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This Week's Top Stories from the European Parliament - 15-19 June 2020

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Press release - President Sassoli press conference on EU summit, Recovery Fund and Budget

When: Friday 19 June at 11:00 - Where: Anna Politkovskaya pressroom and via Skype

Press release - Conference on Future of Europe should start "as soon as possible in autumn 2020"

Parliament urges the Council to "promptly come forward with a position on the format and organisation of the Conference" for citizens' voices to be heard.

Press release - EU-UK talks: MEPs display unwavering support for the EU position

Parliament regrets that differences remain substantial, with little time left to reach an agreement on the future EU-UK relationship.
Committee on Foreign Affairs
Committee on International Trade

Press release - COVID-19 crisis is a potential geopolitical game-changer, warn MEPs

MEPs want Europe to be united, take the lead on the global scene and show solidarity to its partners.
Committee on Foreign Affairs

Press release - Green finance: Parliament adopts criteria for sustainable investments

New rules to determine whether an economic activity is environmentally sustainable are ready to be implemented.
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

Press release - Austria, Italy, Portugal, Spain receive €279m after natural disasters in 2019

Parliament on Wednesday approved €279 million in EU aid following extreme weather events in Austria, Italy, Portugal and Spain in 2019.
Committee on Budgets

Press release - EP Today

Thursday, 18 June

Press release - EU-UK debate: MEPs will not back a deal at any cost

In a joint debate ahead of the EU summit covering future EU-UK relations and EU financing, MEPs urged Council to agree on the recovery plan.

Article - MEPs condemn racism and police violence in debate on George Floyd's death

Racism has no place in the EU, said MEPs in a debate on police violence and discrimination following massive anti-racism protests in the US and across the EU.

Press release - June plenary session opens with minute of silence for George Floyd

President Sassoli led a minute of silence in memory of George Floyd and all victims of violence and discrimination, at the opening of the part session in Brussels.

Press release - EP Today

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Press release - Pre-session briefing on Tuesday 16 June at 17.00

A press briefing by Parliament's Spokesperson on the plenary agenda of 17-19 June will take place in Anna Politkovskaya room and via Skype at 17.00 tomorrow.

Press release - EU-UK Statement following the High Level Meeting on 15 June

Statement following meeting between Presidents of European Council, Commission, Parliament and UK PM Boris Johnson

Article - Coming up: EU budget, Brexit, anti-racism, Schengen

MEPs will consider recent anti-racism protests, future EU-UK relations and the EU's next long-term budget during the plenary session on 17-19 June.

Press release - The Central Mediterranean migration route in times of COVID-19

MEPs will assess the migration situation in the Central Mediterranean in the midst of the pandemic with representatives of EU institutions and international organisations.
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

Press release - EU-UK talks: MEPs united behind EU stance, rejecting UK cherry-picking

Foreign Affairs and Trade Committee MEPs reiterate their overwhelming support for the EU position in the talks between the European Union and the UK on their future relationship.
Committee on Foreign Affairs
Committee on International Trade

Press release - European Parliament visitor facilities to reopen on 15 June

On Monday 15 June, several of the European Parliament's visitor facilities will reopen to the public with the necessary measures in place to guarantee a safe visit.

Press release - Employment MEPs reach consensus with Commission on workers' health and safety

MEPs and the Commission agreed to classify the virus that causes COVID-19 as a risk group 3 biological agent, adding more safeguards to protect all workers.
Committee on Employment and Social Affairs

Article - Good neighbours: EU relations with countries on its eastern borders

The EU has supported its eastern neighbourhood and Western Balkans in coping with the Covid-19 outbreak, but is also considering future relations.

Article - EU defines green investments to boost sustainable finance

To boost the shift towards eco-friendly investment the EU is introducing rules to define what qualifies as green or sustainable activities.

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