Plenary focus - May
João Pimenta LopesDebate: MondayVote: Tuesday
Women’s rights in Balkan accession countries
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.
Jürgen KluteDebate: Tuesday
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.
Thomas HändelDebate: TuesdayVote: Tuesday
Tax fraud and tax havens
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.
Helmut ScholzDebate: WednesdayVote: Thursday
EU-US Trade Agreement Negotiations
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.
Gabi ZimmerDebate: Tuesday
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.