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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 289

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Friday: meeting of the committee on foreign interference

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 1 ottobre 2020

Brussels, Antall 6Q1 Friday, 2 October 2020, 9.00 – 11.00 and 12.00-13.00 he meeting is held with remote participation (Members are able to view and listen to the proceedings, ask for the floor and intervene in the meeting, and vote). Exchange of views: • on foreign interference linked to breaches of crucial electoral rules and political financing, with Marie-Hélène Boulanger, Union citizenship rights and Free movement, DG JUST, European Commission, and Raquel Cortés Herrera, Relations with the European Parliament & Consultative Committees, Secretariat-General, European Commission (9:00-10:00) • on foreign interference linked to the use of social media platforms, with Paolo Cesarini, Media Convergence and Social Media, DG CONNECT, European Commission (10:00-11:00), and • with experts at EU DisinfoLab: research coordinator Roman Adamczyk, managing director Gary Machado, and executive director Alexandre Alaphilippe (12:00-13:00)

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Tourism Committee MEPs: EU must act, 22 million jobs are at stake

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 28 settembre 2020

Members of Parliament’s Tourism Task Force reiterate that the tourism sector needs EU-level coordination and substantial support to give SMEs a chance of survival.The Transport and Tourism Committee met on Wednesday with travel and tourism stakeholders to take stock of the dire situation facing the sector and to discuss ways to overcome this unprecedented crisis. (Catch up with the debate here.) Even when travelling is partially possible, the wide array of rules make it extremely difficult. People are confused and have no guarantees that their planned trips can and will go ahead.The tourism sector, that employs 22 million people in Europe, is on the verge of collapse. This is no small threat: depending on the country, tourism accounts from 4.3% to 25% of the GDP. As things stand, hundreds of thousands of SMEs will not survive until the end of this yeaIt is still not clear which crisis management tool can be used by the tourism sector, besides the “European instrument for temporary Support to mitigate Unemployment Risks in an Emergency (SURE)”. We insist on urgent concrete action from the European Commission and the member states. A well-defined crisis management mechanism is needed; the sector is fighting to survive.It is high time for the EU to come forward with a strategy on sustainable tourism and a dedicated budget line in the next long-term EU budget. A €300 million budget line to implement a common vision for sustainable tourism over the next seven years is not too much to ask. It is essential, to make sure that this economic sector will have a chance to get back on its feet after months of stagnation and so that we can shape it to become more sustainable.

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The week ahead 21 – 27 September 2020: Committee meetings

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 20 settembre 2020

Brussels Belarus. MEPs in the Foreign Affairs Committee will meet with exiled Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who will be physically present, to discuss the latest developments in the country. They will also adopt recommendations on how the EU should reassess its relations with Belarus following the fraudulent presidential elections, subsequent popular uprising and brutal crackdown by the authorities (Monday)
Democracy, Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights. The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs will vote on a legislative initiative that envisages a permanent EU mechanism to monitor and prevent backsliding on EU values in all member states through country-specific recommendations, with timelines and targets for implementation (Tuesday).
The New Pact on Asylum and Migration. Following the formal presentation on Wednesday of the proposals for a new EU policy on asylum and migration, Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas and Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson will present and hold a first debate on the initiatives with MEPs in the Civil Liberties Committee (Thursday)
EU-China relations. The ongoing negotiations on an investment deal between the EU and China, disinformation, the situation in Hong Kong, human rights, climate change and how to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic are expected to be among the issues raised in a meeting between MEPs in the Foreign Affairs Committee and China’s EU ambassador Ming Zhang (Monday).
Youth Guarantee. The youth unemployment rate stood at 17% in the EU in July 2020 (up from 14.9 % before the COVID-19 crisis) and is expected to rise sharply. In light of this, the Employment and Social Affairs Committee will vote on a resolution calling for a swift reinforcement of the Youth Guarantee and a substantial increase in its financing (Monday).
COVID-19 vaccines. MEPs from the Public Health and the Industry Committees will hold a public hearing with researchers and representatives from pharmaceutical companies and civil society organisations on how to secure access to COVID-19 vaccines for all, including challenges linked to clinical trials, production and distribution (Tuesday).
New Committees. The Special Committees on foreign interference in all democratic processes in the EU, on artificial intelligence and the digital transformation, on beating cancer as well as the Subcommittee on taxation and the Committee of inquiry on animal transport will hold their constitutive meetings and elect their chairs and vice-chairs (Wednesday).
President’s diary. On Monday at noon, President Sassoli will meet with Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, leader of the opposition in Belarus. In the afternoon, he will have a video meeting with Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to discuss the EU’s long-term budget and on Tuesday he will meet the Alternate Minister of Migration and Asylum for Greece, Georgios Koumoutsakos, also via video conference. On Wednesday, the President will meet with Parliament’s Multiannual Financial Framework-Own Resources Contact Group before taking part in the debate on “Will Europe be the engine of a green and socially fair transformation?”,with Gunter Pauli and Beppe Grillo. On Thursday at 15.00, President Sassoli will address the EU summit and hold a press conference at 15.30.

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Highlights of Committee on Foreign Affairs

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 20 settembre 2020

Brussels Monday 21 September 2020, 9.00 – 11.00 and 13.45 – 15.45 and 16.45 – 18.45 Room: Remote via ANTALL 4Q2 Votes and debates. Votes
Proposal for a Recommendation to the Council, the Commission and the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on relations with Belarus (INI), adoption of amendments – rapporteur: Petras AUŠTREVIČIUS (Renew)
Report on the implementation of the EU Association Agreement with the Republic of Moldova (INI), adoption of amendments – rapporteur Dragoş TUDORACHE (Renew)
Recommendation to the Council and the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy concerning the Implementation and governance of Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) (INI), adoption of amendments – rapporteur Radosław SIKORSKI (EPP)
(9.15 – 11.00) Exchange of views on the outcome of the Special European Council of 17-21 July on the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-27
Foreign policy consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak (INI), consideration of draft report – rapporteur Hilde VAUTMANS (Renew)
(13.45 – 15.45)Jointly with the Subcommittee on Human Rights, and in association with the Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly and the Delegation for relations with Belarus
Exchange of views on the situation in Belarus with Sviatlana TSIKHANOUSKAYA and further members of the Belarus opposition
(17.00) In association with the Delegation for Relations with the People’s Republic of China (D-CN)
EU-China relations: State of play and future prospects, exchange of views with Ming ZHANG, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the EU and Gunnar WIEGAND, Managing Director for Asia and Pacific at the EEAS
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.

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Highlights of Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 18 settembre 2020

Brussels, room József Antall 2Q2, and by videoconference Monday, 21 September 2020, 16.45 – 18.45 Tuesday, 22 September 2020, 9.00 – 11.00
Tuesday, 22 September 2020, 16.45 – 18.45 Joint meeting with the subcommittee on Human Rights Remote participation (via Spinelli 1G3)Votes (amendments on Monday, final texts on Tuesday)
The establishment on an EU Mechanism on Democracy, the Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights. Rapporteur Michal Šimečka (Renew, SK). Vote on the amendments and adoption of the draft report.
Digital Services Act and fundamental rights issued posed. Rapporteur Kris Peeters (EPP, BE). Vote on the amendments and adoption of the draft report.The impact of Covid-19 measures on democracy, fundamental rights and rule of law. Adoption of question for oral answer.Presentations and debates
Monday. Use of passenger name record (PNR) data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime: Commission report on the review of the 2016 Directive. Presentation by the Commission of the state of play on PNR international agreements. 16.55 – 17.45
Implementation of the European Arrest Warrant and the Surrender Procedures between Member States. Rapporteur: Javier Zarzalejos (EPP, ES). Consideration of draft report. Presentation of the implementation report by Didier Reynders, Commissioner for Justice. 17.45 – 18.45
TuesdayState of play of the works on an adequacy decision of South Korea and the United Kingdom for transfers of personal data from the European Union. Presentation by the Commission. IN CAMERA. 9.00 – 9.45Security Dialogue on police information exchange and in particular the future developments regarding Prüm and the API Council Directive. Presentations by academics, police representatives and activists. 9.50 – 11.00 Racial equity, equality and justice with the goal of reinforcing US-EU parliamentary coordination to combat racism and systemic discrimination. Joint LIBE-DROI meeting with the United States Congress and United States Helsinki Commission. 16.45 – 18.45

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Next week in the trade committee

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 18 settembre 2020

Brussels, ANTALL builiding 4Q1Thursday 24 September 2020, 9:00-11:00, 11:30 -12:30 and 16:45 -18:45The meeting is held with remote participation (Members are able to view and listen to the proceedings, ask for the floor and intervene in the meetings, and vote).Exceptional trade measures for the Western Balkans. Rapporteur: Emmanuel Maurel (GUE/NGL, FR). Trade preferences to be continued on various agricultural products for Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and North Macedonia to support the economic integration of the region.Decision on a question requiring the Commission’s oral response on trade related extra-territorial effects of third countries’ sanctions. Rapporteur: Bernd Lange (S&D, DE). The committee might want to know how the Commission wants to equip the EU to better protect it against these sanctions in general, but also what the Commission plans to do about Nord Stream 2 sanctions by the US and to improve the efficiency of INSTEX, in particular.Votes on amendments start at 10:50, on the final versions of the texts at 18:25.Elimination of customs duties on certain products in EU-US trade for five years. This is the first discussion about the Commission proposal after a mini-deal to mutually cut import tariffs on a small range of products, including on frozen lobsters from the US and glassware from the EU, was agreed between the parties this August. Rapporteur: Bernd Lange (S&D, DE) (9:05-9:45)First exchange of views with the EU’s first Chief Trade Enforcement Officer, Denis Redonnet. (9:45-10:50) on the mini-deal and other issues. (9:45-10:50). Overview of ongoing trilogue negotiations, including that on the enforcement regulation (11:30-11:40).

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This week in Transport and Tourism Committee

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 1 settembre 2020

Brussels Wednesday, 2 September 2020, 9.00 – 11.00 and 14.00-16.00, Thursday, 3 September 9.00 – 11.00 CEST
József Antall building, room 2Q2. Members of the Committee on Transport and Tourism will be able to participate remotely. The meeting will be livestreamed here (Parliament’s Multimedia Centre). Full agenda and all meeting documents are available here.
Debates Wednesday, 2 September 9.00 – 11.00
– Exchange of views with the European Commission on the temporary rules to reduce, waive or defer charges for the use of railway infrastructure during COVID-19 pandemic
14.00-16.00 – Exchange of views with Eurocontrol Director-General Eamonn Brennan on the impact of Covid-19 on European air traffic
– European Commission presentation of the proposals related to rail safety and interoperability within the Eurotunnel in the context of Brexit
Thursday, 3 September 9.00 – 11.00 – Discussion on the revision of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) guidelines – Establishing the InvestEU Programme: debate on draft opinion by Tom Berendsen (EPP, NL)
– Establishing a Recovery and Resilience Facility: debate on draft opinion by Roberts Zīle (ECR, LT)

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Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 31 agosto 2020

Brussels Wednesday, 2 September, József Antall (4Q2), 9.00-9.35 Appointment of the Chair of the CCP Supervisory Committeerapporteur Irene Tinagli (S&D, IT)Exchange of views with the selected candidate, Klaus Löber
9.35-10.15 Appointment of an Independent Member of the CCP Supervisory Committee rapporteur Irene Tinagli (S&D, IT)
Exchange of views with the selected candidate, Nicoletta GiustoExchange of views with the selected candidate, Froukelien Wendt13.45-14.14: VOTES
14.14-15.45Economic dialogue and exchange of views with Olaf Scholz, ECOFIN Chair and Federal Minister of Finance and Vice Chancellor of Germany
Next meeting: BUDG-ECON: Monday 7 September 2020, 15:00 – 15:30 & 17:30 – 18:00

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Constitutional Affairs Committee Highlights

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 31 agosto 2020

Brussels Tuesday 1 September 2020, 09:00 – 11:00 and 16:45 – 18:45 Altiero Spinelli (room 3G-3) & videoconference. Presentation by the German Presidency of its priorities, with Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office. (9.30 – 11.00) Amendments to the Rules of Procedure in order to ensure the functioning of Parliament in extraordinary circumstances. Rapporteur: Gabriele Bischoff (S&D, DE). Consideration of draft report, decision on deadline for tabling amendments (continued). (+/- 17.00) Stocktaking of European elections. Rapporteur: Pascal Durand (Renew, FR). Consideration of amendments. (+/- 17.30)

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Next week in the Committee on International Trade

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 28 agosto 2020

Bruxelles.Thursday 3 September 2020, 9:00-11:00 and 16:45 -18:45 ANTALL builiding 4Q1The meeting is held with remote participation (Members are able to view and listen to the proceedings, ask for the floor and intervene in the meetings, and vote).
– Common commercial policy in 2018. Rapporteur: Jörgen Warborn (EPP, SE). The own-initiative report takes stock of the developments of 2018 as well as of the last two years, discussing among others EU-US relations, WTO, China, free trade agreements in effect and on the way, and trade and sustainable development. Draft report here, proposed amendments here.
– Trade committee opinions to three topics: global deforestation, Africa strategy, and the EU-Moldova Association Agreement.
Votes on amendments start at 10:40, on the final versions of the texts at 18:30.
– Presentation by German economy and energy minister Peter Altmeier on the trade priorities of the Council Presidency until the end of the year. (9:05-10:00)
– Discussion of the Geographical Indications (GI) agreement between the EU and China. Rapporteur: Iuliu Winkler (EPP, RO). The rapporteur recommends supporting last November’s agreement on the protection of GIs for wines, spirits, agricultural products and foodstuffs. Draft report here, proposal for Council to support the deal here. (16:45-17:20)
– Discussion about the trade related aspects of the foreign subsidies white paper issued by the Commission in June, with Commission officials from DG Competition. (17:20-18:20)

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Constitutional Affairs Committee Highlights

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 28 agosto 2020

Brussels Tuesday 1 September 2020, 09:00 – 11:00 and 16:45 – 18:45 Altiero Spinelli (room 3G-3) Presentations and Debates Presentation by the German Presidency of its priorities, with Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office. (9.30 – 11.00)Amendments to the Rules of Procedure in order to ensure the functioning of Parliament in extraordinary circumstances. Rapporteur: Gabriele Bischoff (S&D, DE). Consideration of amendments. (+/- 17.00)
Stocktaking of European elections. Rapporteur: Pascal Durand (Renew, FR). Consideration of amendments. (+/- 17.30)
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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To ensure adequate data protection, says Civil Liberties Committee Chair

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 21 luglio 2020

The European Court of Justice announced its ruling declaring invalid the Commission decision on the adequacy of the EU-US Privacy Shield, a framework for regulating transatlantic exchanges of personal data for commercial purposes. The Civil Liberties Committee Chair Juan Fernando López Aguilar (S&D, ES) commented on the ruling: “The Commission must inform the Parliament and the citizens without delay about the effects of this important ruling. It has to clarify what it intends to do to ensure that the fundamental rights of individuals are effectively protected.” The judgement confirms the concerns reiterated on numerous occasions by the Parliament about the lack of an adequate level of protection afforded by the EU-US Privacy Shield. For example, in its resolution in July 2018, the Parliament stated that the EU-US deal on transfer of personal data does not provide the adequate level of protection required by Union’s data protection law and the EU Charter.The Civil Liberties Committee has also conveyed its concerns linked to the deficiencies on the EU-US Privacy Shield to the US authorities during its missions to the US. It specifically raised issues linked to limitations on the protection of personal by US domestic law on the access and use by US public authorities, surveillance programmes and bulk collection of personal data and the Ombudsperson mechanism.In this regard, Mr. López Aguilar said: “Transfers of personal data across the Atlantic are essential for both the EU and the US. The adoption of a Federal data protection law by the US Congress could certainly contribute to overcome these problems by creating in the US a strong data protection framework.” Mr López Aguilar also stated that this judgment may affect other instruments relating to EU-US data exchanges for law enforcement, such as the so called “umbrella agreement” or the on-going negotiating EU-US cloud evidence agreement. “It is thus important for the Commission to present as soon as possible a clear and detailed assessment of the implications of the judgement on these instruments”, López Aguilar concluded. He also promised to invite Commissioner Didier Reynders to attend a Civil Liberties Committee meeting to inform the Members accordingly.

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

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 13 luglio 2020

Brussels Thursday 16 July 2020, 9.00 – 11.30 József Antall (4Q1), Brussels and via videoconference.Most 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). Presentation of the Council Presidency’s programme : Exchange of views with Mr Peter Altmaier, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy (industry, SMEs, ICT, energy, space) Amending Regulation (EU) 2015/1017 as regards creation of a Solvency Support Instrument : consideration of draft opinion Next meeting: 1 September 2020, 9.00 – 11.00 in Brussels.

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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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