The Parliament is due to vote in plenary in February on a report from the Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO) which aims to adjust the current distribution of seats among Member States and to redistribute some of the seats that would become vacant after Brexit.
The assembly solidly backs the opinion lead by the president of the Canary Islands Fernando Clavijo calling for a renewed strategy that brings jobs, economic development, social cohesion and equal opportunities to the outermost regions.
Update: press release from European Parliament.
The European Parliament has called for the withdrawal agreement to incorporate the full set of rights citizens currently enjoy and to ensure reciprocity, equity, symmetry and non-discrimination for EU citizens in the United Kingdom and UK citizens in the European Union. On 1 February 2018 the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and the Committee on Petitions will hold a public hearing to take stock of the situation on citizens’ rights after the announcement in December 2017 that sufficient progress has been achieved in the negotiations for the withdrawal agreement.
The European Commission welcomes today’s decision by the General Affairs Council (Article 50) to allow negotiations to begin on possible transitional arrangements following the United Kingdom’s orderly withdrawal from the European Union.
The post also contains a link to key documents.
The European Parliament’s constitutional affairs committee today backed a report outlining the make-up of the Parliament for the 2019 European elections. The main question for the report was how to use the 73 parliamentary seats that will become available when the UK leaves the EU. MEPs voted to reapportion 27 of these seats to countries that are currently underrepresented and reduce the overall number of MEPs from 751 to 705. They also opened the way for transnational lists of MEPs, to work alongside the current national ones.