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Thursday, 20 April

Asylum and migration reform: vote on key proposals

MEPs will decide whether to endorse the mandates to negotiate on the main legislative proposals on the reform of the EU’s asylum and migration policies, namely over crisis situations, screening of third-country nationals, asylum and migration management and long-term residents. If backed by plenary, the talks with the Council on the final form of the legislation may start.

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Final vote on new EU legislation to ensure supervision of crypto-assets

At noon, plenary is set to adopt new rules on crypto-markets and the transfer of crypto-assets, ensuring their traceability – to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing, among other crimes – while enhancing consumer protection and environmental standards in this emerging sector.

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Repression in Russia: the cases of Vladimir Kara-Murza and Alexei Navalny

Following a plenary debate on Wednesday, MEPs will vote at noon on a draft resolution demanding the immediate release of Vladimir Kara-Murza and Alexei Navalny. The draft text calls on the UN Human Rights Council to investigate acts of inhumane imprisonment, torture and murder of political opponents and urges member states to provide humanitarian visas and other support to Russian dissidents at risk of political prosecution.

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In brief

Ugandan “anti-homosexuality” bill. A draft resolution on which plenary will vote at noon calls for legislation passed recently in Uganda, which foresees sentences of up to life in prison for declaring oneself gay, to be withdrawn.

Climate change: debate on latest IPCC report. In a debate at 9.00 with Commissioner Schmit, MEPs will look into the recently released report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change urging further measures to reverse global warming, with a rapidly closing window of opportunity to secure a liveable planet.

At noon, MEPs will also vote on resolutions on:

  • the crackdown on the right to education and education rights activists in Afghanistan, including the case of Matiullah Wesa;
  • the risk of the death penalty for singer Yahaya Sharif Aminu for blasphemy in Nigeria, and
  • Parliament’s estimates of revenue and expenditure for the financial year 2024.

Live coverage of the plenary session can be found on Parliament’s webstreaming and on EbS+.

For detailed information on the session, please also see our newsletter.

All information regarding plenary, can be found here.