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European Parliamentary Week: National MPs in Brussels to debate economy, jobs and budget

12-02-2016
European Parliament building in Brussels
European Parliament building in Brussels

The European Parliament will welcome national MPs from across Europe on Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 February for joint debates with MEPs on the European Semester Cycles 2015/2016 (Tuesday) and on Stability, Economic Coordination and Governance in the European Union (Wednesday). Both events are being held as part of the 2016 edition of the European Parliamentary Week (#EPW16).

Full list of participants here.

Tuesday 16 February

The interparliamentary meeting on the European Semester Cycles 2015/2016 will focus on recently-proposed changes to the European semester process and especially on the role that the European and national parliaments play in it.

European Parliament President Martin Schulz, European Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will address the plenary session at the start of the meeting. Other speakers include Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis (Euro and Social Dialogue) and Commissioner Pierre Moscovici (Economic and financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs). Complete programme for the day here.

Tuesday afternoon is dedicated to interparliamentary committee meetings, organised by the Economic and Monetary Affairs, Employment and Social affairs and Budgets committees. More information on the #EPW16 website.

Wednesday 17 February

An interparliamentary Conference on Stability, Economic Coordination and Governance in the European Union, co-hosted and co-chaired by the Netherlands Parliament, will focus on improving cooperation between national parliaments and the European Parliament to ensure democratic accountability in the economic governance and budgetary policy field in the EU and particularly in the EMU.

Speakers include EP President Martin Schulz, Speaker of the Dutch House of Representatives Ms Khadija Arib, Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Vice-President of the Dutch Court of Auditors Kees Vendrik, general

Rapporteur of the French National Assembly's Finances Committee Valérie Rabault and EP Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee chair Roberto Gualtieri. Complete programme here.

The sessions will be webstreamed via the following links:

Tuesday 16 February

Plenary session part 1: 10:00-11:30

Plenary session part 2: 11:30-13:00

Interparliamentary committee meeting Economic and Monetary Affairs: 15:0018:00

Interparliamentary committee meeting on Employment and social Affairs: 15:00-18:00

Interparliamentary committee meeting on Budgets: 15:00-18:00

Wednesday 17 February

Interparliamentary Conference on Stability, Economic Coordination and Governance in the EU - Part 1 (09:00-11:00)

Interparliamentary Conference on Stability, Economic Coordination and Governance in the EU - Part 2 (11:30-13:00)

Interparliamentary Conference on Stability, Economic Coordination and Governance in the EU - Part 3 (14:30-16:30)

Video recording of debate (click on 16.02.2016) EbS+ (16.02.2016) IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS: Involvement of the National Parliaments in SCPs and NRPs – 2014 and 2015 – February 2016 The EPW 2016 webpage Committee on Budgets Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee on Employment and Social Affairs