TTIP, director's pay and tax avoidance - this week in the European Parliament
MEPs return to Brussels on 4th May 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.
TTIP latest - ISDS debate. Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström will join the Committee on International Trade to debate new ideas for the controversial Investor-State Dispute Settlement in the Transatlantic Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal. (Wednesday)
Say on Director's Pay. Should shareholders have a "say on pay"? The Committee on Legal Affairs votes on a draft law to enable shareholders to influence remuneration policies every three years. (Thursday)
Tax avoiders under scrutiny. As the European Commission launched a special investigation into state aid/tax avoidance in Luxembourg, Ireland, Netherlands and Belgium the European Parliament's Special Committee on Tax Rulings will debate with the European Commissioner and "the big four" accountancy firms (Tuesday)
UK MEPs in the spotlight this week
Private sector and development.
Rapporteur: Nirj Deva (South East, Conservative) Committee on Development (Wednesday)
Cloning of animals of the bovine, porcine, ovine, caprine and equine species kept and reproduced for farming purposes.
Rapporteur for the opinion: Jude Kirton-Darling (North East, Labour) Committee on International Trade (Wednesday)
Information accompanying transfers of funds.
Rapporteurs Peter Simon (S&D) and Timothy Kirkhope (Yorkshire and the Humber, Conservative) Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (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 (Thursday)
Procedures and practices regarding Commissioner Hearings, lessons to be taken from the 2014 proces.
Rapporteur: Richard Corbett (Yorkshire and the Humber, Labour) Committee on Constitutional Affairs (Tuesday)
Hearings and workshops
A Security Strategy for Libya - Committee on Foreign Affairs (Tuesday)
The implementation of the security research programme for conflict prevention and peace building - Committee on Foreign Affairs and Subcommittee on Security and Defence (Wednesday)
Sport (large sporting events) and Human Rights - Subcommittee on Human Rights and Committee on Culture and Education (Wednesday)
How to simplify the Common Agricultural Policy. Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (Monday)
Institutional aspects of the new rules on economic governance and the role of the Eurogroup. Committee on Constitutional Affairs and Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (Tuesday)