European Parliament this week (11-15 May 2015): Tax rulings, Russia, Turkey, Georgia, EU-US trade agreement

european_parliament_001Tax rulings, EU-Russia relations, Turkey’s reform progress, boosting free trade with the US, empowering women in Africa and the current situation in Georgia are all on the Parliament’s agenda when MEPs gather this week in Brussels. Political groups will also prepare for the plenary session in Strasbourg on 18-21 May. Meanwhile, European Parliament President Martin Schulz will be awarded the Charlemagne Prize in Aachen on Thursday (14 May).

The tax rulings committee holds a public hearing on Monday (11 May) with journalists from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, who helped to reveal what has become known as ‘Luxleaks’. The committee will also start a series of visits to countries where the European Commission has launched tax investigations, starting with Belgium on Tuesday. Visits to Luxembourg, Ireland, the Netherlands and the UK will follow in the coming weeks.

The foreign affairs committee votes on Monday on a resolution on possible ways to improve EU-Russia relations and what the country should do to better the situation following its illegal annexation of Crimea and involvement in the conflict in Ukraine, will be examined in a resolution to be voted on by the foreign affairs Committee on Monday. The committee also votes on a resolution assessing Turkey’s reform progress last year.

Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili will join the foreign affairs committee on Monday to debate the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga, recent developments in Georgia and the country’s progress in implementing the EU Association Agreement signed in July 2014.

Sakharov laureate Dr Denis Mukwege will appear in front of the development committee on Monday to debate how empowering women in Africa can foster the overall development of societies. On Tuesday (12 May) and Wednesday the Parliament organizes a seminar for journalists on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which cannot enter into force with the Parliament’s approval.

Meanwhile, President Schulz will receive the Charlemagne Prize on Thursday (14 May) as well as delivering a keynote speech.


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