations supporting investment projects outside the Union: Deva Nirj (Conservative Party),  Committee on Development (Tuesday)

EU flagship initiative on the garment sector: Opinion: Karim Sajjad (Conservative Party) and Lambert Jean (Green Party), Committee on Development (Tuesday)

Financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union: Rapporteur for the opinion: McAvan Linda (Labour Party), Committee on Development (Tuesday)

Financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union: Rapporteur: Ashworth Richard (Conservative Party), Committee on Budgetary Control (Tuesday)

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

Approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States as regards the accessibility requirements for products and services: Rapporteur for the opinion: Taylor Keith (Green Party), Committee on Transport and Tourism (Wednesday and Thursday)

Internet connectivity for growth, competitiveness and cohesion: European gigabit society and 5G: Rapporteur for the opinion: Lewer Andrew (Conservative Party), Committee on Regional Development (Tuesday)

Initiative on resource efficiency: reducing food waste, improving food safety: Rapporteur for the opinion: Nicholson James (Ulster Unionist Party), Committee on Agricolture and Rural Development (Tuesday)

The implementation of the European Fund for Strategic Investments: Rapporteur for the opinion: Evans Jill (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales), Committee on Culture and Education (Wednesday and Thursday)

Annual report 2014 on subsidiarity and proportionality: Rapporteur: Karim Sajjad (Conservative Party), Committee on Legal Affairs (Wednesday)


Brexit in committees

"Possible impacts of Brexit on EU development and humanitarian aid policies" (DEVE, Tuesday)

"The constitutional relationship of the UK with the EU: the consequences of the results of the referendum" (AFCO, Tuesday)

"Exchange of views on Brexit" (PECH, Wednesday)


Public Hearings

"Aid Conditionality" - Committee on Development (Monday)

"The Development of a European Demos" - Committee on Constitutional Affairs (Monday)

"Management of Fishing activities in Natura 2000 areas" - Committee on Fisheries (Wednesday)

"Hearing on Statute for social and solidarity-based enterprises" - Committee on Legal Affairs (Wednesday)

"The East and South China Sea Tensions - Implications for Global Security" -  Committee on Foreign Affairs and Committee on Security and Defence (Wednesday)

"Hearing on 'A European Strategy for Low-Emission Mobility" - Committee on Transport and Tourism (Wednesday)

"Workshop: Towards an EU common position on the use of armed drones" - Committee on Human Rights (Wednesday)

"Clean energy for all Europeans" - Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (Wednesday)

"European Electronic Communications Code" - Committee on International Market and Consumer Protection (Tuesday)

"The EU relations with Latin America and the Caribbean" - Committee on Foreign Affairs (Tuesday)


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