European Parliament Agenda: The Week Ahead 15 – 21 April 2019


Safer roads. MEPs will vote on a new law making safety features such as intelligent speed assistance, an advanced emergency-braking system, driver distraction warnings or emergency lane-keeping compulsory in new vehicles as from May 2022. A press conference is scheduled for 16.00. (Tuesday)

Protecting whistle-blowers. Rules laying down new, EU-wide standards to better protect whistle-blowers by creating safe channels for reporting on breaches of EU law and by establishing safeguards against retaliation will be put to the vote on Tuesday, followed by a press conference at 15.00.

European Border and Coast Guard. Parliament will vote on new measures to strengthen the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, including a 10 000-strong standing corps that will support EU countries on the ground in border control. A press conference is scheduled for 16.30 ahead of the vote. (Wednesday)

Consumer protection. Parliament will vote on updates to EU consumer protection rules, to tackle misleading rankings in online marketplaces and dual quality of products. (Wednesday)

New forms of work. MEPs are set to endorse minimum rights for workers with on-demand, voucher-based or platform jobs, such as Uber or Deliveroo, in a vote on Tuesday.

Terrorist content online. Internet companies will get one hour to remove terrorist content online after receiving an order, but they will not have to filter all the content they upload, according to draft rules to be put to the vote on Wednesday.

‘InvestEU’ programme. MEPs are set to approve a provisional and partial deal with EU ministers on the ‘InvestEU’ initiative aiming to generate almost €700 billion in investments in order to boost jobs and growth. (Thursday)

Brexit. MEPs will discuss the flexible extension until 31 October 2019 of the UK’s EU membership with Council and Commission on Wednesday.

Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš /Future of Europe. Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš will debate with MEPs his vision of the future of the EU to ensure it delivers on citizens’ expectations. A press conference by EP President Tajani and Prime Minister Kariņš is scheduled for 12.30. (Wednesday)

Greta Thunberg/Climate change. MEPs will discuss ways to fight climate change with activist Greta Thunberg in a meeting of the Environment Committee open to all members. (Tuesday)

President’s Diary. EP President Antonio Tajani will meet with Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg on Tuesday morning. In the afternoon, he will launch the #DigitalRespect4Her Campaign to combat online violence against women together with Commissioners Mariya Gabriel and Věra Jourová. After that, he will receive the Medal of Honour from the city of Strasbourg. On Wednesday morning, he will hold a bilateral meeting with Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš, before the latter addresses the plenary.

Pre-session press briefing. The EP Press Service will hold a press briefing at 16:30 on Monday in the Daphne Caruana Galizia Press conference room, Strasbourg.