President François Hollande invited to debate with MEPs

MEPs to debate EU’s 2014-2020 budget ahead of decisive summit

MEPs will debate the EU’s budget for 2014-2020 with the Irish presidency and the European Commission on Wednesday at 9.00 CET. They are likely to warn member states that the more they cut the initial proposal, the less likely Parliament will be to give it the necessary blessing.

Employment committee urges sharper focus on growth and jobs

The likely short-term impact of austerity on growth, employment and social inclusion must be properly assessed, say members of the employment committee in their position on the Commission’s annual growth survey. Parliament will vote on a resolution regarding the survey on Thursday. The economic and monetary affairs committee is to vote on its position on Monday evening.

MEPs to demand an end to overfishing in radical reform plan

MEPs will insist that the EU’s new fisheries policy is sustainable when they vote on a radical reform proposal on Wednesday. They want to end overfishing, widely seen as the worst failure of the current common fisheries policy, and ban discards, which involves throwing unwanted, dead fish back into the sea.

Vote on more transparent medicine pricing

More transparency and specific time limits for EU countries’ decisions on the pricing and reimbursement of medicines are needed to improve patients’ access to affordable treatments and remove barriers to getting medicines to market, says draft legislation to be voted on Wednesday.

Plans to cut car noise

Motor vehicle noise limits would be drastically lowered to protect the health of EU citizens under a draft law to be voted on Wednesday. This law would also introduce a noise labelling scheme for new cars and set standards for making electric vehicles audible to pedestrians.

Tunisian president Moncef Marzouki to address Parliament

Tunisian president Moncef Marzouki will address Parliament at noon on Wednesday. Tunisia’s constituent assembly presented a delayed draft of the new constitution in January, amid concerns over the role of religion and women’s rights. The country is set to hold legislative and presidential elections in June 2013.

Other business

MEPs to urge EU to do more to prevent poaching of endangered animals

Requiring banks to lend to small firms

Vote on fresh money for banana growers in EU’s outermost regions

MEPs to debate Turkey’s Kurdish issue

Debate on how best to help EU industry to recover

Freedom and the rule of law in Bulgaria

MEPs to contest use of Chateau labels by US wine producers

Human rights and democracy resolutions