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EP News No. 8/2014


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MEPs meet in Strasbourg from Monday 24 - Thursday 27 February 2014.


Highlights of the agenda:

MEPs will discuss and vote a resolution on developments in Ukraine and EU action in response to the violent repression of demonstrations there. (Debate Wednesday and vote Thursday)
MEPs are set to approve an agreement with Council on legislation to make tobacco products less attractive to young people. It would increase the size of health warnings to 65% of the pack surface and prohibit packs of fewer than 20 cigarettes. E-cigarettes would be regulated either as medicinal products or as tobacco products. (Vote and press conference Wednesday)
Aid for the most deprived.
EU funds for EU's poorest citizens will be prolonged until 2020 at €3.5 billion, thanks to Parliament. The informal deal with the Council of Ministers will be put to a final vote, with immediate effect. (Tuesday)
Confiscating criminal assets.
Parliament will vote on EU-wide rules, already informally agreed with EU ministers, to make it easier for member states to trace, freeze and confiscate criminal assets. (Debate Monday, vote and press conference Tuesday)
Safer and greener cars.
Life-saving eCall devices that automatically alert rescue services to car crashes would have to be fitted to all new models of cars and light vans by October 2015 under draft rules to be voted on Wednesday. CO2 emissions of new cars are to be limited to an average 95 g/km by 2020, under separate draft legislation agreed with member states. (Debates Tuesday, votes Wednesday)
Rail reform.
MEPs will discuss and vote Parliament’s first reading position on new rules to boost the efficiency of railway transport including opening up the domestic passenger traffic market to more competition. (Debate Tuesday, vote and press conference Wednesday)
Insurance sales.
Clear rules for insurance brokers and salesmen will be endorsed by MEPs, following an informal agreement with member states, to put an end to unfair or misleading information, including small print and marketing communication. (Debate Tuesday, vote Wednesday)
Czech President Zeman.
President of the Czech Republic Miloš Zeman will deliver a formal address on Wednesday at noon. A press conference with President Schulz will take place at 12.30. (Wednesday)
Troika inquiry findings.
In parallel to the plenary session, Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs will vote the findings of their inquiry into the crisis rescue work of the ECB/EU Commission/IMF “Troika”. (Monday)
President's diary.
President Schulz will meet France’s European Affairs Minister Thierry Repentin on Tuesday.


Among issues involving UK MEPs:

  • Report on the future of Europe’s horticulture sector – strategies for growth. Rapporteur: Anthea McIntyre (West Midlands, Cons) Monday
  • Use of broadcasting media as a tool of EU diplomacy. Rapporteur: Graham Watson (South West, LibDem) Vote Wednesday
  • Manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco and related products. Rapporteur: Linda McAvan ((Yorkshire and the Humber, Lab) Vote Wednesday
  • European arrest warrant. Rapporteur: Sarah Ludford (London, LibDem)
  • Sexual exploitation and prostitution and its impact on gender equality. Rapporteur: Mary Honeyball (London, Lab) Thursday

Other topics include:

  • EU Aid Volunteers
  • Plant breeding
  • Use of broadcasting media as a tool of EU diplomacy
  • Outermost regions, structural funds and other EU programmes
  • Long-term financing of the European economy
  • Youth Guarantee

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
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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