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EP News No. 22/2013

Table Of Contents


European Parliament session, Strasbourg, 10-13 June 2013

MEPs meet in Strasbourg from Monday 10 June - Thursday 13 June 2013.


Among the highlights of the agenda:

MEPs vote on a Common European Asylum System, which will lay down common procedures and deadlines for handling applications, create a basic set of rights for asylum seekers arriving in the EU and stop transfers of asylum applicants to member states that are unable to cope.  (Debate Tuesday, vote Wednesday)

Border controls
Schengen inspectors would be empowered to pay unannounced visits to prevent national authorities from carrying out illegal border checks at the EU's internal borders. (Debate Tuesday, vote Wednesday)

MEPs will discuss the political situation in Turkey with High Representative Catherine Ashton and vote on a resolution setting out their view. (Debate Wednesday, vote Thursday)

Aid to the deprived
Parliament will vote on the budget for the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived, which social affairs committee MEPs say should be kept at €3.5 billion for 2014-2020 to help pay for food and clothes for Europe's poorest citizens. (Debate Tuesday, vote Wednesday)

Extraction industry transparency
Large oil, gas, mineral and logging firms will be forced to disclose full details of their worldwide payments to governments, when an agreement Parliament reached with Council is put to a vote. (Debate Tuesday, vote Wednesday)

EU summit
MEPs will debate the European Commission's country-specific reform recommendations with Commission President José Manuel Barroso and the Irish Presidency of the Council and will vote on a resolution regarding youth unemployment, ahead of the EU's June summit. (Wednesday)

Baby food
Parliament is expected to approve new rules on content and labelling of baby milks, for example to ensure breastfeeding is not discouraged. The draft law also covers special diet and low-calorie foods. (Debate and vote Tuesday)

2014 elections
Parliament votes on the share-out of MEPs' seats among EU countries for 2014-2019. Under plans tabled by MEPs in March and since backed by the Council, 12 EU countries would each lose one seat after the elections, set for 22-25 May 2014. (Vote Wednesday)

Slovenia and Portugal Presidents
The Slovenian president, Borut Pahor, will address the European Parliament on Tuesday. Portugal's President Aníbal Cavaco Silva will address plenary on Wednesday. Each will hold a press conference with EP President Schulz after their speeches.


Dossiers led by UK MEPs:

  • Long-term plan for cod stocks and the fisheries exploiting those stocks - 1. Rapporteur: Diane Dodds (Northern Ireland, DUP) (A7-0141/2013)
  • Long-term plan for cod stocks and the fisheries exploiting those stocks - 2. Rapporteur: Diane Dodds (Northern Ireland, DUP) (A7-0146/2013)
  • Transparency requirements in relation to information about issuers whose securities are admitted to trading on a regulated market. Rapporteur: Arlene McCarthy (North West, Lab) (A7-0292/2012)
  • Oral question on Financial services: Lack of progress in Council and Commission's delay in the adoption of certain proposals.
  • Sharon Bowles (South East, LibDem) (O-000063/2013 - B7-0208/2013)Oral question on Lack of progress in Council on financial services files. Sharon Bowles (South East, LibDem) (O-000065/2013 - B7-0209/2013)
  • Use of Passenger Name Record data (EU PNR). Rapporteur: Timothy Kirkhope (Yorkshire & Humber, Cons) (A7-0150/2013)
  • Stepping-stone Economic Partnership Agreement between the EC and Central Africa. Rapporteur: David Martin (Scotland, Lab)(A7-0190/2013)
  • Second amendment to the Cotonou Agreement of 23 June 2000. Rapporteur: Michael Cashman (West Midlands, Lab) A7-0110/2013)

Other topics include:

  • Vote on plans to step up fight against organised crime
  • MEPs to urge Council and Commission to get moving on financial sector reform
  • Improving workers' protection against electromagnetic fields
  • Votes on relaxing EU cod quota rules and blacklisting non-EU boats
  • Court of Auditors: Parliament to vote on Romanian and Croatian candidates
  • Mali: how can the EU help with reconstruction and democratisation?
  • EEAS two years on: MEPs to call for stronger synergy and political leadership
  • Afghanistan: MEPs to discuss future EU engagement
  • Defending human rights in ACP countries and press freedom around the world
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 January-31 June 2013: Ireland
1 July-31 December 2013: Lithuania

European Parliament plenary sessions 2013
1-4 July - Strasbourg
9-12 September - Strasbourg
7-8 October - Strasbourg
21-24 October - Strasbourg
18-21 November - Strasbourg
9-12 December - Strasbourg


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