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The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – October 19, 2018

Summary

Next week, there will be a plenary sitting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Several significant debates and votes will take place.

On Monday, MEPs will vote on the proposal for a Single-Use Plastics Directive.  The purpose of the proposal is to prevent and reduce the impact of certain plastic products on the environment.  More specifically, the new rules target the ten single-use plastic products most often found on Europe’s beaches and seas.  Also, the new rules include obligations for producers to help cover the costs of waste management, collection targets and short timeline for achieving reductions in the consumption of some single-use plastic products, including plastic tobacco filter.  The European Parliament’s plenary session will vote on the proposal on Wednesday. See the report here and the proposal for a Directive here.

On Tuesday, MEPs and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will debate the Future of Europe together with special guest, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.  This is the eleventh discussion in a series between MEPs and EU leaders on the future of the EU.

On Wednesday, the plenary session of the European Parliament will debate, together with European Council President Donald Tusk,  the conclusions reached by EU leaders at the European Council Summit on October 17-18, 2018.  Among other issues, MEPs will discuss migration, internal security and Brexit.

On Thursday, MEPs will debate and vote on a motion for a resolution on the use of Facebook users’ data by Cambridge Analytica and the impact on data protection.  The resolution calls for Facebook to permit EU bodies to carry out a full audit to evaluate the security of Facebook users’ personal data.  The resolution also calls for the prevention of election manipulation on social media platforms, and for a reform of EU competition rules to take greater account of data held by undertakings. See the draft resolution here.

Meetings and Agenda

Monday, October 22, 2018 

Plenary session

17:00 – 23:00

Debates

  • 2018 UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland (COP24)
  • 14th meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP14)
  • Quality of water intended for human consumption
    • Rapporteur: Michel DANTIN (EPP, FR)
  • Reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment
    • Rapporteur: Frédérique RIES (ALDE, BE)
  • Promotion of clean and energy-efficient road transport vehicles
    • Rapporteur: Andrzej GRZYB (EPP, PL)
  • Economic policies of the euro area
    • Rapporteur: Costas MAVRIDES (S&D, CY)
  • Employment and social policies in the euro area
    • Rapporteur: Krzysztof HETMAN (EPP, PL)
  • Protection of the EU’s financial interests – Recovery of money and assets from third-countries in fraud cases
    • Rapporteur: Cătălin Sorin IVAN (NI, RO)

Committee on Legal Affairs

20:30 – 22:30

Vote

  • Protection of persons reporting on breaches of Union law (COD) – adoption of draft report and vote on the decision to enter into interinstitutional negotiations
    • Rapporteur: Virginie ROZIÈRE (S&D, FR)

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

Vote (20.15 – 20.30)

  • Temporary reintroduction of border control at internal borders (COD) – adoption of draft report
    • Rapporteur: Tanja FAJON (S&D, SI)

Debates (21.10 – 21.40)

  • Situation of fundamental rights in the European Union in 2017 (INI) – consideration of amendments
    • Rapporteur: Josep-Maria TERRICABRAS (Greens/EFA, ES)

Committee on Constitutional Affairs

19:00 – 22:00

Debates

  • The withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Article 50 TEU) – exchange of views on the state of play of the negotiations on Brexit, with the participation of Guy VERHOFSTADT (ALDE, BE), Parliament’s coordinator for the negotiations and Danuta Maria HÜBNER (EPP, PL) member of Parliament’s Brexit Steering Group (19.05-19.45)

Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality

21:00 – 22:00

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Plenary session

09:00 – 10:30

Debates

  • The use of Facebook users’ data by Cambridge Analytica and the impact on data protection

10:30 – 12:50

Debates

  • Debate with the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, on the Future of Europe

Votes and explanation of votes

13.00 – 14.30

  • Electronic publication of the Official Journal of the European Union
    • Rapporteur: Pavel SVOBODA
  • Resources for economic, social and territorial cohesion and resources for the investment for growth and jobs goal
    • Rapporteur: Iskra MIHAYLOVA (ALDE, BG)
  • Alignment of reporting obligations in the field of environment policy
    • Rapporteur: Adina-Ioana Vălean (EPP, RO)
  • Appointment of the Managing Director of the EFSI
    • Rapporteur: Roberto GUALTIERI (S&D, IT), Jean ARTHUIS (ALDE, FR)
  • Appointment of the Deputy Managing Director of the EFSI
    • Rapporteur: Roberto Gualtieri (S&D, IT), Jean Arthuis (ALDE, FR)
  • EU-Bahamas Agreement on the short-stay visa waiver
    • Rapporteur: Emilian PAVEL (S&D, RO)
  • EU-Mauritius Agreement on the short-stay visa waiver
    • Rapporteur: Emilian PAVEL (S&D, RO)
  • EU-Antigua and Barbuda Agreement on the short-stay visa waiver
    • Rapporteur: Emilian PAVEL (S&D, RO)
  • EU-Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis Agreement on the short-stay visa waiver
    • Rapporteur: Emilian PAVEL (S&D, RO)
  • EU-Barbados Agreement on the short-stay visa waiver
    • Rapporteur: Emilian PAVEL (S&D, RO)
  • EU-Seychelles Agreement on the short-stay visa waiver
    • Rapporteur: Emilian PAVEL (S&D, RO)
  • Rise of neo-fascist violence in Europe
  • Animal welfare, antimicrobial use and the environmental impact of industrial broiler farming

Debates

15:00 – 23:00

  • Commission Work Programme 2019
  • Situation in the Sea of Azov
  • Use of the Schengen Information System for the return of illegally staying third-country nationals
    • Rapporteur: Jeroen Lenaers (EPP, NL)
  • Establishment, operation and use of the Schengen Information System in the field of border checks
    • Rapporteur: Carlos COELHO (EPP, PT)
  • Establishment, operation and use of the Schengen Information System in the field of police cooperation and judicial cooperation in criminal matters
    • Rapporteur: Carlos COELHO (EPP, PT)
  • General budget of the European Union for 2019 – all sections
    • Rapporteur: Daniele VIOTTI (S&D, IT), Paul RÜBIG (EPP, AT)
  • Discharge 2016: EU general budget – European Council and Council
    • Rapporteur: Marco VALLI (EFD, IT)
  • Discharge 2016: European Asylum Support Office (EASO)
    • Rapporteur: Bart STAES (Greens/EFA, BE)

Plenary session

17:00 – 23:00

Debates

  • 2018 UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland (COP24)
  • 14th meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP14)

Quality of water intended for human consumption

Plenary session

17:00 – 23:00

Debates

  • 2018 UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland (COP24)
  • 14th meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP14)

Quality of water intended for human consumption

Plenary session

17:00 – 23:00

Debates

  • 2018 UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland (COP24)
  • 14th meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP14)

Quality of water intended for human consumption

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 

Plenary session

09:00 – 11:50

Debates

  • Conclusions of the European Council meeting of 18 and 19 October 2018

12:00 – 14:00

Votes and explanation of votes

  • General budget of the European Union for 2019 – all sections
    • Rapporteur: Daniele VIOTTI (S&D IT), Paul Rübig (EPP, AT)
  • Amendments to Parliament’s Rules of Procedure
    • Rapporteur: Richard CORBETT (S&D, UK)
  • Harmonisation of the structures of excise duties on alcohol and alcoholic beverages
    • Rapporteur: Miguel VIEGAS (GUE/NGL, PT)
  • Launch of automated data exchange with regard to dactyloscopic data in Ireland
    • Rapporteur: Branislav ŠKRIPEK (ECR, SK)
  • Launch of automated data exchange with regard to DNA data in Ireland
    • Rapporteur: Branislav ŠKRIPEK (ECR, SK)
  • Launch of automated data exchange with regard to dactyloscopic data in Croatia
    • Rapporteur: Branislav ŠKRIPEK (ECR, SK)
  • Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund: application EGF/2018/002 PT/Norte – Centro – Lisboa wearing apparel
    • Rapporteur: José Manuel FERNANDES (EPP, PT)

15:00 – 23:00

Debates

  • Presentation of the Court of Auditors’ annual report – 2017
  • Charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructures
    • Rapporteur: Christine REVAULT D’ALLONNES BONNEFOY (S&D, FR)
  • The role of employee financial participation in creating jobs and reactivating the unemployed
    • Rapporteur: Renate WEBER (ALDE, RO)
  • Import of cultural goods
    • Rapporteur: Alessia Maria Mosca (S&D, IT), Daniel Dalton (ECR, UK)

Thursday, October 25, 2018

 Plenary session

09:00 – 11:50

Debates

  • Authorisation and supervision of medicinal products for human and veterinary use
    • Rapporteur: Claudiu Ciprian Tănăsescu (S&D, RO)
  • Veterinary medicinal products
    • Rapporteur: Françoise Grossetête (EPP, FR)
  • Manufacture, placing on the market and use of medicated feed
    • Rapporteur: Clara Eugenia Aguilera García (S&D, ES)
  • Deployment of infrastructure for alternative fuels in the European Union: time to act!
    • Rapporteur: Ismail ERTUG (S&D, DE)
  • Harnessing globalisation: trade aspects
    • Rapporteur: Joachim SCHUSTER (S&D, DE)

12:00 – 14:00

Votes and explanation of votes

15:00 – 16:00

Debates

Committee on Budgets

08:00 – 12:00

Committee on Budgetary Control

08:30 – 10:00

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