MEPs will commemorate the 25th anniversary of citizens peacefully tearing down the Berlin Wall and paving the way for the German reunification. On Wednesday 12 November, European Parliament President Martin Schulz will deliver a statement after opening the plenary session at 15.00, followed by a round of political group speakers.
Political group leaders are to ask at the opening of the session that reports of secret deals giving preferential tax treatment to multinational firms like IKEA and Amazon in Luxembourg be added to the agenda for a debate with Commission and Council on Wednesday, after the election of the Vice-President. The case has become known as “Lux leaks”, because it was based on thousands of pages of documents leaked to the press.
The proposed EU-Moldova Association Agreement is likely to win MEPs’ backing in a debate and vote on Thursday. The Foreign Affairs Committee recommended by 44 votes to 3 that Parliament grant its consent to the deal, which was signed on 27 June and ratified by Moldova on 2 July.
Parliament will elect a new Vice-President on Wednesday afternoon to replace Corina CREŢU, who was elected European Commissioner for regional policy.
The Luxembourg-based European Court of Auditors (ECA) presents its assessment of how EU countries spent the bulk of EU funds in 2013 to Parliament as a whole on Wednesday. The presentation marks the start of the 2013 "discharge” exercise in which Parliament vets spending. The overall payments error rate in 2013 was 4.7%, slightly down on 2012.