Plenary topics

Strasbourg Plenary Session

The Parliament meets regularly to vote and debate at its plenary session, in Brussels or Strasbourg. Ahead of each plenary session, the S&D Group announces its priorities and its objectives for the main debates, reports and resolutions.

The S&D Group holds a press conference at 10:10-10:30 CET on Tuesdays during Strasbourg plenary weeks, in room LOW N-1/201. You can also watch it live via our homepage.

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Result: 237

Nomination to the Court of Auditors


The nomination of Klaus-Heiner Lehne was approved in the budget control committee with a reasonable majority. Concerns were raised before the vote about his financial interests (mainly declared income from the law firm he works for, including some work for a large tobacco company).  He answered questions satisfactorily about ceasing such activities if he were to be appointed to the European Court of Auditors.

Integrated parcel delivery market for the growth of e-commerce


The fragmentation of delivery systems and lack of guarantees for cross-border deliveries undermines consumer confidence in national and cross-border e-commerce. The Commission green paper highlighted specific concerns about the current delivery chain for e-commerce in the internal market, which is not fully or adequately developed.

The S&D Group supports the development of both the digital single market and e-commerce more generally. Nevertheless, strong consumer protection, high-quality services and responsible employment policies are necessary to develop a sustainable and innovative EU-wide e-parcel delivery system for the benefit of consumers, workers and business.

EU roadmap against homophobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity


The report builds on ten previous requests by the Parliament in the last three years to roll out an EU equality roadmap for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. Similar EU equality strategies already exist in the field of Roma integration, discrimination on the basis of disability, and gender equality.

The report respects the principle of subsidiarity but calls on the European Commission to make proposals to end discrimination in employment, education, health and access to goods and services; in the field of citizenship, families and free movement; freedom of assembly and expression; hate speech and hate crime; asylum and migration; and foreign affairs.

Criminal sanctions for insider dealing and market manipulation


An agreement has now been reached on this regulation (subject to final approval by the plenary and the Council), including the following elements:

• harmonisation of minimum/maximum levels for sanctions as requested by the European Parliament – four years for insider dealing and market manipulation, and two years for improper disclosure
• the concept of serious offences, with appropriate criteria
• sanctions for legal persons – including a list of criminal and non-criminal sanctions.

Copyright and related rights and multi-territorial licensing of rights in musical works for online uses


Harmonisation of collective-rights management in the EU has been on the Commission’s agenda since as far back as 1995. We welcome the fairly balanced agreement reached on the collective management of rights that promotes new requirements of transparency and governance for the management of copyright, enhancing guarantees for the fair remuneration of artists.

A 2030 framework for climate and energy policies


This report sets out the European Parliament’s vision for a new 2030 climate and energy framework. The S&D Group's two negotiators worked together with the EPP (European People’s Party) lead negotiator, Anne Delvaux, and the ALDE (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe) and Green negotiators to propose joint compromise amendments calling for three binding targets (greenhouse-gas emissions, renewables and energy efficiency).

The S&D Group calls on member states to adopt an ambitious package with three binding targets at the forthcoming March summit.

Promoting free movement by simplifying the acceptance of certain public documents


The proposed regulation aims to make the complex process of formalities easier for citizens who move across borders. A large number of EU citizens live in a member state other than their own and this number is steadily increasing. However, administrative formalities across borders are generally considerably more complicated than within each member state, often involving complex and expensive translations and certifications of documents by the authorities. 

The S&D Group takes the view that the needs of European citizens should take precedence, rather than those of national administrations.

EU trade relations with the Euromed countries


Following the Arab spring, the EU made numerous commitments to its southern neighbours to help promote peace, democracy and social justice. One of the ways it has done so is by exploring numerous deep and comprehensive free trade agreements (DCFTA) with Euromed countries in order to boost jobs and growth on both sides of the Mediterranean.

In February 2014, trade ministers from the EU and Euromed countries will hold a joint ministerial meeting. This resolution will form the Parliament's position ahead of this meeting and also outline how we expect DCFTA negotiations to progress. The resolution highlights that these agreements are a good opportunity to enhance bilateral trade and investments. However, the text also emphasises that a return to democracy must be fully restored in Egypt and Tunisia before trade relations are deepened further.

Number, names and powers and responsibilities of the parliamentary committees - revision of annex VII to the rules of procedure


A clearer definition of the committees’ competences, in the light of Lisbon Treaty, will reduce conflict in internal committees and improve the role of the European Parliament as legislator.

The main changes to the final agreement include the development of a more coherent EU approach to criminal law; more general involvement of the specialised committees on the budgetary control committee's activities; enforcement of the internal market; and strengthening consumer rights. The co-ordination role for the EU’s foreign policy was explicitly stated and the prominent role for trade and investment policies and agreements was also highlighted.

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and EU

Future of EU-ASEAN relations


The S&D Group advocates the strengthening of relations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and supports efforts towards closer political and economic integration among its member states. A European Union that wants to play a global role cannot and should not neglect this part of the world. The EU and the ASEAN share the political objectives of promoting well-being, co-operation and peace in their respective regions and they can greatly benefit from even closer co-operation.