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EP News No.20/2013

Table Of Contents


MEPs return to Brussels on 27 May for a full week of committee meetings.


Committee highlights:

Negotiations for a plurilateral agreement on services
The Committee on International Trade will vote on a resolution setting its expectations for the negotiations for a plurilateral agreement on trade in services on 28.05.13. This agreement can potentially increase services trade between the EU and its developed trading partners and lower regulatory barriers, but it could also go counter to the WTO's General Agreement on Trade in Services.

Online gambling in the internal market
The Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection will vote on the non-legislative report on online gambling, mainly focusing on consumer protection, administrative cooperation and follow-up of open infringement proceedings to ensure compliance with EU law. The meeting will take place on 30.05.13 in Brussels.

Hearing: Impact of organised crime, corruption and money laundering
The Special Committee on Crime, Corruption and Money Laundering will hold a hearing on the impact of organised crime, corruption and money laundering on the EU's Internal market on 27.05.13 in Brussels. The keynote speaker will be Commissioner for Internal Market and Services Michel Barnier. The Committee will also debate counterfeiting and product piracy as a threat to the internal market and the prevention of corruption in Bulgaria.  

Meetings with Ukrainian Foreign Minister and UN General Assembly President
The Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Leonid Kozhara, will meet the Committee on Foreign Affairs in Brussels on 27.05.13. On the same day, the Committee will also hold a discussion with the President of the 67th UN General Assembly, Vuk Jeremić.

Fourth Railway Package: Committee discussion
The Committee on Transport and Tourism will hold a discussion on the 4th Railway Package, which seeks to deliver better quality and greater choice in European railway services. The first day of the meeting, on 29.05.13, will focus on interoperability, safety and the railway agency. The second day will focus on opening domestic passenger market and governance.

Draft Budget 2014
Commissioner Lewandowski will present the draft budget for 2014 in a special meeting of the Committee on Budgets on 29.05.2013. 2014 is the first year of the EU's next long-term budget, for which negotiations are still ongoing.


Among issues involving UK MEPs:


Hearings and workshops:


Petitions with UK interest:

  • 813/2008 by Brian John (British), on alleged breaches of the general principles governing the activity of the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) in connection with the examination of the applications for Genetically Modified foods(possibly in the presence of the petitioner)
  • 436/2010 by Brian John (British), on formal protest against the Commission draft regulation on implementing rules concerning the applications for authorisation of genetically modified food and feed 1829/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council and amending Regulations No (EC) 641/2004 and (EC) No 1981/2006 (possibly in the presence of the petitioner) (in the presence of Prof. G-E. Séralini)
  • 0223/2012 by Alex Willis (British), on behalf of AVAAZ, bearing more than 2 million signatures, on the ACTA
  • 0903/2012 by Graham Wheeler (British), on the liberalisation of satellite broadcasted content
  • 0991/2012 by Richard Parsons (British), on a proposal for a transaction tax
  • 1053/2012 by Jonathan Saxon (British), on unfair taxation of non-residents in Spain
  • 1171/2012 by Steven Sylveser (British), on the exportability of the UK Disability Living Allowance
  • 1186/2012 by T.T. (British), on Nuclear justice, sex discrimination in safety standards
  • 1256/2012 by Michele Thew (British), on behalf of European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE), bearing 220 000 signatures, on Stopping experiments on animals for cosmetics

Committee Meetings


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

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