Newsletter from European Parliament: plenary session from 8 to 11 February 2021

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MEPs are expected to reiterate their support for a united EU approach to COVID-19 vaccines in a debate with Commission President von der Leyen, on Wednesday at 9.00.

On Tuesday, Parliament will discuss and vote on the Recovery and Resilience Facility, designed to help EU countries tackle the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Wednesday, MEPs will discuss the link between new media, politics and freedom of speech, following recent developments on both sides of the Atlantic.

EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell will discuss the political turmoil in Russia, including Alexei Navalny’s case and country-wide protests, with MEPs on Tuesday.

Mitigating the pandemic’s economic effects will dominate Monday’s debate as MEPs assess what the ECB can do within its mandate, including exploring novel tools.

MEPs call on the EU to do more to tackle human trafficking and push for the demand and use of victims’ sexual services to be criminalised.

Parliament will debate and vote on the principles and policy needed to achieve a carbon-neutral, sustainable, toxic-free and fully circular economy by 2050.

MEPs will debate and vote on measures to combat inequality and tackle the growing problem of in-work poverty.

The COVID-19 pandemic has accentuated the digital skills gap and the need to increase digital education, MEPs are set to stress in a debate.

To support the transport sector, Parliament is set to extend some exemptions for air slot distribution and certificate expiry dates, including for driving licences.

The humanitarian situation in Yemen, and the military coup in Myanmar will be up for a debate on Tuesday. Resolutions will be put to the vote on Thursday.

Parliament will discuss and vote on provisions that help EU companies to access a diverse range of funding and support the post-COVID-19 recovery.

As the pandemic exacerbates gender inequalities, MEPs will evaluate the progress made in women’s rights over the past 25 years and the challenges ahead.

Parliament will assess the state of play of the EU Association Agreement with Ukraine, in a debate on Tuesday and a vote on Thursday.

In a debate and vote on Thursday, MEPs are set to voice serious concerns over the safety of the Ostrovets nuclear plant in Belarus.

MEPs are set to call on the Commission and Council presidency to address the negative effects of the pandemic on youth and sports.

In a debate on Tuesday morning, MEPs are likely to condemn the rollback on abortion rights in Poland following the entry into force of the Constitutional Tribunal’s ruling.

On Thursday morning, Parliament will hold urgent debates on the following topics regarding human rights, democracy and rule of law; votes will follow later in the day.


Newsletter – 8-11 February 2021 – plenary session. Press Release, European Parliament, Press room , February 9, 2021. Source:


Republished by Intell News Romania in English on February 9, 2021

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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.