The first reading of the citizens’ bill on in vitro reimbursement took place in the Sejm. Israel supported the agreement to release about 50 hostages held in the Gaza Strip in exchange for a several-day ceasefire. In turn, the European Parliament voted in favor of adopting the report of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs, which recommends changing the EU treaties. Here are six things to know on November 23.
1. Citizens’ project on in vitro reimbursement in the Sejm
The first reading of the citizens’ bill on in vitro reimbursement took place in the Sejm on Wednesday. It was presented by Agnieszka Pomaska, an MP from the Civic Coalition. She pointed out that when signatures were being collected for the citizens’ project “Yes to in vitro”, it was promised that sooner or later the act would come into force.
– Infertility treatment in the 21st century can and should be available, free and safe – emphasized Wioletta Tomczak (Poland 2050-Third Way). Wanda Nowicka from the Left assessed that greater financial availability of this method could improve “the dramatic demographic situation in Poland.” PiS MP Józefa Szczurek-Żelazko stated that the project requires much clarification.
2. Morawiecki invites the opposition to a meeting
Mateusz Morawiecki – prime minister-designate – sent a letter to the leaders of the Left, Third Way and Confederation with an invitation to build a government coalition.
However, as representatives of the opposition parties assure, none of them intends to hold talks with Mateusz Morawiecki.
3. Agreement between Israel and Hamas
The Israeli government supported an agreement to release approximately 50 hostages held in the Gaza Strip in exchange for a several-day ceasefire. “We expect the first hostages to be released on Thursday,” said Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen.
The release of the hostages as part of the agreement with Hamas leaders in Gaza will not take place earlier than Friday, Tsachi Hanegbi, head of Israel’s National Security Council and adviser to the prime minister, announced late Wednesday evening Benjamin Netanyahu for national security.
4. Explosion on the bridge connecting the USA and Canada
A vehicle exploded on the bridge connecting the US with Canada near Niagara Falls. The FBI said that an investigation into the matter was ongoing, Reuters reported. As a result of the incident, the car driver and passenger were killed, and one border guard officer was injured.
The Washington Post reported, citing insider sources, that “there is no direct evidence” that the event is related to terrorism, but this may change.
5. The populist party wins the elections in the Netherlands
They took place on Wednesday in the Netherlands elections to the lower house of the local parliament. According to the survey exit poll Geert Wilders’ right-wing PVV party won with 35 percent of the votes.
In second place was the list of the united left of the Labor Party (PvdA) and the Greens (GroenLinks) led by Frans Timmermans with 26 seats. In the previous elections, PvdA and GroenLinks, running separately, won 9 and 8 seats.
6. Voting on changes to EU treaties
The European Parliament voted in favor of adopting the report of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs, which recommends changing the EU treaties. 291 MEPs voted in favor of adopting the report. 274 were against and 44 abstained.
Contrary to the PiS narrative, this does not mean that the European Parliament has decided to change the treaties itself. As TVN24 reporter Maciej Sokołowski explained, this process is much longer, more complicated and requires the unanimous consent of all member states, and European parliament it only plays an advisory role.
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