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



The week from 6 to 10 June 2022 will be particularly packed with activities of interest for the Parliament that will meet in Strasbourg for the June plenary sitting from 6 to 9 June. On the agenda, among the many dossiers, the discussions and votes on the following legislative proposals led by the parliamentary committee for the Environment (ENVI) are: the revision of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), the revision of the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR) and the Regulation on the EU Border Carbon Adaptation Mechanism (CBAM). During the plenary, the report on the establishment of the Social Climate Fund (SCF) jointly prepared by the committees responsible for Social Affairs (EMPL) and the Environment (ENVI) will also be discussed and voted on.

As for the Council’s agenda, the Competitiveness Council and the Justice and Home Affairs Council will be held this week. As well, the informal meeting of the Horizontal Working Group on Cyber Issues is to be held this week in Lille and the informal meeting of the Committee and the Technical Working Group on the European Social Fund (ESF) in Paris.

Following are the main dossiers to be discussed during the week in the digital and energy fields.

DIGITAL

  • Wednesday 8 and Friday 10 June 2022: The informal meeting of the Horizontal Working Group on Cyber Issues will be held in Lille, France.

ENERGY

  • Tuesday 7 and Thursday 9 June 2022: Representatives of the governments and social parties of the EU Member States, as well as of the European Commission, will meet in Paris for the informal meeting of the Committee and the Technical Working Group on the European Social Fund (ESF).
  • Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 June 2022: During the plenary session in Strasbourg, MEPs will be called upon to discuss and vote on some of the main reports related to the Fit for 55 package, which aims to achieve the Union’s climate objectives for 2030 and to allow the bloc to reach climate neutrality by 2050. During this session, the European Parliament will vote on the report by German MEP Peter Liese (EPP) on the revision of the ETS system, a revision of the EU emissions trading system. MEPs will also discuss and vote on the report on the revision of the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR) by Swedish MEP Jessica Polfjärd (EPP). The aim of the regulation is to incentivise the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions for all sectors not covered by the carbon market by assigning reduction targets to each country. The report by Dutch MEP Mohammed Chahim (S&D) on the proposal for the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) will also be discussed and voted on in plenary. The aim of the proposal is to fix the price of carbon through the application of a tax and avoid carbon leakage – the phenomenon whereby European companies delocalise production and gas emissions abroad. But that is not all. The report on the Social Climate Fund (SCF) will also be voted on this week in Strasbourg. The fund will offset the potential social impacts of the Union’s increased climate ambition. Rapporteurs for the dossier are the Maltese MEP Casa David (EPP, EMPL) and the Dutch MEP Esther De Lange (EPP, ENVI).

OTHER APPOINTMENTS

  • Thursday 9 and Friday 10 June 2022: The Competitiveness Council will be held in Luxembourg during which, on the subject of the internal market and industry, ministers will have the opportunity to discuss the resilience of the EU’s strategic industrial ecosystems. Not only. The council will also discuss the European regulation on chips (Chips Act) presented on 8 February by the Commission. The Justice and Home Affairs Council will also meet on the same days. On the agenda for the Ministers of Justice there is the discussion of some proposals to modernise judicial cooperation, an update on the state of negotiations on the proposals on e-evidence, as well as the situation in Ukraine. Ministers will also seek to agree on a partial general approach on the draft directive on environmental crime. The ministers responsible for home affairs will address the following issues: the reform of the Schengen Borders Code, the 10-point plan for coordinated management of the situation in Ukraine, as well as police, asylum and migration cooperation.