European Parliament: MEPs look forward to big political issues in the autumn
This autumn is the first "term" for newly elected MEPs with 6 plenary parliamentary sessions being held between now and Christmas. MEPs will vote on the candidacy of Commission President Barroso and will have to approve the entire new Commission. A poll in Ireland on the Lisbon treaty and the Copenhagen climate summit will also hold their attention.
Out of the many EP committees, the ones most relevant for the veterinary profession are the ENVI and the AGRI Committee. The ENVI committee, chaired by Jo Leinen from Germany, already had its first meeting on 1 and 2 September. New MEPs received a welcome package on environment, public health and food safety in which the role of FVO, the hygiene package and the functioning of TRACES are being explained. The Swedish Presidency also presented their priorities. The next meeting will be on 30 September and 1 October. List of members.
The AGRI committee, chaired by Paolo De Castro from Italy, also started on 1st September being immediately confronted with some more complex issues such as the dairy farming sector and support schemes for farmers under the CAP, as well as the proposal for a new Directive on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes. The next AGRI meeting will be on 29 and 30 September. List of members.
Ever wanted to see how such a meeting goes? It is now possible from you desk as most committee meetings are now webstreamed.