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The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  October 18, 2019

Summary Next week, Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will gather in Strasbourg for plenary sessions.  Important debates and votes are scheduled to take place. What won’t take place next week is a vote to confirm the next European Commission.  A spokesman of the Parliament indicated that the vote will be delayed after three Commissioners-designate … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  October 4, 2019

Summary Next week, Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will gather in Brussels for committee meetings and mini-Plenary sessions.  Several interesting debates and hearings are set to take place. On Monday, the Committee on Constitutional Affairs (“AFCO”) and the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs (“LIBE) will have a hearing with Commissioner-designate Vĕra … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  September 27, 2019

Summary Next week, the European Parliament will conduct the hearings of the Commissioners-designate and a hearing on Search and Rescue operations in the Mediterranean.  The Budgets Committee is set to adopt its position on the annual EU budget for 2020. Throughout the week, the Commissioners-designate will answer questions from Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  September 20, 2019

Summary Next week, Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will gather in Brussels for committee meetings.  Several interesting debates and hearings are scheduled to take place. On Monday, the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (“ECON”) will have their final “monetary dialogue” with Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank.  They will interrogate Mario … Continue Reading

The New European Commission 2019-2024

On September 10, Ursula von der Leyen, President-elect of the European Commission, presented her new team. If approved by the European Parliament, they will take over from the Juncker Commission on November 1, 2019. This blog outlines the proposed structure of the new Commission, each Commissioner’s portfolio, and the key regulatory priorities that the President … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament

Summary Next week, the European Parliament’s agenda includes debates on the Amazon forest fires, plant patents, and EU aid for the 2018 floods.  MEPs will also discuss political upheavals worldwide, with discussions scheduled on Brexit, foreign electoral interference, and the latest developments in Hong Kong.  Tying it all together is the expected finalization of Christine … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  September 06, 2019

Summary Next week will be a short week in the European Parliament.  Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will gather in Brussels for Parliamentary committee meetings and political group meetings. On Tuesday, the President-elect of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, will present her new College of Commissioners and MEPs are expected to react.  … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  August 30, 2019

Summary Next week, the Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will return to Brussels from recess to hold Committee Meetings.  Several interesting debates and votes are set to take place. On Tuesday, the Committee on International Trade (“INTA”) will have an exchange of views with the Director General for Trade, Sabine Weyand. She has been … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  July 19, 2019

Summary Next week, the Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will gather in Brussels for the final week of committee meetings before the summer recess.  A number of hearings and debates are scheduled to take place. On Tuesday, the Committee on International Trade (“INTA”) will have an exchange of views with Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  July 5, 2019

Summary Next week, the Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will meet in Brussels to hold the constitutive meetings of the Parliamentary committees, and appoint the committee’s chairs and vice-chairs.  Meanwhile, political groups will prepare for the plenary meeting that will take place the week after, during which they will discuss Von der Leyen as … Continue Reading

Elections and Appointments in the European Union

The EU elections began on Thursday, May 23, and run to Sunday, May 26.  These are likely to see a significant change in the make-up of the European Parliament, with the main center-left and center-right parties losing overall control.  It will also kick off formally the process for appointing a new European Commission – which, … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  Friday, March 29, 2019

Summary Next week will be a mixed week in the European Parliament with a mini plenary and committee meetings. Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will meet to debate and vote on several interesting matters. On Monday, April 1, the Committee on Legal Affairs (“JURI”) will have an exchange of views with representatives of the … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  Friday, March 22, 2019

Summary Next week will be a week with plenary sessions in the European Parliament. Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will meet to debate and vote on several interesting matters. On Monday, March 25, MEPs will debate Junker’s proposal to discontinue seasonal changes of time (summer time).  They will vote on Tuesday.  As we reported … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  Monday, March 18, 2019

Summary This week both Committee meetings and Political group meetings will take place in the European Parliament. Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will prepare the plenary session that will be held next week in Strasbourg.  However, interesting events, votes and debates are set to take place. On Tuesday, March 19, a press conference will … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  Friday, March 8, 2019

Summary Next week will be a plenary week in the European Parliament.  A number of interesting debates and votes will take place on, among others, cybersecurity threats from Chinese companies, countering hostile propaganda, and on EU-Russia relations. On Monday, March 11, Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will vote on a Report on the State … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – March 1, 2019

Summary Next week will be a short week in the European Parliament. Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will meet in Brussels for committee sessions and hold political group meetings to prepare for the following’s week’s plenary meetings.  They will vote, inter alia, on Chinese IT threats; EU-Russia relations; cybersecurity measures to counter foreign propaganda … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – February 25, 2019

Summary Next week will be a short week in the European Parliament. Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will meet in Brussels for committee sessions. Interesting debates and hearings will take place. On Tuesday, February 26, the Committee on Legal Affairs (“JURI”) will vote on the provisional agreement on the Copyright Directive in the Digital … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – February 15, 2019

Summary Next week will be a committee week in the European Parliament.  Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) are expected to vote and debate on interesting matters. On Tuesday, the Committee on International Trade (“INTA”) will vote on Recommendations for Opening of Trade Negotiations between the EU and the U.S.  In the draft motion for … Continue Reading
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