Agendas of the Institutions
Council agendas are usually posted quite late, are not very helpful in terms of clarity, and removed nearly as quickly as they are posted.
They can be accessed here.
EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AGENDA
The European Parliament agenda is an explosion of colours, each of which holds a specific meaning. So get your colour code crash course now!
RED WEEKS = PLENARY SESSIONS
Usually in Strasbourg, except for the shorter sessions, which take place in Brussels.
These weeks run at the rhythm of the bell announcing at noon that MEPs need to vote.
MEPs vote on reports that passed the Committee stage, adopt resolutions and put questions to the Commission and Council.
They have little time to meet anyone but the evenings can be a good time to hit town with the assistants.
BLUE WEEKS = POLITICAL GROUPS
These weeks usually take place just before plenary weeks, as they enable each political group to coordinate and formulate the positions it will take in the assembly as regards the items on the agenda. These meetings can take place in Brussels or at an external location.
TURQUOISE/GREEN WEEKS = CONSTITUENCY
During these weeks, MEPs cannot be found in Brussels or Strasbourg but usually are either back in their constituency or travelling.
These are usually good weeks to have a relaxed chat with assistants and political advisors, but don’t even dream of finding an MEP (unless you try his constituency office).
PINK WEEKS = COMMITTEE
MEPs prepare the work voted on in plenary through 20 standing committees specialized in various areas. Committee weeks are usually very intense, as many MEPs are members of more than one Committee. During Committee sessions, votes are being held on draft reports, updates on the progress on a report are given, debates are held and own-initiative reports presented.