The Week Ahead 15 – 21 January 2018 
Plenaire vergadering in Straatsburg 

The Week Ahead 15 – 21 January 2018 


Future of Europe debate with Irish Taoiseach Varadkar. The Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland Leo Varadkar will debate the future of Europe with MEPs on Wednesday morning. This is to be the first in a series of debates between EU government leaders and MEPs reflecting on the future of the European Union. A press point by EP President Antonio Tajani and the Taoiseach is scheduled for 12.30.

EU summit and Brexit. MEPs will debate the outcome of the 14-15 December meeting of EU leaders with European Council President Donald Tusk on Tuesday morning and will share their positions on the Brexit negotiations, migration, defence cooperation and eurozone reform.

Outgoing/incoming EU presidency. Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borissov will present the incoming EU Council Presidency priorities to MEPs on Wednesday morning. Those include security and stability, the digital economy and a European perspective and the connectivity of the Western Balkans. A press conference by EP President Tajani and Prime Minister Borissov is scheduled for 12.45. The day before, on Tuesday morning, MEPs will assess the progress made by the outgoing Estonian presidency in the past six months.

Cleaner energy. Energy consumption will have to be cut by 40% from 2005 levels by 2030 under draft laws on energy efficiency, renewables and the governance of the Energy Union, to be debated on Monday. The share from renewable, cleaner sources would need to go up from 27% to 35%. A vote on whether or not to start negotiations with ministers will follow on Wednesday.

Russia’s propaganda in the EU. The influence of Russian propaganda on EU countries and its alleged attempts to influence elections in some EU countries through misinformation will be debated by MEPs in a topical debate on Wednesday afternoon.

EU export controls. In order to prevent authoritarian regimes from spying on their own citizens, an extension of EU export controls on cyber-surveillance tools, such as devices to intercept mobile phones, hack into computers, circumvent passwords or identify internet users, possibly used for human rights violations, is up for a debate on Tuesday and a vote on Wednesday.

Overhauling fisheries technical measures. Common EU rules on how, where and when one can fish in the EU will be put to the vote on Tuesday. The new law would provide for common measures on fishing gear and methods and allowed species for all EU waters. It would also add some bite to Commission proposals to allow innovative methods, such as electric trawl pulse fishing (used to drive fish up out of the seabed and into the net), to be used across the EU.

President’s Diary. EP President Tajani will have bilateral meetings with the Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas on Tuesday morning, with Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and the Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Wednesday.

Pre-session press briefing. The EP Press Service will hold a press briefing at 16.30 on Monday. (Daphne Caruana Galizia Press conference room, Strasbourg).

EP Press Service contact 13 and 14 January

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