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European Parliament: The Week Ahead 7-13 November 2005
President Borrell in Britain.  Parliament's President, Josep Borrell, will make an official visit to the United Kingdom on 9-10 November.  In London, he will have an audience with Queen Elizabeth II, and hold separate meetings with the Prime Minister and the leaders of the main opposition parties (Tuesday). He will also visit Edinburgh, where he will meet the Scottish First Minister and address members of the Scottish Parliament (Wednesday).

Groups prepare for Strasbourg plenary.  Parliament's political groups will devote much of the week ahead to preparations for the plenary session of 14-17 November in Strasbourg.  The main issues include the debate and vote of chemicals regulatory package REACH, a debate on the outcome of the Hampton Court summit, plus discussions of climate change and nuclear power.  A directive promising better information for air passengers on which company is operating flights will also feature.  Institutional matters include the presentation by José Manuel Barroso of the Commission's work programme for 2006 and the annual report of the Court of Auditors for 2004.  

Pre-session press conference.  Any changes to the agenda decided by the Conference of Presidents will be announced at the press briefing at 11am on Friday in Brussels.

Election observation missions in Azerbaijan and Egypt. A delegation of MEPs will be concluding their observation mission for the parliamentary elections of 6 November in Azerbaijan, while another delegation will be heading to Egypt to observe the first round of the legislative elections on 9 November.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Nov 5th, 2005 at 05:17:10 PM EST

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