The Week Ahead 13 - 19 July 2015
What's on the agenda in the week ahead, June 29 - July 05, 2015. Committee meetings, Brussels.
EU PNR. Plans to introduce EU-wide rules for collecting and processing air Passenger Name Record (PNR) data are on the Civil Liberties Committee agenda. Members will vote on a wide range of amendments, including on which flights should be included, the data retention period, and several other data protection provisions. There will be a press conference with the rapporteur after the vote. (Wednesday)
Relocating asylum seekers. The emergency mechanism for relocating asylum seekers and refugees within the EU, as proposed by the Commission in May to distribute 40,000 from Greece and Italy to other EU member states over the next two years, will be debated and put to a vote in the Civil Liberties Committee. Parliament must be consulted on this emergency scheme, and will have co-decision powers over a future permanent one. Most Members are likely to reiterate Parliament’s recent argument that the mechanism should be binding, not voluntary, and that more people will have to be relocated. (Thursday)
Taxation. Finance ministers from France, Germany, Italy and Spain as well as Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Pierre Moscovici, and ECOFIN Council President Pierre Gramegna will come to Parliament to debate current and future taxation policy plans with Members of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee and Special Committee on Tax Rulings. However, the meeting format might change due to the special summit on Greece to be held on Sunday. (Monday)
Air quality. Stricter and compulsory limits on emissions of air pollutants such as sulphur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx), will be voted by the Environment and Public Health Committee. These new limits could cut air pollution costs by €40 billion, says the Commission. (Tuesday)
Emission limits for non-road mobile machinery. A proposed law to reduce emissions from combustion engines in mobile machines ranging from handheld tools through construction machinery to locomotives and inland waterway vessels will be put to a vote in the Environment Committee. These engines together account for about 15% of nitrogen oxide (NOx) and 5% of particulate matter (PM) emissions in the EU. (Wednesday)
GMOs. Environment Committee MEPs will for the first time consider a draft legislative resolution that would reject a Commission proposal to let individual member states decide whether or not to allow the use of GMO food and feed products on their territory. In an earlier debate, most committee members voiced concerns that the proposal could damage the single market and EU farmers’ competitiveness. (Wednesday)
Luxembourg Presidency. Parliament's committees will meet Luxembourg government ministers to discuss the EU Council Presidency’s work programme in their respective areas of responsibility. The Luxembourg Presidency runs from July until the end of 2015. (Monday to Thursday)
President's agenda. On Monday EP President Martin Schulz will be in Tirana (Albania), where he will meet Parliament’s Speaker Ilir Meta (followed by a press point), President Bujar Nishani and Prime Minister Edi Rama (the latter also followed by a press point). On Tuesday, he will be in Belgrade to meet Serbia’s Parliament Speaker Maja Gojković, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić (followed by a press point), and President Tomislav Nikolić. He will address the Serbian Parliament, on Wednesday, before travelling to Sarajevo to meet the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the collegia of the House of Representatives and House of Peoples. On Thursday, Mr Schulz will meet Chair of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Council of Ministers Denis Zvizdić and Foreign Affairs Minister Igor Crnadak, and hold a press conference.
Press briefing. The EP Press Service will hold a press briefing on the week's activities at 11.00 on Monday, in the “Anna Politkovskaya” EP press conference room, Brussels. Journalists can use #EPressbriefing to put questions on committees' work before and during the briefing