During the plenary session in Brussels, MEPs backed a resolution calling on the EU to recognise access to decent and affordable housing as an enforceable human right and to push for measures to eradicate homelessness.
European Union lawmakers passed a resolution on Thursday calling for the bloc to stop the completion of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to take Russian natural gas to Europe, in response to the arrest of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
Following the inauguration of US President Joe Biden, on Wednesday David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament issued a statement congratulating him and Vice President Kamala Harris underlying that this new administration marks the beginning of a new era for transatlantic relations.
During the plenary debate on Wednesday, MEPs welcome the inauguration of Joe Biden as an opportunity for Europe to strengthen EU-US ties and tackle common challenges and threats to the democratic system.
During the week, the EU-UK post-Brexit deal came under scrutiny by the European Parliament. Sectoral policies was discussed with the UK Task Force in various committees. MEPs will take the necessary time before deciding whether to give their consent. The agreement was reached on the Christmas Eve last year and since 1 January it is applied on a provisional basis.
Fully democratic and highly transparent decision-making at European level is indispensable to increase citizens’ trust in the EU institutions, said the Civil Liberties Committee (LIBE) MEPs in a non-legislative report adopted with 60 votes to 4.
In a statement on Thursday, EP President David Sassoli welcomed the fact that a deal has been reached on the future relationship between the EU and UK and assured that the Parliament will scrutinise it in detail.
On Friday, the last day of the plenary session, Parliament adopted the EU 2021 budget and EP President David Sassoli signed it into law. This became possible following approval of Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 two days ago.
A resolution, presenting an overview of current security issues, as identified by the Commission for the period 2020-2025 in the EU Security Union strategy, was adopted by MEPs with 543 votes in favour 64 votes against and 82 abstentions.