Wednesday, 15 February
Key debate: One year after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
In a debate at 9.00 with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and EU diplomacy chief Josep Borrell, MEPs will take stock of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine one year after the invasion, and will discuss how the EU can continue its support for Kyiv. The debate will be wrapped-up with a resolution on Thursday.
A new EU industrial strategy
Starting around 10.30, plenary will host Commissioner Mairead McGuinness and Swedish EU Minister Jessika Roswall to debate upcoming proposals for an industrial plan for the net-zero age. In the afternoon, from around 16.00, MEPs will discuss measures to secure the supply of critical raw materials. They will vote on a resolution on the strategy to boost industrial competitiveness, trade and quality jobs on Thursday.
Progress towards completing the asylum and migration road map
In the afternoon, around 14.00, MEPs will debate with the Commission and the Swedish Presidency the outcome of last week’s European Council. The Council focused on asylum and migration policy, and the progress towards completing reform of the EU asylum system by May 2024, as agreed in September 2022.
Debate with ECB’s Christine Lagarde
Inflation and the efforts to curb it are set to be the focus of a discussion with European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde starting around 15.00. Plenary will vote on a resolution assessing the ECB’s 2022 monetary policy on Thursday.
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Raising minimum income levels to reduce poverty and exclusion. Starting around 19.00, MEPs will quiz Commissioner Schmit and Swedish Minister Roswall on encouraging member states to enhance their minimum income schemes to fight poverty and exclusion. Plenary will vote on a resolution on Thursday.
Human rights: Eswatini, Equatorial Guinea and Russia. At around 20.00, plenary will look into the situation of human rights defenders in Eswatini, violence against the opposition in Equatorial Guinea and the inhuman imprisonment conditions of Alexey Navalny and others in Russia. MEPs will vote on three accompanying resolutions on Thursday.
The rule of law in Greece. In the February session’s topical debate, at 13.00 MEPs will assess how the wiretapping scandal and alleged threats to media freedom might be putting rule of law at risk in Greece.
An EU cycling strategy. In a debate after 21.00, MEPs are set to demand more dedicated cycling lanes, parking places for bikes and reduced VAT to help boost the EU cycling industry and facilitate the green transition. Ahead of the vote of a resolution tomorrow, there will be a press conference today at 14.00.
Between 12.00 and 13.00, MEPs will vote, among others, on:
- the situation of the former President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili;
- the EU’s ratification of the Istanbul Convention to fight violence against women, and
- the EU priorities for the next session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women
Find here a detailed voting schedule.
For detailed information on the session, please also see our newsletter.
All information regarding plenary, can be found here.