12 Oct 2015
THIS WEEK IN THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT – 12 OCTOBERBrussels Daily
EP this week: migration, GMOs, organic food, climate change
MEPs vote this week on Parliament’s position regarding December’s climate change conference in Paris as well as on measures to tackle the refugee crisis during the plenary session on Wednesday. In addition the agriculture committee votes on a plan to improve the reliability of EU labels on organic food, while the three finalists of this year’s Sakharov Prize will also be presented this week. Also EP President Martin Schulz will address the European Council on Thursday.
During Wednesday’s plenary, MEPs will debate the European asylum and migration policy, the EU’s economic and monetary union and the UK’s referendum on the EU ahead of the European Council on 15-16 October.
In addition they will vote on Parliament’s position regarding December’s climate change conference in Paris (COP21) to reach a new global agreement.
They will also be asked to approve a proposal to allocate an additional €401.3 million to EU agencies dealing with the refugee crisis, such as Frontex.
Environment committee members vote Tuesday on a proposal to allow EU countries to decide for themselves whether to ban the imports and sales of GMO products on their territory.
The civil liberties committee debates Tuesday the electronic mass surveillance of Europeans.
The international trade committee discusses Thursday a draft report containing recommendations to the European Commission concerning the ongoing negotiations for a Trade in Services Agreement (TISA).
MEPs choose on Thursday the three finalists for this year’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in a vote by the foreign affairs and development committees and the human rights subcommittee.
Measures to improve the reliability of the EU’s organic food labels, including more checks on producers and stricter rules for bio-foods, are to be voted on by the agricultural committee on Tuesday.