This week at the European Parliament - 17th-21st November 2014
MEPs return to Brussels on 17th November for a mixed week of Committee and Political Group meetings.
To do the preparatory work for Parliament’s sessions MEPs meet in specialised standing committees each with 24 to 76 MEPs. The political make-up of committees reflects that of the Parliament. They draw up, amend and adopt legislative proposals and own-initiative reports. They also consider Commission and Council proposals and draw up reports to be presented to the plenary assembly.
ECB President Mario Draghi will discuss the ECB's perspective on economic and monetary developments with MEPs from the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs focusing on ECB's unconventional monetary policy which might go beyond purchases of private sector assets with an aim to help the stagnating EU economy. (Monday)
EU Ebola coordinator and Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid Christos Stylianides will brief the Committee on Development MEPs on the outcome of his fact-finding mission to West Africa. He is visiting Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea on 12-16 November to assess progress in responding to the Ebola outbreak. (Monday)
2014 and 2015 budgets
Parliament and Council will try to reach an agreement before Monday, the final day of the budget conciliation period. If there is a deal, preparations for the finalising next year's budget will get under way during the week. If there is no agreement, the European Commission will have to present a new proposal and the procedure starts anew. Talks are under way on additional funds for the 2014 budget as well as the size of the budget for 2015.
2013 accounts discharge
The annual vetting of EU accounts has begun and Committee on Budgetary Control MEPs are starting a series of hearings in which Commissioners will account for spending in their areas in 2013. At the end of the process next April, Parliament decides whether to give discharge to the EU institutions, thus approving their accounts. (Thursday)
The Committee on Foreign Affairs will hold two debates on political developments in Syria and Ukraine, respectively with Hadi Al Bahra, President of the national Coalition of Syrian revolutionary and opposition forces, and Pavlo Klimkin, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister. (Monday)
The EU-Georgia Association Agreement will be put to a vote in the Committee on Foreign Affairs. The Agreement aims to establish political association and economic integration with the country, being the third of the new generation of association agreements to be ratified, after the ones with Ukraine and Moldova. (Monday)
STOA annual lecture
The European Parliament's Science and Technology Options Assessment body will hold its annual lecture on “Towards understanding the brain” with a keynote speech delivered by 2013 Medicine Nobel Prize winner Thomas Südhof. (Tuesday)
Political groups will prepare for the 24-27 plenary session in Strasbourg. On the draft agenda: address by Pope Francis, award of the 2014 Sakharov Prize to Denis Mukwege, votes on the 2015 budget and amending budgets for 2014, child malnutrition in developing countries, Global Development Framework after 2015 and the December 2014 UN climate change Conference in Peru.
EP President Marin Schulz will meet Georgia Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and Marylise Lebranchu, French Minister of Decentralisation, Administrative Reform and the Civil Service, on Tuesday. On the same day, he will also meet the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Anne Brasseur. On Thursday, Mr Schulz will chair the Conference of Presidents of the EP political groups.
Pre-session press briefing
The EP Press Service will hold a press briefing with EP political groups’ spokespersons at 11.00 on Friday. The latest info on the visit to the Strasbourg EP plenary session by Pope Francis will also be disclosed. (EP Press conference room “Anna Politkovskaya”, Brussels)
Among issues involving UK MEPs
Agreement between Canada and the European Union on the transfer and processing of Passenger Name Record data Rapporteur for the opinion: Charles Tannock (London, Conservative) Committee on Foreign Affairs (Monday)
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1 July - 31 December 2014: Italy
1 January - 30 June 2015: Latvia
European Parliament plenary sessions 2014
24-27 November - Strasbourg
15-18 December - Strasbourg