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EP Plenary Session Newsletter 28-31 May 2018

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Sunset over European Parliament building in Strasbourg.

On the agenda: Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel debates future of Europe with MEPs, post-2020 budget, sustainable North Sea fisheries plan and much more.


Xavier Bettel to debate future of Europe with MEPs,

Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel will be the sixth EU leader to debate the future of Europe with MEPs and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday morning.

A member of the Liberal Democratic Party since 1989, Xavier Bettel was elected to the Luxembourg Parliament for the first time in 1999. He has been the country’s Prime Minister since 2013.

This will be the sixth in a series of future of Europe debates between EU heads of state or governments and MEPs, following on from:

EP President Antonio Tajani and Mr Bettel will give a joint press point on Wednesday at 11.15

The next EU leader to address the House will be Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, at the June plenary session in Strasbourg.

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Debate:  Wednesday, 30 May

Procedure: Debate on the future of Europe, without a resolution

Press point: Wednesday, 30 May, at 11.15

#FutureofEU @Xavier_Bettel

Biography of the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel
Debate on the future of Europe
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Tougher trade defence tools to protect EU jobs and industry - final vote

The EU aims to combat environmental and social dumping more effectively thanks to a draft law to be debated on Tuesday and voted on Wednesday.

The EU could impose higher tariffs on dumped or subsidised imports from third countries under a new law, informally agreed by MEPs and EU ministers in December 2017, that still needs the approval of the full House.

In negotiations, MEPs also ensured that the costs to EU industry of complying with international social and environmental agreements would be reflected in the calculation of the duties.

Investigations into anti-dumping cases would  be significantly shorter and would involve trade unions, and a help desk would be set up for SMEs. 

The EU is updating its 1995 trade defence regulation to reflect the changing needs of EU  firms,  workers and consumers. The proposed measures complement recently-approved anti-dumping rules focusing on third countries that interfere heavily in the economy.

Next steps

The new law will enter into force on the  day after its publication in the EU Official Journal, expected in the first half of June 2018.

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Debate: Tuesday, 29 May

Vote: Wednesday, 30 May 

#antidumping #EUtrade

Press release on informal agreement (05.12. 2017)
Legislative train schedule
Profile of the rapporteur Christopher Fjellner (EPP, SE)
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Restoring trust in Schengen

How to foster mutual trust in the functioning of the Schengen area will be debated on Tuesday and put to the vote on Wednesday.

The first annual report on the state of Schengen (the agreement between 26 member states abolishing passport and other types of control at mutual borders) addresses the main shortcomings in the implementation of the Schengen acquis, progress made in addressing these shortcomings and future steps.

MEPs condemn the continued reintroduction of internal border checks and building of physical barriers, including fences, between member states.

It is estimated that the cost of not applying Schengen for all countries for two years ranges between 25 and 50 billion euros. If all countries were to reintroduce border controls permanently, the cost over 10 years would be around €100-230 billion.

According to the Transnational Institute (TNI), European countries have built more than 1 200 kilometres of walls and borders at a cost of at least €500 million. (H)

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Debate:  Tuesday, 29 May

Vote:  Wednesday, 30 May

Press conference: Wednesday, 30 May at 15.00 with rapporteur Carlos Coelho (EPP. PT)


Draft report on the functioning of the Schengen area
Profile of rapporteur: Carlos COELHO (EPP. PT)
Procedure file:
EP Research: The Cost of Non-Schengen
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Post-2020 EU budget: MEPs to respond to EU Commission plans

MEPs will debate and vote on a resolution giving their view on the EU Commission’s recent proposal for the next long-term EU budget (2021-2027).

MEPs voiced their first reactions to the Commission’s proposal for the next long-term EU budget (Multi-annual Financial Framework - MFF) on 2 May, immediately after Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Budgets Commissioner Günther Oettinger had presented it in plenary session (watch the video). Many said that the plans go in the right direction, but lack ambition.

On 30  May, they will vote on a plenary resolution assessing the proposal in more detail, based on EP´s initial positions on the expenditure and revenue sides of the post-2020 EU budget, as voted on 14 March (press release).

MEPs are expected to deplore the fact that the Commission plans would reduce expenditure on both the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and cohesion policy. They are also likely to underline the lack of clarity and comparability of the figures.

It is now the Council’s turn to agree its position on the next MFF, which requires Parliament’s consent. MEPs have called for talks with the Council and Commission to start without delay, to try to reach an agreement before the 2019 EU elections.

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Debate. Tuesday, 29 May

Vote:  Wednesday, 30 May

#EUBudget #MFF

Parliament’s position: Press release on MFF presentation in plenary (02.05.2018)
Parliament’s position: Press release on plenary vote (14.03.2018)
Parliament’s position: Resolution of 14 March 2018 on the next MFF post-2020
Parliament’s position: Resolution of 14 March 2018 on the reform of the EU’s system of own resources
Rapporteur Olbrycht Jan (EPP, PL) - MFF
Rapporteur Thomas Isabelle (S&D, FR) - MFF
Rapporteur Deprez Gérard (ALDE, BE) – Own Resources
Rapporteur Lewandowski Janusz (EPP, PL) – Own Resources
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Irish MEPs following this issue: Nessa Childers, Independent (Dublin).


Future EU farm policy: MEPs set to reject budget cuts and renationalisation

Plans for the smarter, simpler, more sustainable, but also well-financed and truly common post-2020 EU farm policy will be debated on Monday and voted on Wednesday.

In the draft resolution, MEPs agree with the EU Commission that EU member states should be allowed to adapt the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to their needs. But they reject any “renationalisation” of the CAP, which they say, could distort competition in the single market.

The future policy should make EU farms more environmentally sustainable, foster innovation, research and smart farming practices, but above all, it must enable them to go on  providing  secure supplies of high-quality food to EU citizens, MEPs say. To this end, they want at least to maintain the CAP budget at its current level.

In a separate resolution, to be debated Monday and voted on Tuesday, MEPs will also assess the efficiency of current CAP tools for young farmers and  call for action to ease young and new farmers’ access to credit, land, advisory services and training.

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Monday, 28 May


Tuesday, 29 May (Young farmers)

Wednesday, 30 May (CAP reform)

#FutureOfCAP #CAPreform #YoungFarmers

Draft resolution on the implementation of CAP young farmers’ tools in the EU after the 2013 reform
Draft resolution on the future of food and farming
Press release on committee vote - CAP reform (16.05.2018)
Press release on committee vote - young farmers (24.04.2018)
Profile of rapporteur - CAP reform: Herbert Dorfmann (EPP, IT)
Profile of rapporteur - young farmers: Nicola Caputo (S&D, IT)
Procedure file - CAP reform
Procedure file - young farmers
EU Fact Sheet: Towards a post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (April 2018)
EP Think Tank: Common Agricultural Policy - EU added value in action (January 2018)
EP Study: Young farmers - policy implementation after the 2013 CAP reform (October 2017)
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Irish MEPs following this issue: Matt Carthy, Sinn Féin (Midlands-North-West), Luke Ming Flanagan, Independent (Midlands-North-West), Mairead McGuinness, Fine Gael (Midlands-North-West), Deirdre Clune, Fine Gael (South), Sean Kelly, Fine Gael (South).


Posting of workers: final vote on equal pay and working conditions

Workers sent temporarily to another EU country would from now on get equal pay for equal work in the same place, under draft rules to be approved on Tuesday.

The revised rules, which were informally agreed by the European Parliament and Council negotiators in March aim to ensure better protection for posted workers and fair competition for companies.

All of the host country’s rules on remuneration would apply to posted workers. Travel, board and accommodation costs should be paid by the employer and not deducted from workers’ salaries.

The duration of the posting has been set at 12 months, with a possible extension of 6 months. After that time limit, the worker would still be able to stay in the member state where they are posted, but all of the host country’s labour rules would start to apply

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Debate: Tuesday, 29 May

Vote: Tuesday, 29 May

Press Conference. with Elisabeth Morin-Chartier (EPP, FR), Agnes Jongerius (S&D, NL) and Commissioner Marianne Thyssen on Tuesday, 29 May at 15.00


Committee press release on the outcome of the negotiations (19.03.2018)
EP briefing: The revision of the posting of workers directive
EP Research: Posting of workers directive
EP study: Posting of workers directive - current situation and challenges
Posted workers: interactive infographic

Irish MEPs following this issue: Nessa Childers, Independent (Dublin).


Guinea’s President Alpha Condé to address European Parliament

Alpha Condé, President of the Republic of Guinea, will address MEPs in a formal sitting at 12.00 on Tuesday in the Strasbourg Chamber.

Alpha Condé is set to call on MEPs to strengthen EU relations with Africa, take stock of his year as President of the African Union (AU) and mention the recently signed agreement on the Continental Free Trade Area (ZLEC) and the progress made on the African Renewable Energy Initiative.

President Condé is also likely to inform MEPs about the political crisis in his country, where tensions have increased since the municipal elections held on 4 February, the results of which were contested with deadly demonstrations. In this context, the Guinean President appointed a new Prime Minister, Ibrahima Kassory Fofana, on Monday.

Elected President of the Republic of Guinea in 2010, Alpha Condé was re-elected in 2015. A debate is taking place on a possible amendment to the Constitution, which would allow him to run for a third term in 2020.

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Debate: Tuesday, 29 May

@PresAlphaConde #Guinea

Facebook official page of President Alpha Condé
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Colombia: President Juan Manuel Santos to address EP as his term comes to an end

Outgoing Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos will address MEPs in a formal sitting on Wednesday at noon.

Santos, who will step down in August following presidential elections on 27 May (with a possible second round on 17 June), will call for EU relations with Latin America to be strengthened and tell MEPs about the implementation of the peace process in his country. He is also likely to refer to the political and economic crisis in neighbouring Venezuela.

Santos has been President since 2010. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016 for his efforts in reaching a peace agreement with the FARC, which was signed in November 2016.

Since 2005, Colombian Presidents were allowed to run for a second 4-year term, but the change was repealed in 2010 via a constitutional amendment, reverting to the original one-term limit. OR Santos cannot run again for President due to the term limitation enshrined in the Colombian Constitution.

The European Parliament will send an electoral observation mission to Colombia, headed by Izaskun Bilbao (ALDE, ES), to follow the presidential election.

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Debate: Wednesday, 30 May



Biography of Juan Manuel Santos
Página web de la presidencia colombiana
EP resolution in support of the peace process in Colombia (20.01.2016)
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EU passports for sale: MEPs want more transparency and controls

“Golden visa” programmes, used by some EU countries to grant citizenship or residence rights in exchange for investment, will be debated in plenary on Wednesday.

According to critics, these programmes are not only discriminatory, being available only to the wealthy, but they also constitute a source of corruption, open the door to money laundering and tax evasion and put the free-movement Schengen zone at risk. Some MEPs are worried about the proliferation of corruption and crime through these kind of schemes and fear they might be contrary to EU values.

Parliament condemned in January 2014 the schemes in place in some EU member states, and particularly Malta, which directly or indirectly result in the sale of EU citizenship to non-EU nationals, and urged the European Commission to check whether they are compatible with EU rules. The Commission plans to present a report on the matter later this year.

Rules vary but most countries demand a sizeable financial contribution (650,000 euros in the case of Malta), a real estate purchase for a minimum amount and sometimes an investment in state bonds from prospective citizens. Residence-by-investment programmes tend to require simply buying a residence in the country of an agreed minimum price.

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Debate: Wednesday, 30 May

EP resolution on EU citizenship for sale (16.01.2014)
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Irish MEPs following this issue: Nessa Childers, Independent (Dublin).


MEPs to vote on improving sustainability in financial markets

EU capital markets should be closely aligned with sustainable and environmental objectives, MEPs are set to say in a resolution to be debated on Monday and put to a vote on Tuesday.

The resolution calls for capital to be channelled into sustainable assets that are financially viable for investors. It includes initiatives on pricing environmentally harmful investments according to their long-term risk profile, scaling back investment in unsustainable energies, phasing out subsidies for fossil fuels and establishing a way to classify sustainability to guide investment decisions.

Parliament’s initiative follows the European Commission’s action plan on financing sustainable growth, adopted in March 2018.


The resolution aims to pursue objectives set out in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreement targets. Parliament’s resolution intends to take the best from sustainable innovation across EU member states, such as the French Law of Disclosure, commitments in Germany on substantial public investment into the energy transition and the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority’s plans to incorporate sustainable practices into their work.  

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Debate: Monday 28 May

Vote: Tuesday 29 May

Draft resolution on Sustainable Finance
Procedure file
EP rapporteur, Molly Scott Cato (Greens, UK)
Press release on the committee vote:
High Level Expert Group Report: Financing a Sustainable European Economy

Irish MEPs following this issue: Matt Carthy, Sinn Féin (Midlands-North-West).


Second-hand cars: MEPs to call for EU measures to prevent  odometer fraud  

EU-wide measures are needed to prevent illegal tampering with used cars’ odometer readings, say MEPs in recommendations to be voted on Thursday.

To promote road safety and ensure that buyers are not deceived, MEPs want the EU Commission to propose new measures to ensure odometer  readings are recorded more often and shared more readily across borders. Both measures have proven effective in tackling this kind of fraud.

Car companies should improve technical solutions to prevent tampering, which occurs in 30-50% of used cars sold across EU borders, and EU countries should recognize it as a criminal offence, add MEPs.

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Debate: Wednesday, 30 May

Vote:  Thursday, 31 May

Press conference: Wednesday, 30 May, 11.00  with rapporteur Ismail Ertug (S&D, DE)



Draft resolution with recommendations to the Commission on odometer manipulation in motor vehicles: revision of the EU legal framework
Press release on the vote in the EP transport committee (25.04.2018)
Rapporteur Ismail Ertug (S&D, DE)
Procedure file
EP Research study: Odometer tampering: measures to prevent it
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MEPs following this issue: Deirdre Clune, Fine Gael (South), Matt Carthy, Sinn Féin (Midlands-North-West).


Solidarity: MEPs to approve €104.2m EU aid to Greece, Spain, France and Portugal

EU Solidarity Fund aid to help Greece, Spain, France and Portugal repair damage done by natural disasters will be put to a vote on Wednesday.

The EU Solidarity Fund (EUSF) aid totals €104.2 million for repairs and reconstruction after natural catastrophes.

€50.6 million will go to Portugal’s Centro region following violent forest fires in June and October 2017, while Spain gets  €3.2 million to repair damage in the neighbouring region of Galicia.

France will get  €49 million to repair damage caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria in the French regions of Saint Martin and Guadeloupe in September 2017.

Finally, Greece will get  €1.3 million to repair homes, businesses and infrastructure in the aftermath of the Lesbos earthquakes of June 2017.

Factsheets on EUSF aid to  France, Greece, Portugal and Spain can be found online on the European Commission’s website.

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Vote: Wednesday, 30 May

#ESF #EUfunds 

Draft report on the mobilisation of the ESF:
Press release on committee vote (16.05.2018)
EU Solidarity Fund Interventions since 2002
EUSF (EP factsheet)
Profile of rapporteur José Manuel Fernandes (EPP, PT):
Procedure file:
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MEPs following this issue: Liadh Ní Riada, Sinn Féin (South).


Sustainable North Sea fisheries: vote on a new multiannual plan

The full House will vote on a multiannual fisheries plan to tackle overfishing and offer more security to North Sea fishing communities, on Tuesday.

The second multiannual fisheries plan under the new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) would regulate the management of fishing for demersal species living near the bottom of the sea, which account for 70% of catches in the North Sea (zones IIa, IIIa and IV).

The long-term sustainable exploitation of these stocks should guarantee the security of fishing stocks and the livelihoods of fishing communities.


North Sea demersal fishing represents over 70% of the sector in this area, involving several thousand vessels from the seven bordering member states (i.e. Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and United Kingdom). Demersal catches were worth more than €850 million (in 2012), with the highest total value of landings by species for sole, followed by plaice, Norway lobster (also called Nephrops), cod, saithe, haddock, turbot, anglerfish, whiting and lemon sole.

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Debate:  Monday 28 May

Vote:  Tuesday 29 May

#NSMAP #EUfisheries

Profile of rapporteur Ulrike Rodust (S&D, DE)
Procedure file
Short EP briefing note on the Multiannual plan for North Sea fisheries (May 2018)
EP briefing on the multiannual plan for North Sea demersal fisheries (October 2016)
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Irish MEPs following this issue: Liadh Ní Riada, Sinn Féin (South), Luke Ming Flanagan, Independent (Midlands-North-West), Séan Kelly, Fine Gael (South).


Libya: MEPs to push for elections before end of 2018

The EU should back UN efforts to hold elections in Libya by the end of 2018, MEPs are to say in their recommendation to be put to a vote on Wednesday at noon.

MEPs are likely to recommend to the EU Council, Commission and External Action Service that they should strongly support the UN Action Plan for Libya - currently the only possible framework for a solution to the crisis - and back UN efforts to hold elections in the country by the end of this year. They may also call for guarantees that EU funds are being effectively channelled into projects that help the Libyan population and civil society, in a debate on Tuesday afternoon and a resolution to be put to the vote on Wednesday at noon.

During an official delegation of the European Parliament to Libya on 21-22 May 2018 - the first since 2012 - MEPs confirmed that "the European Parliament stands ready to support the national dialogue amongst Libyans".

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Debate: Tuesday, 29 May

Vote: Wednesday, 30 May

Draft recommendation on Libya
Procedure file
European Parliament mission to Libya press release (22.05.2018)
Committee press release (24.04.2018)
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Imminent Trump decision on trade: what’s next?

MEPs will debate the EU’s response to US President Donald Trump’s plan to introduce new import duties with EU trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström on Tuesday.

Parliament will be briefed on the EU’s planned counter-measures,  and the possible impact on EU jobs, investment and prices, should Mr Trump  give the go-ahead to impose new US duties on steel and aluminum imports from 1 June. His  latest hints that trade measures could target  the automotive sector are also likely to be addressed in the debate.

Back in March MEPs urged the EU not to engage in a trade war, but be ready to defend its citizens.

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Debate: Tuesday, 29 May

#US #tradewar


Press release: “Avoid trade wars and tackle global overcapacity in steel instead”, urge MEPs (14.03.2018)
Press statement: The EU stands united behind the Iran nuclear deal, say EP Foreign Affairs Committee Chair and Rapporteur on Iran (08.05.2018)
EP Research Service note on new US tariffs
Think tanks on US withdrawal from Iran deal

Debate with Federica Mogherini on Gaza and Nicaragua

MEPs will debate the consequences of  US President Donald Trump’s decision to open a US embassy in  Jerusalem and thepolitical turmoil in Nicaragua with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Tuesday.

MEPs will focus on the recent deadly clashes at the  Gaza-Israel border, which reportedly claimed  more than 50 Palestinian lives, after the US inaugurated its first embassy in Jerusalem.

They will also debate the political situation in Nicaragua, where students and other opposition groups have taken to the streets to protest against the government’s tax and pension reforms. The demonstrations were met with excessive military and police force, reportedly leading to the deaths of more than 70 people.

The debate on Nicaragua will be wound up by resolution to be voted on Thursday.

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Debate: Tuesday, 29 May

Vote: Thursday, 31 May

#Gaza #Nicaragua

EP Research Service note on US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel

Irish MEPs following this issue:Lynn Boylan, Sinn Féin (Dublin), Nessa Childers, Independent (Dublin).


Parliament takes stock of efforts to improve EU lawmaking

The EU institutions’ efforts to improve EU law-making have delivered, but more is needed to involve stakeholders, assess impact and infuse more politics into the process, says a draft resolution up for debate on Monday and adoption on Tuesday.

The draft resolution points out the need to strike a balance between cutting bureaucracy and providing the means for business to thrive, to protect people, and to safeguard social standards.

The draft resolution also emphasises the importance of quality impact assessments in informing legislators and calls for the views of smaller stakeholders to be included more, as they are often crowded out by those who are larger and better-resourced.

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Debate:  Monday, 28 May

Vote: Tuesday, 29 May


Press release after vote in committee
Profile of rapporteur: Pavel Svoboda (EPP, CZ)
Profile of rapporteur: Richard Corbett
Resolution on the interpretation and implementation of the Interinstitutional Agreement on Better Law-Making

Irish MEPs following this issue: Mairead McGuinness, Fine Gael (Midlands North-West)


Imported and EU fisheries products must be treated equally

All imported fisheries products should meet the high standards imposed by EU law, MEPs will stress in a non-binding resolution to be put to the vote on Tuesday.

The EU Commission needs to ensure that fisheries and aquaculture products from non-EU countries comply with EU conservation and management standards and hygiene requirements by implementing control measures more efficiently, said Fisheries Committee MEPs in a report they adopted in April.

The EU is the world’s largest market for fisheries and aquaculture, absorbing 24% of total global imports in 2016. EU member states depend on imports for over 60% of their total fish consumption

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Debate:  Monday, 28 May

Vote:  Tuesday, 29 May

Profile of rapporteur Engström Linnéa (Greens/EFA, SV)
Procedure file
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Irish MEPs following this issue: Liadh Ní Riada, Sinn Féin (South), Sean Kelly, Fine Gael (South), Luke Ming Flanagan, Independent (Midlands-North-West).


Tackling abusive use of fixed-term work contracts

MEPs will quiz the EU Commission Thursday on steps taken to tackle   precarious employment  and abusive use of fixed-term work contracts in the EU public and private sectors.

The European Parliament has received many petitions on similar cases from all over the EU. The debate will be wrapped up in a resolution to be voted the same day.

Precarious employment include arrangements such as so called “zero-hour” contracts, without a minimum number of guaranteed working hours.

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Debate:  Thursday, 31 May 2018

Vote: Thursday, 31 May 2018

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Victims’ Rights Directive: MEPs to call for better enforcement

Parts of the of the EU Victims’ Rights Directive have been properly enforced by some EU countries, but more must be done to help victims of violence and terrorist attacks, MEPs will say in a resolution to be voted on Wednesday.

MEPs deplore the fact that this directive, designed to strengthen victims’ rights irrespective of where an offence took place, their nationality or residence status, still has not been transposed into national laws in Ireland, Slovenia, Slovakia and the UK.

They will also recommend ways to enforce the directive better, notably by improving access to information and support services for victims, introducing training programmes for all professionals dealing with victims of crime and taking specific measures to support victims of terrorist attacks.


The Victims’ Rights Directive was approved on 25 October 2012. It came into force on 15 November 2012 and member states were required to transpose its provisions into their national laws by 16 November 2015. Only 23 out of the 27 EU member states have officially done so. Denmark opted out.

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Debate: Tuesday, 29 May

Vote: Wednesday, 30 May

Directive 2012/29/EU of the EP and of the Council of 25 October 2012 establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime
Press release on the Committee vote (26.04.2018)
EP Resarch Study - The Victims’ Rights Directive: European Implementation Assessment (December 2017)
Procedure file
Profile of rapporteur Teresa Jiménez-Becerril Barrio (EPP, ES)
Profile of rapporteur Angelika Mlinar (ALDE, AT)
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Human rights and democracy resolutions

Parliament will hold urgent debates on the following human rights, democracy and rule of law topics on Thursday 31 May, at around 10.00, with the votes following at 12.00.

  • Situation of imprisoned EU-Iranian dual nationals in Iran
  • Women's rights defenders in Saudi Arabia
  • Sudan, notably the situation of Noura Hussein Hammad

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Debates/votes: Thursday, 31 May

#humanrights #democracy



- Optimisation of the value chain in the EU fishing sector, Aguilera Garcia (INI), debate Mon, vote Tue

- Implementation of the Ecodesign Directive, Ries (INI), debate Wed, vote Thu

Irish MEPs following this issue: Deirdre Clune, Fine Gael (South), Lynn Boylan, Sinn Féin (Dublin), Seán Kelly, Fine Gael (South).

- Annual report on the implementation of the Common Commercial Policy, Saïfi (INI), debate Tue, vote Wed

- Fishing mortality ranges and safeguard levels for certain herring stocks in the Baltic Sea, Cadec, vote Tue

Irish MEPs following this issue: Luke Ming Flanagan, Independent (Midlands-North-West).

- Connecting Europe facility after 2020, Commission statement with resolution, debate Mon, vote Thu

- The use of IPA funds in Turkey, Commission statement, debate Wed

- Implementation of the EU Youth Strategy, Gardiazabal Rubial (INI), debate Wed, vote Thu

Irish MEPs following this issue: Mairead McGuinness, Fine Gael (Midlands-North-West), Liadh Ní Riada, Sinn Féin (South), Séan Kelly, Fine Gael (South).

- Mobility package III, Commission statement, debate Mon

Irish MEPs following this issue: Deirdre Clune, Fine Gael (South), Matt Carthy, Sinn Féin (Midlands-North-West), Séan Kelly, Fine Gael (South).



Other issues being followed by Irish MEPs

EU-Norway agreement on administrative cooperation, combating fraud and recovery of claims in the field of value added tax: Matt Carthy, Sinn Féin (Midlands-North-West).

Gender equality and women's empowerment: transforming the lives of girls and women through EU external relations 2016-2020: Matt Carthy, Sinn Féin (Midlands-North-West), Séan Kelly, Fine Gael (South).

Pathways for the reintegration of workers recovering from injury and illness into quality employment: Lynn Boylan, Sinn Féin (Dublin).

Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund: Liadh Ní Riada, Sinn Féin (South).

Urgencies: Séan Kelly, Fine Gael (South).