Reduction of single-use plastics, Facebook/Cambridge Analytica and 2018 Sakharov Prize - this week at the European Parliament
From a new EU rule to reduce marine litter to the finalists of the Sakharov Prize, it's a busy week for the MEP's. Check what the UK MEP's are up!
Reduction of single-use plastics. New EU rules to reduce marine litter will be voted on by the Environment and Public Health Committee. They target the main sources of macro-plastics found in Europe's seas and beaches, which account for 70% of marine litter, and would ban products such as single-use cutlery, plates, plastic cotton buds and straws by 2021 on Wednesday.
Facebook/Cambridge Analytica. As a follow-up to the meeting with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and three Cambridge Analytica hearings, the Civil Liberties Committee will propose ways to better protect EU citizens' privacy. MEPs may call on national and European data protection authorities to investigate Facebook and for online platforms to be held accountable for political advertising and campaigns on Wednesday.
2018 Sakharov Prizey. Foreign Affairs and Development committee MEP's will vote, in a closed meeting, to shortlist the three finalists for the 2018 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Eight nominees were presented by MEP's on 27 September. The final winner will be announced on 25 October on Tuesday.
UK MEP's in the spotlight
Draft report on European Crowdfunding Service Provider (ECSP) for Business
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs
Rapporteur: Ashley FOX (Conservative, South West England)
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)
Draft report on the 2018 Commission Report on Montenegro
Committee on Foreign Affairs
Rapporteur: Charles TANNOCK (Conservative, London)
Draft report on the proposal for an amendment directive regarding a better enforcement and modernisation of EU consumer protection rules
Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection
Rapporteur: Daniel DALTON (Conservative, West Midlands)
Draft opinion on the implementation of the EU association agreement with Moldova
Committee on Foreign Affairs and Committee on International Trade
Rapporteur for the opinion: David MARTIN (Labour, Scotland)
Draft opinion on the proposal for a regulation to establish the Rights and Values programme
Committee on Employment and Social Affairs
Rapporteur for the opinion: Jean LAMBERT (Green, London)
Draft opinion on the proposal to stablish the space programme of the Union and the European Union Agency for the Space Programme
Committee on Budgets
Rapporteur for the opinion: John HOWARTH (Labour, South East England)
Draft report 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 (Green, South East England)
Proposal for a directive on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States as regards the accessibility requirements for products and services
Committee on Transport and Tourism and Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection
Rapporteur for the opinion: Keith TAYLOR (Green, South East England)
Draft report on the amendments to the Rules of Procedure
Committee on Constitutional Affairs
Rapporteur: Richard CORBETT (Yorkshire and the Humber)
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)
Fact-Checking in the EU
A few days ago the European Parliament gathered on a conference fact-checkers from across the EU and offer them an opportunity to exchange experiences, ideas and expertise ahead of upcoming EU elections.