Highlights of the week

CETA - sharing values, shaping growth

Canada and European Union leaders shaking hands on a deal

CETA - sharing values, shaping growth

The Committee on International Trade will vote on Tuesday on the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA). The Agreement will eliminate nearly all import duties between the two countries, saving European exporters more than €500 million every year. It guarantees market access and creates a level playing field for businesses, advances EU agricultural interests by protecting 145 European Geographical Indications and safeguards property rights in an international context, while respecting high environmental, consumer and labour standards.  "CETA is the best example of a trade deal in the 21st century. It shows that Europe can shape globalisation", says Artis Pabriks MEP, Parliament's Rapporteur on the EU-Canada Trade Agreement. The ratification vote in the plenary is expected to take place in Strasbourg on 15 February.

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  • Meike Bogdan, tel:  +32 473 850 507
  • Girts Salmgriezis, tel:  +32 477 800 343

Waste could be an opportunity, not a problem

Smiling woman carrying recycling bin

Waste could be an opportunity, not a problem

The Environment Committee will adopt a package of four Reports on waste next Tuesday. "In Europe, we currently use 16 tonnes of material per person per year, of which 6 tonnes become waste. Turning waste into a resource is one key to a circular economy. If we reuse and recycle, and if one industry's waste becomes another's raw material, we can move to a more circular economy where waste is eliminated and resources are used in an efficient and sustainable way. The reform of the European waste legislation must be used to harmonise standards and definitions so that competition can be improved", says Karl-Heinz Florenz MEP.

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  • Thomas Bickl, tel:  +32 478 215 372
  • Taina Mertalo, tel:  +32 477 311 515

Approving the deal on the Conflict Minerals dossier

Three Miners in an Underground Mine, Africa

Approving the deal on the Conflict Minerals dossier

The Committee on International Trade will vote on the final deal on the Conflict Minerals dossier on Tuesday. MEPs, Ministers and the European Commission have agreed that all but the smallest EU importers of tin, tungsten, tantalum, gold and their ores will have to carry out "due diligence" checks on their suppliers, and big manufacturers will also have to disclose how they plan to monitor their sources to comply with the rules. The Regulation aims to stop the financing of armed groups and human rights abuses through trade in minerals from conflict areas. “The interests of communities and people caught in war and conflict must be our priority”, said Rapporteur Iuliu Winkler. “Those interests can only be served through an efficient and workable Regulation, and after long and sometimes difficult discussions, we have succeeded in our quest. The new Conflict Minerals Regulation has the power to improve reality on the ground in war zones. Its power to bring about change comes from the shared responsibility approach on which it is built", he stressed.

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  • Eugen Sandu, tel:  +32 472 547 584

The future of the EU Development Policy

Beggar Kid

The future of the EU Development Policy

The Report on the revision of the European Consensus on Development will be voted on in the Development Committee on Wednesday. The Consensus is a joint statement of the European Commission, the European Council and the European Parliament determining the rules for the implementation of development policies of the EU and its Member States. The proposed revision confirms the fighting and eradication of poverty as the main goal of the development policy and stresses the central role of development cooperation in addressing the root causes of migration. It calls to focus EU development cooperation more on goals such as democracy-building, good governance and the rule of law, decent employment and human rights as well as proposing to better coordinate EU development and security policies.

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  • Agata Byczewska, tel:  +32 473 841 093

Chairman's agenda

Election of the next President of the European Parliament

Chairman's agenda

  • Monday: Conference of German CDU/CSU Group Chairmen in the Bundestag and in regional parliaments with the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, Brussels
  • Tuesday: Meeting with the Chairwoman of the Romanian PNL Party, Raluca Turcan; meeting with the EPP Chairmen of the different Institutions
  • Wednesday: Meeting with the Maltese Opposition Leader and PN President, Simon Busuttil
  • Marion Jeanne, tel:  +32 479 840 293


European Parliament mid-term elections, EPP Group-ALDE agreement, Malta’s EU Presidency
19.01.2017 - 15:00

European Parliament mid-term elections, EPP Group-ALDE agreement, Malta’s EU Presidency

At the European Parliament’s latest plenary, MEPs elected EPP Group MEP Antonio Tajani as its President plus four EPP Group MEPs as Vice-...
"Europe is united and strong" – Manfred Weber on Donald Trump criticism
19.01.2017 - 12:00

"Europe is united and strong" – Manfred Weber on Donald Trump criticism

The Chairman of the EPP Group comments on the start of Donald Trump’s occupancy of the White House as President of the United States.
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19.01.2017 - 10:09

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18.01.2017 - 20:14

The EPP Group puts forward a strong team for Europe

After the election of Antonio Tajani as President of the European Parliament, the first Italian to hold the office since the foundation of the EU,...