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The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – November 23, 2018

Summary

Next week will be a mini-plenary and a committee week in the European Parliament.

On Tuesday, the Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (“ENVI”) will vote on its report on the European Commission’s Proposal for a Regulation on Transparency and Sustainability of the EU Risk Assessment in the Food Chain.  The proposed Regulation seeks to improve public access to the industry studies used by the European Food Safety Authority (“EFSA”) to make its risk assessment of substances used in food.  The objective is to enhance trust in the EU’s scientific risk assessment in the food chain.  The proposed Regulation also allows the European Commission and Member States’ authorities to request clarification and additional studies where scientific evidence upon which EFSA relies to make its risk assessment needs to be verified.  See the Proposal here, the draft parliamentary report here, and the amendments tabled to the draft report here and here.

On the same day, the European Parliament will organize a “Conference on the Impact of EU Research and Innovation on Your Daily Life.”  The conference is open to everyone and will gather researchers, citizens and public officials.  The objective of the conference is to reflect on past and current achievements in the field of research and innovation and to discuss potential upcoming challenges.  Panels will be organized on various topics, including health and wellbeing, sustainable environment, and innovation on the market.  See the program of the conference here.

On Wednesday, Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will debate with European Commissioner for Climate Action, Miguel Arias Cañete, on the new EU strategy for a long-term reduction of greenhouse gas emissions with a view to meeting the targets set in the Paris Agreement.

Meetings and Agenda

Monday, November 26, 2018

Committee on Foreign Affairs

16:30-18:00

In association with the Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary

Assembly (DLAT) and the Delegation for relations with the countries of the Andean

Community (DAND)

  • Exchange of views with Carlos Holmes TRUJILLO, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia

Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

15:00-19:00

  • Monetary Dialogue with Mario DRAGHI, President of the European Central Bank (15.00-17.00)
  • Public Hearing with Mario Draghi, Chairman of the European Systemic Risk Board (17.00-18.00)
  • Common system of value added tax as regards the temporary application of a generalised reverse charge mechanism in relation to supplies of goods and services above a certain threshold (CNS) – Consideration of amendments.
    • Rapporteur: Gabriel MATO (EPP, ES)

Committee on Budgetary Control

15:00-18:30

  • Discharge 2017: General budget of the EU – European Parliament (DEC) –
    • Rapporteur: Claudia SCHMIDT (EPP, AT)
  • Exchange of views with the Vice- President of the European Parliament with responsibility for the budget, David- Maria SASSOLI, the Secretary-General, Klaus WELLE and the Internal Auditor of the European Parliament, Robert GALVIN, in the presence of the Member of the European Court of Auditors responsible, Pietro RUSSO.

Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

15:00-18:00

  • Exchange of views with representatives of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on findings of the IPCC Special report “Global warming 1.5 C”
  • Exchange of views with the Commission on the Implementing Regulation regarding the extension of the approval periods of several active substances, including chlorpyrifos

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

15:00-18:30

Debates

  • The Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (iOCTA) – presentation by Catherine DE BOLLE, Executive Director of Europol (15.00-15.45)
  • European Border and Coast Guard (COD), consideration of draft report,
    • Rapporteur: Roberta METSOLA (EPP, MT) (17.25-18.00)
  • Humanitarian Visas, presentation of draft report,
    • Rapporteur Juan Fernando LÓPEZ AGUILAR (S&D, ES) (18.20-18.30)

Committee on financial crimes, tax evasion and tax avoidance / Committee

on Economic and Monetary Affairs

19:00-20:30

Joint hearing with the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

  • The Special committee on financial crimes, tax evasion and tax avoidance, (TAX3) together with the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) will hold a public hearing on “Cum-Ex scandal: financial crime and the loopholes in the current legal framework”. The purpose of this hearing is to examine the recent revelation of the CumEx files, which has shown that over EUR 55 billion have been defrauded through various schemes.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Committee on Budgetary Control

9:00-12:00

  • Discharge 2017: EU general budget – Discharge to Other Institutions –
    • Rapporteur: Arndt KOHN (S&D, DE)
  • Exchange of views with the Secretary Generals of the following Other Institutions and Bodies, in the presence of the Member of the Court of Auditors responsible, Pietro RUSSO :

– European Data Protection Supervisor

– Committee of Regions

– European Economic and Social Committee

– Court of Justice

– Court of Auditors

– European Ombudsman

  • 2017 Discharge to the Joint Undertakings
    • Rapporteur: Martina DLABAJOVA (ALDE, CZ)
  • Exchange of views with the representatives of the following Joint Undertakings, in the presence of the Member of the Court of Auditors responsible, Ildikó GÄLL-PELCZ :

– Development of Fusion for Energy (F4E)

– Electric Components and Systems for European Leadership (ECSEL)

– Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR)

Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

9:00-12:30

Votes (9:00-11:00)

  • Establishing the “Fiscalis” programme for cooperation in the field of taxation (COD) – Vote on a report
    • Rapporteur: Sven GIEGOLD (Greens/EFA, DE)
  • Strengthening fiscal responsibility and the medium-term budgetary orientation in the Member States (CNS) – Vote on a report
    • Rapporteur: Danuta Maria HÜBNER (EPP, PL)
  • Common system of value added tax as regards the temporary application of a generalised reverse charge mechanism in relation to supplies of goods and services above a certain threshold (CNS) – Vote on a report
    • Rapporteur: Gabriel MATO (EPP, ES)
  • ECB Annual Report 2017 (INI) – Vote on a report
    • Rapporteur: Gabriel MATO (EPP, ES)
  • Banking Union – annual report 2018 (INI) – Vote on a report
    • Rapporteur: Nils TORVALDS (ALDE, FI)

Committee on Employment and Social Affairs

9:30-11:30

Votes

  • European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) – Adoption of draft report – Vote on the decision to enter into interinstitutional negotiations
    • Rapporteur: Maria ARENA (S&D, BE)

Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

9:30-12:30

Debates

  • Follow-up to the European Youth Event (EYE) – “Ideas check” with young people

Votes

  • Objection pursuant to Rule 106: maximum residue levels for acetamiprid in certain products – D058389-03 (2018/2902(RPS)) – Adoption of motion for a resolution
    • Co-rapporteurs: Sylvie GODDYN (EFDD, FR), Michèle RIVASI (Greens/EFA, FR), Frédérique RIES (ALDE, BE), Guillaume BALAS (S&D, FR), Younous OMARJEE (GUE/NGL, FR)
  • Natura 2000 violations – Adoption of questions for oral answer
  • Accession of the European Union to the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications – Adoption of draft opinion
    • Rapporteur: Adina-Ioana VĂLEAN (EPP, RO)
  • Action of the Union following its accession to the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications – Adoption of amendments
    • Rapporteur: Adina-Ioana VĂLEAN (EPP, RO)
  • Transparency and sustainability of the EU risk assessment in the food chain – Adoption of draft report
    • Rapporteur: Renate Sommer (EPP, DE)
  • Supplementary protection certificate for medicinal products – Adoption of draft opinion
    • Rapporteur: Tiemo WÖLKEN (S&D, DE)
  • A Europe that protects: Clean air for all – Adoption of motion for a resolution
    • Co-rapporteurs: Julie GIRLING (EPP, UK), Seb DANCE (S&D, UK), Jadwiga WIŚNIEWSKA (ECR, PL), Catherine BEARDER (ALDE, UK), Keith TAYLOR (Greens/EFA, UK), Anja HAZEKAMP (GUE/NGL, NL), Eleonora EVI (EFDD, IT)
  • Establishing the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument – Adoption of amendments
    • Rapporteur for the opinion: Adina-Ioana VĂLEAN (EPP, RO)

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

9:00-18:30

Votes (10.20-10.30)

  • The rights of intersex people (RSP), adoption of motion for a resolution and adoption of question for oral answer with debate (Rule 128),
    • Rapporteur: Claude MORAES (S&D, UK)

Debates

  • The situation in Libya and in the Search and Rescue area – exchange of views with UNHCR, IMO, IOM, Frontex and the Search and Rescue Observatory for the Mediterranean (SAROBMED) and presentation from the European Parliament’s Legal Service on the lawfulness of “regional disembarkationplatforms” and “controlled centres” as proposed in the European Council – Conclusions of 28 June 2018 (11.45-13.00)

Hearing (14.30-18.30)

  • Hearing on “Electronic evidence in criminal matters” This hearing comes as part of the on-going legislative procedure on the proposed e-evidence package (Proposal for a Regulation on European Production and Preservation Orders for electronic evidence in criminal matters (2018/0108(COD) and Proposal for a Directive laying down harmonised rules on the appointment of legal representatives for the purpose of gathering evidence in criminal proceedings (2018/0107(COD)) – Draft programme and further information

Committee on Constitutional Affairs

9:00-18:00

Votes (10.15-10.40)

  • The state of the debate on the Future of Europe (INI) – adoption of draft report,
    • Rapporteur: Ramón JÁUREGUI ATONDO (S&D, ES)

Public Hearing (14-30-16.00)

  • Hearing on “Constitutional Perspective of EU’s social dimension in the context of the debate on the future of Europe” – draft programme will be available here

Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality

9:00-18:30

  • Hearing on “Experiencing backlash in women’s rights and gender equality in the EU” (10.00-11.30): draft program and further information will be available here

Votes (14.30)

  • Gender mainstreaming in the European Parliament (INI), adoption of draft report,
    • Rapporteur: Angelika MLINAR (ALDE, AT)

Special Committee on the Union’s authorisation procedure for pesticides

15:00-17:00

  • Report on the Union’s authorisation procedure for pesticides – Consideration of amendments
    • Co-rapporteurs: Norbert LINS (EPP, DE), Bart STAES (Greens/EFA, BE)

Special committee on financial crimes, tax evasion and tax avoidance

15:00-18:30

  • Report on Financial Crimes, Tax Evasion and Tax Avoidance (INI) – Consideration of draft report
    • Co-rapporteurs: Jeppe KOFOD (S&D, DK) and Luděk NIEDERMAYER (EPP, CZ) (15.00 -16.00)
  • Exchange of views with Pierre MOSCOVICI, Member of the European Commission responsible for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxations and Customs (16.00–17.15)

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Plenary session

Debates

15:00 – 17:30

  • Resumption of session and order of business
  • Debate with the Prime Minister of Denmark, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, on the Future of Europe

Debates

17:30-23:00

  • Single Market package
  • Strategy for long-term EU greenhouse gas emissions reduction in accordance with the Paris agreement
  • WTO: the way forward
    • Co-rapporteurs: Bernd Lange (S&D, DE), Paul Rübig (EPP, AU)
  • 2018 Report on Serbia
    • Rapporteur: David McAllister (EPP, DE)
  • 2018 Report on Kosovo
    • Rapporteur: Igor Šoltes (EFA, Slovenia)
  • 2018 Report on the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
    • Rapporteur: Ivo Vajgl (ALDE, Slovenia)
  • 2018 Report on Albania
    • Rapporteur: Knut Fleckenstein (S&D, DE)
  • 2018 Report on Montenegro
    • Rapporteur: Charles Tannock (ECR, UK)
  • One-minute speeches (Rule 163)

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Plenary session

Debates

09:00 – 11:20

  • 2019 budgetary procedure: result of the conciliation committee
  • The situation of women with disabilities

Votes and explanation of votes

11:30 – 13:30

  • Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund: application

EGF/2018/003 EL/Attica publishing

  • Rapporteur: Eider Gardiazabal Rubial (S&D, ES)
  • Draft amending budget No 6/2018: reduction of payment and commitment

appropriations (own resources)

  • Rapporteur: Siegfried Mureşan (EPP, ROM)
  • Mobilisation of the Flexibility Instrument to finance immediate budgetary

measures to address the on-going challenges of migration, refugee

inflows and security threats

  • Rapporteur: Daniele Viotti (S&D, IT)
  • Mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund to provide for the

payment of advances in the EU general budget for 2019

  • Rapporteur: Lefteris Christoforou (EPP, CY)
  • Application of the Euro 5 step to the type-approval of two- or three- wheel

vehicles and quadricycles

  • Rapporteur: Daniel Dalton (ECR, UK)
  • Trade in certain goods which could be used for capital punishment,

torture or other cruel treatment or punishment

  • Rapporteur: Lidia Joanna Geringer de Oedenberg (S&D, PO)
  • Accession of Samoa to the EU-Pacific States Interim Partnership Agreement
    • Rapporteur: David Martin (S&D, UK)
  • Appointment of the Chair of the Supervisory Board of the European

Central Bank

  • Rapporteur: Roberto Gualtieri (S&D, IT)
  • Defence of academic freedom in the EU’s external action
    • Rapporteur: Wajid Khan (S&D, UK)
  • Temporary reintroduction of border control at internal borders
    • Rapporteur: Tanja Fajon (S&D, Slovenia)
  • Common rules for the operation of air services
    • Rapporteur: Claudia Țapardel (S&D, ROM)
  • The Cum Ex Scandal: financial crime and the loopholes in the current

legal framework

  • Role of the German Youth Welfare Office (Jugendamt) in cross-border

family disputes

  • WTO: the way forward
    • Co-rapporteurs: Bernd Lange (S&D, DE), Paul Rübig (EPP, AU)
  • 2018 Report on Serbia
    • Rapporteur: David McAllister (EPP, DE)
  • 2018 Report on Kosovo
    • Rapporteur: Igor Šoltes (EFA, Slovenia)
  • 2018 Report on the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
    • Rapporteur: Ivo Vajgl (ALDE, Slovenia)
  • 2018 Report on Albania
    • Rapporteur: Knut Fleckenstein (S&D, DE)
  • 2018 Report on Montenegro
    • Rapporteur: Charles Tannock (ECR, UK)
  • The situation of women with disabilities
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