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This week at the European Parliament - 13th-17th October 2014


MEPs return to Brussels on 13th October for political group 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.


Hearings of Commissioners-designate.
During the week, the Conference of Presidents of political groups will consider the various evaluations of the hearings of Commissioners-designate held in the past two weeks and decide on the next steps.

Sakharov Prize.
The EP President and leaders of political groups will announce the winner of the 2014 European Parliament Sakharov Prize, awarded each year to defenders of human rights and freedom of expression. (Thursday)

Refugees in Syria and Iraq.
Representatives of the Yezidi federation in Europe and of the UNHCR will join the Subcommittee on Human Rights to discuss the human rights situation in Syria, Iraq and neighbouring countries, and especially the plight of refugees and internally displaced persons. (Monday)

International action against new terrorism threats.
The Committee on Foreign Affairs and Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs will hold a debate with Jean-Paul Laborde, UN Executive Director on Counter Terrorism, on new terrorism threats stemming from the rise of ISIS and its implications for EU security.  (Thursday)

Economic coordination.
The Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs will vote on a resolution on progress made by member states in implementing “European Semester” economic policy priorities for 2014. They are set to make proposals for better coordination. (Monday)

Plenary preparations.
Political groups will prepare for the 20-23 October plenary session in Strasbourg, where Parliament is expected to vote on the new European Commission after a presentation by President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker of his team and a debate.  MEPs will also review the outgoing Commission's work with current President José Manuel Barroso and prepare for the European Council meeting on 23-24 October. Members will also vote on the draft EU budget for 2015 and on member states’ progress in implementing European Semester economic policy priority recommendations.

President’s diary.
President Schulz will meet Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyễn Tấn Dũng, followed by a press point (Paul-Henri Spaak Building, 9th floor) on Tuesday. On Wednesday he will meet Estonia’s President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, followed by a press point (Paul-Henri Spaak Building, 9th floor). On Friday, he will go to Lausanne to receive a gold medal by the Jean Monnet Foundation, together with European Council President Van Rompuy and Commission President Barroso.

Pre-session press briefing.
The EP Press Service will hold a press briefing with EP political groups’ spokespersons at 11.00 on Friday. (EP Press conference room, Brussels)



Among issues involving UK MEPs:

Money market funds - Rapporteur: Neena Gill (West Midlands, Labour) Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (Monday)
Novel foods - Rapporteur: James Nicholson (Northern Ireland, UUP) Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (Monday)


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