Agenda briefing plenary session from the 16th of September 2015 in Brussels

  • The outcome of the latest Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting on measures to deal with the migration and refugee crisis, held on Monday 14 September, will be debated with European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Luxembourg’s Minister for Immigration and Asylum Jean Asselborn, on Wednesday, after the opening of the session.

  • MEPs will quiz Phil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, on Wednesday afternoon, on what the EU executive is doing to tackle the current crisis in agricultural markets. Falling prices resulting from the prolonged Russian embargo on imports from the EU, falling demand on some world markets, including China, have hit not only meat and dairy farmers, but also fruit and vegetable growers, in many EU member states.

  • Parliament’s recommendations for the European Commission’s 2016 work programme will be set out in a non-legislative resolution to be voted on Wednesday afternoon. The Commission will present its priorities for the 12 months ahead to Parliament in Stasbourg at the end of October.

  • Prospects for achieving the goals of the post-2015 global development agenda, to be formally approved at a UN Summit in New York on 25-27 September, will be debated by MEPs on Wednesday. A delegation of MEPs will take part in the summit, where 17 already-agreed sustainable development goals – including ending poverty, inequalities and hunger and ensuring healthy lives and sustainable use of natural resources – will be formally approved.