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Plenary week at the European Parliament

MEPs are on their way to Strasbourg this morning for the November plenary session. Here are the highlights to look forward to.



Angela Merkel/Future of Europe. German Chancellor Angela Merkel will debate on Tuesday the future of Europe with MEPs and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Tuesday at 15.00. This will be the twelfth in a series of future of Europe debate between EU heads of state or governments and MEPs.

Cheaper phone calls within the EU. Parliament will vote on Wednesday a new telecom law capping intra-EU phone calls at 19 cents per minute for calls and 6 cents for text messages (SMS) from 15 May 2019. The law also lays down that the roll out of 5G networks should be speeded up and that an SMS alert system for emergencies should be created in all member states.

Rail passengers' rights. Updated rules on European rail passenger rights will be put to a vote on Thursday. Those include more compensation for travellers in case of delays, better information given to passengers about their rights, better assistance to people with reduced mobility, better access to cyclists and clearer complaints-handling procedures.

Renewables and energy efficiency. Updated rules on European rail passenger rights will be put to vote on Tuesday.

Humanitarian visas. Parliament will vote a proposal for a new EU humanitarian visa system on Wednesday.


UK MEP's in the spotlight

Draft opinion on a cross-border conversions, mergers and divisions directive
Committee on Employment and Social Affairs
Rapporteur for the opinion: Anthea MCINTYRE (Conservative, West Midlands)

Draft opinion on a proposal for a regulation on the European Regional Development Fund and on the Cohesion Fund
Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
Rapporteur for the opinion: James NICHOLSON (UUP, Northern Ireland)

Draft recommendation on the protocol amending the Euro-Mediterranean Aviation Agreement between the EU and Jordan to take account of the accession to the EU of Croatia
Committee on Transport and Tourism
Rapporteur: Keith TAYLOR (Greens, South East England)


Brexit and Migration

How will be the relationship UK-EU as regards mobility and migration after Brexit?
This study examines four substantive issues relating to this topic after the UK’s departure from the EU.


Read the study.

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