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EP News No. 26/2013

Table Of Contents


NB This is the last EP News before the summer recess. Normal service will resume at the beginning of September. Bonne vacances!


MEPs return to Brussels on 8 July for a full week of committee meetings.


Committee highlights:

The Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety votes on proposals to cover 75% of cigarette packs with pictorial warnings and to ban certain flavourings, in this first overhaul of the EU legislation in over a decade. (Wednesday)

NSA inquiry
The US NSA surveillance is up for debate in the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, which will constitute a working group to make an in-depth inquiry. (Wednesday)

Music copyright
The Committee on Legal Affairs votes on draft rules that aim to improve the management of music royalty collecting societies and encourage the development of new EU-wide online services in the music sector to boost sales. (Tuesday)

EU subsidies should be better channelled to innovative types of biofuel that have a smaller environmental impact, according to a draft law to be put to the vote in the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. (Thursday)

Regional policy
The Committee on Regional Development will vote on reforms to cohesion policy, a major slice of the EU budget that is devoted to creating jobs and boosting economic growth. MEPs are still negotiating with member states. This vote aims to give clarity where agreement has been provisionally reached, to help preparations for the new phase starting in 2014. (Wednesday)

Mario Draghi
The Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs meets Mario Draghi to discuss latest economic developments, notably rising Eurozone stress, first in his competence as Chair of the Systemic Risk Board and then in his role as ECB president. (Monday)

Fisheries fund
The future use of EU subsidies for new fishing boats or making fishing more sustainable is at the centre of a vote in the Committee on Fisheries on the EU Maritime and Fisheries Fund, a further plank of EU fisheries policy undergoing reform. (Wednesday)

Ship recycling
Vessels flying EU countries' flags may only be scrapped outside the EU if strict health and environment standards are met, under a draft law to be put to a vote in the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety  (Wednesday)

Roaming charges
The Committee on Industry, Research and Energy votes on a non-binding resolution that calls to end mobile phone roaming charges by 2015 within the EU. Caps for charges fell further on 1 July, in line with current legislation. (Tuesday)


Among issues involving UK MEPs:


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 2013
9-12 September - Strasbourg
7-10 October - Strasbourg
21-24 October - Strasbourg
18-21 November - Strasbourg
9-12 December - Strasbourg

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