26 May 2015
BEING DISCUSSED IN THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT THIS WEEK 25-31 MAYBrussels Daily
The committee responsible for dealing with the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will this week vote on its recommendation, while UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will address the plenary on Wednesday. Also on the agenda this week are transport, Tunisia, school fruit schemes and improving the stability of the EU’s banking system.
The foreign affairs committee votes on Monday on a draft report on how technology and surveillance systems affect human rights in countries outside the EU.
The international trade committee votes Thursday on the Parliament’s recommendations on the TTIP negotiations with the US. The issues addressed in the resolution include investor protection rules, public health, data protection, public procurement and environmental sustainability. The trade agreement cannot enter into force without the Parliament’s approval.
Ban Ki-moon will be speaking during May’s second plenary in Brussels on Wednesday at 15.30 CET.
On Thursday and Friday the civil liberties committee organises an interparliamentary committee meeting on the democratic oversight of intelligence services in the EU.
The economic committee votes Tuesday on a draft law to strengthen the stability of the EU’s banking system by curbing speculation and ring-fencing risky trading by banks that are too big to fail.
The transport committee casts its vote on Thursday on plans to facilitate the provision of information when travelling using different means of transport.
Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid debates his country’s transition to democracy with MEPs at a meeting of the foreign affairs committee and the human rights and security and defence subcommittees on Thursday. This will be Essid’s first visit to the European Parliament since becoming prime minister in February.
MEPs are also amending legislation on school fruit, vegetable and milk schemes to try to secure more money to encourage children to eat healthily and to promote using local food.