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This Week's Top Stories from the European Parliament - 16-20 March 2020

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Press release - European Parliament to hold extraordinary plenary on 26 March

EP President and political group leaders decided to hold an extraordinary plenary session next Thursday, 26 March to allow for implementation of special measures.


Press release - Sassoli: Europe is showing the power of solidarity

Statement by President David Sassoli on European Parliament's response to COVID-19 crisis


Press release - Future EU-UK relations: EU is offering 'cooperation of an unprecedented nature'

Statement by David McAllister, Chair of the European Parliament's UK Coordination Group, on the publication of a draft legal agreement on the future EU-UK partnership.
Committee on Foreign Affairs


Press release - Future EU-UK relations: EU is offering 'cooperation of an unprecedented nature'

Statement by David McAllister, Chair of the European Parliament's UK Coordination Group, on the publication of a draft legal agreement on the future EU-UK partnership.
Committee on Foreign Affairs


Press release - Sassoli: Von der Leyen is right – governments must not act unilaterally. We need stronger EU coordination

Statement by European Parliament President David Sassoli on latest Commission COVID-19 response.


Press release - Delivering masks across borders: EU Single Market protecting citizens' health

The continuous supply of essential goods and vital medical and protective equipment within the Single Market is key to addressing the COVID-19 crisis.


Press release - Positive from EUCO: Europe shows it is united and ready to act

Statement by the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli


Press release - Coronavirus: urgent response to support citizens, regions and countries

Regional Development Committee triggers the urgent procedure to adopt the Corona Response Investment Initiative measures.
Committee on Regional Development


Press release - Sassoli: Positive measures from Commission. Europe united in face of common challenge of COVID-19

Statement by Parliament President David Sassoli following the announcement by the European Commission of measures to address COVID-19


Press release - Closure of borders: Civil Liberties Chair demands proportionality and coordination within the EU

Statement of the Civil Liberties Committee Chair, Juan Fernando López Aguilar (S&D, ES) on the reintroduction of border controls at some Schengen internal borders due to coronavirus.
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs


Article - European Parliament ready to play its part in mitigating Covid-19 impact

The Parliament is committed to helping EU countries deal with the coronavirus and address the socio-economic impact of the outbreak.


Press release - Budget MEPs ready to adopt all necessary measures to tackle the Corona emergency

BUDG Chair and coordinators welcome Commission announcements, but deplore mere "re-use" of existing funds and insist on fresh and additional financial means to tackle the coronavirus crisis.
Committee on Budgets


Press release - Parliament mobilised to channel EU funds to those affected by Coronavirus pandemic

The Regional Development Committee is ready to find the most efficient way possible to allow the Corona Response Investment Initiative to be adopted and swiftly implemented.
Committee on Regional Development


Press release - Transport Committee pledges to stop empty flights due to COVID-19

Parliament's Transport and Tourism Committee Chair welcomed the Commission's swift proposal and pledged that MEPs will work quickly on the legislation.
Committee on Transport and Tourism


Article - Long-term budget: EU needs proper funding to tackle crises, say MEPs

The EU should have the financial means to tackle challenges such as coronavirus or migration, said MEPs in a plenary debate on the EU long-term budget.


Article - MEPs call for de-escalation of migration situation with Turkey

The EU should continue its dialogue with Turkey to de-escalate the migration situation at the Greek-Turkish border, MEPs said in a debate on 10 March.


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