2019 elections/Distribution of EP seats. The Constitutional Affairs Committee will vote on a new distribution of Parliament's seats for the 2019 -2024 legislative term. MEPs will also vote on whether or not to set up transnational electoral lists comprising the entire territory of the European Union. (Tuesday)
Reduction of CO2 emissions and forestry. Two informal deals with EU Ministers are up for a vote by the Environment Committee: one on establishing national emission reduction targets, and one on ensuring that CO2 emissions are balanced by CO2 absorption by forests, croplands and grasslands. The laws are among the key EU efforts being made to enact the Paris agreement on climate change. (Wednesday)
Police cooperation. Civil Liberties Committee MEPs will vote on a proposal to set up a centralised system for member states to exchange non-EU citizens’ criminal records more quickly and easily. (Thursday)
Rule of law in Malta. MEPs from the Civil Liberties Committee and PANA, the former committee of inquiry, will discuss the outcome of their visit to Malta at the end of November last year to investigate the rule of law in the country and allegations of corruption and money laundering. MEPs are expected to meet with Mr Silvio Camilleri, Malta Chief of Justice (tbc). (Thursday)
Honey and bees. The Agriculture Committee will put forward proposals to better protect bee health, intensify the fight against honey counterfeiting, increase support for EU beekeepers and promote the benefits of honey consumption in the EU. (Tuesday)
Holocaust Commemoration. The European Parliament will mark the “International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust” by hosting a commemorative event on its premises. Mairead McGuinness, First Vice President of the European Parliament will give an opening speech, followed by a statement by European Jewish Congress President Moche Kantor. This year's event is focusing on education and children. (Wednesday)
President’s Diary. President Tajani will host the New Years' Reception for the Diplomatic Corps on Monday evening.
Press briefing. The EP Press Service will hold a press briefing on the week's activities at 11.00 a.m. on Monday, in the “Anna Politkovskaya” EP press conference room.
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