Sakharov Prize, 2016 EU Budget and Mass surveillance of EU citizens - this week in the European Parliament
MEPs return to Brussels on 28th September for a mixed week of Committee and Political Group meetings ahead of the Plenary next week.
Sakharov Prize. The 6 nominees for the 2015 edition of the Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought will be officially presented by political groups at a joint meeting of the Foreign Affairs and Development committees and the Human Rights Subcommittee (Monday).
2016 EU budget. The Budgets Committee will vote on 1,824 amendments tabled to the draft 2016 EU budget. In its July resolution, Parliament listed, as its key priorities, restoring cuts to the Horizon 2020 programme and Connecting Europe Facility, continuing the Youth Employment Initiative and devoting more EU resources to tackling the migration and refugee crisis. (Monday to Wednesday)
Mass surveillance of EU citizens. A resolution on the electronic mass surveillance of EU citizens, following up that of March 2014, which was inspired by whistleblower Edward Snowden's revelations, will be voted by the Civil Liberties Committee. Members will discuss new cases of mass surveillance, and what the EU Commission and member states have or have not done to take account of Parliament's recommendations and data transfers to the US. (Thursday)
Hearings and workshops
Workshop on "EPSAS - How to achieve more reliable and transparent accounting systems" (Thursday)
Saudi Arabia, Plenary preparations and Novel Food.