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This week at the European Parliament: 24th-28th November 2014


MEPs meet in Strasbourg for a plenary sitting from Monday 24th - Thursday 27th November.

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 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


Pope Francis
Pope Francis will pay an official visit to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday 25 November. The head of the Vatican state and the Roman Catholic Church will be welcomed by Parliament President Schulz at 10.30 and deliver a formal address to MEPs at 11.15.

Sakharov Prize 2014
Dr Denis Mukwege, a Congolese gynaecologist who specialises in treating victims of rape and extreme sexual violence, will receive the 2014 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in a ceremony on Wednesday at noon, followed by a joint press conference with President Schulz at 12.30.

Growth, jobs and investment package
Following a presentation by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, one round of political group speakers will discuss the Commission's €300 bn investment plans. (Wednesday)

Censure vote on Juncker Commission
A motion of censure tabled by 76 MEPs on the European Commission will be debated on Monday 18.00 in presence of Commission President Juncker and all commissioners, and put to a vote on Thursday.

EU budget 2015
Feed-back by EP's budget negotiators on the unfruitful negotiations with EU member states on outstanding bills in 2014 and a new budget for 2015 will be debated on Tuesday afternoon 15.00. On Tuesday morning, MEPs will have to decide whether to fast track its opinion on allowing some member states to defer payments.

Palestine statehood
The question of the recognition of Palestine statehood will be debated with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Wednesday afternoon. (Vote Thursday).

UN Climate change conference
Ahead of the UN conference in December in Lima, MEPs will discuss global measures and funding to keep the world on track for a sub-2°C climate warming scenario and approve their position. (Wednesday)

Pierre Moscovici
For the first time in his new term, Commissioner Pierre Moscovici will discuss the Commission’s position on national budget reforms and economic policy with members of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs on Monday evening.

Nouvel food and plastic bags
The Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety will vote on the novel food proposal and on an agreement with Council on reducing use of plastic bags. (Monday)

ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly meeting (JPA)
During the weekend, the JPA standing committees of MEPs and their counterparts from African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states will meet to prepare the JPA plenary debates and votes, in Strasbourg on 1 - 3 December, on the Ebola virus outbreak, terrorism in Africa and national reconciliation in post-conflict countries

Pre-session press briefing
The EP Press Service will hold a press briefing at 16.30 on Monday. (EP Press conference room, Strasbourg)


Among issues involving UK MEPs:

Novel foods - Rapporteur: James Nicholson (Northern Ireland, UUP) Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (Monday)
The powers of the European Central Bank to impose sanctions - Rapporteur: Kay Swinburne (Wales, Conservative) Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs - (Debate Tuesday)


Further Information

Zuzana Pavlickova
Press Officer
European Parliament Information Office in the UK
Tel: 020 7227 4300


Diary Dates

Council Presidency
1 July - 31 December 2014: Italy
1 January - 30 June 2015: Latvia

European Parliament plenary sessions 2014
15-18 December - Strasbourg