EP holds special session in Brussels

MEPs that are not present can vote by email

Photo: EP The special plenary session starts in Brussels

The European Parliament convened in Brussels this morning for a special plenary session with a severely reduced presence of MEPs. For all members that are not in the room, extraordinary measures have been taken to enable them to vote remotely by email. 

The lawmakers who are at the hemicycle maintain a sufficient distance from each other. On the agenda are the first pressing measures to help citizens and business deal with the impact of the corona outbreak. Chaired by the EP President David Sassoli the session started with a discussion with the EC President Ursula von der Leyen and the Croatian Presidency of the Council on the actions the EU is taking to respond efficiently and in a coordinated way to the pandemic.

On the focus are the proposed measures for  immediate financial help to countries in need, sectoral help to industries in danger of collapse, and logistical and material help to get necessary medical and other equipment to where it is needed.

The Parliament is fully supporting unprecedented measures being taken by the EU to help member states deal with the pandemic and mitigate its effects. To play its part, the Parliament is doing everything it can to speed up the implementation of these initiatives.

MEPs will debate and vote on the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative, which will make €37bn from the Cohesion funds available to EU countries to address the consequences of the crisis and on a  legislative proposal to extend the scope of the EU Solidarity Fund to cover public health emergencies. Parliamentarians will also vote on the Commission’s proposal to stop the so-called ‘ghost flights’ caused by the Covid-19 outbreak.

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