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The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – September 1, 2017

Summary

Next week will be a committee and political groups week in the European Parliament. Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will slowly increase their activities ahead of the plenary sitting, to be held from September 11 to 14 in Strasbourg.

On Monday, the Subcommittee on Security and Defence will host a Public Hearing on “Security developments in the post-Soviet space, particularly in Ukraine and Belarus”. The Subcommittee will examine Russian and other actions in former Soviet Bloc territories that impact on regional stability and beyond. It will do so in the context of the continued fragile security situation in Eastern Europe, the resurgence of Russian power politics, and the upcoming Russian-Belorussian military exercise, “Zapad 2017”, which will take place in Belorussia in mid-September, close to the EU’s external borders.

On Thursday, the Committee on International Trade and the Delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee are organising a workshop on “Russia’s and the EU’s sanctions: economic and trade effects, compliance and the way forward”.

Also on Thursday, the Committee on Legal Affairs (“JURI”) will discuss proposed amendments to the draft Regulation on Copyright and related rights applicable to certain online transmissions of broadcasting organisations and retransmissions of television and radio programmes.

Meetings and Agenda

Monday, September 4, 2017

Subcommittee on Human Rights

15:00 – 18:30

  • The recent and forthcoming HRC sessions – Discussion with Peter SOERENSEN, Head of Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations Office and other International Organisations in Geneva

Subcommittee on Security and Defence

15:00 – 18:30

(15.00 – 16.00)

  • Election of the 3rd Vice-Chair

  • Public Hearing – “Security developments in the post-Soviet space, particularly in Ukraine and Belarus”

Committee on Budgetary Control

15:00 – 19:30

  • Workshop on “The implementation of the Common provisions (Reg. EU 1303/2013) for structural, agricultural, social and fisheries funds in practice, with view to their effectiveness” (15.45-18.30)

Committee on Industry, Research and Energy

15:00 – 17:30

  • Energy efficiency – Consideration of amendments

  • Rapporteur: Adam GIEREK (S&D, PL)

  • Promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (recast) – Consideration of amendments

  • Rapporteur: José BLANCO LÓPEZ (S&D, ES)

Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection

15:00 – 18:30

  • Election of the 4th Vice-Chair

Committee on Culture and Education

15:00 – 18:30

  • Agenda not available

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

15:00 – 18:30

Votes (16.40 – 16.45)

  • Draft Council implementing decision on subjecting N-(1-phenethylpiperidin-4-yl)-N-phenylacrylamide (acryloylfentanyl) to control measures (NLE)

  • Rapporteur: Brice HORTEFEUX (EPP, FR) – vote on a draft reportEnd of votes

  • Progress towards the interoperability of EU information systems  -discussion with Dimitris AVRAMOPOULOS, European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, and Krum GARKOV, Director of eu-LISA (16.45 – 18.30)

Committee on Constitutional Affairs

16:00 – 18:30

  • Agenda not available.

Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality

15:00 – 18:30

  • Workshop on “Increasing female participation in the labour market” organised by the Policy Department C (15.00 – 16.45)

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

  • No meetings scheduled.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

  • No meetings scheduled.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Committee on International Trade

10:00 – 12:00

  • Committee on International Trade and Delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee, are organising a workshop on “Russia’s and the EU’s sanctions: economic and trade effects, compliance and the way forward”.

Committee on Budgetary Control

09:00 – 12:30

  • Agenda not available.

Committee on Transport and Tourism

09:00 – 18:30

  • Discussion with Henrik HOLOLEI,  Director General DG MOVE, European Commission

  • Discussion with Markku MYLLY, Executive Director, European Maritime Safety Agency

Committee on Regional Development

09:00 – 18:30

  • ECA Special Report 2/2017 (partnership agreements) – discussion with Ladislav BALKO, European Court of Auditors

  • Smart specialisation and on the current state of implementation of 2014-2020 cohesion policy programmes – discussion with Marc LEMAITRE, European Commission

Committee on Legal Affairs

09:00 – 16:00

Votes (10.00 – 10.30)

  • Application of Directive 2004/35/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 April 2004 on environmental liability with regard to the prevention and remedying of environmental damage (the ‘ELD’) (INI) –  vote on draft report

  • Rapporteur: Laura FERRARA (EFDD, IT) End of votes 

  • Copyright and related rights applicable to certain online transmissions of broadcasting organisations and retransmissions of television and radio programmes (COD) – discussion on amendments (10.30)

  • Rapporteur: Tiemo WÖLKEN (S&D, DE)

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

09:00 – 17:00

  • European Commission Comprehensive Assessment of EU Security Policy and ninth progress report towards an effective and genuine Security Union – joint discussion with Julian KING, Commissioner for the Security Union (11.00-12.30)

Committee on Petitions

09:00 – 18:30

  • Agenda not available.

Friday, September 8, 2017 

Pre-session briefing

11:00 – 11:30

  • Agenda not available.

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