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EP News No.23/2013

Table Of Contents


MEPs return to Brussels on 17 June for a full week of committee meetings.


Committee highlights:

Posted workers
Proposals to improve rules on posting workers will be put to a vote in the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs. Clearer definitions aim to prevent abuse of the system, for example the bypassing of minimum salary rules in one member state by setting up "letter box" companies in others. (Thursday)

Data protection
The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs will discuss the US "Prism" surveillance programme - among other issues - with Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding, following her meeting with the US authorities. (Wednesday)

The Committee on Foreign Affairs will discuss judicial reform and the Turkish authorities' controversial handling of protests, with Turkish Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin and EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Füle. (Tuesday)

The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs will vote on a report examining standards and practices with regard to fundamental rights in Hungary. (Wednesday)

Emissions trading
The Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety holds a second vote on a proposal to delay the auction of a number of emissions permits. MEPs are seeking to balance concerns on market intervention while securing adequate and sustainable incentives to green investment. (Wednesday)

Greener fridges
Draft legislation to phase down the use of fluorinated gases in fridges and air-conditioning systems will be put to a vote in the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Some of these so-called "f-gases", such as HFCs, have a climate impact thousands of times more severe than CO2. (Wednesday)

The Committee on Budgetary Control votes on rules for the EU's anti-fraud body OLAF and later discusses OLAF's supervisory committee annual report with OLAF head Giovanni Kessler and Commissioner Šemeta. (Tuesday)

ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly
The 25th session of the joint assembly - between EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific nation parliamentarians - will meet to debate the current situation in Mali, the Central African Republic and the Republic of Guinea. A press conference will be held on Wednesday at 17.30. (Monday-Wednesday)

The Committee on Petitions will hold hearings for six candidates for the position of EU ombudsman.


Among issues involving UK MEPs:


Hearings and workshops:


Petitions with UK interest:

  • 0211/2007 by Walter Graham (British), on behalf of Council of Northern Ireland against Fluoridation, on concern about the addition of hydrofluosilicic acid (H2SiF6) to drinking water in UK
  • 1378/2009 by Jamie Andrew Ewing (British), on behalf of the 'Finca Moyano', on a projected high-voltage power line in the Gaucín valley in the province of Malaga
  • 1636/2009 by Robert Mark Stewart (British), on behalf of Airbus Operation Ltd, on the impact of the EC Directive 2003/41 on the employees of Airbus/EADS

Committee Meetings


Further Information

Zuzana Pavlickova
Press Officer
European Parliament Information Office in the UK
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
1-4 July - Strasbourg
9-12 September - Strasbourg
7-10 October - Strasbourg
21-24 October - Strasbourg
18-21 November - Strasbourg
9-12 December - Strasbourg

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