The Week Ahead 18 – 24 November 2019 

The Week Ahead 18 – 24 November 2019 


Committee and political groups meetings, Brussels

Hearings of Commissioner-candidates. The Conference of Presidents (EP President and the leaders of the political groups) is scheduled to hold an exchange of views with the three executive vice presidents-elect (Valdis Dombrovskis, Margrethe Vestager and Frans Timmermans) and decide on the outcome of the hearings process (Thursday).

Migrants/Libya. The Civil Liberties Committee and the Human Rights sub-committee will assess conditions for asylum-seekers in Libya against the backdrop of the situation in the country, including how armed groups may be linked to organised crime and the conditions in detention centres. Guests include representatives of the European External Action Service (EEAS), Commission, UNHCR, IOM, Médecins sans Frontières as well as International Rescue Committee (IRC) President David Miliband (Thursday).

Rule of Law/Hungary. The Finnish Presidency of the EU Council will report to the Civil Liberties Committee on the latest discussion in Council on the Article 7(1) procedure against Hungary to determine whether there is a clear risk of a serious breach of the EU’s common values. This is the first substantial discussion on the subject in the current legislative term (Thursday).

Eurozone. Eurogroup President Mário Centeno will discuss recent developments in the Euro area with the Economy and Monetary Affairs Committee, with topics such as the economic slowdown as well as completing the Banking Union, including the setup of the European deposit insurance scheme, likely to be raised by MEPs (Monday).

ACP-EU Assembly. Members of the European Parliament and parliamentarians of 78 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries will meet in Kigali, Rwanda, for the 38th ACP-EU Assembly. Climate change and food security, migration, sustainable growth and the post-Cotonou agreement are set to be the focus of the event (Sunday 17 to Thursday).

Convention on the Rights of the Child. Parliament is organising a high-level conference to mark the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child as well as to discuss progress made over the past three decades and reflect on the challenges that children and youth face today. It will be opened by Her Majesty the Queen of the Belgians, Parliament President David Sassoli as well as Spanish singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Bisbal. (Wednesday).

Plenary preparations. Political groups will prepare for the 25-28 November session in Strasbourg, where MEPs are set to elect the new European Commission, following the presentation by Ursula von der Leyen of the College of Commissioners and their programme. They will discuss the upcoming 12-13 December EU summit and the U.N. Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid. MEPs are also set to vote on the EU’s 2020 budget. The sitting finally includes the award of the EP’s LUX film Prize and a solemn sitting with Oleg Sentsov, 2018 Sakharov Prize Laureate, recently released from prison.

President’s diary. EP President David Sassoli will meet the President of the Commission of EU Bishops’ Conferences Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich and the President of the Conference of European Churches Rev. Christian Krieger, on Tuesday. President Sassoli will meet Her Majesty the Queen of the Belgians, on Wednesday.

Pre-session press briefing. The EP Press Service will hold a press briefing with the EP's political group spokespersons at 11.00 on Friday (Anna Politkovskaya room, press centre, Brussels).

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