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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz discussed with MEPs his views on Europe’s challenges and the bloc’s future.
The debate took place today on 9th May, which is Europe Day.
Before the start of the debate in Strasbourg, parliament’s President Roberta Metsola made a statement to mark Europe Day.
Later President Metsola and Chancellor Scholz held a bilateral meeting.
In an evening debate with EU commissioner Didier Reynders, MEPs discussed their position on a new directive to improve product labelling, ban planned obsolescence so products will last longer and end misleading claims. The vote will take place on Thursday.
MEPs also debated with EU commissioner Šefčovič and the Swedish Minister for EU Affairs the legislative proposals recently tabled to reform the EU’s economic governance rule. During the debate, MEPs will outline their priorities concerning this reform, building on the resolution adopted in July 2021.
Parliament at is plenary is also due to debate the EU’s accession to the Istanbul Convention on preventing violence against women and the current situation in Sudan and, separately, how to avoid an escalation in hostilities that could have far-reaching implications for the East Africa region.
In a separate vote Parliament is expected to give its green light to suspend EU import duties on Ukrainian agricultural products for another year and approve €145 million in additional assistance to Moldova.
Elsewhere, MEPs will discuss how the EU institutions, bodies and agencies have executed their budgets in 2021. The decision whether to sign off the accounts will be taken on Wednesday.
Plenary will also discuss what it calls unsatisfactory developments in accession negotiations with Serbia, and Kosovo’s work to secure the status of EU candidate country.
The vote will take place on Wednesday.