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EP News No. 5/2013

Table Of Contents


European Parliament session, Strasbourg, 4-7 February 2013

MEPs meet in Strasbourg from Monday 4 February - Thursday 7 February 2013.


Among the highlights of the agenda:

President François Hollande invited to debate with MEPs
President Hollande. French President François Hollande and MEPs will debate a wide range of topics, likely to include the future of the EU,  the economic situation and military action in Mali. There will be a press conference by Mr Hollande and EP President Schulz after the debate. (Tuesday)

EU summitMEPs will debate the EU's budget for 2014-2020 (the so-called MFF) with the Irish Presidency and the European Commission. They are likely to warn member states to avoid a long-term budget which will have structural deficits built into it or risk Parliament withholding its necessary blessing. (Wednesday) EP President Schulz will hold a press conference in Brussels immediately after his participation in the summit. (Thursday)

European Semester
The likely short-term impact of fiscal consolidation on growth, employment and social inclusion must be properly assessed, say Employment MEPs in their position on the Commission's annual growth survey. (Debate Tuesday, vote Thursday.) The Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee is to vote its position on Monday evening with a plenary vote also on Thursday.

Medicine prices
Generics should be granted faster market-access, MEPs say. New pricing rules would cut medicine costs for both, the patient and social security schemes. (Debate Monday, vote Tuesday.)

Fisheries reform
MEPs will insist that the EU's new fisheries policy is sustainable when they vote on a radical reform proposal. They want to end overfishing and ban wasteful discards of unwanted dead fish. (Debate Tuesday, vote Wednesday.)

Car noise pollution
Motor vehicle noise limits would be drastically lowered to protect the health of EU citizens under a draft law to be put to a vote. This law would also introduce a noise labelling scheme for new cars and set standards for making electric vehicles audible to pedestrians. (Debate Tuesday, vote Wednesday)

Tunisian President
Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki will address MEPs in a formal sitting on Wednesday.


Among topics led by UK MEPs:

Corporate Social Responsibility: promoting society's interests and a route to sustainable and inclusive recovery
Richard Howitt MEP's (Eastern, Lab) report challenges business on how it can restore confidence after the economic crisis. Endorsing the European Commission Communication on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), the Rapporteur argues there can be no sustainable economic recovery without sustainable business. The Howitt Report proposes that Europe itself is more active in promoting the responsibility of business, advancing a new proposal for companies to publicly report on their sustainability, championing a new mechanism for corporate accountability in the United Nations and formally signing-up to the internationally-recognised OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprise. A direct call is made to European businesses to combat the social consequences of the current crisis, including by taking action for youth job creation, the sustainability of pensions, and by tackling exploitative labour practices in company supply chains. The report will help shape European action on CSR over the next five years. (Debate Tuesday, vote Wednesday)


Other topics include:

  • MEPs to urge EU to do more to prevent poaching of endangered animals
  • Requiring banks to lend to small firms
  • Vote on fresh money for banana growers in EU outermost regions
  • MEPs to debate Turkey's Kurdish issue
  • Debate on how best to help EU industry to recover
  • Freedom and the rule of law in Bulgaria
  • MEPs to contest use of "Chateau" labels by US wine producers
  • Human rights and democracy resolutions Laos, Zimbabwe and Pakistan
  • Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls (OQ)
  • Common system of VAT and combating VAT fraud
  • European Investment Bank - Annual Report 2011, in the presence of Mr Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Guidelines for 2014 budget (other than Commission) EU strategies for 2013 international meetings on Climate Change (Warsaw),OQ
Final draft agenda
European Parliament Press Service

Committee meetings


Further Information

Paola Buonadonna
European Parliament UK Office
tel 020 7227 4300


Diary Dates

Council Presidency1 January-31 July 2013: Ireland
1 July-31 December 2013: Lithuania

European Parliament plenary sessions 2013
27-28 February - Brussels
11-14 March - Strasbourg
27-28 March - Brussels
15-18 April - Strasbourg
8-9 May - Brussels
20-23 May - Strasbourg
10-13 June - Strasbourg
1-4 July - Strasbourg
9-12 September - Strasbourg
21-22 and 24-25 October - Strasbourg
6-7 November - Brussels
18-21 November - Strasbourg
9-12 December - Strasbourg