The European Committee of the Regions will start a new plenary session this Wednesday in which its members will look at building a more social EU through the European Pillar of Social Rights and discuss the challenges facing the tourism sector, one of the hardest hit including the restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
The plenary session will begin on Wednesday with speeches in two separate debates by Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa in his capacity as current EU President and the President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli.
These two points of the plenary session will, among other things, analyze the application of the European Pillar of Social Rights (a few days before the social summit in Porto), the economic recovery and the conference on the future of Europe.
This conference will begin its journey this Sunday 9 May on the occasion of Europe Day and will be the subject of the debate scheduled for Friday with former European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, as President of the High Level Group on Democracy, European recently from the committee of the regions created.
On the same day, with the presence of the European Association of Hotels, Restaurants and Cafes (HOTREC), Zimmer Christensen, and the Portuguese Secretary of State for Tourism, Rita Marques, European regions and cities will address the recovery of the tourism and hospitality sector.
Regarding issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the European Committee of the Regions will vote on a resolution on free movement, including the Digital Green Certificate, and increasing vaccine production capacity. The President of the Valencian Generalitat, Ximo Puig, will take part in a debate on the lessons to be learned from the safety of the supply of medicines.
Another important debate that will take place during this week’s plenary session in the European Committee of the Regions will be the one on the fight for gender equality, in which the Commissioner responsible, Maltese Helena Dalli, will take part.