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Week Ahead - 17-21 May 2021

14 May 2021

Week Ahead - 17-21 May 2021

Meeting the Global Covid-19 challenge; EU strategy towards Israel-Palestine; Challenges of sports events in the digital environment; Just Transition Fund; Creative Europe Programme; Erasmus+: the Union Programme for education and training, youth and sport; Impacts of climate change on vulnerable populations in developing countries; Adequate protection of personal data by the United Kingdom; Isolation: Voices from the Basement

Meeting the Global Covid-19 challenge

On Wednesday, the European Parliament will debate on a resolution following US President Joe Biden’s announcement to support lifting vaccine patents. The ECR Group believes that universal and fair access to COVID-19 vaccines and treatments must be a top priority for the European Union. However, waiving patents should not be the principal and first solution to equitable access to COVID vaccines worldwide. Instead, we should focus on increasing production capacities and distributing vaccines, maintaining (rather than lowering) incentives for innovation and research, and promoting cooperation between innovators and manufacturers. The ECR Group remains open to discussing all effective and pragmatic solutions. In this context, we believe the European Commission can examine specific proposals relating to a time-limited and targeted waiver as a very last resort measure. Moreover, these proposals should only be considered if there is broad support from the EU Member States that assures the measures will be targeted, extraordinary and temporary. A vote will take place in the June plenary.

Debate: Wednesday @ 9:00

EU strategy towards Israel-Palestine

On Tuesday, MEPs will debate the escalation of violence between terror groups in Gaza and the State of Israel. The ECR Group strongly condemns the instigation of violence by Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, two EU listed terror organisations. Israel has the full and legitimate right to defend itself against terrorism of any form. The rocket attacks and terror activities must end. The ECR Group mourns the loss of innocent lives on both sides and wishes a swift recovery to those injured.

Debate: Tuesday @ 15:00

Challenges of sports events in the digital environment

On Monday, MEPs will debate ECR MEP’s Angel Dzhambazki’s report on Challenges of sports events in the digital environment, followed by a vote on Tuesday. Sport plays an important role in society and makes significant contributions to education and training, job creation, employability and public health. Online piracy of live broadcasted sports events is a major challenge that sports events’ organisers face. It is important to protect sport events organisers’ rights in the fight against online piracy as well as online users from malware or data theft.

Debate: Monday @ 17:00

Vote: Tuesday @ 20:00

Just Transition Fund

On Monday, the European Parliament is going to debate on the Just Transition Fund, a new instrument with an overall budget of €17.5 billion, of which €7.5 billion comes from the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and €10 billion from the Next GenerationEU. The debate will be followed by a vote on Tuesday. The JTF is a key element of the European Green Deal and the first pillar of the Just Transition Mechanism (JTM). It aims to alleviate the social and economic costs resulting from the transition towards a climate-neutral economy. This will be achieved through a wide range of activities directed mainly at diversifying economic activity and helping people adapt in a changing labour market. The ECR Group is of the opinion that the agreement reached is better than the text approved by the European Parliament last September because it appears more balanced and closer to the economic and social needs of the territories.

Debate: Monday @ 17:00

Vote: Tuesday @ 13:00

Creative Europe Programme

On Tuesday, the European Parliament will hold a debate on the Creative Europe Programme, followed by a vote on Wednesday. Creative Europe is the only EU framework programme that supports the cultural and audio-visual sectors. Our shadow rapporteur Elżbieta Kruk, together with almost all members from the CULT committee fought for a significant increase in the budget, which was relatively successful. Another very important issue was the level playing field and the possibility of countries with smaller or medium sized audio-visual capacity receiving their proportionate amount of funds, as this was not the case in the previous programme. The ECR Group paid specific attention to the article concerning the equal distribution of funds because like before, double standards are probable. The outcome is somewhat satisfying, but the ECR will continue monitoring the implementation of this provision.

Debate: Tuesday @ 20:30

Vote: Wednesday @ 13:00

Erasmus+: the Union Programme for education and training, youth and sport

On Tuesday, the European Parliament will discuss Erasmus+: the Union Programme for education and training, youth and sport. The debate will be followed by a vote on Wednesday. For the ECR Group, Erasmus+ is one of the flagship programmes of the EU with a considerable benefit for both citizens and EU member states.

Debate: Tuesday @ 20:30

Vote: Wednesday @ 13:00

Impacts of climate change on vulnerable populations in developing countries

On Monday evening, the European Parliament will hold a debate on the report on the impacts of climate change on vulnerable populations in developing countries, followed by a vote on Tuesday. ECR Shadow Rapporteur Beata Kempa agrees that the issue of poverty and inequality should be understood broadly as the lack of access to all kinds of resources necessary to ensure a dignified life. However, fighting climate change is not the way to tackle poverty and inequality in developing countries. Increased financing for climate action should not be a priority given the other needs of developing countries, for example in the area of health, education and food security. Furthermore, Ms Kempa believes that, given the current migration situation and challenges, the idea of ​​climate-induced migration as the legal basis for granting asylum should not be supported.

Debate: Monday @ 22:00

Vote: Tuesday @ 20:00

Adequate protection of personal data by the United Kingdom

The ECR Group is highly critical against a resolution drafted and voted through in the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee by left and liberal Groups that demands a withdrawal of draft adequacy decisions on protection of personal data. It will be debated and voted on Thursday. The ECR Group has always supported the use of adequacy decisions where appropriate, as it provides citizens and businesses an easy and legally solid basis for the exchange of personal data.

Debate: Thursday @ 9:00

Vote: Thursday @ 13:45

Isolation: Voices from the Basement

On Monday, MEP Anna Fotyga, ECR Foreign Affairs Coordinator, will host a webinar on torture of civilians in Donbas by Russians and Russian-backed separatists. The event will feature keynote speaker Małgorzata Gosiewska, Deputy Marshal of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland, and other distinguished speakers.

When: Monday @ 14:00

Live broadcast: Twitter account of ECR MEP Anna Fotyga

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