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The Week Ahead 30 March – 05 April 2015

30-03-2015

This week in Brussels European Parliament  Committees meet. MEPs will vote on controlling financial benchmarks, host a conference on climate change, examine the state of fundamental rights and receive representatives of the OECD and Nato. The Special Tax Rulings and Economic and Monetary Affairs committees will hold a joint hearing with taxation Commissioner Pierre Moscovici on Monday


Committee meetings, Brussels

NATO/counter-terrorism. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove will join the Foreign Affairs Committee for two separate debates. Libya, Tunisia and the EU response to terrorist threats are likely topics. (Monday)

LIBOR/EURIBOR scandal. Draft EU rules to improve the transparency and reliability of benchmarks that may affect key financial market rates or the pricing of retail financial contracts such as mortgages will be put to a vote in the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee. The rules were prompted by the rigging of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) and the Euro Interbank Offered Rate (EURIBOR). (Tuesday)


Tax policy. The Special Tax Rulings and Economic and Monetary Affairs committees will hold a joint hearing with taxation Commissioner Pierre Moscovici on Monday afternoon. On Tuesday both committees will debate tax issues with OECD Secretary-General Ángel Gurría and Director of Centre for Tax Policy Pascal Saint-Amans. Topics will include the fight against tax evasion and tax havens. The OECD is widely seen as the right venue for taking international decisions on tax policy. (Tuesday)


Fundamental rights. Recent EU initiatives to protect and promote fundamental rights will be debated at a Civil Liberties Committee hearing with Commission First-Vice President Frans Timmermans, EU Court of Justice Advocate General Juliane Kokott, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks and EU Fundamental Rights Agency officials, among other experts. The hearing is to provide input to the committee’s draft resolution on fundamental rights in the EU in 2013-2014. (Monday)


Climate change. The road to the December Paris Climate conference will be debated by MEPs, national MPs and climate action and environment Commissioners Miguel Arias Cañete and Karmenu Vella. (Monday)

Video summary of the week ahead