The Week Ahead 10 – 16 May 2021 

The Week Ahead 10 – 16 May 2021 


Committee and political group meetings, Brussels

Recovery and Resilience Facility
. MEPs will discuss with Commission Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis and Commissioner Gentiloni the 672-billion-euro Recovery and Resilience Facility and the respective plans submitted by member states. The meeting will be the first of this kind in which MEPs and the Commission will meet up every two months to discuss matters concerning the implementation of the Facility. (Monday)

Protecting media and civil society.
The Committees on Legal Affairs and Civil Liberties will debate how to better protect media and civil society organisations from so-called SLAPPs (strategic lawsuits against public participation), which are intended to silence or intimidate them. Since 2018, MEPs have been calling for legislation in this field. A press briefing with the rapporteurs will take place at 11.00 after the committee debate. More info here. (Tuesday)

Sexual and reproductive health
. In a report to be put to the vote on Tuesday, Women’s Rights Committee MEPs are set to criticise the backlash against sexual and reproductive health and rights of women in the EU, which is contributing to the erosion of acquired rights and endangering women’s health. (Tuesday)

Russian interference in EU
. The Special Committee on foreign interference in all democratic processes in the EU (INGE) will discuss with Mikhail Khodorkovsky (former head of the Russian Yukos oil group now living in exile) his organisation Dossier Center's findings on Russian interference in EU affairs and in various EU member states. (Monday)

Migration situation in the Mediterranean.
MEPs on the Civil Liberties Committee will be joined by journalists from German weekly Der Spiegel and the investigative outlet Lighthouse Reports to discuss their latest investigations into the migration situation in the Mediterranean and the alleged breaches of fundamental rights involving Frontex staff (Monday).

Plenary preparations
. Political groups will prepare the 17-20 May plenary session, where MEPs will debate and vote on the Just Transition Fund to mitigate the social impact of greening the economy; on companies’ liability for environmental damage; on the Czech Prime Minister’s conflict of interest ; on the 2019-2020 report on Turkey; on a strategy for hydrogen and integrating the EU’s energy systems, and on new ways for legal labour migration in the EU. MEPs are also set to adopt three important 2021-2027 programmes: Erasmus, Creative Europe and the European Solidarity Corps.

President’s diary.
On Monday, EP-President David Sassoli will meet the Prime Minister of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, and the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Slovenia, Anže Logar. On Tuesday, he will have a meeting with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi.

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