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The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – September 15, 2017

Summary Next week is constituency week for Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”).  MEPs will go back to their home countries to handle national issues, or convene in their parliamentary delegations to work on matters related to non-EU Member States. However, this week was a plenary in the European Parliament.  A number of interesting votes … Continue Reading

EU Policy Update

Brexit and International Policy Developments The usual quiet of Brussels’ August recess was disturbed by the arrival, in the middle of the month, of a flurry of position papers from the British government. The two most important of these dealt with the EU’s customs union and the border between Northern Ireland and the republic of … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – September 8, 2017

Summary Next week, there will be a plenary sitting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Several significant debates, votes and committee meetings will take place. On Tuesday, MEPs will debate a report of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (“ITRE”), authored by Carlos Zorrinho (S&D, PT) on the proposal for a regulation on … Continue Reading

EU Policy Update

The annual G 20 summit took place on July 7 and 8 under the presidency of Angela Merkel in the city of Hamburg, which had been put under siege by violent anti-globalization demonstrations. Tensions on trade issues and the rejection of the Paris agreement on climate change by the U.S. President, Donald Trump, made it … Continue Reading

EU Policy Update

Brexit and Elections in the UK and France The legislative elections in the UK on June 8 resulted in what few observers expected: Theresa May, who was hoping to increase her majority in the house of Commons, instead lost it.  In order to ensure a majority for the confidence vote in her new minority government, … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – June 30, 2017

Summary Next week Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will gather in Strasbourg for the last plenary sitting before the Summer break. Interesting votes and debates will take place. On Tuesday, MEPs will vote on the own-initiative report voted in the Parliament’s Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (“IMCO”) on European Standards.  The … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – June 9, 2017

Summary Next week, there will be a plenary sitting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Several significant debates, votes and committee meetings will take place. On Monday, the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (“ECON”) and the Committee on Legal Affairs (“JURI”) will jointly vote on an opinion regarding the taxation of multinationals conducting … Continue Reading

EU Policy Update

Elections in Europe, Brexit, and a Presidential Visit On June 7th, 2017, the UK went to the polls in a “snap” general election called by the Prime Minister, Theresa May.  The outcome was inconclusive, a “hung Parliament” with no single party holding a majority of the seats. The Conservative Party holds the largest number of … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – May 12, 2017

Summary Next week will be plenary week in Strasbourg, with a few committee meetings. On Monday, the Committee on Regional Development (“REGI”) will introduce its report on “FinTech: the influence of technology on the future of the financial sector” to the plenary, for debate.  The report highlights the development of FinTech in the recent years, … Continue Reading

EU Policy Update

Brexit and European Elections On Tuesday, April 18, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May announced that she was calling a snap general election on June 8.  She explained that divisions in Westminster over Brexit had made an early vote unavoidable: “The country is coming together, but Westminster is not,” she told reporters outside 10 Downing Street.  … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – April 28, 2017

Summary This week was a committee week and a mini-plenary in the European Parliament, during which some interesting votes took place. On Tuesday, the European Parliament’s Culture and Education Committee (“CULT”) passed its report on the draft for a revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive proposed by the European Commission in May 2016.  While some have … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – April 7, 2017

Summary Next week will be a committee week in the European Parliament.  There will be a number of interesting discussions in committee and public hearings. On Tuesday, the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (“ENVI”) will vote on a its own-initiative draft report on resource efficiency: reducing food waste, improving food safety.  … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – March 31, 2017

Summary Next week will be an interesting plenary in Strasbourg with a mixture of votes on various long-awaited topics. On Monday, the Parliament will debate a draft report prepared by the Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (“ENVI”) on palm oil and the deforestation of rain forests.  The draft report seeks … Continue Reading
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