The Week Ahead: 11–14 June 2018

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The visit of the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, to discuss the Future of Europe will center ALDE’s priorities this week in Plenary Session in Strasbourg, where, among other topics, our MEPs will debate and vote about security and defence, the rule of law and CO2 emissions. Check out the agenda below.


The Transport Committee will discuss the upcoming regulation for civilian drones and a reform of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency, the vote take place on Wednesday with ALDE’s Matthijs van Miltenburg as shadow rapporteur. The report will be voted on Tuesday.

CO2 emissions from and fuel consumption of new heavy-duty vehicles with be debated by the Environment Committee with ALDE’s Nils Torvalds as shadow rapporteur.


Economic and Monetary Union. MEPs will quiz the EU Commission on progress being made on deepening the economic and monetary union, on Member States’ attitudes towards the idea of a European Monetary Fund and how the EU’s long-term budget will support a deeper economic and monetary union.

Iran nuclear agreement will be debated MEPs will debate the consequences and the EU’s response to US President Donald Trump’s decision to quit the Iran nuclear deal, with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.

MEPs will discuss their priorities for the 28–29 June meeting of EU leaders in Brussels. The summit is scheduled to focus on migration, security and defence, the EU’s long-term budget, the Brexit talks and Eurozone reform.


Following the presence of previous EU leaders, this week MEPs welcome liberal Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to discuss the Future of Europe with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and EP President Antonio Tajani. They will offer a joint press conference shortly after.

The European Parliament will vote on the new distribution of seats after UK’s withdrawal from the EU as it should shrink from 751 to 705 MEPs. 46 of the 73 UK seats will be put in a reserve; the other 27 would be distributed among the 14 EU countries that are currently slightly under-represented in the House.

The ongoing judicial reform in Poland will be debated with European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans on Wednesday afternoon. The Polish Government is carrying out a comprehensive overhaul of the judiciary, which, according to the EU Commission, threatens its independence and the principle of separation of powers.

MEP Maite Pagazaurtundúa Ruiz will take part of the panel of the conference Protecting Journalists in the EU: The need for EU Anti-Slapp legislation.

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