The Week Ahead: 3–7 December 2018

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It’s Committee week at the European Parliament in Brussels and it will be focused, among other topics, on the use of pesticides, the control of the borders and visas and the regulation for online platforms like Amazon, Google or Ebay.

MONDAY 3

Two legislative proposals to further curtail the space in which terrorists and criminals operate will be put to the vote in the Civil Liberties Committee. One aims to improve access to financial information necessary for law enforcement authorities investigating serious crimes. The second one would tighten the security for getting an ID card and help curb the use of fraudulent documents.

The LIBE Committee will also vote on an update of EU rules on visas for short stays (maximum of 90 days in any 180-day period) to take into account security concerns, challenges linked to migration and technological developments.

Updated rules governing the ‘Interreg’ programmes to increase social and territorial development with a €8.43 billion budget will be voted on in the Regional Development Committee.

The Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs will vote on a report on Cross-border distribution of collective investment funds, by MEP Wolf Klinz (DE).

TUESDAY 4

The European Parliament hosts an even on Religion and Human Rights within the EU, organised by the Liberties Committee, with personalities like the Director of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency, Michael O’Flaherty.

WEDNESDAY 5

ALDE holds a seminar on “Identifying gaps and sharing best practice on preparedness against CBRN threats” co-hosted by MEPs Hilde Vautmans and Urmas Paet. To register click here.

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THURSDAY 6

The special committee on Pesticides will adopt its final report. The text draws the initial conclusions on how the procedure worked and puts forward recommendations on measures and initiatives to be taken.

E-commerce market places (e.g. Amazon and eBay) and online search engines (e.g. Google search) would be required to implement a set of measures to ensure they set up transparent and fair contracts with online businesses (e.g. online retailers, hotels and restaurants businesses, app stores), under a legislative proposal to be voted on in the Internal Market Committee. MEP Dita Charanzová (CZ) is our shadow rapporteur.

Source: EP

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