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This week at the European Parliament - 22nd-26th September 2014


MEPs return to Brussels on 22nd September for 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.

Committee Highlights

Preparing for the hearings of commissioners-designate
EP committees and political groups will go on preparing for the hearings taking place from 29 September to 7 October. The Committee on Legal Affairs will meet in camera to discuss the candidates’ declarations of financial interests. (Thursday)

The European Central Bank’s President Mario Draghi will debate its perspective on economic and monetary developments with MEPs from the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs. Targeted longer-term refinancing operations (TLTROs) and the effects of Euro area countries’ differing inflation rates on common monetary policy are also likely to be debated. (Monday)

Carbon leakage
A draft measure partially exempting certain industries from paying for CO2 emission allowances under the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) so as to prevent “carbon leakage” (i.e. production and jobs relocating to third countries) will run into objections in the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. Parliament has a right of veto. (Wednesday)

EU-Russia trade restrictions
The economic consequences of Russia’s ban on farm produce imports from the EU and EU economic restrictions against Russia will be debated by the Committee on International Trade. These sanctions are already hurting EU producers and, if they persist, could have a longer-lasting impact on growth and jobs. (Wednesday)

UNRWA Director Robert Turner will brief Committee on Foreign Affairs MEPs on the situation in Gaza after the ceasefire. (Tuesday)

Sakharov Prize
Nominees for the 2014 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought will be presented by political groups and individual MEPs at a joint meeting of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Committee on Development and the Sub-Committee on Human Rights. The European Parliament awards the prize every year to honour defenders of human rights and freedom of expression. (Tuesday)

Other issues:

President's agenda
EP President Martin Schulz will meet Portugal’s Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho in Lisbon on Tuesday (followed by a press point).

Briefing on hearings of commissioners-designate
The EP Spokesperson and press service will hold a technical briefing on the public hearings of the candidate commissioners on Thursday in 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 (Tuesday)

General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2015 - all sections - Rapporteur for the opinion: Derek Vaughan (Wales, Labour) Committee on Regional Development (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