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Continuation of remote meetings with external participants

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the President of the European Parliament announced on 9 March 2022 a new decision on 'extraordinary measures enabling the European Parliament to carry out its duties and exercise its prerogatives under the Treaties'. All face-to-face committee and interparliamentary meetings shall continue to be organised under the remote participation regime. The decision shall lapse on 12 June 2022 unless renewed, amended or revoked before this date.

Upcoming Interparliamentary Committee Meeting on EU enlargement policy in the aftermath of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, 27 June (AFCO)

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This Interparliamentary Committee meeting will provide an excellent forum for a debate and an exchange of information to evaluate the implications of the war in Ukraine for the European Union and the current and potential EU candidate countries.

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament (AFET) in cooperation with the Legislative Dialogue Unit of the Directorate for Relations with national Parliaments is inviting Members of the national Parliaments of the EU Member States as well as Members of Parliaments from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo*, Montenegro, Moldova, North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine to attend a semi-remote Interparliamentary Committee Meeting.

This exchange will be particularly important, as it will follow the European Council meeting on 23-24 June 2022, during which the EU membership applications of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia will be discussed. Debating the perspective of national parliaments regarding the future of the EU enlargement policy will be particularly relevant and timely.

This meeting will be held remotely via a videoconference on Monday, 27 June from 15.00 to 17.00 (CET) at the European Parliament in Brussels.

COSAC Chairpersons' meeting in July 10-11

The Czech Presidency will organise the COSAC Chairpersons’ meeting in Prague on Sunday 10 July and Monday 11 July. The European Parliament will be represented by First Vice-President Othmar Karas who will deliver the keynote speech in the second session on “Media and Democracy: Current Challenges”.

The COSAC Chairpersons meeting is the opening event of the parliamentary dimension of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU. The meeting will be co-chaired by Mr Ondřej Benešík, Chair of the EU Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Deputies and Mr David Smoljak, Chair of the EU Affairs Committee of the Senate. After more than two years of virtual meetings, this COSAC Chairpersons meeting will be held fully in-person.

The opening of the event will take place on Sunday with a dinner reception in the Waldstein Garden of the Waldstein Palace. The next morning, on Monday 11 July the COSAC Presidential Troika will meet for a preparatory meeting at the seat of the Czech Senate to discuss the LXVIII COSAC Plenary Meeting and the 38th COSAC Bi-annual Report, among other matters.

The Chairpersons meeting provides for two sessions. The first session will focus on the presentation of the priorities of the Czech Presidency, as tradition dictates. Mr Mikuláš Bek, Minister for European Affairs of the Government of the Czech Republic, will give the first keynote speech which will be followed by a debate.

The second session of the meeting will address the current challenges of media for democracy with keynote speaker Mr Othmar Karas, Vice-President of the European Parliament, followed by a message delivered by Ms Věra Jourová, Vice-President of the European Commission and a speech from Mr Michal Klíma, Commissioner for Media and Counter-Disinformation of the Czech Government. A debate will then take place and the meeting will end with the closing remarks of the two Chairs, Mr Ondřej Benešík and Mr David Smoljak.

The Chairpersons meeting will be broadcast by the Czech Presidency as a live stream on www.parleu2022.cz.

Ukraine, new own resources and reform of the Stability and Growth Pact discussed during second virtual European Parliamentary Week

The European Parliament together with the French Parliament have organized a second virtual European Parliamentary Week 2022. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, this meeting was held remotely via a videoconference from the European Parliament in Brussels on 15-16 March 2022. All three plenary sessions have been co-chaired by the European Parliament and both Chambers of the French Parliament.

The European Parliamentary Week 2022 brought together Parliamentarians from the European Union, candidate and observer countries to discuss economic, budgetary, employment and social matters. The programme of this year edition included key-addresses of Roberta Metsola, President of the European Parliament, Ursula Von der Leyen, President of the European Commission and Antonio Costa, Prime Minister of Portugal. This year debates were dominated by the war in Ukraine and the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on EU economies, its recovery and next steps.

The EP’s Budgetary Control Committee (CONT) in cooperation with the Legislative Dialogue Unit of the Directorate for Relations with national Parliaments invited Members of a number of selected national Parliaments of the EU Member States to attend a virtual meeting.

The EP's Development Committee (DEVE), in cooperation with the Legislative Dialogue Unit of the Directorate of Relations with National Parliaments, organised on 14 June 2022 an Interparliamentary Committee Meeting (ICM) with National Parliaments on 'The debt crisis in developing countries'.

The aim of the meeting was to discuss the follow up and the implementation of the proposals of the Conference, including potential treaty changes.

The aim of the meeting was to discuss the efficiency of the subsidiarity mechanism in the EU, from both National Parliaments' and European perspectives, with the main actors involved: parliamentarians, representatives of the European Commission and Committee of the Regions, experts and practitioners.

Following the recent adoption of the Commision's proposal for a Directive on corporate sustainability due diligence, the European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) and the Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI), in cooperation with the Legislative Dialogue Unit of the Directorate for Relations with national Parliaments, invited Members of national Parliaments of the EU Member States to attend a virtual Interparliamentary Committee Meeting (ICM).

The LXVII COSAC Plenary Meeting was organized in Paris by the French Presidency on 3-5 March 2022. After two years of remotely held COSAC meetings, this was the first fully in-presence organised meeting at the premises of the French National Assembly.

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An ambitious future for Europe's women after COVID-19: mental load, gender equality in teleworking and unpaid care work after the pandemic

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The 20th session of the Inter-Parliamentary Conference on the Common Foreign and Security Policy and the Common Security and Defence Policy, took place on 24-25 February 2022 in Paris in person, organised by the Parliamentary Dimension of the French Presidency.

Evaluation on the activities of Eurojust: in an Interparliamentary Committee Meeting European and national parliamentarians discussed the agency’s current and future activities and its cooperation with the European Public Prosecutor’s Office and national authorities.