The Week Ahead 9 - 15 November 2015
Plenary and committees meetings in Brussels Items on the agenda include:-EU funds for Syria and Africa.;
Aviation package.; EU electoral law; Greece: financial assistance.; ECB Draghi in ECON Committee; Energy Union.
EU funds for Syria and Africa. MEPs will quiz the Council and Commission on the lack of financial contributions by member states to two new EU funds set up to deal with the Syrian crisis and to address the root causes for irregular migration in Africa, in addition to the €0.5 bn and €1.8 bn resp., already earmarked in the EU budget.
Aviation package. Possible measures to improve the competitiveness of the EU aviation sector will be the subject of a debate on Wednesday afternoon and a resolution that will feed into Commission proposals expected by the end of the year.
EU electoral law. Parliament will vote on a future electoral reform to enable all EU citizens living abroad to vote in European elections. The proposal also advocates mandatory thresholds for obtaining seats in the European Parliament, ranging from 3 to 5% of the vote, to be applied in single-constituency countries or constituencies with more than 26 seats. And they want lead candidates for the post of Commission president ("Sptizenkandidaten") to be nominated by EU political parties at least 12 weeks before the elections. The debate was held on 27 October.
Greece: financial assistance. The economic and monetary committee will debate the macroeconomic adjustment programme for Greece with Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem and European Stability Mechanism (ESM) managing director Klaus Regling. It will then discuss the institutional set-up for macroeconomic adjustment programmes and the role of the ESM in general with Mr Dijsselbloem alone. (Tuesday)
ECB/Mario Draghi. The economic and monetary committee will discuss the quantitative easing programme, interest rates and ways to address low inflation with the ECB president, Mario Draghi. (Thursday)
Energy Union. The industry, research and energy committee will vote on its priorities for the EU's future energy union set out in a resolution covering energy security and diversification of supply, including the Nordstream pipeline, energy efficiency and binding targets, and the governance of the energy union. (Tuesday)
President's agenda. President Schulz will attend the Valletta Summit on migration on Wednesday and Thursday. A day earlier he will speak at the Parliament of Malta and meet with Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat.
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 committee and plenary business before and during the briefing.