Brexit hearing, tax evasion and preparations for plenary – this week at the European Parliament
The MEPs have a week of committee meetings and public hearings in Brussels ahead of them. Brexit is high on the agenda with a public hearing next week. The MEPs will also look at tax avoidance and money laundering. We have selected the week's highlights for you below.
Brexit. The situation of EU citizens living in the United Kingdom is the topic of a public hearing organised by the Civil Liberties, Petitions and Employment committees. Speakers include Parliament’s Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt and Anne-Laure Donskoy of «The 3 million» group, which represents EU citizens in the UK. (Thursday)
Taxation. Parliament’s Inquiry Committee on Money Laundering and Tax Evasion will hear from representatives of the Channel Islands, Gibraltar and Madeira about their tax regimes, the extent of cooperation with the EU and how authorities fight money laundering and tax evasion. (Tuesday)
Plenary preparations. Political groups will prepare for the 15-18 May plenary session in Strasbourg, where they will vote on new rules allowing citizens temporarily in another EU country to access online music, games and films which they have subscribed to at home as well as on a review of the reforms enacted in Kosovo and Serbia in 2016. MEPs will also debate Brexit and particularly the guidelines for the negotiations with the UK approved by the European Council. Finally, Parliament will debate and vote on the two-state solution in the Middle East and hear from United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.
UK MEPs in the spotlight this week
Rapporteur for the opinion: Stihler Catherine (Labour Party), Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (Thursday)
"Cooperation in tax matters with European jurisdictions" - Committee on Money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion (Tuesday)
"Gender Equality in EU Trade Agreements – INTA-FEMM hearing" - Committee on Women's rights and gender equality, Committee on International Trade
"The situation and rights of EU citizens in the UK" - Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, Committee on Petitions