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As the Czech Republic takes over the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU on 1 July, find out what Czech MEPs expect from their country's presidency the coming six months.

On Monday, Civil Liberties committee MEPs adopted recommendations for an EU-Interpol cooperation agreement, which is currently in the negotiation stage.

EU leaders must live up to their historical responsibility and give a clear political signal to Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia, confirming their European perspective.

Find out how enlargement works and how countries can join the European Union.

In response to Russia’s war against Ukraine, this law aims to refill Europe’s strategic gas reserves more quickly before winter to ensure energy supplies are secure.

Granting candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova would not only strengthen the two countries, but also the EU, Roberta Metsola told EU leaders.

During the “This is Europe” debate with Croatia’s Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, MEPs expressed support for Croatia’s adoption of the Euro and joining Schengen.

Russia’s war against Ukraine has strengthened public support for the EU, the EP Spring Eurobarometer survey published on the 22 of June finds.

A delegation from the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, led by Chair Norbert Lins, will travel to the Polish-Ukrainian border on 20-21 June 2022.

A delegation of eight Development Committee MEPs will make a three-day visit to Republic of Moldova, from Wednesday 15 June, to assess the humanitarian impact of the war in Ukraine.

On the 15th of June at 17.45 CEST, MEPs from the Subcommittee on Human Rights and invited experts will debate the fight to prosecute Russian war crimes in Ukraine.

The Conference of President adopted the following EP groups’ leaders statement:

In response to Russia’s war in Ukraine, Parliament calls for the Versailles Declaration to be implemented more quickly through a step-change in EU Foreign, Security and Defence policy.

In his address to MEPs, the Speaker of the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada (parliament) Ruslan Stefanchuk called on the EU to endorse his country’s membership application.

MEPs welcomed the unity and additional sanctions delivered by the European Council but called for more arms to Ukraine and more attention to those struggling within the EU.

On Wednesday, MEPs will debate the outcome of the last EU summit on Ukraine. On the same day, Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada Speaker Ruslan Stefanchuk will address plenary.

Roberta Metsola called on EU leaders to commit to long-term engagement when it comes to Ukraine, including securing energy independence for the EU

MEPs call for funding to deal with the consequences of the war in Ukraine, by confiscating Russian oligarchs’ assets, new EU own resources, and using the existing EU budget fully.

Parliament backed a one-year suspension of EU import duties on all Ukrainian exports, to support the country’s economy.

The special international tribunal should investigate Russian leaders and military commanders and their allies for the crime of aggression against Ukraine.

MEPs strongly condemn the support that the Belarusian regime under dictator Aliaksandr Lukashenka has provided to Russia’s unprovoked war in Ukraine.

MEPs greenlit new rules that will allow Eurojust to safely store and analyse evidence related to war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity.

To preserve food security in light of the war in Ukraine, the European Commission should examine possible temporary derogations from the EU's Common Agricultural Policy.

Industry, research and energy committee MEPs met with MPs of the Energy Community Contracting Parties on 17 May in Brussels under the umbrella of the Energy Community Parliamentary Plenum.

The international trade committee gave their green light on 16 May for a one-year suspension of all EU import duties on Ukrainian exports to support the country’s economy.

The European Parliament's visitors centre - Parlamentarium - is hosting artworks by Ukrainian artists as part of the joint initiative Imagine Ukraine with M HKA, the Museum of Modern Art in Antwerp.

Four European Parliament committees will take stock on 17 May of Ukraine's transport, food security, culture and humanitarian situation and needs after Russia’s illegal invasion.

In response to Russia’s war in Ukraine, MEPs call for the Versailles Declaration to be implemented more quickly through a step-change in EU Foreign, Security and Defence policy.

Foreign affairs committee MEPs will host Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto for a debate on European security challenges in light of the war in Ukraine.

Parliament calls on the EU to protect women fleeing Ukraine from violence and trafficking, and to grant them access to essential health services.

MEPs applaud European transport and tourism operators for helping refugees from Ukraine, demand Russia return stolen airplanes and call on the EU to tighten sanctions on Russia.

In a resolution adopted on Thursday, Parliament welcomes Moldova’s EU membership application, saying the country is on the right track in adopting key reforms.

In a debate with French Minister Delegate Brigitte Klinkert and President Ursula von der Leyen, MEPs said internal EU unity and solidarity is crucial now and for the future reconstruction of Ukraine.

MEPs supported Mario Draghi’s call to reform the EU to guarantee sustainable economic growth and transition, during a “This is Europe” debate in Strasbourg.

The EU should protect women fleeing Ukraine from violence and trafficking, and women should have access to essential health services, say MEPs from Parliament's gender equality committee.

The legal affairs and employment committees held a discussion on the risks of exploitation faced by children fleeing the conflict in Ukraine on 21 April.

MEPs, experts and stakeholders debated the threats faced by women from Ukraine escaping violence and warfare, including forced prostitution and sexual assault on 21 April.

Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs will debate the situation in Ukraine on 20 April from 9.00 CET and be joined by Ivan Fedorov, the Mayor of Melitopol.

Development Committee MEPs will debate with Mykyta Poturayev, the Chair of the Humanitarian Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

MEPs say they are committed to support Georgia on its European path and to stand by its people to stop any attempts by Russia to destabilise the country.

Joint press release of the European Commission and the European Parliament

Parliament expresses indignation over reported atrocities by the Russian armed forces and demands that perpetrators of war crimes be held accountable.

MEPs call for children fleeing war in Ukraine to be given safe passage and for assistance for those internally displaced or unable to leave areas under siege.

EU countries sheltering people fleeing from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will immediately receive €3.4 billion, MEPs decided on 7 April.

Debating the EU Summit on 24-25 March with Presidents Michel and von der Leyen and EU Foreign Policy Chief Borrell, MEPs united in showing solidarity and giving more help to Ukraine.

President Roberta Metsola updated the house on her visit to Ukraine on 1 April and appealed for more logistical, humanitarian and military support, at the opening of European Parliament's plenary session.

European Parliament President Roberta Metsola, together with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, met with Ukrainians having fled the war at the Otwock school in the region of Warsaw on 2 April.

European Parliament President Roberta Metsola has today visited Kyiv to express the European Union´s support and hope to the Ukrainian people and condemn the unjustified Russian attack. She travelled on the invitation of the Chairman of the Ukranian Parliament Verkhovna Rada, Ruslan Stefanchuk.

European Parliament President Roberta Metsola was in Kyiv on 1 April to deliver a message of courage and hope to all Ukrainians defending their country.

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With Ukraine coming under attack from Russia, the EU is keen to support Kyiv and forge closer links. Find out how.

A European Parliament delegation, which travelled to the Republic of Moldova against the backdrop of a worsening security situation in Europe, finalised its visit on 2 April.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has forced millions of people to leave their homes. Find out what the EU is doing to help them and manage its external borders.

Parliament President Roberta Metsola praised the EU’s response to the war in Ukraine and called on EU leaders to stand by those in need of protection.

Parliament gave the green light to redirect EU regional and asylum funding to EU countries sheltering people fleeing from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, on 24 March.

Parliament calls for immediate and substantial food aid to Ukraine and for the EU to make its food production more independent.

Addressing MEPs on 23 March, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, stressed that Nato and the EU are more resolved and united than ever and that pressure on Putin must be increased.

One month after Russia attacked Ukraine, MEPs unanimously condemned the brutal invasion and urged the EU to further sanction Moscow and protect the European economy.

From Monday 21 March to Thursday 24 March, Parliament is organising the Ukraine Solidarity Days to show its support for Ukraine's parliament following the Russian invasion.

MEPs committed to pushing EU governments to do more to help Ukraine against Russia’s aggression, in a debate with the Ukrainian Minister of Defence Oleksii Reznikov.

On Thursday 17 March, Parliament’s President Roberta Metsola gave the keys to the Station Europe building to the Ukrainian civil society organisation Promote Ukraine.

Statement by the European Parliament's Conference of Delegation Chairs

 Kaja Kallas (left) and Roberta Metsola

MEPs joined Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas in calling for more EU defence, reduced energy dependence and solidarity with Ukraine in a plenary debate on 9 March.

As more than two million refugees flee war in Ukraine, mostly towards the EU, member states will have to continue showing solidarity, MEPs said on 8 March.

Ukrainian author Oksana Zabuzhko addressing MEPs on International Women’s Day 2022.

On International Women’s Day on 8 March, Ukrainian author Oksana Zabuzhko addressed the European Parliament on the plight of her fellow citizens under attack by Russia.

President Metsola during Zelenskyy speech

Debating Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on 1 March, MEPs expressed unwavering support for Ukraine and for efforts to bring the country closer to the European community.

Local residents walk past a destroyed building in the small town of Krasnohorivka, Donetsk region. © AFP/Aleksey Filippov

Against the backdrop of increasing Russian military threats against Ukraine, MEPs say any aggression by Moscow must come at a high economic and political price.

An Ukrainian Military Forces serviceman walks along a snow covered trench on the frontline with the Russia-backed separatists near Zolote village, in the eastern Lugansk region, on January 21, 2022. ©AFP/Anatolii STEPANOV

Russia’s military attack on Ukraine is just one of the latest sources of tension in the country’s relations with the EU. Find out more.

European Council and Commission statements on the EU-Russia relations, European security and Russia’s military threat against Ukraine.

In a debate on EU-Russia relations, European security and Russia’s military threat against Ukraine, MEPs called for a united response and voiced support for Ukraine.

Protesters march in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny in downtown Moscow on January 23, 2021. The placard with an image of the Kremlin critic reads

Parliament is deeply concerned by the recent Russian military build-up on Ukraine border and revelations of Russian agents behind explosions in Czechia

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