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The Week Ahead – 22-26 March 2021

New EU-Africa Strategy – a partnership for sustainable and inclusive development; Evaluating and authorising COVID-19 vaccines; The Uyghur Genocide: An Examination of China’s Breaches of the 1948 Genocide Convention.

New EU-Africa Strategy - a partnership for sustainable and inclusive development

On Wednesday, MEPs will debate on an own initiative report that asks for a new EU-Africa Strategy, followed by a vote on Thursday. ECR Group Shadow Rapporteur Beata Kempa believes that strengthening economic cooperation between the two continents is of the utmost importance. This includes creating more trade and investment opportunities while placing human development at the heart of the strategy with a particular focus on children and youth. Furthermore, considering the COVID-19 pandemic, the protection of agricultural production to ensure food security is a vital asset for the future. More specifically, the ECR Group is happy that a wide range of relevant points from AFET’s opinion and the ECR Group’s own preparation concerning security, regional integration, as well as the fight against corruption, terrorism and criminal networks have been included in the report. However, the report pays too much attention to ideological aspects of sexual and reproductive health. Among other things, the issues of the Green Deal and climate change mitigation are too broadly discussed.

Debate: Wednesday @ 15:00

Vote: Thursday @ 14:30

Evaluating and authorising COVID-19 vaccines

Ms. Emer Cooke, the Executive Director of the EMA has been invited to an exchange of views on Tuesday to update Members of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Security on the state of play on the evaluation and authorisation of COVID-19 vaccines. During the meeting, Members will have the opportunity to question Ms. Cooke on the latest developments on the issue of vaccines, following the recent authorisation of the Janssen vaccine developed by Johnson&Johnson, and the precautionary suspension of supplies of the AstraZeneca vaccine by several EU Member States.

When: Tuesday @ 9:00

The Uyghur Genocide: An Examination of China’s Breaches of the 1948 Genocide Convention

ECR Foreign Affairs Coordinator Anna Fotyga will co-host a presentation of the report ‘The Uyghur Genocide: An Examination of China’s Breaches of the 1948 Genocide Convention’, followed by a discussion with contributing researchers. The talks will aim to examine whether China breached the Convention, taking into account input and contributions from over 50 top global experts in international law, genocide and China’s ethnic policy. The event will be broadcast live on Twitter at @ecrgroup and @AnnaFotyga_PE.

When: Thursday @ 16.00

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