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Coming up in Parliament: Covid-19, EU budget, rule of law

MEPs will focus on the Covid-19 crisis, the EU budget and the rule of law in a busy week featuring both committee meetings and a plenary session.

Budget and recovery

Negotiations between Parliament, the Council and the European Commission on the EU’s 2021-2027 budget continued on Monday.

On the same day the economic and monetary affairs committee and the budgets committee voted on the €672.5 billion Recovery and Resilience Facility, which is a key element of the EU recovery plan. The facility aims to provide large-scale financial support for investment and reforms in order to tackle the impact of the Covid-19 crisis.

Parliament will vote on the EU’s 2021 budget during its remote plenary session, when MEPs are set to call for increased funding for programmes supporting vulnerable groups. MEPs will also set out the Parliament's position on the financing of the Green Deal.


On Thursday MEPs will discuss  and vote on the functioning of the new EU4Health programme that aims to improve the EU's capacity to help member states in the current health crisis and future crises.

There will also be a debate with the Commission on Thursday on the need for transparency in securing Covid-19 vaccines.

Rule of law

A plenary debate on Thursday will focus on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on democracy, fundamental rights and the rule of law.

Earlier in the week on Tuesday, MEPs and MPs will discuss the first annual rule of law report by the Commission and the role parliaments might play. The European Parliament has proposed an annual monitoring cycle on EU values to replace existing mechanisms.

Also in plenary

The plenary will start on Wednesday afternoon with a debate on the outcome of the US elections.

Later on the same day, MEPs will discuss the fight against terrorism and how to safeguard freedom of expression and the right to education.

Following the appointment of Mairead McGuinness as EU Commissioner, MEPs will elect a new first vice-president of Parliament in a secret ballot.

MEPs will vote on an agreement with China to mutually ensure 200 products that have geographical indications, which, will be protected from imitation or misuse of the name. These include products such as for example Polish vodka, Parma ham and Manchego cheese

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