Debates and votes today’s plenary session
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Priorities of the Slovenian Presidency: debate with Prime Minister Janša
Starting at 9.00, MEPs will discuss with Prime Minister Janez Janša the programme of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council for the second half of 2021. President Sassoli, Prime Minister Janša and Commission President von der Leyen will give a press conference after the debate, at 11.45. You can follow it live.
In a debate with EC Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans, plenary will assess and adopt the upgraded Connecting Europe Facility programme worth €30 billion from 2021 to 2027, which will fund transport, energy and digital projects and ensure that essential Trans-European projects are finished on schedule by 2030.
Rule of law budget conditionality
The guidelines the Commission plans to issue on how to apply the EU Rule of Law Conditionality Mechanism will be the focus of a debate with Commissioner Johannes Hahn to be wrapped-up with a resolution, to be voted on Wednesday. The announcement of the vote results will be on Thursday.
Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell will explain to plenary how he plans to enhance the EU’s strategy against disinformation. MEPs are likely to ask for more severe sanctions and for a more comprehensive mandate (to include China and other forms of interference such as meddling in elections) and better financing of the Stratcom Task Forces.
Foreign Affairs: situation in Nicaragua and Turkey. From 15.00, MEPs will exchange views with High Representative Josep Borrell on the crackdown against the opposition in Nicaragua and Turkey. Resolutions on both topics will be put to the vote on Thursday.
2021-2027 Funds for asylum and border management. Plenary will debate the budgetary programmes on asylum, migration and integration and management of borders with Commissioner Ylva Johansson. The vote is scheduled for Wednesday.
70th anniversary of the Geneva Convention. In an evening debate with the Slovenian Minister for Foreign Affairs Anže Logar and Commissioner Johansson, MEPs are likely to raise the urgent need to reform the Common European Asylum System.