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Coronavirus outbreak, state of play and ensuring a coordinated European response to the health, economic and social impact

Work in Parliament | Speeches in Plenary Sessions | 10-03-2020

Maria da Graça Carvalho participated today in a plenary debate in the European Parliament on the coronavirus outbreak, the state of play and assurance of a coordinated European response to the health, economic and social impact. During her speech, the MEP mentioned, “the European Union must be much more than an economic and political Union. It must be a Union that protects its citizens and their well-being” In this respect, Graça Carvalho stated that the fight against COVID-19 requires “grea...

Covid-19. European leaders in conference call to coordinate response to the outbreak

Press | News | 09-03-2020

European Council President Michel announced that the European Union leaders will participate in a conference call to coordinate the member states’ response to the Covid-19 outbreak, Expresso Online reports. Mr Michel posted on Twitter that “we must cooperate to protect the health of our citizens.” The EU Council General Secretariat decreed prevention measures to the European Parliament, Commission, and European Council. The European Council’s meetings will be reduced, and the delegat...

European Parliament plenary session moved to Brussels

Press | News | 07-03-2020

In an interview with TVI24, MEP Graça Carvalho talked about the European Parliament’s decision to move the plenary session from Strasbourg to Brussels and about the medical services recommendations to the EU institutions’ workers. MEP Carvalho told TVI24 that the decision aims at safeguarding the MEPs, workers, and population’s health. Moreover, all non-essential meetings were cancelled. MEP Carvalho also said that the European Parliament’s response is adequate to the level of risk. The Por...

Coronavirus: PSD questions European Commission about delay and scarcity of funds to investigate vaccines and therapies

Work in Parliament | Questions to the Commission and the Council | 06-03-2020

Members of the PSD Delegation in the European Parliament questioned today European Commission about scarcity and delay in the funds allocated to vaccine and therapy research against COVID-19. The priority question for written answer recalls that even though the European Union has the largest Science and Innovation program in the world, Horizon 2020, and has established an important partnership with the pharmaceutical sector (Innovative Medicines Initiative), it was only at this stage that it...

Industrial Transition


For the first time in its history, the European Parliament has in the present legislature an intergroup dedicated to the themes of industry and the competitiveness of the economy, of which I have the honor of being co-chair. European industry is going through a particularly challenging moment, not only because of the contingencies created by the COVID-19 pandemic, but mainly because of the decisive role that it will be called upon to play in the green and digital transitions. Europe owes many...

A True European Energy Market


Energy has been a main topic in the European Parliament. Covid-19 and the war in Ukraine have brought new challenges to the table. A lot is at stake, and there is now a need for new solutions in the energy area and for a new way of thinking about the electricity market in Europe. I was appointed lead rapporteur on the Regulation on the Protection of the Union against Wholesale Energy Market Manipulation (REMIT) and EPP negotiator on the European Electricity Market Reform (EMD). I have been...

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