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EP News No.33/2013

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MEPs return to Brussels on 14 October for committee meetings and political group meetings in preparation for the Strasbourg plenary from 21-24 October.



Women on boards
The Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality and Committee on Legal Affairs will vote on whether to require EU-listed companies to ensure, by 2020, that at least 40% of their non-executive board members are women. In 2012 only 15% of non-executive board members at the EU's largest companies were women. (Monday)

Product safety
The Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection will vote on two draft laws, to make it easier to detect unsafe goods and improve product traceability by overhauling country of origin rules. (Thursday)

EU system for struggling banks
The Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs will table plans to amend the proposed Single Resolution Mechanism (SRM), which would establish a single authority and fund for the resolution of failing banks. This proposal is part of the Banking Union package. (Monday)

NSA surveillance
The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs will hold its seventh and eighth hearings on US surveillance in the EU. MEPs will first discuss whether the surveillance activities breached EU and international law and its impact on fundamental rights. They will then consider national investigations under way in Germany and the Netherlands. (Monday and Thursday)


Other Issues:

Plenary preparation
Political groups will prepare for the 21-24 October plenary session in Strasbourg, which will feature votes on the EU budget for 2014-2020, the EU budget for 2014, the Horizon 2020 and Connecting Europe Facility programmes, the safety of medical devices, migratory flows in the Mediterranean, and the possible suspension of the SWIFT agreement in response to NSA surveillance. At this session, Aung San Suu Kyi is to be presented with the Sakharov Prize, awarded to her in 1990.

President’s diary
On Tuesday, President Schulz will meet Montenegro's President Filip Vujanović, (followed by press point) and Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. On Wednesday at the European Parliament in Brussels Mr Schulz will present the 2013 European Citizen's Prizes for work promoting closer integration among EU citizens.



Among issues involving UK MEPs:


Hearings and workshops:


Petitions with UK interest:

  • 1454/2012 by William Sanders (British), on alleged discrimination in the student fees paid by English students in Scotland
  • 1186/2007 by Michael Cain (British) and 1218/2007 by Peter Djordjevic (British), concerning medical insurance cover for British nationals in France
  • 723/2005 by Kim Montia (British) concerning the Tara Valley motorway in Northern Ireland
  • 1540/2012 by Liz Gaffer (British), concerning changes to the common fisheries policy

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

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EP News No. 33/2013