Credit card fees, Russian assassination and dangerous chemicals - this week in the European Parliament
MEPs return to Strasbourg for a plenary sitting from Monday 9th March. The plenary is when Members of the European Parliament from all political groups and from all countries meet in the parliamentary chamber in Strasbourg to discuss and vote on legislation.
This is the forum where, following committee meetings in the preceding weeks, MEPs take part in the decision-making and express their standpoint to the European Commission and Council of the European Union.
Credit card fees
Rules capping fees that banks charge retailers for processing shoppers' payments will be put to a final vote. (Tuesday)
Murder of Boris Nemtsov
MEPs will discuss the assassination of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and the general state of democracy in Russia. (Wednesday and Thursday)
MEPs will ask the European Commission to explain delays in delivering criteria for identifying and categorizing chemicals that scientists link to a rise in foetal and genital abnormalities, cancer and infertility. (Monday)
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Other topics this week
EU budget guidelines, progress reports on Serbia, Montenegro, the FYRoM and Kosovo, gender equality, European semester.