The Week Ahead – 27th November – 1st December 2017

Nov 24, 2017


Glyphosate licence renewal
The long saga over Glyphosate’s licence renewal could reach a conclusion on Monday. In an appeal committee meeting Member States will make one last attempt to agree whether to follow their own experts’ advice and re-licence the world’s most widely used weed killer or bow to political pressure. If they fail to reach a qualified majority the Commission must decide whether to step in. ECR Group environment coordinator Julie Girling supports science-based decision making and believes Glyphosate’s licence should be renewed.

When: Monday

2030 framework for renewable energy and energy efficiency

On Tuesday MEPs in the energy committee will vote on the EU’s renewable energy and energy efficiency framework for the 2020 – 2030 period. ECR MEPs Hans Olaf Henkel and Anneleen Van Bossuyt have shadowed the reports for the Group and have tried to ensure that the committee’s proposals are ambitious yet realistic – allowing Member States the flexibility to decide upon their own pathways to reaching their climate goals for 2030.

When: Tuesday @ 10:00

End animal testing for cosmetics globally
The parliament’s environment committee will on Tuesday call for a global ban to end animal testing for cosmetics. The ECR Group believes an international agreement is needed to ban the unjustifiable and immoral testing which is still carried out 80% of the world’s countries. ECR MEPs also want assurances that cosmetic products imported into the EU market are not tested using animals.

When: Tuesday from 9:00

The Future of Food and Farming in the EU
Irish Commissioner Phil Hogan will be in the agriculture committee on Wednesday to present the communication on “The Future of Food and Farming” which will launch debate on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy heading into the next Multiannual Financial Framework. ECR MEPs want to ensure CAP delivers value for money for taxpayers, is simplified in order to cut red tape and burdensome checks while still guaranteeing food security.

When: Wednesday @ 19:00

2018 budget another missed opportunity
On Thursday MEPs will vote on the agreement reached between parliament and council on the EU’s 2018 budget. Bernd Kölmel, ECR budget spokesman and Richard Ashworth, co-rapporteur on this year’s budget, are pleased to see increased resources going towards research and innovation as well as more funding to combat Russian propaganda and interference in elections across the EU. They are however disappointed at another missed opportunity to redeploy wasteful budget lines to areas of real EU added value and the continuing use of the budget’s margins which leaves no room for manoeuvre.

When: Debate, Wednesday @ 15:00. Vote, Thursday @ 11:30

Stevens report on EU Disability Strategy
Also voted during the plenary session will be a report on the European Disability Strategy, drafted by ECR Flemish MEP Helga Stevens. The report is broken down into a number of key areas for action such as accessibility and equality and provides a number of recommendations to the EU institutions in these and other areas.

When: When: Debate, Thursday @ 9:00. Vote, Thursday @ 11:30