Coming up: special plenary session to speed up implementation corona measures 


This Thursday the Parliament is holding a special plenary session so that the first measures to help people and business deal with the impact of the corona outbreak can be approved.

The Parliament is fully supporting unprecedented measures being taken by the EU to help member states deal with the pandemic and mitigate its effects. To play its part, the Parliament is doing everything it can to speed up the implementation of these initiatives.

During the session on 26 March, MEPs will debate and vote on the following measures:

  • The Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative, which will make €37 billion from the Cohesion funds available to EU countries to address the consequences of the crisis,
  • A legislative proposal to extend the scope of the EU Solidarity Fund to cover public health emergencies
  • A European Commission proposal to stop the so-called ghost flights caused by the Covid-19 outbreak

These proposals would also need to be approved by the Council in order to enter into force.

Normally MEPs would have to be present in order to vote, but because of the corona outbreak special measures have been adopted to enable them to vote remotely.

The session on 26 March replaces the on originally planned for 1-2 April.