A delegation of 15 MEPs heads to Paris this week as world leaders gather at COP21 to hammer out a global agreement to fight climate change. Back in Brussels members of the civil liberties committee discuss the current situation concerning so-called migrant “hotspots” in Greece and Italy. In addition MEPs meet their counterparts from African, Caribbean and Pacific countries in Brussels, and Parliament’s political groups prepare for the final plenary session of the year in Strasbourg next week.
From Monday to Friday a delegation of 15 MEPs, led by the chair of Parliament’s environment committee Giovanni La Via, takes part in the UN climate conference in Paris. In a resolution adopted in October ahead of the COP21 meeting, Parliament called on the EU and its member states to scale up climate finance commitments and to propose a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Live updates from Paris are available on our Storify page.
On Monday the civil liberties committee discusses the current situation at the “hotspots” which are being set up in Greece and Italy to help tackle the extraordinary migratory flows of late. Representatives of the European Asylum Support Office, Frontex, the Greek and Italian authorities as well as NGOs will be in attendance.
On Monday the internal market committee debates draft EU rules to ban semi-automatic weapons for civilian use and prevent both the reactivation of deactivated weapons and the purchase of spare parts online.
Also on Monday Parliament, Commission and Council representatives meet to discuss the proposed EU cybersecurity directive.
From Monday to Wednesday the 30th ACP-EU joint parliamentary assembly takes place in Brussels. MEPs and their counterparts from the parliaments of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states are to debate and vote on resolutions on migration, human rights and humanitarian refugees.
On Thursday the budgets committee votes on a request from Ireland and Finland for over €3 million in EU aid to help more than 1,300 redundant workers in finding new employment.
Political groups also prepare for the final plenary session of 2015 which takes place in Strasbourg next week