13 Jun 2016
EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT WEEK 13 – 17 JUNEBrussels Daily
Coming up for discussion in the Europeat Parliament this week: caffeine claims, migration, Palestinian refugees
The public health committee votes this Wednesday on whether to veto plans by the European Commission to allow sugary and energy drinks to claim that caffeine helps to boost alertness and concentration on their labels. They will also vote on stricter monitoring and certification procedures for medical devices. MEPs meet MPs from African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP) in order to discuss migration flows, while the foreign affairs committee looks at the situation of Palestinian refugees.
Parliament’s environment and public health committee votes this Wednesday on a Commission proposal to allow claims that caffeine helps to boost alertness and concentration to be made on the labels of sugary and energy drinks. Its members also vote on stricter monitoring and certification procedures for medical devices, such as for example breast and hip implants. In addition they vote on an informal deal between Parliament and the Council on tighter information and ethical requirements for diagnostic medical devices, such as those used for pregnancy and DNA testing.
The energy committee votes Tuesday on a proposal to update labelling for energy-efficient household appliances in the EU to make it easier for consumers. The proposal also includes a database allowing buyers to check which new products conform to the rules.
The economic affairs committee debates Tuesday the state of the European economy as well as initiatives under the Dutch Council presidency with Jeroen Dijsselbloem, chair of the Ecofin group of EU finance ministers.
The plight of Palestinian refugees is discussed on Monday by the foreign affairs committee and Pierre Krähenbühl, Commissioner General for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for the Palestine Refugees (UNRW).
The 31st plenary session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly takes place in Windhoek, Namibia, from Monday to Wednesday. MEPs meet MPs from African, Caribbean and Pacific countries in order to discuss migration flows, the pre-electoral situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo and violence against women and children in armed conflicts.