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EP News No. 41/2013


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European Parliament session, Strasbourg, 9-12 December 2013

MEPs meet in Strasbourg from Monday 9 - Thursday 12 December 2013.


Among the highlights of the agenda:

Next in the series of votes on policy programmes funded by the EU’s long-term budget (MFF), approved at the last session, will be the EU’s fisheries policy and the €6.574 billion fisheries fund regulation for the next seven years. Reform plans include a ban on discarding unwanted fish at sea and new requirements for labelling fish sold to consumers. (Debate Monday, vote Tuesday) In a separate vote, MEPs will decide the fate of a draft fisheries agreement between the EU and Morocco. (Debate Monday, vote Tuesday)

Globalisation fund.
Also MFF-related is the use of the EU globalisation fund, which helps people who lose their jobs due to worldwide trends in the economy to retrain or find other work and for which up to €3.5 billion will be available in 2014-2020. (Debate Tuesday, vote Wednesday)

The Ukraine’s decision not to sign an EU association agreement at the Vilnius summit will be debated with Commissioner Štefan Füle. A resolution will be voted. (Debate Tuesday, vote Wednesday)

Plans to freeze the auctioning of some CO2 emission allowances, thus making them more expensive in order to encourage firms to invest in low-carbon innovation, will be put to a final vote. (Vote Tuesday)

Basic bank accounts.
Anyone legally residing in the EU should be able to open a basic payment account with clear rules and comparable fees, and to switch easily to another that offers better terms. MEPs will vote their stand on this and start negotiations on a draft law with the member states. (Debate Wednesday, vote Thursday)

ECB annual report.
MEPs will take stock of the European Central Bank's performance in 2012 with its President Mario Draghi. (Debate and vote Thursday)

MEPs will put forward their views on the main topics scheduled for the European Council summit 19 and 20 December, such as the common security and defence policy, the economy and taxation. (Wednesday morning)

Lux Prize. 
The winner of this year's LUX Prize will be revealed by EP President Martin Schulz at a ceremony in the plenary chamber. This year's finalists are Miele by Valeria Golino (France, Italy), The Selfish Giant by Clio Barnard (United Kingdom) and The Broken Circle Breakdown by Felix Van Groeningen (Belgium).  (Wednesday)

Mali President.
Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita will address MEPs in a formal sitting. (Tuesday)

President’s diary.
EP President Martin Schulz will meet President of the German Bundestag Norbert Lammert on Monday. He will reveal the winner of the 2013 Lux Prize for cinema on Wednesday.



Dossiers led by UK MEPs:

  • Common organisation of the markets in fishery and aquaculture products. Rapporteur: Struan Stevenson (Scotland, Cons) Debate Monday and vote Tuesday
  • Recovery and resolution framework for non-bank institutions. Rapporteur: Kay Swinburne (Wales, Cons) Debate Monday and vote Tuesday
  • Exchange, assistance and training programme for the protection of the euro against counterfeiting (the 'Pericles 2020' programme). Rapporteur: Anthea McIntyre (West Midlands, Cons) Wednesday
  • Appointment of the Chair of the Supervisory Board of the European Central Bank. Rapporteur: Sharon Bowles (South East, LibDem) Wednesday

Other topics include:

  • Noose tightens on tax evasion
  • Cloud computing data protection: MEPs to seek safeguards against foreign spying
  • Vote on five Court of Auditors' candidates
  • MEPs to call for measures to help disadvantaged farmers cope with end of milk quotas
  • Common rules for carriers of radioactive materials
  • Strengthening the EU's disaster response
  • Human rights and democracy resolutions
Final draft agenda
European Parliament Press Service

Committee meetings


Further Information

Zuzana Pavlickova
Press Officer
European Parliament Information Office in the UK
tel 020 7227 4335


Diary Dates

Council Presidency
1 July-31 December 2013: Lithuania
1 January-30 June 2014: Greece

European Parliament plenary sessions 2014
13-16 January - Strasbourg
3-6 February - Strasbourg
24-27 February - Strasbourg
10-13 March - Strasbourg
14-17 April - Strasbourg
1-3 July - Strasbourg
14-17 July - Strasbourg
15-18 September - Strasbourg
20-23 October - Strasbourg
24-27 November - Strasbourg
15-18 December - Strasbourg




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