Brexit debate, Sakharov Prize and visa suspension at the plenary – this week at the European Parliament
The MEPs travel to Strasbourg this week for a week of plenary debates and votes. The upcoming Council summit is high on the agenda. The award of the Sakharov Prize of Freedom of Thought will take place on Tuesday and other pressing business will be discussed during the busy week. The highlights are below.
Brexit and EU summit preparations. MEPs will air their views on the most pressing issues ahead of the EU Council summit taking place this Thursday. Brexit, migration, security and defence, the economy, jobs for young people, relations with Russia will be debated on Wednesday morning.
Sakharov Prize Award. Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar, public advocates for the Yazidi community in Iraq and survivors of sexual enslavement by the so-called Islamic State, will receive the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in a ceremony on Tuesday at 11am UK time. A joint press conference of the laureates with Parliament’s President Martin Schulz will take place immediately after the award ceremony at 11.30am UK time.
Visa suspension. New rules to allow visa requirements to be reimposed faster and more easily on third-country nationals will be put to a vote in plenary on Thursday. Under the new rules, visa requirements may be reintroduced if there is a substantial increase in irregular migration or unfounded asylum applications, lack of cooperation on readmission of migrants or threats to public or EU internal security. (Debate Wednesday, vote Thursday)