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This Week's Top Stories from the European Parliament - 23-27 March 2020

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Press release - COVID-19: Parliament approves crucial EU support measures

As part of the EU's joint response to the COVID-19 outbreak, MEPs almost unanimously adopted three urgent proposals in an extraordinary plenary session, on Thursday.


Article - Sassoli on corona: The moment is serious and Parliament will not stand by and watch

The EU must take the lead in relaunching the European economy in the wake of the corona crisis, Parliament President David Sassoli told EU leaders on 26 March.


Press release - President Sassoli press conference starting 16:30

Following his interventions in plenary and in the European Council meeting, the President of the European Parliament will hold a press conference.


Press release - COVID-19: MEPs call for a more unified EU response

Showing strong support for EU measures to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, MEPs spoke up for strong EU solidarity to help citizens in Thursday's plenary debate.


Background - Q&A on extraordinary remote participation procedure

Due to strict sanitary measures to avoid COVID-19 spreading, Parliament has put in place temporary measures to allow members to fulfil their democratic rights and legislative duties.


Press release - President Sassoli press conference on European Council meeting, plenary and COVID-19

THURSDAY 26 MARCH


Article - Coronavirus: Parliament to vote on €37 billion crisis response

MEPs will vote to make €37 billion from EU structural funds available to EU countries to tackle the coronavirus crisis during the plenary session on 26 March.


Press release - EP stands up for democracy in Hungary during COVID-19

The Civil Liberties Committee highlights that any extraordinary measure adopted by the Hungarian government in response to the pandemic must respect the EU's founding values.
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs


Press release - Plenary session 26 March

Working conditions in Parliament for journalists in light of Coronavirus


Press release - COVID-19: EU institutions take action to procure life-saving medical equipment

Parliament is working with member states to ensure that the EU can buy ventilators, masks and other medical equipment to be put at the disposal of hospitals across the EU.
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety


Article - Coming up: special plenary session to speed up implementation corona measures

This Thursday the Parliament is holding a special plenary session so that the first measures to help people and business deal with the impact of the corona outbreak can be approved.


Press release - COVID-19: research package welcomed, EU needs to be better equipped in future

Crisis-response measures should be combined with a long-term commitment to EU research programmes, says Research MEP.
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
Committee on Industry, Research and Energy


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