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EP News No. 3/2013

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MEPs return to Brussels on 21 January for a full week of committee meetings.


Committee highlights:

Farm policy reform
The agriculture committee will vote on four pieces of legislation to reform the EU's common agricultural policy. This will pave the way for negotiations with member states, which are linked to talks on the EU's long-term budget. A press conference will be held at 13.00 on Thursday. (Wednesday-Thursday)

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius will debate military action in Mali with foreign affairs and defence MEPs. (Monday) The security and defence subcommittee will hold a separate debate with EU external action service representatives. (Thursday)

Recognising qualifications
MEPs will vote on an update to legislation to make it quicker and easier to get professional qualifications recognised in other member states. Bureaucratic obstacles are hindering worker mobility and the internal market within the EU. (Wednesday)

Finance and Irish presidency ministers
Italian finance minister Vittorio Grilli will be in the economics committee as part of ongoing dialogue on handling the crisis. (Monday) Irish finance minister Michael Noonan will also debate economic issues with MEPs. (Tuesday) Other Irish ministers will discuss the Council presidency programme with MEPs in several other committees. (Monday-Thursday)

European semester
Economics MEPs will vote on a resolution on improving economic coordination in 2013 as part of the so-called "European semester". (Tuesday)

Internal market MEPs are expected to approve a deal reached with member states on the customs enforcement of intellectual property rights. The legislation aims for smoother functioning of customs to protect European businesses' rights and consumer safety. (Wednesday)

Utilities procurement
Public procurement legislation in the water, energy, transport and postal services sectors will be put to the vote in the internal market committee. The draft legislation is part of a wider package to update procurement rules and make better use of public money. (Thursday)


Among the issues involving UK MEPs:


Public hearings and workshops:


Petitions with UK interest:

  • No. 349/2012 by Janet Daunt (British), on alleged pollution of her home, due to works by public authorities (Tuesday)
  • No. 741/2012 by R.H. (British), on the repeal or review of the E-Privacy Directive (Tuesday)
  • No. 902/2012 by Steven Sylvester (British), on the export of his Disability Living Allowance (DLA) (Tuesday)

Committee Meetings


Further Information

Paola Buonadonna
European Parliament UK Office
tel 020 7227 4300


Diary Dates

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

European Parliament plenary sessions 2013
4-7 February - Strasbourg
11-14 March - Strasbourg
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