15th January to 19th January

The European Parliament's first sitting of 2018 takes place in Strasbourg this week.

On MONDAY MEPs will discuss streamlining common rules on fishing gear and methods, including new techniques such as electric pulse fishing, which drives deep dwelling fish up into nets without damaging the seabed. Conservative Fisheries Spokesman Baroness Mobarik (Scotland) supports restrictions on electric pulse fishing until a detailed scientific evaluation has been completed. The issue is voted on TUESDAY.

On TUESDAY Conservative MEP Syed Kamall (London), leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, is addressing MEPs on the outcome of last month's European Council meeting at which leaders agreed to move onto the next phase of Brexit talks. On WEDNESDAY he will otline what the ECR Group wants to see from the Bulgarian presidency of the Council, which runs for the next six months.

MEPs debate the European Commission's new strategy for reducing plastic waste on WEDNESDAY. Being unveiled on Tuesday, the plan is expected to mirror many of the initiatives just announced by Prime Minister Theresa May.          


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