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NATO debate, money laundering blacklist and VAT on e-books – this week at the European Parliament

This week sees a number of important meetings and decisions in the European Parliament committees. From a high-level NATO visit to new anti-money laundering measures, we have selected a few highlights for you below:



NATO. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and Foreign Affairs Committee and Security and Defence Sub-committee MEPs will debate EU-NATO relations and preparations for the 25 May NATO summit. (Wednesday)

Anti-money laundering. A blacklist of non-EU countries at risk of hosting money-laundering practices will be up for a vote in the Economic and Monetary Affairs and Civil Liberties committees. Parliament in January rejected a previous Commission proposal for a blacklist, saying it fell far short of its objective and asking that territories that facilitate fiscal crime be included. (Wednesday)

VAT on e-books. Member states should be able to levy a lower VAT rate on e-books (5% minimum) rather than the standard minimum rate of 15%, say Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs, who want to bring the e-book VAT rate into line with those on printed publications. (Wednesday)

Read the full agenda

UK MEPs in the spotlight this week

State-of-play of the implementation of the Sustainability Compact in Bangladesh: Rapporteur: Karim Sajjad (Conservative Party), Committee on International Trade (Wednesday and Thursday)

2018 Budget - Mandate for the Trilogue: Rapporteur for the opinion: Dalton Daniel (Conservative Party), Committee on International Market and Consumer Protection (Tuesday)

Cross-border parcel delivery services: Rapporteur: Anderson Lucy (Labour party), Committee on Transport and Tourism (Wednesday and Thursday)


Public Hearings

"Business and human rights in EU External Policies" - Committee on Human Rights and Committee on International Trade (Wednesday)

"Hearing on Common (Consolidated) Corporate Tax Base" - Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (Wednesday)

"Fighting against discrimination and protecting minorities" - Committee on Petitions (Thursday)

"Hearing on copyright and the proposed Cab-Sat regulation" -  Committee on Legal Affairs (Thursday)

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