EU asylum system reform, Women's Day and Panama Papers inquiry - this week at the European Parliament
The MEPs are in Brussels this week for a schedule full of committee and group meetings. We have selected some highlights for you below.
Reform of the EU asylum system. Proposals to reform the Dublin system, which determines the member state responsible for processing an asylum application, will be presented and debated for the first time in the Civil Liberties Committee. The talks will include possible changes to ensure more solidarity and sharing of responsibility among EU countries in tackling the migration and asylum crisis. (Thursday)
On Tuesday at 10am UK time, lead MEP Cecilia Wikström will hold a press conference to outline her main proposals ahead of the committee debate.
Taxation/EP inquiry. The Special Committee on Money Laundering, Tax avoidance and Tax Evasion (PANA) will finalise its hearings on the roles of bankers, lawyers and accountants in the secret offshore financial vehicles. Journalists from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists will also attend. (Monday)
International Women’s Day. MEPs and national MPs will gather for a meeting on women’s economic empowerment. Parliament’s President Antonio Tajani, Gender Equality Commissioner Vera Jourová, Alia El-Yassir, UN Women Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia and activist Vandana Shiva, among several other guests, will join this event organised by the Women’s Rights Committee. (Wednesday and Thursday)
"The role of lawyers, accountants and bankers in Panama Papers" - Part III, PANA Committee (Monday)
A seminar for journalists on “Women's Economic Empowerment”, with leading MEPs and key media players, will look at gender equality in political and economic decision-making, the pension gap and the challenges and obstacles to achieving a work-life balance. True and Fair Foundation founder Gina Miller is among the guest speakers. (Tuesday and Wednesday)