Opening – May plenary session

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Today we celebrate diversity, fight against discrimination and promote the rights of LGBTI people, said President Sassoli at the opening of the plenary session.

On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, President Sassoli highlighted that, whilst it should be obvious and easy to love whom we want and be who we want, LGBTI people still face many obstacles and experience violence.

The President called on all to stand up for EU values together, fight against discrimination and promote the rights of LGBTI people, as rights are not dependent on gender identity or sexual orientation.

Changes to the agenda – Session extended until Friday


The debate on the Council and Commission statements on Recent deaths in the Mediterranean and search and rescue at sea is swapped with the debate on the Commission statement on Revised Industrial Strategy for Europe, and will thus be taken as last point on Tuesday morning.

On Tuesday afternoon, the debate on the report on Human rights protection and the EU external migration policy is swapped with the debate on the report on 2019-2020 Reports on Turkey, and it will thus be taken as first point on Tuesday afternoon.


The votes on The right of information of the Parliament regarding the ongoing assessment of the national recovery and resilience plans are postponed from Wednesday to Thursday. The vote on the amendments will therefore be held in the first voting session of Thursday and the final vote in the second voting session of Thursday.


Due to the number of amendments as well as requests for split and separate votes received, there will be an additional voting session on Friday from 09.45 until 11.00. The announcement of results will take place at 13.00. As a consequence, the May part-session is extended until Friday 21 May 2021.

In addition, with regard to the recommendation for second reading by Ms Daly on the Exchange, assistance and training programme for the protection of the euro against counterfeiting for the period 2021-2027 (Pericles IV programme) no proposal to reject the Council position and no amendments have been tabled under Rules 67 and 68. The Council position is therefore deemed approved and consequently the proposed act is deemed to have been adopted.

Requests by committees to start negotiations with Council and Commission

Decisions by committees to enter into inter-institutional negotiations (Rule 72) are published on the plenary website.

If no request for a vote in Parliament on the decision to enter into negotiations is made by Tuesday 12.00 midnight, the committees may start negotiations.

Information on the extraordinary remote participation procedure is available here.