European Parliament: the week ahead 15 – 21 March 2021

European Parliament: the week ahead 15 – 21 March 2021.Committee meetings, Brussels: COVID-19 variants and vaccines; ECB/Lagarde; General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR); Impact of Artificial intelligence on culture; Media event on disinformation; President’s diary. Intell News Romania in English, March 14, 2021.

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Committee meetings, Brussels

COVID-19 variants and vaccines.
The Environment, Public Health and Food Security Committee will hold a debate on COVID-19 variants and how effective vaccines are against them with representatives from the European Medicine Agency (EMA), the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). During the same meeting, the Commission will present the HERA Incubator, an EU plan to monitor variants, exchange data and cooperate on adapting vaccines (Monday).

The Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee will debate with ECB President Christine Lagarde on the state of the Eurozone. MEPs are likely to question Ms Lagarde on how monetary policy should be revised in the face of the economic effects of the pandemic, and the danger posed by not having sufficient recovery plans in place when the exceptional ECB monetary financing winds down (Thursday).

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
The Civil Liberties Committee will look into possible changes and improvements that could be made, two years after the application of the General Data Protection Regulation. Tabled amendments address concerns over data protection authorities using the rules to curtail the work of journalists and NGOs, a lack of resources for supervisory authorities and potential infringement procedures against EU countries failing to fulfil their obligations (Tuesday).

Impact of Artificial intelligence on culture.
The Culture and Education Committee will look into how A.I. technologies affect culture, education and audio-visual sectors. MEPs are likely to ask for a general framework to regulate algorithms that recommend content, for example to manage their impact on cultural diversity. Fake news and deepfakes as well as the need to help the workforce retrain to be able to cope with an AI-driven labour market will be addressed in the vote (Tuesday).

Media event on disinformation.
The EP’s Press service will hold a seminar on “The disinformation dilemma: How to respond and regulate without undermining democracy?” Lead MEPs and experts will discuss how disinformation is undermining trust in democracies on both sides of the Atlantic. The second panel will focus on how to fight against disinformation by modernising online regulation. Former Director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Christopher Krebs will deliver the keynote speech (Wednesday).

President’s diary.
EP President David Sassoli will meet Georgia’s Prime Minister, Irakli Garibashvili, on Wednesday. On Thursday, the President will have a video meeting with the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Odile Renaud-Bassot, and meet the President of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region, Renaud Muselier.


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Newsletter – the week ahead 15 – 21 March 2021– plenary session. Press Release, European Parliament, Press room , March 12, 2021. Source:

Republished by Intell News Romania in English, March 14, 2021

About Claudiu Victor Gheorghiu 129 Articles
My name is GHEORGHIU CLAUDIU VICTOR and I was born in October 1967 in Bucharest. In 1998 I took the master degree at University from Bucharest , the Faculty of History- universal old history section- with theme (Constantine the Great and Christianity) at professor LIGIA BARZU. In 1991 I graduated Art School , Painting section, with TITU DRAGUTESCU. I painted sacred pictures from 1990, in technique tempera or tempera with egg on wood. In the period 2004-2016, I had the honor to have the encouragements, the advices, the friendship of the Master PAUL GHERASIM(1925-2016), my mentor, the founder of the "Prolog" group. During the period 1992-1994 I was artistic advisor at Coleus contemporary art gallery . I am titular member of the Association Branch of Religious Plastic Arts and Restoration - AFAPRR of UAP from Romania: Visual Artists’ Union from Romania from April 17, 2019, admitted by contest, as well as I was trainee member during the period 2016-2019, admitted by contest. I was member in Plastic Background(FP) belong Visual Artists’ Union from Romania(UAP) from 7th of December 2000, admitted by contest. From 25th of May 2015 I was elected Media advisor of the Steering Committee of the Association Branch of Religious Plastic Arts and Restoration : AFAPRR of UAP from Romania: Visual Artists’ Union from Romania. From 2014 I am member Visarta( from March 31, 2017, I was elected in the Steering Committee of Visarta, during the period 2017-2022), the Romanian Visual Arts Copyright Collecting Society. I had 4 Personal Exhibitions with sacred art, organized by UAP from Romania- Visual Artists’ Union from Romania, in Bucharest (2001, 2003, 2004 at ArTei Gallery, 2007 at Galateea Gallery), also another two at Silva Gallery in Busteni(2007-2008), Sabion Gallery in Bucharest(2019, together with Cristina Georgescu). I had also 2 Personal Exhibitions in Italy : I was Honor Guest, representing Romania, with sacred art, June 2003 at Pisa and in October 2006 ”The icons, sacred pictures in contemporary world” at Viadana(Mantua). I won some prizes in Italy and I participated, admitted by contest, at some art fairs and international exhibitions around the world, representing Romania: most of them in Italy(Pompeii, Pisa, Turin, Milan, Reggio Emilia, Bari, Viadana, Mantua), but also in France, Germany, Greece, Japan, Peru, South Korea, Switzerland; in secondary also I am cultural journalist: from May 2015 to January 2016 I was Contributing Editor at Culture (Fine Arts, Exhibitions, History, Religion) at the newspaper Jurnalul Bucureştiului. From 17th of January 2016 I was advanced Senior Editor at the same newspaper, which has been called since April 2020 the Jurnalul Bucureştiului ,,Le Petit Parisien”, with a different leadership and a different format. From 1st of November 2015 to 31st of December 2016 I was Contributing Editor and Thematic Advisor at News Agency Lacasuri Ortodoxe and Press service LO News. From 1st of January 2016 I am Senior Editor of the Intell News(Global news, press and event analysis) and coordinator of the Culture pages (in Romanian and English, named Intell News Romania). From May 3, 2019, I am also publisher commentator at the newspaper Ultima Oră.