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

The coming week sees no particular events in Brussels. The various institutions are still settling in after the elections. From July 16, in Strasbourg, there will be the first plenary session of the new European Parliament, and thus the occasion for the MEPs to begin their term of office and start discussions on the appointments to the various top jobs in the European Union, with Ursula von der Leyen a candidate for a second term as President of the European Commission.

There is news from of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) parliamentary group – outgoing Italian co-chair Nicola Procaccini was confirmed for a second term, along with  Joachim Brudziński from Poland.

The case of the Identity and Democracy (ID) group is different. After the expulsion of the German AfD party from the group and the exit of the 6 Austrian MEPs from Fpö and the 2 Portuguese from Chega, a constitutive meeting of the new group ‘Patriots for Europe’, conceived by the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, is scheduled on Monday 8 July, which should bring together the political groups previously part of ID.

Concerning the European Commission, also due to the approaching summer holidays, there are no events on the agenda, apart from the Rule of Law Report scheduled for the end of the month.

On the other hand, there are the first engagements of the Hungarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, before the short summer break in August. In Budapest, on Monday 8 July, there will be an informal meeting of the competitiveness ministers, in the Internal Market and Industry configuration, while on Friday 12 July the environment ministers’ meeting is scheduled. In Brussels, Hungary will chair the regular meetings of COREPER and the Political and Security Committee, which meet weekly.