EU Delegations – this week at the European Parliament.
The MEPs are participating this week in several delegations which will look at various issues such as EU-NATO cooperation, AU-NZ free trade agreements and copyright issues with Silicon valley companies. Find out more below:
EU-NATO relations/USA. Foreign affairs and defence committees MEPs will travel to Washington and Norfolk in the US to discuss EU-NATO cooperation with high-ranking NATO officials, US Congressmen and the State and Defence Departments (Tuesday to Friday).
Trade agreements/Australia and New Zealand. Ahead of the start, later this year, of talks on free trade deals with Australia and New Zealand, a delegation of the International Trade Committee will travel to both countries to discuss opportunities and possible contentious issues, such as trade in farming products. MEPs will meet Australian and New Zealand members of parliament, as well as EU companies and local businesses, trade unions, and indigenous communities. (Monday to Thursday)
Intellectual property/future of transport/USA. MEPs of the Legal Affairs Committee will be in San Francisco to discuss the enforcement of copyright, patents, trademarks and the new EU copyright package with representatives from companies such as Google, Facebook, Apple, Pixar, Universal Music and 21st Century Fox. A Transport Committee delegation will meet representatives from Uber, Tesla, Intel, Google X and Waymo as well as the R&D departments of car manufacturers, to discuss innovative transport solutions and latest developments in unmanned aerial vehicles and automated driving. (Monday to Thursday)