Delegation week at the European Parliament
Hearings of the new Commissioners-designate, marking the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall and EU2020 budget
Hearings of new Commissioners-designate. The hearings of the new Commissioners-designate Oliver Várhelyi (Neigbourhood and Enlargement), Adina-Ioana Vălean (Transport), and Thierry Breton (Internal Market) will take place on 14 November. Each of them will face a three-hour hearing where MEPs will examine whether they are qualified to be Member of the College of Commissioners, to carry out their assigned duties and to deliver on the programme that President-elect Ursula von der Leyen presented to MEPs in July. (Thursday).
Plenary - Fall of the Berlin Wall. In a solemn sitting at the beginning of the plenary session, Parliament will mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989. EP President David Sassoli and German Bundestag’s President Wolfgang Schäuble will address MEPs (Wednesday).
Committees - 2020 EU Budget. MEPs and EU governments will continue talks to find an agreement on the EU budget for 2020. Parliament wants investments for climate protection, the Youth Employment Initiative and Erasmus+ as well as to support SMEs, research, digitalisation, migration and external policy, including development and humanitarian aid (all week).
Sakharov Debate 2019: Climate Rights as Human Rights?
It is now beyond scientific doubt that the Earth’s climate is changing, with devastating impacts on the environments we live in. But climate change also affects human rights across the globe: “the world has never seen a threat to human rights of this scope,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet warned earlier this year.
Join us at Europe House a debate on November 29th with academics, law-makers and civil society advocates, chaired by the BBC's Martine Croxall, and named in honour of the European Parliament's annual Sakharov Prize.