No parliamentary meetings are foreseen in Brussels, as the week is set aside for committee delegations/missions in relation to topics falling under their responsibility.
US Tariffs/USA. A delegation of MEPs from the International Trade Committee will go to Washington D.C. to meet their Congress counterparts, State and Treasury Department officials, NGOs, trade unions and business organisations to address trade irritants between the EU and its biggest trading partner, the US. MEPs are set to review the progress on talks to eliminate tariffs on industrial goods and advocate fair and rules-based trade (Monday to Thursday).
EU-Turkey relations. A Foreign Affairs Committee delegation will go to Ankara and Mardin for meetings with Turkish government representatives, including Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, parliamentarians, think tanks, academics and civil society representatives. MEPs will discuss the latest developments on EU-Turkey relations, regional challenges such as the conflicts in Syria and Libya, the Kurdish conflict and the situation of Syrian refugees (Monday to Thursday).
EU budget/Czechia. A delegation of the Budgetary Control Committee will go on a fact-finding mission to Prague, to meet with farmers, NGOs, members of the judiciary and government and ask questions on how EU funds are distributed and accessed. Alerted by reports of a possible conflict of interest of Czechia’s Prime Minister, MEPs want to make sure that Czech taxpayers’ money benefits the public good and not only a few privileged individuals. The mission’s findings will be communicated in a press conference on Friday 15.00 in Prague’s EP Office (Wednesday to Friday).
Data protection, counter-terrorism/USA. A Civil Liberties Committee delegation will travel to Washington D.C. and Boston to discuss EU-US cooperation on data protection, including the EU-US Privacy Shield, and law enforcement, including the use of Artificial Intelligence, as well as counter-terrorism. MEPs will meet, among several others, US Congress representatives, the Department of State and the Treasury, the Internet Society (ISOC), FBI experts as well as MIT and Harvard University representatives, consumers’ organisations and start-ups (Monday to Friday).
President’s diary. EP President David Sassoli will deliver a speech at a symposium on “The Europe we want: a reflection on the future that awaits us”, at the University of Turin, on Monday. On Wednesday, the EP President will speak at a presentation by the European Environment Agency on “European environment: state and outlook 2020”, at the Chamber of Deputies, in Rome. On Sunday, President Sassoli will participate in a ceremony in memory of the printers and journalists who were victims of the raid of the Rome ghetto on 16 October 1943.