The Week Ahead 26 April – 02 May 2021
Brexit/EU-UK agreement. MEPs will vote on giving their consent to the agreement that sets the rules for the future relationship between the EU and the UK. To minimise cross-border disruption, the agreement has already been applied provisionally since 1 January 2021; the provisional agreement is set to lapse on 30 April 2021. Parliament’s consent is necessary for the agreement to properly enter into force MEPs will also vote on a resolution assessing the agreement, in which they insist on its full implementation along with the Withdrawal Agreement, and stressing Parliament's role in scrutinizing the practical application of the deals. (debate and vote Tuesday, result Wednesday)
Digital Green Certificate. Parliament will discuss and vote on the Commission’s proposal for a Digital Green Certificate, which is planned to document information on a person’s vaccination status, COVID-19 test results or recovery status. Once MEPs have amended the legislative proposal, talks with member states can start promptly in order to adopt the Certificate by the summer. A webinar with lead MEPs on the topic is scheduled for Monday from 12.15 to 13.15. (debate and vote Wednesday, result Thursday)
EU summit/EU-Turkey meeting. MEPs will comment on the outcome of the 25-26 March summit as well as on the 7 April meeting between the EU and Turkey in a debate with European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. (Monday)
Russia/China. MEPs will debate the Alexei Navalny’s imprisonment and treatment, Russian military build-up on the Ukraine border and the recent Czechia-Russia diplomatic row, as well as the recent Chinese sanctions against several European entities and politicians with EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell. (debates Wednesday, resolution on Russia voted on Thursday)
Rail passengers’ rights. Parliament is set to adopt new rules that would better protect and assist train travellers, by guaranteeing rerouting and helping passengers when their train is delayed or cancelled. The new law will also improve access and assistance to people with reduced mobility, and will help the introduction of more dedicated spaces for bicycles on trains. (debate Wednesday, vote and result Thursday)
Preventing dissemination of terrorist content. MEPs are set to give a green light to new rules preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online, obliging internet platforms to remove flagged content or disable access to it in all member states within one hour of a takedown request. (debate Wednesday, vote and result Thursday)
EU programmes. Parliament will discuss and vote on a wide range of EU programmes, such as the Horizon Europe research programme, the programme for Environment and Climate Action, the Civil Protection Mechanism, the European Defence Fund or the EU Anti-Fraud Programme.
President’s Diary. On Tuesday, EP President David Sassoli will meet the President of North Macedonia, Stevo Pendarovski, as well as the Prime Minister of Slovakia, Eduard Heger. On Wednesday, he will meet the Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti.
Press Briefing. On Monday at 15.30, spokespersons from Parliament and political groups will hold a press briefing on next week’s plenary session.
The full agenda