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Cyprus: House Standing Committee on Foreign and European Affairs of the House of Representatives of Cyprus was informed on the new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) of the EU (2021-2027)

30/07/2020
On the 28th of July 2020, in the context of the discussion of the new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) of the EU for the period 2021-2027, the Chairman and members of the House Standing Committee on Foreign and European Affairs were informed by the competent Minister and authorities of the executive on the recent developments regarding the above mentioned tools. In particular, they were informed on the recent historic agreement that was reached by the Heads of the Members States which, according to the Minister, will herald a new chapter for the European Union, a move towards a more federalized EU and provide solutions to the distortions faced by the EU as a society and economy that is constantly evolving. Lastly, they were informed that the Government of the Republic of Cyprus will submit by the end of the year its national plan for the Recovery Fund to the European Commission. Source: House of Representatives of Cyprus

Priorities of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania under the Commission Work Programme 2020

27/07/2020
The Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania has thoroughly examined the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions, entitled Commission Work Programme 2020 – A Union that strives for more (COM(2020)37 final) and the Communication from the Commission of 27 May 2020 to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions, entitled the Adjusted Commission Work Programme 2020 (COM(2020) 440 final) (hereinafter referred to as the Commission Work Programme).
Having considered the Commission Work Programme and having evaluated the planned new initiatives, specialised committees of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania have distinguished the highly relevant and relevant initiatives for Lithuania.

Having summed up the conclusions of the specialised committees of the Seimas at a joint meeting on the 2020 July the 8th the Committee on European Affairs and the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania have endorsed the Seimas priorities under the Commission Work Programme 2020.

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Initiative No in the Commission Work Programme 2020
Title of the initiative

Joint conclusion of the Committee on European Affairs and the Committee on Foreign Affairs
 
1.
1.

The European Green Deal
Highly relevant
2.
2.
Financing the sustainable transition
Highly relevant
3.
3.

Commission contribution to COP26 in Glasgow
 
Relevant
4.
4.

Sustainability of food systems
Highly relevant
5.
5.
Decarbonising energy
Relevant
6.
6.
Sustainable production and consumption
Relevant
7.
7.
Protecting our environment
Relevant
8.
8.
Sustainable and smart mobility
Relevant
9.
9.
Europe fit for the digital age
Relevant
10.
10.
A European approach to Artificial Intelligence
Relevant
11.
11.
Digital services
Relevant
12.
12.
Increasing cybersecurity
Relevant
13.
13.
Digital for consumers
Relevant
14.
14.
A new industrial strategy for Europe
Highly relevant
15.
15.
Aviation Services Package
Relevant
16.
16.
Towards a European Research Area
Relevant
17.
18.
Social Europe
Highly relevant
18.
19.
Economic Governance
Highly relevant
19.
22.
Effective taxation
Highly relevant
20.
24.
International cooperation
Relevant
21.
25.
Financial sovereignty
Highly relevant
22.
28.
Eastern Partnership
Relevant
23.
29.
Human rights, Democracy and Gender Equality
Relevant
24.
30.
Trade policy
Relevant
25.
31.
Fostering skills, education and inclusion
Relevant
26.
32.
A New Pact on Migration and Asylum
Relevant
27.
33.
Fostering Europe’s security
Relevant
28.
34.
Protecting health
Highly relevant
29.
35.
Consumer agenda
Relevant
30.
36.
Addressing the impact of demographic change
Highly relevant
31.
37.
Equality and non-discrimination initiatives
Relevant
32.
38.
Democracy
Relevant
33.
39.
Future of Europe
Highly relevant
34.
40.
Rule of Law
Relevant
35.
41.
Fundamental rights
Relevant












Source: Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania

The European Affairs Committee of the Portuguese parliament Assembleia da República will hold a videoconference meeting with the Head of Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom, Michel Barnier, tomorrow, 16TH July 2020, at 1:30 pm (Lisbon time).

16/07/2020
The European Affairs Committee of the Portuguese parliament Assembleia da República will hold a videoconference meeting with the Head of Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom, Michel Barnier, tomorrow, 16th July 2020, at 1:30 pm (Lisbon time). 

Source: The Portuguese Parliament

EP COMMITTEES’ AGENDA 13-16 July 2020

10/07/2020
Several EP Committees will be holding exchanges of view with representatives of the German Government and discuss the priority of the German Presidency.

Among others AFET and SEDE, that will jointly meet Mrs Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Federal Minister of Defence of Germany; EMPL, that will also discuss about Gender Equality; LIBE, where a discussion on the rule of law in Poland will also take place; REGI, ITRE and TRAN.

On 14 July a joint AFCO-JURI meeting will hold a Hearing on the Consequences of the judgement of the German Constitutional Court of 5 May 2020.

The full list of Committees meeting and their agendas wan be found
here: https://europarl.europa.eu/news/en/agenda/weekly-agenda

Source: European Parliament

EP Committees agenda 29-06 02-07 2020

29/06/2020
Over 10 Committees will hold meetings this week at the European Parliament, using both direct physical presence of MEPs and remote participation. Among the others LIBE on 29.06 organises an Exchange of views on the Establishment of an EU Mechanism on Democracy, the Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights, with Věra Jourová, German Presidency, FRA, Venice Commission , ENCJ and on a Draft working document on the impact of COVID_19 prepared by LIBE Democracy, Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights Monitoring Group activities. DEVE will meet on 02-07 to hold an Exchange of views on EU humanitarian aid following the COVID-19 Crisis and prospects for the next MFF, with Commissioner Janez Lenarčič. SEDE on 02.07 will have an exchange of views with Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces, France. On 03.07 DROI discusses  Human rights protection and the EU external migration policy and The effects of climate change on human rights and the role of environmental defenders on this matter. FEMM on 03.07 wil have an Exchange of views with German Federal Minister Franziska Giffey, Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.

The list of all meetings with links to the webstreaming, agendas and other documents can be found here:

https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/agenda/weekly-agenda


Source: The European Parliament

Launch of the German Bundestag’s website and Twitter account about the parliamentary dimension of Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union

25/06/2020
To mark the start of Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the EU, the German Bundestag is expanding its online presence. On the website www.parleu2020.de, those who are interested can access information in German, English and French about the parliamentary activities as part of Germany’s six-month Presidency of the Council of the EU. At the same time, the Bundestag is launching its own Twitter account at @parleu2020de.

Source: The German Bundestag

Examination of the Climate and Energy Strategy of Cyprus 2021-2030 at the House of Representatives of Cyprus

25/06/2020
The Committee on the Environment of the House of Representatives of Cyprus, at a meeting held on the 24th June 2020, examined the Climate and Energy Strategy of Cyprus 2021-2030 in the presence of the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment, the Minister of Transport, Communications and Works as well as representatives of the Ministry of Energy, Commerce and Industry. Following a presentation of the emission reduction targets set for each sector, an exchange of views on the actions needed to attain these targets was held. Emphasis was given to the transport sector, the agriculture sector, waste management, the increase of the contribution of renewables in the energy and transport sectors as well as the improvement of the energy efficiency of buildings in Cyprus.

Source: The House of Representatives of Cyprus

EP Weekly agenda of meetings, 22-26 June 2020

22/06/2020
Almost all EP Committees will hold meetings this week. Among the others, on Monday 22 June BUDG will have an exchange of views with Commissioner Johannes Hahn on budget related issues, including the Negotiations on the next MFF, own resources and recovery plan. ENVI members will discuss a European strategy to accelerate the development, manufacture and deployment of vaccines against COVID-19, with Health and Food Safety Commissioner Stella Kyriakides; ON Tuesday 23 June, JURI will hold a Structured dialogue with Commission Vice-President for a Europe Fit for Digital Age, Margrethe Vestager. The same day, LIBE members will discuss the implementation of the Dublin III Regulation. SEDE will have an exchange of views with Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton, on 26 June. The full list of meetings, with the agendas and documents is available here: https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/agenda/weekly-agenda

Source: The European Parliament

EP Resolution on the Conference on the Future of Europe

18/06/2020
Following a debate with the European Commission and the Council, the European Parliament adopted on 18 June a Resolution on the Conference on the Future of Europe. The EP “Regrets that the Council has not yet adopted a position on the Conference”, “Urges the Council to include in its mandate a commitment to meaningful follow-up and the meaningful direct involvement of citizens, and to keep the scope of the Conference open to all possible outcomes, including legislative proposals, initiating treaty change or otherwise;” and “Stresses that despite the pandemic the direct engagement of citizens, civil society organisations, social partners and elected representatives must remain a priority of the Conference; is therefore looking forward to starting the Conference so as to build a more democratic, more effective and more resilient Union together with all EU citizens;”.  

The link to the debate can be found here: https://www.europarl.europa.eu/plenary/en/debate-details.html?date=20200617&detailBy=date 

The full text of the resolution will be available here: https://www.europarl.europa.eu/plenary/en/texts-adopted.html  

Source: The European Parliament

Romanian Chamber of Deputies: “The Conference on the Future of Europe should be launched as soon as possible, as the current COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the imperative need for stronger EU action”

18/06/2020
Mr. Angel Tîlvăr, Chairman of the Committee on European Affairs of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies, in the framework of COSAC: “The Conference on the Future of Europe should be launched as soon as possible, as the current COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the imperative need for stronger EU action”.

The Chair of the Committee on European Affairs attended on Tuesday, 16 June 2020, in videoconference format, the extraordinary meeting of the Chairpersons of the Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union (COSAC), organised within the parliamentary dimension of the rotating presidency of the EU Council, held by Croatia.

The discussions focused on the joint European response to the COVID-19 outbreak, its impact on the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 and the Conference on the Future of Europe.

In his speech during the session on the Conference on the Future of Europe, Mr. Angel Tîlvar called for “the launch of debates on the future of Europe as soon as possible, as the current crisis has posed a challenge to the foundations of the European Union, in particular the unity and solidarity of the Member States”.

A stronger Europe is a Europe where national parliaments are directly and actively involved in a spirit of European solidarity. In this respect, I believe that the EU institutions could interact more actively with national parliaments, systematically and directly connected with the needs of its citizens, at local and regional level.

Differences between Member States from a social and administrative point of view need to be taken into account and therefore an analysis of their preparedness should be carried out as soon as possible. Also, if we talk about the first results of the conference, 2022 is too long-term; Citizens must remain focused on this long process, which is why concrete results need to be presented as often as possible, as well as the impact of the conference on current EU legislation and policies", said Mr. Angel Tîlvăr.

On possible issues to be debated, the Chair of the Committee on European Affairs believes that “a strong education sector is a key condition for a stable and strong Single Market; therefore, environmental and digital transformation should support education as a whole, taking into account technical and scientific developments”.

The meeting also presented the 33rd half-yearly COSAC report, which includes contributions from 36 parliaments/rooms of EU Member States and the European Parliament on best practices in cooperation between national parliaments and EU institutions, bodies and agencies, as well as legal parliamentary oversight mechanisms.

Source: Romanian Chamber of Deputies
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