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



The European agenda from 2-6 May includes the following events. From 2-May, the European Parliament will meet in a plenary session in Strasbourg to discuss and vote on the final report of the special parliamentary committee for artificial intelligence (Aida). As well, on Tuesday, Prime Minister Mario Draghi will have the opportunity to discuss the state of the Union with MEPs. Parallel to the plenary session, the parliamentary committee for Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) will meet to vote on the draft report on the Regulation on machinery products. But that is not all. As regards the activities of the Council, the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council will also be held in Brussels this week. Instead, the Eurogroup meeting, the informal meeting of the Economy and Finance ministers and the informal meeting of the working group on European and global health will take place via videoconference. Finally, the European Commission is expected to present its legislative proposal for a European Health Data Space on Tuesday 3 May.

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

DIGITAL

  • Tuesday 3 May 2022: The discussion and vote on the final report of the special parliamentary committee for artificial intelligence (Aida) are scheduled for this weeks’ plenary session. The report, which sees German MEP Axel Voss (EPP) as rapporteur, was adopted by the Commission on March 22, 2022.

ENERGY

  • Monday 2 May 2022: The Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council will take place in Brussels during which ministers will exchange views on the energy situation in the Union against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine.
  • Tuesday 3 May 2022: The Directors-General responsible for transport of the Member States will meet in Paris to discuss topics of common interest together with the Directorate-General of the European Commission responsible for mobility and transport (DG Move).

HEALTH

  • Tuesday 3 May 2022: The European Commission is expected to present its legislative proposal for European Health Data Space. The main objectives of the regulation – whose presentation was initially scheduled for the beginning of April – are to improve the efficiency of the health sector, promote scientific research in the field of telemedicine and enable the development of new digital health services and products. To this end, the initiative aims to create a solid data management and exchange system and a stable network of infrastructures and interoperability.
  • Friday 5 May 2022: The informal meeting (videoconference format) of the working group on European and global health will take place. During the meeting, experts will have the chance to discuss strategies for enabling the European Union and its Member States to take the lead in addressing new global health challenges.

OTHER APPOINTMENTS

  • Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 May 2022: The Parliamentary Committee for the Internal Market (IMCO) will gather for an extraordinary meeting in Strasbourg, to vote on the report on the Machine Products Regulation which will replace the Machinery Directive. The rapporteur for IMCO is the Slovakian MEP Ivan Štefanec (EPP). During the meetings, MEPs will also vote on the decision to start inter-institutional negotiations on the dossier.
  • Tuesday 3 May 2022: Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi will participate in the plenary session of the European Parliament and will have the opportunity to discuss the state of the Union with MEPs. On the same day, the Eurogroup videoconference will be held, during which ministers will discuss the proposal of the group’s president, Paschal Donohoe, on the work planfor the banking union. As well, the informal videoconference of the economy and finance ministers will also be take place. Included in the items on the agenda is the debate on the mechanism for recovery and resilience, which will make funds available for reforms and investments to promote the recovery from the pandemic in Member States.
  • Wednesday 4 May 2022: MEPs will also be voting on the draft report by the German MEP Andreas Schwab (EPP) on the 2021 annual report on competition policy, which was pre-emptively adopted by the committee responsible for Economy (ECON) earlier in March.