“I welcome the start of the Germany presidency. The influence of Social Democrats in the German government will be an opportunity to find fair and more European solutions to the current COVID crisis. We can build a more resilient and sustainable Europe by working together over the next 6 months.”
Iratxe García, S&D Group leader
What's coming up ?
As Germany takes over the Council Presidency at a crucial moment for Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will address MEPs during a plenary debate on Wednesday 8 July at 2pm. S&D MEPs will also be debating the highly anticipated budget and recovery plans with Presidents von der Leyen and Michel on Wednesday afternoon.
Ahead of the plenary, S&D Group leader Iratxe García will hold a press conference on Wednesday 8 July at 10am in the European Parliament. Details on how to follow the Group leader’s Q&A with journalists will follow.
On Wednesday, the S&D Group will also be closely following the outcome of the mini-summit on the recovery package convened by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, with European Parliament President David Sassoli, European Council president Charles Michel, and Chancellor Merkel.
On Thursday, euro area Finance Ministers will meet to elect a new president of the Eurogroup. Spain’s Deputy PM and Minister for Economy, Nadia Calviño, is one of the candidates.
Next week, as well as the economic and social recovery, MEPs will be debating the EU’s public health strategy post-COVID-19 on Wedneday afternoon. In May, the S&D Group led the way in calling for the urgent creation of a European Health Union.
The Commission’s Action Plan on EU policy on preventing money laundering and terrorist financing will also be on the agenda during Wednesday’s plenary session with a vote on a resolution on Friday.
With MFF negotiations still high on the EU’s agenda, on Thursday S&D MEPs will be calling for the Commission and the Council to make rule of law a binding condition for member states to receive EU funding.
Votes on the mobility package will take place throughout next week, with MEPs voting to reform the road transport sector to improve working conditions for drivers.
Throughout next week’s plenary session a number of foreign policy debates will feature on the agenda including Turkey’s negative role in the Mediterranean, the situation in Belarus and the 2019 Human Rights report.
With limited progress in talks this week, the S&D Group will continue to follow the EU-UK negotiations on the future relationship when they move to London on Monday 6 July.
On Wednesday, S&D members will hold their remote Group meeting in the morning, while Bureau members will meet on Tuesday.