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The Week Ahead. May 25 - 31 2015


What's on the agenda in the week ahead, May 25 - 31, 2015. Plenary and committee meetings in Brussels. Special Committee on Tax Rulings to visit Dublin.

TTIP. International Trade Committee MEPs are to approve their recommendations to EU negotiators in ongoing Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks with the USA. Investor protection rules, public health, data protection, public procurement and environmental sustainability will be among the issues addressed in the resolution. The deal, once signed, needs Parliament’s approval to enter into force.  (Thursday)

United Nations. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will address a formal plenary sitting starting at 15:30. (Wednesday plenary)

Bank restructuring. A draft law to strengthen the stability of the EU banking system, inter alia by curbing speculation and ring-fencing risky trading by "too-big-to-fail banks" (TBTF), is scheduled for a vote in the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee. (Tuesday)

CO2/climate change. A deal to sharpen a key EU tool for cutting CO2 emissions, the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), will be put to a vote in the Environment Committee. It has already been informally agreed by MEPs and the Latvian Presidency of the Council of Ministers.

2016 budget. Budgets Committee MEPs will discuss the EU’s draft budget for 2016 with Commission Vice-President for budgets Kristalina Georgieva. This meeting kicks off the annual budget scrutiny procedure. Parliament is expected to respond to the Council's position in the autumn. (Wednesday)

Tunisia. Prime Minister Habib Essid will debate Tunisia’s transition to democracy with MEPs at a joint meeting of the Human Rights Subcommittee, the Foreign Affairs Committee and Security and Defence Subcommittee. This will be Mr Essid's first visit to the European Parliament since he became Prime Minister in February this year. (Thursday)

In plenary (Wednesday)

G7. MEPs will debate preparations for the 7-8 June G7 summit in Germany, where leaders will discuss the global economy, foreign policy, security and development as well as the Rome G7 Energy Initiative for Energy Security.

Fruit and milk in schools. MEPs amending legislation in plenary on school fruit, vegetable and milk schemes are set to try to secure more money to promote healthy eating habits among children and the use of local foodstuffs.

President's diary. EP President Martin Schulz will meet UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon bilaterally after his formal address to plenary on Wednesday afternoon. On Thursday, he will meet Tunisia’s Prime Minister Habib Essid, followed by a press point, late in the morning. Mr Schulz will also deliver the opening speech at the 40th anniversary ceremony of the EU Visitors Programme, on Tuesday.

Thursday 28 May - Visit of the Special Committee on Tax Rulings to Dublin

A delegation of members of the Special Committee on Tax Rulings of the European Parliament will visit Ireland on Thursday. The Delegation led by Alain Lamassoure (EPP, FR), will meet Minister of Finance Michael Noonan, members of the Finance Committee of the Dail and, inter alia, experts representing accountancy firms, business associations, NGO's and companies. More

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