Europe: The European Parliament has completed its first plenary week of the year. Within the first plenary week, the European Parliament undertook the following activities:
The Swedish Prime Minister, Ulf Kristersson, joined the European Parliament’s plenary debate, where he presented the priorities of the Swedish Presidency for the next six months. He stated: “We will work hand in hand to support Ukraine and to increase EU competitiveness and resilience.”
The European Parliament hosted a ceremony to celebrate 30 years of the European Single Market, the cornerstone of business & economy in the EU.
The European Parliament also held a press conference on the ‘New European Bauhaus: achievements and way forward’, with the participation of European Commissioners Mariya Gabriel and Elisa Ferreira. “The New European Bauhaus is the intellectual complement to the European Green Deal”, said MEP Christian Ehler.
For the Iranian people, the EU was called on to list the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist entity, following the examples of the United States and other countries.
The Members of the European Parliament, Tom Vandenkendelaere and David McAllister hosted a joint press conference on the annual report on Europe’s security and defence policy. As Mr Vandenkendelaere stated: “Since the start of Russia’s war in Ukraine, we are experiencing a major paradigm shift to spearhead our European security and defence architecture.”
Earlier this week, the Parliament held a debate and then voted on Thursday on a call to set up a special tribunal on the crime of aggression against Ukraine, with a desire for EU taking leadership in bringing forward the fight against the impunity of Russian aggression.