Thursday, 8 February
Russian meddling in the EU: vote on a resolution
Following Tuesday’s debate, MEPs will vote at noon on a resolution about tackling Russian attempts to interfere in the EU’s democratic processes. Deeply worried by alleged ties between individual MEPs and European political parties with Russia, they are set to express their complete outrage and grave concern over Russia’s continuous efforts to undermine European democracy.
Parliament to set out its position for World Trade Organization top meeting
In a debate at 9.00 with Commissioner Johansson, MEPs will outline their expectations for the upcoming meeting of the WTO’s highest governing body from 26 to 29 February. They are set to call for comprehensive institutional reform and a fully functioning dispute settlement system, for an agreement concerning overfishing, and for a “fair and permanent” solution to the e-commerce moratorium. A resolution will be put to a vote at noon.
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Situation following elections in Serbia: vote on a resolution
Plenary will vote on a resolution at noon wrapping up its assessment of the situation in Serbia following recent elections. MEPs are set to state that, although smoothly conducted, the elections fell below the expected standards for an EU candidate. The draft also calls for an independent investigation into the parliamentary, provincial and local elections’ irregularities.
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Working conditions of teachers in the EU: debate
In a debate starting around 10.00, MEPs will quiz Commissioner Ivanova about the Commission’s work to deal with challenges such as an ageing population of teachers, severe shortages of teachers, especially in rural areas, increasing violence in schools, and adequate pay for teachers.
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Women’s Rights. MEPs will vote at noon on a resolution outlining their demands for the 68th UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York in March. The draft text calls for equal opportunities in education, in the labour market, and in political and economic decision-making, as well as equal access to economic and financial services.
Venezuela. Plenary will vote at noon on a resolution assessing the situation after key opposition leaders were disqualified ahead of the presidential elections. MEPs are set to call for the immediate release of all arbitrarily arrested political and social leaders and warn that the regime is breaching the agreements signed in Barbados to hold a competitive presidential election in 2024.
Human rights. At noon, MEPs will vote on resolutions on the new wave of mass arrests in Belarus of opposition activists, the rising number of executions in Iran, and attacks on Christians in Nigeria.
Besides the above topics, MEPs will vote between 12.00 and 14.00 on:
- the automated data exchange for police cooperation (“Prüm II”);
- the implementation report on the EU LGBTIQ Equality Strategy 2020-2025; and
- association agreements for the participation of third countries in European Union programmes.
For detailed information on the session, please also see our newsletter.
All information regarding plenary, can be found here.