EU Budget 2018, Paradise Papers and Brexit hearings – this week at the European Parliament
MEPs are back in Brussels for a week of committee meetings. From the EU Budget 2018 to the Paradise Papers to hearings on the implications of Brexit for the Irish border and the environment we have selected the highlights.
Plenary: EU Budget 2018. The budget for next year will be signed off by President Antonio Tajani, once the full House has approved a provisional agreement struck by Parliament negotiators with member states. MEPs pushed for and obtained better support for young unemployed people as well as additional funding to support SMEs and research. (Debate on Wednesday, vote on Thursday)
Plenary: Investor-state disputes. Future international trade negotiations should have a multilateral court to deal with the arbitration of trade conflicts, instead of a controversial private investor-state dispute settlement, say MEPs. Conflicts in trade partnerships, such as CETA or TTIP, should be settled by such a court, MEPs will urge the Commission in a debate. (Wednesday)
Paradise Papers. Three journalists of the International Consortium for Investigative Journalism (ICIJ), which recently broke the story on the “Paradise Papers”, will attend the EP Inquiry Committee on Money Laundering and Tax Evasion. Commissioners Pierre Moscovici and Věra Jourová will join the discussion to debate possible follow-up actions. (Tuesday)
UK MEPs in the spotlight this week
A global end to animal testing for cosmetics – Rapporteur Judie Girling MEP (South West England and Gibraltar, ECR) Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (Tuesday)
Cost-effective emission reductions and low-carbon investments - Vote on the provisional agreement resulting from interinstitutional negotiations - Rapporteur: Judie Girling MEP (South West England and Gibraltar, ECR) Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (Tuesday)
Brexit hearings at the European Parliament
The implications of Brexit on the Irish border | 28 November
The Committee on Constitutional Affairs has organised a workshop on 'The implications of Brexit on the Irish border'. This workshop, organised by Policy Department for Citizens' Rights and Constitutional Affairs, will feature four experts presenting three research papers. Find here the draft agenda.
Public Hearing on "The impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on the environment, public health and food safety’ | 28 November
The Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee has organised a public hearing on "The impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on the environment, public health and food safety’ with the participations of experts and representatives of consumer groups. Find here the draft programme.
For the details of all the other hearings and workshops please visit this page.