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

The European agenda from 4 to 8 July will be marked by the following events.

The European Parliament will meet in plenary session in Strasbourg from Monday 4 to Thursday 7 July. On the agenda, there will be the joint discussion and vote on the Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Digital Markets Act (DMA), the vote on the report on mental health in the digital world of work and on the objection to the delegated act of the Commission on the EU Taxonomy (objection proposed by the parliamentary committees responsible for the Environment -ENVI- and for Economic Problems -ECON-). The debates and votes related to the situation in Ukraine will also be central. During the week, the programme of activities for the next EU Presidency of the Council will also be presented. This is the first real week of activity for the Czech Republic which succeeds France from 1 July at the helm of the EU Council Presidency until the end of the year. Among the first events that Prague will host, there is the conference on “Synergies in the Research and Innovation Funding in Europe” (7-8 July).


  • Monday 4 July 2022 and Tuesday 5 July: The plenary session starts with discussions on one of the most topical dossiers of the last few months. Indeed, the joint discussion and final voting of the Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Digital Markets Act (DMA) will take place between Monday and Tuesday.


  • Tuesday 5 July and Wednesday 6 July 2022: MEPs will discuss and vote on the objection to the delegated act of the Commission on the EU taxonomy. The objection, proposed by the parliamentary Committee for Economic and Monetary issues (ECON) and the Committee responsible for the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI), if confirmed by the European parliament with an absolute majority (at least 353), will drop the Commission’s proposal for the inclusion of certain nuclear and gas-related activities in the list of sustainable activities within the Taxonomy.


  • Tuesday 5 July 2022: The Employment and Social Affairs Committee (EMPL) own-initiative report on mental health in the digital world of work will also be discussed and voted on. The rapporteur for the dossier is the Irish MEP Maria Walsh (EPP). The report aims to address the new challenges posed by Covid-19 and the increase in digital work.


  • Wednesday 6 July 2022: The programme of activities the new EU Presidency of the Council will be presented to the European Parliament in the plenary session. In fact, starting from 1 July, the Czech Republic succeeds France in the rotating EU Presidency. The priorities the next Presidency will be the situation in Ukraine and the resulting migration crisis, energy security, European defence capacity and cyberspace security and the resilience of the European economy and democratic institutions.
  • Thursday 7 July and Friday 8 July 2022: The conference, “Synergies in the Research and Innovation funding in Europe“, organised by the Czech Presidency of the EU Council EU will be held in Prague. The conference will see the participation of representatives from the European Commission and Member States discussing how to best set up and put into practice synergies in the field of Research and Innovation.