Summary

Next week, there will be a plenary sitting of the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. Although the Treaties provide that the European Parliament’s plenary sessions must take place in Strasbourg, France, due to the extraordinary circumstances caused by coronavirus COVID-19, the plenary session will exceptionally take place in Brussels. Several significant debates and votes will take place.

On Monday, Commission Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans will discuss the new Climate Law proposal with MEPs. Under the proposed legislation, Europe will strive to become carbon-neutral by 2050.

On Tuesday, Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will debate the current status of EU and national efforts to contain coronavirus COVID-19 with Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission President. MEPs will also discuss the role of the new “EU corona response team.”

On Wednesday, MEPs will debate the EU’s next long-term budget and the consequences of EU Member States’ failure to agree to the 2021-27 Multiannual Financial Framework during the special EU summit of February 20-21, 2020.

Meetings and Agenda

Monday, March 9, 2020 

Plenary Session

17:00 – 21:00

Debates

  • Climate law
  • Banking Union – annual report 2019
    • Rapporteur: Pedro MARQUES (S&D, PT)
  • Competition Policy – annual report 2019
    • Rapporteur: Stéphanie YON-COURTIN (RE, FR)

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 

Plenary Session

09:00-11:50

Debates

  • (possibly) Votes on requests for urgent procedure (Rule 163)
  • Conclusions of the special European Council Meeting of 20 February 2020 on the Multiannual Financial framework
  • Joint debate – European Semester
  • European Semester for economic policy coordination: Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy 2020
    • Rapporteur: Aurore LALUCQ (S&D, FR)
  • European Semester for economic policy coordination: Employment and Social Aspects in the Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy 2020
    • Rapporteur: Klára DOBREV (S&D, HU)

12:00-12:30

Formal Sitting

  • Address by Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana

12:30-14:30

Votes followed by explanations of votes

  • International road passenger transport services by coach and bus in the border regions: cabotage operations between Italy and Switzerland
    • Rapporteur: Markus FERBER (EPP, DE)
  • International road passenger transport services by coach and bus in the border regions: cabotage operations between Germany and Switzerland
    • Rapporteur: Markus FERBER (EPP, DE)
  • Amendment of the EU-Morocco Euro-Mediterranean Aviation Agreement (accession of Bulgaria and Romania)
    • Rapporteur: Sven SCHULZE (EPP, DE)
  • Implementing decision on the launch of automated data exchange with regard to dactyloscopic data in the United Kingdom
    • Rapporteur: Juan Fernando LÓPEZ AGUILAR (S&D, ES)
  • Texts on which debate is closed

15:00-21:00

Debates

  • New Circular Economy Action Plan
  • SME strategy
  • Strategy with Africa
  • The current situation in Georgia
  • Five years of implementation of the Minsk Agreements, a roadmap from war to peace

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 

Plenary Session

09:00-11:50

Debates

  • Preparation of the European Council meeting of 26 and 27 March 2020

12:00-14:00

Votes followed by explanations of votes

  • Protocol on the implementation of the EU-Guinea-Bissau Fisheries Partnership Agreement (2019-2024)
    • Rapporteur: João FERREIRA (GUE/NGL, PT)
  • Protocol on the implementation of the EU-Guinea-Bissau Fisheries Partnership Agreement (2019-2024) (Resolution)
    • Rapporteur: João FERREIRA (GUE/NGL, PT)
  • Protocol on the implementation of the EU-São Tomé and Príncipe Partnership Agreement
    • Rapporteur: Nuno MELO (EPP, PT)
  • EU-Montenegro status agreement on actions carried out by the European Border and Coast Guard Agency in Montenegro
    • Rapporteur: Bettina VOLLATH (S&D, AT)
  • EU-Serbia status agreement on actions carried out by the European Border and Coast Guard Agency in Serbia
    • Rapporteur: Bettina VOLLATH (S&D, AT)
  • The reopening of the prosecution against the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic on the misuse of EU funds and potential conflicts of interest
  • Revision of the guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure
  • EU disability strategy post 2020
  • Texts on which debate is closed

15:00-21:00

  • Topical debate (Rule 162)
  • European Industrial Strategy
  • Shortage of medicine

Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

Debates

08:30-09:00

  • Adoption of Agenda
  • Chair’s announcements

Votes

  • European Semester for economic policy coordination: Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy 2020 -adoption of draft report
    • Rapporteur: Aurore LALUCQ (S&D, FR)

End of vote

Thursday, March 12, 2020 

Plenary Session

09:00 – 11:50
Debates

  • Debates on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law (Rule 144)

12:00-14:00

Votes followed by explanations of votes

  • Motions for resolutions concerning debates on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law (Rule 144)
  • Texts on which debate is closed

15:00-16:00
Debates

  • Major interpellations (Rule 139)

 Friday, March 13, 2020 

  • No meetings of note
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Sebastian Vos is co-chair of the firm’s public policy practice, and heads up its European division. He has extensive experience in the European Union and advises clients as they navigate and manage today’s global regulatory and policy challenges.

Sebastian provides clients with strategic…

Sebastian Vos is co-chair of the firm’s public policy practice, and heads up its European division. He has extensive experience in the European Union and advises clients as they navigate and manage today’s global regulatory and policy challenges.

Sebastian provides clients with strategic public policy, regulatory, and communications advice on a range of competition, trade, transactional and sectoral issues. Sebastian has particular expertise in advising companies in the technology, financial services, energy and transport sectors.

Sebastian was formerly a partner at a leading global public affairs consultancy. Prior to this, he was head of the competition practice at a strategic communications agency. He worked as an attorney at a magic circle firm, specialising in Antitrust, Competition and Trade law, as well as being a member of the Public Policy practice. He has also worked at the European Commission, and was part of its Delegation to the United States in 2000.

Sebastian has written articles on legal and political developments in various publications, including Europe’s World, Bloomberg Business Law Review and European Competition Law Review. He has also been a commentator on broadcast media including CNBC and Bloomberg TV.