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Constitutional Affairs Committee Highlights

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 1 luglio 2020

Brussels Thursday 2 July, 13.45 – 15.45 room: József Antall (4Q2) & videoconference. Temporary changes to the European citizens’ Initiative Regulation in view of the COVID-19 outbreak. Rapporteur: Loránt Vincze (PPE, RO). Vote of the provisional agreement resulting from interinstitutional negotiations, preceded by a brief debate on the outcome of the negotiations.
In an effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Parliament is reducing the need for physical meetings on its premises, without compromising its role of democratic scrutiny nor its ability to approve the necessary legislative measures to combat the virus and support the public, consumers, businesses and emergency services.The required social distancing of 1.5 m will be respected on EP premises at all times. Any parliamentary activities, like committee and plenary meetings, which are still taking place will be web-streamed and can be followed by the media without requiring their physical presence on EP premises. MEPs, Commissioners and Council representatives will be able to participate remotely.

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Committee and political groups meetings

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 29 giugno 2020

Brussels The week ahead 29 June – 05 July 2020 EU approach to energy storage. As part of efforts to achieve the goal of a carbon-neutral EU by 2050, the Industry and Energy Committee will vote on proposals to increase energy storage capacity and guarantee the security of energy supply, with renewables making up an increasingly larger part of Europe’s energy mix. MEPs should present ideas to develop storage through hydrogen, batteries and other solutions (Monday).
Chemicals strategy for sustainability. The Environment, Public Health and Food Security Committee will adopt a resolution calling for a chemicals strategy for sustainability that effectively ensures a high level of protection of human health and the environment, minimising exposure to hazardous chemicals. The Commission should present a chemicals strategy for sustainability after the summer (Monday).
Appointment of EBA Executive Director. The European Banking Authority’s candidate for Executive Director, Francois-Louis Michaud, will be heard by Economic and Monetary Affairs MEPs, who will then vote on whether to confirm or reject the candidate. In January this year, MEPs rejected Gerry Cross for the same post (Monday: hearing, Thursday: vote results).
MFF/EU long-term and recovery budget. The EP’s Multiannual Financial Framework and Own Resources Contact Group, chaired by President Sassoli, will meet in the morning. They will discuss Parliament’s key conditions and negotiating strategy on the revised proposals for the MFF 2021-2027 and Own Resources as well as for the European Recovery Instrument, ahead of 17 July European Council. Budgets Committee Chair Johan Van Overtveldt will hold a press conference, at around 11:30 (Tuesday).
Monitoring mechanism for core EU values. An update on the establishment of an EU Mechanism on Democracy, the Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights, which would regularly assess the rule of law situation in all member states, will be discussed in the Civil Liberties Committee. Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders, President of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly Rik Daems, European Network of Councils for the Judiciary President Filippo Donati, and Jonas Grimheden, Programme Manager at the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, will join the discussion (Monday).
French minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly. The Security and Defence Subcommittee will meet with France’s Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly to make an overall assessment of the defence and security challenges facing Europe (Thursday).
Plenary preparations. Political groups will discuss topics on the agenda of the 8-10 July Brussels plenary part-session and prepare for debates with Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel on the programme of the incoming German Council presidency and with EU Council President Charles Michel on the outcome of the MFF-focused 19 June EU summit. MEPs will also discuss upcoming votes on the mobility package and sectorial COVID-19 measures and prepare their input to debates on the future EU Health Strategy, on the fight against money laundering, on EIB activities, on EU energy networks and storage and on the 2019 Human Rights report.
President’s diary. EP President David Sassoli will chair the Multiannual Financial Framework – Own resources Contact Group meeting, hold a video meeting with the German Minister of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office, Michael Roth, and have a phone call with the Speaker of the Israeli Knesset, Yariv Levin, on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the President will have a video meeting with the President of the European Trade Union Confederation, Roberto Visentini.

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EU long-term budget: press conference by the Chair of the Budgets Committee

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 29 giugno 2020

Bruxelles Tuesday 30 June at 11:30 – Where: Anna Politkovskaya pressroom and via Skype. The Chair of the Committee on Budgets Johan Van Overtveldt will hold a press conference at 11.30 on Tuesday on the following topic: “Parliament’s work on the EU-long-term budget, Own Resources and the recovery package: expectations from the German Council Presidency”.
Ahead of the start of the German Council Presidency and the upcoming EU summit on the revised Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and Recovery Plan proposals presented by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen during an extraordinary EP plenary session on 27 May, Mr Van Overtveldt will outline the Parliament’s position and expectations from the German Presidency.Parliament will be using an interactive virtual press environment (with interpretation) based on Skype TX, in conjunction with the traditional EbS and web-streaming services.

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Highlights of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 15 giugno 2020

Brussels Monday 15 June 2020, 09.00 – 11.00 and 16.45 – 18.45Room: József Antall (4Q1) and per videoconference. Presentations and debates
Strengthening Media Freedom: the Protection of Journalists in Europe, Hate Speech,
Disinformation and the Role of Platforms. Rapporteur, Magdalena Adamowicz (EPP, PL).
Consideration of draft report. (09.00 – 09.30)
Structured dialogue with Věra Jourová, Vice-President for Values and Transparency.(09.30 – 11.00)
Follow-up on the situation of refugees and migrants in the Central Mediterranean. Exchange of views with representatives of the European Commission, the European External Action Service (EEAS), Frontex, UNHCR, IOM and NGO Sea Eye. (16.45 – 18.45)

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The week ahead 08 – 14 June 2020: Committee and political groups meetings

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 7 giugno 2020

Bruxelles. European Central Bank/Lagarde. ECB President Christine Lagarde will discuss with the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee the ECB’s response to the COVID-19 crisis aimed at supporting EU firms and families. MEPs will have the opportunity to ask questions on the international role of the euro, systemic risks for the euro area and on the ruling of Germany’s Constitutional Court on mass bond-buying (Monday).
EU response to economic crisis. Changes to EU rules on banks’ capital requirements to facilitate banks’ ability to support households and businesses in the EU, will be debated and voted upon by the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (Monday: vote, Tuesday: results).
EU-UK negotiations. Parliament’s draft recommendations on the ongoing EU-UK negotiations are set to be approved by the Foreign Affairs and International Trade committees, which will also include input from 17 other committees, each in its own remit (Friday).
Reform of road transport sector. The Transport and Tourism Committee will vote on a deal reached with EU ministers on new rules to better tackle illegal practices in the road transport sector, define for which transport operations posting of workers rules apply and amend drivers’ rest times (Monday).A New Consumer Agenda. Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders will discuss with the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee the future Consumer Agenda and the Commission Work Programme for 2020, which has been adjusted following the COVID-19 outbreak. Contact tracing apps, as well as current issues faced by the tourism sector, are also likely to be raised by MEPs (Monday).Classifying SARS-CoV-2. The Employment and Social Affairs Committee will vote on whether biological agent SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, should be classified in risk group 3 or 4 to better protect the health and safety of workers. Several groups oppose the Commission’s decision to classify the virus as a level-3 hazard, arguing that it provides insufficient protection to workers. (Thursday)
Plenary preparations. Political groups will prepare for the 17 to 19 June plenary session, where MEPs will discuss the 19 June Council summit, the future partnership with the UK, the fight against disinformation, the situation in the Schengen area, the set-up of the Conference on the Future of Europe as well as transport and tourism in 2020 and beyond. During the plenary session, MEPs will also discuss and vote on how to protect strategic industries from foreign takeover, how to invest sustainably, how to support farmers and how to protect cross-border and seasonal workers.
President’s diary. On Thursday, EP President David Sassoli will chair the meeting of Parliament’s Conference of Presidents, hold a videoconference with Amélie de Montchalin, French Secretary of State for European Affairs, and meet with Rome’s ‘Camera di Commercio’.

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Meeting of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 28 maggio 2020

Bussels. Thursday 28 May 2020, 11.00 – 13.00 Room: József Antall (2Q2), Brussels and via videoconferenceMost MEPs will attend the committee meeting via remote participation (Members will be able to view and listen to the proceedings, ask for the floor and intervene in the meeting).
– An EU legal framework to halt and reverse EU-driven global deforestation
– The European Forest Strategy – The Way Forward
– The EU’s role in protecting and restoring the world’s forests
Votes to the decision to enter into interinstitutional negotiations :
– Establishing the Digital Europe programme for the period 2021-2027
– Establishing the European Defence Fund
– Establishing the space programme of the Union and the European Union Agency for the Space Programme
– Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Councilestablishing Horizon Europe–the Framework Programme for Research andInnovation, laying down its rules for participation and dissemination
– Proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council onestablishing the specific programme implementing Horizon Europe–theFramework Programme for Research and Innovation
Debates:
– A New Industrial Strategy for Europe
– Exchange of views on the European SMEs policy
– Establishing the framework for achieving climate neutrality and amendingRegulation (EU) 2018/1999 (European Climate Law)
Next meeting: 4 June 13.45 in Brussels.

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Economic and Monetary Committee MEPs concerned about Karlsruhe ruling

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 12 maggio 2020

During their meeting on Thursday with ECB Vice-President Luis de Guindos, MEPs focused on the German Constitutional Court ruling and the ECB’s response to the economic crisis.The German Constitutional Court Judgement, which came out on Tuesday, calling into question the European Central Bank bond-buying and demanding that the ECB produce the proportionality assessment within three months, was the focal point of the discussion. Many MEPs voiced their disappointment with the ruling and pointed out that it created instability by attacking both the decision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ), which approved the programme, as well as the EU legal order in general. While some MEPs in the committee demanded that Mr de Guindos declares that the ECB will give a clear signal to the financial markets and not change direction, others called for a proportionality assessment of the bond-buying programmes and pointed to the negative side effects, such as negative interest rates and low productivity.Vice-President de Guindos reiterated that the ECB is subject to the EU legal framework and the ECJ, and is accountable for its actions and transparent in its decision-making process. He reminded MEPs of the ECB’s two main principles: price stability and the bank’s independence. Finally, he explained that the ECB looks at interactions between fiscal instruments when taking monetary decisions. Side effects are taken into consideration and pros and cons of each policy decision are constantly assessed, he added.

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Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 27 aprile 2020

Brussels Monday 27 April 2020, 16.00 – 18.00 Room József Antall (2Q2) and via visioconference. Debate:
• The situation in Libya and on the Central Mediterranean Route. Exchange of views with representatives of the European Commission (DG NEAR and DG HOME), Frontex director-general Fabrice Leggeri, the Commissionner for Human Rights at the Council of Europe, Dunja Mijatovic, representatives of NGOs Médecins sans frontières and Sea Eye, and UNHCR (TBC). (16.05 – 17.55)
:In an effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Parliament is reducing the need for physical meetings on its premises, without compromising its role of democratic scrutiny nor its ability to approve the necessary legislative measures to combat the virus and support the public, consumers, businesses and emergency services. The required social distancing of 1.5 m will be respected on EP premises at all times. Any parliamentary activities, like committee and plenary meetings, which are still taking place will be web-streamed and can be followed by the media without requiring their physical presence on EP premises. MEPs, Commissioners and Council representatives will be able to participate remotely.

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European Parliament: Committee and political groups meetings

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 27 aprile 2020

Brussels The week ahead 27 April – 03 May 2020.In an effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Parliament is reducing the need for physical meetings on its premises, without compromising its role of democratic scrutiny nor its ability to approve the necessary legislative measures to combat the virus and support the public, consumers, businesses and emergency services.The required social distancing will be respected on EP premises at all times. Any parliamentary activities, like committee and plenary meetings, which are still taking place will be web-streamed and can be followed by the media without requiring their physical presence on EP premises. MEPs, Commissioners and Council representatives will be able to participate remotely.
Economic impact and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee will debate with Commission Executive Vice-President for An Economy that Works for People Valdis Dombrovskis and Economy Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni on the economic impact and the response to the COVID-19 pandemic (Monday).Impact of COVID-19 crisis on transport. The Transport and Tourism Committee will debate with Transport Commissioner Adina-Ioana Vălean on the Commission’s response to the COVID-19 crisis in the transport sector (Tuesday).
Libya/migration. The situation in Libya and on the Central Mediterranean Route will debated by the Civil Liberties Committee. The list of invited speakers include : Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović as well as representatives from the Commission, Frontex, UNHCR, Médecins Sans Frontières and Sea Eye (Monday).

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Budgetary Control Committee ask for stronger measures to protect EU spending

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 21 febbraio 2020

• Disclose end beneficiaries of agricultural funds
• Subsidy ceilings to distribute EU support fairly
• Public Prosecutor’s Office is underfinanced and cannot be fully operational
On Wednesday, the Budgetary Control Committee signed off on the Commission’s 2018 budget, but rules to fight fraud and conflict of interest must be strengthened.
The Budgetary Control Committee recommends granting discharge of the Commission’s accounts for 2018 (corresponding to 97% of the whole EU budget) by 20 votes in favour and four against. In the accompanying resolution, adopted by 22 to 3 and 3 abstentions, MEPs ask for stronger protection of EU spending against fraud, corruption, conflict of interest, intentional misuse and organised crime, as well as for EU money to be distributed more fairly.

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Constitutional Affairs Committee Highlights: Presentations and Debates

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 26 gennaio 2020

Brussels Tuesday 28 January 2020 (11.00 – 12.30 and 14.30 – 18.30)Room: Altiero Spinelli (3E-2)Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union (COSAC). Presentation by the Vice-President of the European Parliament Mairead McGuinness, of the outcome of Presidential Troika meeting of COSAC of 18 and 19 January 2020 (11.00 – 11.30).
Exchange of views on the Election Assessment Mission’s final report of Election- Watch.EU. (11.30 – 12.30).Council Presidency’s programme. Presentation by Nikolina Brnjac, State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia. (14.30 – 16.00).Authority for European Political Parties and European Political Foundations. Exchange of views with the Director of the Authority for European Political Parties and European Political Foundations, Michael Adam (16.00). – In camera.

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Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 25 gennaio 2020

Monday, 27 January, Antall 4Q2, Brussels 15.00-16.00 Discussion: Credit servicers and credit purchasers, rapporteurs: Esther de Lange (EPP, NL), Irene Tinagli (S&D, IT)
16.00-17.00 Joint ECON-EMPL meeting Economic Dialogue and exchange of views on the Autumn Package of the 2020 European Semester (Recommendation on the economic policy of the euro area, on the Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy, on the Alert Mechanism Report and on the Joint Employment Report) with:
Valdis Dombrovskis, Executive Vice-President for An Economy that Works for People,
Paolo Gentiloni, Commissioner for Economy and
Nicolas Schmit, Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights
17.30-18.30 Economic Dialogue and exchange of views on the Autumn Fiscal Package of the 2020 European Semester with: Valdis Dombrovskis, Executive Vice-President for An Economy that Works for People and
Paolo Gentiloni, Commissioner for Economy.

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No more lead in PVC to protect public health, Environment Committee says

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 23 gennaio 2020

To protect human health and the environment, the Environment Committee objected on Tuesday to a Commission proposal allowing lead in recycled PVC. On Tuesday, the Environment Committee adopted a resolution objecting to the Commission’s proposal to amend the rules concerning lead concentration, and particularly concerning lead in PVC. Members consider that the proposed amendments do not protect human health and the environment enough, which is also the primary objective of the REACH regulation.The Commission regulation proposes restricting the use and presence of lead and its compounds in articles produced from Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a widely produced synthetic plastic, setting a maximum concentration limit of lead of 0,1 % by weight of the PVC material. It also introduces two derogations. MEPs are unhappy with two proposed derogations for recovered PVC materials, which will be in place for 15 years. One would allow concentration of lead up to 2 % by weight of rigid PVC and the other 1 % by weight of flexible/soft PVC.
MEPs recall that lead is a toxic substance that can seriously affect health, including irreversible neurological damage, even in low doses. They believe that the levels proposed by the Commission do not correspond to “safe levels” and underline there are alternatives to PVC available. They also highlight that recycling should not justify the continued use of hazardous substances, as prevention takes priority over recycling.The resolution was adopted with 42 votes to 22 and 4 abstentions. It will now be put to a vote at the February plenary in Strasbourg. If Parliament objects within the deadline set of 27 February 2020, the draft measure shall not be adopted by the Commission. The Commission may either submit an amended draft or present a new one.

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EU-Vietnam free trade deal gets green light in trade committee

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 23 gennaio 2020

The Committee on International Trade backed the free trade and investment protection agreements between the EU and Vietnam on Tuesday.The committee gave its consent to the free trade agreement by 29 votes, six votes against and five abstentions and recommends that EP Plenary should do the same. The agreement will remove virtually all tariffs between the two parties in ten years. It will protect emblematic European products, and allow Europe to access the Vietnamese public procurement market.The agreement is also an instrument to protect the environment and further social progress in Vietnam, including in labour rights, the resolution accompanying the consent decision states. The trade committee’s demands from Vietnam, including on labour and human rights, as well as on the mechanism ensuring the enforceability of the sustainability clauses, was adopted by 29 votes for, nine against and two abstentions.The main elements of the trade deal are the following:
• removal of customs duties: 65% of EU exports to Vietnam will be immediately duty free, with the rest – including motorcycles, cars, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, wines, chicken and pork – gradually liberalised over ten years. 71% of Vietnamese exports to the EU will be duty free on day one, with the rest catching up in seven years. Duty-free Vietnamese exports of sensitive agricultural products, such as rice, garlic or eggs, will be limited;
• non-tariff barriers will be eliminated in the automotive sector, export and import licensing, and customs procedures. Vietnam accepted the “Made in EU” marking, beyond national markings of origin, for non-agricultural products;
• geographical indications: 169 emblematic EU products such as Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, Champagne, or Rioja wine, will enjoy protection in Vietnam, as will 39 Vietnamese products in the EU;
• services: EU companies will have improved access to business, environmental, postal and courier, banking, insurance and maritime transport services in Vietnam ;
• public procurement: EU firms will be able to bid for contracts with Vietnamese ministries, state-owned enterprises, as well as with Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City;
• sustainable development: there are legally-binding rules on climate, labour and human rights. The agreement commits Vietnam to apply the Paris Agreement. Vietnam scheduled the ratification of two remaining bills on the abolition of forced labour and on freedom of association by 2020 and 2023, respectively. If there are human rights breaches, the trade deal can be suspended.
Separately, the trade committee also agreed by 26 votes for, seven against and six abstentions to an investment protection agreement providing an investment court system with independent judges to settle disputes between investors and state. The accompanying resolution passed by 27 votes for, seven against and five abstentions. Rapporteur Geert Bourgeois (ECR, BE) said: “With the consent to this trade deal with Vietnam, the trade committee is giving a positive signal to the ASEAN region and the rest of the world at a time when trade tensions are rising. Besides its geopolitical and economic importance, I am convinced that this agreement will accelerate the reform process within Vietnam. The ratification will strengthen further progress on labour and environmental standards and the respect for human rights.”

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in the Committee on Foreign Affairs

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 22 gennaio 2020

MEPs will discuss how to address the security and geostrategic challenges that the EU is facing today with the NATO chief on Tuesday afternoon.MEPs in the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE) and Delegation for relations with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (DNAT) will discuss the current security situation in Europe and the world with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday.The pressure is increasing on multilateral cooperation and institutions, warned MEPs at the plenary session in Strasbourg last week. In order to defend the global rule-based order that is founded on international and humanitarian law and multilateral treaties, the European Union has to team up with like-minded EU strategic partners, in particular NATO, they stressed in two resolutions assessing the state of play of the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), which were adopted by the full House.Because of the lasting deterioration in the Union’s security environment, MEPs also raised the issue of necessity to develop and strengthen Europe’s strategic autonomy. This, however, does not represent a challenge to NATO and does not undermine the current security architecture in Europe, they said.

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Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 21 gennaio 2020

Bruxelles. Wednesday 22 January 2020, 9.00 – 12.30 and 14.30 – 17.30 Thursday 23 January 2020, 9.00 – 11.00 Antall building, room 4Q1. The Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) Committee will vote on a resolution addressing several challenges arising from the rapid development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology and automated decision-making, in particular those related with consumer choice. Services and goods using AI bring with them the risk of consumers being misled, discriminated against or even harmed, for example in relation to differentiated pricing or to automated professional services carried out without human oversight.
MEPs want to ensure that only non-biased data is used in automated decision-making processes.The committee will also assess whether the existing EU product safety and liability rules need to be adapted to cover new AI-enabled products and services, in order to ensure free movement in the single market and that consumers are protected and receive compensation if harm occurs.- Competition policy – annual report 2019 – rapporteur from the lead Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee: Stéphanie Yon-Courtin (Renew, FR) – adoption of a draft opinion by the Internal Market Committee in letter form
The aim of the hearing is to hear the views of stakeholders (business and consumers associations) and academia on the need to review the Product Liability Directive and on related challenges in the new digital age. It would allow participants to present their views on whether the overall liability regime is adequate to facilitate the uptake of the new technologies, and to address the matter from different perspectives.It will also offer the opportunity to hear the Commission’s conclusions of its evaluation work and results achieved in the expert group on liability and new technologies together with a presentation of further plans in this regard.The implications and new challenges for liability legislation brought by digitisation, the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and cybersecurity are among the issues to be addressed in the hearing. The Product Liability Directive, adopted in 1985, gives consumers the right to claim compensation for damage caused by defective products.

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Committee on Foreign Affairs

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 19 gennaio 2020

Brussels, Tuesday 21 January in József Antall, 2Q2 The Eastern Partnership – vision of development after 2020 09.15 – 11.15 The objective of the hearing is to discuss the achievements and shortcomings of the EU’s Eastern Partnership both at the regional and multilateral level. MEPs and invited experts will also analyse the possible evolution of the EU’s relations with its six Eastern Partners and a way forward for the Eastern Partnership in the next decade. The hearing will constitute the Foreign Affairs Committees’ contribution to the next Eastern Partnership summit, which is scheduled to take place in the spring of 2020. Full programme.
Exchange of views with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Paraguay (Pro Tempore Presidency of Mercosur), Ambassador Antonio Rivas, on EU-Mercosur relations (in association with the Delegation for relations with Mercosur)
14.30-15.00 Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee will discuss EU-Mercosur relations (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) with Paraguayan Foreign Affairs Minister Antonio Rivas. On 28 June 2019, an “agreement in principle” was reached between the EU and the four Mercosur countries on the trade pillar (free trade agreement (FTA)) as part of a wider Association Agreement (AA) including political dialogue and cooperation. This agreement still requires ratification at EU and Member State levels.
Exchange of views with Gordan Grlić Radman, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia, on the priorities of the Croatian Presidency 15:30 – 16.30 MEPs will discuss the political priorities of the new Croatian Presidency in the field of EU external relations with Gordan Grlić Radman, Croatia’s Minister of Foreign and European Affairs.
Exchange of views with Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General (Jointly with the Subcommittee on Security and Defence and in association with the Delegation for relations with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly)
16:30-17.30NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will address the AFET MEPs just a week after the European Parliament adopted resolutions on state of play of CFSP/CCSDP (Common Foreign and Security Policy / Common security and defence Policy) calling for close cooperation with NATO, but also stressing the need of ensuring EU-s strategic autonomy.
Exchange of views with Adel Al Jubeir, Minister of State for Foreign relations of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
17:45 – 18.30The committee will take stock of the latest political developments in the Middle East, in particular with regard to the recent increased tensions between Iran and the US, together with Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for Foreign Relations Adel Al Jubeir.

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Next week in Trade Committee

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 19 gennaio 2020

The Trade Committee will meet Monday afternoon and all day Tuesday next week. Here are the highlights.Vote on EU-Vietnam free trade and investment protection agreements. Trade MEPs will vote on a consent file and a resolution to each of the two agreements at 10:00 Tue morning .The trade agreement will eliminate virtually all tariffs on goods traded between the two sides. The investment protection agreement makes investment protection enforceable through the new Investment Court System. Rapporteur: Geert Bourgeois (ECR, BE) Presentation of report on intellectual property rigths in third countries
On Mon afternoon, Trade MEPs discuss the Commission’s latest bi-annual report on how third countries regard IPR issues. Published on 20 December last year, the report gives a detailed analysis on China.Croatian presidency trade prioritiesTuesday morning at 9:00 Croatian foreign and EU affairs minister Gordan Grlić Radman presents the priorities of his country’s presidency.
A separate hearing takes place between 15:00 and 18:00 Tuesday on trade policy in turbulent times, and how trade policy can be squared wtih sustainable development goals. More information here.
Time of meeting: Monday, 20 January 15:00-17:30, and Tuesday, 21 January 9:00-12:30 and 15:00-18:00

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European Parliament:The week ahead 20 – 26 January 2020

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 19 gennaio 2020

Brussels Committees’ meetings. Brexit. The Constitutional Affairs Committee will vote on their recommendation to Parliament on whether it should grant its consent to the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement. The final vote in plenary, scheduled for 29 January in Brussels, will take place if the UK has ratified fully the Agreement by then (Thursday).
EU-Vietnam free trade deal. The EU-Vietnam free trade and investment protection agreements are up for a vote in the International Trade Committee. If approved, the deal would remove all export tariffs from the EU and protect 196 GIs (products with geographical indication), while Vietnam would open its public procurement market to EU firms. The contentious issues are Vietnam’s human rights record and its labour laws (Tuesday).
Public Health. The Environment and Public Health Committee will vote on whether to veto a proposal from the Commission to promote the recycling of PVC waste containing lead. According to the draft decision, this may prolong and enhance consumers’ exposure to lead (Tuesday).
Illegal trade in pets. Members of the Environment and Public Health Committee are expected to demand immediate action against illegal trade in pets to protect animal welfare, consumers and public health (Tuesday).
Artificial Intelligence. The Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee will vote on a resolution addressing several challenges arising from the rapid development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology, in particular those related to consumer choice, the problematic use of bias data and the need to adapt EU liability rules to cover new AI-enabled products (Thursday).
NATO/EU. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will address the Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Security and Defence and the Parliamentary Delegation to NATO just a week after Parliament adopted resolutions on the state of play of the Common Foreign and Security Policy as well as Common Security and Defence Policy. MEPs called for close cooperation with NATO, while stressing that the EU needs to have strategic autonomy (Wednesday).
Croatian Presidency. Croatian Ministers will present the rotating Council Presidency’s priorities to the relevant parliamentary committees. Croatia holds the Presidency of the Council until July (Monday to Wednesday).
President’s diary. EP President David Sassoli will attend the World Economic Forum of Davos, on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday, EP President will be in Jerusalem at the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre (Yad Vashem) and will meet Yuli-Yoel Edelstein, Speaker of Knesset. On Friday, President Sassoli will deliver a speech at the Conference on the New Green Deal, in Assisi, Italy.
Press briefing. The EP Press Service will hold a press briefing on the week’s activities at 11.00 a.m. on Monday, in the “Anna Politkovskaya” EP press conference room.

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Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 20 novembre 2019

Thursday 21 November 2019, 9.00 – 12.30 and 14.00 – 17.30 Room: József Antall (2Q2) Presentations and debates:
• The situation of migrants in Libya. Presentations by the European External Action Service, the European Commission, UNHCR, IOM, Médecins Sans Frontières and the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Joint debate with the Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) and the Delegation for relations with Maghreb countries (DMAG). 9.00 – 11.30.
• EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia mandate extension until 31 March 2020. Exchange of views with the European External Action Service (EEAS). 11.30 – 12.30.
• Two delegated acts amending the Internal Security Fund and the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund. Presentation by the Commission. 14.00 – 14.45.
• Report on the 5th European Migration Forum. Presentation by Members of the Bureau of the European Migration Forum. 14.45 – 15.45.
• Communication on data protection rules as a trust-enabler in the EU and beyond. Presentation by the Commission. 15.45 – 16.30
• Rule of law in Hungary: Presentation by the Finnish Presidency on the follow up in the Council to the Parliament’s proposal pursuant to Article 7(1) TEU to determine whether there is a clear risk of a serious breach of the EU´s common values. 16.30 – 17.30

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