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European Parliament mini plenary session newsletter, 24 June, 2015.


What's on the agenda during this week's mini Plenary Session in Brussels? Highlights include: - Migration, security and economics debate with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker - Corporate tax action plan


Migration, security and economics debate with Juncker ahead of EU summit

Political group leaders will focus on the most urgent policy issues to be addressed by EU heads of state or government at their 25-26 June meeting: migration, security and economic challenges. Statements by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the Latvian Presidency of the Council will kick off the debate at 14.00 in Parliament's Brussels plenary session on Wednesday 24 June.

The Greek debt crisis, relocation, resettlement and migrant return policy, security challenges for the EU, and the on-going fight against terrorism will top the agenda.

MEPs are also likely to discuss the way forward to completing the European Monetary Union as set out in a recent report by the five presidents, the digital agenda and country-specific recommendations for 2015 fiscal policies.



IM-Press topic: Institutional

Procedure Code: 2015/2629(RSP)

Specialist: Janez

Debate: Wednesday, 24 June

Procedure: Council and Commission statements (without resolution)

#euco #Greece #migration #Russia #Ukraine #EMU

European Summit draft agenda (25-26 June)
NATO defence ministers meeting (24-25 June)

Parliament to give final approval to Juncker Plan rules

The €315-billion investment plan, announced by the European Commission last November to encourage the financing of viable investments in Europe, is set to receive the European Parliament’s final approval in a vote on Wednesday. Parliament modified the financing structure of the fund behind the plan, won a say in selecting its leadership and stepped up democratic oversight of its operation.

Parliament reduced the cuts that setting up the fund would have entailed for the budgets of the Horizon 2020 research programme and the transport arm of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

It also won a say in the appointment of the leadership of the fund, included Horizon 2020 and CEF objectives in the plan’s overall goals, made quality job creation a project selection criterion, and ensured its oversight through hearings and reporting.



IM-Press topic: budget / economy

Procedure Code: 2015/0009(COD).

Specialist: Eszter

Debate and vote: Wednesday, 24 June

Procedure: Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure)

#EFSI #JunckerPlan #EUbudget


Press release on agreement (04.06.201)
Final compromise text (05.06.2015)
EP Research note on the Commission's Investment Plan - European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)
EP Research background note on EFSI: setup and EU budget contribution
EC - Investment Plan

Debate on Commission's corporate tax action plan

MEPs are to debate the European Commission's corporate taxation action plan on Wednesday evening with tax Commissioner Pierre Moscovici, who tabled it on 17 June. The plan, which would introduce a common corporate tax base (CCTB), follows the Commission’s February proposal for automatic exchange of tax rulings between tax authorities and the Commission.

Corporate taxation is high on Parliament's agenda. In the wake of the “Luxleaks” revelations, a Special Committee on Tax Rulings was established to investigate how to ensure fairer and more transparent tax competition in the EU. Its recommendations are to be put to a vote at Parliament’s November plenary session.



IM-Press topic:

Procedure Code: 2015/2675(RSP)

Specialist: Ron

Debate: Wednesday, 24 June

Procedure: Commission statement


EP Live
EPRS Study (ES, DE, EN, FR, IT, PL)
Q&As on the Action Plan for Fair and Efficient Corporate Taxation in the EU
TAXE committee webpage

Economic and Monetary Union: Parliament’s stance on future economic governance

Parliament will debate and vote its stance on the euro area’s economic governance architecture on Wednesday afternoon. The draft resolution by Pervenche Berès (S&D, FR) looks back at experience gained so far and comes up with recommendations for improvements.

The text sets out Parliament's ideas for streamlining “European Semester” economic policy coordination and its input to the roadmap for deepening the Economic and Monetary Union, which will be discussed at the European Council summit of EU leaders on Thursday and Friday.

The basis for the summit talks is the “Five Presidents” report on Completing Europe's Economic and Monetary Union, by Commission President Jean Claude Juncker, European Council President Donald Tusk, Euro Group President Jeroen Dijsselbloem, ECB President Mario Draghi and European Parliament President Martin Schulz.

In a separate debate, political groups will quiz Commission and Council on the transparency of the application of the Stability and Growth Pact.

Additional information

Specialist: Ron

Procedure Code: 2014/2145(INI)

Debate and vote: Wednesday, 24 June

Procedure: Non-legislative resolution; Oral questions to the Council and the Commission (without resolution)

#economicgovernance #stability #growth #pact

Profile of rapporteur Pervenche Berès
Press release after committee vote (16.06.2015)
AV statements by ECON chair Gualtieri and rapporteur Berès after ECON vote (16.06.2015)
Interview with rapporteur Pervenche Berès (S&D, FR)
EP Research study on Economic Governance Framework
Five Presidents report on 'Completing Europe's Economic and Monetary Union'
Oral Questions to Council and Commission on the application of the Stability and Growth Pact

For further information, please contact Catherine Bunyan, Press Officer on 086 8559423 or at or contact the Irish MEPs' Press Officers directly.

To watch any part of the Plenary Session live, please click on the EP Live section of the Parliament's website and select Live Broadcast from the menu on the left-hand side.

To view a debate which has already taken place, please click on the Multimedia Library section of the Parliament's website, select 'search by date' from the menu on the left-hand side and choose the debate.  You can also scroll through the speakers and just listen to a speaker of your choice.