The Week Ahead: 19–23 November 2018

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To mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Parliament will host a Human Rights Week with high-level conferences and debates. Panel discussions will feature, among many speakers, UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet, International Criminal Court General Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and EU Special Representative on Human Rights Stavros Lambrinidis.

The theme of this years’ edition of the Trade Policy Day is “Trade-for-All: What are the benefits for our people?” The Committee on International Trade (INTA) will hold its third Trade Policy Day focussing on the implementation of the Commission`s Trade for All strategy which was adopted in October 2015.


New rules to facilitate the life of cross-border EU workers and ensure that EU citizens have fair access to social security, regardless of their member state of origin, will be put to the vote in the Employment Committee, trying to coordinate Social Security Systems at EU level. MEPs will also vote on entering into interinstitutional negotiations about the European Labour Authority.

A draft law to set up a protection system for whistleblowers will be voted on in the Legal Affairs Committee, the proposal lays down common standards for protection at EU level.

Eurogroup President Mário Centeno will discuss with the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee the implementation of the 2018 national recommendations and the surveillance of national budgets


Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs will vote on whether to give their consent to the recently signed Strategic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Japan.

The TAX3 Committee hosts a hearing on Combatting Money-Laundering in the EU Banking system, in light of the recent serious allegations of money laundering involving some EU financial institutions, particularly Danske Bank and ING Groep. You can stream the event live from 9am here.

EP President and political groups’ leaders (Conference of Presidents) including our President Guy Verhofstadt will be in Bucharest for a presentation of the priorities of the incoming Romanian Presidency of the Council, starting on 1 January 2019.


The Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and the Committee on Transport and Tourism will vote on a report on Establishing the Connecting Europe Facility, with MEP Pavel Telička (CZ) as co-rapporteur.

The Transport Committee is also suggesting clear rules on autonomous vehicles like self-driving cars, drones transporting goods and air taxis as well as autonomous vessels in waterway transport and its MEPs will vote on this report.

The Committee on Regional Development will vote on a Mechanism to resolve legal and administrative obstacles in a cross-border context, a report by MEP Matthijs van Miltenburg (NL)

Angelika Mlinar (AT) and other MEPs will host the conference “International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women”.

Source: EP

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