Hungary/Rule of Law. Civil Liberties Committee MEPs will assess the rule of law situation in Hungary, with Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and the Romanian Presidency, as well as the progress made by the Council in examining Parliament's request to determine, in accordance with Treaty Article 7, whether Hungary is at risk of breaching the EU´s founding values. (Thursday).
Migration/NGOs in the Mediterranean. 2018 Sakharov Prize finalist NGOs, which carried out search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean that are now being prevented from operating, will discuss the topic with MEPs from the Civil Liberties and Foreign Affairs committees and the Human Rights subcommittee (Monday).
Conference “OCEANS - The Future of the Blue Planet”. The event, hosted by President Tajani, will gather key politicians and experts to discuss the future of oceans, with panel debates covering global ocean governance, a sustainable blue economy, and healthy as well as clean seas and oceans.(Tuesday).
Plenary preparations. Political groups will prepare for the 25-28 March plenary session in Strasbourg, where MEPs will vote on the new copyright law, single use plastics, quality of drinking water, CO2 emissions for new passenger cars, the internal market for electricity, posting of drivers and their allowed driving times and resting periods, as well as ending the time switch between summer and winter. Parliament will also vote on the final recommendations of its special committee on financial crimes, tax evasion and tax avoidance (TAX3).
President’s diary. EP President Antonio Tajani will deliver a keynote speech at Creative Week 2019 and the opening speech at the World Down Syndrome Day 2019 event, on Wednesday. On Thursday, President Tajani will address the European Council, followed by a press conference.
Pre-session press briefing. The EP Press Service will hold a press briefing with the EP's political group spokespersons at 11.00 on Friday (Anna Politkovskaya room, press centre, Brussels).