Briefing 
 

How plenary works in times of COVID-19 

Parliament is exercising its core activities by using extraordinary remote voting procedures to approve urgent EU measures to fight the pandemic.

The Parliament has put in place measures for Members to also participate in the plenary session remotely.


Parliament’s political leaders have agreed to allow a temporary alternative remote voting procedure by email for the plenary session on 26 March.


All precautionary measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 are kept in place to allow members and staff to ensure the European Parliament's legislative, budgetary and scrutiny functions can be properly exercised.


Schedule of votes


At 10:00, Parliament President Sassoli will open the session in the Brussels Chamber. MEPs will receive the ballot paper by email for the vote on the urgent procedure pursuant to Rule 163.


At 12.30, the President will announce the outcome of the votes on the urgent procedure and set the deadlines for amendments (14:00) and split and separate votes (16:00).


At 17.30, the President will open the vote on the amendments and MEPs will receive the corresponding ballot papers.


At 20.00, the President will announce the results of the votes on the amendments and will open the final votes. MEPs receive the corresponding ballot papers.


At 22.30, the President will announce the results of the final votes.


Read more in the dedicated Q&A (available as of 26.03).