Highlights

Highlights of the week

11.06.2018 - 15.06.2018

Preparations for the 28-29 June Council

State of the Union debate

Preparations for the 28-29 June Council

Members of the European Parliament will present their priorities for the upcoming European Council meeting of 28-29 June. The EPP Group Chairman Manfred Weber will lead the debate that will focus on security and defence, migration, the EU’s long-term budget, Brexit and Eurozone reform.

BRU: +32 (0)2 2845890 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175890
  • Marion Jeanne, tel:  +32 479 840 293

EASA agreement: big win for air passengers

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EASA agreement: big win for air passengers

The European Parliament will finally approve a significant reform, pioneered by the EPP Group Rapporteur Marian-Jean Marinescu, of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The vote that will take place on Tuesday will give the agency powers to certify all safety-related equipment in airports, introducing a risk-based approach for safety inspections and to advise and intervene with national aviation authorities in case of problems. In addition and for the first time, drones will be made subject to EU registration and certification rules, aircraft in distress will automatically send flight data and the Regulation will provide for a common approach on flying over conflict zones.

BRU: +32 (0)2 2845416 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175416
  • Dirk Gotink, tel:  +32 488 46 53 43

European Parliament after 2019

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European Parliament after 2019

MEPs will vote on Wednesday to approve the composition of the European Parliament for the 2019-2024 term. The EPP Group successfully managed to reduce the size of the parliament. The agreement cuts 46 seats after Brexit bringing the size of the EP to 705 seats and the new distribution will also correct the imbalances in the current allocation of seats to Member States. The EPP Group was also against the transnational lists that would have created more centralisation and loosen the link between the Members and their electorate.

BRU: +32 (0)2 2845192 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175192
  • Lina Stenlund, tel:  +32 485 911 164

Independence of justice in Poland

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Independence of justice in Poland

MEPs will hold an orientation debate on Wednesday about the independence of the justice system in Poland following the judiciary reform forced by the ruling Law and Justice Party. One stage of this reform, which enters into force on 3 July, provides for an early termination of mandates of almost 40% of the judges of the Supreme Court. For the EPP Group, the rule of law and the independent judiciary are key and constitute the very basis of democracy and EU membership.

  • Agata Byczewska, tel:  +32 473 841 093

Securing professions in the EU

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Securing professions in the EU

The Plenary will adopt its position on Thursday on a proposed law on proportionality tests before adopting a new Regulation of professions. The new law will make sure that before changing national laws on professions, a Member State has to make sure that the changes would comply with the principles of the EU internal market. The EPP Group successfully secured fair treatment for health professions, ensuring that the health of citizens is protected at the highest level. The EPP Group also strenghthened the role of craftmanship qualifications and successfully managed to ensure that the proportionality principle also applies to the temporary provision of cross-border services.

BRU: +32 (0)2 2845938 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175938
  • Kaja Sorg, tel:  +32 476 541 013

Reducing risks of derivatives markets

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Reducing risks of derivatives markets

The European Parliament will vote on Tuesday on new rules for over-the-counter derivatives, for the reporting of derivative contracts and the implementation of risk management standards. Werner Langen MEP was Parliament's negotiator for the draft law. "We want to reduce the risks of the derivatives markets without unnecessarily hampering them. The compromise we have reached is a good balance", said Langen.

BRU: +32 (0)2 2845385 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175385
  • Daniel Köster, tel:  +32 487 384 784

Further assistance to Ukraine

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Further assistance to Ukraine

The Plenary will vote on the further disbursement of macro-financial assistance to Ukraine on Wednesday. This decision should make up to €1 billion available in the form of medium and long-term loans for 2 years, provided that Ukraine progresses on the path of reforms. We urge the Ukrainian authorities to step up their efforts in fighting corruption by setting up a well-functioning anti-corruption court by putting in place a verification system for asset declarations and the verification of companies’ beneficial ownership data in line with the recommendations of the Venice Commission. The EPP Group further believes that any disbursement should be conditioned by an effective democratic mechanism, respect of the rule of law and guarantees for the respect of human rights. The conditions that Ukraine needs to fulfill before the disbursement will be reflected in a new Memorandum of Understanding concluded between the EU and Kiev.

BRU: +32 (0)2 2845304 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175304
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  • Agata Byczewska, tel:  +32 473 841 093
  • Thomas Bickl, tel:  +32 478 215 372

First step towards capping CO2 emission from trucks

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First step towards capping CO2 emission from trucks

The Plenary will vote on Tuesday on what could be considered a first step towards capping CO2 emissions for new heavy vehicles such as trucks and buses. Under the new rules, Member States will make public information concerning CO2 emissions and fuel consumption performance of all new heavy vehicles registered in a calendar year. The European Parliament, Commission and Council already agreed on the provisional proposal last March.

BRU: +32 (0)2 2845536 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175536
  • Marta Osojnik, tel:  +32 473 625 868

Georgian occupied territories

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Georgian occupied territories

Members of the European Parliament and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy will hold a debate on the Georgian occupied territories on Tuesday. The debate will take place around the 10th anniversary of the Russian-Georgian war which led to the occupation of the Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region (South Ossetia) by Russia. Ten years on, Russia has still not fulfilled all the provisions of the ceasefire agreement of 12 August 2008, including the commitment to withdraw all of its military forces.

BRU: +32 (0)2 2845492 - STR: +33 (0)3 88 175492
  • Vladislav Panayotov Velev, tel:  +32 484 199 498

Chairman's Agenda

Manfred Weber

Chairman's Agenda

Tuesday: Chairman's plenary briefing; debate on the preparation of the European Council 28-29 June, Strasbourg

Wednesday: Future of Europe debate with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Strasbourg

  • Marion Jeanne, tel:  +32 479 840 293

Press Conferences (11-15 June)

Business conference

Press Conferences (11-15 June)

Tuesday @ 11.10 Plenary Briefing by the EPP Group Chairman Manfred Weber

Wednesday @ 15.30 David Casa MEP on the assassinated Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

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