The Week Ahead 14 – 20 June 2021

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Committee meetings, Brussels

First Plenary of the Conference on the Future of Europe.
The inaugural Conference Plenary will take place on 19 June, in Strasbourg, with remote and physical participation, in full compliance with the public health situation, and will include presentations on the European Citizens’ Panels and the Multilingual Digital Platform. Ahead of the event, on Tuesday 15 June, Parliament’s Co-Chair of the Conference Board, MEP Guy Verhofstadt, will inform the Constitutional Affairs Committee on the state of play of the Conference.

High-Level Conference on Asylum and Migration.
EP President David Sassoli will contribute with a video message at the opening and speak at the closing of the second high-level inter-parliamentary conference on migration and asylum. The conference will debate the impact of COVID-19 and the external dimension of migration and asylum policies. Statements by President of Portugal’s Assembleia Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues, President of Slovenia’s National Assembly Igor Zorčič and President of Germany’s Bundestag Wolfgang Schäuble will also take place at the opening. Commission Vice-Presidents Margaritis Schinas will deliver keynote speech (Monday).

Protection of EU budget/OLAF.
MEPs in the Budget Control Committee will discuss the European Anti-Fraud Office’s (OLAF) 2020 activities in its fight to protect the EU budget, including over 200 investigations closed and more than €293 million recommended for recovery, with its Director-General Ville Itälä (Tuesday).

Single European Sky.
The Transport and Tourism Committee will set its negotiating position on the reform of the Single European Sky. The new rules aim to modernise Europe’s air traffic management, improve efficiency and capacity as well as reduce fragmentation, flight delays and CO2 emissions in the aviation sector (Thursday).

President’s diary.
EP President David Sassoli will sign into law the EU digital COVID certificate with Portugal’s Prime Minister António Costa and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, followed by a joint statement, on Monday. On Tuesday, President Sassoli will meet Montenegro’s Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapić and Minister of Foreign Affairs Đorđe Radulović as well as join the opening ceremony commemorating mass Soviet deportations in Central and Eastern Europe. Mr Sassoli will meet the Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights Matteo Mecacci and the President of Romania’s Senate Anca Dragu, on Wednesday.

The full agenda