Summary

Next week is a committee and political group week.  Political groups will meet to prepare the plenary session, scheduled for February 13 to 16, 2017.  A few interesting committee meetings will take place.

On Monday, the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (“ECON”), will organize a workshop on EU energy independence, security of supply and diversification of sources.  The workshop is aimed at assessing the current situation with regard to security of supply, and its possible evolution.  Challenges will be presented, as well as policy proposals aimed at resolving them.  See the program of the workshop here.

On the same day, the ECON committee will hold a presentation on the Review of the Framework for Electronic Communications by Director Anthony Whelan, from the European Commission DG CONNECT; and discussions with Commission representatives on the proposed revision of the European Electronic Communications Code (see here).  This session will also address the promotion of internet connectivity in local communities; and the European gigabit society and 5G.

On Thursday, the Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (“EMIS”) will consider amendments to be made to its draft report on the inquiry into emission measurements in the automotive sector.  The report will provide the findings of the inquiry undertaken by the Committee.  See the current draft report here.

On the same day, the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (“IMCO”) will vote on the adoption of a draft report on approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles and their trailers, and of systems, components and separate technical units intended for such vehicles.  The report constitutes the Parliament’s views on the proposal for a Regulation introduced by the Commission, which seeks to enhance the independence of environmental and safety testing of new cars, and improve supervision of cars already in circulation across the EU.  See the proposal for a Regulation here, and the draft report here.

On Thursday, Elżbieta Bieńkowska, EU Commissioner responsible for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, will also attend the IMCO meeting to discuss the Services Package: “A services economy that works for Europeans”.  The Services Package includes a proposal for a Services e-card (see here); a proposal for a Services Notification Procedure (see here); and a proposal for a Proportionality Test (see here).  See more information on the Services Package here.

Finally, on Thursday, the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (“LIBE”) will vote on its own initiative resolution on the “Fundamental rights implications of Big Data: privacy, data protection, non-discrimination, security and law-enforcement.”

Meetings and Agenda

Monday, February 6, 2017 

Subcommittee on Human Rights

15:00 – 18:30 

  • Updating on the mid-term evaluation of the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights
  • Discussion on the current human rights situation in Belarus

Committee on Development

15:00 – 18:30

  • Discussion on Impact of international trade and the EU’s trade policies on global value chains – 2016/2301(INI)
    • Rapporteur: Ignazio Corrao (EFDD, IT)
  • Humanitarian situation in Myanmar – discussion on the Rohingyas and other Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), with Androulla Kaminara, Director for Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, DG ECHO, European Commission

Subcommittee on Security and Defence

15:00 – 18:30, With the Council, the Commission and EEAS

  • Deterioration of the security situation in the East of Ukraine, in particular around Avdiivka – discussion with Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration
  • The increasing Russian influence in the South Caucasus – new developments – discussion with: Herbert Salber, EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia, EEAS; Natalie Sabanadze, Ambassador of Georgia to the EU; Amanda Paul, Senior Policy Analyst, European Policy Centre, Brussels

Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

15:00 – 18:30

  • Monetary Dialogue with Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank (15.00-17.00)
  • Vote on a report on European Semester for economic policy coordination: Annual Growth Survey 2017 (INI)
    • Rapporteur: Gunnar Hökmark (PPE,SE)
  • Vote on a report on Annual Report on the Financial Activities of the European Investment Bank (INI)
    • Rapporteur: Georgios Kyrtos (EPP, EL)

Committee on Employment and Social Affairs

17:00 – 18:30

  • Adoption of a draft report on European Semester for economic policy coordination: Employment and Social Aspects in the Annual Growth Survey 2017
    • Rapporteur: Yana Toom (ALDE, ET)

Committee on Industry, Research and Energy

15:00 – 18:30

  • Workshop on EU energy independence, security of supply and diversification of sources
  • The Review of the Framework for Electronic Communications, Presentation by Director Anthony Whelan, European Commission – Discussion with Commission representative: European Electronic Communications Code, Rapporteur: Pilar Del Castillo Vera (EPP, ES), Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC), Rapporteur: Evžen Tošenovský (ECR, CZ), Promotion of Internet connectivity in local communities (WiFi4EU), Rapporteur: Carlos Zorrinho (S&D, PT), European gigabit society and 5G, Rapporteur: Michał Boni (EPP, PL)

Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection

15:00 – 18:30

  • Legislative Scrutiny – Regulated Professions in the EU

Committee on Regional Development

15:00 – 18:30

  • Workshop on “Technical Assistance in Cohesion Policy” (15.15-17.00)

Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality

15:00 – 18:30

  • Vote on a draft resolution on Equality between women and men in the EU in 2014/2015 (INI)
    • Rapporteur: Ernest Urtasun (Greens/EFA, ES)
  • Vote on a draft resolution on Report on the application of Council Directive 2004/113/EC implementing the principle of equal treatment between men and women in the access to and supply of goods and services (INI)
    • Rapporteur: Agnieszka Kozłowska-Rajewicz (EPP, PL)

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 

  • No committee meetings scheduled

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 

  • No committee meetings scheduled

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Committee on Foreign Affairs

9:00 – 12:00 

  • Discussion on EU-India relations with Gunnar Wiegand, EEAS Managing Director Asia and Pacific, and Manjeev Singh Puri, Ambassador of India to the EU

Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector

9:00 – 12:30

  • Consideration of amendments on Report on the inquiry into emission measurements in the automotive sector
    • Co-rapporteurs: Jens Gieseke (EPP, DE), Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy (ALDE, NL)

Committee of Inquiry to investigate alleged contraventions and maladministration in the application of Union law in relation to money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion

9:00 – 12:30

  • Public hearing: The role of lawyers, accountants and bankers in Panama Papers (Part II)

Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection

9:00 – 18:30

  • Adoption of a draft report on Approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles and their trailers, and of systems, components and separate technical units intended for such vehicles
    • Rapporteur: Daniel Dalton (ECR, UK)
  • Discussion with Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner responsible for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, on the Services Package: “A services economy that works for Europeans”

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

9:00 – 18:30

  • Vote on a draft report on Europol agreements: cooperation with Denmark (CNS)
    • Rapporteur: Díaz De Mera García Consuegra (EPP, ES)
  • Vote on a draft resolution on Fundamental rights implications of Big Data: privacy, data protection, non-discrimination, security and law-enforcement (INI)
    • Rapporteur: Ana Gomes (S&D, PT)
  • Public hearing: Prisons’ systems and conditions in the EU (15.00-17.00)

Committee on Constitutional Affairs

9:00 – 18:30

Joint meeting with the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Security and Defence (09.00-09.45)

  • Vote on draft resolution on Constitutional, legal and institutional implications of a common security and defence policy: possibilities offered by the Lisbon Treaty (INI)
    • Co-rapporteurs: Michael Gahler (EPP, DE) and Esteban González Pons (EPP, ES)

Votes

  • Vote on a draft resolution on e-Democracy in the European Union: potential and challenges (INI)
    • Rapporteur: Ramón Jáuregui Atondo (S&D, ES)
  • Hearing of representatives of the Alliance for Peace and Freedom (European Political Party) on implementation of Rule 225, paragraph 2, of the Rules of Procedure (16.00-17.30)
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Sebastian Vos is co-chair of the firm’s public policy practice, and heads up its European division. He has extensive experience in the European Union and advises clients as they navigate and manage today’s global regulatory and policy challenges.

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Sebastian Vos is co-chair of the firm’s public policy practice, and heads up its European division. He has extensive experience in the European Union and advises clients as they navigate and manage today’s global regulatory and policy challenges.

Sebastian provides clients with strategic public policy, regulatory, and communications advice on a range of competition, trade, transactional and sectoral issues. Sebastian has particular expertise in advising companies in the technology, financial services, energy and transport sectors.

Sebastian was formerly a partner at a leading global public affairs consultancy. Prior to this, he was head of the competition practice at a strategic communications agency. He worked as an attorney at a magic circle firm, specialising in Antitrust, Competition and Trade law, as well as being a member of the Public Policy practice. He has also worked at the European Commission, and was part of its Delegation to the United States in 2000.

Sebastian has written articles on legal and political developments in various publications, including Europe’s World, Bloomberg Business Law Review and European Competition Law Review. He has also been a commentator on broadcast media including CNBC and Bloomberg TV.