Agenda briefing plenary session from the 14th to the 17th of April 2014 in Strasbourg

  • Political group leaders debate the legacy of the First World War and the lessons to be learned for the future of Europe with Commission President Barroso and the Greek presidency on Wednesday morning, from 9.00.

  • MEPs will debate and approve a package of measures on Tuesday to ensure that banks shoulder the risks of failure rather than relying on taxpayers to bail them out. The measures, two dealing with troubled banks and one updating the scheme guaranteeing deposits under €100,000, complement the single bank supervision system, already in place, and take the EU far down the road of banking union.

  • EU aid to EU and EU candidate countries hit by flooding or other natural disasters should be delivered faster and more efficiently thanks to EU Solidarity Fund (EUSF) rule changes to be voted on Wednesday. These changes, already informally agreed with EU ministers, include extending the deadline for applying for natural disaster aid from 10 to 12 weeks, paying 10% of the aid in advance, and simplifying aid approval criteria for smaller, “regional”, disasters.

  • Parliament votes Wednesday on whether “made in” labels should be mandatory for goods sold on the EU market. It will also propose harsher penalties for firms selling potentially dangerous products. The proposals are included in two new draft laws beefing up product safety requirements and market surveillance rules to strengthen consumer protection in the EU.

  • Workers posted abroad temporarily will get more protection under a draft law informally agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators and to be voted on Tuesday. Parliament’s negotiators strengthened the draft to clarify the rules for companies, by distinguishing genuine postings from attempts to circumvent the law, but also gave EU member states some flexibility in carrying out inspections.

  • EU workers who move to a different EU country will be able to safeguard their supplementary pension rights, under a deal between Parliament and member states to be voted on Tuesday. The legislation will apply to EU workers who move within the EU and, at Parliament’s insistence, also to cross-border workers.

  • EU states would have to reduce consumption of the most widely used and polluting plastic bags by 80% by 2019, under new rules to be voted on Wednesday. On Thursday, MEPs will debate and vote on a law to clamp down on illegal shipments of waste within the EU and to third countries.