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Climate change, GMO imports and Mass surveillance of EU citizens - this week in the European Parliament

MEPs return to Brussels on 12th October for a mixed week of Committee meetings and plenary on Wednesday 14th October. The plenary is when Members of the European Parliament from all political groups and from all countries meet in the parliamentary chamber to discuss and vote on legislation.



Plenary (Wednesday)

Climate change/COP21.  Parliament will vote its position on the December Paris climate change conference of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP21), where a new global agreement should be reached.  


GMO imports.  A draft law proposed by the EU Commission, which would allow any EU country to decide whether to ban imports and sales of GM products on its territory, will be up for a vote in the Environment and Public Health Committee. (Tuesday)

Facebook/Safe Harbour. The recent European Court of Justice ruling, triggered by a complaint over Facebook's handling of data, that the Commission's "Safe Harbour" decision allowing firms to transfer EU citizens' private data to the US was invalid, will be debated by Civil Liberties Committee Members. (Monday)

Mass surveillance of EU citizens. Civil Liberties Committee MEPs will evaluate what the EU Commission and member states have done to take on board Parliament's recommendations set out in a March 2014 resolution on the electronic mass surveillance of EU citizens, following revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden. (Tuesday)

Read the full agenda

UK MEPs in the spotlight this week

Education for children in emergency situations. Rapporteur: Linda McAvan (Yorkshire and the Humber, Labour). Committee on Development (Monday)

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)

The situation in the Mediterranean and the need for a holistic EU approach to migration. Rapporteur: Mary Honeyball (London, Labour). Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (Thursday)


Hearings and workshops

Public Hearing on on the Reform of the Brussels II Regulation. Committee on Legal Affairs (Monday)

Public Hearing on Alleged transportation and illegal detention of prisoners in the EU by CIA. Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (Tuesday)

Public Hearing on Better regulation. Committee on Legal Affairs (Tuesday)

Public Hearing on The Prevention of Radicalisation. Committee on Culture and Education (Thursday)

Workshop "Eat for Health". Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. (Tuesday)


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