Election of the brand new Parliament President
The 12 months began with the election of Roberta Metsola (EPP, Malta) as the new President of the European Parliament. She is the third feminine President after Simone Veil (1979-1982) and Nicole Fontaine (1999-2002) in addition to the youngest President ever. Metsola will lead the Parliament till the 2024 European elections.
In the wake of Russia’s offensive towards Ukraine, Parliament held a unprecedented plenary session on 1 March, through which Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed MEPs from Kyiv. Since the beginning of hostilities, the EU and its leaders committed to providing support to Ukraine. In April, President Metsola was the first leader of an EU institution to travel. to Kyiv. In addition to supporting sanctions towards Russia and assist for Ukraine, the Parliament strongly advocated giving the nation EU candidate status.
Future of Europe
On 9 May 2022, following one 12 months of intensive discussions and citizen-led debates, the Conference on the future of Europe concluded in Parliament’s constructing in Strasbourg.
The final report from the conference comprises 49 proposals and greater than 320 measures protecting points together with local weather change, well being, social justice, EU values, democracy, safety; the digital transformation and tradition.
As a part of its dedication to combating local weather change and implementing the Green deal, Parliament adopted its negotiating place on a spread of proposals within the Fit for 55 in 2030 package. They embrace:
On 5 July, the Parliament adopted two items of landmark laws: the Digital Markets Act and Digital Services Act. The new EU digital rulebook establishes requirements for accountability and safety for shoppers from unlawful content material, unfair practises and sure sorts of focused promoting.
Parliament adopted a 10-year extension of roaming rules in April, permitting EU shoppers to proceed utilizing cellphones when travelling across the EU with no extra charges. It got here into impact on 1 July.
Parliament reached an settlement with the Council to make USB Type-C the common charger for all small and medium-sized transportable digital gadgets within the EU by the autumn of 2024.
Parliament continued work on advancing gender equality, backing proposals to establish binding measures on pay-transparency and improve gender balance on boards.
The 2022 LUX Audience Award went to Quo Vadis, Aida? by Bosnian director Jasmila Žbanić. Accepting the award, she drew parallels between her movie and the present scenario in Ukraine, urging MEPs to discover a method to cease the conflict.
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