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The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – February 16, 2018

Summary

Next week will be very busy in the European Parliament, as it is a committee week.

On Monday and Tuesday, as part of the European Parliamentary Week, Members of National Parliaments of the EU Member States will join Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) to debate various issues, including EU tax policy, the economic future of the Union, economic governance and digitalisation.  Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, Tsveta Karayancheva, President of Bulgaria’s National Assembly, and Mário Centeno, President of the Eurogroup, will take part.

On Wednesday, the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (“ECON”) will vote on a report by Alain Lamassoure MEP (EPP, FR) on the Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (“CCCTB”).  The aim of the proposal is to enforce taxation in the country where their profits are generated, in an attempt to curb profit shifting.  See the draft report here.

On the same day, the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (“ITRE”) will vote on a report by Françoise Grosstete (EPP, FR) on establishing the European Defence Industrial Development Programme.  The programme, with a budget of 500 million euros for 2019-2020, would support the competitiveness and innovative capacity of the EU defence industry through funding new defence products and technologies. See the draft report here.

On Thursday, the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (“IMCO”) will vote on a draft report by Pascal Arimont (EPP, BE) on contracts for online sales and other distance sales of goods.  The new rules seek to guarantee consumers the remedies they are entitled to if they purchase a faulty product, whether bought in-store or online.  See the draft report here, and the most recently tabled amendments here.

On the same day, MEPs from the Committee on Budgets (“BUDG”) will propose reforms to the EU’s long-term budget, post-2020 (Multi-Annual Financial Framework) and the EU’s own resources.

Meetings and Agenda

Monday, February 19, 2018

Committee on Development

15:00 – 18:30

Debates

  • Discussion on the implementation of the conflict minerals regulation (Regulation (EU) 2017/821) and on the oral question on accompanying measures

Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

15:00 – 18:30

  • Exchange of views with Mr Alexis GOOSDEEL, director of European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) on the work of the Agency
  • Exchange of views with the Commission on the use of Cannabis for medicinal purposes

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 

Committee on Development

Voting

09:00 – 18:30

  • Amélioration de la viabilité de la dette des pays en développement (2016/2241(INI)) – Adoption du projet de rapport
    • Rapporteur: Charles GOERENS (ALDE, BE)
  • Conflict minerals accompanying measures (2018/2542(RSP)) – Adoption of Oral Question
    • Rapporteur: Linda McAVAN (S&D, UK)

End of voting

14:30

  • The Commission’s reporting on the EU and its Member States’ progress towards their 0.7% ODA/GNI and other financing for development commitments – Discussion with the European Commission

Committee on International Trade

09:00 – 18:30

  • State of play of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (FTA) – Discussion

Votes

10:00

  • Further macro-financial assistance to Georgia (2017/0242(COD)) – Adoption of draft report
    • Rapporteur: Hannu TAKKULA (ALDE, FI)
  • Implementation of the conflict minerals regulation – Adoption of question for oral answer

End of voting

  • Discussion on the implementation of the General System of Preferences 2016-2017
  • Discussion on implementation of Sustainability Compact in Bangladesh
  • Discussion on the state of EU-China relations (2017/2274(INI))

Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

09:00 – 18:30

  • Exchange of views with Mr Vytenis ANDRIUKAITIS, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety on Health Technology Assessment

Votes

  • Objection pursuant to Rule 105: Key elements of data storage contracts to be concluded as part of a traceability system for tobacco products – Adoption of motion for a resolution
    • Rapporteur: Younous OMARJEE (GUE/NGL, FR)
  • Objection pursuant to Rule 106: genetically modified maize MON 87427 × MON 89034 × NK603 and genetically modified maize combining two of the events MON 87427, MON 89034 and NK603 – Adoption of motion for a resolution
    • Co-rapporteurs: Bart STAES (Greens/EFA, BE), Guillaume BALAS (S&D, FR), Lynn BOYLAN (GUE/NGL, IE), Valentinas MAZURONIS (ALDE, LT), Eleonora EVI (EFDD, IT), Sirpa PIETIKÄINEN (EPP, FI)
  • Objection pursuant to Rule 106: genetically modified maize 59122 (DAS-59122-7) – Adoption of motion for a resolution
    • Co-rapporteurs: Bart STAES (Greens/EFA,BE), Guillaume BALAS (S&D, FR), Lynn BOYLAN (GUE/NGL, IE), Valentinas MAZURONIS (ALDE, LT), Eleonora EVI (EFDD, IT), Sirpa PIETIKÄINEN (EPP, FI)
  • A global end to animal testing for cosmetics – Adoption of motion for a resolution
    • Co-rapporteurs: Sirpa PIETIKÄINEN (EPP, FI), Miriam DALLI (S&D, MT), Julie GIRLING (ECR, UK), Frédérique RIES (ALDE, BE), Stefan ECK (GUE/NGL, DE), Eleonora EVI (EFDD, IT), Marco AFFRONTE (Greens/EFA, IT), Sylvie GODDYN (ENF, FR)
  • Introducing Community measures for the control of Newcastle disease – Adoption of draft report
    • Rapporteur: Adina-Ioana VĂLEAN (EPP, RO)

End of votes

  • Exchange of views with Mr. Jyrki KATAINEN, Vice President of the Commission responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, on the Implementation of the Circular Economy Action Plan
  • Annual exchange of views with Mr. Hans BRUYNINCKX, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency
  • Exchange of views with the commission on the standards and recommended practices relating to the carbon offsetting and reduction scheme for international aviation (corsia)

Committee on Regional Development

09:00 – 18:30

  • Lagging regions in the EU (INI) – vote on a draft resolution by Michela Giuffrida (S&D, IT)
  • The role of EU regions and cities in implementing the COP 21 Paris Agreement on climate change (INI) – vote on a draft resolution by Ángela Vallina (GUE/NGL, ES)
  • Exchange of views with Iliana IVANOVA, Member of the European Court of Auditors, on work of ECA in the field of cohesion policy
  • Exchange of views with Valdis DOMBROVSKIS, Vice-President of the European Commission for the Euro and Social Dialogue, also in charge of Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, on the Structural Reform Support Programme (SRSP)

Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality

09:00 – 12:30

  • Gender equality and Women’s Empowerment: Transforming the lives of Girls and Women through EU External Relations – adoption of a joint draft report (FEMM/DEVE)
  • Gender Equality in the Media Sector in the EU – adoption of a draft report
  • Empowering women and girls through the digital sector – adoption of a motion for a resolution
  • Women’s rights in the Western Balkans: the case of Montenegro – discussion amongst others with Montenegro women MPs visiting the Parliament. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 

Committee on Foreign Affairs

12:30 – 18:30
Votes

  • Recommendation to the Council, the Commission, and the EEAS on cutting the sources of income for Jihadists – targeting the financing of terrorism (2017/2203(INI)) – Adoption of amendments
    • Rapporteur: Javier NART (ALDE, ES)

End of voting

  • Recommendation to the Council, the Commission, and the EEAS on Libya (2018/2017(INI)) – Consideration of draft report
    • Rapporteur: Pier Antonio PANZERI (S&D, IT)

15:00

  • Discussion with Edward NALBANDIAN, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia 

Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

09:00 – 18:30
Votes

  • Economic Dialogue and exchange of views with Mário CENTENO, President of the Eurogroup (09.00-10.30)
  • Discussion on Sustainable finance (14.30-15.30)

Votes

17:00 – 18:30

  • Common Corporate Tax Base (NS) – Vote on a report by Paul TANG (S&D, NL)
  • Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB) (CNS) – Vote on report
    • Rapporteur: Alain LAMASSOURE (EPP, FR)
  • European Semester for economic policy coordination: Annual Growth Survey 2018 (INI) – Vote on report
    • Rapporteur: Hugues BAYET (S&D, BE)
  • Annual report on Competition Policy (INI) – Vote on report
  • Ramon TREMOSA I BALCELLS (ALDE, ES)
  • Vote on Commission Decision on the adoption of a proposal for the appointment of a Member of the Board of the Single Resolution Board

End of votes 

Committee on Employment and Social Affairs

09:00 – 18:30

  • Work-life balance for parents and carers – Hearing
    • Rapporteur: David CASA (EPP, MT)
  • Exchange of views with the Directors of CEDEFOP, ETF, EU-OSHA and EUROFOUND
  • Exchange of views with Marianne THYSSEN (Commissioner) – Presentation of the Commission proposal on transparent and predictable working conditions in the EU

Committee on Industry, Research and Energy

09:00 – 18:30

Votes (10.00)

  • Energy performance of buildings (COD) – Vote on the provisional agreement resulting from interinstitutional negotiations
    • Rapporteur: Bendt BENDTSEN (EPP, DK)
  • Commission Delegated Regulation amending Regulation (EU) No 347/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the Union list of projects of common interest (DEA) – Vote on a motion for a resolution objecting to a delegated act pursuant to Rule 105.
  • Industrial policy (RSP) – Vote on a question for oral answer by Jerzy BUZEK (EPP, PL)
  • Establishing the European Defence Industrial Development Programme aiming at supporting the competitiveness and innovative capacity of the EU defence industry (COD) – Vote on report
  • Françoise GROSSTETE (EPP, FR)
  • Internal market for electricity (recast) (COD) – Vote on a report by Krišjānis KARIŅŠ (EPP, LV)
  • Common rules for the internal market in electricity (recast) (COD) – Vote on the decision to enter into interinstitutional negotiations
    • Rapporteur: Krišjānis KARIŅŠ (EPP, LV)
  • Risk-preparedness in the electricity sector COD) – Vote on the decision to enter into interinstitutional negotiations
    • Rapporteur: Flavio ZANONATO (S&D, IT)
  • European Union Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (recast) (COD) – Vote on the decision to enter into interinstitutional negotiations
    • Rapporteur: Morten Helveg PETERSEN (ALDE, DK)

End of votes

  • Gas Market Design – revision of directive 2009/73/EC – See Public Hearings (14.30-18.30)

Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection

09:00 – 18:30

  • Exchange of views with Commissioner Elżbieta BIEŃKOWSKA, responsible for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs – as part of the structured dialogue

Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development

09:00 – 18:30

  • Election of a new 4th Vice-Chair
  • A European Strategy for the promotion of Protein Crops – Encouraging the production of protein and leguminous plants in the European agriculture sector (INI) – vote on a draft resolution by Jean-Paul Denanot (S&D, FR)
  • The current situation and future prospects for the sheep and goat sectors in the EU (INI) – vote on a draft resolution by Esther Herranz García (EPP, ES)
  • “Greening: a more complex income support scheme, not yet environmentally effective”- presentation by Samo JEREB, Member of the European Court of Auditors, of Special Report No 21/2017
  • Reflection Paper on the future of EU finances and the next multi-annual financial framework – exchange of views with Günther OETTINGER, Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources

Committee on Culture and Education

09:00 – 18:30

  • Establishing the Creative Europe Programme (2014 to 2020) (COD) – vote on the provisional agreement resulting from interinstitutional negotiations
    • Rapporteur Silvia Costa (S&D, IT)
  • European Solidarity Corps (COD) – vote on a draft regulation by Helga Trüpel (Greens/EFA, DE)
  • Structured dialogue with Mariya GABRIEL, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society

Thursday, February 22, 2018 

Committee on Foreign Affairs

08:30 – 12:30

  • Discussion with Adel AL-JUBEIR, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (9.30)

Committee on Employment and Social Affairs

09:00 – 12:30

  • Working rights of university teachers in Cyprus (Doctoral Scientists in Teaching and Research — DEDE) – Exchange of views with Commission representatives
  • The social protection of workers in the platform economy – Presentation of a study (to be confirmed)

Committee on Industry, Research and Energy

09:00 – 12:30

  • Workshop on national strategies for renewables. This workshop is organised in connection with its ongoing work on legislative proposals related to the Clean Energy for All Europeans package, with the aim to discuss national strategies for renewables in relation to energy efficiency targets and policies, including building renovation and self-consumption.

Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection

09:00 – 12:30

Votes

  • Contracts for the online and other distance sales of goods – Adoption of draft report
    • Rapporteur: Pascal ARIMONT (EPP, BE)
  • Establishing a single digital gateway to provide information, procedures, assistance and problem solving services – Adoption of draft report
    • Rapporteur: Marlene MIZZI (S&D, MT)

End of votes

  • Exchange of views with Mariya GABRIEL, Commissioner responsible for Communications Networks, Content and Technology – as part of the structured dialogue
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