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EP News No. 25/2013

Table Of Contents


European Parliament session, Strasbourg, 1-4 July 2013

MEPs meet in Strasbourg from Monday 1 July - Thursday 4 July 2013.


Among the highlights of the agenda:

EU budget
Parliament will vote on a resolution giving its reaction to a deal reached on the EU's multi-annual financial framework (MFF) for 2014-2020. (Wednesday)

The opening of plenary will include a ceremony to welcome the EU's 28th member state and Croatian MEPs will take up full duties. (Monday)

Emissions trading
An amended proposal to freeze the auction of some CO2 emission permits, so as to encourage low-carbon innovation, will be put to a vote for the second time, after the full House narrowly rejected an earlier proposal in April. (Vote Wednesday)

MEPs will air the implications for EU citizens' privacy of the US Prism and other internet surveillance cases. They will also stress the need to expedite EU data protection reform in a debate with the Commission and Council and a vote on a resolution. (Debate Wednesday, vote Thursday)

MEPs will debate Hungary's compliance with EU values – with the expected participation of the country's PM Viktor Orbán – and they will vote on a draft resolution setting out their assessment. (Debate Tuesday, vote Wednesday)

Cyber crime
Cyber criminals will face tougher EU-wide penalties, under a draft law – already informally agreed between Parliament and Council – to be put to the vote. (Debate Wednesday, vote Thursday)

Chemicals posing a risk to the water environment will face tighter controls and three pharmaceuticals will be monitored, under rules to be put to a vote. (Debate Monday, vote Tuesday)

EU Ombudsman
Parliament will vote to choose a new European Ombudsman from among six proposed candidates. (Wednesday)

Sakharov Prize
Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas will be in Parliament to receive the Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought, after he was barred from travelling in 2010 when the prize was awarded. (Wednesday)

Presidency handover
The Irish Presidency of Council will hand the baton over to Lithuania, with Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny taking part in a debate on Tuesday and Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite on Wednesday.


Dossiers led by UK MEPs:

  • Port State control. Rapporteur: Brian Simpson (North West, Lab) (A7-0394/2012) Monday
  • Reforming the structure of the EU banking sector. Rapporteur: Arlene McCarthy (North West, Lab) Tuesday
  • Protection of the EU's financial interests - fight against fraud. Rapporteur: Derek Vaughan (Wales, Lab) (A7-0197/2013) Tuesday
  • Practical arrangements for the holding of the European elections in 2014. Rapporteur: Andrew Duff (Eastern, LibDem) (A7-0219/2013) Wednesday
  • Impact of the crisis on access to care for vulnerable groups. Rapporteur: Jean Lambert (London, Greens) (A7-0221/2013) Debate and vote Thursday

Other topics include:

  • Macro-financial aid to Georgia (COD) (Moreira) - debate Wednesday, vote Thursday
  • External aviation policy (INI) (Marinescu) - debate Monday, vote Tuesday
  • Contribution of cooperatives to overcoming the crisis (Toia) (INI) - debate Monday, vote Tuesday
  • A bioeconomy for Europe (Bartolozzi) (INI) - debate Mon, vote Tuesday
  • Statute for a European Foundation (Regner) (COD) - vote Tuesday
  • Adoption by Latvia of the euro on 1 January 2014 (Balz) (INI) - vote Wednesday
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 2013
9-12 September - Strasbourg
7-8 October - Strasbourg
21-24 October - Strasbourg
18-21 November - Strasbourg
9-12 December - Strasbourg


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