Take a look at what we have coming up over the next seven days. Explore our EPP Group agenda and the main issues we’ll be focusing on in the week ahead: from upcoming debates in the European Parliament on important legislative and policy issues to the meetings that our Members will be attending.
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Keep high-quality food production in Europe

The reform of the EU's agricultural policy will be voted on by Parliament this week. With the new rules, the EPP Group wants to protect European family farming, retain high-quality food production in Europe, keep rural communities alive and secure jobs in the sector. The compromise, which will be voted on, is a fair balance between societal demands and climate and environmental targets. The debate takes place on Tuesday, the final vote on Friday.

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We will not just rubberstamp any outcome of the post-Brexit negotiations

This week, negotiations on the future EU-UK relations are expected to continue. We believe that a deal can be reached, but not beyond the beginning of November. Exceeding this limit would make the implementation of any future agreement extremely difficult, as the European Parliament needs sufficient time to scrutinise the deal before it can approve it. The EPP Group will not just rubberstamp whatever comes out of the negotiations.

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Alexey Navalny

Magnitsky Act: new, faster mechanism to sanction human right abuses

The European Commission plans to propose a new EU law on Tuesday which would allow the easier and faster imposition of joint EU sanctions against human rights abuses like the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi or the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny. The EPP Group has for a long time called for such a law, which some label the Magnitsky Act after a similar law adopted in the US in 2012. The EU needs a tool to sanction international state and non-state actors who are guilty of genocide, torture, crimes against humanity, slavery, extra judicial killings, enforced disappearances and arbitrary arrests.

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Digital Services: rules for online business and social media

The European Parliament is ready to set out its position on the Digital Services Act (DSA) which the European Commission will propose later this year. The EPP Group believes that the DSA should help consumers and businesses opt for digital solutions. The new rules must increase transparency and product safety in online marketplaces, set rules for the widespread use of Artificial Intelligence and help stop the spread of illegal online content. The debate will take place on Monday, votes on Tuesday.

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Towards EU-wide Artifical Intelligence rules

The European Parliament will put forward recommendations on what EU-wide Artificial Intelligence (AI) rules should look like. The EPP Group will insist that these recommendations pave the way for the EU to become a global leader in the development of AI. We believe that trustworthy AI must be an EU trademark and we need to ensure the highest transparency standards for AI systems. The formulas and the algorithms that lie behind AI systems must not be biased. Social networks like Facebook, which are challenging our democracies, must make their algorithms transparent. The debate will take place on Monday, the vote on Tuesday.

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Climate Law: Socialist contradictions

On Friday 23 October, Health and Environment Ministers of EU Member States will discuss the planned climate law. The debate will once again highlight the contradictions of the Socialists on the topic. Unlike the S&D Group in the Parliament, the EPP Group agrees with Commission First Vice-President, Frans Timmermans, who says reaching a 60 percent CO2 emissions target by 2030 is not realistic. While the Socialists in the Parliament voted for 60 percent, Socialist and Socialist-led governments in Denmark, Finland, Portugal, Spain and Sweden announced they will not go beyond 55%. The EPP Group fully supports the European Commission in setting the CO2 targets to at least 55 percent by 2030, which is already 15 percent higher than currently agreed.

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Svetlana Tikhanovskaya

Sakharov Prize for the Belarusian opposition

On Thursday, the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought will be announced. The EPP Group, together with the S&D and Renew Groups, had proposed the democratic opposition of Belarus represented by the Coordination Council for this year’s prize. The European Parliament does not recognise Alexander Lukashenko as President of the country, but considers the Council to be a legitimate representation of the Belarusian people.

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European citizenship must not be for sale

On Thursday, MEPs will question the Commission on measures to stop Member States selling EU passports. The EPP Group has welcomed the decision of Cyprus to suspend its 'Golden Passports' scheme. "Some things should not be for sale, and European citizenship is definitely one of them", says EPP Group Chairman Manfred Weber MEP.

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Closing the digital gap in education

COVID-19 showed us large gaps in the digitalisation of education around the EU. In a Resolution prepared by Sabine Verheyen MEP, we insist on investments in digital equipment for teachers and disadvantaged children, the adaptation of workers to the digital market of the future and sufficient financing for the Erasmus+ Programme, the backbone of any future European Education Area. Read more in the EPP Group Position Paper on Education in the Era of Digitalisation here.

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Jobs must be Europe's top priority

The EPP Group wants to put the creation of new jobs at the top of the EU's political agenda. We will highlight this in particular in two debates at the plenary session. On Wednesday, the Parliament will debate and subsequently vote on two Reports on the policies of the Euro area 2020. On Thursday, MEPs will question the Council and the Commission on the EU measures to mitigate the social and economic impact of COVID-19.

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