European Parliament Press Kit for the European Council of 30 and 31 May 2022

(Source: European Parliament)

In this press kit, you will find a selection of the European Parliament’s press releases that show MEPs’ priorities in relation to topics on the summit agenda.

European Parliament President Roberta Metsola will represent the European Parliament at the summit and address the Heads of State or Government at 16:00 on 30 May. She will hold a press conference in the European Council press room at around 17:00.

EU leaders will meet to discuss the state of play of the war in Ukraine and its effects on Europe, with a special focus on the energy sector. They will also talk about the EU’s defence capabilities and food security across the world, which is being severely impacted by Russia’s attack on Ukraine.

Additional information, including contact details for the MEPs involved, can be found on the European Parliament’s website.

The situation in Ukraine and the EU’s response

 

On 1 April, EP President Roberta Metsola was the first EU leader to travel to Kyiv, where she met President Zelenskyy and addressed the Verkhovna Rada. In her speech to Ukrainian MPs, she reiterated the Parliament’s support for Ukraine’s European path, to hold those responsible for the war accountable, and to rebuild cities and towns once the war is over.

Parliament backed on 19 May the suspension of all EU import duties on Ukrainian exports for a year, in order to support the country’s economy. Temporary trade liberalisation was fast-tracked in Parliament to ensure it can be applied swiftly. It will fully remove import duties on industrial products, entry duties on fruit and vegetables, as well as anti-dumping duties and safeguard measures on steel imports for a period of one year. You can read more here.

Wrapping up a plenary debate with Commission President Ursula von der Leyen that took place on 4 May in Strasbourg, MEPs called for additional funding to mitigate the consequences of the war and of the sanctions, imposed on Russia, on European citizens and businesses. In a resolution adopted on 19 May they proposed, among other measures, confiscating Russian oligarchs’ assets, new EU own resources -including a windfall profit tax for energy companies-, and using the existing EU budget fully. In the same resolution, MEPs also advocated for extending the list of individuals targeted by EU sanctions, to include European former politicians working for Russian companies. In a separate resolution approved on 5 May, Parliament asks for additional sanctions on the Russian transport sector and demands that Russia return stolen plans to their legitimate owners.

Pointing to the Belarusian regime’s strong support for Russia’s attack on Ukraine, the Parliament wants to apply to Belarus the same sanctions imposed on Russia, according to a resolution approved on 19 May. Find more details on the MEPs’ request here.

With regards to the alleged war crimes committed by the Russian invaders in Ukraine, MEPs demand that a special international tribunal be set up to investigate a possible crime of aggression, for which the International Criminal Court has no jurisdiction. In a vote on 19 May, Parliament backed new rules to allow Eurojust to safely store and analyse evidence related to war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity. Read more here.

On EU help for those fleeing the war in Ukraine, and particularly the most vulnerable, Parliament adopted a resolution on 7 April calling for Ukrainian refugee children to be given safe passage and asking EU countries to take measures to prevent them falling prey to trafficking, illegal adoption and other types of abuse. In another text adopted on 5 May, MEPs urged the EU to protect women fleeing Ukraine from violence and trafficking, and to ensure that they have access to essential health services, including abortion.

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