Coming up: farm policy, EU 2022 budget, pharmaceutical strategy 

 
 

MEPs will vote on the EU’s new agricultural policy, discuss reinforcing its pharmaceutical strategy and suggest new avenues for legal migration to the EU 22-25 November.

Common Agricultural Policy


On Tuesday, Parliament will vote on proposals to reform the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), aiming to make it fairer, more sustainable and crisis-resilient. The new CAP includes tailor-made measures to help farmers cope with crises, more support for small farms and young farmers and higher sanctions for those who repeatedly infringe rules.


Read more on how the CAP supports farmers.


EU budget for 2022


Young people, health and climate action are among the priorities of next year’s EU budget which MEPs will vote on Wednesday, following an agreement with the Council. Parliament is set to approve a funding boost of €479.1 million, on top of the European Commission's proposal, for programmes such as Horizon Europe and Erasmus+.


Covid-19


In light of rising Covid-19 cases across the EU, MEPs will discuss how to coordinate member states’ measures to combat the pandemic more effectively across the EU. The impact of the EU digital Covid certificate and the low vaccination rates in several countries are also likely to be addressed during the debate, which will take place on Monday.


On Wednesday, MEPs will also discuss the EU’s role in combatting the Covid-19 pandemic.


A stronger pharmaceutical strategy


MEPs are expected to call for a more resilient pharmaceutical policy that ensures all patients have access to essential and affordable medicines and supports a more competitive and climate-neutral pharmaceutical industry. The debate will take place on Monday and the vote on Tuesday.


Belarus


On Tuesday, MEPs will debate the security and humanitarian consequences of the ongoing crisis at the Polish-Belarusian border and the Belarusian regime’s attempts to direct a substantial number of migrants towards the EU’s external borders.


Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya will address Parliament the following day.


New avenues for legal migration


Proposals to facilitate legal migration to the EU and end labour exploitation will be debated on Tuesday. The proposals aim to address Europe’s demographic challenges and effectively match immigrants’ skills with labour market needs. The vote will take place on Wednesday.


Critical raw materials


The Covid-19 pandemic and the EU’s transition to greener energy sources have highlighted the need to make the supply of critical raw materials, such as titanium and lithium, more secure and sustainable. On Monday, MEPs are set to call for more environmentally-friendly extraction, processing and disposal of raw materials.


Also on the agenda


  • The outcome of COP26
  • A European social security pass for mobile workers
  • Rule of law and media freedom in Slovenia
  • Police violence against Romani people
  • State of the Energy Union