MEPs are back in Brussels after their delegations. Plenty of committee meetings are taking place, so we have selected a few highlights to guide you through the process.
Brexit and Maritime transport. Committee on Transport and Tourism is organising a public hearing which will focus on the effects UK's departure may have on the maritime sector, including shipping companies and ports. See the bottom of the newsletter for details. (Tuesday)
Corporate Taxation. The Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs will give its opinion on a proposal to create a single, clear and fair European corporate tax regime, dubbed the “Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base” (CCCTB), which would also embrace digital firms. One major feature is to ensure that companies are taxed where their profits are generated, in a bid to crack down on profit shifting. (Wednesday)
EU-wide remedies on defective products. MEPs will vote on a single set of rules to ensure consumers obtain the remedies they are entitled to if they purchase a faulty product. The draft rules harmonise certain contractual rights and would apply to both online and offline (face-to-face) sales of goods, e.g., whether a consumer buys a household appliance, a toy or a computer via the Internet or over the counter in his/her local store. (Thursday)
UK MEPs in the spotlight this week
Rapporteur for the opinions on discharge in respect of the implementation of the budgets of:
The European Banking Authority for the financial year 2016
The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority for the financial year 2016 (2017/2172(DEC))
The European Securities and Markets Authority for the financial year 2016 (2017/2173(DEC))
Kay Swinburne. (Conservative, Wales) - Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (Wednesday)
European Parliament recommendation to the Council, Commission and the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on the negotiations on the modernisation of the EU-Chile Association Agreement (2018/2018(INI)) Committee on Foreign Affairs Rapporteur Charles Tannock (Conservative, London) (Wednesday)
Draft report on sustainable finance (2018/2007(INI)) Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs Rapporteur: Molly Scott Cato (Green Party, South West) (Wednesday)
Draft Opinion of the Committee on Culture and Education on the European Semester for economic policy coordination: Employment and Social Aspects in the Annual Growth Survey 2018 (2017/2260(INI)) Rapporteur: Julie Ward (Labour and Co-operative Party, North West) (Wednesday)
Hearing at the European Parliament on the State of Play of Brexit Negotiations
09.30 – 10.45 UK TIME 27 February 2018 , Brussels
Exchange of views with the AFCO Committee on the state of play of the negotiations on Brexit, with Guy Verhofstadt, Parliament's coordinator for the negotiations and Danuta Maria Hübner, member of the Parliament's Brexit Steering Group
More information here.
You can follow the live-streaming of the hearing here.