EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 1-6 September, 2015
This week the European Parliament holds committee and group meetings after the summer break. The week's events in the European Union including EU Council, Commission and Parliament meetings and other EU-related conferences and events. Events for the week of 1 - 6 September 2015.
Thursday 3 September
European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs
European Parliament committee and group meetings
European Parliament, Brussels
Greece: The Conference of Presidents will confer on a request Greek PM Alexis Tsipras made to EP President Martin Schulz for the European Parliament to join the so-called quartet of creditor institutions overseeing the implementation of Greece's EUR 86 billion bailout programme.
Meanwhile, MEPs of the Committee on Regional Development will discuss the possibility of making available EU funding for investments in Greece more effective by increasing the share of EU co-financing up to the total cost of some projects. They will speak with Commissioner Corina Cret,u on the legislative proposal.
State of the Union: Political groups will meet to formulate their positions on the first State of the Union speech to be delivered by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on 9 September during the next plenary session.
EU Budget 2016. A number of EP committees will vote their positions on the draft proposal for next years' EU budget. (Monday and Thursday).
GMOs: The Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development will vote its opinion on a proposal to let individual member states decide whether or not to allow the use of GMO food and feed products on their territory. The Environment Committee, which is leading, will adopt its position later in the year.
Plenary preparations: Apart from the State of the Union debate, the session of 7-10 September will also feature votes on the relocation of initially 40,000 asylum seekers from Italy and Greece to other EU member states, the trade in seal fur, the cloning of animals, fundamental rights in the EU and the Citizen's Initiative on the provision of water. The Council will present its proposals for the 2016 budget.
Thursday 3 September
Other bodies and agencies, Presidency of the Council of the EU, Culture, education and youth, External relations and foreign affairs
International conference "Culture and development: Towards a more strategic approach to cultural policies in the EU's external relations"
Trifolion, 6486 Echternach, Luxembourg
Looking for ways to raise the awareness of culture in the European Union's external relations, the Luxembourg Presidency focusses on the specific aspect of culture and development as a concrete area to state the case for a more transversal and strategic integration of culture into development policies and, beyond, into the EU's external action.