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EP News No.36/2013

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MEPs return to Brussels on 4 November  for a full week of committee meetings.


Committee highlights:

The Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs will hold a hearing to review successes and failures in "crisis countries", given that the measures proposed by the Troika are often contested, not least on grounds of democratic legitimacy.  MEPs will also discuss the issue with senior representatives of the European Commission and European Central Bank. (Tuesday)

The Committee on Culture and Education will vote on an informal deal with Council on Erasmus +, a new multi-annual programme for education, training, youth and sport. It will encompass the Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci and Youth in Action initiatives and introduce a Student Loan Guarantee facility for Master-level students. (Tuesday)

Entry permit for non-EU researchers and students.
The right of non-EU students and researchers to work during their stays in an EU country, and opportunities for them to move to a different one and/or stay on for one extra year to seek a job or set up a firm, are among the issues in a draft law to be voted in the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. (Tuesday)

CO2 emissions for vans.
The Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety will vote on a draft law to set CO2 emission limits for new light commercial vehicles. This draft, like that on emission limits for new cars, provides for penalty payments for manufacturers breaching the rules. (Tuesday)

An EP Conference of Presidents, open to all MEPs, will debate the outcome of last week's EU summit with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and Inter-Institutional Relations Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič. The summit focused on immigration, data protection, economic coordination and the digital economy. (Tuesday)

NSA/data protection.
The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs will hold its eighth hearing on US surveillance in the EU - the first since a delegation of MEPs returned from Washington, where it questioned the US authorities about the impact of surveillance programmes on EU citizens. The cases of the UK and Germany and the involvement of commercial firms in surveillance are also on the agenda. (Thursday)


Among issues involving UK MEPs:


Hearings and workshops:


Committee Meetings


Further Information

Zuzana Pavlickova
Press Officer
European Parliament Information Office in the UK
Tel: 020 7227 4300


Diary Dates

Council Presidency
1 July-31 December 2013: Lithuania
1 January - 30 June 2014: Greece

European Parliament plenary sessions 2013
18-21 November - Strasbourg
9-12 December - Strasbourg


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