In an effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Parliament is reducing the need for physical meetings on its premises, without compromising its role of democratic scrutiny nor its ability to approve the necessary legislative measures to combat the virus and support the public, consumers, businesses and emergency services.
The required social distancing of 1.5 m will be respected on EP premises at all times. Any parliamentary activities, like committee and plenary meetings, which are still taking place will be web-streamed and can be followed by the media without requiring their physical presence on EP premises. MEPs, Commissioners and Council representatives will be able to participate remotely.
Conference of Presidents. EP President Sassoli and the leaders of the political groups (Conference of Presidents) will discuss Parliament’s activities for the next days, including legislative and budgetary files linked to the EU response to the pandemic (Thursday).
EU response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Internal Market Committee will discuss with Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton EU measures to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and how member states are cooperating with each other. Green lanes to ensure that essential goods, such as medical supplies and food reach those who need them the most, as well as the joint purchase of medical supplies, are likely to be addressed in the debate (Thursday).
Refugee situation in Greece. The Civil Liberties Committee MEPs will assess the situation at the Greek external borders with Greek Minister for Migration and Asylum Notis Mitarachi and Minister for Citizen Protection Michalis Chrisochoidis, Croatia’s State Secretary for European and International Affairs Terezija Gras, Commission Vice-President for Promoting the European way of life Margaritis Schinas, Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson as well as representatives of Frontex and the Fundamental Rights Agency (Thursday).
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