The Week Ahead 23 February - 01 March 2015 - Whats on in Parliament ?
Plenary and committee meetings week in Brussels. Among the item on the agenda are:- Greece Chairman of Eurogroup in Economics affairs Committee on Tuesday; PNR; European Fund for Strategic Investments; ETS maket stability reserve; Biofuels; TTIP and EU2016 budget
Greece. Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem will visit the Economic Affairs Committee to discuss Eurozone developments, and in particular the current talks with the Greek government. (Tuesday)
EU PNR. A new draft text on the proposed EU system for the use of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data, and a possible timetable for approval, will be presented by lead MEP Timothy Kirkhope (ECR, UK) and debated by the Civil Liberties Committee. At its latest plenary session in Strasbourg, the full Parliament pledged to seek agreement on the EU PNR Directive by the end of the year. (Thursday)
European Fund for Strategic Investments. The first debate on the proposed EU fund for strategic investments, to finance the “Juncker plan” to unlock public and private investments, will be held in the committees on economic affairs and budgets, which will be responsible for this legislation. (Monday)
ETS market stability reserve. A draft law to reform the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), designed to reduce industrial greenhouse gas emissions by trading greenhouse gas emission allowances, will be put to a vote in the Environment Committee. The measure aims to tackle the low carbon price due to a surplus of allowances. (Tuesday)
Biofuels. A reform of the EU biofuels legislation, prompted by concerns over the negative environmental impacts of conventional, "first generation" biofuels and aiming to promote cleaner ones, will be put to a vote in the Environment Committee. (Tuesday)
EU 2016 budget. Parliament’s key requests for next year’s EU budget will be put to a vote in the Budgets Committee. The line taken in these requests, showing what Parliament thinks the European Commission should aim for in drawing up the 2016 budget, is likely to be followed throughout the autumn budget negotiations with the Council of Ministers. (Thursday)
TTIP. The parliamentary review of the progress achieved in the talks with the USA on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) continue in various committees throughout the week. The Development Committee, in particular, will vote on its recommendations. The European Parliament aims to adopt proposals in May to be taken on board by the TTIP negotiators.
President’s diary. President Schulz will meet European Council President Donald Tusk on Tuesday morning. At 11.00 he will meet Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu, Speaker of the Romanian Senate, and at 16.00 Volodymyr Groysman, Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. On Wednesday, he will welcome Their Majesties, the King and the Queen of the Belgians, for a visit to the European Parliament, before opening the plenary session at 15.00. On Thursday afternoon, he will meet Chiril Gaburici, Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova.