Coming up: hearings, Fall of the Berlin Wall, children’s rights  


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Pieces of the Berlin wall displayed in front of the European Parliament in Brussels  

MEPs will hold hearings with three candidate commissioners, commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall and mark 30 years of the Convention of the Rights of the Child this week.


On Thursday 14 November the public hearings of the three new Commissioners-designate take place: Olivér Várhelyi (Neighbourhood and Enlargement), Adina-Ioana Vălean (Transport) and Thierry Breton (Internal Market). This follows  the examination of their declarations of financial interest by Parliament's legal affairs committee. During the hearings, MEPs will examine their competencies and abilities to deliver the programme that President-elect Ursula von der Leyen presented to MEPs in July.

Berlin Wall

On Wednesday, at the beginning of the plenary session, members will mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall on 9 November 1989, an event that helped unite Europe.

Children’s rights

MEPs will also mark another anniversary on Wednesday. On 20 November, it will be 30 years since the Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted and members will discuss what progress has been made as well as the challenges young people face today.

Migration hotspots

Migration is on the agenda on Thursday, when MEPs debate migration hotspots, notably the situation in Greece and Bosnia.

Turkish drilling

Turkey is back on the agenda on Wednesday, when members will discuss recent drilling in EU waters in the Eastern Mediterranean, which have triggered tensions. Recently, during their discussion on the country's military operation in Syria, MEPs expressed their concerns and called for the measures against Turkey.

Sex education in Poland

On Thursday, MEPs will vote on a resolution calling on the Polish government to rescind a proposed law criminalising sex education.