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 metres 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.
Legislative and budgetary work. The chairs of EP committees (Conference of Committee chairs) will meet to organise and schedule Parliament's legislative and budgetary work, in the context of EU response to COVID-19 (Wednesday).
Support to EU fisheries. The Fisheries Committee will debate a proposal to amend the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) with Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius. This change would provide for specific, more flexible measures to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak in the fisheries and aquaculture sector. The EMFF proposal broadly deals with supporting businesses in the sector that temporarily stop operating due to the health crisis, financial aid for aquaculture producers, aid on storage and simplified reallocation of national operational funds (Tuesday).
The EP will be in recess from Thursday 9 to Monday 13 April. Parliamentary activities will resume on Tuesday 14 April.
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