Digital, energy, and health: this week's Brussels agenda in a nutshell



From the report on strengthening the Union in the fight against cancer to the one on a European strategy for offshore renewable energy, the week of 14-18 February is packed with activities, many of which being of interest to members of the European Parliament. However, that isn’t all. There are a lot of meetings scheduled in the next few days. The European Trade Ministers will meet in Marseille, and the Ministers for Work, Employment and Social Policy will meet in Bordeaux, where they will address the effects of climate change and digitalisation on the labour market. The 6th EU-African Union Summit, a two-day gathering for debating the two continents’ shared interests, will also take place this week.

Following are the main dossiers to be discussed during the week at European level in the digital, energy and health fields.

DIGITAL

  • Tuesday 15 February 2022: second trilogue of the proposed regulation on digital services, the Digital Services Act (DSA). This is the second round of negotiations in which representatives of the three European institutions will meet to reach an agreement on the legislative proposal under examination. On 7 February, Danish MEP Christel Schaldemose (S&D), rapporteur on the dossier in Parliament, updated the members of the Committee for the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) on the progress of the inter-institutional negotiations, emphasising how, despite certain differences, the co-legislators share the same goal. That is, making sure that what is illegal offline is also illegal online.
  • Monday 14 and Wednesday 16 February 2022: meetings of the Council working groups on competitiveness for the internal market and industry.

ENERGY

  • Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 February 2022: the report by Danish MEP Morten Petersen (Renew) on the European strategy for offshore renewable energy will be discussed and voted on in Parliament. In order to facilitate the spreading of these renewable energy sources, the Commission for Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) adopted a document on 6 December that calls for the simplification of procedures for issuing authorisations for the construction of offshore infrastructures, the harmonisation of procedures and processes at the European level, and increased investments in offshore and onshore infrastructures.
  • Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 February: meetings of the Energy Council working group.

HEALTH

  • Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 February 2022: discussion and vote on the report by French MEP Véronique Trillet-Lenoir (Renew) aimed at strengthening EU action in the fight against cancer. The report adopted last 9 December by the BECA Committee, the special parliamentary commission on the fight against cancer, calls for strengthening cancer prevention policies by states, improving health care for the sick and increasing investments in research and innovation activities aimed at finding new treatments.
  • Tuesday 15 February 2022: meeting of the members of the Council Working Group on Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices.

FURTHER MEETINGS

  • Thursday 17 and Friday 18 February 2022: EU and African Union leaders will meet in Brussels for the sixth European Union-African Union Summit together with the heads of state or government of their respective member states. A number of roundtables will be held during the summit to discuss a variety of topics, including agriculture and sustainable development, health systems and vaccine production, private sector support and economic integration, climate change and energy, and the digital transition.