Future of Europe debate with Irish Taoiseach, EU summit and Brexit, export controls on cyber surveillance tools – this week at the European Parliament
MEPs are in Strasbourg for the first plenary of 2018. From a debate with the Irish Taoiseach on the future of Europe to export controls on cyber surveillance tools we have selected the highlights.
Future of Europe debate with Irish Taoiseach Varadkar. The Taoiseach 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/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. They include security and stability, the digital economy and a European perspective and the connectivity of the Western Balkans.
EU export controls on cyber surveillance tools. 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.