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Online privacy and Panama Papers – this week at the European Parliament

The MEPs are in Brussels for a week of committee meetings and preparations for next week's plenary session. We have selected some highlights for you.



E-privacy An update of EU privacy protection rules to cover new means of communication, such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Skype, is also up for a vote in the Civil Liberties Committee. Among the issues at stake are the use of cookies, unsolicited direct marketing sent, for example, via SMS, and end-to-end encryption in digital communication. (Thursday)

Panama Papers/Inquiry Committee The EP special committee investigating the 'Panama Papers' revelations on money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion will present its conclusions and recommendations in the final report to be put to the vote on Wednesday

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Hearings at the EP this week

On the 16th of October the Employment and Social Affairs Committee together with the Transport and Tourism Committee are organising a workshop on the ”Working conditions of mobile workers in transport” with the participation of union and industry representatives.

On the 18th of October the Committee on International Trade and DG EXPO Policy Department are organising a workshop on “Trade and Economic relations between the EU and Gulf countries.” The workshop will look at the legal and regulatory framework for business investment and at the potential collaboration or competition between EU and US businesses when operating in the GCC.

On the 16th of October the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee (FEMM) are organising a hearing on the EU strategy against women’s cancers. Types of cancers, which according to the organisers “are widespread but often overlooked by the public and policy makers.” During the meeting, the experts invited will discuss the current situation in the prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment of women's cancers and assess EU's health and anti-cancer strategies in this area. Follow the debate through this live streaming.

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