Paris attacks, UK referendum and tax transparency - this week in the European Parliament
MEPs return to Brussels on 16th November for a mixed week of Committee and Political Group meetings ahead of the Plenary next week.
Paris attacks. MEPs will gather on Tuesday at 2pm GMT for a brief commemorative ceremony in honor of the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris and to express solidarity with French citizens and authorities. The commemoration will be led by EP President Martin Schulz. Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk have been invited to attend. The ceremony will be webstreamed: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/ep-live/en/other-events/video?event=20151117-1500-SPECIAL.
UK referendum. A Constitutional Affairs Committee delegation will visit London to meet various ministers, parliamentary committees and think-tanks. The discussion will focus on the UK’s upcoming EU membership referendum and the EU’s institutional future. (Monday and Tuesday)
Tax transparency and multinational companies. Eleven out of 13 multinational companies have accepted a 'last chance invitation' to share their views with members of the Special Committee on Tax Rulings. This is the last meeting before the 25 November final vote on Parliament's recommendations for fairer tax competition in the EU. (Monday)
Improved conditions for non-EU students and researchers. Parliament and Council negotiators will try to strike a deal on new rules for students and researchers from third countries who want to study or do research in the EU. Parliament would like to make the EU more attractive by giving them the right to stay in the EU for at least 9 months after the end of their studies or contracts to look for a job or set up a business. (Tuesday)
UK MEPs in the spotlight this week
Use of Passenger Name Record data (EU PNR). Rapporteur: Timothy Kirkhope (Yorkshire and the Humber, Conservative). Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (Monday)
Hearings and workshops
Workshop on "Data saves lives: The impact of the data protection regulation on personal data use in cancer research". Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (Thursday)
Migration, neighbourhood policy, fundamental rights and plenary preparations.