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Tuesday, 22 November

Women on boards: binding rules to increase gender balance on company boards

Following a plenary debate with Commissioner Dalli, MEPs are set to formally adopt new EU legislation obliging all large publicly-listed companies to introduce measures to boost the presence of women on their boards. By July 2026, under the new rules, at least 40% of non-executive director posts or 33% of all director posts will go to the under-represented sex. A press conference by EP President Metsola and the co-rapporteurs Lara Wolters and Evelyn Regner is scheduled for 15.00.

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Ensuring protection of EU’s critical infrastructure

Starting at 9.00, MEPs will debate with Commissioner Johansson draft rules to improve the resilience of EU essential infrastructure. The sectors covered are energy, transport, banking, financial market infrastructure, digital infrastructure, drinking and waste water, food (including production, processing and delivery), health, public administration, and space. The final vote will take place at 12.30.

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Ceremony of the 70th anniversary of the European Parliament

Parliament will commemorate the creation of the Common Assembly of the European Coal and Steel Community in 1952 at 11.30. President Metsola and the Prime Ministers of Parliament’s three host countries France, Belgium, and Luxembourg Ms Élisabeth Borne, Mr Alexander de Croo, and Mr Xavier Bettel respectively - will address plenary, followed by a round of contributions by political group leaders.

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Iran: debate on the violent repression after death of Mahsa Amini

In the afternoon, MEPs will discuss with Commissioner Várhelyihow to respond to the increasing crackdown on Iranian protests. Demonstrations have already been going on for over two months, more than 300 people have died by the regime’s brutal repression, and at least five people have been sentenced to death.

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In brief:

Question time with HR Borrell: the grain initiative deal. MEPs will quiz EU diplomacy chief Josep Borrell on the ongoing efforts to ensure that grain and fertilisers can continue to be exported through the Black Sea during an escalating war in Ukraine.

2023 EU budget. At 13.30 plenary will look into the deal on next year’s EU budget. Addressing the fallout from the Ukraine war and the pandemic recovery process more effectively is the main aim of the agreement, on which MEPs will vote on Wednesday.

Changes to EU economic governance. MEPs will seek clarifications from Commission Vice-President Dombrovskis and Commissioner Gentiloni on their new economic governance ideas, in a round of questions at 15.00.


Between 12.30 and 13.30, MEPs will vote, among others, on:

  • new rules on access to EU waters;
  • the request to fast-track a macrofinancial aid to Ukraine;
  • a candidate for the European Court of Auditors, and
  • whether to seek the opinion of the EU Court on joining the Cybercrime Convention.

Find here a detailed voting schedule.

Live coverage of the session can be found on Parliament’s webstreaming and on EbS+.

Check also our newsletter for detailed information on the session, as well as the plenary page for all priority information.