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The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – June 8, 2018


Next week is plenary week in Strasbourg, France.  A number of important votes, committee meetings and debates will take place.  In addition, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte will visit the Parliament on Wednesday to discuss the future of Europe with Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

During Monday’s plenary sitting, MEPs will debate the draft parliamentary report onCO2 emissions and fuel consumption of new heavy-duty vehicles, prepared by Rapporteur Marian-Jean Marinescu (EPP, RO).  The draft report includes amendments aimed mostly at increasing transparency through new obligations, such as requiring manufacturers and Member States to submit data of newly registered vehicles.  See the draft report here.

Also on Monday, the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (“LIBE”) will vote on a draft resolution about the adequacy of the protection afforded by the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield.  The resolution calls upon the Commission and the U.S. competent authorities to restart discussions on the Privacy Shield arrangement, to make it comply with the new General Data Protection Regulation.  The report also promotes the setting up of an action plan to address certain deficiencies in the Privacy Shield that the Commission has identified.  See the draft motion for a resolution here and the amendments tabled to the resolution here.

On Tuesday, MEPs will debate the EU’s response to the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Agreement with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.  The EU stands united behind the Iran nuclear deal.  However, the Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee (“AFET”) David McAllister (EPP, DE) stated that other issues of concern, such as Iran’s support to the Syrian regime or ballistic missiles program, should be addressed through other means.

On Wednesday, the Economic and Monetary Union (“EMU”) package will be subject to discussion.  MEPs will inquire the Commission about Member States’ attitude towards the idea of a European Monetary Fund, as well as the democratic accountability of the EMU.  Thereafter, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte will debate the future of Europe with MEPs.

Later on Wednesday, there will be a plenary vote on the change of the composition of the European Parliament’s seats.  The amount of seats will shrink from 751 to 705, according to the proposed draft report.  The change in composition follows from the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union, and will come into force after the 2019 elections.  See the draft report here.

Meetings and Agenda

Monday, June 11, 2018

Plenary session

17:00 – 23:00


  • Resumption of session and order of business
  • Clearing obligation, reporting requirements, risk-mitigation techniques and trade repositories
    • Rapporteur: Werner LANGEN (EPP, DE)
  • Common rules in the field of civil aviation and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency
    • Rapporteur: Marian-Jean MARINESCU (EPP, RO)
  • CO2 emissions from and fuel consumption of new heavy-duty vehicles
    • Rapporteur: Damiano ZOFFOL (ALDE, IT)
  • EU-NATO relations
    • Rapporteur: Ioan Mircea PAŞCU (S&D, RO)
  • Towards a sustainable and competitive European aquaculture sector
    • Rapporteur: Carlos ITURGAIZ (EPP, ES)
  • State of play of recreational fisheries in the EU
    • Rapporteur: Norica NICOLAI (ALDE, RO)
  • Modernisation of education in the EU
    • Rapporteur: Krystyna ŁYBACKA (S&D, PL)

Committee on Regional Development

19:00 – 20:00

  • Commission Delegated Regulation amending Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/118 establishing fisheries conservation measures for the protection of the marine environment in the North Sea (DEA) – adoption of motion for a resolution
    • Rapporteur: Alain CADEC (EPP, FR)

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

19:30 – 21:15

Vote (19.30-20.00)

  • Adequacy of the protection afforded by the EU-US Privacy Shield (RSP) – vote on draft resolution
    • Rapporteur: Claude MORAES (S&D, UK)

Committee on Constitutional Affairs

19:30 – 20:30

  • Draft European Council decision establishing the composition of the European Parliament (NLE) – debate and vote on draft recommendation (consent)
  • Co-rapporteurs Danuta Maria HÜBNER (EPP, PL), Pedro SILVA PEREIRA (S&D, PT)

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Plenary session

09:00 – 11:50


  • Preparation of the European Council meeting of 28 and 29 June 2018

12:00 – 14:00

Votes + explanation of votes

15:00 – 23:00

  • Iran nuclear agreement
  • Negotiations on the modernisation of the EU-Chile Association Agreement
    • Rapporteur: Charles TANNOCK (ECR, UK)
  • Georgian occupied territories ten years after the Russian invasion
  • Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Negotiations for a new EU-ACP Partnership Agreement
  • Cyber defence
    • Rapporteur: Urmas PAET (MADE, EE)
  • Further macro-financial assistance to Ukraine
    • Rapporteur: Jarosław WAŁĘSA (EPP, PL)

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Plenary session

09:00 – 10:00


  • The EMU package

10:00 – 12:30

  • Debate with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, on the Future of Europe

12:30 – 14:30

Votes + explanation of votes

  • Composition of the European Parliament
    • Rapporteur: Pedro SILVA PEREIRA (S&D, PT), Danuta Maria HÜBNER (EPP, PL)
  • Insolvency proceedings: updated annexes to the Regulation
    • Rapporteur: Tadeusz ZWIEFKA (EPP, PL)
  • EU-Iceland Agreement on supplementary rules for external borders and visas for 2014-2020
    • Rapporteur: Anders Primdahl VISTISEN (ECR, DK)
  • EU-Switzerland Agreement on supplementary rules for external borders and visas for 2014-2020
    • Rapporteur: Claude MORAES (S&D, UK)

15:00 – 23:00


  • Cohesion policy and the circular economy
    • Rapporteur: Davor ŠKRLEC (Greens/EFA, HR)
  • Proportionality test before adoption of new regulation of professions
    • Rapporteur: Andreas SCHWAB (EPP, DE)
  • Implementation of and follow-up to the EU framework for National Roma integration strategies
  • Structural and financial barriers in the access to culture
    • Raporteur: Bogdan Andrzej ZDROJEWSKI (EPP, PL)

Thursday, June 14, 2018


09:00 – 11:50


  • Anti-corruption

12:00 – 14:00

Votes + explanation of votes

  • Motions for resolutions concerning debates on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law (Rule 135)
  • Monitoring the application of EU law 2016
    • Rapporteur: Kostas Chrysogonos (GUE/NGL, EL)


Major interpellations

Special committee on financial crimes, tax evasion and tax avoidance

14:00 – 18:00


  • Workshop on “Taxation and fight against Money Laundering: Crypto Currencies, Digitalisation and the European Semester”

Committee on Employment and Social Affairs

09:00 – 12:30


  • Commission presentation: EGF mid-term review as an introduction to the proposal for the next MFF – Exchange of views with Commission representatives


  • Pathways for the reintegration of workers recovering from injury and illness into quality employment – Adoption of draft report
    • Rapporteur: Jana ŽITŇANSKÁ (ECR, SK)

Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

09:00 – 12:30


  • Implementation of the Plant Protection Products Regulation EC/1107/2009 – Consideration of draft report
    • Rapporteur: Pavel POC (S&D, CZ)
  • Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on health technology assessment and amending Directive 2011/24/EU – Consideration of draft report
    • Rapporteur: Soledad CABEZÓN RUIZ (S&D, ES)
  • Deployment of infrastructure for alternative fuels in the European Union: Time to act! – Consideration of draft opinion
    • Rapporteur: Christel SCHALDEMOSE (S&D, DA)
  • Quality of water intended for human consumption (recast) – Consideration of draft report
    • Rapporteur: Michel DANTIN (EPP, FR)

Committee on Transport and Tourism

09:00 – 12:30


  • Port reception facilities for the delivery of waste from ships (COD) – presentation by the Commission

Committee on Culture and Education

09:00 – 12:30


  • Import of cultural goods (COD) – vote on draft opinion by Santiago FISAS AYXELÀ (EPP, ES)
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Sebastian Vos, Covington, international trade lawyer

Sebastian Vos is co-chair of the firm’s public policy practice, and heads up its European division. He has extensive experience in the European Union and advises clients as they navigate and manage today’s global regulatory and policy challenges. 

Mr. Vos provides clients with strategic public policy, regulatory, and communications advice on a range of competition, trade, transactional and sectoral issues. Mr. Vos has particular expertise in advising companies in the technology, financial services, energy and transport sectors.