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European Parliament to hold extraordinary plenary on 16 and 17 April

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 3 aprile 2020

The EP’s President and political group leaders decided to hold an extraordinary plenary to continue with parliamentary work on the special measures to fight the pandemic.Parliament’s President and political group leaders (Conference of Presidents) held a remote meeting on Thursday morning and agreed to convene an extraordinary plenary session on Thursday 16 and Friday 17 April in Brussels.On the agenda will be a debate with Council and Commission and a vote on a resolution on EU coordinated action to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences. The EP is also ready to vote on any legislative or budgetary proposals prepared in time by the European Commission to further address the current situation.The Conference of Presidents updated the EP’s calendar of activities to introduce additional dates for remote meetings for EP governing bodies, committees and political groups. You can find it here.Group leaders also raised concerns about the emergency measures recently adopted in Hungary. A majority of the groups asked President Sassoli to relay their concerns in a letter to the Commission, asking them to evaluate the situation and consider activating the Article 7 procedure of the Treaty on European Union (TEU). This procedure would allow the EU to ensure that European core values are not at risk.The current precautionary measures adopted by the European Parliament to contain the spread of COVID-19 do not affect work on legislative priorities. Core activities are reduced, but maintained to ensure the institution’s legislative, budgetary, scrutiny functions are maintained. Parliament has agreed to introduce an alternative remote voting system. Based on public health grounds, it will enable votes to take place, with adequate safeguards to ensure that Members’ votes are individual, personal and free.

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European Parliament: The week ahead 30 March – 05 April 2020

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 30 marzo 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 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.
Conference of Presidents. EP President Sassoli and the leaders of the political groups (Conference of Presidents) will discuss Parliament’s activities for the next days, including legislative and budgetary files linked to the EU response to the pandemic (Thursday).
EU response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Internal Market Committee will discuss with Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton EU measures to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and how member states are cooperating with each other. Green lanes to ensure that essential goods, such as medical supplies and food reach those who need them the most, as well as the joint purchase of medical supplies, are likely to be addressed in the debate (Thursday).
Refugee situation in Greece. The Civil Liberties Committee MEPs will assess the situation at the Greek external borders with Greek Minister for Migration and Asylum Notis Mitarachi and Minister for Citizen Protection Michalis Chrisochoidis, Croatia’s State Secretary for European and International Affairs Terezija Gras, Commission Vice-President for Promoting the European way of life Margaritis Schinas, Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson as well as representatives of Frontex and the Fundamental Rights Agency (Thursday).

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European Parliament to hold extraordinary plenary on 26 March

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 marzo 2020

EP President and political group leaders decided to hold an extraordinary plenary session next Thursday, 26 March to allow for implementation of special measures.Parliament´s President and Group leaders (Conference of Presidents) held an informal exchange of views on Thursday morning. They approved in written procedure the proposal of EP President Sassoli to convene an extraordinary plenary session next Thursday, 26 March in Brussels to debate and vote on the first three legislative proposals of the European Commission to tackle the effects of the COVID19 pandemic in EU Member States.EP President David Sassoli said: “The European Parliament is doing its duty and will continue to do so. Parliament must remain open, because a virus cannot bring down democracy. We are the only European institution voted in by its citizens and we want to continue representing and defending them”.On the agenda:
• The Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative, which will make available €37 billion of the Cohesion funds to member states to address the consequences of the crisis,
• a legislative proposal to extend the scope of the EU Solidarity Fund to cover public health emergencies
• a Commission proposal to stop the so-called ghost flights caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.
It is key that the European Parliament adopts these three proposals swiftly, to provide concrete support to EU citizens and to the Member States in this unprecedented situation.
The Bureau of the European Parliament will adopt specific measures for this session to ensure the votes can be organised remotely. This plenary will formally replace the session foreseen for 1-2 April.

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European parliament: Changes made to Parliament’s calendar

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 15 marzo 2020

Bruxelles.Due to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Conference of Presidents (EP President and political leaders) modified the European Parliament’s calendar of activities.
Committee meetings and other official activities initially foreseen for this week have either been postponed or cancelled. The President can authorise meetings to go ahead during this week if necessary, for example for trilogue negotiations on legislation between the Parliament, the Council and the Commission.The aim is to enable Parliament to exercise its core functions (legislative and budgetary powers, as well as plenary sessions and meetings of the institution’s governing bodies), while complying with duty of care for its Members and staff and with a view to protecting public health.
Journalists may, nevertheless, continue to enter Parliament to work if needed, but will be required to sign a declaration at the entrance stating that they have not been to an affected area in the last 14 days. Due to the EP’s limited activity and restricted access conditions, only the two entrances to the SPINELLI (ASP) building are open. The media accreditation desk has temporarily moved from the press entrance to the main accreditation centre on the Agora Simone Veil.The week starting 23 March remains, for the time being, unchanged.

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On International Women’s Day

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 8 marzo 2020

The European Parliament celebrates the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA).
For this year’s International Women’s Day on 8 March, the European Parliament is marking the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration on gender equality. Twenty-five years after it was adopted, women’s rights and gender equality have not yet been realised. No country in the world has fully achieved equality and empowerment for women and girls. Women in Europe and around the world still face numerous challenges, some of which are newly emerging.As the European Parliament recently stressed in its latest resolution, MEPs reaffirm their unwavering commitment to the BPfA and to the full range of actions for gender equality outlined therein. We strongly believe that working to achieve women’s rights and gender equality demands a coordinated and multisector approach that involves all relevant stakeholders, including civil society and women’s organisations as well as the business world. The Parliament shall continue to fight for a strong leadership role in achieving girls’ and women’s rights and gender equality in the European Union as well as at a global level.
David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament, said: “Altogether, we have to lead by example and join forces to achieve genuine gender equality. We must double our efforts to implement Agenda 2030 and all Sustainable Development Goals, to ensure that no woman or girl is subject to discrimination, violence or exclusion, and that all women and girls have access to health, food, education and job opportunities.Europe is at the crossroads of transitions: green, industrial and digital. We must lead the transition to a green economy for a healthy planet and a new digital world, while leaving no one behind. All women in the world need to be actors of change. Now it is time to move from words to deeds!”Evelyn Regner, Chair of the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality said: “Let us continue to raise our voices. Let us denounce injustice and fight for a better, more inclusive and fair world. On International Women’s Day, as well as on every other day of the year. Because, and it still needs to be stressed, women’s rights are fundamental human rights.” All for equality – 2020 is a pivotal year for Gender Equality.

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Coronavirus COVID-19 – measures introduced by the European Parliament

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 7 marzo 2020

Important precautionary measures to limit the spread of the Coronavirus on the premises of the European Parliament were announced by President Sassoli on Monday (2 March).
• The activities of the EP core functions are maintained – committees, plenary session, Bureau, Conference of Presidents
• Other (non-core) activities are suspended for three weeks, including visits, events, cultural events planned, hearings, seminars organised by the Administration, political groups and MEPs
• Journalists can still access the EP provided they take the same precautions as staff.
Media representatives may continue to access Parliament’s premises and fully exercise their role and inform public opinion, unless they have visited one of the affected regions during the last 14 days, or if they know they have been in contact with a person confirmed to have the virus and have not been cleared by a doctor (same provisions as for EP staff). However, all journalists entering Parliament’s premises will be required to sign a declaration stating that they have not been to a risk area in the last 14 days.
The following areas (subject to revision) are concerned:
• China (Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao)
• Singapore
• South Korea
• The following regions in Northern Italy: Lombardy, Piedmont, Emilia-Romagna and Veneto
• Iran (as of 26.02.20)
• Japan (as of 27.02.20)
The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has spread to different regions of the world, including clusters in certain regions in the European Union and constitutes a threat to public health. The European Parliament has therefore adopted precautionary measures and will closely monitor the developing situation and update its advice if necessary.

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European parliament: The week ahead 24 February – 01 March 2020

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 23 febbraio 2020

Bruxelles. The week ahead 24 February – 01 March 2020. No parliamentary meetings are foreseen in Brussels, as the week is set aside for committee delegations/missions in relation to topics falling under their responsibility.
US Tariffs/USA. A delegation of MEPs from the International Trade Committee will go to Washington D.C. to meet their Congress counterparts, State and Treasury Department officials, NGOs, trade unions and business organisations to address trade irritants between the EU and its biggest trading partner, the US. MEPs are set to review the progress on talks to eliminate tariffs on industrial goods and advocate fair and rules-based trade (Monday to Thursday).
EU-Turkey relations. A Foreign Affairs Committee delegation will go to Ankara and Mardin for meetings with Turkish government representatives, including Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, parliamentarians, think tanks, academics and civil society representatives. MEPs will discuss the latest developments on EU-Turkey relations, regional challenges such as the conflicts in Syria and Libya, the Kurdish conflict and the situation of Syrian refugees (Monday to Thursday).
EU budget/Czechia. A delegation of the Budgetary Control Committee will go on a fact-finding mission to Prague, to meet with farmers, NGOs, members of the judiciary and government and ask questions on how EU funds are distributed and accessed. Alerted by reports of a possible conflict of interest of Czechia’s Prime Minister, MEPs want to make sure that Czech taxpayers’ money benefits the public good and not only a few privileged individuals. The mission’s findings will be communicated in a press conference on Friday 15.00 in Prague’s EP Office (Wednesday to Friday).Data protection, counter-terrorism/USA. A Civil Liberties Committee delegation will travel to Washington D.C. and Boston to discuss EU-US cooperation on data protection, including the EU-US Privacy Shield, and law enforcement, including the use of Artificial Intelligence, as well as counter-terrorism. MEPs will meet, among several others, US Congress representatives, the Department of State and the Treasury, the Internet Society (ISOC), FBI experts as well as MIT and Harvard University representatives, consumers’ organisations and start-ups (Monday to Friday).
President’s diary. EP President David Sassoli will deliver a speech at a symposium on “The Europe we want: a reflection on the future that awaits us”, at the University of Turin, on Monday. On Wednesday, the EP President will speak at a presentation by the European Environment Agency on “European environment: state and outlook 2020”, at the Chamber of Deputies, in Rome. On Sunday, President Sassoli will participate in a ceremony in memory of the printers and journalists who were victims of the raid of the Rome ghetto on 16 October 1943.

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European Parliament for the European Council of 20-21 February 2020

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 20 febbraio 2020

European Parliament President David Sassoli will represent Parliament at the summit and address heads of state or government at 15:00. He will hold a press conference afterwards in the Council’s press room.The next long-term EU budget is about the future of Europe – about whether the EU will do more, the same, or less for its citizens after 2020.The European Parliament wants a post-2020 budget reform that matches its political commitments and ambitions for the future of the EU and ensures the continuity of the EU’s main policies like the regional and agricultural policies. This budget should also address future challenges for a stronger and more sustainable Europe. It should promote peace, democracy, the rule of law, human rights and gender equality, boost welfare, economic growth, quality employment, solidarity between member states and citizens, and contribute to fighting climate change.The proposal currently on the table for discussion between member states is not acceptable for Parliament, which expects the European Council not to adopt conclusions on this basis.

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European Parliament: The week ahead 17, 18, 20 February 2020

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 16 febbraio 2020

Brussels Monday, 17 February, Paul-Henri Spaak 3C050, Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs
15.00-15.45 BUDG-ECON Joint meeting in meeting room JAN 4Q1 Establishment of the Reform Support Programme, rapporteurs: Eider Gardiazabal Rubial (S&D, ES) and Dragoş Pîslaru (Renew, RO), discussion
17.00-18.00 Scrutiny of delegated acts and implementing measures: Exchange of views on the delegated act on Market Risk under CRR and on other forthcoming delegated acts
Tuesday, 18 February, Paul-Henri Spaak 3C050, Brussels Exchange of views with Hans Hoogervorst, Chairman of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and Erkki Liikanen, Chairman of the IFRS Foundation Trustees
12.00- 13.00 VotesBanking Union – annual report 2019, rapporteur: Pedro Marques (S&D, PT)
Competition policy – annual report 2019, raporteur: Stéphanie Yon-Courtin (Renew, FR)
European Semester for economic policy coordination: Annual Growth Survey 2020, rapporteur: Aurore Lalucq (S&D, FR)
18 -19 February 2020 – Hemicycle. European Semester Conference -Inter-parliamentary Conference on Stability, Economic Coordination and Governance in the European Union -Co-organised by European Parliament and Croatian Parliament European Parliament, Brussels
The 2020 European Parliamentary Week takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday, when MEPs and national parliamentarians from EU member states, as well as from candidate and observer countries, will discuss EU economic coordination and governance. EP President David Sassoli, ECOFIN Chair Zdravko Marić and Eurogroup President Mário Centeno will be among the speakers.

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European Parliament: The week ahead 17 – 23 February 2020

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 16 febbraio 2020

Brussels. European Council on MFF. EP President Sassoli will address the extraordinary European Council, setting out Parliament’s position on the ongoing negotiations on the EU budget for 2021-2027 (MFF) at 15:00, followed by a press conference. During a plenary debate in Strasbourg, MEPs underlined that Parliament will only give its consent to a budget that meets EU ambitions (Thursday).
EU Economic Governance. The 2020 European Parliamentary Week takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday, when MEPs and national parliamentarians from EU member states, as well as from candidate and observer countries, will discuss EU economic coordination and governance. EP President David Sassoli, ECOFIN Chair Zdravko Marić and Eurogroup President Mário Centeno will be among the speakers. The Committees on Economic and Monetary Affairs and Employment and Social Affairs will adopt resolutions related to the topics discussed, on Tuesday and Thursday.
Selecting EU energy projects. MEPs from the Industry and Energy Committee will give their input on the upcoming revision of the guidelines used to select energy projects of European interest. The Commission will propose, later this year, new legislation to incorporate EU Green Deal objectives into the methodology on how EU priority infrastructures are being chosen and funded (Wednesday).
Safeguarding EU’s financial interests. The Committee on Budgetary Control will complete the so-called ‘discharge procedure’ for 2018, by passing its verdict on how the EU budget has been managed. The votes will cover the expenses of the Commission, Parliament, EU funds, the other institutions, agencies and joint undertakings (Wednesday and Thursday).
Digital initiatives. The Committees on Internal Market and Consumer Protection and on Industry will have a first debate on the Commission’s new initiatives in the digital sector with Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton. These are a Strategy for Europe Fit for the Digital Age, a White Paper on Artificial Intelligence and the European Data Strategy (Wednesday).
Artificial Intelligence. The Culture and Education Committee will hold a public hearing with experts on the use of A.I., and the legal challenges linked to it, in the education, culture and audio-visual sectors. The Civil Liberties Committee is also organising a public hearing to debate the use of A.I. in criminal law and by judicial authorities, including facial recognition and predictive policing (Wednesday and Thursday respectively).
President’s diary. EP President David Sassoli will meet Serbia’s Prime Minister Ana Brnabić and Romania’s Chamber of Deputies President Marcel Ciolacu on Monday. On Tuesday, President Sassoli will meet the President of Norway’s Parliament Tone Wilhelmsen Trøen, North Macedonia’s Prime Minister Oliver Spasovski, London Mayor Sadiq Khan as well as the parents of murdered Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak. The President will also meet Bank of England Governor Mark Carney and Cyprus’ President Nicos Anastasiades, on Wednesday.
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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European Parliament

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 10 febbraio 2020

Strasbourg. The week ahead 10 – 16 February 2020. Long-term budget. Ahead of the Extraordinary European Council of 20 February on the Multiannual Financial Framework, MEPs on Wednesday will urge member states to agree on adequate financing of 2021-2027 EU programmes and projects. A roundtable debate with EP negotiators for media will take place on Tuesday. EP President David Sassoli will hold a press conference on this issue on Wednesday at 13:00.
EU-UK future relations. Parliament will debate and vote on a resolution setting out MEPs’ stance on an ambitious new EU-UK partnership, on Wednesday. Any final future agreement will need the approval of the European Parliament as a whole before it can enter into force.
EU-Vietnam trade deal. MEPs will debate on Tuesday and give their final vote on Wednesday on the free trade and investment deals between the EU and Vietnam. A press conference by the rapporteurs will take place in the afternoon.
Artificial intelligence. Challenges arising from artificial intelligence and the measures the EU should take to protect consumers will be the focus of a debate on Monday and a resolution, to be put to the vote on Wednesday.
ECB President Lagarde. Newly-elected ECB President Christine Lagarde will address the plenary for the first time on Tuesday, to discuss the Eurozone’s economic governance and ECB activities. Greening the economy, financial technology and the impact of Brexit are likely to be raised by MEPs.
Enlargement. The revised approach on enlargement, as presented by the Commission on 5 February, will be debated by MEPs on Monday.
Foreign affairs. War in Syria and recent US peace plans for Israel and Palestine, as well as a new strategy for EU relations with Africa, are up for debates with EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell on Tuesday afternoon.Illegal trade in cats and dogs. To protect animal welfare, pet owners and public health, MEPs are set to call for an EU Action Plan to end illegal trade in companion animals, in a debate on Wednesday. They will also vote on a resolution on Thursday.President’s Diary. EP President David Sassoli will meet ECB President Christine Lagarde, on Tuesday. President Sassoli will meet the Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean, on Wednesday. On Friday, the President will participate in the opening ceremony of the Megalizzi Foundation in Trento, Italy.
Pre-session press briefing. The EP Press Service will hold a press briefing at 16.30 on Monday in the Daphne Caruana Galizia Press conference room, Strasbourg.

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Parliament wants binding rules on common chargers to be tabled by summer

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 31 gennaio 2020

The European Parliament calls on the Commission to put forward beefed-up rules on common chargers by July 2020 at the latest.There is an “urgent need for EU regulatory action” to reduce electronic waste and empower consumers to make sustainable choices, MEPs say in a resolution approved by 582 votes to 40, with 37 abstentions, calling for the mandatory introduction of common chargers for all mobile devices.Parliament wants the Commission to adopt the delegated act foreseen in the 2014 Radio Equipment Directive by July 2020 or, if necessary, table a legislative measure by the same date, at the latest.Without hampering innovation, the EU executive should ensure that the legislative framework for a common charger will be “scrutinised regularly in order to take into account technical progress”. MEPs reiterate that research and innovation are vital to improve existing technologies and come up with new ones.Parliament also wants the Commission to:
• take measures to best ensure the interoperability of different wireless chargers with different mobile devices;
• consider legislative initiatives to increase the volume of cables and chargers collected and recycled in EU member states;
• ensure that consumers are no longer obliged to buy new chargers with each new device: strategies to decouple the purchase of chargers from the purchase of new devices should be introduced with a common charger solution, MEPs say, stressing however that “any measure aiming at decoupling should avoid potentially higher prices for consumers”.
According to estimates, around 50 million metric tonnes of e-waste are generated globally per year, with an average of more than 6 kg per person. In Europe, total e-waste generated in 2016 was 12.3 million metric tonnes, equivalent to 16.6 kg on average per inhabitant. Short lifecycles for some devices also lead to more e-waste, notes the resolution.

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Brexit deal approved by the European Parliament

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 29 gennaio 2020

• UK Withdrawal Agreement cleared the second-to-last hurdle before entering into force
• Qualified majority vote in the Council to conclude the process, Brexit set to take place on 31 January 2020
The Withdrawal Agreement was approved by the European Parliament on Wednesday evening by 621 votes in favour, 49 against and 13 abstentions.In a debate with the Croatian State Secretary for European Affairs Nikolina Brnjac on behalf of the Presidency of the Council, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, and the EU’s Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier, Parliament took stock of the withdrawal process so far and the challenges ahead.Commenting on the historic importance of the vote, most speakers on behalf of the political groups highlighted that the UK’s withdrawal will not be the end of the road for the EU-UK relationship and that the ties that bind the peoples of Europe are strong and will remain in place. They also mentioned that there are lessons to be learnt from Brexit that should shape the future of the EU and thanked the UK and its MEPs for their contribution throughout the UK’s membership. Many speakers warned that the negotiations on the future relationship between the EU and the UK are going to be difficult, especially taking into account the timeframe provided in the Withdrawal Agreement.

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European Parliament:The week ahead 27 January – 02 February 2020

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 25 gennaio 2020

Bruxelles Plenary session and committee meetings:
Brexit. Parliament is scheduled to hold its final vote in plenary on the Withdrawal Agreement on Wednesday at 18:00. To enter into force, any withdrawal agreement between the EU and the UK needs to be approved by MEPs by a simple majority of votes cast.
2020 Commission Work Programme. Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, in the presence of the college of Commissioners, will present the Commission’s work programme for this year and then debate it with MEPs (Thursday).
International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Parliament will hold a ceremony to commemorate the liberation of the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp 75 years ago. Liliana Segre, Italian senator for life and Auschwitz survivor, will address MEPs during the ceremony (Wednesday).
Common chargers. MEPs will vote on a resolution calling for measures to make common chargers a reality for consumers and reduce e-waste. According to estimates, old chargers generate more than 51 000 tonnes of electronic waste per year (Thursday).
Migration. The urgent humanitarian situation on Greek islands, especially that of children, will be debated with the Commission and the Council. MEPs may ask for urgent measures to ensure those affected are protected, relocated and offered family reunification (Wednesday).
Gender pay gap. In response to the Commission’s announced proposals to close the gender pay, including legally binding pay transparency measures, MEPs will vote on their input on the matter. The resolution also winds up a debate held during January’s plenary session (Thursday).
Western Balkans. Speakers of the parliaments of Albania, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia as well as the president of Croatia’s Parliament will gather to discuss the Western Balkans’ European perspectives. The summit is organised under the patronage of President Sassoli, in cooperation with the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Delegation for relations with the Western Balkans (Tuesday).
Redistribution of EP seats. As of 1 February, the number and distribution of seats in the Parliament changes following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Of the UK’s 73 seats, 27 will be redistributed to other countries, while the remaining 46 will be kept in reserve for potential future enlargements.Conference of Presidents. EP President David Sassoli will chair an extraordinary Conference of Presidents on Tuesday at 10.00, where Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will present the Commission’s work programme to heads of political groups.
President’s diary. EP President David Sassoli will meet UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Ford and UNHCR High Commissioner Filippo Grandi, on Monday. On Tuesday, Mr Sassoli will meet incoming Maltese Prime Minister Robert Abela and Federalimentare President, Ivano Vacondio, as well as open the Parliamentary Summit on the Western Balkans and host a New Year’s reception. On Wednesday, he will meet the President of the Anna Lindh Foundation, Elisabeth Guigou, participate in the reception to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day as well as a ceremony for UK MEPs. Finally, on Thursday, President Sassoli will meet European Council President Charles Michel and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Bazoches to discuss the preparation for the upcoming Conference on the Future of Europe.
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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European parliament: meeting of the Committee on Industry

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 22 gennaio 2020

Bruxelles. Highlights of next meeting of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, Wednesday 22 January 2020, 9.00 to 12.30 and 13.30 to 18.30 and Thursday 08.30 to 12.30 Brussels, Room: JAN 2Q2
• Vote on an objection to the Commission Delegated Regulation amending Regulation (EU) No 347/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the Union list of projects of common interest
• Exchange of views on a comprehensive approach to energy storage
• Exchange of views with the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) and with the European Space Agency (ESA)
• Exchange of views with Ms Kadri Simson, Commissioner for Energy, on the energy related aspects of the European Green Deal Croatian Presidency of the Council
• Exchange of views with Mr Tomislav Ćorić, Minister of Environment and Energy (energy) and Mr Josip Bilaver, State Secretary, Ministry of Sea, Transport and Infrastructure (ICT, digital, cybersecurity)
• Exchange of views with Mr Darko Horvat, Minister of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts (industry, SMEs) and Ms Blaženka Divjak, Minister of Science and Education (research, innovation, space)

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European Parliament: Subcommittee on Human Rights

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 19 gennaio 2020

Bruxelles Wednesday, 22 January 2020, 09.00-18.30 in meeting room Altiero Spinelli 3E-2 (Brussels) Debates
• Exchange of views with Eamon Gilmore, EU Special Representative for Human Rights
• Exchange of views on the human rights situation in Myanmar. With Nicholas Koumjian, Head of the United Nations Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar (via webmeeting), and Yasmin Ullah, Free Rohingya Coalition (FRC)
In association with the Delegation for relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) (tbc)
• Exchange of views on the future of the EU-Tunisia partnership: a Tunisian vision with Kamel Jendoubi, Honorary Chairman of EuroMed Rights, first President of the Independent Higher Authority for the elections and former Minister for relations with Constitutional Institutions and Civil Society, and Ouided Bouchamaoui, co-laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize 2015 and former President of the Tunisian Confederacy of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA)
In association with the Delegation for relations with Maghreb countries

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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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President Lambertz to hold “State of the European Union” speech during

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 2 dicembre 2019

European Parliament President, European Commission Vice-Presidents & Employment Commissioner to join #CoRplenary as the Committee adopts position on the EU’s Green Deal On 4 December, the President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), Karl-Heinz Lambertz, will deliver his third “The State of the European Union: the View of Regions and Cities” speech, during a debate with European Parliament President, David Sassoli. The speech, which comes as the CoR marks its 25th anniversary, will set our regions and cities expectations for the new EU mandate. The CoR’s members will also discuss how to strengthen social rights with the new EU Commissioner Nicolas Schmit, and adopt their position on the European Green Deal, following a debate with Executive Vice-President, Frans Timmermans.
3 December, 9am, New EU Home Affairs Commissioner to discuss migrant integration with local leaders
The CoR and European Commission will hold a conference on “Supporting regions, cities and rural areas in migrants’ integration”. President Lambertz and the European Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, will both participate at the Go Local conference. The CoR supports the Commission’s call to increase funding for integration projects and, through the #regions4integration initiative it launched in April, is seeking to connect activities at the local, regional and European level.

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European Parliament votes in favour of EU-Morocco fisheries partnership

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 2 marzo 2019

The European Parliament has given its consent to the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the EU and Morocco. This agreement, valid for 4 years, allocates fishing opportunities for the EU in exchange for an overall financial contribution of € 208 million euros. A substantial part of this contribution will be used to promote the sustainable development of the fisheries economy in Morocco and the Western Sahara.
Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella said: “The agreement with Morocco that the European Parliament endorsed today is good news for fishers on both sides of the Mediterranean. It is a real partnership in which both sides will benefit economically, contributing at the same time to more sustainable fishing.” Bilateral fisheries relations between the EU and Morocco go back a long way: the first agreement dates from as early as 1995. At that time, it was by far the most important fisheries agreement between the EU and a third country. Today, the EU has nine such bilateral agreements in force, which allow the EU fleet to fish surplus stocks that are not being fished by local fishermen. At the same time, these agreements support the partner countries by strengthening their administrative and scientific capacity through a focus on sustainable fisheries management, monitoring, control and surveillance.This agreement with Morocco is good news for European fishers. For the coming four years, around 130 vessels from up to 10 EU Member States will be allowed to the fishing grounds of Morocco and Western Sahara to catch tuna, demersal and small pelagic fish such as sardines, mackerel and anchovies.In exchange, the EU will pay a sum of €208 million euros, part compensation to access the fishing zone, part contribution to sectoral fishing support and part fees payable by ship-owners. This financial input will directly contribute to the sustainable development of Morocco’s, and Western Sahara’s fisheries sector. A Joint Committee will plan and monitor the use of these sectoral support funds.The Agreement is also politically important, as it helps maintaining constructive relations with an essential partner of the EU in the framework of our Neighbourhood policy. The new protocol fully takes into account the EU’s Court of Justice Resolution of February 2018 on the Western Sahara consideration.

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European Parliament votes in favour of the request from EU regions to outlaw electric pulse fishing

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 21 gennaio 2018

Emily WestleyThe CoR welcomes the outcome of the vote on the “Technical Measures” dossier, where in a surprise result on Tuesday 16 January 2018 the Parliament voted to ban electric fishing. The strong recommendation against electric pulse fishing was adopted by the European Committee of the Regions as a part of a report on “Technical Measures in fisheries” addressed to the legislator. The opinion clarifies the point of view of EU’s local and regional authorities on the matter, appealing to subject renewals of licenses for electric pulse fishing to scientific evaluation before renewing or removing their prohibited status.CoR rapporteur Mrs Emily Westley (UK/PES), a local counsellor from Hastings, UK, stated that the outcome is “an important win for the environment and also for small scale fishermen that have used for generations traditional fishing methods”. Hastings is home of the largest European beach-launched fishing fleet, and the developments in the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) are watched closely by local fishermen. In the light of Brexit and increasing insecurity among small-scale fishermen about their future, the stage victory represents an important sign for many of them. “Working collectively is the only way to make the right decisions for local communities. Brexit is putting that relationship in serious danger of extinction and I call on all the decision makers to really consider the local and regional impacts of Brexit. How will the ordinary people’s voices be heard?” Mrs Westley added.The draft law was a subject of heated debates among policy-makers, non-governmental organisations and fishermen, noted further Mrs. Westley, who as a part of her activities at the European Committee of the Regions undertook significant efforts to lobby fellow S&D and UK members of the European Parliament to pass legislation that is more friendly to small scale fishermen and local communities. The regulation, which now will enter into trilogue between Commission, Council and Parliament, will continue to be a cornerstone of the debate on CFP during the Bulgarian presidency of the Council of the European Union. (photo: Emily Westley)

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