Also on the agenda: artificial intelligence, new rules for the European elections and harmful chemicals.
War in Ukraine
The Parliament will organize a series of debates around the war in Ukraine and its impact. According to’UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), 90% of people who have fled Ukraine since the Russian invasion are women and children. Parliament will adopt a resolution on Thursday on how to protect them from violence and sexual exploitation.
MEPs will examine on Wednesday the social and economic impact of the war on the EU. They should call for new sanctions against Russia. On Tuesday, they will examine the EU’s preparedness against cyber-attacks and the impact of war on transport. In addition, they will ask the various countries to return aircraft leased from foreign companies that have been re-registered in the Russian aircraft register, in clear violation of international civil aviation rules.
New rules for the European elections
On Tuesday, MEPs will vote on a proposal for common rules around the European elections, including lists of transnational candidates as well as a fixed day for the election in all countries, May 9.
On Tuesday, Parliament is preparing to adopt the final report of its special committee on artificial intelligence in the digital age (AIDA). The text identifies measures that could unlock the potential of AI in areas such as health, agriculture, public governance and climate change, while contributing to job creation and sustainable growth. The EU has lagged behind in development, research and investment in the field of artificial intelligence and should take the lead in setting global standards before undemocratic actors do so, as pointed out The report.
The EU takes a step closer to the universal charger. Parliament is expected to announce that it is ready to negotiate with the Council on new rules. These would allow consumers to eliminate the need for new chargers and cables every time they buy a new mobile phone, tablet, games console or any other electronic device.
Toxic chemicals in waste
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are chemicals with toxic properties. They are increasingly concentrated in recycled products and remain in the environment for a very long time, posing a risk to human health and biodiversity. In order to create a non-toxic circular economy in the EU, MEPs should support a Commission proposal in a vote to be held on Tuesday. This aims to reduce the amount of POPs allowed in products and to remove materials with high levels of POPs from the recycling chain.
Future of Europe: revision of the EU Treaties
In order to implement the recommendations of the Conference on the Future of Europe and to make the EU more democratic, Parliament is expected to ask the EU to start the procedure for amending the EU Treaties this Wednesday .
On Wednesday, MEPs are expected to confirm the agreement to extend the powers of the European Police Office, which supports member states’ police investigations. The agency will be able to carry out research and innovation projects. It can help national authorities review foreign direct investment in security-related matters. In addition, it will help them to receive data from private companies in cases related to terrorist content or child sexual abuse.
In a vote on Thursday, Parliament will adopt its position on new tools to counter market-distorting foreign subsidies given to companies operating in the EU.
Also on the agenda:
- Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi will take part in a debate on Tuesday
- Extension of the European Digital Covid certificate
- Debate on threats against journalists on World Press Freedom Day
- Rule of law in Poland and Hungary
- Discharge of the 2020 budget
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