Opening - Parliament stands up for human rights in Venezuela, not oppression 

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Opening speech of January plenary session by President Tajani© European Union 2019 - EP  

President Tajani expressed Parliament’s concern for the suffering of the Venezuelan people, at the opening of the session in Brussels.

“The European Parliament cannot stand by in silence” said President Tajani. The European Parliament gives its support to Juan Guaidó, he said, adding that peaceful solutions need to be found, so that Venezuelans can return to normal life and have access to food and medicine.

The President also offered his condolences to members of the family of the recently murdered mayor of Gdańsk Paweł Adamowicz, who were present in the chamber.

Incoming Members

Aleksejs LOSKUTOVS (EPP, LV) (24 January

Outgoing Members

Krišjānis KARIŅŠ (EPP, LV) as of 23 January

Changes to the agenda


Council and Commission statements on "The UK’s withdrawal from the European Union" are added as the first item;

A statement on the “Situation in Venezuela” is added as the fourth item; the debate is to be wound up with a resolution, to be voted on Thursday.

The Commission statement on the “State of the US-EU trade negotiations" will be moved up as the sixth item and the Commission statement on “NAIADES II - An action programme to support inland waterway transport” will be postponed to a later part-session.

A debate on the report by Mr Corbett on “Amendments to Parliament's Rules of Procedure”, is added as the last item before the One-minute speeches.


The Joint debate on “Gender balance” is the first item in the morning;

- The debate with the Prime Minister of Finland, Mr Juha Sipilä, on the Future of Europe will take place from 10:00 to 12:00;

- The voting session will start at 12:00.

Furthermore, the following items are added directly to the votes:

- Report by Mr Siekierski on “Rules on direct payments and support for rural development in respect of the years 2019 and 2020”;

- Objection pursuant to Rule 106 on various “Genetically modified oilseed rapes”;

- Objection pursuant to Rule 106 on “Genetically modified maize 5307”;

- Objection pursuant to Rule 106 on “Genetically modified maize MON 87403”; and

- Objection pursuant to Rule 106 on “Genetically modified cotton GHB614”.

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 Wednesday 12.00 midnight, the committees may start negotiations.