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EP News No. 4/2014


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MEPs return to Brussels on 27 January for a week of committee meetings and political group meetings in preparation for the plenary session in Strasbourg 3-6 February.


Committee highlights:

Single European Sky 2+.
Members of the Committee on Transport and Tourism will fine-tune legislation to boost the efficiency and reduce the cost of air control services and air traffic management in the EU airspace. (Thursday)

Emission trading in aviation.
MEPs from the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety will vote on partial exemptions from the European emissions allowance system for intercontinental flights landing in and departing from EU countries. (Thursday)

Fluorinated greenhouse gases.
Fluorinated gases should be banned from new air conditioning and refrigerating systems as of 2025, according to an informal agreement with Council to be approved by the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. Fluorinated gases are often used as substitutes for chloroflurocarbons (CFCs), which are already banned. (Thursday)

Other issues:

Plenary preparations.
Political groups will prepare for the 3-6 February plenary session in Strasbourg, which is likely to feature votes on seasonal workers' permits for third country nationals, a revision of air passenger rights, criminal penalties for insider dealing and financial market manipulation, protection against dumped and subsidized imports and the 2030 energy and climate framework.

Troika under scrutiny.

Six MEPs will travel to Greece on a fact-finding mission into the work of the “Troika” in the so-called programme countries - Greece, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and Cyprus (Wednesday-Thursday). A public hearing covering the same ground will bring together stakeholders from Business Europe, European trade unions and MEPs of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs. (Monday)

Seminar on EP elections and the future of the euro zone.
A two-day seminar for journalists will offer insights by high-level experts and workshops on the electoral campaign and on-going legislative work on the banking union as well as a debate by MEPs on economic challenges ahead. (Tuesday, Wednesday)

Delegation to Ukraine.
A delegation of 12 MEPs is to travel to Kiev to meet government officials, the political opposition and demonstrators. (Wednesday, Thursday)

The President's agenda.
President Schulz will open the International Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony on Monday in Parliament's Espace Yehudi Menuhin and unveil a statue from the International Auschwitz Committee on the Esplanade Solidarność on Thursday, in Brussels.  On Tuesday afternoon, he will meet the speaker of the UAE Federal National Council, Mr Mohammed Ahmed al Murr. President Schulz will give a speech at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe followed by a debate in the Council of Europe plenary chamber in Strasbourg. (Wednesday)


Hearings and workshops:


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
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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