Common asylum system, plenary preparations and Hungary - This week at the European Parliament
This week the EP is preparing for plenary sessions in Strasbourg and a new draft regulation establishing a common single procedure for asylum claims will be put to a vote.
Common asylum system. A new draft regulation establishing a common single procedure for asylum claims, as part of the review of the Common European Asylum System, will be put to the vote in the Civil Liberties Committee. The new rules aim to avoid so-called asylum-shopping and would simplify and shorten asylum procedures and offer guarantees for asylum seekers. The draft regulation also clarifies and harmonises the concept of safe countries of origin. (Thursday)
Hungary. The Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee will discuss the draft report on the situation in Hungary, assessing whether Hungary is at risk of a serious breach of EU values and if Parliament should ask the Council to act on the basis of Article 7(1) of the EU Treaty. The rapporteur will give a press conference after the debate. (Thursday)
Plenary preparations. Political groups will prepare for the April Strasbourg plenary debates, in particular the debate with the French President Emmanuel Macron on the future of Europe. MEPs will prepare votes, amongst others, on a set of new rules to boost waste recycling, on binding reduction targets for greenhouse gas emissions, on rules to prevent money laundering and financial flows to terrorists, on organic food labelling, on stricter car approval rules and on incentives to increase the energy efficiency of buildings. They will also discuss final drafts of resolutions on the protection of investigative journalists (following the murder of Ján Kuciak), media pluralism and freedom as well as gender equality in the media sector. MEPs will also hear from the European Council President Donald Tusk on the outcome of the EU summit of 22 and 23 March.
Future trade relations between the EU and the UK: options after Brexit
With Brexit continuing to be high on the agenda, this study focuses on the options for the future trade relations between the EU and the UK after Brexit. It finds that a model which would allow for continued convergence and mutual recognition in some sectors/freedoms, but not others, is unavailable and cannot easily be constructed for legal, institutional, and political reasons. The study further analyses the effects of Brexit on the UK’s continued participation in the trade agreements concluded by the EU.