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

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This week, work resumes in the European Parliament Committees after the summer break. The Committee on International Trade (INTA) will meet to discuss the REPowerEU package, while the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) will return to the subject of the Emission Trading System and the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism. During its first autumn meeting, the Committee on Budgets (BUDG) will discuss the financial sustainability of the measures proposed by the Chips Act. The Committee on the Use of Pegasus and equivalent surveillance spyware (PEGA) and the committee responsible for the Covid-19 pandemic (COVI) will also meet this week. In addition, Prague, the capital of the current Presidency of the Council of the EU, will host the Forum 2000 Conference, where topics related to the promotion of democracy and respect for human rights will be discussed.

DIGITAL

Tuesday 30 August 2022: The Committee on the Use of Pegasus and equivalent surveillance spyware (PEGA) will hold two hearings on the topics of the use of spyware against citizens and spyware victims and remedies. The committee, established on 10 March this year, aims to investigate the use of Pegasus and spyware surveillance software by the Member States and third countries.

Wednesday 31 August 2022: The Committee on Budgets (BUDG) will discuss its draft opinion on the Chips Act. Rapporteur of the proposal is Romanian MEP Dan Nica (S&D).

ENERGY

Tuesday 30 August 2022: During the meeting of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI), German MEP Peter Liese (EPP), Parliament’s rapporteur for the dossier, will report on the progress of the trialogues on the EU’s Emission Trading System (ETS). As well, the committee members will be presented with a progress report on the inter-institutional negotiations for the establishment of a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) for which Dutch MEP Mohammed Chahim is the rapporteur. The Council of the EU reached an agreement on its position on 15 March 2022 and 29 June 2022, respectively, on the two dossiers. On the other hand, the Parliament reached and approved its position on both files on 22 June during the mini-plenary held in Brussels.

Wednesday 31 August 2022: Parliament’s Committee on International Trade (INTA) will meet for an exchange of views with the Commission on certain trade aspects of the REPowerEU package.

INNOVATION

Tuesday 30 August 2022: The Committee on the Covid-19 pandemic (COVI) will host Sandra Gallina, Director General for Health and Food Safety of the European Commission, for an exchange of views on the main challenges faced during the Covid-19 pandemic. On the agenda, there is the discussion on the implementation and management of advance purchase agreements by the bloc and the individual Member States.

OTHER APPOINTMENTS

Wednesday 31 August to Friday 2 September 2022: The 26th Forum 2000 Conference will be held in Prague. The event aims to foster debate among world leaders on promoting the values of democracy and respect for human rights. Among other topics, the focus of this year’s edition will be the situation in Ukraine, as well as the theme of how democracy is shaped in the digital age.