The Week Ahead 20 - 26 November 2006. Committee week - Brussels

Pressmeddelande   •   Nov 17, 2006 09:05 CET

Enlargement. The Foreign Affairs Committee is scheduled to adopt its reports on the accession of Romania and Bulgaria as well as on the EU's enlargement strategy (Thursday).

Driving licences. The Transport Committee votes at second reading on plans to harmonise Member States' rules on matters relating to driving licences (Wednesday).

Energy. The Industry Committee will look at the Commission's green paper on Europe's energy policy. The subsequent vote will give an indication of MEPs' priorities in this area (Thursday).

Human rights/Russia. By way of tribute to the assassinated Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaïa, Parliament's Human Rights Subcommittee is holding a debate on human rights in Russia with representatives of the Russian media (Tuesday).

Iraq. Iraq's deputy prime minister Barham Salih appears at the Foreign Affairs Committee to discuss the situation in his country (Tuesday).

Budgetary affairs. Parliament and Council meet under the second budgetary conciliation procedure to iron out the remaining differences between the institutions on the 2007 draft budget (Tuesday). The Budgetary Control Committee kicks off the procedure for the 2005 budget discharge by holding hearings with Commissioners Kallas, Grybauskaite, Hubner and Spidla (Monday).

Equitable Life. The Committee of Inquiry into the Crisis at the Equitable Life Assurance Society will hear from the company's chief executive officer, Charles Thomson, Internal Market Commissioner Charlie McCreevy and an Irish journalist (Thursday).

ACP-EU. Trade, tourism and arms control are on the agenda for the 12th session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, which meets in Barbados from 18 to 23 November.

Josep Borrell in Africa. Parliament's President Josep Borrell makes his first official visit to Africa as he travels to Nigeria (19-23 November) and Mali (23-26 November).