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Week Ahead - 1-5 March 2021

European Social Fund Plus (ESF+); Implementation report on the Ambient Air quality directive; Current situation in Western Mediterranean and the Canary Islands; Situation of Human Rights in India.

European Social Fund Plus (ESF+)

On Thursday, the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs will vote on a provisional agreement on the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+). In the context of the current crisis, the urgent measures are intended to support the unemployed, the youth, and children living in poverty. ECR Group shadow rapporteur Elżbieta Rafalska hopes that the enormous fund, amounting to EUR 88 billion Euros, will reach those who need it most as soon as possible.

When: Thursday @ 13.45

Implementation report on the Ambient Air quality directive

On Thursday, Members of the Committee on the Environment will vote on an implementation report on the Ambient Air Quality directive. The ECR Group is fully in line with practical attempts to improve air quality in the EU, particularly in urban areas. However, the ECR Group believes that EU standards should not be harmonised with those of the WHO. ECR shadow rapporteur Anna Zalewska believes that the EU should focus on technology, know-how, and financial support to meet the current standards. Additionally, the EU should aim to raise public awareness of the problem.

When: Wednesday @ 10.00 & Thursday @ 15.30

Current situation in Western Mediterranean and the Canary Islands

On Monday, the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs will hold an exchange of views on the migration crisis in the Western Mediterranean and the Canary Islands with Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson. The ECR Group is of the opinion that more support for Member States is needed to protect the EU’s external borders.

When: Monday @ 16:45

Situation of Human Rights in India update on the state of Freedom of Religion or Belief

On Tuesday, ECR MEPs Bert-Jan Ruissen and Cristian Terheș will host a debate on the hardships religious minorities are facing in Hindu-nationalistic India. The discussion will address the severity of the situation that Christians and Muslims are facing and what the EU could do to support them. The talk will include experts from NGOs Open Doors and CSW as part of the activities of the Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Religious Tolerance. The event will be broadcast live in English and Dutch from 10:30 to 12:00 here.

When: Tuesday @ 10:30

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