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Weekly overview

Our weekly overviews - Brussels agenda and Strasbourg Flash - give you a concise idea of the priorities and the highlights for the Greens during the parliamentary weeks. The weekly overview covers both the EP committees and plenary debates and votes but also focuses on hot topics in the other EU institutions. Furthermore, it provides you with a list of Greens/EFA activities which range from press conferences to public conferences.

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Strasbourg Flash

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group – 24-27 October 2016

EU priorities (full text below):
- Breaches of democracy, rule of law, fundamental rights (Parliament, Tuesday)
- Commission Work Programme (Parliament, Tuesday)
- Commission launches Corporate Tax package (Parliament Tuesday, Wednesday)
- Key debate on conclusions of European Council (Parliament, Wednesday)
- Debate on situation of journalists in Turkey (Parliament, Wednesday)
- EU budget 2017 (Parliament, Tuesday, Wednesday)
- 2016 Sakharov winner to be decided by Conference of Presidents (Thursday)
- Commission deadline on Poland reforms (Thursday)
- EU-Canada Summit - will CETA deal be inked? (Brussels, Thursday)

Greens/EFA events:
- Press briefing with Greens/EFA co-presidents Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts (Tuesday)


EU must be able to deal with all breaches of democracy, rule of law, fundamental rights
Tuesday 25 October - plenary debate

It is vital that the EU deals with all breaches of democracy, rule of law or fundamental rights. However, recent events in Poland, Hungary and elsewhere highlight that the present rules make this very difficult. MEPs will debate a report, calling on the Commission to bring forward a proposal for a Union Pact for democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights by September 2017. Central to this is the establishment of a permanent monitoring system on a country-by-country basis - as demanded consistently by the Greens for several years. While the proposals don’t go as far as we would have liked, this is a welcome development.

Presentation of Commission work programme
Tuesday 25 October - Commission statement

The Commission will present its work programme for 2017. We would like to see closer economic policy coordination in the EU, as well as increased investment in sustainable economic growth. We continue to criticise the approach to trade deals (notably TTIP and CETA) and highlight the risks posed to civil liberties by high levels of surveillance of our citizens.

Commission launches Corporate Tax package
Tuesday 25 October - plenary debate, Wednesday 26 - Commission launch

We welcome the re-launch of the CCCTB proposal. The way we currently tax companies - as if subsidiaries from the same company were independent entities - is a fiction. Implementing a common and consolidated corporate tax base would be a crucial step towards ending tax dumping in Europe, as well as reducing business costs. However, while we share the objectives of the Commission, we have concerns as to the effectiveness of some of the measures proposed, and believe a CCCTB should go together with a minimum effective corporate tax rate in Europe.

Key debate on conclusions of European Council
Wednesday 26 October

The Council and Commission will both make statements following this week’s Council session. CETA, migration, Russia and Brexit are expected to be key themes.

Situation of journalists in Turkey
Wednesday 26 October - plenary debate

The situation of journalists in Turkey is still worsening. After the attempted coup on 15 July, thousands of journalists have been arrested. The Greens/EFA Group wants to shed light on the ongoing prosecution and imprisonment and keep the debate on the alarming situation of journalists in Turkey ongoing. See latest press release: http://www.greens-efa.eu/turkey-debate-15944.html

2017 Budget
Tuesday 25 October - debate, Wednesday 26 - vote

MEPs will vote on the draft general budget of the European Union for 2017.

2016 Sakharov Prize winner
Thursday 27 October – Conference of Presidents

The Conference of Presidents will chose the winner of the 2016 edition of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. The three shortlisted candidates are: the Yazidi survivors and public advocates Nadia Murad Basee and Lamiya Aji Bashar; Crimean Tatar leader, Mustafa Dzemilev; former chief editor of the Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet, Can Dündar.  

Commission deadline on Poland reforms
Thursday 27 October

The deadline for Poland to make re-adjustments to the so-called reform of the constitutional court.

EU-Canada Summit: will CETA deal be inked?
Thursday 27 October - Brussels

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be in Brussels, where he is due to sign the controversial trade EU-Canada deal CETA.


Co-presidents press briefing
Tues. 25 October – 10.30-10.50, EP press room LOW N -1/201

Press briefing with Greens/EFA co-presidents Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts on the key issues of the plenary session for the Greens/EFA group. The briefing will be live-streamed at: www.greens-efa.eu/press/722-press-briefing


Greens/EFA Press contacts: 

Ruth Reichstein (DE)
+32 472 70 29 96 / Ruth.Reichstein@europarl.europa.eu

Guendolina De Sario (FR)
+32 486 48 47 64 / Email: guendalina.desario@europarl.europa.eu

David Weir (EN)
+32 489 60 93 18 / David.Weir@europarl.europa.eu

Pia Kohorst (DE)
+49 1778155131 / pia.kohorst@europarl.europa.eu