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08-07-2016

The Week Ahead: Agenda 11-17 July 2016 (Committee meetings, Brussels)

Flags of European Union member states
Flags of European Union member states

Eurozone budget. Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem and finance ministers Luis de Guindos (Spain), Michel Sapin (France) Euclid Tsakalotos (Greece) Pier Carlo Padoan (Italy) Pierre Gramegna (Luxembourg), Peter Kažimír (Slovakia) and Edward Scicluna (Malta) will join the committees on Budgets and Economic and Monetary Affairs to discuss ideas for a fiscal capacity for the Eurozone. Parliament will vote its position in October. (Monday)

Car emissions. Parliament's Inquiry Committee on Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS) will hold hearings with Volkswagen, Renault and Mitsubishi as well as the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) and former Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas. (Wednesday and Thursday)

Gun control. The EU firearms directive is up for a vote in the Internal Market Committee. MEPs will vote on draft amendments to the proposed revision of the directive, setting out conditions under which private persons can acquire and possess weapons, so as to prevent them falling into terrorist hands. (Wednesday)

External border checks on EU citizens. Parliament and Council negotiators will try to strike a deal on plans to make checks on EU citizens entering and leaving the EU mandatory, as they are for non-EU nationals. Checks against national databases of lost and stolen documents would be made at all external air, sea and land borders. (Wednesday)

Slovak Presidency. At the start of the Slovak Presidency, several committees will meet with government ministers from Slovakia and debate what they have in store for the next six months. (Monday to Thursday)

Refugee camps in Calais. A Civil Liberties Committee delegation will visit refugee camps near Calais, including reception facilities and a school project, and meet NGOs, local authorities and the French-British Coordination Centre, to assess conditions for people on the site. The 9-strong MEP delegation will be led by Ana Gomes (S&D, PT). (Wednesday)

Panama papers. Parliament's Inquiry Committee on money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion (PANA) will hold its constitutive meeting to elect its chair and vice chairs. (Tuesday)

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.

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