EP this week: Ukraine, Gaza and plenary preparations 

MEPs have another busy week ahead of them.  

Ukraine remains at the top of the EP's agenda this week after the foreign affairs committee voted on Monday in favour of fast-tracking the ratification of the association agreement with the country. In addition members of the security and defence subcommittees meet with representatives from Nato and the EU's foreign service and on Thursday EP president Martin Schulz meets Ukrainian authorities in Kiev. The political groups will also prepare for next week’s plenary sitting in Strasbourg.


Members of the foreign affairs committee met on Monday to discuss and vote on plans to speed up the ratification of the association agreement with Ukraine.

EuroparlTV will hold a Google Hangout on the conflict in Ukraine on Wednesday with MEPs Boris Zala, a Slovakian member of the S&D group, and Yana Toom, a Greek member of the ALDE group. Watch it live by clicking on the link on the right.

On Thursday, the security and defence committee will debate the ongoing conflict with representatives of Nato and the European External Actions Service.

On the same day, Mr Schulz will pay a visit to Kiev to meet Ukrainian prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and president Petro Poroshenko. Poroshenko and Schulz will open the Yalta European Strategy conference in Kiev the following day.


The human rights committee will hold a hearing on the plight of the Gaza children. Professor Nurit Peled, who won the 2001 Sakharov Prize, will also participate.


The Parliament's political groups have started preparations for next week’s plenary, which will focus on the EU-Ukraine association agreement; the conflicts in Gaza, Syria and Iraq; the EU's draft budget for next year and using the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund to help European workers affected by globalisation.