The Week Ahead 17 – 23 July 2023

Committee meetings, Brussels

Reform of the electricity market. The Industry, Research and Energy Committee will vote on a proposed reform of the electricity market, that aims to create a more flexible, reliable, and consumer-friendly electricity market, one which promotes renewable energy and protects consumers from price volatility (Wednesday).

EU health union/Substances of human origin. The Environment, Public Health and Food Safety will vote on a draft bill to ensure a high level of human health protection for the medical use of so-called substances of human origin (SoHO) such as blood, tissues, cells and plasma. These substances are used for blood transfusions, medically assisted reproduction, transplanting stem cells and replacement tissues. The bill particularly aims at protecting donors and recipients (Tuesday).

Cyber resilience Act. The Industry, Research and Energy Committee will vote on their position on the EU Cyber Resilience Act, which aims to enhance cybersecurity for products with digital elements, e.g. phones, household appliances, cars, toys. It aims to ensure these products have fewer security vulnerabilities and that manufacturers take security seriously throughout a product’s life cycle. In 2021, the global cost of cybercrime reached EUR 5.5 trillion (Wednesday).

Türkiye. The Foreign Affairs Committee will vote on its assessment of recent developments in Türkiye and the way forward in EU-Türkiye relations. The draft report stresses the EU and Türkiye have very close relations in security, trade, economy and migration issues, while making it clear that NATO and EU membership are two different processes (Tuesday).

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The Human Rights Subcommittee and the Civil Liberties Committee will host a debate with United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk (Thursday).

Non-disclosure by pesticides firms. The Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee holds a public hearing on the issue of non-disclosure of substances’ negative impact on human health by pesticides firms. It is organised in reaction to recent research revealing that the European pesticide industry withheld a significant number of toxicological studies from EU regulatory authorities when applying for the approval or renewal of authorisations for some active substances (Tuesday).

EU-CELAC summit.
 EP President Metsola and the co-chairs of the EU-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (EuroLat) will address the third EU-CELAC summit, bringing together EU leaders and leaders from the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), taking place in Brussels (Monday).

President’s diary.
 EP President Roberta Metsola, after her participation in the opening session of the EU-CELAC Summit in Brussels, will have bilateral meetings with the President of Brazil Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the President of Ecuador Guillermo Lasso and the President of Uruguay Luis Lacalle Pou, on Monday.