President Tajani led Parliament in remembering those affected by disasters across Europe this summer with a minute of silence, at the opening of the session in Strasbourg.
Referring to the disasters which took place throughout the summer, President Tajani remembered those affected by the violent fires which hit Greece in July, causing over 90 deaths and injuring 200 people. More than a thousand houses were razed, damaging the environment and the economy.
Sweden was also hit by devastating fires due to high temperatures, the latest sign of the effects of climate change, said the President. The Civil Protection Mechanism supported national authorities across Europe with helicopters, fire planes and other equipment - a palpable example of EU solidarity.
In Italy, the collapse of the Morandi bridge near Genoa on 14th August caused 43 deaths and hundreds to lose their homes. “I hope that political responsibility will be taken and that efforts will swiftly be put into reconstructing the bridge, which is one of the nodes of TEN-T network”, said President Tajani.
The tragedy in Genoa was followed by deaths in Calabria caused by floods. Resources made available from the EU will hopefully be put to good use to rebuild this region, said the President.
On behalf of the European Parliament, President Tajani offered condolences to the families of the victims affected by these disasters.
Igor GRÄZIN (ALDE, EE) as of 5 September
Innocenzo LEONTINI (EPP, IT) as of 20 August
Kaja KALLAS (ALDE, EE) as of 5 September
Burkhard BALZ (EPP, DE) as of 31 August
Changes to the agenda
A debate on the forest fires which hit eastern Attica will be added as the fifth item, after the item on specific measures for Greece, with a resolution to be voted on Thursday.
A statement by High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica MOGHERINI on the demolition of the Bedouin village of Khan Al-Amar will be added as 6th item, with a resolution to be voted on Thursday.
Requests by committees to start negotiations with Council and Commission
Decisions by several committees to enter into inter-institutional negotiations (Rule 69c) are published on the plenary website.
If no request for a vote in Parliament on the decision to enter into negotiations is made by Tuesday 24.00, the committees may start negotiations.