The Week Ahead 06 – 12 June 2022

© European Union 2019 - Source : EP, Christian CREUTZ© European Union 2019 - Source : EP, Christian CREUTZ

Plenary session, Strasbourg

Climate change/Fit for 55. Parliament will adopt its position on eight proposals that are part of the “Fit for 55 in 2030 package”. This is the EU’s plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels and have net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The texts approved will be Parliament’s mandate for negotiations with EU governments on the final legislation. (debate on Tuesday and votes on Wednesday)

EU summit conclusions and formal address by Rada Speaker. 
On Wednesday morning, MEPs will debate with Presidents Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen the results of the latest European Council, in which leaders of EU countries agreed on further sanctions against Russia for its attack on Ukraine. Later that day, Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada Speaker Ruslan Stefanchuk will address Parliament in the Strasbourg hemicycle.

“This is Europe” debate with Irish Taoiseach.
 MEPs will discuss on Wednesday the EU and its future prospects with Ireland’s Taoiseach Micheál Martin. As part of this series of debates, MEPs welcomed Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas in March and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi in May.

Call for Treaty change in response to the Conference on the Future of Europe. 
Parliament will discuss and vote on Thursday on a draft resolution that asks for a first set of specific changes to the European Union’s founding documents, in light of the conclusions of the Conference on the Future of Europe.

Ending discrimination against EU companies
. MEPs are set to greenlight the new international procurement instrument set up to push for global procurement markets to open up and to end the discrimination against EU companies in third countries. (debate Wednesday, vote Thursday)

Rule of law in Poland/potential approval of Poland’s national Recovery Plan
. On Tuesday afternoon, MEPs plan to quiz President von der Leyen on the Commission’s support for the release of recovery funds to Poland while threats to the rule of law persist.

LUX Audience award. 
On Wednesday at noon, the LUX European Audience Film Award 2022 winner will be announced. Representatives of the three films shortlisted for the award will be in Strasbourg and will address MEPs. On Tuesday afternoon, the EP is organising a press seminar on the stories told in the three movies and looking at the role cinema plays in fighting discrimination, as well as the importance of portraying the reality of war.

President’s Diary
. On Tuesday, EP President Roberta Metsola will meet European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly. On Wednesday, she will hold a bilateral meeting with Taoiseach Micheál Martin ahead of the “This is Europe” debate. She will also give a press conference with Verkhovna Rada Speaker Ruslan Stefanchuk before the formal sitting, and chair the LUX Audience award ceremony. On Friday, she will travel to Denmark where she will give a keynote address at the Copenhagen Democracy Summit.

Legislative negotiations

Common charger/Minimum wage/Women on Board. 
Parliament and Council negotiators will attempt to reach agreements on the introduction of a single common charger for electronic devices, on an EU minimum wage and to increase gender balance on corporate boards. If talks are concluded successfully, there will be press conferences with the EP lead negotiators. (Monday and Tuesday)

Last-minute briefing
. On Monday at 16.30, Parliament’s Spokesperson will hold a press briefing on the plenary session, which starts at 17:00. Political group briefings will take place on Tuesday morning.