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​#CoRplenary: local leaders discuss Europe's vaccine strategy with WHO  

At its first plenary of 2021, the European Committee of the Regions will discuss with Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge​​, Regional Director for Europe of the World Health Organization, the progress and challenges of the vaccination campaign against Covid-19 and the potential role that regions and cities should play. At the same occasion, Ana Paula Zacarias, Secretary of State for European Affairs of the Portuguese Republic, will present her country's priorities for its six-month presidency of the Council of the European Union. Local leaders will also discuss with European Commissioner Elisa Ferreira the priorities of the new cohesion policy and the economic recovery plans. The presence of European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel will offer the opportunity to discuss the importance and challenges of recovery of the cultural and creative sectors. Pedro Silva Pereira, Vice-President of the European Parliament, and Christa Schweng, President of the European Economic and Social Committee, will discuss the European Citizens' Initiative. 


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4 February: Debate on Joining Forces to Launch and Implement New Cohesion Policy Programmes in Synergy with all Recovery Tools
At the start of the 2021-27 programming period, Elisa Ferreira, Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, will discuss the priorities of the new cohesion policy, its role for a fair recovery and how to coordinate it with the other EU investment tools.

4 February: Debate on the Recovery of the Cultural and Creative Sectors and on the New European Research Area
Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, will discuss the importance and challenges of recovery of the cultural and creative sectors, as well as the New European Research Area, for the creation of a single market for research, innovation and technology across the EU.

4 February: Debate on the Covid-19 Pandemic Vaccination Campaign
Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, Regional Director for Europe, World Health Organization, will debate the progress and challenges of the vaccination campaign against Covid-19 and the potential role that regions and cities should play.

4 February: Debate on the European Citizens' Initiative
Pedro Silva Pereira, Vice-President of the European Parliament in charge of European democracy and European citizens' initiative, and Christa Schweng, President of the European Economic and Social Committee, will discuss the European Citizens' Initiative, which, since coming into force in 2012, has encouraged citizens’ participation in the political life of the European Union.

5 February: Debate on Portugal's Presidency priorities of the European Union
Ana Paula Zacarias, Secretary of State for European Affairs of the Portuguese Republic, will present and debate the priorities of Portugal's Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Under the motto "Time to deliver: a fair, green and digital recovery" the presidency has identified five main areas of focus.

​​​TIMELINE OF THE KEY DEBATES

4 February, 9.00 a.m.: Debate on the European Citizens' Initiative, with Pedro Silva Pereira, Vice-President of the European Parliament in charge of European democracy and European citizens' initiative, and Christa Schweng, President of the European Economic and Social Committee.

4 February, 10.00 a.m.: Debate on the Recovery of the Cultural and Creative Sectors and on the New European Research Area, with Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth.

4 February, 12.00 a.m.: Debate on Joining Forces to Launch and Implement New Cohesion Policy Programmes in Synergy with all Recovery Tools, with Elisa Ferreira, Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms.

4 February, 3.30 p.m.: Debate on the Covid-19 Pandemic Vaccination Campaign, with Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, Regional Director for Europe, World Health Organization.

5 February,10.15 a.m.:

Debate on the Priorities of Portugal's Presidency of the Council of the European Union, with Ana Paula Zacarias, Secretary o​​f State for European Affairs of the Portuguese Republic.

​OPINIONS FOR ADOPTION

  • A new ERA for Research and Innovation. Rapporteur: Christophe Clergeau (FR/PES), Member of the Pays-de-la-Loire Regional Council.
  • Restart of Cultural and Creative Sectors. Rapporteur: Giuseppe Varacalli (IT/Renew E.), Member of Gerace Municipal Council.
  • European Skills Agenda for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience. Rapporteur: Csaba Borboly (RO/EPP), President of Harghita County Council.
  • Youth Employment Support: A Bridge to Jobs for the Next Generation Reinforcing the Youth Guarantee. Rapporteur: Romy Karier (LU/EPP), Member of Clervaux municipal council.
  • A Union of Equality: EU Roma strategic framework for equality, inclusion and participation for 2020-2030. Rapporteur-General: Jácint Horváth (HU/PES), Member of Nagykanizsa County.
  • Agro-ecology. Rapporteur: Guillaume Cros (FR/Greens), Member of the Regional Council of Occitanie.
  • 8th Environment Action Programme. Rapporteur-General: Dimitrios Karnavos (EL/EPP), Mayor of Kallithea.
  • Cross-border public services (CPS) in Europe. Rapporteur: Pavel Branda (CZ/ECR), Deputy Mayor of Rádlo Municipality.
​​Practical information:

Location : Online
Date : Wednesday, 3 February – Friday, 5 February 2021.
Background material : The plenary agenda and opinions and amendments .
Webstreaming : On the website of the CoR.
Contact: PresseCdr@cor.europa.eu