Consumer protection. An update of EU consumer protection rules will be up for a vote in the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee. It covers, among different issues, penalties for infringements, transparency of online marketplaces (e.g. ratings and reviews), protection for consumers who use 'free' digital services (e.g. apps, social media), doorstep-selling as well as dual quality of products. It is part of the “New Deal for Consumers” package (Tuesday).
Compensation for victims of road accidents. New motor insurance rules to better protect road accident victims will be put to the vote by the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee. Proposed provisions relate to compensating victims when an insurance company goes bankrupt, minimum amounts of insurance cover, as well as checks to tackle uninsured drivers (Tuesday).
Animal welfare. Following recent media reports on the ill-treatment of transported animals, the Agriculture Committee is set to call on member states to better enforce EU rules, properly penalise infringements and look into ways to reduce transport time. Transport can be very stressful for animals, due to limited space as well as restricted access to food and water, especially on long journeys and for young animals such as calves, lambs or piglets (Wednesday).
Structural policy reform. An overhaul of the rules and conditions on receiving financial support from the main EU funds during the 2021-27 period will be voted on by the Regional Development Committee. The vote covers EU funds for regional development, social, cohesion, asylum and migration, internal security and border management policies, which are spent and managed by member states (Tuesday).
Water reuse in agriculture. A legislative proposal aiming to alleviate water scarcity, in the context of adapting to climate change, by increasing the uptake of water reuse for agricultural irrigation, will be voted on by the Environment and Public Health Committee. The proposal seeks to ensure that reclaimed water is safe, by setting standards for its quality (Tuesday).
EU-Singapore free trade agreement. The International Trade Committee will vote on whether to approve a free trade deal with Singapore that would end virtually all tariffs on EU imports to the country. Intellectual property rights, rules of origin and sustainable development clauses are part of the package. In parallel, the committee votes on investor-state dispute settlement between the two parties (Thursday).
President’s diary. EP President Antonio Tajani will deliver the opening speech at a ceremony marking Holocaust Remembrance Day and meet Georgia’s President H.E. Salome Zurabishvili, followed by a joint press statement, on Wednesday.
Press briefing. The EP Press Service will hold a press briefing on the week's activities at 11.00 a.m. on Monday, in the “Anna Politkovskaya” EP press conference room.