Agenda briefing plenary session from the 27th of May 2015 in Brussels

  • United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will deliver a formal address to Parliament on Wednesday at 15.15. His visit follows his speech at the plenary session in Strasbourg on 19 October 2010 and a bilateral meeting with EP President Martin Schulz in April 2014.

  • MEPs will debate preparations for the 41st G7 summit in Bavaria with the Commission on Wednesday. Development and environmental protection are set to top the agenda. The leaders of the seven most industrialised countries – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK and USA – and the EU meet on 7 and 8 June. Russia was suspended from the G8 last year, following its annexation of Crimea.

  • A mandate to negotiate a merger of two EU school milk, fruit and vegetable aid schemes with member states will be debated and put to a vote on Wednesday. The new single scheme should put more emphasis on education, e.g. to promote healthy eating habits, and also be better funded, say Agriculture Committee MEPs.

  • MEPs will quiz the European Commission on Wednesday on progress with efforts to stamp out early and forced marriage, aimed at preserving girls’ childhood and reducing abuse and violence. They want to know whether foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has a concrete plan of action regarding trade, cooperation and association agreements with third countries, with a view to ending child marriage.

  • Cyber-attacks on the media, including those in April against French TV channel TV5 Monde and Belgium’s Le Soir, will be debated with the Council and the Commission on Wednesday evening.