Wednesday, 23 June
Opening of the session
EP President David Sassoli will open the plenary session from the hemicycle in Brussels at 15.00, announcing a formal sitting with UN Secretary-General António Guterres to be added to Thursday’s agenda at 11.30.
For detailed information on the session, please also see our newsletter.
All information regarding plenary, including speakers’ lists, can be found here.
EU summit and Relaunch of the Malta Declaration
After the plenary opening, MEPs will present their expectations for the upcoming European Council in a debate with EC Vice-President Šefčovič and the Portuguese Presidency. The 24-25 June summit will focus on the evolution of the pandemic and Europe’s economic recovery, migration policy and relations with Russia and Turkey. Plenary will also debate the management of migration flows and rescue at sea operations, amid calls for member states to agree on a scheme for the relocation of those arriving to front-line countries.
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The €243 billion “cohesion package” will be debated with Commissioner Ferreira, ahead of a final vote on Thursday. The three funds comprising the package will strengthen the EU’s economic, social and territorial cohesion over the next seven years, with a focus on climate action, social justice, sustainable urban development and overcoming the effects of the pandemic.
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Sexual and reproductive health and rights in the EU
MEPs will debate with Commissioner Dalli a report on women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights, which calls for full access to safe and legal abortion across the EU and highlights the negative impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on women’s health and rights. The vote will take place on Thursday.
2020 Rule of law report. MEPs will assess a 2020 report by the Commission on the situation of democracy and the rule of law across the EU with Commissioner Reynders. A resolution, which MEPs will vote on Thursday, asks for improvements in the report’s methodology like the inclusion of recommendations and milestones for member states that have been identified as needing to address specific issues.
Annual report on Bosnia and Herzegovina. Plenary will review the country’s progress towards EU’s accession. In a debate with Commissioner Várhelyi and the Portuguese Presidency, MEPs will point to the need for sustainable peace and reconciliation and to the importance of advancing constitutional reforms. The vote will take place on Thursday.
EU-Swiss relations. MEPs will discuss with EC Vice-President Šefčovič future relations with Switzerland, following the Swiss decision to stop negotiations with the EU on the bilateral Institutional Framework Agreement.
Between 17.00 and 18.15, MEPs will vote, among other things, on:
- conservation and enforcement measures applicable in the Regulatory Area of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organisation (NAFO),
- controls on animals and products of animal origin regarding the use of antimicrobials,
- regulations of the EU Ombudsman, and
- challenges and opportunities for the fishing sector in the Black Sea.
They will also vote on amendments on:
- changes to the Visa Information System, and
- the role of the EU's development cooperation and humanitarian assistance in addressing the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The results will be announced at 20.30.