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This week in the European Parliament: 19th-23rd January 2015

MEPs return to Brussels on 19th January 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.



How can investments be protected in proposed EU-USA trade deal? Debate on possible Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) investment protection and investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions. (Wednesday and Thursday)

EU responds to Human Rights violations in Hungary Debate with Zoltán Kovács, International Spokesperson of the Hungarian Government, Veronika Mora, Director of the Okotars Alapitvany NGO and Attila Mong, investigative journalist and editor of (Thursday)

Do we need new laws to prevent another horsemeat scandal? New meat labelling rules to be discussed. EU research shows 90% of consumers want to have this information when buying processed foods. (Wednesday)

Read the full agenda (pdf)

UK MEPs in the spotlight this week

2014 Progress Report on Montenegro
Charles Tannock (London, Conservative) Committee on Foreign Affairs (Monday)

Annual reports 2012-2013 on subsidiarity and proportionality
Sajjad Karim (North West, Conservative) Committee on Legal Affairs (Tuesday)

Discharge 2013: EU general budget - 8th, 9th and 10th European Development Fund
Linda McAvan (Yorkshire and the Humber, Labour) Committee on Development (Wednesday)

Launch of the European Year for Development
Linda McAvan (Yorkshire and the Humber, Labour) Committee on Development  (Wednesday)

Discharge 2013: EU general budget - European Commission
Linda McAvan (Yorkshire and the Humber, Labour) Committee on Development (Wednesday)

Money market funds
Neena Gill (West Midlands, Labour) Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs  (Wednesday)

Meat labelling
Glenis Willmott (East Midlands, Labour), Julie Girling (South West, Conservative) and Keith Taylor (South East, Greens) on the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety  (Wednesday)


Hearings and workshops

Sahel: a high risk area for the security of the EU. Committee on Foreign Affairs and Subcommittee on Security and Defence (Tuesday)
Human rights and technologies: the impact of digital surveillance and intrusion systems on human rights in third countries. Committee on International Trade and Subcommittee on Human Rights (Wednesday)
Equal treatment of women and men in employment and occupation. Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (Tuesday)
Hearing on the situation of human rights in Hungary. Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (Thursday)

Watch live through webstreaming at

Europarl TV
Europe by Satelite
BBC Parliament Live

Other topics this week

Latvian Presidency, Fraud prevention, European Youth Event (EYE), World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2015 and more.