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EP News No. 19/2013

Table Of Contents


European Parliament session, Strasbourg, 15-18 April 2013

MEPs meet in Strasbourg from Monday 20 May - Thursday 23 May 2013.


Among the highlights of the agenda:

MEPs to urge European Summit action against tax fraud
Parliament will urge member states to step up the fight against tax havens and improve tax collection, in a debate on Tuesday that gives input to the 22 May European Council. On Tuesday MEPs will vote on a draft resolution that says EU member states should join forces to halve the €1 trillion uncollected "tax gap" by 2020.

EU bank supervision package to be debated in plenary
The EU single banking supervision mechanism, as agreed by lead MEP negotiators and the Council Presidency in late March, will be debated in plenary session on Tuesday. The final vote on the rules will come later, to allow more time for parallel talks between the EP and the European Central Bank on detailed accountability provisions for the system's supervisor.

Parliament to state expectations for trade talks with the US
The goals that Parliament expects to be achieved and values that it wants to be defended in talks on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with United States will be debated on Wednesday and voted on Thursday.

Media freedom in the EU
Changes to member states' media laws and their impact on government interference in the media should be monitored every year at EU level, says a draft resolution to be voted on Tuesday. It also advocates broadening the scope of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive to ensure full respect for media freedom and pluralism. A second draft resolution, also to be voted on Tuesday, calls for improved media education and protection for minors.

Parliament to adopt position on dates for next year's European elections
The 2014 European elections should be held from 22 to 25 May, instead of 5 to 8 June, says a draft decision to be voted by Parliament on Tuesday. This will give the new Parliament more time to prepare for the election of the European Commission President in July 2014.

EU-wide protection for victims of stalking or gender violence
A draft law to ensure that a victim of violence who is granted protection in one EU member state can get the same protection when she or he moves to another will be voted on Wednesday. The law would also speed up recognition of protection measures by creating standard multilingual certificates

Updating rules on cross-border trips for pets
New legislation on the "non-commercial transport" of pets, already informally agreed with EU ministers, will be put to a vote on Thursday. It should make it easier to transport pets across borders and will strengthen animal health requirements. It will also ensure that pet owners get clearer information on line.

Offshore oil and gas: stricter rules to protect the environment
A provisional deal with the Council on the environmental safety of offshore oil and gas drilling will be debated on Monday and put to the vote on Tuesday. It would require oil and gas firms to prove their ability to cover potential liabilities deriving from their operations and to submit major hazard reports and emergency response plans before getting a licence to drill.


Dossiers led by UK MEPs:

  • Future legislative proposals on EMU - Sharon Bowles (South East, LibDem)
  • Draft protocol on the application of the Charter of fundamental rights of the European Union to the Czech Republic (consent) - Andrew Duff (Eastern, LibDem)
  • Draft protocol on the application of the Charter of fundamental rights of the European Union to the Czech Republic (consultation) - Andrew Duff (Eastern, LibDem)
  • Reinstatement of Myanmar/Burma's access to generalised tariff preferences - David Martin (Scotland, Lab)

Other topics include:

  • EU enlargement prospects of Bosnia and Herzegovina and fYR Macedonia
  • Protecting public pensions to ensure decent living standards for all
  • Recovering Arab Spring countries' asseets
  • Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries
  • MEPs to recommend restoring Myanmar's free access to the EU market
  • Further legislation on economic and monetary union
  • MEPs to voice grave concerns about labour conditions in Bangladesh
  • Human rights and democracy resolutions
  • Renewable energies
  • EU and international investment laws
  • Pyrotechnic articles
  • Voluntary permanent Union relocation scheme
  • Women's rights in the Balkan accession countries
Final draft agenda
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Further Information
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Diary Dates

Council Presidency
1 January-31 July 2013: Ireland
1 July-31 December 2013: Lithuania

European Parliament plenary sessions 2013
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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