Parliament Agenda: S&D priorities for the week of 23 April 2012

Jennifer Baker is joined by Paolo Alberti, spokesperson for S&D group in the European Parliament, to discuss the EU Agenda for this week, in the latest issue of ‘previEUws’.

The European Parliament’s Industry Committee will vote on Commissioner Kroes’ proposal on roaming charges later this week. With the measure, the Digital Agenda Commissioner aims to bring down the costs of roaming to almost the same level as what a phone user pays in their home country.

Second, the Economic & Monetary Affairs Committee votes on the introduction of a financial transaction tax. The goal of this measure is to deter speculation, speculative trading and make the financial world contribute to Europe’s economic recovery. S&D spokesman Alberti points out that the tax entails very low percentages, but that revenues for the EU could amount up to tens of billions of euros.

Furthermore, the Civil Liberties Committee will look at a proposal to introduce border controls within the Schengen area in case of a threat to the public order or security. Alberti elaborates on the three different circumstances to which the measure would apply, and explains the decision-making procedures required for the introduction of such temporary border checks.

When it comes to ACTA (the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement), rapporteur David Martin advised the European Parliament to vote against the treaty last week. This coming after various countries already decided not to ratify it, reacting to Europe-wide protests. The S&D spokesperson draws attention to the negative aspects of the treaty and firmly states that the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats will reject it when the treaty comes up for vote in the European Parliament.

Finally, the Environment Committee will vote on increasing security checks on breast implants this Thursday. Ever since a French firm produced 300.000 implants from industrial silicones that normally would go into mattresses and especially after these devices caused serious health problems, the issue had a prominent place on the health agenda.

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