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Week Ahead 7 - 11 June 2021

4 June 2021

Week Ahead 7 - 11 June 2021

Competition policy - annual report 2020; The conflict of interest of the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic; Meeting the Global Covid-19 challenge: effects of a waiver of the WTO TRIPS agreement on Covid-19 vaccines, treatment, equipment and increasing production and manufacturing capacity in developing countries; EU Digital Green Certificate; Systematic repression in Belarus and its consequences for European security following abductions from an EU civilian plane intercepted by Belarusian authorities; The listing of German NGOs as 'undesirable organisations' by Russia and the detention of Andrei Pivovarov.

Competition policy - annual report 2020

On Monday, MEPs will debate ECR MEP Johan Van Overtveldt’s report on Competition policy for 2020, followed by a vote on Tuesday. This annual own initiative report sets out the Parliament’s recommendations to the European Commission in the field of competition policy. It highlights free and fair competition as a crucial factor to drive innovation and give consumers more choice, lower prices, and higher quality. Crucially, it is important to recognise the need to tackle the unfair gatekeeping practices of Big Tech monopolies. We must consider unbundling Big Tech monopolies to restore competition in digital markets, given the limits of fines and the failure of past behavioural remedies in certain antitrust cases.

Debate: Monday @ 17:00

Vote: Tuesday @ 20:00

The conflict of interest of the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic

On Wednesday, the European Parliament will vote on a resolution on the confirmed conflict of interest of the Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš with regard to the use of subsidies from EU structural and investment funds. The ECR Group insists that a conflict of interest at the highest level of government of a member state cannot be tolerated and that actions by the Prime Minister needs to be urgently taken.

Vote: Wednesday @ 20:00

Meeting the Global Covid-19 challenge: effects of a waiver of the WTO TRIPS agreement on Covid-19 vaccines, treatment, equipment and increasing production and manufacturing capacity in developing countries

On Wednesday, the European Parliament will vote on the resolution on meeting the Global Covid-19 challenge: effects of a waiver of the WTO TRIPS agreement on Covid-19 vaccines, treatment, equipment and increasing production and manufacturing capacity in developing countries. The ECR Group is sceptical about waiving patents as the principal solution to equitable access to COVID vaccines worldwide. We believe that there needs to be a focus on increasing production capacities and distribution of vaccines, on maintaining (rather than lowering) incentives for innovation and research, and on promoting cooperation between innovators and manufacturers. Moreover, it is essential that the free trading flow of vaccine ingredients is upheld at all times and that the quality of all vaccines produced is high.

Vote: Wednesday @ 20:00

EU Digital Green Certificate

On Tuesday, MEPs will debate and vote on the Digital Green Certificate. During the negotiations, several ECR priorities were included in the compromise, such as the name change, the principle of no further restrictions for certificate holders and support to lower the often excessive cost of testing. ECR Shadow Rapporteur Nicola Procaccini has always maintained that this proposal is no silver bullet, but can help give citizens back some of their freedoms and support jobs in travel and tourism across Europe.

Debate: Tuesday @ 9:00

Vote: Tuesday @ 20:00

Systematic repression in Belarus and its consequences for European security following abductions from an EU civilian plane intercepted by Belarusian authorities

Looking ahead to the resolution on the systematic repression in Belarus and the arrest of Raman Protasevich and his companion, Sofia Sapega, the ECR Group strongly condemns the actions of the Belarussian government, emphasizing the lack of recognition of the results of the last elections. The ECR Group calls for further sanctions and supports the democratic forces in the country.

Debate: Tuesday @ 15:00

Vote: Thursday @ 13:45

The listing of German NGOs as ‘undesirable organisations’ by Russia and the detention of Andrei Pivovarov

The ECR Group condemns the listing of three German non-governmental organisations (NGOs) as ‘undesirable organisations’ by Russia and the detention of Andrei Pivovarov, a Kremlin critic. For the ECR Group, such actions constitute yet another Russian attempt to strengthen the “foreign agents” law used to harass international human rights organizations and political opponents.

Debate: Tuesday @ 15:00

Vote: Thursday @ 13:45

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