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EP News No. 15/2013

Table Of Contents


MEPs return to Brussels on 22 April for a full week of committee meetings.


Committee highlights:

Bank crisis resolution
The Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs will vote on a first part of common procedures to avoid and resolve bank crises and, when necessary, wind down a bank's activities.  The rules will avoid taxpayer money being the first and often only tool against bank troubles (Wednesday). press conference is planned for 11.00 on Tuesday.

Youth employment
The Committee on Employment and Social Affairs will vote to allocate €6 billion to the new "Youth Employment Initiative" as part of the European Social Fund for 2014-2020. This will implement Parliament's calls for schemes to guarantee employment or training for young people out of a job, subject to agreement on the EU's long-term budget. (Tuesday)

EU poverty assistance
MEPs on the Committee on Social Affairs and Employment will also vote on "EU Aid to the Most Deprived", a new fund to replace the EU's former food distribution programme. It will provide a wider range of support, including to the homeless and children suffering from poverty, if confirmed in the EU's 2014-2020 budget. (Tuesday)

EU-US trade agreement
The Committee on International Trade will set out its red lines to defend EU citizen and industry interests, ahead of EU negotiations with the United States on what could be the world's largest ever free trade deal. Thursday

Air passenger dataMembers of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs will vote on the collection of passenger name records (PNR), intended to fight serious crime and terrorism. The sticking points concern the inclusion of intra-EU flights and whether to make the system voluntary for member states. (Wednesday)

Following provisional deals reached with Council, the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs will also vote on more harmonised and effective procedures to ensure applicants have the same chances of being granted asylum regardless of where in the EU they apply. MEPs will also decide whether to back updated rules on the Eurodac database of asylum seeker fingerprints, including police access, after a number of their requested safeguards were taken on board. (Wednesday)

Car emissions
The Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety will vote on a review of car CO2 emission rules to keep the EU on track to reach its 2020 target of 95g/km. The legislation aims to curb the climate impact of the EU's road traffic and offer better fuel efficiency for motorists. (Wednesday)


Among issues involving UK MEPs:

Improving the practical arrangements for the holding of the European elections in 2014. Rapporteur: Andrew Duff (Eastern, LibDem). Committee on Constitutional Affairs (Monday)

Annual Report 2011 on the Protection of EU's Financial Interests - Fight against Fraud. Rapporteur: Derek Vaughan (Wales, Lab). Committee on Budgetary Control (Tuesday)

Amendment of Council Regulation (EC) No 1342/2008 of 18 December 2008 establishing a long-term plan for cod stocks and the fisheries exploiting those stocks. Rapporteur: Diane Dodds (Northern Ireland, DUP). Committee on Fisheries (Tuesday)

Forward policy planning and long-term trends: budgetary implications for capacity-building. Rapporteur: James Elles (South East, Cons). Committee on Constitutional Affairs (Tuesday)

Stepping-stone Economic Partnership Agreement between the EC and Central Africa. Rapporteur: David Martin (Scotland, Lab). Committee on International Trade (Wednesday)

Approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States concerning the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco and related products. Rapporteur: Linda McAvan (Yorkshire & Humber, Lab). Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (Wednesday)

Online gambling in the internal market. Rapporteur: Ashley Fox (South West, Cons). Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (Wednesday)

Use of Passenger Name Record data (EU PNR). Rapporteur: Timothy Kirkhope (West Midlands, Cons). Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (Wednesday)

Amendment of Directive 2006/43/EC on statutory audits of annual accounts and consolidated accounts. Rapporteur: Sajjad Karim (North West, Cons). Committee on Legal Affairs (Thursday)

Specific requirements regarding statutory auditing of public-interest entities. Rapporteur: Sajjad Karim (North West, Cons). Committee on Legal Affairs (Thursday)

Information accompanying transfers of funds. Rapporteur: Timothy Kirkhope (West Midlands, Cons). Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (Thursday)

Annual Report of the activities of the Committee on Petitions 2012 (Rule 202(8)). Rapporteur: Edward McMillan-Scott (Yorkshire & Humber, LibDem). Committee on Petitions (Thursday)


Hearings and workshops:

  • "Smart Specialisation - lessons learnt, prospects for the future". Committee on Regional Development (Monday)
  • "Tools to improve a Culture of Compliance in the European fisheries - a EFCA contribution". Committee on Fisheries (Monday)
  • "Advantages of a gender-sensitive approach to tackle youth unemployment". Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (Tuesday)
  • "Money laundering and tax evasion in EU Member States and the consequences on the EU". Special Committee on Crime, Corruption and Money Laundering (Tuesday)
  • "Trafficking and border control". Special Committee on Crime, Corruption and Money Laundering (Tuesday)
  • Hearing on "The Commission Action plan towards an Integrated Internal Control Framework". Committee on Budgetary Control (Wednesday)
  • "Gas and Coal: Friends or Enemies". Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (Wednesday)
  • "Human rights implications of the use of drones" - including presentation of the study entitled 'Human rights implications of the usage of drones and unmanned robots in warfare'. Sub-Committee on Human Rights and Sub-Committee on Defence (Thursday)
  • "Women in ICT". Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (Thursday)
  • "The law protecting children in Europe and worldwide: provisions facilitating adoptions and resolving abductions". Committee on Legal Affairs (Thursday)

Petitions with UK interest:

  • Petition 944/2004 by Sheila Ellis (British, on behalf of 'Residents Against Toxic Site', bearing 7 signatures, on alleged failure of the UK to implement the EU-Directive on the landfill of waste. (Thursday)
  • Petition 924/2011 by Dan Pescod (British), on behalf of European Blind Union (EBU)/Royal National Institute of Blind(Thursday)

Committee Meetings


Further Information

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Diary Dates

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

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

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