The Week Ahead 01–07 April 2019

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Brussels welcomes all MEPs this week for a mini-plenary session on Wednesday and Thursday to debate and vote several reports ahead of the upcoming EU Elections.


MEPs will vote on establishing the InvestEU Programme, which aims to bring together the various EU financial instruments currently available and to mobilise public and private investment through a €47.5 billion total guarantee.


The Committee on Foreign Affairs hosts an exchange of views with the EU’s Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier about Brexit and the EU’s future relations with the United Kingdom.

The Internal Market Committee will vote on better enforcement and modernisation of EU consumer protection rules and type-approval requirements for motor vehicles and their trailers with MEP Dita Charanzová as our shadow rapporteur.

The Subcommittee on Human Rights welcome several experts to debate on the latest human rights developments in Brazil, Cuba, Middle East and Sudan.


Ahead of the 21st EU-China summit, taking place on 9 April, MEPs will debate the state of trade relations with China, with Commission and Council.

Parliament is set to debate the state of play on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU with the Council and the Commission.

The debate with Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven will be the nineteenth in a series of future of Europe debates between EU heads of state or government and MEPs. Stay tune to our social media platforms for our group President Guy Verhofstadt’s speech.


Measures to reconcile career and private life, including ten working days paid paternity leave, informally agreed with EU ministers, will be up for a final vote with MEP Enrique Calvet as shadow rapporteur.

MEPs will adopt new legislation on the EU gas market to ensure that the same rules will apply both to gas pipelines inside the EU and to those coming into the EU from non-EU countries.

A new tool to protect the EU budget and uphold EU values will be up for a vote. The new system could mean that governments interfering with courts or failing to tackle fraud and corruption risk having their EU funds suspended.

Members will vote on a proposal to limit member states’ ability to introduce temporary border controls within the Schengen area to a maximum period of one year, instead of two.

Source: EP

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