Summary

Next week will be a political group week and a committee week in the European Parliament.  Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will hold meetings with their respective political groups to prepare the plenary session, to be held from July 3 to 6, 2017, in Strasbourg.

A few interesting discussions will take place in committee.

On Thursday, the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (“LIBE”) will discuss with the Commission its report on the Commission proposal on “countering money laundering by criminal law”.  The proposal seeks to enhance the fight against terrorism.  It introduces minimum rules that require Member States to define money laundering as a criminal offence, establish a regime to apply this offence when it relates to terrorism, and approximate sanctions.  The new rules are also aimed at improving cooperation between national authorities, including through a greater exchange of information, so as to reinforce the EU’s initiatives to tackle terrorism.  See the Commission proposal here. 

On the same day, the LIBE Committee will hold a discussion on EU-Africa partnership.  They will hold discussions with representatives of the Commission’s Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (“DG DEVCO”) and representatives of the European External Action Service (“EEAS”).  MEPs and the representatives of the other EU institutions are likely to explore ways and define a strategy to foster cooperation between the EU and Africa for the coming years, based especially on the Commission’s “Communication for a renewed impetus of the Africa-EU Partnership”.  See the Commission Communication here.

Meetings and Agenda

Monday, June 26, 2017 

Committee on Foreign Affairs

15:00 – 18:30

  • Discussion with the EEAS on the situation in the Maldives
  • Establishing an instrument contributing to stability and peace (2016/0207(COD)) –  Rapporteur: Arnaud Danjean (EPP, FR) –  Consideration of amendments

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 

  • No meetings scheduled.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 

  • No meetings scheduled.  

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Committee on Regional Development

9:00 – 12:30

  • Joint REGI-COTER Hearing on the Implementation of the Urban Agenda for the EU, State of Play

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

9:00 – 17:30

  • Eurojust 2016 Foreign Terrorist Fighters report – discussion with Michèle Coninsx, President of Eurojust (09.00-10.00)
  • Countering money laundering by criminal law (COD) – discussion with the Commission (10.00-10.20)
    • Rapporteur: Ignazio Corrao (EFDD, IT)
  • Frontex Consultative Forum on Fundamental Rights (10.20-11.00) – discussion on the 2016 annual report
  • Development of a European Integrated Border Management strategy – discussion with the Commission (11.00-11.45)
  • Africa-EU Partnership – renewed impetus – discussion with representatives of DG International Cooperation and Development of the European Commission and representatives of the European External Action Service (EEAS) (11.45-12.10)

Votes (12.25-12.30)

  • European Union Agency for Asylum- vote on the provisional agreement resulting from interinstitutional negotiations
    • Rapporteur: Péter Niedermüller (S&D, HU)
  • Uniform format for residence permits for third-country nationals (COD) – vote on the provisional agreement resulting from interinstitutional negotiations
    • Rapporteur: Jussi Halla-Aho (ECR, FI)
  • Jointly with the Committee on Petitions
  • Hearing on Statelessness (14.00-17.30)
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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.