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 EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT THIS WEEK 

  

        Week Ahead 14 - 20 April

Plenary Session, Strasbourg 14-17 April

Basic bank accounts. New rules enabling anyone legally residing in the EU, even with no fixed address, to open a basic bank account will be put to a vote. Fees and conditions for all payment accounts will have to be clearly set out and easy to compare, and holders should be able to switch easily to another payment account that offers better terms. Press conference with rapporteur Jürgen Klute (GUE/NGL, DE) Tuesday 17:30. (Vote Tuesday)

Posting of workers. Workers posted abroad temporarily will get more protection and rules for employers will be clarified to distinguish genuine postings from attempts to circumvent the law under a draft directive to be put to a vote. Member states will also get more flexibility to carry out inspections. (Debate Tuesday, vote Tuesday)

Eliminating 80% of plastic bags. EU states would have to cut consumption of the most widely used and polluting plastic bags by at least 50% by 2017 and by 80% by 2019, under new rules to be put to a vote. (Wednesday)

Solidarity Fund. EU Solidarity Fund (EUSF) rule changes will enable faster delivery of aid to member states and candidate countries hit by flooding or other natural disasters. The deadline for applying for aid will be extended from 10 to 12 weeks, up to 10% of aid may be paid in advance, and aid approval criteria for smaller, “regional”, disasters will be simplified. Press conference with rapporteur Rosa Estaràs Ferragut (EPP, ES), Regional Development Committee chair Danuta Hübner (EPP, PL) and Commissioner Johannes Hahn Tuesday 14:00. (Debate and vote Wednesday)

Product safety and "Made in" labeling. MEPs will vote on whether "made in" labels should be mandatory for goods sold on the EU market and on harsher penalties for firms selling potentially dangerous products. Press conference with rapporteurs Christel Schaldemose (S&D, DA), Sirpa Pietikäinen (EPP, FI) and Internal Market Committee chair Malcolm Harbour (ECR, UK) Wednesday 9:30. (Debate and vote Tuesday)

Ukraine. MEPs will focus on Russia’s pressure on Eastern Partnership countries and attempts to destabilise eastern Ukraine in a debate with the European Commission. (Debate Wednesday, vote Thursday)

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 COUNCIL OF AGRICULTURE MINISTERS 

The next Agriculture-Fisheries Council meeting under the Greek Presidency will take place on 14 April in Luxembourg.  To view the agenda and results of each Agriculture-Fisheries Council click here 

MAIN TOPICS FOR THE COMING FORTNIGHT 21 April - 04 May

To view the list of Agriculture-Fisheries Council meetings due to take place under the Greek Presidency click here

 
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 EU PRESIDENCY 

      Greek Presidency of the Council 

Greece takes over the Presidency on 01 January 2014. 

Programme of the Greek Presidency of the Counsil of the European Union 

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Greek Presidency: Provisional agendas for Council meetings during the first semester of 2014 )

 EUROPEAN COMMISSION 

Dossiers coming up for discussion 12 April - 09 May

Calendar of Activities of EU Commissioners

 WTO - World Trade Organisation 

Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo  Director-General

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