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The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – January 5, 2018

Summary

Happy New Year to everyone!

Next week is a committee and political group week for the European Parliament.  Only a few committee meetings are scheduled.  Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will spend most of their time with their political groups to prepare the plenary sitting that will be held from January 15 to 18, in Strasbourg.

On Thursday, the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (“ENVI”) will exchange views with the Commission on the Commission’s report on the “State of Pediatric Medicines in the EU – 10 years of the EU Pediatric Regulation.”  This Report seeks to assess the impact of the 2006 Pediatric Regulation on public health and businesses.  See the Report here.

On the same day, the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (“ITRE”) will consider the amendments submitted to the draft parliamentary report on the proposal for a “Regulation establishing the European Defense Industrial Development Program aiming at supporting the competitiveness and innovative capacity of the EU defense industry.”  The proposal seeks to enhance the competitiveness and innovation of the EU defense industry, including cyber defense.  Among other things, the proposal promotes collaboration among undertakings in the development of defense products and technologies and calls for a better exploitation of the results of defense research.  See the proposal for a Regulation here, the draft report here, and the amendments tabled here and here.

Meetings and Agenda

Monday, January 8, 2018

  • No meetings of note.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

  • No meetings of note.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

  • No meetings of note.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Committee on Budgetary Control

15:00 – 18:30

Appointment of two Members of the European Court of Auditors

  • Partial renewal of members of the Court of Auditors – IE nominee (NLE) – Hearing of Tony MURPHY – candidate nominated by Ireland (new mandate)
    • Rapporteur: Indrek TARAND (Greens/EFA, EE)
  • Partial renewal of members of the Court of Auditors – SE nominee (NLE) – Hearing of Eva LINDSTRÖM- candidate nominated by Sweden (new mandate)
    • Rapporteur: Indrek TARAND (Greens/EFA, EE)

Committee on Employment and Social Affairs

14:00 – 15:00 

  • European Solidarity Corps
    • Rapporteur for the opinion: Brando BENIFEI (S&D, IT)

Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

09:00 – 12:30

  • Objection pursuant to Rule 106: The use of bisphenol A in varnishes and coatings intended to come into contact with food – Consideration of motion for a resolution
    • Co-rapporteurs: Martin HÄUSLING (Greens/EFA, DE), Sirpa PIETIKÄINEN (EPP, FI), Frédérique RIES (ALDE, BE)

  Votes

  • Objection pursuant to Rule 106: The use of bisphenol A in varnishes and coatings intended to come into contact with food – Adoption of motion for a resolution
    • Co-rapporteurs: Martin HÄUSLING (Greens/EFA, DE), Sirpa PIETIKÄINEN (EPP, FI), Frédérique RIES (ALDE, BE)
  • Early non-objection pursuant to Rule 106: Scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading within the Community. EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) Directive – Adoption of motion for a resolution
    • Rapporteur: Julie GIRLING (ECR, UK)
  • Exchange of views with Mr. Christos STYLIANIDES, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, on Civil Protection Mechanism
  • Exchange of views with the Commission on the Commission report on the state of pediatric medicines in the EU – 10 years of the EU Pediatric Regulation

Committee on Industry, Research and Energy

09:00 – 12:30

  • Establishing the European Defence Industrial Development Programme aiming at supporting the competitiveness and innovative capacity of the EU defense industry – Consideration of amendments
    • Rapporteur: Françoise GROSSETÊTE (EPP, FR)

Votes

  • Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation – Adoption of draft report
    • Rapporteur: Jerzy BUZEK (EPP, PL)
  • Common rules for the internal market in natural gas – Consideration of draft report
    • Rapporteur: Jerzy BUZEK (EPP, PL)

 Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

08:30 – 09:00

Voting time

  • Mutual recognition of freezing and confiscation orders: adoption of draft report and vote on the decision to enter into interinstitutional negotiations and on the composition of the negotiating team
    • Rapporteur: Nathalie GRIESBECK (ALDE)
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