11.03.2013

MEPs will vote on Parliament's position on the EU's long-term budget for 2014-2020 as well as on tougher economic governance measures during the plenary session of 11-14 March. They will also be deciding where the EP stands on the reform of the EU's agricultural policy and vote on three reports on women's rights. In addition Israeli president Shimon Peres will address Parliament on Tuesday.

Budget

The European Council reached a deal on the EU's long term budget in February that fell short of what Parliament was hoping for. MEPs will now decide on a formal response during a debate and vote on a resolution Wednesday that defines EP's mandate in negotiating the budget with the Council. The budget cannot go ahead with Parliament's consent.

Economic governance

MEPs will vote Tuesday on the so-called 2-pack, which is about budgetary discipline and surveillance. The aim is to give the Commission more monitoring power over member states' budgets and ensure that the process is democratic.

Agricultural reform

How to reform the EU's Common Agricultural Policy after 2014 will be debated on Tuesday afternoon and voted on Wednesday. Negotiations with member states are due to start at the end of the month.

Women's rights

Following International Women's Day on 8 March, Parliament will debate on Monday and vote Tuesday on three reports on women's rights that range from the impact of the economic crisis to the situation of women in North Africa.

Other business

Racism, xenophobia and hate crimes are on the agenda on Tuesday in a discussion with the Commission and the Council on how to tackle them.

Catherine Ashton, the EU's high representative for foreign affairs, will discuss the situation in Syria, Egypt, Mali and Ukraine with MEPs on Wednesday afternoon. Nuclear threats and human rights in North Korea will also be debated.

On Wednesday MEPs will debate the upcoming European summit. EP president Martin Schulz will address the European Council in Brussels on 14 March.

The EP's constitutional affairs committee will vote on proposals concerning the future funding and status of European political parties on Thursday.

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