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EP News No.29/2013

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MEPs return to Brussels on 16 September for 3 days of committee meetings .


Committee highlights:

Sakharov Prize.
Nominees for the 2013 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought will be presented by political groups and individual MEPs at a joint meeting of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Committee on Development and the Subcommittee on Human Rights. The European Parliament awards the prize every year to honour defenders of human rights and freedom of expression. (Monday)

 Medical devices.
Reacting to the PIP breast implant and "metal on metal" hip implant scandals, the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety will vote on legislation to ensure member states apply existing EU safety rules consistently, to beef up certifying bodies, and to centralise authorisation procedures for certain devices. (Wednesday)

In-vitro medical devices.
New rules to enhance safety, include new products and set clear authorisation criteria for in-vitro medical devices (IVD) will be voted by the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. IVDs are used for diagnostics outside the human body, such as self-tests for blood sugar levels, HIV and DNA tests. (Wednesday)

Transparency of investment products.
New legislation to toughen up requirements for information provided to small investors is to be voted by the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs. The new rules also aim to simplify the way information is presented. (Tuesday)

Fighting organised crime.
The special Temporary Committee on Organised Crime, Corruption and Money Laundering will vote on its final report, which makes wide-ranging recommendations to equip the EU to respond adequately to these threats at international, European and national levels. (Tuesday)

Trade relations with China.
MEPs from the Committee on International Trade will set out their demands and red lines before the Council authorises the start of negotiations on an investment agreement between the EU and China. Any agreement would need Parliament's approval to enter into force. (Tuesday)




Among issues involving UK MEPs:


Petitions with UK interest:

  • 971/2012 by Adolfo Sansolini (Italian and British), on behalf of Animals’ Angels supported by 1 103 248 co-signatories, concerning the transport of live animals in the European Union
  • 1040/2012 by Nigel Knowles (British), concerning alleged infringement of the Aarhus Convention by the British Government

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
7-10 October - Strasbourg
21-24 October - Strasbourg
18-21 November - Strasbourg
9-12 December - Strasbourg

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