Corporate Taxation. The Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee will give its opinion on a proposal to create a single, clear and fair European corporate tax regime, dubbed the “Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base” (CCCTB), which would also embrace digital firms. One major feature is to ensure that companies are taxed where their profits are generated, in a bid to crack down on profit shifting. (Wednesday)
Consumers’ participation in clean energy. Laws to empower consumers to generate and store electricity as well as manage consumption in an easier way, enhance cooperation between member states in the event of energy crisis and open the electricity market to more competition will be voted on by the Industry and Energy Committee. These proposals also aim to boost investments and ensure the security of electricity supply. (Wednesday)
EU-wide remedies on defective products. MEPs will vote on a single set of rules to ensure consumers obtain the remedies they are entitled to if they purchase a faulty product. The draft rules harmonise certain contractual rights and would apply to both online and offline (face-to-face) sales of goods, e.g., whether a consumer buys a household appliance, a toy or a computer via the Internet or over the counter in his/her local store. (Thursday)
Animal testing for cosmetics. The Environment and Public Health Committee will vote on a draft resolution calling on the Council and European Commission to achieve a global ban on cosmetics testing on animals. Such a ban is already in force in the EU, but around 80 % of the world’s countries still allow animal testing and the marketing of cosmetics tested on animals. (Tuesday)
European Defence Programme. The first European Defence Industrial Development Programme, with a budget of 500 million euros for 2019-2020, is up for a legislative vote in the Industry and Research Committee. EU financial assistance would cover the development of new and upgraded defence products and technologies in the EU. (Wednesday)
EU Budget reform. Budget Committee MEPs will put forward proposals to reform the EU long-term budget post-2020 (multi-annual financial framework or MFF) and the European Union’s system of own resources. The day after, EU leaders will meet informally in Brussels to also discuss the political priorities for the next multi-annual financial framework. A press conference with leading MEPs will take place at 13:30. (Thursday)
EU Economy/European Parliamentary Week. National MPs from across Europe will join MEPs to discuss the EU’s economic future, tax policy, digitalisation and economic governance. EP President Tajani, Bulgaria’s National Assembly President Karayancheva, Commissioners Dombrovskis and Oettinger and new Eurogroup President Mário Centeno will be among the speakers. (Monday and Tuesday)
Debate with new Eurogroup President. Mário Centeno will also appear before the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee for his first public hearing in the Parliament. (Wednesday)
President’s diary. EP President Antonio Tajani will meet Romania’s Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă and Eurogroup President Mário Centeno, on Tuesday. President Tajani will address EU leaders at the informal European Council on Friday, which will discuss the future composition of the EP after 2019 elections and the reform of the EU budget. He will give a press conference at around 12:45.
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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