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This week at the European Parliament - 30th September - 4th October 2014


MEPs return to Brussels on 30th September for Public hearings of Commissioners-designate and 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.


Members of the European Parliament will exercise their power of democratic scrutiny by holding hearings to quiz the 27 Commissioners-designate, as presented by incoming Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, on their skills and their qualifications for the posts proposed to them.

These hearings, which will be public, are scheduled to take place from 29 September until Tuesday 7 October. The candidates will be heard by the parliamentary committee(s) active in their proposed fields of responsibility.

For more detailed and continuously updated information on the hearings, see our dedicated website.

Budget 2015
The Committee on Budgets will vote on amendments, tabled by MEPs, political groups and other committees, to the Council's version of the EU budget for 2015. MEPs are expected to revert to the Commission’s original proposal, so as to ensure sufficient funds for priority areas like research, education and humanitarian aid. The committee will vote on a resolution on the 2015 budget on 7 October. (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday)

President’s diary
President Schulz will meet the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross Peter Maurer on Tuesday. He goes to Lampedusa, Italy, to participate in a commemoration of the mass death of migrants and meet the President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies Laura Boldrini, on Thursday and Friday.


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
20-23 October - Strasbourg
24-27 November - Strasbourg
15-18 December - Strasbourg