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EP News No. 39/2013


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MEPs return to Brussels on 25 November for a full week of committee meetings.


Committee highlights:

Alternative fuels for transport.
Measures to ensure the build-up of alternative fuel stations across Europe, such as refuelling and recharging stations for electric, hydrogen or natural gas vehicles, by setting binding targets for member states, are up for a vote in the Committee on Transport and Tourism. (Tuesday)

Collective management of copyrights.
A deal struck by Parliament and Council negotiating teams two weeks ago on legislation to stimulate the creation of EU-wide online music services for consumers will be put to the vote in the Committee on Legal Affairs. (Tuesday)

Portability of pension rights.
Parliament and Council negotiators will try to strike a deal on new legislation to make it easier to keep or obtain pension rights when working in another EU country. If an agreement is reached, the deal will need to be confirmed by representatives of national governments and by the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs before being put to a plenary vote. (Wednesday)

Sound levels of vehicles.
An informal deal with the Council on car noise limits to protect public health will be put to a vote in the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. MEPs advocate labels to inform consumers about new cars' noise levels and adding artificial sound to hybrid and electric vehicles to alert pedestrians. (Wednesday)

Candidate for the ECB bank supervisor.
ECB supervisory board candidate Daniele Nouy, will be vetted by the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs. Parliament needs to give its consent for the candidate to take office. (Wednesday)

Public procurement.
Legislation that would give the EU the right to restrict access to public procurement for third countries not offering reciprocal access to their markets will be voted by the Committee on International Trade. The aim is to improve the EU's negotiating position in trade talks with third countries (e.g. US, Japan or India) and offer new opportunities to EU companies. (Thursday)

Other issues

Conference of Presidents.
On Tuesday, the Conference of Presidents (EP President and political groups’ leaders) will meet in Athens. President Schulz will also meet Greek President Karolos Papoulias. On Thursday and Friday, Mr Schulz will be in Vilnius for the 3rd Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius with EU governments’ leaders and Commission President Barroso.

Women in Parliaments.
Parliament will host the 2013 Annual Summit of the "Women in Parliaments Global Forum" (WIP), with female members of parliaments from around the world and high-profile politicians and activists.  (Wednesday to Friday)

Elections 2014 website.
A comprehensive and multi-media website providing a wide range of information on the 2014 European elections and an overview of legislation and actions approved by Parliament in recent years will go on line (Sunday).


Among issues involving UK MEPs:


Hearings and workshops:


Petitions with UK interest:

  • 749/2012 by M. B. (British), on extension of the x-ray body scanner trial at Manchester airport and 1636/2012 by M. B. (British), on Body scanners at the UK airports
  • 689/1998 by David Petrie (British), on behalf of the 'Associazione Lettori di Lingua Straniera in Italia', on the situation of foreign-language lecturers in Italy (in the presence of the petitioner) and 508 and 509/2007 by Simon Lander and Cheryl Wolley (British), on discriminatory treatment of foreign-language assistants at Cagliari university and other Italian universities
  • 847/2011 by Mohammad Reza Fardoom (British), on behalf of Solidarity, Independence and Democracy (SID), on cuts in the European civil service
  • 1217/2012 by Andy Buchan (British), on Access to justice for Scottish survivors of institutional child abuse and 1341/2012 by Andrew Buchan (British), on Right to Justice for victims of institutional sex abuse and drug testing, pin down in Scotland
  • 1528/2012 by Graham Smith (British), on Data protection to exclude business data
  • 1541/2012 by Nicholas Crossin, (Irish and British) on alleged infringement by the French authorities of Directive 2004/38/EC on the right of freedom of movement and establishment in the Member States for EU citizens and their families

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
9-12 December - Strasbourg

European Parliament plenary sessions 2014
13-16 January - Strasbourg
3-6 February - Strasbourg
24-27 February - Strasbourg
10-13 March - Strasbourg
14-17 April - Strasbourg
1-3 July - Strasbourg
14-17 July - Strasbourg
15-18 September - Strasbourg
20-23 October - Strasbourg
24-27 November - Strasbourg
15-18 December - Strasbourg


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