EP News No. 38/2013
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European Parliament session, Strasbourg, 18-21 November 2013
MEPs meet in Strasbourg from Monday 18 - Thursday 21 November 2013.
Among the highlights of the agenda:
Sakharov Prize for Malala.
Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year old Pakistani girl campaigner for girls’ right to education will receive the 2013 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought from Parliament’s President Martin Schulz. (Wednesday). Parliament will also celebrate the 25th anniversary of the prize with more than 20 former laureates. (Sunday-Wednesday)
Long-term EU budget and investment programmes.
After hard-fought negotiations with governments, Parliament is set to give its consent to the EU’s €908 billion long-term budget for 2014-2020, the so-called Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF). (Tuesday) It can then vote on the various EU investment programmes e.g. for agriculture, regional development, research, the environment, culture, education, social cohesion and more. Many of the programmes have been significantly altered by Parliament in its negotiations with the Council. (Monday-Thursday)
EU budget 2014.
MEPs are set to vote on next year's budget, including amending budgets to remedy payments shortfalls in the current fiscal year and compensation for victims of catastrophic flooding and drought. It also takes on board Parliament’s priorities for 2014 in areas such as employment, research and innovation, border management and humanitarian aid. (Vote Wednesday).
Women on boards.
Companies listed on official stock exchanges in the EU will be obliged to adopt selection procedures and other measures with the aim of having at least 40% women as non-executive directors by 2020. (Debate Tuesday, vote Wednesday)
The European Parliament should have the right to decide where and when it meets, says a resolution drafted by the Committee on Constitutional Affairs, which suggests initiating an ordinary treaty revision procedure to propose the changes needed. (Debate and vote Tuesday)
Small investors who are thinking of buying an investment product should be given a manageable sheet of paper spelling out its properties and risks, if MEPs endorse a proposal by the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs for negotiations with the Council. (Debate Tuesday, vote Wednesday)
UN climate change conference.
A 10-strong delegation from the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety will take part in the UN climate conference in Warsaw. In a resolution voted in October, the European Parliament reiterated the EU's offer to increase its emission reduction target to 30% by 2020 if other major emitting countries commit themselves to comparable goals. (Monday-Friday).
EP President Martin Schulz will meet French Minister for social affairs Michel Sapin on Tuesday morning (followed by a press point) and UK Minister for Europe David Lidington on Wednesday morning, followed by a meeting with the Finnish Minister for European affairs that same morning.
Dossiers led by UK MEPs:
- European Atomic Energy Community research and training programme. Rapporteur: Peter Skinner (South East, Lab) Tuesday
- Nuclear decommissioning assistance programmes in Bulgaria, Lithuania and Slovakia. Rapporteur: Giles Chichester (South West, Cons) Tuesday
- Seats of the European Union's institutions. Co-Rapporteur: Ashley Fox (South West, Cons) Tuesday
- Insurance and reinsurance (Solvency II). Rapporteur: Sharon Bowles (South East, LibDem) Thursday
Other topics include:
- MEPs to approve further deployment of EU satellite navigation
- EP to approve €840,000 in EU aid for redundant workers in Spain
- MEPs to debate and vote demands for world trade talks in Bali
- Human rights and democracy resolutions
- Committee on Development
- Committee on International Trade
- Committee on Budgets
- Committee on Budgetary Control
- Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs
- Committee on Employment and Social Affairs
- Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
- Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
- Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection
- Committee on Transport and Tourism
- Committee on Regional Development
- Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
- Committee on Fisheries
- Committee on Culture and Education
- Committee on Legal Affairs
- Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
- Committee on Consititutional Affairs
- Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality
- Committee on Petitions
- Special Committee on Organised Crime, Corruption and Money Laundering
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