Another Europe is possible

Review

Plenary Focus - May 2013

Session Priorities

Women’s rights in Balkan accession countries

Joao Pimenta Lopes

Joao Pimenta Lopes

I believe that it is not  enough just to have legislation on gender
equality. I understand that economic development
and a fair redistribution of wealth are fundamental so that gender
equality becomes a reality in the Balkan accession countries.
Debate: Monday; vote Tuesday

Banking supervision

Over the years, Parliament has been pushing for a common oversight of financial institutions in the EU. While governments have tried to avoid and minimize any effective supervision at European level, they changed their minds in 2012, due to the pressure of the crisis. The results of the negotiations to be voted this week leaves several questions open: a number of non-eurozone countries will not participate, so supervision will not cover the whole single market. Questions regarding parliamentary control over supervision that will mainly be exercised by the ECB also remain open.

Debate: Tuesday

Tax fraud and tax havens

Thomas Händel

Thomas Händel

Even if this report
remains an opinion by
the European Parliament,
it is a strong signal and a
real step forward. Ahead
of the upcoming Council
on May 22nd, the Parliament drafted strong
measures to tackle tax fraud and fight tax havens
worldwide. One trillion of lost money for member
states and the EU cannot be considered as a
peccadillo anymore. In times of crisis and austerity,
quick, coordinated and effective reaction from the
Council and Commission is necessary.
Debate: Tuesday; vote Tuesday

EU-US Trade Agreement Negotiations

Helmut Scholz

Helmut Scholz

The Commission
demands a mandate
from the EU Council for
free trade and investment
negotiations with
the United States - without
any red lines. Will MEPs comply with this?
Plenary will vote on a resolution that ignores all
the legitimate and existing concerns by EU citizens.
My group is putting forward demands for
transparency for an open and inclusive debate in
society on what this Treaty will mean for GMOs
and hormone use in agriculture, for data protection
and internet freedom, for maintaining
public services and defending cultural diversity
in Europe and for social, wage and environmental
standards on both sides of the Atlantic and
beyond.
Debate: Wednesday; vote Thursday

European Council

Gabi Zimmer

Gabi Zimmer

Tax evasion and tax
fraud harm democratic
societies in economic
and social terms. We
support measures to
combat tax evasion and
tax havens so that the beneficiaries of
the crisis will contribute to its costs. The
internal energy market strategy can
be of benefit to large energy companies
and consumers will be faced with
additional charges. With increasing energy
poverty, against which there is no adequate
protection, this path is not sustainable. Energy
must remain affordable.
Debate: Tuesday

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