The Week Ahead 25 February – 3 March 2013: Committee and political group meetings, Brussels
EU long-term budget. EP President Martin Schulz will discuss the EU long-term budget with Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Commission President Barroso inDublin on Thursday. This follows a meeting of the “MFF contact group” on the same issue on Tuesday.
Tobacco hearing. MEPs, Commissioner Borg and Irish health minister James Reilly will discuss new legislative proposals on the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco, in a public hearing with participants from business and civil society. (Monday)
Emissions trading. The environment committee will vote on whether to suspend the inclusion on aviation in EU trading of pollution allowances, while efforts continue to seek a global agreement to curb growing air transport emissions. (Tuesday)
Capital requirements. MEPs and Council will meet for last-chance talks to reach a deal on draft capital requirements legislation, which include caps on bonuses for bankers, before going to vote in plenary. (Thursday)
Bank reform. The economic affairs committee will hold discussions on structural reforms for banks ahead of drafting a resolution that will respond to proposed reforms by a group led by Bank of Finland governor Erkki Liikanen, such as separating deposit banking and high-risk trading activities. (Tuesday)
Latvia and the Euro. Finance minister Andris Vilks and central bank governor Ilmārs Rimšēvičs will discuss Latvia’s prospects of adopting the euro with MEPs in the economic and monetary affairs committee. (Tuesday)
Corruption. The human rights subcommittee will hold a workshop on the effect of corruption on human rights in third countries. (Thursday)
Trade with South-East Asia. The international trade committee will discuss economic relations with countries in the “ASEAN” region, with the participation of ambassadors from Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore. (Thursday)
President’s diary. In addition to the meetings on the EU’s long-term budget, EP President Martin Schulz’s engagements include a meeting with German finance minister Schäuble on Monday.