31.05.2017

Fighting anti-Semitism in the EU and setting EU fundamental rights priorities 

MEPs will debate the recent surge in anti-Semitism in Europe with the Council and Commission on Wednesday afternoon. On Thursday, they will vote on working priorities for the EU Fundamental Rights Agency for the next four years.

After Wednesday’s debate on anti-Semitism and possible counter-measures, MEPs will vote on Thursday on the working priorities of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights in 2018-2022. These include asylum, integration of migrants and refugees, fighting racism and xenophobia, protecting personal data and Roma  inclusion. 

Council and Commission statements with resolutions (anti-Semitism) and consent (FRA multiannual framework)

2017/2692(RSP) (anti-Semitism) and 2016/0204(APP) (FRA’s multiannual framework) Debates: Wednesday, 31 May

Vote: 1 June (FRA multiannual framework)

@EURightsAgency

Freedom of Czech media under scrutiny

Risk of political abuse of Czech media will be discussed by MEPs and the Commission  on Thursday.

The plenary debate is being held in reaction to a leaked audio recording, allegedly catching the leader of the coalition ANO party, the former Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Andrej Babiš, instructing a journalist employed by his media group on how to attack his political  rivals.

The matter was discussed on Tuesday by the Parliament's Civil Liberties committee.

Procedure: Debate with the Commission 2017/2696(RSP)

Debate: Thursday, 1 June

#CzechRepublic #media

MEPs to vote on further trade concessions to Ukraine 

New trade concessions to Ukraine are up for a vote on Thursday. MEPs could exclude some agricultural products from this additional   support.

The draft resolution approved by the Trade Committee amends the EU Commission proposal to ensure, among other things, that tomatoes, wheat, and urea, a raw material for fertilisers, do not enjoy additional concessions to those already outlined in the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA). MEPs could also insist that the fight against corruption becomes a condition for granting Ukraine preferential    exports.

Next steps

Once the resolution is adopted, Parliament will start negotiations with national governments soon after the  plenary   vote.

Facts 

The DCFTA, part of the Association Agreement and provisionally applied since January 2016, provides for the mutual opening of markets for goods and services, but the EU reduces and abolishes duties faster. In view of Ukraine’s economic difficulties and its efforts to reform, the EU would offer additional new trade concessions to Kiev. The EU is Ukraine's largest trading partner, whereas Ukraine accounts for 0.8% of the EU's total trade.

Procedure: Ordinary legislative procedure Procedure Code: 2016/0308

Debate: Wednesday, 31 May Vote: Thursday, 1 June, 2017

#EUTrade

Mobility package: boosting sustainability and fair competition in road transport

The EU Commission will present its “mobility package” proposals to boost road transport sustainability and fair competition, in a debate on Wednesday    afternoon. 

In a resolution put to a vote on 18 May, MEPs called for further efforts to boost road safety, cut emissions, take advantage of digitalisation and cut red tape caused by differing

national rules. They want clearer rules on driving and rest times, “cabotage” (carriage by non-resident hauliers), the elimination of “letterbox” companies and better enforcement to tackle abusive practices and fraud that lead to unfair competition and violation of workers’ rights.

Commission statement 2017/2606(RSP)

Debate: Wednesday, 31 May

#EUTransport

MEPs to set priorities for a new impetus in development 

The EU’s new overarching development policy, aiming to tackle climate change, migration and security problems, will be put to a vote on Thursday.

MEPs will vote on a recent informal deal with ministers , revising the 2005 European Consensus on Development, a joint policy statement setting out the EU’s values and objectives. The agreement keeps poverty eradication as a number one priority, aligns the private sector’s involvement in social and environmental standards and offers more democratic oversight of financial tools which tackle the root causes of migration. 

Facts

The reform of the EU’s development policy is linked to new global challenges and to the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the UN Summit in 2015. While the number of people living in absolute poverty has fallen by 600 million since 1990, less progress has been made in other areas, such as reducing the number of deaths of mothers and babies during childbirth and providing access to clean drinking water. Over half of global development aid comes from the EU and its members, making them collectively the  world's largest aid  donor.

Procedure: Resolutions on topical subjects Procedure Code: 2017/2586(RSP) Debate: Wednesday, 31 May

Vote: Thursday, 1 June 

#SDGs #Agenda2030

Digital Europe: Digitising European industry, the European gigabit society and 5G

The digitisation of industry and ensuring the efficient rollout of 5G will be jointly debated on Wednesday and voted on separately on   Thursday. 

The report on digitising European industry addresses the impact of digitisation on the industrial production system, which affects industry, consumers and workers in different ways, using a holistic approach to best benefit from    digitisation. 

The report on internet connectivity for growth, competitiveness and cohesion: European gigabit society and 5G addresses ways to ensure an efficient rollout of 5G solutions and how European society can benefit from high levels of connectivity. The report emphasises that developing skills and infrastructure can bridge the digital divide in competences and access between individuals, regions and member   states.

Procedure: Non-legislative resolutions

Debate: Wednesday 31 May

Vote: Thursday 1 June

2016/2271(INI) - Digitising European industry 2016/2305(INI) - Internet connectivity

#5G #DSM

Vote on reducing VAT on e-books, to match printed book rates 

EU citizens could pay less for e-books, following a vote by Parliament to allow member states reducing VAT on them to match printed book rates.

An EU Commission proposal to enable member states to charge a reduced rate of VAT on e-books -- bringing them into line with VAT levied on printed matter -- will be voted on by Parliament on Thursday. 

Currently, e-books have to be taxed at an EU minimum standard rate of 15%, whereas member states are free to charge the reduced rate of at least 5% -- and in some cases, even zero-rates -- on printed   publications. 

Procedure: consultation 2016/0374(CNS))

Vote:  Thursday, 1 June

#VAT #ebooks

Other topics on the agenda

Other topics for debate and vote include the following: UN Ocean conference - debate Wednesday, vote Thursday Protection of vulnerable adults - debate/vote Thursday

Resilience as a strategic priority of the EU external action - oral questions -debate Wednesday, vote Thursday

GSP+ for Sri Lanka - debate Wednesday

Uniform format for visas - debate/vote Thursday

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