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EP News No. 1/2014


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MEPs return to Brussels on 6 January for the first committee meetings, and political group meetings in preparation for the first plenary session of 2014 in Strasbourg from 13-16 January.


Committee highlights:

Inquiry into the work of the troika.
MEPs visit Portugal and Cyprus as part of their investigation into the working methods and efficiency of the so-called troika which oversees reform and austerity measures taken by countries bailed out by the IMF and the EU. A visit to Greece will take place at a later date. The Committee on Employment and Social Affairs is holding a hearing on the employment and social aspects of  the troika's activities. (Monday and Thursday)

Migration and law-enforcement funds.
The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs will vote on a €2.8 billion fund for financing actions in the field of asylum, legal migration, integration and the return of people staying in the EU irregularly. A vote will also be taken on a €3.3 billion fund for boosting law enforcement cooperation. (Thursday)

Other issues:

Single resolution system for banks.
Negotiators for Parliament and the EU governments will open talks on an EU-wide system to wind up failing banks. Positions differ widely between the two institutions and negotiations are expected to be tough. (Wednesday)

Plenary preparations.
Political groups will prepare for the 13-16 January plenary session in Strasbourg, which is likely to feature votes on criminal sanctions for insider dealing and market manipulation; tachographs; the safe harbour agreement with the US following the NSA affair; the EU consumer protection programme for 2014 to 2020; a common EU sales law; plastic waste; fraud in the food chain;, public procurement including in the water, energy, transport and postal sectors; effective labour inspections; the progress of candidate countries towards EU membership; debates on the incoming Greek and outgoing Lithuanian presidencies; and the sale of EU citizenship.

The President's agenda.
President Schulz will meet with German Foreign  Affairs Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The meeting will be followed by a press point on the 12th floor of the Paul-Henri Spaak Building. (Tuesday)



Among issues involving UK MEPs:


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
13-16 January - Strasbourg
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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