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Week Ahead in European Parliament – June 9, 2017: Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs; Committee on Legal Affairs; ENVI

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, the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (“ECON”) and the Committee on Legal Affairs (“JURI”) will jointly vote on an opinion regarding the taxation of multinationals conducting business in the EU. According to the Committees’ opinion, these multinationals with a turnaround of over €40 million, would be required to publish information relating to where their profits are made, as well as the amount of tax they pay, on a country-by-country basis. It would broaden the scope of disclosure, including to intra-group payments.

On Tuesday, MEPs will vote on new rules on energy labelling for household appliances. The new ratings will use an A-G scale to specify consumption of energy, replacing the current A+/A++/A+++ system. As a first step, MEPs propose to carry out an initial rescaling of existing labels on the market, to help consumers avoid confusion.

Also on Tuesday, the plenary session will press the EU Commission to answer an oral question on glyphosate, one of the most used herbicides in the world. The question was posed by MEPs from the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (“ENVI”). The MEPs take note of the recent correspondence released by Monsanto, which casts doubt on the reliability of several company-sponsored studies on the herbicide. The MEPs are therefore inquiring whether the EU Commission will investigate allegations of undue influence from Monsanto over the EU’s approval of glyphosate.

On Wednesday, MEPs will discuss the upcoming summit of the European Council, scheduled for June 22-23. The Council will deliberate on Brexit, counter-terrorism, migration, security and defence, trade and the Paris Agreement, amongst other issues.

Also on Wednesday, MEPs will debate an own-initiative report on the European Agenda for the collaborative economy by Nicola Danti (S&D, IT). The report notes that given the rapid growth of the collaborative economy, the communication on a European agenda is likely to represent a good starting point for both promoting and regulating the sector, thereby presenting a well-balanced EU strategy. MEPs encouraged the provision of legal clarity and a high level of consumer protection, as well as fully upholding workers’ rights and ensuring tax compliance. Further, they encouraged Member States to not to view the collaborative economy as a threat to the traditional economy, as it empowers consumers and offers new job opportunities. MEPs will vote on the report on Thursday.

Meetings and Agenda

Monday, June 12, 2017 

Plenary

17:00-20:00 (Debates) 

  • Participation of the Union in the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA)

    • Rapporteur: Sofia Sakorafa (GUE/NGL; GR)

    • Committee: ITRE

  • Building blocks for a post-2020 EU cohesion policy

    • Rapporteur: Kerstin Westphal (S&D; DE)

    • Committee: REGI

  • Increasing engagement of partners and visibility in the performance of European Structural and Investment Funds

    • Rapporteur: Daniel Buda (EPP, RO)

    • Committee: REGI

  • Status of fish stocks and socio-economic situation of the fishing sector in the Mediterranean

    • Rapporteur: Marco Affronte (Greens/EFA; IT)

    • Committee: PECH

  • Cost effectiveness of the 7th Research Programme

    • Rapporteur: Inés Ayala Sender (S&D; ES), Martina Dlabajová (ALDE; CZ)

    • Committee: CONT

  • The need for an EU strategy to end and prevent the gender pension gap

    • Rapporteur: Constance Le Grip (EPP; FR)

    • Committee: FEMM

  • Statelessness in South and South East Asia

    • Rapporteur: Amjad Bashir (ECR; UK)

    • Committee: AFET

Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

19:30 – 20:15

  • Joint meeting: Committee on Economic and Monetary affairs and Committee on Legal Affairs

    • Vote on the disclosure of income tax information by certain undertakings and branches (COD) – Vote on a report and on the decision to enter into interinstitutional negotiations.

      • Rapporteurs: Hugues BAYET (S&D, BE) and Evelyn REGNER (S&D; AT)

Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development

19:00 – 22:30

  • Agenda not available

Committee on Legal Affairs

19:30 – 22:00

  • Joint meeting with the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (19.30-20.15) – co-rapporteurs Hugues BAYET (S&D, BE) and Evelyn REGNER (S&D, AT)

    • Vote on draft report on disclosure of income tax information by certain undertakings and branches (COD)

    • Request for the waiver of the parliamentary immunity of Marine LE PEN (ENF, FR) – hearing and discussion on two reports (IMM), one by Angel DZHAMBAZKI (ECR, BG) and the second by Tadeusz ZWIEFKA (EPP, PL)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 

Plenary

09:00-11:50 (Debates)

  • Energy efficiency labelling

    • Rapporteur: Dario Tamburrano (EFDD; IT)

    • Committee: ITRE

  • European Capitals of Culture for the years 2020 to 2033

    • Rapporteur: Santiago Fisas Ayxelà (EPP; ES)

    • Committee: CULT

12:00 – 12:30

  • Erasmus 30th Anniversary celebration

15:00-21:00 (Debates)

  • Situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo

  • 2016 Report on Serbia

    • Rapporteur: David McAllister (EPP; DE)

    • Committee: AFET

  • 2016 Report on Kosovo

    • Rapporteur: Ulrike Lunacek (Greens/EFA; AT)

    • Committee: AFET

  • Glyphosate and authorisation procedures

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Plenary

09:00-11:50 (Key Debate)

  • Preparation of the European Council of 22 and 23 June 2017 

12:00 – 12:30

  • Formal sitting: Address by Alassane Ouattara, President of the Ivory Coast

12:30 – 14:30 (Votes)

  • 2016 Report on the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

    • Rapporteur: Ivo Vajgl (ALDE; SI)

    • Committee: AFET

  • State-of-play of the implementation of the Sustainability Compact in Bangladesh

15:00 – 21:00 (Debates)

  • The refoundation of a Europe based on values, anchored in effective democratic institutions and promoting a prosperous economy in a fair and cohesive society

  • Panama Papers follow-up and the rule of law in Malta

    • Implementation of the European Fund for Strategic Investments

      • Rapporteurs: Udo Bullmann (S&D; DE); José Manuel Fernandes (EPP; PT)

      • Committees: BUDG; ECON

  • Assessment of Horizon 2020 implementation

    • Rapporteur: Soledad Cabezón Ruiz (S&D, ES)

    • Committee: ITRE

  • European Agenda for the collaborative economy

    • Rapporteur: Nicola Danti  (S&D, IT)

    • Committee: IMCO

  • Online platforms and the Digital Single Market

    • Rapporteurs: Henna Virkkunen (EPP; FI); Philippe Juvin (EPP; FR)

    • Committees: ITRE; IMCO

  • Taxation of ports

Thursday, June 15, 201709:00-11:50 (Debates)

Plenary
  • Cross-border mergers and divisions

    • Rapporteur: Enrico Gasbarra (S&D, IT)

    • Committee: JURI

12:00 – 14:00 (Votes)

  • Motions for resolutions concerning debates on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law (Rule 135)

15:00 – 16:00 (Debates)

  • Major interpellations (Rule 130b)

Committee on Budgetary Control

09:00 – 10:30

  • Joint meeting with Civil liberties, Justice and Home affairs Committee

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

09:00 – 10:30

  • Vote on draft report on conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of highly skilled employment “Blue Card” (COD), rapporteur Claude MORAES (S&D, UK)

  • Vote on draft report on qualification of third-country nationals or stateless persons as beneficiaries of international protection, uniform status for refugees or for persons eligible for subsidiary protection and content of the protection granted, rapporteur Tanja FAJON (S&D, SI)

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