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Energy Union progress, safer pesticides and cross-border adoption – this week at the European Parliament

The MEPs are in Brussels this week for a mix of plenary sittings and committee meetings. From smarter energy to safer pesticides, here is our selection of the top items on the agenda.



Energy Union. In the annual “State of the Energy Union” debate, Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič will present progress made and next steps to complete the European Energy Union. Energy efficiency, safe supply, smart and competitive pricing for industry and citizens as well as climate commitments will be at the heart of the debate. (Debate Wednesday)

Cross-border adoptions. To protect adopted children and their families better, MEPs want the Commission to draft common rules on cross-border recognition of adoptions in EU member states. A legislative resolution will be put to the vote after a debate. (Thursday)

Safer pesticides. MEPs will quiz the Commission on how it intends to break the deadlock over certification of low-risk biological pesticides. The certification would allow these products to gradually replace those that are suspected of damaging the environment and human health. A resolution will be put to the vote. (Debate Wednesday, vote Thursday)

Read the full agenda

UK MEPs in the spotlight this week

Report on the 2016 Commission Report on Montenegro. Rapporteur: Charles Tannock (ECR, London) Committee on Foreign Affairs  (Monday and Tuesday)

Strategic Partnership Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and Canada, of the other part. Rapporteur: Charles Tannock (ECR, London) Committee on Foreign Affairs  (Monday and Tuesday)

An integrated European Union policy for the Arctic. Rapporteur: David Martin (Labour, Scotland) Committee on Foreign Affairs (Monday and Tuesday)


Public Hearings

"Hearing on the Marrakesh Treaty", Committee on Legal Affairs (Monday)

"The Nordstream 2 and its geopolitical implications", Committee on Foreign Affairs (Tuesday)


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