The European Parliament is back in full force, with a very busy week ahead at the voting session in Strasbourg.
The key event to look forward to is Jean-Claude Juncker’s State of the European Union speech before the Members of the European Parliament. This year’s address by the President of the European Commission comes against the backdrop of a changing political and economic landscape and will take place in the plenary session on Wednesday morning. Brexit will no doubt be part of the speech, despite Theresa May turning down the invite to take the stage herself in Strasbourg.
Paul Brannen MEP will be speaking this evening regarding the vote on land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) proposals, in his capacity as the Environment Committee shadow rapporteur, with the final vote on LULUCF taking place on Wednesday.
A debate on fire safety in buildings and how to prevent future tragedies in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower blaze will also take place on Wednesday. Jude Kirton-Darling MEP has worked with campaigners and tabled amendments to the proposals being brought forward for a coordinated approach to fire safety.
One of the key areas of focus for the week will be foreign affairs, after the series of missile and nuclear tests conducted by North Korea caused growing international tensions. This will be debated with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Tuesday. Mogherini will also debate ways to cope with migration flows into the EU, particularly via the Mediterranean route.
Venezuela’s escalating crisis is also on the agenda, as MEPs will debate the profound political and economic emergency as demonstrations against Nicolas Maduro’s regime continue across the country. MEPs are also expected to denounce the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar in urgent human rights, democracy and rule of law debates on Thursday.
Jude and Paul’s team will be in Strasbourg for this jam-packed week, so if you want updates on the above and more make sure to check our website, follow us on Twitter and like Jude and Paul on Facebook.