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This week at the European Parliament - 6th - 10th October 2014


MEPs return to Brussels on 6th October 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.


MEPs will continue assessing the skills and qualifications of Commissioners-designate for the posts proposed by incoming Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. This time, the candidate Vice Presidents will be heard by the parliamentary committee(s) active in their proposed fields of responsibility, except for the candidate for the post of 1st Vice President of the Commission, Frans Timmermans, who will be heard at a meeting open to all MEPs. (Monday and Tuesday)

Commissioners-designate and/or committee chairs may decide to hold press points following the meetings. For more detailed and continuously updated information on the hearings, see our dedicated website.

Budget 2015
The Committee on Budgets will vote on the final figures it proposes for the EU’s 2015 budget. It has recommended that Parliament as a whole reverse cuts sought by the Council of Ministers and vote extra funds for growth and jobs policies, education, including the EU's Erasmus+ student mobility programme, and EU humanitarian support in war-stricken zones. (Tuesday)

MEPs will choose a shortlist of three finalists for Parliament's 2014 award for freedom of thought, in a joint vote by the Committe on Foreign Affairs, the Committee on Development and the Sub-committee on Human Rights. The Sakharov prize is awarded by the European Parliament every year to honour defenders of human rights and freedom of expression. (Tuesday)

President’s diary
On Monday President Schulz will meet Poland’s Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz, followed by a press point (Paul-Henri Spaak Building, 9th floor) as well as David Camp, Chair of the US Congress House Committee on Ways and Means. He will chair the Open Conference of Presidents that is to hear Commissioner-designate Timmermans on Tuesday. The President will travel to Milan on Wednesday to attend the high level summit on growth and employment. Finally, Mr Schulz will meet Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Hamburg on Saturday.


Among issues involving UK MEPs:

Novel foods - Rapporteur for the opinion: Jude Kirton-Darling (North East, Labour) Committee on International Trade (Tuesday)


Petitions with UK interest

Petition 1029/2013 by Alexander Marshall (British), on misleading advertising and computer software specification (Tuesday)
Petition 1141/2013 by Farani Javid Taylor LLP (British), on behalf of Mrs. M. Venturini and I.R. Salles, on UK permanent residence status (Tuesday)
Petition No 1190/2013 by R. I. (British), on Transparency of aid to Palestine (Tuesday)
Petition No 1228/2013 by Sh. W. (British), on Free movement of people (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
20-23 October - Strasbourg
24-27 November - Strasbourg
15-18 December - Strasbourg