This week at the European Parliament - 8th-12th December 2014
MEPs return to Brussels on 8th December for a mixed week of Committee and Political Group meetings.
To do the preparatory work for Parliament’s sessions MEPs meet in specialised standing committees each with 24 to 76 MEPs. The political make-up of committees reflects that of the Parliament. They draw up, amend and adopt legislative proposals and own-initiative reports. They also consider Commission and Council proposals and draw up reports to be presented to the plenary assembly.
2014 and 2015 budgets
Budget negotiators for Parliament and the Council are to hold another “trilogue” meeting. They must strike a deal by the end of the week if at this year’s final plenary session the 2015 budget is to be signed and the 2014 one topped up to pay off arrears. Without it, from 1 January 2015 the EU will have to run on provisional monthly instalments. (Monday)
Solidarity and fair sharing of responsibilities among member states, search and rescue duties, safe and legal routes for asylum seekers into the EU, cooperation with third countries and tackling smugglers and traffickers are among the issues likely to be addressed in a resolution to be voted in the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and tabled for the December plenary. (Thursday)
Public hearings with the candidates for the Single Resolution Board (SRB) will be held by the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee. The hearing for the chair’s post is on Monday, and those for other board positions on Tuesday morning. The SRB complements the ECB’s newly-established supervision of the biggest European banks and will work together with national authorities on the resolution of banks that are close to failure. (Monday and Tuesday)
COP20 climate change talks
A 12-strong delegation of MEPs will take part in the UN climate conference in Lima, Peru. The 20th Conference of Parties (COP20) aims to set out the structure of a global and binding climate agreement to be concluded in Paris in 2015. (Monday to Friday)
Conference of Presidents/Juncker
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will take part in a meeting of the Conference of Presidents of political groups to discuss the Commission’s 2015 work programme. (Thursday)
Political groups will prepare for the 15 – 18 December plenary session in Strasbourg, where MEPs are set to vote on the 2015 EU budget and pending payments for 2014, the election of the European Ombudsman, on the issue of the recognition of Palestine’s statehood and the award of the LUX film prize. Preparations for the December European Council meeting, the Commission’s work programme for 2015 and the situation in Ukraine should also be debated by the full House.
EP President Martin Schulz will meet Albania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama and the General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) Bernadette Ségol, on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Mr Schulz will participate in the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) plenary session debate on the European Parliament’s work programme.
Pre-session press briefing
The EP Press Service will hold a press briefing with the EP political groups’ spokespersons at 11.00 on Friday. (EP Press conference room “Anna Politkovskaya”, Brussels)
Among issues involving UK MEPs
Discharge 2013: EU general budget - 8th, 9th and 10th EDFs - Rapporteur for the opinion: Linda McAvan (Yorkshire and the Humber, Labour) Committee on Development (Monday)
Discharge 2013: EU general budget - European Commission - Rapporteur for the opinion: Linda McAvan (Yorkshire and the Humber, Labour) Committee on Development (Monday)
European Parliament Information Office in the UK
Tel: 020 7227 4300
1 July - 31 December 2014: Italy
1 January - 30 June 2015: Latvia
European Parliament plenary sessions 2014
15-18 December - Strasbourg