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06/09/2013

EP News No. 28/2013

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European Parliament session, Strasbourg, 9-12 September 2013

MEPs meet in Strasbourg from Monday 9 September - Thursday 12 September 2013.

 

Among the highlights of the agenda:

 

State of the Union. Commission President José Manuel Barroso will deliver his last State of the Union speech before next year's European elections and debate his flagship plans with Parliament. (Wednesday). The day before, Tuesday, Parliament's information campaign for the European elections will be unveiled. Vice-Presidents Anni Podimata (S&D, EL) and Othmar Karas (EPP, AT) will hold a press conference to brief media at 11:30.

 

Syria. MEPs are likely to call for a negotiated political solution for Syria in a debate with High Representative Catherine Ashton and in a resolution, irrespective of any possible military action following the use of chemical weapons. Over 2 million Syrian refugees have fled the country. (Debate Wednesday, vote Thursday)

 

Egypt. Parliament will discuss the current deadlock in Egypt and vote on a resolution, following the government crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and the charges levelled against former President Mohamed Morsi and other Brotherhood leaders. (Debate Wednesday, vote Thursday)

 

Biofuels. MEPs will decide on measures to cap traditional biofuel production and accelerate the switch to a new generation of products from other sources, such as seaweed and certain types of waste. (Debate Tuesday, vote Wednesday)

 

Mortgages. Home buyers across the EU will be better informed about the costs and risks of taking out a mortgage, partly shielded against market swings that inflate their repayments and better protected if they cannot repay the loan, under new rules to be voted by Parliament on Wednesday. (Debate Tuesday, vote Wednesday)

 

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

 

Banking supervision. MEPs will decide whether or not to give the go-ahead to the EU bank supervision system, which would bring some 150 of the EU's largest banks under the direct oversight of the European Central Bank. (Tuesday)

 

President’s diary. President Schulz will hold a press conference on Wednesday on the state of the Union and, later, a chat on Parliament's Facebook page.

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Dossiers led by UK MEPs:

  • Manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco and related products. Rapporteur: Linda McAvan (Yorkshire & Humber, Labour) Monday
  • Draft amending budget No 4/2013 – Staff of the European GNSS Agency – Staff of the EACEA - Staff of the Court of Justice . Co-rapporteur: Derek Vaughan (Wales, Labour) Tuesday
  • Online gambling in the internal market. Rapporteur Ashley Fox (South West, Conservative) Tuesday
  • Insider dealing and market manipulation (market abuse). Rapporteur: Arlene McCarthy (North West, Labour) Tuesday
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Other topics include:

  • Saving the European eel: MEPs set to demand tougher rules
  • Ensuring equal property rights for registered partners and married couples
  • MEPs set to curb financial market manipulation
  • David Miranda case and threats to media freedom
  • Russian pressure on ex-Soviet countries to drop EU integration plans
  • Sharing biodiversity benefits fairly and sustainably
  • Council to present its position on EU's 2014 budget
  • Mobilising the EU to tackle youth unemployment
  • Slovenia, Croatia and Austria to receive €14 million flood relief
  • Human rights and democracy resolutions - Democratic Republic of the Congo Central African Republic and mass re-housing and relocation programmes in Tibet and Xinjiang
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Newsletter
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Final draft agenda
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EuroparlTV
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European Parliament Press Service
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Committee meetings

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Further Information

Zuzana Pavlickova
Press Officer
zuzana.pavlickova@ep.europa.eu
European Parliament Information Office in the UK
tel 020 7227 4335

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Diary Dates

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

European Parliament plenary sessions 2013
7-8 October - Strasbourg
21-24 October - Strasbourg
18-21 November - Strasbourg
9-12 December - Strasbourg

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EP News No. 28/2013