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Passenger Name Records, Air quality and GMOs- this week in the European Parliament

MEPs return to Brussels on 13th July 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.



Passenger Name Records. Plans to introduce EU-wide rules for collecting and processing air Passenger Name Record (PNR) data are on the Civil Liberties Committee agenda. Members will vote on a wide range of amendments, including on which flights should be included, the data retention period, and several other data protection provisions. There will be a press conference with Timothy Kirkhope MEP, who is steering the file through the Parliament, after the vote. (Wednesday)

Air quality. Stricter and compulsory limits on emissions of air pollutants such as sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides, will be voted by the Environment and Public Health Committee. These new limits could cut air pollution costs by £28bn, says the Commission. (Tuesday)

GMOs. Environment Committee MEPs will for the first time consider a draft legislative resolution that would reject a Commission proposal to let individual member states decide whether or not to allow the use of GMO food and feed products on their territory. (Wednesday)

Read the full agenda

UK MEPs in the spotlight this week

Gender and Development.
Rapporteur: Linda McAvan (Yorkshire and the Humber, Labour) Committee on Development (Tuesday)

Protecting against the effects of the extra-territorial application of legislation adopted by a third country and actions based thereon or resulting therefrom.
Rapporteur: David Martin (Scotland, Labour) Committee on International Trade (Tuesday)

Reduction of national emissions of certain atmospheric pollutants and amending Directive 2003/35/EC.
Rapporteur: Julie Girling (South West, Conservative) Committe on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (Wednesday)

Safe use of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), commonly known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), in the field of civil aviation.
Rapporteur: Jacqueline Foster (North West, Conservative) Committee on Transport and Tourism (Tuesday)

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


Hearings and workshops

The use of the EU funds in Member States - Committee on Budgetary Control (Tuesday)

Human rights conditionalities in the context of regional trade agreements with Africa - Committee on International Trade and Subcommittee on Human Rights (Tuesday)

Arms export controls - Subcommittee on Security and Defence (Tuesday)

Ukraine and the frozen conflicts in Moldova and Georgia- Committee on Foreign Affairs and Subcommittee on Security and Defence (Tuesday)

Public hearing "The EU budget and SMEs" - Committee on Budgets (Wednesday)


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