By Ata Ufuk ┼×eker
Brussels Letter, week beginning Sept. 5

- Car emissions

On Monday, the Parliament's Inquiry Committee on Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS) will hear two former commissioners: Janez Potocnik and European Parliament (EP) Vice President Antonio Tajani, who were in charge of the environment, industry and entrepreneurship from 2010 to 2014. The two former commissioners will face questions on the implementation of legislation on type approval and emissions measurements as well as on factors which influenced policy choices made at the time.

- Future financing of EU

 EP President Martin Schulz, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the Chair of the High Level Group on Own Resources, Mario Monti, are among participants of a conference on how the EU should be financed over the coming years. The meeting brings together national MPs from all 28 Member States and MEPs on Wednesday and Thursday and Schulz and Monti will hold a joint press conference on Thursday at 13:30 in Brussels.

- Plenary preparations

The European Parliament’s political groups will prepare for the Sept. 12-15 plenary session in Strasbourg and the annual State of the European Union debate with Commission President Juncker. A further highlight of the session will be discussions on the upcoming informal Bratislava summit. Agenda items also include the first report of the inquiry committee into car emissions measurements, debates and votes on the respect of fundamental rights in Poland, help for Italy and Greece to cope with migrants, travel documents for the return of illegal migrants, a ban on the export of equipment which can be used for implementing the death penalty or torture, and measures to increase the efficiency of regional funding and to enhance the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises.

- Eurogroup

The Eurogroup will discuss Greece’s progress in achieving the milestones agreed in its financial assistance program on Friday in Bratislava.

Ministers will also have a thematic discussion on growth, jobs and the quality of public finances. Ministers will briefly talk over procedural preparations for the upcoming assessment of the euro area's draft budgetary plans, which begins in mid-October each year.

05 Sep,2016