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EP News No. 6/2014


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MEPs return to Brussels on 10 February for a full week of committee meetings.


Committee highlights:

NSA inquiry.
The findings of Parliament's inquiry into the NSA surveillance of EU citizens and proposals to increase data protection will be voted on by the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. MEPs could call for the suspension of international agreements on data exchange and trade talks with the US, improvements in IT security at the EU institutions and more protection for whistle blowers and journalists. The vote will be followed by a press conference. (Wednesday)

Troika inquiry.
The Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs will exchange views with ECB Executive Board member Benoît Coeuré on the Troika’s work. The Committee on Employment and Social Affairs will vote a resolution on its impact on employment, workers' rights and social welfare. A press conference on the social impact of the Troika’s work is scheduled for 11.30 (Thursday)

Package travel.
New rules to reinforce consumers’ rights when buying a travel package will be voted on by the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection. They should include a guarantee of repatriation, a 24-hour withdrawal right after booking online, better assistance from travel agencies and provisions for people with reduced mobility. (Tuesday)

Money laundering.
The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs vote on proposed anti-money-laundering,  legislation, including measures to identify those who profit from it and to tackle tax crimes and the gambling sector. (Thursday)

eCall for cars.
New rules to ensure that all new cars are equipped from October 2015 with the 'eCall' emergency life-saving system will be voted on by the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection. (Tuesday)

Migrant workers in Qatar ahead of 2022 football World Cup.
The Subcommittee on Human Rights holds a public hearing on the situation of migrant workers in Qatar with a view to the 2022 FIFA World Cup. It will be followed by a press conference. (Thursday)

Other issues:

Election of Commission.
The arrangements for electing the president of the European Commission after the European elections in May will be voted on by the Committee on Constitutional Affairs. MEPs are likely to propose that EU leaders not only take account of the preference of voters in proposing a candidate but also that some members of the new Commission should be chosen from among the newly-elected MEPs. (Tuesday)

President’s diary.
President Schulz will visit the Palestinian Territories on Monday and Tuesday, and Israel on Wednesday. He will meet Mustapha Ben Jafar, President of the Constituent Assembly of Tunisia, in Brussels on Thursday (followed by a press point). (Wednesday - Friday).


Among issues involving UK MEPs:

  • Recommendation to the Council, the Commission and the EEAS on the use of broadcasting media as a tool of EU diplomacy. Rapporteur: Sir Graham Watson (South West, LibDem) Committee on Foreign Affairs (Monday and Tuesday)
  • The role of property rights, property ownership and wealth creation in eradicating poverty and fostering sustainable development in developing countries. Rapporteur: Nirj Deva (South East, Cons) Committee on Development (Tuesday)
  • Reporting on the work of the Joint Working Group Bureau / BUDG Chair of BUDG delegation. Rapporteur: George Lyon (Scotland, LibDem) Committee on Budgets (Wednesday)
  • EU alcohol strategy. Co-rapporteurs: Romana Jordan, Glenis Willmott (East Midlands, Lab), Rebecca Taylor (Yorkshire and the Humber, LibDem), Carl Schlyter, Marina Yannakoudakis (London, Cons) Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (Wednesday)
  • Exchange, assistance and training programme for the protection of the euro against counterfeiting (the 'Pericles 2020' programme).Rapporteur: Anthea McIntyre (West Midlands, Cons) Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (Wednesday)
  • The US NSA surveillance programme, surveillance bodies in various Member States and impact on EU citizens' fundamental rights and on transatlantic cooperation in Justice and Home Affairs. Rapporteur: Claude Moraes (London, Lab) Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (Wednesday)
  • Negotiations on the MFF 2014-2020: lessons to be learned and the way forward. Rapporteur for the opinion: Andrew Duff (Eastern, LibDem) Committee on Constitutional Affairs (Monday)
  • Amendment of Rule 90 of Parliament's Rules of Procedure on International agreements. Rapporteur: David Martin (Scotland, Lab) Committee on Constitutional Affairs (Tuesday)

Hearings and workshops:

  • Hearing on sport and human rights - focussing on the situation of migrant workers in Qatar (Subcommittee on Human Rights jointly with the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality) Thursday
  • Public hearing on EU/NATO relations in the aftermath of the European Council and ahead of the NATO Summit 2014 (Subcommittee on Security and Defence) Wednesday
  • Hearing on ACP countries and Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) (Committee on Development jointly with Committee on International Trade) Tuesday

Committee Meetings


Further Information

Zuzana Pavlickova
Press Officer
European Parliament Information Office in the UK
Tel: 020 7227 4300


Diary Dates

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

European Parliament plenary sessions 2014
24-27 February - Strasbourg
10-13 March - Strasbourg
14-17 April - Strasbourg
1-3 July - Strasbourg
14-17 July - Strasbourg
15-18 September - Strasbourg
20-23 October - Strasbourg
24-27 November - Strasbourg
15-18 December - Strasbourg


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