Commissioners-designate hearings, plenary and committee meetings, Brussels
Hearings of new Commissioners-designate. The hearings of the new Commissioners-designate Oliver Várhelyi (Neigbourhood and Enlargement), Adina-Ioana Vălean (Transport), and Thierry Breton (Internal Market) will take place on 14 November. Each of them will face a three-hour hearing where MEPs will examine whether they are qualified to be Member of the College of Commissioners, to carry out their assigned duties and to deliver on the programme that President-elect Ursula von der Leyen presented to MEPs in July. (Thursday)
Fall of the Berlin Wall. In a solemn sitting at the beginning of the plenary session, Parliament will mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989. EP President David Sassoli and German Bundestag’s President Wolfgang Schäuble will address MEPs (Wednesday).
Sex education in Poland. Parliament will vote on a resolution on the criminalisation of sex education in Poland. During the debate in the last plenary session, many MEPs voiced concerns regarding the proposed legislation, calling on the Polish government to change or withdraw it (Thursday).
Migration. MEPs will discuss the situation of migration in the hotspots on the Greek islands as well as in Bosnia with the Commission and the Finnish Council Presidency (Thursday).
Support for former Carrefour Belgium workers. MEPs are set to back mobilising €1.6 million to help 400 former workers of Carrefour Belgium who have been made redundant due to rise in online shopping, helping them find new jobs by providing occupational guidance and vocational training (Thursday).
Children’s rights. Ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child on 20 November, MEPs will discuss progress made over the past three decades and reflect on the new challenges children and youth face. A resolution will be put to the vote during the Strasbourg session end of November (Wednesday).
Turkish drilling activities. MEPs will discuss the latest developments and rising tensions among Eastern Mediterranean countries following Turkey’s offshore drilling activities in the Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone (Wednesday).
2020 EU Budget. MEPs and EU governments will continue talks to find an agreement on the EU budget for 2020. Parliament wants investments for climate protection, the Youth Employment Initiative and Erasmus+ as well as to support SMEs, research, digitalisation, migration and external policy, including development and humanitarian aid (all week).
President’s diary. On Tuesday, President David Sassoli will meet Commissioners-designate Olivér Várhelyi and Thierry Breton. On Wednesday he will meet Commissioner Julian King, Wolfgang Schäuble, President of the German Bundestag and Giuseppe Provenzano, Minister for Southern Italy. He will also attend the exhibition on the 30th Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. On Thursday, President Sassoli will meet Commissioner-designate Janez Lenarcic,
Press seminar on EP priorities. The EP Press Service organises a seminar for journalists from member states on “A new political agenda for Europe: the priorities of the European Parliament group leaders” with EP President Sassoli and the leaders of EP political groups (Tuesday and Wednesday).
Press briefing. The EP Press Service will hold a press briefing on the week's activities at 11.00 on Monday (Anna Politkovskaya room, press centre, Brussels).