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Social security systems, whistleblowers and EU-Japan Partnership - this week at the European Parliament

From coordination of social security systems to the agreement between EU and Japan, it's a busy week for the MEP's. Check what the UK MEP's are up!



Coordination of social security systems. New rules to facilitate the life of cross-border EU workers and ensure that EU citizens have fair access to social security, regardless of their member state of origin, will be put to the vote in the Employment Committee. The legislation would cover unemployment, family and long-term care benefits and particularly the situation of those working in two or more EU countries on Tuesday.

Whistleblowers.   A draft law to set up a protection system for whistleblowers will be voted on in the Legal Affairs Committee. The proposal lays down common standards for protection at EU level, calls for establishing adequate reporting channels in the public and private sectors and sets safeguards for those persons in danger of facing retaliation on Tuesday.

EU-Japan Strategic Partnership. Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs will vote on whether to give their consent to the recently signed Strategic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Japan. This treaty was signed in parallel to the free trade deal on 17 July and aims to strengthen cooperation in more than 40 areas, such as foreign policy and security issues, climate change and disaster management on Wednesday.


UK MEP's in the spotlight

Proposal for a Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market
Committee on Legal affairs and Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection
Rapporteur for the opinion: Catherine STIHLER (Labour, Scotland)

Resolution on the rights of intersex people
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
Rapporteur: Claude MORAES (Labour, London)

Draft report on the accession of Samoa to the Interim Partnership Agreement between the European Community and the Pacific States
Committee on International Trade
Rapporteur: David MARTIN (Labour, Scotland)

Draft report on Blockchain: a forward-looking trade policy
Committee on International Trade
Rapporteur: Emma MCCLARKIN (Conservative, East Midlands)

Draft opinion on a proposal for a regulation establishing the Rights and Values programme
Committee on Employment and Social Affairs
Rapporteur for the opinion: Jean LAMBERT (Greens, London)

Proposal for establishing the space programme of the Union and the European Union Agency for the Space Programme for the Space Programme
Committee on Industry, research and Energy and Committee on Budgets
Rapporteur for the opinion: John HOWARTH (Labour, South East England)

Draft opinion on a proposal to establish the Creative Europe programme
Committee on Budgets
Rapporteur for the opinion: John HOWARTH (Labour, South East England)

Proposal on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States as regards the accessibility requirement for products and services
Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee on Transport and Tourism
Rapporteur for the opinion: Keith TAYLOR (Greens, South East England)

Draft report on the accession of Belarus, Uzbekistan, Honduras, Ecuador, Ukraine and Dominican Republic to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction
Committee on Legal Affairs
Rapporteur: Mary HONEYBALL (Labour, London)

Draft report on a regulation on low carbon benchmarks and positive carbon impact benchmarks
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs
Rapporteur: Neena GILL (Labour, West Midlands)

Draft report on the Amendments to the Rules of Procedure
Committee on Constitutional Affairs
Rapporteur: Richard CORBETT (Labour, Yorkshire and the Humber)

Draft report on Defence of academic freedom in the EU's external action
Committee on Foreign Affairs
Rapporteur: Wajid KHAN (Labour, North West England)

Draft opinion on the Annual Report on the control of the financial activities of the EIB
Committee on International Trade
Rapporteur for the opinion: William (The Earl of) DARTMOUTH (UKIP, South West England)


Brexit negotiations

Guy Verhofstadt (ALDE, BE), the European Parliament’s Brexit Coordinator, issued a statement on behalf of the Brexit Steering Group welcoming the positive progress made in the negotiations.


Read the statement here.

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