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This week at the European Parliament - 3rd-7th November 2014


MEPs return to Brussels on 3rd November for a full week of committee 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.


The Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety will vote on draft legislation that modifies current rules on GMOs by giving member states the option of restricting or banning their cultivation on their own territory, even if it is allowed at EU level. (Wednesday)

European Council
MEPs, at an open conference of presidents meeting, will debate the results of the EU Summit of 23 and 24 October on climate and energy policies, the economic and employment situation and external relations, with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy. This should be the last debate with Mr Van Rompuy before he steps down on 30 November. (Tuesday)

Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, will brief the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety on the impact of the Ebola outbreak in Europe and abroad. In a separate meeting, the development committee will discuss the Ebola crisis as a first step towards draft a resolution. (Wednesday and Monday respectively)

Climate change
MEPs from the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety will vote on a non-binding resolution in preparation for the COP 20 UN climate change conference in December 2014 in Lima, where an EP delegation will join the negotiations. In a separate event, Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), will present the key findings of the IPCC's fifth assessment report. (Wednesday)

EU financial interests
The president of the European Court of Auditors, Vítor Manuel da Silva Caldeira, will present the annual report on the regularity of financial transactions by EU institutions to the Committee on Budgetary Control. Commissioner Georgieva will also join the debate. This report forms the basis for Parliament's decision on whether or not to approve the accounts of all EU institutions. (Wednesday)

Plenary preparations
Political groups will prepare for the 12 and 13 November plenary session in Brussels, where Parliament is expected to debate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and to vote on resolutions on the peace process in Northern Ireland, Turkish actions in the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus and the humanitarian situation in South Sudan.

President's agenda
President Schulz will meet President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos on Tuesday. The meeting will be followed by a press point (Paul-Henri Spaak Building, 9th floor). On Tuesday, he will open the joint UN – European Commission’s Conference “Spring forward for women” in the Parliament. On Sunday, he will deliver the keynote speech at the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in Berlin.

Press briefing
The EP Press Service will hold a press briefing on week's activities at 11.00 on Monday. (EP Press conference room, Brussels)


Among issues involving UK MEPs:

2014 UN Climate Change Conference - COP 20 in Lima, Peru (1-12 December 2014) - Rapporteur for the opinion: Linda McAvan (Yorkshire and the Humber, Labour) Committee on Development (Monday)
Novel foods - Rapporteur for the opinion: Jude Kirton-Darling (North East, Labour) Committee on International Trade (Wednesday)
EU-Myanmar Investment Agreement - Rapporteur: David Martin (Scotland, Labour) Committee on International Trade (Thursday)
The powers of the European Central Bank to impose sanctions - Rapporteur: Kay Swinburne (Wales, Conservative) Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (Monday)
Novel foods - Rapporteur: James Nicholson (Northern Ireland, UUP) Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (Wednesday)
Regulation on medical devices - Rapporteur: Glenis Willmott (East Midlands, Labour) Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (Wednesday)
Reduction of national emissions of certain atmospheric pollutants - Rapporteur: Julie Girling (South West, Conservative) Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (Wednesday)
Prospects for the EU dairy sector - Review of the implementation of the Dairy package - Rapporteur: James Nicholson (Northern Ireland, UUP) Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (Wednesday)


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
24-27 November - Strasbourg
15-18 December - Strasbourg