President Metsola calls on Iran to set Ahmadreza Djalali free

(Source: European Parliament)

At the opening of the session, President Metsola expressed Parliament’s opposition to the death penalty and called on Iran to stop the execution of Professor Djalali.

Professor Djalali is a Swedish-Iranian national and a scholar at the Vrije Universiteit of Brussel and the University of Eastern Piedmont, whose execution is set to take place on Saturday 21 May.

Calling on Iran to halt his execution, pardon him and release him immediately and unconditionally, President Metsola said “The death penalty is not a deterrent to capital crimes. It is an intolerable denial of the most basic human right – the right to life.”

Outgoing MEPs

Tanja Fajon (S&D, SL) as of 12 May 2022.

Changes to the agenda

The President has received a request for urgent procedure from the Environment Committee and the Civil Liberties Committee, pursuant to Rule 163, on the following legislative files:

  • Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) 2016/1628 as regards the extension of the empowerment of the Commission to adopt delegated acts, and
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) 2018/1727 of the European Parliament and the Council, as regards the collection, preservation and analysis of evidence relating to genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes at Eurojust.

The vote on this request will be taken today once the order of business is established. If adopted, the vote will be held on Thursday.

As the Council cannot attend this part-session in Brussels, the Council and Commission statements on:

  • Prosecution of opposition and detention of trade union leaders in Belarus,
  • The fight against impunity for war crimes in Ukraine, and
  • European solidarity and energy security in face of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and recent cuts of gas supply to Poland and Bulgaria

are changed into the Commission statements.


A Commission statement on “The killing of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh and the violent incidents at her funeral” is added as the second item on Wednesday. The statement will be followed by a round of political groups’ speakers.


The title of the Commission statement scheduled as the third item on Thursday morning is changed into “REPowerEU Plan: European solidarity and energy security in face of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, including the recent cuts of gas supply to Poland and Bulgaria.”

The report by Ms Kalniete on “Temporary trade liberalisation supplementing trade concessions applicable to Ukrainian products under EU/Ukraine Association Agreement” is added directly to the votes on Thursday.

Information concerning the distribution of votes is available under the section “Priority information”.

Requests by committees to start negotiations with Council and Commission

Decisions by committees to enter into inter-institutional negotiations (Rule 72) are published on the plenary website.

If no request for a vote in Parliament on the decision to enter into negotiations is made by Thursday 12.00 midnight, the committees may start negotiations.

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