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EP News No. 32/2013


Table Of Contents


European Parliament session, Strasbourg, 7-10 October 2013

MEPs meet in Strasbourg from Monday 7 - Thursday 10 October 2013.


Among the highlights of the agenda:

A proposed law to make tobacco less attractive to young people, for example by banning sweet or fruity flavours, is to be put to a vote. The draft, as amended by the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, would also require more health warnings on packets and subject electronic cigarettes to EU rules on medicinal products. (Debate and vote Tuesday)

NSA snooping/SWIFT
MEPs and Commissioner Malmström will discuss whether the EU should put on hold the Terrorist Finance Tracking Programme (TFTP) in response to the NSA's alleged tapping of the SWIFT company's international bank-transfer data. (Wednesday)

Shale gas
EU rules on environmental impact assessments could also apply to shale gas extraction projects in future, if Parliament supports proposals by the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety to update the existing legislation. (Wednesday)

Pilot flight time
New rules on flight and rest times for pilots and cabin crew will be put to the test on Wednesday, when MEPs vote on a draft resolution which opposes the adoption of new safety standards as proposed by the Commission. The Committee on Transport and Tourism wants the Commission to withdraw the proposal. (Debate Tuesday, vote Wednesday)

Doctor mobility
A new electronic card for health professionals – such as doctors, nurses, pharmacists and childcare specialists – will make it easier for them to work throughout the EU. The new rules will also ban anyone facing disciplinary action or criminal sanctions in their home country from practising in another EU member state. (Debate and vote Wednesday)

Meat inspections
MEPs could veto proposals to allow veterinarians to declare that meat is fit for human consumption in abattoirs after a simple visual check. MEPs in the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety fear that these proposals could result in sanitary problems and risks to human health going undetected. (Debate Monday, vote Wednesday)

Border control
The EU's external borders and migrants' lives would be better protected under the new Eurosur border-surveillance system to be voted on by Parliament on Thursday.

EU and member state aid for refugees fleeing Syria will be debated with the Council and Commission and the subject of a Parliament resolution. (Debate and vote Wednesday)

Sakharov Prize
The EP Conference of Presidents will choose this year's laureate for Parliament's prize for freedom of thought. Belarusian dissidents Ales Bialatski, Eduard Lobau and Mykola Statkevich, US National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden and Pakistani campaigner for girls' education Malala Yousafzai are shortlisted. (Thursday)

President’s diary
President Schulz will hold a joint press conference on Tuesday with Mayor of Strasbourg Roland Ries at 11.30 to introduce the "European youth Event" to be held in Strasbourg May next year. On Wednesday Mr Schulz will hold a press conference with Senegal President Macky Sall at 12.30 on Wednesday, following the latter's address to plenary. On Friday President Schulz will be in the Vatican to meet Pope Francis.


Dossiers led by UK MEPs:

  • Forward policy planning: budgetary implications for capacity-building. Rapporteur: James Elles (South East, Cons) Monday
  • Manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco and related products. Rapporteur: Linda McAvan (Yorkshire & Humber, Lab) Tuesday
  • Recreational craft and personal watercraft. Rapporteur: Malcolm Harbour (West Midlands, Cons) Tuesday
  • Technical requirements and administrative procedures related to air operations. Rapporteur: Brian Simpson (North West, Lab) Tuesday
  • Annual report on the activities of the Committee on Petitions 2012. Rapporteur: Edward McMillan-Scott (Yorkshire & Humber, LibDem)

Other topics include:

  • Situation of Roma people in the EU
  • EU-Mauritania: Parliament to vote on controversial fisheries agreement
  • Update on illegal CIA flights and secret detention sites in Europe
  • MEPs aim to improve rules for EU industry operating in China
  • Formal sitting with Macky Sall, President of Senegal
  • Parliament set to support greener and safer watercraft
  • MEPs to vote on banning cadmium from power tool batteries
  • Who will be the 26th Sakharov Prize laureate?
  • MEPs and the Commission to discuss future of the EU carbon market
  • Protecting human rights by combating corruption
  • Improving inspections of seafarers' living and working conditions
  • Combating caste-based discrimination
  • Employment measures worth €3.7 million for redundant workers in Italy
  • Social and civil rights and the environment top EU citizens' petitions
  • Human rights and democracy resolutions - Syria, Pakistan, Iran, Sudan and Iraq
Final draft agenda
European Parliament Press Service

Committee meetings


Further Information

Zuzana Pavlickova
Press Officer
European Parliament Information Office in the UK
tel 020 7227 4335


Diary Dates

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

European Parliament plenary sessions 2013
21-24 October - Strasbourg
18-21 November - Strasbourg
9-12 December - Strasbourg


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