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This is for people who want more information on actual reports/legislation going through the Parliament.

Preview of Brussels Session (1 - 2 February 2006)

Brok - Common Foreign and Security Policy 2004 (AFET) (INI)
Debate: Wed 15:00-20:00 Vote: Thurs 11:00
The Foreign Affairs committee has adopted this own-initiative report in response to the Council's annual report on the CFSP.
Conservatives will have a separate whip.

Oral Question - National Management Statements - Member States' accountability for the implementation of the EU's budget - (CONT)
Debate: Mon 15:00-20:00 Vote: Thurs 11:00
In the 2003 discharge resolution, the Parliament expressed the view that new instruments were required in order to enhance the Commission's insight into the Member States' management and control systems.
Conservatives will vote with the EPP-ED.

Oral Question - EU position towards the Cuban government (ALDE)
Debate: Wed 15:00-20:00 Vote: Thurs 11:00
This question asks if the Council believs its present policy towards the Cuban government is the correct one in light of recent events (including the expulsion of MEPs and ongoing repression of dissidents).
Conservatives are likely to vote with the EPP-ED.

Oral Question - Mediterranean fishery resources (PECH)
Debate: Wed 15:00-02:00 Vote: Thurs 11:00
In April, the Parliament adopted its report on the proposal for a Council Regulation on management measures for the sustainable exploitation of fishery resources in the Mediterranean Sea. The Council has not yet managed to reach a decision on the proposal.
Conservatives will vote with the EPP-ED.

Carlshamre - Combating violence against women (FEMM) (INI)
Debate: Wed 21:00-24:00 Vote: Thurs 11:00
This own-initiative focuses on men's violence against women in close relationships. It recommends inter alia that men's violence against women should be regarded as a "violation of human rights" and that Member States sgould ensure victims' right to safe access to justice and effective enforcement.
Conservatives are likely to have a separate whip.

Estrela - Equality between women and men in the EU (FEMM) (INI)
Debate: Wed 21:00-24:00 Vote: Thurs 11:00
This report responds to the Commission's annual report on equality between women and men in the EU. The report highlights the need to narrow the pay gap between the sexes which is estimated to be around 15% across the EU.
Conservatives are likely to have a separate whip.

Ferber - Application of the Postal Directive (TRAN)
Debate: Wed 21.00:-24.00 Vote: Thurs 11:00
Conservatives support this report which takes forward the liberalisation of European postal services. However, the universal nature of postal delivery must be preserved within the proposal so as to avoid extra charging based on geographical location.
Conservatives will vote with the EPP-ED.

Toubon - Rules on nominal quantities for pre-packaged products (IMCO) (Co-decision first reading)
Debate: Wed 21.00 24.00 Vote: Thurs 11:00
This report aims to deregulate quantity sizes across the EU for certain pre-packaged goods, including milk and bread. While Conservatives have been strong supporters of consumer protection measures to strengthen the internal market, we have expressed concern about Commission proposals which would effectively abolish the pint of milk and deregulate the quantities in which sliced bread can be sold. Conservatives have tabled amendments which seek to retain the pint of milk and the quantities of sliced bread with which UK consumers are so familiar.
Conservatives will vote with the EPP-ED.

Markov - Social Legislation relating to road transport (TRAN) Co-Decision 3rd Reading)
Markov- Harmonisation of social legislation relating to road transport (TRAN) (Co-Decision 3rd Reading)
Debate: Wed 09.00-11.50
Under a proposed EU Regulation, bus drivers will be forced to take a mandatory 45-hour break after every five working days. If this legislation is enacted, small bus companies in rural areas may not be able to find a sufficient number of drivers to operate all existing services. This could lead to fewer services, delivery systems could be adversely affected and higher costs to business and the consumer would result.
Conservatives will have a separate whip.


Statements

Statement by the High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy - Common Foreign Policy perspectives for 2006
Wednesday 15.00-18.00
Conservatives are likely to vote with the EPP-ED.

Council statement - Results of the elections in Palestine, situation in the Middle East and the Council's Decision not to publish the report on East-Jerusalem
Debate: Wednesday 15:00-18:00
Conservatives are likely to vote with the EPP-ED.



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  "Mini" Plenary Highlights 26-27 March 2003
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