Election of the European Commission, Climate Emergency/COP25 and US tariffs on EU food
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Hearings of Commissioner-candidates. The Conference of Presidents (EP President and the leaders of the political groups) is scheduled to hold an exchange of views with the three executive vice presidents-elect (Valdis Dombrovskis, Margrethe Vestager and Frans Timmermans) and decide on the outcome of the hearings process (Thursday).
Migrants/Libya. The Civil Liberties Committee and the Human Rights sub-committee will assess conditions for asylum-seekers in Libya against the backdrop of the situation in the country, including how armed groups may be linked to organised crime and the conditions in detention centres. Guests include representatives of the European External Action Service (EEAS), Commission, UNHCR, IOM, Médecins sans Frontières as well as International Rescue Committee (IRC) President David Miliband (Thursday).
Convention on the Rights of the Child. Parliament is organising a high-level conference to mark the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child as well as to discuss progress made over the past three decades and reflect on the challenges that children and youth face today. It will be opened by Her Majesty the Queen of the Belgians, Parliament President David Sassoli as well as Spanish singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Bisbal. (Wednesday).
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.