This week is an interesting week in the European Parliament, a Brussels-based “mini-Plenary”, with a mixture of committee meetings and votes in plenary session.Following the agreement reached between the Parliament and the Council of the EU on November 17, the Parliament will vote on the compromise for the 2017 Budget on Thursday. The Parliament negotiated the Budget up, to pay programs aimed at fostering employment for youngsters, student mobility and SMEs.The Parliament will also address data privacy, as a vote on the “Umbrella Agreement” will take place in plenary on Thursday December 1. The Umbrella Agreement is a proposal for Council Decision that covers the transfer of personal data between the EU and the US for law enforcement purposes, including in case of criminal prosecutions and terrorism. The Council Decision must be adopted following the consent procedure. Various Members of the European Parliament tabled amendments to refuse the parliamentary consent required to adopt the Council Decision. However, the amendments will have to be subject to a vote on Thursday. See here for the amendments tabled by the Parliament and here for the initial proposal.Digital Single Market will be subject to a debate and vote in parliamentary committees. The Committee on… Read full this story
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