Monday, 13 September
Last-minute press briefing at 16.30
The Parliament’s Spokesperson and the Press Service will hold a press briefing on this week’s plenary session at 16.30. More information here.
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Opening of the session
EP President David Sassoli will open the plenary session from the hemicycle in Strasbourg at 17.00.
For detailed information on the session, please also see our newsletter.
All information regarding plenary, including speakers’ lists, can be found here.
Health Union: enhancing disease prevention and cross-border cooperation
Just after the opening, MEPs will debate with Commissioner Kyriakides two legislative proposals to strengthen the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and improve preparedness and the EU’s response to cross-border health threats such as the COVID-19 pandemic. On Wednesday, Plenary will adopt its negotiating mandates ahead of talks with the Council.
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Rights and social protection for platform workers
The situation of those working for digital platforms will be the focus of a plenary debate with Commissioner Schmit. In a draft report, MEPs point to the poor working conditions and bogus self-employment that drivers and delivery riders face, among others, and ask for them to be given the same rights and social protection as other employees. The vote will take place on Wednesday, with results announced on Thursday.
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LGBTIQ rights and anti-discrimination measures in the EU. Following a plenary debate held during the July session, MEPs will vote on a draft resolution that calls for same-sex spouses and registered partners to be recognised across all EU member states. The results will be announced on Tuesday at 9.00.
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The voting session will take place between 18.30 and 19.45 (results on Tuesday at 9.00). MEPs will vote, among other topics, on:
-a request for the defence of the immunity of Guy Verhofstadt (Renew, BE), and
-an agreement to extend protection from 25 to 30 years of several plant varieties -asparagus, flower bulbs, woody small fruits and woody ornamentals.