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The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – April 13, 2018

Summary

Next week, there will be a plenary sitting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Several significant debates, votes and committee meetings will take place.

On Monday, Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will debate a report by Norbert Lins MEP (DE, EPP) on the inclusion of greenhouse gas emissions and removals from land use, land use change and forestry in the 2030 climate and energy framework, following amendments resulting from the interinstitutional negotiations. Under the new rules, carbon dioxide emissions from farming, transport, waste and buildings must be lowered by 30% by 2030. This new set of rules would ensure that the EU meets its obligations under the Paris Agreement on climate change. See the draft report here.

On Tuesday, MEPs and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will debate the Future of Europe together with special guest, French President Emmanuel Macron. This is the fourth discussion in a series between MEPs and EU leaders on the future of the EU.

On the same day, MEPs will debate a report by Martin Häusling MEP (DE, Greens/EFA) on the organic production and labelling of organic products. Under the new rules, farmers will be able to switch to the production of organic foods in an easier manner, which would increase overall yield in the EU, while maintaining the highest quality standards. See the report here.

On Wednesday, MEPs will discuss Cambridge Analytica’s abuse of Facebook’s user data and its interplay with EU data protection and online privacy rules. MEPs will debate whether current EU laws adequately protect online users from online abuse and the manipulation of election results.

Also on Wednesday, MEPs will debate and vote on the “waste package”, which is a set of four legislative proposals on the circular economy, whose objective is to increase recycling and diminish landfilling. The proposals have already been formally agreed by Member State representatives and European Parliament negotiators. The four files can be found hereherehere and here.

Meetings and Agenda

Monday, April 16, 2018

Plenary Session

Debates

17:00 – 23:00

  • Inclusion of greenhouse gas emissions and removals from land use, land use change and forestry into the 2030 climate and energy framework
    • Rapporteur: Norbert LINS (EPP, DE)
  • Binding annual greenhouse gas emission reductions to meet commitments under the Paris Agreement
    • Rapporteur: Gerben-Jan GERBRANDY (ALDE, NL)
  • Packaging and packaging waste
    • Rapporteur: Simona BONAFÈ (S&D, IT)
  • End-of-life vehicles, waste batteries and accumulators and waste electrical and electronic equipment
  • Simona BONAFÈ (S&D, IT)
  • Waste
    • Rapporteur: Simona BONAFÈ (S&D, IT)
  • Landfill of waste
    • Rapporteur: Simona BONAFÈ (S&D, IT)
  • Procedural rules in the field of environmental reporting
    • Rapporteur: Francesc GAMBÚS (EPP, ES)
  • Gender equality in the media sector in the EU
    • Rapporteur: Michaela ŠOJDROVÁ (EPP, CZ)
  • Empowering women and girls through the digital sector
  • Implementation of the 7th Environment Action Programme
    • Rapporteur: Daciana Octavia SÂRBU (S&D, RO)
  • Media pluralism and media freedom in the European Union
    • Rapporteur: Barbara SPINELLI (GUE/NGL, IT)
  • A European strategy for the promotion of protein crops
    • Rapporteur: Jean-Paul DENANOT (S&D, FR)
  • Enhancing developing countries’ debt sustainability
    • Rapporteur: Charles GOERENS (ALDE, LU)
  • Strengthening economic, social and territorial cohesion in the EU
    • Rapporteur: Marc JOULAUD (EPP, FR)

Special committee on financial crimes, tax evasion and tax avoidance

19:30 – 21:30

  • Discussion with Věra JOUROVÁ, Member of the European Commission responsible for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality

Committee on Budgets

20:00 – 21:30

Committee on Budgetary Control

19:00 – 22:30

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Plenary Session

Debates

09:00 – 11:50

  • Debate with the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, on the Future of Europe

Votes followed by explanations of votes

12:00 – 14:00

  • Statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations
    • Rapporteur: Rainer WIELAND (EPP, DE), Mercedes BRESSO (S&D, IT)
  • Fishing mortality ranges and safeguard levels for certain herring stocks in the Baltic Sea
    • Rapporteur: Alain CADEC (EPP, FR)
  • Electronic publication of the Official Journal of the European Union
    • Rapporteur: Pavel SVOBODA (EPP, CZ)
  • EU-Australia Framework Agreement
    • Rapporteur: Francisco José MILLÁN MON(EPP, ES)
  • EU-Australia Framework Agreement (Resolution)
    • Rapporteur: Francisco José MILLÁN MON(EPP, ES)
  • EU-Lebanon Agreement for scientific and technological cooperation: participation of Lebanon in the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA)
    • Rapporteur: Sofia SAKORAFA (GUE/NGL, GR)
  • EU-Mauritius Fisheries Partnership Agreement: fishing opportunities and financial contribution
    • Rapporteur: Norica NICOLAI (ALDE, RO)
  • EU-Norway Agreement concerning additional trade preferences in agricultural products
    • Rapporteur: Tiziana BEGHIN (EFD, IT)
  • Energy performance of buildings
    • Rapporteur: Bendt BENDTSEN (EPP, DK)

Debates

15:00 – 21:00

  • Progress on UN Global compacts on safe, orderly and regular migration and on refugees
  • Peace prospects for the Korean peninsula in the light of recent developments
  • Implementation of the EU external financing instruments: mid-term review 2017 and the future post-2020 architecture
    • Rapporteur: Marietje SCHAAKE (ALDE, NL)
  • Implementation of the Development Cooperation Instrument, the Humanitarian Aid Instrument and the European Development Fund
    • Rapporteur: Enrique Guerrero Salom (S&D, ES)
  • Approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles and their trailers, and of systems, components and separate technical units intended for such vehicles
    • Rapporteur: Daniel DALTON (ECR, UK)
  • Organic production and labelling of organic products
    • Rapporteur: Martin HÄUSLING (Greens/EFA, DE)
  • Annual reports 2015-2016 on subsidiarity and proportionality
    • Rapporteur: Mady DELVAUX (S&D, LU)

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Plenary Session

Key debates

08:30 – 11:50

  • Conclusions of the European Council meeting of 22 and 23 March 2018
  • Discharge 2016: EU general budget – Commission and executive agencies
    • Rapporteur: Joachim ZELLER (EPP, DE)
  • Discharge 2016: Court of Auditors’ special reports in the context of the 2016 Commission discharge
    • Rapporteur: Joachim ZELLER (EPP, DE)
  • Discharge 2016: EU general budget – 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th EDFs
    • Rapporteur: Barbara KAPPEL (ENF Group, AT)
  • Discharge 2016: EU general budget – European Parliament
    • Rapporteur: Derek VAUGHAN (S&D, UK)
  • Discharge 2016: EU general budget – European Council and Council
    • Rapporteur: Ingeborg GRÄßLE (EPP, DE)
  • Discharge 2016: EU general budget – Court of Justice
    • Rapporteur: Ingeborg GRÄßLE (EPP, DE)
  • Discharge 2016: EU general budget – Court of Auditors
    • Rapporteur: Ingeborg GRÄßLE (EPP, DE)
  • Discharge 2016: EU General budget – European Economic and Social Committee
    • Rapporteur: Ingeborg GRÄßLE (EPP, DE)
  • Discharge 2016: EU general budget – Committee of the Regions
    • Rapporteur: Ingeborg GRÄßLE (EPP, DE)
  • Discharge 2016: EU general budget – European External Action Service
    • Rapporteur: Marco VALLI (EFDD, IT)
  • Discharge 2016: EU general budget – European Ombudsman
    • Rapporteur: Ingeborg GRÄßLE (EPP, DE)
  • Discharge 2016: EU general budget – European Data Protection Supervisor
    • Rapporteur: Ingeborg GRÄßLE (EPP, DE)
  • Discharge 2016: Performance, financial management and control of EU agencies
    • Rapporteur: Bart STAES (Greens/EFA, BE)
  • Discharge 2016: Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER)
    • Rapporteur: Bart STAES (Greens/EFA, BE)
    • Discharge 2016: Office of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC)
    • Rapporteur: Bart STAES (Greens/EFA, BE)
  • Discharge 2016: Translation Centre for the Bodies of the European Union (CdT)
    • Rapporteur: Bart STAES (Greens/EFA, BE)
  • Discharge 2016: European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop)
    • Rapporteur: Bart STAES (Greens/EFA, BE)
  • Discharge 2016: European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL)
    • Rapporteur: Bart STAES (Greens/EFA, BE)
  • Discharge 2016: European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
    • Rapporteur: Bart STAES (Greens/EFA, BE)
  • Discharge 2016: European Asylum Support Office (EASO)
    • Rapporteur: Bart STAES (Greens/EFA, BE)
  • Discharge 2016: European Banking Authority (EBA)
    • Rapporteur: Bart STAES (Greens/EFA, BE)
  • Discharge 2016: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
    • Rapporteur: Bart STAES (Greens/EFA, BE)
  • Discharge 2016: European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
    • Rapporteur: Bart STAES (Greens/EFA, BE)
  • Discharge 2016: European Environment Agency (EEA)
    • Rapporteur: Bart STAES (Greens/EFA, BE)
  • Discharge 2016: European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA)
    • Rapporteur: Bart STAES (Greens/EFA, BE)
  • Discharge 2016: European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
    • Rapporteur: Bart STAES (Greens/EFA, BE)
  • Discharge 2016: European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE)
    • Rapporteur: Bart STAES (Greens/EFA, BE)
  • Discharge 2016: European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA)
    • Rapporteur: Bart STAES (Greens/EFA, BE)
  • Discharge 2016: European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)
  • 2017/2176(DEC)
    • Rapporteur: Bart STAES (Greens/EFA, BE)
  • Discharge 2016: European Medicines Agency (EMA)
    • Rapporteur: Bart STAES (Greens/EFA, BE)
  • Discharge 2016: European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)
    • Rapporteur: Bart STAES (Greens/EFA, BE)
  • Discharge 2016: European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA)
    • Report: Rapporteur: Bart STAES (Greens/EFA, BE)
  • Discharge 2016: European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA)
    • Rapporteur: Bart STAES (Greens/EFA, BE)
  • Discharge 2016: European Union Agency for Railways (ERA)
    • Rapporteur: Bart STAES (Greens/EFA, BE)
  • Discharge 2016: European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)
    • Rapporteur: Bart STAES (Greens/EFA, BE)
  • Discharge 2016: European Training Foundation (ETF)
    • Rapporteur: Bart STAES (Greens/EFA, BE)
  • Discharge 2016: European Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice (eu-LISA)
    • Rapporteur: Bart STAES (Greens/EFA, BE)
  • Discharge 2016: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA)
    • Rapporteur: Bart STAES (Greens/EFA, BE)
  • Discharge 2016: Euratom Supply Agency (ESA)
    • Rapporteur: Bart STAES (Greens/EFA, BE)
  • Discharge 2016: European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound)
    • Rapporteur: Bart STAES (Greens/EFA, BE)
  • Discharge 2016: EU Judicial Cooperation Unit (Eurojust)
    • Rapporteur: Bart STAES (Greens/EFA, BE)
  • Discharge 2016: European Police Office (Europol)
    • Rapporteur: Bart STAES (Greens/EFA, BE)
  • Discharge 2016: European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)
    • Rapporteur: Bart STAES (Greens/EFA, BE)
  • Discharge 2016: European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex)
    • Rapporteur: Bart STAES (Greens/EFA, BE)
  • Discharge 2016: European GNSS Agency (GSA)
    • Rapporteur: Bart STAES (Greens/EFA, BE)
  • Discharge 2016: Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI)
    • Rapporteur: Brian HAYES (EPP IR)
  • Discharge 2016: Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking
    • Rapporteur: Brian HAYES (EPP IR)
  • Discharge 2016: ECSEL Joint Undertaking
    • Rapporteur: Brian HAYES (EPP IR)
  • Discharge 2016: Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (FCH2)
    • Rapporteur: Brian HAYES (EPP IR)
  • Discharge 2016: Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 Joint Undertaking (IMI)
    • Rapporteur: Brian HAYES (EPP IR)
  • Discharge 2016: ITER and the Development of Fusion Energy Joint Undertaking
    • Rapporteur: Brian HAYES (EPP IR)
  • Discharge 2016: SESAR Joint Undertaking
    • Rapporteur: Brian HAYES (EPP IR)
  • Discharge 2016: Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking (S2R)
    • Rapporteur: Rapporteur: Brian HAYES (EPP IR)

12:00 – 14:00

Votes followed by explanations of votes

  • Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism
    • Rapporteur: Helga STEVENS (ECR, BE)
  • Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism (Additional Protocol)
    • Rapporteur: Helga STEVENS (ECR, BE)
  • Packaging and packaging waste
    • Rapporteur: Simona BONAFÈ (S&D, IT)
  • End-of-life vehicles, waste batteries and accumulators and waste electrical and electronic equipment
    • Rapporteur: Simona BONAFÈ (S&D, IT)
  • Waste
    • Rapporteur: Simona BONAFÈ (S&D, IT)
  • Landfill of waste
    • Rapporteur: Simona BONAFÈ (S&D, IT)
  • Procedural rules in the field of environmental reporting
    • Rapporteur: Francesc GAMBÚS (EPP, ES)
  • Order of voting on amendments: amendment of Rule 174(8) of Parliament’s Rules of Procedure
    • Rapporteur: Richard CORBETT (S&D, UK)
  • Integrity policy of the Commission, in particular the appointment of the Secretary-General of the European Commission
  • Texts on which debate is closed

15:00 – 21:00

Debates

  • Topical debate (Rule 153a)
  • Prevention of the use of the financial system for the purposes of money laundering or terrorist financing
    • Rapporteur: Krišjānis KARIŅŠ (EPP, LV), Judith SARGENTINI (Greens/EFA, NL)
  • Implementation of the Treaty provisions concerning national Parliaments
    • Rapporteur: Paulo RANGEL (EPP, PT)
  • Annual Report on Competition Policy
  • Rapporteur: Ramon TREMOSA i BALCELLS (ALDE, ES)

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Plenary session

Debates

09:00 – 11:50

  • A public hearing on EU policy options in case of decertification of the Iran nuclear deal by the US will take place on Thursday 12 April from 9:00 to 10:30 in room JAN 2Q2. MEPs plan to assess the state of play of implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (tbc) and will discuss with experts from think tanks the EU policy options should US decide to withdraw from Iran nuclear deal concluded in 2015.

 Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

09:00 – 12:30

Debates

  • Annual report on the control of the financial activities of the European Investment Bank for 2016
    • Rapporteur: Marco VALLI (EFDD, IT)
  • Implementation of the European Protection Order Directive
    • Rapporteur: Teresa JIMÉNEZ-BECERRIL BARRIO (EPP, ES), Soraya POST (S&D, SE)

12:00 – 14:00

Votes followed by explanations of votes

  • Motions for resolutions concerning debates on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law (Rule 135)
  • Estimates of revenue and expenditure for the financial year 2019 – Section I – European Parliament
    • Rapporteur: Paul RÜBIG (EPP, AT)
  • Protection of investigative journalists in Europe: the case of Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová
  • Texts on which debate is closed

15:00 – 16:00

Major interpellations

  • Major interpellations (Rule 130b)
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