Another Europe is possible

Review

Plenary Focus - October 2013 (Session 2)

Session Priorities

ORGANISED CRIME REPORT

Organised crime is a growing threat. This is especially true in the EU,
where we also have free movement of crime. Not only does this cost
taxpayers money, but when laundered money is used to buy influence
this is a grave threat to democracy. The report contains several good
suggestions on organised crime, including the abolition of banking
secrecy. But unfortunately it also contains a number of proposals that we
cannot support such as PNR and the strengthening of FRONTEX. We must fight crime, but
we require a policy that promotes social justice, the elimination of poverty and ensures
universal access to employment and education.
Debate: Tuesday; Vote: Wednesday

SHIP RECYCLING

Ships which are going to get
scrapped are classified as
hazardous waste. However,
last year alone at least 265
European ships were recycled
under very bad working and
environmental conditions
on beaches in South Asia. Unfortunately,
the outcome of the trialogue negotiations
is not sufficient for tackling this issue
appropriately: we need strict rules to make
dismantling on beaches impossible. In
addition, there’s no incentive directed at
ship owners to recycle their ships in a safe
and environmentally-friendly way.
Vote: Tuesday

SRHR - ESTRELA REPORT

Sexual and Reproductive
Health and Rights (SRHR)
are central to the agenda for
women’s rights and gender
equality, as well as being an
issue of respect for human
rights. The report voted
in committee is firmly pro-choice, stating
a woman’s right to legal abortion, and it
also takes a progressive approach on more
specific issues. Emphasising the importance
of adequate funding to ensure access to
SRHR is a key issue today. When adopted,
this report will take SRHR policy at the EU
level many steps forward.
Debate: Monday; Vote: Tuesday

LAMPEDUSA

The Lampedusa tragedy
demonstrates once again
the effects of the EU’s
“Fortress Europe” policy
that criminalises migration
and increases funding of border controls
and restrictive measures, all set against
the backdrop of people fleeing extreme
poverty, persecution and wars. Thousands
of people have died at our borders and if
we don’t want to have more blood on our
hands the EU needs to stop the hypocrisy
and radically change its migration and
asylum policy while taking into account the
root causes of migrants’ situations.
Vote: Wednesday

MEDICAL DEVICES

The Commission’s proposal
on medical devices was
based purely on an
economic approach that
relegated patient safety to
a secondary consideration.
The internal market came first and
public health was only an after thought.
Nevertheless, the ENVI committee was
able to revert this inadequate logic,
bringing patient safety to the forefront.
It was a big step forward that ensures
patients’ safety as it guarantees the same
level of rigorous assessment will prevail
across the EU. It is important that the
plenary vote confirms this, making patient
safety a priority.
Debate: Tuesday; Vote: Tuesday

EUROPEAN COUNCIL

Gabi Zimmer

Gabi Zimmer

23% of under-25s in Europe
are unemployed. EU leaders
want to allocate just EUR 8
billion for the Youth Unemployment
Initiative. Without
increasing the ESF share to
25% of the structural funds, the EU cannot
implement its commitments. We demand
clear statements that tell us how these
policies will be implemented in real terms.
The Commission has finally noted that
excessive austerity has devastating social
consequences, but the proposed indicators
for the social dimension of EMU are not
sufficient enough to get a real picture of the
reality. Quite simply, we need to stop austerity
now .
Debate: Wednesday

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