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The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – February 24, 2017

Summary Next week will be very busy in the European Parliament as it is a committee week. On Monday, the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (“ENVI”) will consider amendments on a proposal for a Regulation on the binding annual greenhouse gas emission reductions. The Regulation, dubbed the “Effort Sharing Regulation”, seeks … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – February 17, 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. This week was, however, important as many significant initiatives were adopted by the Parliament. On … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – February 10, 2017

Summary Next week, there will be a plenary sitting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Several significant debates and votes will take place, in addition to various committee meetings. On Monday, the plenary will debate a draft report on a proposal for a directive regarding enhancing cost-effective emission reductions and low-carbon investments. This debate … Continue Reading

EU Policy Update

Brexit and the EU’s Response On January 17, in a speech in Lancaster House to the British diplomatic corps, Prime Minister Theresa May presented her “plan for Britain”, which includes 12 “priorities” the UK government will defend in the Brexit negotiations.  The text of the speech can be found here. May’s highly-anticipated speech came ahead … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – February 3, 2017

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 … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – January 27, 2017

Summary Next week will be an interesting week in the European Parliament, with a mixture of committee meetings, and plenary sessions. The Parliament will address energy, chemicals, food and drugs, and the constitutional relationship between the United Kingdom and Scotland and Gibraltar respectively. On Monday, the Committee on Constitutional Affairs (“AFCO”) will invite representatives of … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament

Summary On Tuesday, January 17, EU MEPs elected the European Christian Democrat Antonio Tajani (EPP, Italy), as new President of the European Parliament. Mr. Tajani will remain in office for two and a half years. See all new nominations (including Vice-Presidents and Quaestors) here. This week will be very busy in the European Parliament as … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – January 13, 2017

Summary Next week is an important plenary in Strasbourg, as Member of the European Parliaments (“MEPs”) will elect their future President, Vice-Presidents, and Quaestors. New elected officials will remain in office for two and a half years. Though the official list of candidates running for the Presidency will only be announced on Monday, a number … Continue Reading

EU Policy Update

Brexit, the EU’s Response, and a Focus on Defense On December 15, at the end of their traditional end of the year European Council, the 27 “remaining” EU heads of state or government had a short meeting, without Theresa May, to set out how the EU will handle the Brexit process once the UK has notified … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament

Summary Next week is a constituency week for Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”). MEPs will go back to their home country to deal with national issues, or in their parliamentary delegations to work on non-EU countries-related matters. This week was, however, important as many initiatives were adopted by the Parliament. On Tuesday, December 13, … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – December 9, 2016

Summary Strasbourg will be vibrant next week, as it hosts the European Parliament’s plenary session, during which major positions are expected to be adopted. On Tuesday, the achievements of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU will be subject to a debate among the political group leaders, the Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, and … Continue Reading

EU Policy Update

Election Blues in the U.S. and France November is usually a quiet month for EU affairs, allowing working groups, Parliament committees and “trilogues” between the co-legislators to make progress behind the scenes. This month, the EU institutions and the Member States followed closely the U.S. elections, and began to analyze its implications for Europe.  One … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament

Monday, November 28, 2016 Summary This week is an interesting week in the European Parliament, a Brussels-based “mini-Plenary”, with a mixture of committee meetings and votes in plenary session. Following the agreement reached between the Parliament and the Council of the EU on November 17, the Parliament will vote on the compromise for the 2017 … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – November 15, 2016

Summary This week will feature a mixture of Committee meetings, and political group meetings, as parties prepare their positions for Plenary in Strasbourg next week. In terms of the legislative agenda, it is relatively quiet, as much energy will be focused by Parliamentarians on their work in political groups. In informal talks known as conciliation, … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – November 4, 2016

Summary After the tribulations concerning Member States’ ratification of the EU-Canada free trade agreement (“CETA”) last week, this week’s plenary will be an important opportunity for Parliament to reflect on EU trade policy. On Wednesday, November 9, Trade Committee MEPs will debate the future of EU trade policy with a panel global trade leaders, including­ Cecilia … Continue Reading

EU Policy Update

Brexit and the EU’s Reaction The October regular meeting of the European Council, on October 20-21, was British Prime Minister Theresa May’s first.  She gave a presentation on the UK Government’s current state of preparation for the Brexit negotiations.  Since Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union has not yet been triggered, the other … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – October 28, 2016

Summary Next week is constituency week in the European Parliament, one of the four weeks a year when MEPs return to their Member States to focus exclusively on constituency work, or go abroad on interparliamentary delegations. For those looking to interact with Parliamentary staff, constituency weeks can be a good opportunity, given that the workload … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – October 14, 2016

Summary This week is a political group week (i.e., the week before the Parliament’s plenary session, during which all political parties and groups organize meetings and discuss their views and voting strategy). The Plenary session will be held in Strasbourg from October 24 to October 27. Therefore, the number of committee meetings is relatively limited … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – October 7, 2016

Summary This week’s committee hearings will be important for the EU’s trade policy. On Wednesday, October 12, the Committee on International Trade (“INTA”) will debate the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (“CETA”) with farmers, businesses and trade union representatives. The Commission still hopes to provisionally apply CETA during the EU-Canada summit to be hosted … Continue Reading

EU Policy Update

Brexit and the EU’s Response This month brought some concrete news on the timeline for negotiation of a UK exit from the EU.  Theresa May used her speech to the Conservative Party Conference on October 3 to set a March 2017 deadline for triggering Article 50, and to reveal some of her strategy going into negotiations.  She … Continue Reading
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