14th to 18th January

Brexit, pesticides and migration, plus three European leaders, are on the agenda at this week's sitting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. 

On TUESDAY Conservative MEPs, led by Women's Rights spokesman Baroness Mobarik (Scotland) will support a report recommending measures to improve the recruitment and promotion of women in the European Parliament and to tackle sexual harassment. Many of the proposals mirror steps already taken by the UK Government, including developing training programmes for women with leadership potential.

MEPs will also debate the latest developments in the EU's asylum and migration policy.

The implications of the House of Commons' vote on the EU Withdrawal Agreement will be discussed by MEPs on WEDNESDAY morning. Conservative MEP Syed Kamall (London), leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, is one of the main speakers. 

Later, MEPs will vote on a report from the Parliament's special committee on pesticides. Conservative Agriculture spokesman Anthea McIntyre (West Midlands) opposes many of the findings, which call for the authorisation process to be centralised, and will propose an amendment seeking to overturn calls to re-open the licensing process for Glyphosate, the world's most widely-used weedkiller

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila will address the Parliament on TUESDAY as the European Council presidency passes from Austria to Romania. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez discusses the future of Europe with MEPs on WEDNESDAY.

 

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