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

The coming week, the penultimate one under the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the Union, marks the start of the new European parliamentary term and opens with the closing of the G7 summit in Apulia, Italy, where the Heads of State and Government of the seven Member States, as well as the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission, met to discuss key issues such as the current crisis in the Middle East and made several agreements, such as the bilateral security agreement between the US and Ukraine.

Here are some of the events on the agenda.

 DIGITAL

Thursday 20-Friday 21 June.  The Belgian Presidency, in cooperation with the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the European Commission, will host the first informal meeting of EU and African cyber and digital ambassadors, with the ambition to initiate a policy dialogue on this front.

SUSTAINABILITY

Monday, 17 June. The Environment Council will take place in Luxembourg. At this meeting, EU environment ministers will try to reach a general orientation on the Commission’s proposal to revise the Waste Framework Directive, focusing on the resource-intensive textile and food sectors. The aim of the proposal is to reduce the environmental and climate impacts associated with the generation and management of textile and food waste.

Tuesday, 18 June. European Commissioner for Economy Paolo Gentiloni and Belgian Federal Minister Zakia Khattabi organised the conference ‘On track to 2030? Delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals in the EU’. The conference, which will take place in Brussels, aims to increase political ownership of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at all levels of governance, take stock of progress on them during the Commission’s current mandate, learn lessons from the voluntary EU review, discuss the next steps during the ‘Decade of Action’ and raise awareness of sustainable development as a priority for EU citizens.

HEALTH

Friday 21 June. The Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council in its Health configuration is scheduled to meet in Luxembourg. The Council will discuss the way forward for the regulatory incentives set out in the review of EU pharmaceutical legislation. The package aims to ensure the quality, safety and efficacy of medicines for EU patients and to harmonize the internal market.

OTHER APPOINTMENTS

Monday 17 June. An informal meeting of the European Council is planned in Brussels, which will bring together EU leaders. Following the European Parliament elections, EU leaders will discuss the next institutional cycle and begin negotiations on the nomination of the next president of the European Commission.