This week in the European Parliament 25 September -1 October 2017

Football, Money, and Brexit. They are just three of the topics that will be debated this week in the European Parliament. MEPs will have a very busy week, indeed.

EU 2018 Budget. The Budgets Committee decides on 2,324 amendments tabled to the draft 2018 budget. MEPs aim to reverse Council cuts and to support programmes on research, education, fighting youth unemployment, Small and Medium-sizez Enterprises (SME) support, and migration. (Wednesday)

ECB-Draghi. European Central Bank President Mario Draghi will discuss the programme allowing the ECB to buy EU companies’ bonds, as well as the latest economic and monetary developments in the EU, with members of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee. (Monday)

EU Public Prosecutor. The Civil Liberties Committee votes on the set up of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office. This hoped-for office will be in charge of investigations regarding cross-border crime involving EU money. Up to now, twenty member states have decided to participate. (Thursday)

Football Leaks. The transparency of the football transfer market will be called into question, as well as European clubs & players’ image rights financing. The Special Committee on Money Laundering and Tax Evasion (PANA) will question representatives of FIFA, UEFA, and the European Football Agents Association; a journalist who participated in the European Investigative Collaboration (EIC) network which revealed the Football Leaks files will witness the session. (Tuesday)

Brexit. EP President Antonio Tajani and political group leaders will discuss the state of the Brexit negotiations, ahead of an EP resolution to be voted the following week in Strasbourg. As part of the preparations, political groups will be updated on the Brexit negotiations and prepare for a debate with EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier, concluded by a resolution to be put to the vote in the same week. (Thursday)

Youth Guarantee. The cost-effectiveness of the Youth Guarantee scheme (EU programme helping young people to find jobs by improving their access to training and education) will be evaluated by Budgetary Control Committee MEPs. They call for more funding to support young people “Not in Education, Employment, or Training” (NEETS) in a draft. (Monday)

EU minimum income. The Employment and Social Affairs Committee is putting forward plans to introduce an EU-wide minimum income to fight poverty and social exclusion. Such schemes should correspond to 60% of the median income of the member state, says the draft proposal. (Thursday)

Tourism. Parliament will hold a conference on A European strategy to enhance the competitiveness of the tourism industry, a key driver for job creation on World Tourism Day. EP President Tajani will open the meeting; key MEPs, Commission Vice-President Katainen and Commissioners Bieńkowska, Vella, Navracsics, Thyssen and Gabriel, as well as representatives from the industry, and European and national authorities are attending the event. (Wednesday)

Plenary preparations.

Turkey.  Political groups will discuss the EP stance on EU-Turkey relations and prepare their input to the October European Summit.

Climate change. Political groups will also discuss the EP position ahed of the Conference of the Parties to the Climate Change Agreement (COP 23) conference in Bonn.

Other preparations. Political groups will prepare the EP position on fertilisers, their final vote on setting up an EU Prosecutor’s Office, and Parliamentary recommendations on how to fight cybercrime, improve prison conditions, and end child marriages.

Misc.

President’s agenda. EP President Antonio Tajani will participate to the EU Digital Summit in Tallinn. (Thursday and Friday)

Pre-session press briefing. The EP Press Service will hold a press briefing with the EP’s political group spokespersons at 11.00 on Friday. (Anna Politkovskaya room, press centre, Brussels)

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