Russian invasion of Ukraine
This weekend marked 500 days since the start of Russia’s large-scale invasion of Ukraine, said President Metsola. Parliament has stood with Ukraine and its people from the start, leading the call for Ukraine to be granted EU candidate status and pushing forward political momentum for humanitarian, military and financial support, she added. The Parliament procured generators to provide heating and light to Ukrainians when it was needed. The legislation and agreements reached with Council on joint procurement and defence, and the act in support of ammunition production (ASAP) will make a real difference, the President said.
Detention of Wall Street Journal reporter
It is 100 days since Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich was illegally detained by Russia, said President Metsola, reiterating Parliament’s solidarity, support and determination to see him freed immediately.
Daphne Caruana Galizia
Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was murdered 300 weeks ago, and the Parliament continues to call for justice to be served, noted the President. Being a journalist takes courage, but Parliament is committed to ensuring the right legislation is in place, so that people are not forced to be brave to do it, she concluded.
Violent disruption of Tbilisi Pride
On Saturday Tbilisi Pride was violently disrupted; anti-LGBTIQ rhetoric, disinformation and violence are unacceptable, said the President, adding that the lives and safety of the LGBTIQ community must be a priority – people deserve to live their lives free from fear.
Request by several committees to start negotiations with Council and Commission
If no request for a vote in Parliament on the decision to enter into negotiations is made by Tuesday 12.00 midnight, the committees may start negotiations.
Information concerning the distribution of votes is available under the section “Priority information”.
Ismail Ertug (S&D, Germany) as of 2 July 2023
Álvaro Amaro (EPP, Portugal) as of 6 July 2023
Thomas Rudner (S&D, Germany) as of 3 July 2023
Carlos Coelho (EPP, Portugal) as of 7 July 2023