EU budget, animal testing and media freedom - This week at the European Parliament
This week the EU budget and testing cosmetics on animals is high on the agenda but check out our highlights below.
Post-2020 EU budget. MEPs will debate fresh proposals for the EU’s post-2020 long-term budget and revenue reform presented by the EU Commission on Wednesday. In their resolution adopted on 14 March, MEPs stressed that the next long-term budget must fund new priorities as well as modern, sustainable farming and the development of Europe’s regions. They also underline that it must make up for any shortfall caused by Brexit and advocate strengthening existing own resources and progressively introducing new ones.
Testing cosmetics on animals. The EU should launch a diplomatic initiative for a global ban on testing cosmetics on animals before 2023, MEPs are set to say in a debate with the Council and the EU Commission on Wednesday and in a resolution to be put to the vote on Thursday. Within the EU itself, the sale of all animal-tested cosmetics has been banned since 2013. However, around 80% of countries worldwide still allow animal testing and the marketing of cosmetics tested on animals.
Media pluralism and media freedom. How to safeguard media freedom, pluralism and independence will be debated on Wednesday and put to the vote on Thursday. MEPs are set to ask for more support for public service providers and investigative journalism and for an independent regulatory body to monitor and report threats against journalists. To mark World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, the Parliament and the EU Commission will hold a seminar on "The situation of media and freedom of expression in Turkey". Speakers include EP President Antonio Tajani and Commissioner Johannes Hahn. (Thursday, Friday)
The European Parliament is organising a "Brexit and the EP: What it means for the food sector" debate. The event will be held at the European Parliament in London on Friday 18 May 2018.
The EU has held the major competency over food policy for decades, from food safety to security and trade to tariffs. The debate will explore the impact of Brexit on the future of UK food policy across the agri-food chain sector.
This event will be live streamed on Facebook.
For more information, click here.