Brexit & tourism, anti-terrorism and the EU asylum system - This week at the European Parliament
A busy week here at the European Parliament. Check out what our UK MEPs are up to and other highlights below.
EU asylum system. New rules establishing an EU single procedure for asylum claims, with the aim of avoiding so-called asylum-shopping, will be voted on by the Civil Liberties Committee. It should simplify and shorten asylum procedures as well as include guarantees for asylum seekers. It would also introduce an EU-wide definition of the concept of safe third (non-EU) countries. (Wednesday)
Anti-terrorism. The reasons behind radicalisation and the phenomenon of foreign fighters, particularly radicalisation online and in prisons, will be addressed by the Special Committee on Terrorism with experts and those working in the field. MEPs will also discuss the way forward to prevent and counter radicalisation. (Tuesday)
Brexit and tourism. On Wednesday 25 April, the Committee on Transport and Tourism will hold a public hearing in Brussels on the impact of Brexit on tourism. Find more information here.
UK MEPs in the spotlight
Opinion on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States as regards the accessibility requirements for products and services (2015/0278(COD)) of the Committee on Transport and Tourism for the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection
Rapporteur: Keith Taylor (Green, South East England) (Monday)
Draft report on on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the import of cultural goods (2017/0158(COD)) Committee on International Trade
Rapporteur: Daniel Dalton (Conservative, West Midlands) (Monday)
Draft report on sustainable finance (2018/2007(INI)) Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs
Rapporteur: Molly Scott Cato (Green, Wales) (Tuesday)
Draft report on the implementation of the Joint Staff Working Document Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment: Transforming the Lives of Girls and Women through EU External Relations 2016-2020 (2017/2012(INI)) Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality
Rapporteur: Linda McAvan (Labour, Yorkshire and the Humber) (Tuesday)
Draft report on the recommendation to the Council, the European Commission and the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on Modernised Association Agreement between the EU and Chile (2018/2018(INI)) Committee on Foreign Affairs
Rapporteur: Charles Tannock (Conservatives, London) (Tuesday)
Draft report on the implementation of the EU association agreement with Moldova (2017/2281(INI)) Committee on International Trade
Rapporteur: David Martin (Labour, Scotland) (Tuesday)
Draft report on European strategy for plastics in circular economy ((2018/2035(INI)) of the Committee on Fisheries for the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
Rapporteur: John Flack (Conservative, East of England) (Thursday)
Draft report on the impact of EU cohesion policy on Northern Ireland (2017/2225(INI)) Committee on Regional Development
Rapporteur: Derek Vaughan (Labour, Wales) (Thursday)
European defence: how to engage the UK after Brexit?
Meanwhile, an exchange of views with Margriet Drent, Coordinator of the Security Unit at Clingendael, and Ian Bond, Director of Foreign Policy at the Centre for European Reform will take place on Wednesday 25 April.
How to engage the UK after Brexit will be the topic of discussion. Find more information here.