Plenary session, Strasbourg
Sakharov Prize. Uyghur scholar and human rights activist Ilham Tohti, currently imprisoned for life in China, will be awarded the 2019 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought by EP President Sassoli. President Sassoli and Ms Ilham, the daughter of Ilham Tohti who will be representing him, are also scheduled to hold a press conference at 12.40 after the ceremony. MEPs will also discuss China’s repression of Uyghurs, followed by a vote on a resolution. (ceremony, debate Wednesday, vote Thursday).
A press seminar on the Sakharov Prize with the 2019 finalists will take place on Wednesday 9.15-12.00.
Summit. MEPs will discuss with European Council President Charles Michel and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen the results of the 12-13 December meeting of EU heads of state or government, where leaders discussed climate change, the EU’s long-term budget, Brexit, the Economic and Monetary Union, foreign relations and the future of Europe. (Wednesday)
Lisbon Treaty. MEPs will celebrate 10 years of the Lisbon Treaty and the Charter of Fundamental Rights, the key reforms that enhanced democracy and strengthened Parliament, while expanding European citizens’ rights. (Wednesday)
Ombudsman. Parliament will elect the European Ombudsman for a five-year mandate. The Ombudsman conducts inquiries into cases of maladministration by EU institutions, bodies, offices and agencies, acting on their own initiative or on the basis of complaints from EU citizens. Five candidates are running for the post. (Tuesday)
Malta. MEPs will discuss the investigation into Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder, the journalist and writer killed in 2017, and the political turmoil in Malta. A resolution will also be put to the vote (debate Tuesday, vote Thursday)
Discrimination against LGBTI people. MEPs are set to condemn ‘‘LGBTI-free zones’’ in a vote on a resolution on the public discrimination and hate speech that LGBTI people face in some EU countries, notably Poland (Wednesday).
Misuse of EU funds. Following reports of land grabbing and abuse of power in some member states, MEPs will ask the Commission to propose measures to protect the EU's finances. (Tuesday)
Bees. MEPs are expected to push for a further reduction in pesticide use, more funds for research and better monitoring in order to save pollinators such as bees, butterflies and other insects (debate Tuesday, vote Wednesday)
President’s Diary. EP President David Sassoli will meet with Jewher Ilham, the daughter of 2019 Sakharov Prize winner Ilham Tohti, on Wednesday at 11.40. On Friday afternoon, he will attend the closing ceremony in Matera, to conclude the city’s year as the European Capital of Culture.
Pre-session press briefing. The EP Press Service will hold a press briefing with political groups’ spokespersons at 16:00 on Monday in the Daphne Caruana Galizia Press conference room, Strasbourg.