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



The week of the 14-18 March is packed with activities, many of which being of interest to European Parliament Committees. From the meeting of the Commission for the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO), and the meeting of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET). As well, this week the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) will gather jointly with members of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL). On Tuesday 15 March, the third trilogue for the proposal on the Digital Services Act (DSA) will take place. The European Parliamentary Week, will be held at the European Parliament on 15 and 16 March and the event includes the Inter-Parliamentary Conference on Stability, Economic Coordination and Governance in the European Union. As far as the Council is concerned, on Monday 14, in Brussels, the Eurogroup and the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumers Affairs Council will take place. On Tuesday, beyond the informal video conference of ministers of health, the EU’s economy and finance ministers will discuss the economic consequences of the sanctions imposed on Russia. On Wednesday, it will be up to environment ministers to meet for the Environmental Council.

Following are the main appointments at European level for the upcoming week regarding the digital, energy and health fields, and further important meetings.

DIGITAL

  • Monday 14 March 2022: During this week’s meeting of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) a hearing will be held on transatlantic cooperation following the Russian aggression in Ukraine.
  • Tuesday 15 March 2022: Third trialogue for the Digital Services Act (DSA).
  • Wednesday 16 March 2022: Margrethe Vestager, European Commission Executive Vice-President, will join the meeting of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO). Vestager will hold an exchange of views as part of a Structured Dialogue. She will address issues related to the European digital strategy and the European data strategy, as well as touching on the AI ​​Act, the Chips Act and digital identities in Europe. On Wednesday, IMCO MEPs will also hold an exchange of views with Thierry Breton, the Commissioner for the Internal Market, on the fight against disinformation and propaganda on online platforms and the relevant role of the DSA negotiations on this matter.

ENERGY

  • Monday 14 March 2022: Presentation of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment report entitled “Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability” during the meeting of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI).
  • Tuesday 15 March 2022: During a join meeting of ENVI and the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON), MEPs will hold an exchange of views with Nathan Fabian, Chair of the Platform on Sustainable Finance. Mr. Fabian will report on the Platform’s response to the Complementary Taxonomy Delegated Act, which includes under certain conditions, specific nuclear and gas energy activities included in the list of economic itmems covered by the EU taxonomy.
  • Wednesday 16 March 2022: The ENVI Committee and the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) during a joint meeting will discuss the draft report by rapporteurs David Casa (EPP) and Esther de Lange (EPP) on the Commission’s proposal for the Social Climate Fund.
  • Thursday 17 March 2022: During the Environment Council, European ministers will strive to reach an agreement on a general approach on a new regulation on the life cycle of batteries. Ministers will discuss the ‘Fit for 55’ files that fall under their responsibility, the revision of the Emission Trading System, the revision of the Effort Sharing Regulation, the revision of the regulation on land use, land use change and forestry, the revision of the proposal on emissions in the transport sector, and the establishment of the Social Climate Fund. As well, ministers will have an exchange of views on the Commission’s proposal on deforestation-free imports.

HEALTH

  • Monday 14 March 2022: The Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumers Affairs Council will be held in Brussels. On the agenda the discussion on gender balance in corporate boards, the fight against discrimination in the workplace, and the debate on how to encourage elderly people to remain active in the job market. As well, the European ministers responsible for social affairs will discuss and adopt the conclusions on the annual sustainable growth and the draft joint report on employment.
  • Tuesday 15 March 2022: Informal videoconference of the ministers of social policy and health. Also, on the same day, the ENVI Committee will hold an exchange of views with the Commission and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on the upcoming draft implementing act reserving certain antimicrobials for human use.

 

FURTHER MEETINGS

  • Monday 14 March 2022: The Ministers of finance of the euro zone will meet in Brussels for the monthly meeting of the Eurogroup. On the meeting’s agenda, there is the preparation of the Euro Summit which will take place on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 March 2022.
  • Tuesday 15 March 2022: On Tuesday, the Economic and Financial Affairs Council will take place in Brussels. The EU’s economy and finance ministers will discuss the economic consequences of the sanctions imposed on Russia and seek to adopt a general approach on the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM). During the meeting ministers will also identify the basis for the EU 2023 budget.
  • Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 March 2022: The annual European Parliamentary Week will be held from 15-16 March. The event organised by the European Parliament and the French Presidency gathers MEPs and national lawmakers to address topical issues regarding the Union’s economic, budgetary and social policies. Part of the event will be the Interparliamentary Conference on Stability, Economic Coordination and Governance in the European Union, which this year will analyse the impact of the pandemic on European economies, and country paths to recovery.