03 April 2013

EP this week: ship recycling, unemployment aid, chat with Daul and Swoboda

MEPs will this week vote on new rules for recycling ships and financial support for redundant workers. They will also meet their national counterparts to discuss the implementation of European environmental legislation as well as how the EU can help to prevent conflicts. On Tuesday, the leaders of Parliament's two biggest political groups will chat with our fans on Facebook.

Ship dismantling, which mostly takes place in South Asia, is dirty and dangerous work. On Tuesday, the environment committee will vote on new rules to ensure that old ships from the EU are recycled in a way that respects workers' health as well as the environment. The committee will also vote on whether to endorse a deal with the Council to exempt foreign airlines from the EU's emissions trading system, which aims to promote green investments. In addition committee members will discuss with representatives of national parliaments how the EU's environmental laws can be better implemented in the member states.

The budgets committee will vote on whether to approve €7.5 million in unemployment aid for 270 former tobacco workers in Austria and 856 former IT workers in Italy.

The creation of a European quality tourism label and a harmonised star rating system for hotels will be discussed by the transport committee and transport commissioner Antonio Tajani on Tuesday afternoon.

On Monday, MEPs will meet their national counterparts in Dublin to discuss how the EU can better contribute to defusing potential conflicts in trouble spots in Africa and the Middle East.

There will be a chance to chat with the leaders of the two biggest political groups on Facebook. From 11.00 CET on Tuesday Joseph Daul, president of the EPP group, and Hannes Swoboda, president of the S&D group, will be available to talk about various issues affecting Europe.

On Tuesday, Parliament’s Science and Technology Options Assessment Unit will hold a discussion about the development of an integrated European information system to monitor and measure scientific performance.

Source: 25 March 2013

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