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EP News No. 10/2013

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European Parliament session, Strasbourg, 11-14 March 2013

MEPs meet in Strasbourg from Monday 11 March - Thursday 14 March 2013.

MEPs meet in Strasbourg for a plenary session dominated by important debates on the future of CAP, of the long term EU budget and on the future composition of the European Parliament itself.  The Parliament will also welcome the  President of Israel, Shimon Perez.


Among the highlights of the agenda:

EU budget and economic governance
Parliament's key debate will be on the upcoming EU summit on economic governance and the EU's long-term budget. On the latter, it will vote a resolution setting out the mandate to negotiate the multiannual EU budget for 2014-2020 with the Irish Presidency of the Council. The long-term budget proposal needs Parliament's assent. (Wednesday) Parliament will also vote on general guidelines for managing the EU's 2014 annual budget. (Debate Tuesday, vote Wednesday)

Budgetary discipline and surveillance
MEPs will vote on a deal reached with member states on budgetary discipline and surveillance. These "two pack" laws will step up Commission powers to vet Eurozone countries' budgets for fiscal soundness, but also subject them to stronger democratic checks and balances. (Wednesday)

Agricultural policy reform
Parliament is set to vote amendments to legislation  reforming the EU's farming policy. The vote will pave the way for negotiations with member states, which are to start in late March. (Debate Tuesday, vote Wednesday). The EP press service will hold a seminar for journalists on Wednesday.

Consumer protection
MEPs will vote on a deal with member states governments to ensure that EU shoppers with complaints against traders over goods or services will be able to use cheap, fast and fair mediation to settle them, rather than lengthy court cases. These laws will govern both on-line and alternative dispute resolution. (Tuesday)

Number of MEPs per country
When Croatia joins the EU, the distribution of EP seats among member states will need to be revised to comply with the 751-seat limit set by the Lisbon Treaty. To keep EU countries' losses to a minimum, 12 would each lose one seat and no member state would gain any, under the solution to be voted. (Debate Tuesday, vote Wednesday)

Israeli President
President Shimon Peres of Israel will deliver a formal speech to the House at noon, followed by a press conference with EP President Schulz. (Tuesday)

International Women's Day
In the context of International Women's Day on 8 March, MEPs will vote a number of resolutions saying that crisis-driven budget and social spending cuts hit women harder than men and must be offset by investing in job training and female entrepreneurship. (Debate Monday, vote Tuesday)


Among topics led by UK MEPs:

System of national and regional accounts
This report, steered by Sharon Bowles MEP (South East, LibDem) is an extensive revision of the European system of national and regional accounts, ie the set of rules according to which the major statistical data are produced (GDP, deficit, debt). It will be debated on Tuesday.


Other topics include:

  • Parliament to demand action on hormone-disrupting chemicals
  • Removing remaining asbestos in the EU
  • Nuclear reactors: MEPs to call for urgent safety measures following stress tests
  • Integrating migrants in the EU
  • MEPs to demand action to tackle racism and xenophobia in the EU
  • MEPs could veto EU definition of absinthe
  • Horsemeat scandal: how to tackle food fraud?
  • Sport: MEPs to urge EU to join efforts to fight match-fixing
  • Egypt, North Korea, Ukraine, Syria and Mali to be debated with Catherine Ashton
  • China: MEPs to call for genuine political reform
  • EU cooperation to boost overseas countries and territories' competitiveness
  • Human rights and democracy resolutions
Final draft agenda
European Parliament Press Service

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
15-18 April - Strasbourg
20-23 May - Strasbourg
10-13 June - Strasbourg
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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