This week at the European Parliament: 14th - 18th July 2014
MEPs meet in Strasbourg for the second plenary sitting of the 2014-2019 parliament, from Monday 14th - Thursday 17th July.
The plenary is when Members of the European Parliament from all political groups and from all countries meet in the parliamentary chamber in Strasbourg to discuss and vote on legislation. This is the forum where, following committee meetings in the preceding weeks, MEPs take part in the decision-making and express their standpoint to the European Commission and Council of the European Union.
Highlights of the agenda
Election of the Commission President
Parliament will vote by secret ballot on the appointment of Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission President on Tuesday at 12.30. In the morning, there will be a pre-election debate with a statement by Juncker at 10.00, followed by contributions by the leaders of the political groups. A majority of at least 376 MEPs is required to elect the Commission President.
Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
MEPs will quiz Commissioner Karel De Gucht on progress in Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks with the USA. MEPs are set to ask how the Commission is meeting the conditions set by Parliament when it approved the opening of the TTIP talks over a year ago. (Tuesday)
Following a debate with Commissioner László Andor,MEPs will vote on the new Parliament’s first recommendations on how to tackle youth unemployment in the EU. (Wednesday)
MEPs will question Commission plans to withdraw a draft EU directive on maternity leave, after four years’ deadlock in the Council. MEPs amended the first draft in October 2010 to extend maternity leave from 14 to 20 weeks on full pay and introduce two weeks’ paternity leave. (Tuesday)
Iraq, Ukraine, Israel/Palestine
MEPs will discuss and vote resolutions on the violent insurgency of Sunni rebels in Iraq and the escalation of violence between pro-Russian militants and Ukraine government forces in the east of Ukraine. The plenary will also debate current escalation of violence between Israel and Palestine in the Gaza Strip. (Debates on Tuesday, Wednesday, votes on Thursday)
Lithuania to join the euro
Lithuania's bid to join the Eurozone next year will be put to a vote. Parliament’s draft resolution, which first needs to be approved by the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee on Monday, "endorses the adoption of the euro by Lithuania on 1 January 2015”. (Wednesday)
Four Commissioners to be replaced
The plenary will vote on Wednesday morning at 09.00 on the appointments of four fresh Commissioners to replace those who left to become MEPs, following committee hearings on Monday. (Wednesday)
The Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs will hold the first Monetary Dialogue of 8th parliamentary legislature with European Central Bank President Mario Draghi. They are expected to discuss Eurozone developments and ECB monetary policy. (Monday)
The President's agenda
President Schulz will hold a press conference with the newly elected Commission President at 13:30 and meet UK Minister of State for Europe, David Lidington, on Tuesday in Strasbourg. He will address government leaders, on behalf of the European Parliament, at the European Council on Wednesday in Brussels. He will also meet Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades on Thursday, in Brussels.
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