European Parliament Agenda
Brexit. EP Conference of Presidents (EP President and political groups’ leaders) will put forward a draft resolution on the framework of the future EU-UK relationship, to be voted on by the whole Parliament the following week. EP President Antonio Tajani and Brexit Coordinator Guy Verhofstadt will hold a press conference at 17:30. (Wednesday)
2018 International Women’s Day. MEPs and national MPs will join forces for a conference on “Empowering women and girls in media and ICTs: key for the future”. Parliament President Antonio Tajani, Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Commissioner Věra Jourová and European Parliament Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee Chair Vilija Blinkevičiūtė will be among the speakers. Keynote speeches will be delivered by the director of “Les suffragettes” Sarah Gavron and MadwomenFest festival founder Pilar Jurado. (Thursday 8 March)
For International Women’s Day, the EP press service is organising a seminar for journalists on women in the media and ICTs. The aim of this networking event is to generate a debate between key media actors and leading MEPs and invited experts. (Wednesday)
Migration/Libya. UNHCR representatives working in Libya, through which most migrants and asylum-seekers trying to reach the EU pass, will discuss with the Civil Liberties Committee, the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Delegation for relations with Maghreb countries the situation of migrants in detention centres, the Libyan coastguard’s approach to safe rescue operations and EU financial support to the Libyan authorities for migration management, among other questions. (Monday)
Elections/Sierra Leone. A delegation of MEPs will travel to Sierra Leone to observe presidential, parliamentary and local council elections taking place on 7 March. They will meet, among others, the National Election Commission and the National Election Watch on the day before the elections. MEPs will observe polling as well as the counting and processing of results. Finally, they will hold a press conference on Friday. (Monday to Friday)
Plenary preparations. Political groups will prepare for the March Strasbourg plenary debates and votes, among others on the state of play of the Brexit negotiations, the EU summit taking place on 22 and 23 March, the EU’s long-term budget after 2020, cross-border parcel delivery services, the Commission’s action plan on alternative fuels infrastructure, economic policy coordination and a common corporate tax base. MEPs will also continue their discussions with EU heads of state or government on the future of Europe, this time with Portugal’s Prime Minister António Costa.
President’s agenda. EP President Antonio Tajani will meet Bhutan’s Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, on Wednesday.