EU-China trade, Pesticides’ authorisation and Uganda and refugees - This week at the European Parliament
This week our highlights include EU-China trade. While you're here, have a look at what events will be happening in the next few weeks too.
EU-China trade. An International Trade Committee delegation will be visiting China to push for progress in negotiations on investment and protection of geographical indications and follow up on Beijing's recent announcement to open up Chinese market access. Members will also discuss overcapacity in production and recent US tariffs on steel and aluminium, with, among others, the Ministry of Commerce, the National People’s Congress and trade unions. (Sunday to Wednesday)
Pesticides’ authorisation. A delegation from the Special Committee on the Authorisation Procedure for Pesticides will visit the European Food Safety Authority in Parma. MEPs will meet EFSA's Executive Director Bernhard Url and the authority's scientific staff to discuss EU risk assessment procedure, the peer-review process in pesticide evaluations, and ongoing developments, including the ban on neonicotinoids. (Monday and Tuesday)
Uganda/refugees. Members from the Development Committee will monitor Uganda’s response to the arrival of South Sudanese refugees and the implementation of EU aid and development programmes. Uganda hosts 1.4 million refugees, making it the third largest refugee-hosting country in the world and it needs increased international support. MEPs will visit EU-funded projects, meet with refugees, host communities, NGOs and donors along with parliamentarians, state officials and Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda. (Monday to Friday)
Europe Day 2018 Celebrations
On Sunday 13 May, the second annual Europe day picnic will take place. After the success of last years event, in which 10 picnics were held around the UK, the initiative is returning in 2018. It promises to be bigger and better, with supporting partners including Britain for Europe.
The flagship event in Blackheath has been announced and more information is available here. Further events around the country will be added as and when they are announced. Keep an eye on the on the Europe Day UK website for further updates.
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.