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EP News No. 42/2013


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MEPs return to Brussels on 16 December for the last committee meetings of 2013.


Committee highlights:

Banking Union/taxpayer-funded bank rescues.
After the plenary vote on the principles of winding down failing banks, the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs will now vote on the mechanism and fund. There should be a single authority to restructure or wind down troubled banks and an EU pot of money funded by banks to avoid taxpayers being the first port of call when banks need backing up. (Tuesday)

European aid to the most deprived.
The Committee on Employment and Social Affairs will vote to ensure that the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) will continue in 2014-2020 and will have a budget of €3.5 billion, the same amount as in 2007-2013. This should guarantee that the FEAD is fully operational from 1 January 2014. (Tuesday)

Tobacco directive.
The Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety will hold a fifth, and possibly final, round of talks with the Council’s Lithuanian Presidency on draft legislation to make tobacco products less attractive to young people and lay down safety criteria for electronic cigarettes. (Monday)

NSA/data protection.
Preliminary findings of the on-going inquiry into the NSA surveillance of EU citizens will be presented and debated by the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. These findings include the impact on EU citizens' right to data protection and national surveillance programmes. MEPs will also discuss the issue with a delegation from the US Congress. Finally, leading MEPs will hold a press seminar. (Tuesday and Wednesday)

Air passenger rights.
To ensure that stranded or delayed air passengers receive swift information about their rights, a contact person should be established for each airline in each EU airport, under a draft reform of EU air passenger rights to be voted by the Committee on Transport and Tourism. The proposed reform of EU air passengers' rights also includes a clearer definition of the “extraordinary circumstances” in which compensation may not be paid. (Tuesday)

Fourth Railway Package.
MEPs from the Committee on Transport and Tourism will vote on the opening of domestic passenger rail services to more competition, rules to ensure fair access to infrastructure and harmonization of safety certification to improve interoperability and market access. (Tuesday)

Confiscation of criminal assets.
New legislation to make it easier for national authorities to trace, freeze, manage and confiscate criminal assets across the EU will be voted on by the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. (Tuesday)

Other Issues
On Monday, President Schulz meets the French president, François Hollande in Paris and on Thursday he meets Luxembourg's prime minister, Xavier Bettel, in Brussels. On Thursday afternoon, he will attend the European Council summit and hold a press conference.


Among issues involving UK MEPs:


Hearings and workshops:


Committee Meetings


Further Information

Zuzana Pavlickova
Press Officer
European Parliament Information Office in the UK
Tel: 020 7227 4300


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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