Brexit and citizen's rights & rule of law in Poland – this week at the European Parliament
MEPs are back in Brussels for a week of committee and political group meetings. See our highlights.
Brexit/citizens’ rights. A public hearing with key MEPs, national experts and activists will take stock of the situation on citizens' rights following the European Council announcement that sufficient progress has been achieved in the negotiations for the withdrawal of the UK from the EU to move on to the next phase. Parliament called for the withdrawal agreement to incorporate the full set of rights that citizens currently enjoy and to ensure reciprocity, equity, symmetry and non-discrimination for EU citizens. (Thursday)
Rule of law/Poland. Following the Commission’s decision to trigger “Article 7” against Poland, as the country is considered clearly at risk of breaching European values, the Civil Liberties Committee will vote on a resolution on the situation of the rule of law and democracy in the country. (Monday)
Plenary preparations. Political groups will prepare for February’s Strasbourg plenary debates and votes, among others on ending unjustified geo-blocking, emissions trading, the composition of Parliament, the human rights situation in Turkey and threats to the rule of law posed by the reform of the Romanian justice system. MEPs will also debate the work of the European Central Bank with Mario Draghi and continue their discussions with EU heads of state or government on the future of Europe, this time with Croatia’s Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic.
Citizens' rights hearings at the European Parliament
On 1 February 2018 the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and the Committee on Petitions will hold a public hearing to take stock of the situation on citizens' rights. Find more information here.
You can also watch the live-stream of the hearing.