The Week Ahead 12-18 February 2007

Pressmeddelande   •   Feb 09, 2007 15:51 CET

Plenary Session - Strasbourg

President's inaugural speech. The inaugural speech of Parliament's new President, Hans-Gert Poettering, will be attended by EU Council President and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso and all Parliament's past Presidents. (Tuesday)

Italian President. Giorgio Napolitano (a former MEP) gives a formal address to Parliament, followed by a press conference with President Poettering. (Wednesday)

CIA. The final report of the Temporary Committee on alleged illegal CIA activities in Europe will be debated and put to a plenary vote in Strasbourg. It deplores the passivity of some Member States in the face of illegal CIA operations. (debate and vote Wednesday)

Waste. Parliament will debate two reports: one puts forward binding targets for reducing waste by 2010; the other looks at the long-term strategy for preventing and recycling waste. (debate Monday, vote Tuesday)

Spring European Council. MEPs will hear and debate Council and Commission statements on the progress of preparations.(Tuesday)

Climate change. Parliament will vote on a resolution on proposals that were tabled by the Commission in January and will be discussed at the spring summit. The resolution calls, inter alia, for a review of the European Emissions Trading Scheme.(Wednesday)

PNR and SWIFT. Parliament will vote on a resolution on the security of electronic transfers of data from air passenger name records(PNR) and banking transactions (SWIFT). (Wednesday)

Terrorism. MEPs will ask the Commission about EU restrictions on liquids that passengers can carry on aircraft. (Monday)Parliament will also debate a report that urges more co-operation in the fight against terrorism, both within the EU and with the USA.(debate Wednesday, vote in March)

Wine. Parliament will debate a report calling for a cautious approach to the forthcoming EU wine sector reform. (debate Tuesday, vote Wednesday)

Energy prices. A report on the economic impact of rising energy prices will be debated and put to the vote. (Thursday)