Next week is a committee and political group week in the European Parliament. Only a few committee meetings are scheduled, as Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will spend the majority of their time with their political groups, preparing for the plenary week in Strasbourg on November 25-28. That week will be important, as MEPs are scheduled to vote on the new European Commission, following Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen’s presentation of the College of Commissioners and their programs.

On Monday, Mário Centeno, President of the Eurogroup, will attend the meeting of the Economy and Monetary Affairs Committee (“ECON”) to discuss the latest developments in the Eurozone, including the completion of the Banking Union, among other topics.

On Thursday, the European Parliament’s Conference of Presidents (David Sassoli, the President of the European Parliament, and the Parliament’s political group leaders) will hold an exchange of views with the three Vice Presidents-elect of the new Commission – Margrethe Vestager, Frans Timmermans and Valdis Dombrovskis. They will also agree on the outcome of the Commissioners’ hearing process.

Meetings and Agenda

Monday, November 18, 2019

Committee on Budgetary Control

15:00 – 19:00

  • 2018 discharge: General budget of the EU – European Commission (DEC) – Exchange of views with Acting Secretary General of the European Commission, Ilze JUHANSONE in the presence of the Member of the European Court of Auditors responsible, Pietro RUSSO
    • Rapporteur: Monika HOHLMEIER (PPE, DE)
  • Closure of the accounts for European Asylum Support Office (EASO) for the financial year 2017 (RSP) – Consideration of the motion for decision on closure of accounts
    • Rapporteur: Petri SARVAMAA (EPP, FI)
  • 2018 discharge: General budget of the EU – European Parliament (DEC) – Exchange of views with the Vice-President of the European Parliament with responsibility for the budget, Pedro SILVA PEREIRA, the Secretary-General, Klaus WELLE and the Internal Auditor of the European Parliament, Robert GALVIN, in the presence of the Member of the European Court of Auditors responsible, Pietro RUSSO
    • Rapporteur: Maria GRAPINI (S&D, RO)

Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

15:00 – 16:30


  • Economic Dialogue and exchange of views with Mário CENTENO, President of the Eurogroup

Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development

14:30 – 18:30

Joint AGRI-ENVI-DEVE meeting

  • Exchange of views with Ms Maria Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General Climate and Natural Resources, following the 2019 World Food Day

Public Hearing

  • “The sustainability of European agriculture regarding the potential impact on the market of the Mercosur agreement”

Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality

15:00 – 17:00

Public Hearing

  • Hearing on violence against women: state of play in the Member States and exchange of best practices. on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November) Programme and further information available here.


  • FEMM committee calendar 2020 – adoption of FEMM meetings for 2020

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Committee on Budgetary Control

11:00 – 18:00

  • Extraordinary meeting of the budgetary control committee with the European court of auditors

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

  • No meeting of notes

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Subcommittee on Human Rights

11:30 – 13:00

  • Exchange of views with Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, United Nations

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

09:00 – 17:30

Joint debate with the Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) and the Delegation for relations with Maghreb countries (DMAG) (09.00-11.30)

  • The situation of migrants in Libya against the backdrop of the general situation in the country – presentations by the European External Action Service (EEAS) and by representatives of DG HOME/DG NEAR, European Commission
  • The situation of migrants in detention centres in Libya and of migrants returned by the Libyan coastguard – possible solutions? – presentations by the following:
  1. Anabelle Roig Granjon, Senior External Relations Officer, Global Issues Unit, Regional Representation for EU Affairs, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
  2. Ola Henrikson, Regional Director for the EEA, EU and NATO, International

Office for Migration (IOM)

  1. Ellen Van Der Velden, Senior Operational Advisor on Libya, former Head of Mission in Libya, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
  2. Imogen Sudbery, Director of Policy and Advocacy Europe/Head of IRC Brussels, International Rescue Committee (IRC)


  • EUNAVOR MED Operation Sophia mandate extension until 31 March 2020 – exchange of views with the European External Action Service (11.30-12.00)
  • Report on the 5th European Migration Forum – “From global to local governance of migration: the role of local authorities and civil society in managing migration and ensuring safe and regular pathways to the EU” – presentation by Members of the Bureau of the European Migration Forum: Cristian Pirvulescu, EESC, Adem Kumcu, UNITEE, Rossella Nicoletti, EUROCITIES (14.45-15.45)
  • Data protection rules as a trust-enabler in the EU and beyond – taking stock – presentation by the Commission (15.45-16.30)
  • Rule of law in Hungary: follow up in the Council to the Parliament’s reasoned proposal pursuant to Article 7(1) TEU as regards the situation of the rule of law in Hungary – presentation by the Finnish Presidency on the first hearing in the General Affairs Council of 16 September 2019 (16.30-17.30)

 Friday, October 22, 2019

No meetings of notes