Brexit, Syria and UN Secretary General – this week at the European Parliament
It may be election campaign time in the UK, but at the European Parliament the work continues. MEPs are travelling to Strasbourg this week for votes and debates in plenary. We've selected a few highlights for you.
Brexit. MEPs will debate the guidelines for the negotiations with the UK on the terms of its withdrawal, adopted by the April EU Summit, with European Council President Donald Tusk and the Commission (Wednesday).
Food waste. MEPs will advocate efforts to halve food waste in the EU – 88 million tonnes per year - by 2030. They are likely to call on the Commission to lift existing restrictions on food donations and to dispel confusion about “best before” and “use by” labels. (Debate on Monday, vote on Tuesday)
Syria. MEPs will debate ways and means to help end the war in Syria, the worst humanitarian crisis since WW II, with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and vote on a resolution. (Debate on Tuesday, vote on Thursday)
UN Secretary-General. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres will deliver a formal speech to MEPs. The situation in Syria, the refugee crisis and the EU’s role in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals are likely to be among the issues addressed. A joint press conference with EP President Antonio Tajani and Mr Guterres will take place immediately afterwards. (Wednesday).
UK MEPs in the spotlight this week
The new European Consensus on Development - our world, our dignity, our future - Rapporteur: McAvan Linda (Labour Party), Committee on Development (Monday)
The implementation of the European Fund for Strategic Investments - Opinion: TRAN Evans Jill (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales), Committee on Budgets and Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (Monday)