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EP News No. 35/2013

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MEPs return to their constituencies next week and meet again in Brussels on 4 November for a week of committee and political group meetings.


Committee highlights:

The coming week is set aside for MEPs to work in their constituencies or to make delegation visits.

A 9-strong MEP delegation of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs will go to Washington to gather information for its inquiry into electronic mass surveillance of EU citizens by the US National Security Agency. The impact of PRISM and similar programmes on EU citizens’ privacy, EU data protection reform and the deals with the US on the transfer of bank data (TFTP) and air passengers’ data (PNR) are among the topics to be discussed with the US authorities. (Monday - Wednesday)

Government measures to combat the economic and financial crisis will be the key focus of a visit by a 7-strong MEP delegation from the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, who will gather information on the current economic and social situation in the country. They will also visit a project co-financed by the European Social Fund is also organised. (Tuesday - Thursday)

United Kingdom
A 7-strong delegation of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs MEPs will travel to London to meet policymakers, including finance minister George Osborne, and players in financial services. Discussion will focus on banking and insurance regulation, tax evasion and tax fraud. (Monday - Tuesday)

Eight MEPs from the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Sub-committee on Human Rights will go to New York City to take part in the UN General Assembly and meet UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and UN General Assembly President John Ashe. The role of the EU at the UN and cooperation with the UN in fields such as peace, security, and human rights, are among the issues to be discussed. (Wednesday - Friday)

Consumer protection, technical standards and Intellectual Property Rights will be the key issues raised by MEPs from the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection and the Committee on Legal Affairs during a visit in China to meet with Chinese Parliament representatives, authorities and civil society. (Monday - Thursday)


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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