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EP News No. 13/2013

Table Of Contents


MEPs return to Brussels on 8 April for committee meetings and political group meetings.



Temporary suspension of EU visa-free regime
The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs votes on a proposal for the temporary suspension of visa waivers for non-EU nationals in the event of a "substantial and sudden increase" in irregular migrants or unfounded asylum requests (Monday).

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia progress report
The Committee on Foreign Affairs will evaluate and vote on progress by the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in preparing for EU membership (Monday).


Committee Meetings


Other Issues

Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean
EP President Martin Schulz and MEPs will welcome their national counterparts from the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) to the 9th plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean (Thursday and Friday). President Schulz will hold a press conference with the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Jordan, Saed Hayel Srour, at 12.30 on Friday (Altiero Spinelli building, Room ASP 5G2).

Plenary preparation
Parliament's political groups will prepare for the plenary session in Strasbourg, which will feature addresses by Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen and Irish President Michael D. Higgins. MEPs will vote on: the ECB report for 2011 after a debate with Mario Draghi; new rules on capital requirements for banks, including bonus caps; increased competition among airport ground-handling service suppliers; and EU emissions trading. A plenary debate is also scheduled on changes to the Hungarian constitution.


Further Information

Tel: 020 7227 4300

Pre-session press briefing. The regular briefing by the EP Press Service and political group spokespeople will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, 12 April. (Altiero Spinelli building, Room 5G2).


Diary Dates

Council Presidency
1 January-31 July 2013: Ireland
1 July-31 December 2013: Lithuania

European Parliament plenary sessions 2013
15-18 April - Strasbourg
20-23 May - Strasbourg
10-13 June - Strasbourg
1-4 July - Strasbourg
9-12 September - Strasbourg
7-10 October - Strasbourg
21-22 and 24-25 October - Strasbourg
18-21 November - Strasbourg
9-12 December - Strasbourg

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