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



The European agenda from 26 to 30 September includes the following appointments. Several parliamentary committees will meet, such as the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI), the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) and the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON).
As far as the Council is concerned, a Competitiveness Council meeting and an extraordinary Energy Council meeting are scheduled in Brussels to discuss the creation of an emergency single market instrument and possible measures to tackle high energy prices.
Prague will host the European Cluster Conference and the 11th edition of the direct dialogue between the EU Capital mayors and the Commission.
As well, the Commission, during the usual weekly meeting of the College of Commissioners, is expected to present proposals regarding the liability regime for damage caused by AI and software products.

DIGITAL

Monday 26 September 2022. The Parliamentary Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) will welcome the Executive Director of the European Union Cybersecurity Agency, Juhan Lepassaar, for an exchange of views.

Monday 26 to Tuesday 27 September 2022. The European Cluster Conference organised by the Commission and the Czech Council Presidency will be held in Prague. The event will bring together actors from the world of clusters to stimulate discussion and sharing of current and future priorities related to the cluster in order to promote the sustainable development of industry and interregional cooperation.

Wednesday, 28 September 2022. The meeting of the College of Commissioners is scheduled to discuss the upcoming proposals for directives on the creation of a liability regime for damage caused by AI and software products. The initiatives aim to establish how a person who has suffered damage due to AI or software will be able to claim compensation.

ENERGY

Monday 26 September 2022. Members of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) will meet with the Executive Director of the European Environment Agency (EEA), Hans Bruynickx, to discuss EU adaptation policies. Also scheduled for the same day is a meeting of the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN), which will examine the amendments made to the draft directive on the deployment of intelligent transport systems – the rapporteur is Romanian MEP Rovana Plumb (S&D).

Tuesday, 27 September 2022. For the 11th edition of the direct dialogue between the EU Capital mayors and the Commission – to be held in Prague, Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans will preside as EU spokesperson to discuss topics such as green urban regeneration and affordable housing.

Friday 30 September 2022. Energy ministers will meet in Brussels for an extraordinary Energy Council meeting in order to reach a political agreement on the proposed Council regulation to tackle high energy prices. The emergency measures would directly intervene on electricity demand to reduce consumer prices, and to redistribute excess revenues from the energy sector.

INNOVATION

Monday 26 September 2022. The Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) will receive the Commission to discuss the sanitary and phytosanitary aspects of EU-UK relations.

OTHER APPOINTMENTS

Monday, 26 September 2022. the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) will exchange views with the Commission on the draft blueprint for the implementation of the 2023 programme of the European Innovation Council (EIC), established under the Horizon programme, which provides funding support for start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises in the field of innovative research and technology development. On the same day, the members of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) will first hold their third monetary dialogue of the year with the President of the European Central Bank (ECB), Christine Lagarde, and then a structured dialogue on taxation with Paolo Gentiloni, Commissioner for Economic Affairs, in order to discuss the Commission’s priorities on taxation.

Thursday, 29 September 2022. The Competitiveness Council (Internal Market and Industry) is scheduled in Brussels. The agenda items will include a debate on the proposals for the creation of a Single Market Emergency Instrument (the proposed new instrument to ensure the functioning of the internal market in times of crisis) and for the eco-design regulation on sustainable products, which was presented by the Commission in March 2022 and aims to ensure the environmental friendliness, circularity, and efficiency of goods on the EU market. As well, the German proposal to create a European Technology Alliance will be discussed.