Belgium’s Prime Minister Charles Michel will be the fifth EU leader to debate the future of Europe with MEPs and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday morning.
Mr Michel has been Belgium’s Prime Minister since October 2014. Before that he led the Mouvement Réformateur francophone liberal party and also served as Minister of Development Cooperation between 2007 and 2011.
This will be the fifth in a series of future of Europe debates between EU heads of state or government and MEPs, following on from Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on 17 January, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on 6 February, Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa on 14 March and the French President Emmanuel Macron on 17 April.
EP President Antonio Tajani and Mr Michel will give a joint press point on Thursday at 11.30 in the press room.
The next EU leader to address the House will be Prime Minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel, at the May plenary session in Strasbourg.
Debate: Thursday, 3 May
Procedure: Debate on the future of Europe, without a resolution
Press point: Thursday, 3 May, at 11.30
MEPs will debate fresh proposals for the EU’s post-2020 long-term budget and revenue reform with the EU Commission on Wednesday.
In a debate following the presentation of the Commission’s new legislative proposals, MEPs will respond and reiterate their respective positions, voted on 14 March 2018, on the next multi-annual financial framework (MFF) and on the reform of the EU’s own resources – the expenditure and revenue sides of the EU budget after 2020.
MEPs want the next long-term budget to fund new priorities as well as modern, sustainable farming and the development of Europe’s regions. They underline that it must make up for any shortfall caused by Brexit. On the revenue side, they advocate strengthening existing own resources, such as customs duties on imports or agricultural duties and progressively introducing new ones.
MEPs have warned that “no agreement can be concluded on the MFF without corresponding headway being made on own resources”. Expenditure and revenue should thus be treated as a single package.
Next it will be the Council’s turn to agree its position on the next MFF, which requires Parliament’s consent. MEPs have called for talks with the Council and Commission to start without delay, to try to reach an agreement before the 2019 EU elections.
Procedure: Commission statement followed by debate
Debate: Wednesday, 2 May
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The EU should launch a diplomatic initiative for a worldwide ban on testing cosmetics on animals before 2023, says a draft resolution to be voted on Thursday.
MEPs will also debate the matter with the Council and the EU Commission on Wednesday.
Within the EU itself, the sale of all animal-tested cosmetics has been banned since 2013. MEPs point out that this has not prevented the EU cosmetics industry from thriving and providing around two million jobs. However, around 80% of countries worldwide still allow animal testing and the marketing of cosmetics tested on animals.
MEPs also note that shortcomings have appeared within the EU system, as some cosmetics are tested on animals outside the EU before being re-tested in the EU using alternative methods and placed on the EU market.
Procedure: Oral question with resolution
Debate: Wednesday, 2 May
Vote: Thursday 3 May