Digital, sustainability, and health. The Brussels’ weekly agenda in a nutshell

The upcoming week in Brussels, with the elections approaching, does not appear to be particularly busy. Although not many events are planned, some activities at the European institutions are still to be reported.

DIGITAL

Tuesday 28-Wednesday 29 May. In cooperation with the Belgian Presidency of the Council, the seminar ‘ Digital Education Dialogues’ has been organised in Ghent, which will look into more detail discussions surrounding the overlap between education and training and the digital landscape.  In addition, the event will focus on the two Council recommendations on digital education and training, adopted in 2023. These recommendations serve as guiding principles for improving digital skills and competences throughout the European Union.

HEALTH

Tuesday 28-Wednesday 29 May. The Belgian Presidency of the Council, co-funded by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD), has organised the conference ‘The Convergence of Technologies Enabling R&I for the healthcare of the future’. The programme includes discussions by leading academics and policymakers, who will explore interesting topics and technologies, such as biotechnology and nanotechnology, digitalisation and big data, and their role in driving innovation towards the healthcare of the future.

SUSTAINABILITY

Thursday, 30 May. The Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council will meet in its ‘Energy’ configuration. Energy ministers will approve conclusions on sustainable electricity grid infrastructure, before discussing the future of REPowerEU. They will also exchange views on the European Green Deal and how it can help transform the EU into a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy. Finally, the Commission will inform ministers about the finalised and updated national energy and climate plans submitted by the Member States, which are crucial for achieving the objectives of the Green Deal.