Agenda briefing plenary session from the 1st to the 2nd of March 2017 in Brussels

  • Parliament to debate future of Europe with Jean-Claude Juncker

    The White Paper on the future of Europe will be added as the first point on the official agenda at the opening of the sitting. Following a presentation by EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, MEPs will debate the proposals.

  • MEPs will start the plenary part-session on Wednesday by debating items on the 9-10 March European Council agenda with representatives of the Council Presidency and the Commission. MEPs will lay out their priorities for key issues such as the economy, jobs, migration, defence and the future of Europe.

  • MEPs are worried that the free movement rights of EU citizens residing in the UK are being breached. In a plenary debate on Wednesday, they will ask the Commission about recent numbers on residence applications, residence refusals and expulsions of EU nationals from the UK.

  • The EU Commission is legally obliged to take measures temporarily reintroducing visa requirements for US citizens, given that Washington still does not grant visa-free access to nationals of five EU countries. In a draft resolution to be voted on Thursday, MEPs urge the Commission to adopt the necessary legal measures “within two months”.

  • New medicine prices in the EU have risen over the past few decades to the point of being unaffordable for many EU citizens and threatening the sustainability of national health care systems, note MEPs in a draft resolution to be voted on Thursday. To strike a better balance between EU countries’ public health interests and those of the pharmaceutical industry, it calls for measures to improve the traceability of R&D costs, public funding and marketing expenditure.

  • New information and communication technologies (ICTs) have great potential to help more people get involved in democratic processes, say MEPs in a draft resolution on e-democracy to be voted on Thursday.

  • Draft rules requiring EU member states to inform the EU Commission of their plans to negotiate energy supply deals with third countries before opening negotiations will be discussed on Wednesday evening at around 21.00 with Commissioner Arias Cañete, and put to a vote on Thursday.

  • MEPs will debate how to tackle the disappearance of migrant children in Europe with Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos on Wednesday afternoon. Around 10,000 unaccompanied refugee children have gone missing after arriving in Europe, Europol estimated in 2016.

  • Despite the 2006 EU directive promoting gender equality in the labour market, differences in pay for men and women persist and exceed 40% when it comes to pensions. In Wednesday’s debate, MEPs will ask the EU Commission and the Council what steps they plan to take to close the gender pay gap.

  • Recommendations on how to make better use the EU’s trade tools to fight an unprecedented surge in wildlife trafficking will be put to a vote on Thursday.