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NewsComing up: Ukraine, Eurozone and Afghan women

Coming up: Ukraine, Eurozone and Afghan women

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MEPs travel to Ukraine for a fact-finding mission, discuss the state of the Eurozone and draw attention to the situation of Afghan women this week.

Mission to Ukraine

In light of the developing security crisis in Ukraine, members from the foreign affairs committee and the security and defence subcommittee travel on a fact-finding mission to the country. They will observe the situation on the ground and demonstrate Parliament’s opposition to any attempts by Russia, which has amassed troops at the border, to further escalate the crisis.

Learn more about the state of EU-Russia relations

Afghan women

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Parliament will host the Afghan Women Days in Brussels. At the conference, Afghan women who were nominated as finalists for the 2021 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, MEPs, as well as representatives from the European Commission, the UN  and other international organisations will shine a light on the worrying situation faced by women in Afghanistan following the Taliban’s return to power last year.

Europol and data protection

The European Data Protection Supervisor recently ordered Europol to erase a large quantity of personal data that the EU law enforcement agency was storing even if there was no link to any criminal activity. On Tuesday, members of the civil liberties cmmittee will discuss the matter with the two organisations.

Eurozone

On Wednesday, the economic affairs committee will hold a hearing on the state of the Eurozone with Paschal Donohoe, the Irish finance minister who chairs meetings of the finance ministers of the Eurozone countries. Topics of discussion are likely to include the reform of monetary and fiscal policies, EU countries’ public finances, inflation and the progress of national recovery plans.

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