Plenary, committee and political groups meetings, Brussels
European Green Deal/Special plenary. Parliament will hold an extraordinary plenary session 14:00-16:00 on Wednesday, at which European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans will present “The European Green Deal” and the timeline of related legislative proposals to MEPs and hear their first reactions. The European Green Deal should enable Europe to become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050 (Wednesday).
Climate change/COP25. A European Parliament delegation will attend the UN COP25 Climate Change Conference in Madrid. Last week, MEPs in plenary session declared a climate emergency and called on the EU to cut emissions by 55% by 2030 to become climate neutral by 2050 (Monday to Saturday).
Conference on the Future of the Europe. The Constitutional Affairs Committee will finalise its input for EP leaders (Conference of Presidents) on how to structure the upcoming Conference on the Future of Europe. The Conference, organised by Parliament, Council and Commission is to start in 2020 and run for two years. It is intended to involve a cross-section of society and give citizens the chance to contribute to the reform of the EU. (Monday).
Plenary preparations. Political groups will prepare for the last session in 2019 from 16 to19 December in Strasbourg, where MEPs will honour the winner of the 2019 Sakharov Prize, imprisoned Uyghur economist Ilham Tohti, as well as have a debate on the situation of the Uyghur in China. Parliament will celebrate 10 years of the Lisbon treaty, discuss the results of the 12-13 December Summit, elect the European Ombudsman, vote on two laws to counter VAT fraud, discuss the latest developments in Malta and debate animal welfare as well as ways to close the gender pay gap.
President’s diary. European Parliament President David Sassoli will meet 2017 Sakharov Prize winner Laurent Saleh and then open the inauguration ceremony of the “Sakharov Walk of Freedom”, as well as deliver the opening speech at the conference “The European Council ten years after Lisbon - institutional dynamics and impact to date”, on Tuesday. On Wednesday, President Sassoli will meet U.S. economist and activist Jeremy Rifkin and FIFA President Gianni Infantino. On Thursday, Mr Sassoli will meet with Cyprus’ President Níkos Anastasiádis, Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki as well as address the European Council, followed by a press conference.