The Week Ahead: 9–13 July 2018

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Improving citizens quality of life and leave conditions at work and protecting them against harassment are among the topics to be discussed by our MEPs this week at the European Parliament. Check the full agenda below:


ECB President and European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB) Chair Mario Draghi will discuss perspectives on economic and monetary developments, as well as virtual currencies and central banks’ monetary policy, with the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee. There will also be a public hearing at 15h.

European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager will debate with Industry, Resears and Energy Committee members bout a fair market for industry.


Measures to combat mobbing and sexual harassment in the workplace, public spaces and in political life will be put forward by the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee. Draft proposals aim to raise awareness of the risks and consequences of violence and harassment, as well as clarifying definitions and classifications of different types of gender-based violence.

The introduction of an EU cybersecurity certification for software and hardware products, such as smart domestic appliances (washers, dryers, refrigerators), will be put to the vote in the Industry Committee, together with measures to reinforce the role of ENISA, the EU Cybersecurity Agency.

MEP Catherine Bearder presents the exhibition “Stop wildlife and wood trafficking” presenting confiscated wildlife from Brussels Airport with Belgian Minister Marghem.


The Employment and Social Affairs Committee will vote on an update of EU legislation on paternity, parental and carers’ leave. The amount that a worker would be entitled to during the leave and the right to request flexible working arrangements are among the proposals. MEP Renate Weber is our shadow rapporteur in this file.

Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs will vote on adoption of draft report for the Pan-European Personal Pension Product (PEPP), with MEP Sophie in’t Veld as rapporteur.


Tests in several EU member states have found quality differences between products sold under the same brand and packaging in different EU countries (e.g. fish fingers, soft drinks, coffee, cosmetics and laundry detergents). The Internal Market Committee (IMCO) will propose measures to tackle this problem with MEP Dita Charazová as shadow rapporteur.

IMCO MEPs will also vote on an informal deal reached with EU ministers to set up a single digital gateway to help citizens and firms to access information and administrative procedures online. These would include applications for study loans, car registration, residence certificates and income and corporate tax declaration. MEP Jasenko Selimovic is our shadow rapporteur.

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