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EP News No. 3/2014

17/01/2014

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MEPs return to Brussels on 20 January for a full week of committee meetings.

 

Committee highlights:

e-Call for cars.
New rules on automatic emergency calls from cars to save lives in the event of an accident will be put to a vote in the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection. (Thursday)

Illegal waste shipments.
A bill aimed at closing loopholes in legislation on the shipment of waste will be put to the vote in the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. Hundreds of illegal shipments of waste are made each year both within the EU and to non-EU countries. (Wednesday)

Return of national treasures.
The Committee on Culture and Education will vote on an update and extension of laws on the return of illegally exported national treasures. (Tuesday)

Hearing on human rights in Russia.
Representatives of Human Rights Watch, Memorial and the LGBTI organisation Quarteera will give their views to the Sub-Committee on Human Rights on the human rights situation in Russia, against the background of the Olympic Games in Sochi next month. (Wednesday)

Anti-dumping measures.
The Committee on International Trade will vote on proposals to speed up possible action when goods are dumped on the EU market and improve the accuracy of possible damage calculations. It will also vote on a resolution on China’s retaliatory measures against EU wines after the EU imposed restrictions on imports of solar panels from China. (Tuesday).

Other issues

Greek Presidency ministers.
Greek ministers will set out the different aspects of the current Presidency programme in the committees concerned. (Monday-Thursday)

Economic governance.
MEPs and 140 national MPs will debate how to improve the role of parliaments in “European Semester” EU-wide economic policy coordination. EP President Schulz, EC President Barroso and European Council President Van Rompuy will address the opening session. (Monday-Wednesday)

Tobacco, clinical trials, audit reform, vehicle checks.
The committees concerned will endorse agreements reached by Parliament and Council negotiators on the tobacco directive, clinical trials, audit reform and roadworthiness tests. (Tuesday and Wednesday)

Turkish PM Erdoğan.
The EP President and group leaders will meet Mr Erdoğan. Likely topics are Turkey’s EU accession negotiations, the independence of the judiciary, the situation in Kurdistan and Turkey's position on Syria and Iraq. This will be followed by a press point with EP President Schulz. (Tuesday pm)

European Elections 2014/ReACT.
In the run-up to the May 2014 European elections, a special event will be held in Rome on quality of life, the fourth in a series of five “ReACT” events on key issues such as the economy and jobs. (Wednesday)

President's agenda.
EP President Martin Schulz will meet Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan bilaterally before the Conference of Presidents (Tuesday). He will attend the World Economic Forum in Davos (Wednesday - Friday).

 

Among issues involving UK MEPs:

 

Hearings and workshops:

 

Petitions with UK interest:

  • 446/2007 by Harry Shindler (British), on the right of British citizens living abroad to vote in national parliamentary elections
  • 0021/2013 by John Savage (British), on the excessive costs of Allerton Waste Recovery Park
  • 1175/2012 by Tania Jackson (British), on the planned construction of two nuclear power reactors in Hinkley Point, United Kingdom
  • 1798/2012 by Kevin Scardifield (British), on Worldwide RSD/CRPS awareness campaign
  • 1799/2012 by James Bainbridge (British), on Property tax
  • 1812/2012 by H.M. (British), on Improving pharmacovigilance in clinical trials
  • 1905/2012 by M.R.A. (British) on EU citizenship following Scottish independence
 
 

Committee Meetings

 

Further Information

Zuzana Pavlickova
Press Officer
European Parliament Information Office in the UK
Email: zuzana.pavlickova@ep.europa.eu
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
3-6 February - Strasbourg
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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EP News No. 3/2014