Opening - President Tajani calls for lasting ceasefire in Syria

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At the opening of the Strasbourg session, President Tajani called for an end to the violence in Ghouta: “Nothing can justify the massacre of innocent people.”

The offensive on Eastern Ghouta has led to more than a thousand deaths and thousands more have been injured, said the President. The spiral of violence is worsening and all have to take responsibility, including those involved in the Astana process.


President Tajani appealed for the immediate implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution. Sustainable ceasefire is needed so that the injured and sick can be evacuated. A political solution must be found under the Geneva process, he added.


“Humanity is being lost in Syria. Let us not lose our own humanity.” said President Tajani.


To mark this year’s International Women’s Day, the President stated that the European Parliament continues to call for gender equality. “The battle is ongoing and we’re still not there”, said President Tajani.


There are not enough women in managerial positions, and still not enough in the tech industry. Only 24% of managers are women. Globally, there are 655 million fewer women economically active than men, he added.


A culture shift is needed to bring about change and over the last year the fight against stereotypes has gained ground, such as with the global #MeToo campaign. The President thanked those who have signed a petition to end sexual harassment within the European Parliament.


Agenda changes


The debate on the Commission statement on the "Integrity policy of the Commission, in particular the appointment of the Secretary-General of the Commission” will be wound up with a resolution to be voted in a future part-session.


Requests by committees to start negotiations with Council and Commission


Decisions by several committees to enter into inter-institutional negotiations (Rule 69c) are published on the plenary website.


If no request for a vote in Parliament on the decision to enter into negotiations is made by Tuesday 24.00, the committees may start negotiations.

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