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



From 4 to 8 April the European Parliament will meet in a plenary session in Strasbourg to discuss and vote on the report on the revision of the Market Stability Reserve (MSR) of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), and formally approve the Data Governance Act (DGA), with an informal agreement between the Parliament and the Council being reached on 30 November. As well, on Tuesday 5 April, the European Commission is expected to present a package of measures aimed at fighting toxic emissions and pollutants. As far as the Council is concerned, this week, the Eurogroup and the Economy and Finance Council will take place in Luxembourg on Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 April respectively.

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

DIGITAL

  • Wednesday 6 April 2022: MEPs during the plenary will vote on the Data Governance Act (DGA), after having already reached an informal agreement with the Council on 30 November. The agreement will now have to be formally approved by the Parliament and the Council to enter into force. The Data Governance Act aims to increase intra-EU data sharing by creating a new governance structure that will apply to the common data spaces that the Commission will shortly launch in the health, energy and agriculture sectors. The rapporteur for the dossier for the Parliament is the German MEP Angelika Niebler (EPP).

ENERGY

  • Monday 4 April 2022:The Commission will discuss with Parliament the sixth Assessment Report of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published on 28 February 2022. Furthermore, on Monday and Tuesday, MEPs will debate and vote on the report of the Maltese MEP Cyrus Engerer (S&D) on the revision of the market stability reserve (MSR) of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). The reserve in place since 2019, aims to balance the ETS by regulating the annual quotas to be auctioned. The report voted on 15 March by the Committee of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) asks to confirm the current intake rate and allocations until at least 2030.
  • Tuesday 5 April 2022: The EU executive will present a package of measures aimed at fighting toxic emissions and pollutants.

 

OTHER APPOINTMENTS

  • Monday 4 April 2022: The ministers of finance of the euro zone will meet in Luxembourg for the Eurogroup.
  • Tuesday 5 April 2022: During the plenary session, MEPs will be given the opportunity to evaluate and comment on what the European Commission has done so far since taking office on 1 December 2019. As well, the Economy and Finance Council will be held in Luxembourg next Tuesday. Ministers will discuss the impact on the European economy of the sanctions imposed on Russia, and will seek to reach an agreement on the Council’s position on the Global Minimum Tax – the global tax of 15% for multinationals provided for in an international agreement supported by 137 countries and promoted by the OECD.
  • Wednesday 6 April 2022: MEPs will discuss the conclusions of the European Council held on 24-25 March. The President of the Council, Charles Michel, and the President of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, will also take part in the debate together with the head of EU Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell.

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