142nd Plenary session  

02/02/2021 : 13:30 - 05/02/2021 : 13:00 Remote meeting Cohesion policy reform; Future of Europe; Public administration; Citizenship; EU communication policy
The Members of the European Committee of the Regions met remotely for the 142nd plenary session on 3, 4 and 5 February 2021.

The session included debates on the COVID-19 pandemic vaccination campaign, with Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, Regional Director for Europe, World Health Organization, the launch and implementation of new cohesion policy programmes in synergy with recovery tools, with Elisa Ferreira, Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms and more…
 

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Several debates and political discussions took place, including the:

  • COVID-19 pandemic vaccination campaign, with Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, Regional Director for Europe, World Health Organization;
  • New cohesion policy programmes in synergy with recovery tools, with Elisa Ferreira, Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms.

 

Furthermore, there were debates on: 

  • the European Citizens' Initiative, with Pedro Silva Pereira, Vice-President of the European Parliament  and Christa Schweng, President of the European Economic and Social Committee;
  • the Recovery of the cultural and creative sectors and the new European research area, with Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth;
  • the priorities of Portugal's presidency of the Council of the European Union, with Ana Paula Zacarias, Secretary of State for European Affairs of the Portuguese Republic;

The plenary assembly also discussed and voted​​ on the opinions listed below on this page.

Agenda

Wednesday 03/02/2021

  • 14:30
    Formal opening of the session1. Adoption of the agenda (COR-2020-05257-00-01-CONVPOJ-TRA) 2. Approval of the minutes of the 141st plenary session, held on 8, 9 and 10 December 2020 COR-2020-04715-00-01-PV-TRA - COR-2020-04715-00-00-PV-REF COR-2020-04715-01-00-PV-REF - COR-2020-04715-02-00-PV-REF COR-2020-04715-03-00-PV-REF - COR-2020-04715-04-00-PV-REF COR-2020-04715-05-00-PV-REF - COR-2020-04715-06-00-PV-REF COR-2020-04715-07-00-PV-REF 3. Statement by the president
  • 14:40
    ADOPTION OF OPINIONSPresentation of opinions to be adopted: 4. European Skills Agenda for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience Own-initiative COR-2020-03878-00-00-PAC-TRA - SEDEC-VII/006 Rapporteur: Csaba Borboly (RO/EPP) Statement by Lucia Ďuriš Nicholsonová (SK/ECR), member of the European Parliament (tbc) 5. Youth Employment Support: A Bridge to Jobs for the Next Generation Reinforcing the Youth Guarantee Own-initiative COR-2020-03454-00-00-PAC-TRA - SEDEC-VII/007 Rapporteur: Romy Karier (LU/EPP)
  • 16:30
    ADOPTION OF OPINIONSPresentation of opinions to be adopted: 6. Cross-border public services (CPS) in Europe Own-initiative COR-2020-02615-00-00-PAC-TRA - COTER-VII/005 Rapporteur: Pavel Branda (CZ/ECR) Statement by Anne Sander (FR/EPP), member of the European Parliament 7. Agroecology Own-initiative COR-2020-03137-00-01-PAC-TRA - NAT-VII/010 Rapporteur: Guillaume Cros (FR/GREENS) Statement by Benoît Biteau (FR/GREENS), member of the European Parliament 8. A Union of Equality: EU Roma strategic framework for equality, inclusion and participation for 2020-2030. Own-initiative COR-2020-05625-00-00-PAC-TRA - SEDEC-VII/013 Rapporteur-General: Jacint Horvath (HU/PES) Statement by Romeo Franz (DE/GREENS), member of the European Parliament
  • 18:00
    ADJOURNMENT

Thursday 04/02/2021

  • 09:00
    RESUMPTION OF THE PLENARY SESSION
  • 09:00
    DEBATE ON THE EUROPEAN CITIZENS' INITIATIVE9. Statements by: COR-2020-05257-01-00-PSP-TRA • Pedro Silva Pereira, Vice-President of the European Parliament in charge of European democracy and European citizens' initiative • Christa Schweng, President of the European Economic and Social Committee Debate with representatives of the European Citizens' Initiative and with members of the European Committee of the Regions
  • 10:00
    DEBATE ON THE RECOVERY OF THE CULTURAL AND CREATIVE SECTORS AND ON THE NEW EUROPEAN RESEARCH AREA10. Statement by: COR-2020-05257-02-00-PSP-TRA • Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth Debate with members of the European Committee of the Regions
  • 11:30
    ADOPTION OF OPINIONSPresentation of opinions to be adopted: 11. A new ERA for Research and Innovation Own-initiative COR-2020-04749-00-00-PAC-TRA - SEDEC-VII/010 Rapporteur: Christophe Clergeau (FR/PES) Statement by Dan Nica (RO/S&D), member of the European Parliament
  • 12:00
    DEBATE ON JOINING FORCES TO LAUNCH AND IMPLEMENT NEW COHESION POLICY PROGRAMMES IN SYNERGY WITH ALL RECOVERY TOOLS12. Statement by: COR-2020-05257-03-00-PSP-TRA • Elisa Ferreira, Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms Debate with members of the European Committee of the Regions
  • 14:30
    ADOPTION OF OPINIONSPresentation of opinions to be adopted: 13. Restart of Cultural and Creative Sectors Own-initiative COR-2020-04616-00-00-PAC-TRA - SEDEC-VII/008 Rapporteur: Giuseppe Varacalli (IT/RENEW E.) Statement by Laurence Farreng (FR/ RENEW E.), member of the European Parliament 14. 8th Environment Action Programme COR-2020-05234-00-00-PAC-TRA - ENVE-VII/012 Rapporteur-General: Dimitrios Karnavos (EL/EPP)
  • 15:30
    DEBATE ON THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC VACCINATION CAMPAIGN15. Statement by: COR-2020-05257-04-00-PSP-TRA • Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, Regional Director for Europe, World Health Organization Debate with members of the European Committee of the Regions
  • 16:30
    ADOPTION OF A RESOLUTION16. Draft resolution on the COVID-19 pandemic vaccination campaign COR-2021-00519-00-01-PRES-TRA
  • 18:00
    ADJOURNMENT

Friday 05/02/2021

  • 10:00
    RESUMPTION OF THE PLENARY SESSION
  • 10:15
    DEBATE ON THE PRIORITIES OF PORTUGAL'S PRESIDENCY OF THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION17. Statement by: COR-2020-05257-06-00-PSP-TRA • Ana Paula Zacarias, Secretary of State for European Affairs of the Portuguese Republic Debate with members of the European Committee of the Regions
  • 11:15
    END OF THE VOTES ON OPINIONS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS18. Election of Bureau members (COR-2020-05257-00-00-PSP-REF) (for decision) 19. New CoR members and alternates (COR-2020-05257-00-00-PSP-TRA) (for information) 20. Any other business 21. Date of the next meeting
  • 12:15
    END OF THE PLENARY SESSIONEND OF THE PLENARY SESSION

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