The Week Ahead: Agenda 23-29 May 2016
For the first time since his accession to the throne in 2013, King Willem-Alexander will address Parliament in a formal sitting on Wednesday, following the opening of the Brussels plenary session at 15.00. The Dutch sovereign paid a visit to Parliament and met with EP President Martin Schulz on 3 November prior to his country's presidency of the European Council.
Digital Single Market. Long-awaited legislative proposals to unlock the full potential of the EU's digital market and give consumers and businesses better access to digital goods and services across EU borders are to be presented by Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip and Commissioner Günther Oettinger on Wednesday, followed by a first debate. (Debate Wednesday)
Transatlantic data flow. MEPs will discuss the Commission's EU-US "privacy shield" proposal for a new EU-US arrangement to protect the fundamental rights of Europeans whose data is transferred to the US for commercial purposes and ensure legal certainty for businesses. A non-binding resolution on the new framework, which is to replace the invalidated Safe Harbour agreement, will be put to the vote on Thursday. (Debate Wednesday)
Energy Union. In the presence of Commission Vice-President Maros Sefkovic, Parliament will examine various policy options to put citizens at the heart of the Energy Union and make sure it delivers a new and better deal for consumers and helps to tackle energy poverty. (Debate Wednesday, vote Thursday)
Milk crisis. Agriculture Committee MEPs will meet dairy sector representatives in a public hearing on Wednesday evening to discuss new measures to stabilize prices. In a plenary debate on Thursday morning, MEPs will address the sharp decline in milk producers’ income since EU milk quotas ended in April 2015.
Terrorism. Civil Liberties Committee MEPs will debate two Europol reports, on the "Terrorism Situation in 2016" and "Changes in modus operandi of Islamic State terrorist attacks", with European Counter-Terrorism Centre Head Manuel Navarrete Paniagua. In a separate debate, they will hear Council's Standing Committee on Operational Cooperation on Internal Security (COSI) Chair Arie Ijzerman. (Monday)
GMOs. Objections to the proposed marketing approvals for two GM maizes that are resistant to certain lepidopteran pests and glyphosate, and for a GM "carnation" plant will be put to votes in the Environment Committee. MEPs are very critical of current rules on placing GMOs on the market, which allow the EU Commission, in the absence of a qualified majority against in national expert groups, to decide. (Tuesday)
President’s diary. President Martin Schulz will take part to a “Sakharov Prize Network” conference on Tuesday. On Wednesday, he will meet King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.
Open Days. The European Parliament and other EU institutions will give citizens a chance to discover their daily work at the 24th edition of the Open Days. Visitors can get a briefing on Parliament's role and duties in the hemicycle and can visit stands of political groups and Parliament's administration. (Saturday)