Parliament's committees are meeting representatives of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union to discuss its priorities in relation to the committees' respective areas of responsibility. These meetings will take place during the week of 22.01.18. The Bulgarian Presidency started in the beginning of January and runs until the end of June 2018.
The Budgetary Control Committee will go over the budget implementation of the Agencies and the Joint Undertakings for 2016, on 22.01.18. The day after, it will discuss the Commission’s budget implementation for 2016 with Commissioners Avramopoulos and Oettinger. The Committee will also look into Parliament’s budget implementation for the same year together with EP Secretary-General Klaus Welle and with EP Vice-President responsible for the budget, David-Maria Sassoli, amongst others.
The Committee on Industry, Research and Energy will hold a Structured Dialogue with Research, Science and Innovation Commissioner Moedas, on 23.01.18. The debate is expected to look into the mid-term evaluation of Horizon 2020 in view of the Framework Programme 9 proposal. Another Structured Dialogue will be held with Digital Economy and Society Commissioner Gabriel, focusing on the Cybersecurity Act legislative proposal, which amongst others, introduces a certification scheme for cybersecurity.
The Petitions Committee will examine allegations of discriminatory treatment as regards the recognition of national professional qualifications. The petitions from Italy, Spain and the UK relate to the allegedly discriminatory treatment of foreign-language university lecturers and assistants in Italy. The Committee will also look into petitions on nuclear energy issues regarding several Member States, including Austria, the Czech Republic and Germany. The meeting will take place on 23.01.18.
The Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality will look into the role of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in providing support to female refugees, together with Goodwill Ambassador Barbara Hendricks. Appointed in 1987, Barbara Hendricks is the UNHCR’s longest-serving Ambassador. She supports UNHCR awareness-raising work and advocates for refugees’ rights at national and international levels. The meeting will be held on 24.01.18.
The Committee on Regional Development will hold a workshop on the 7th Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion, on 25.01.18. The Report was published by the Commission in October 2017. It is a key document in the context of the upcoming reform of EU Cohesion Policy for the next programming period. The hearing aims to provide input to the non-legislative report that the Committee will be working on in order to deliver Parliament's position ahead of this reform.