Committees’ meetings, Brussels
European Council on MFF. EP President Sassoli will address the extraordinary European Council, setting out Parliament’s position on the ongoing negotiations on the EU budget for 2021-2027 (MFF) at 15:00, followed by a press conference. During a plenary debate in Strasbourg, MEPs underlined that Parliament will only give its consent to a budget that meets EU ambitions (Thursday).
EU Economic Governance. The 2020 European Parliamentary Week takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday, when MEPs and national parliamentarians from EU member states, as well as from candidate and observer countries, will discuss EU economic coordination and governance. EP President David Sassoli, ECOFIN Chair Zdravko Marić and Eurogroup President Mário Centeno will be among the speakers. The Committees on Economic and Monetary Affairs and Employment and Social Affairs will adopt resolutions related to the topics discussed, on Tuesday and Thursday.
Selecting EU energy projects. MEPs from the Industry and Energy Committee will give their input on the upcoming revision of the guidelines used to select energy projects of European interest. The Commission will propose, later this year, new legislation to incorporate EU Green Deal objectives into the methodology on how EU priority infrastructures are being chosen and funded (Tuesday).
Safeguarding EU’s financial interests. The Committee on Budgetary Control will complete the so-called ‘discharge procedure’ for 2018, by passing its verdict on how the EU budget has been managed. The votes will cover the expenses of the Commission, Parliament, EU funds, the other institutions, agencies and joint undertakings (Wednesday and Thursday).
Digital initiatives. The Committees on Internal Market and Consumer Protection and on Industry will have a first debate on the Commission’s new initiatives in the digital sector with Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton. These are a Strategy for Europe Fit for the Digital Age, a White Paper on Artificial Intelligence and the European Data Strategy (Wednesday).
Artificial Intelligence. The Culture and Education Committee will hold a public hearing with experts on the use of A.I., and the legal challenges linked to it, in the education, culture and audio-visual sectors. The Civil Liberties Committee is also organising a public hearing to debate the use of A.I. in criminal law and by judicial authorities, including facial recognition and predictive policing (Wednesday and Thursday respectively).
President’s diary. EP President David Sassoli will meet Serbia’s Prime Minister Ana Brnabić and Romania’s Chamber of Deputies President Marcel Ciolacu on Monday. On Tuesday, President Sassoli will meet the President of Norway’s Parliament Tone Wilhelmsen Trøen, North Macedonia’s Prime Minister Oliver Spasovski, London Mayor Sadiq Khan as well as the parents of murdered Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak. The President will also meet Bank of England Governor Mark Carney and Cyprus’ President Nicos Anastasiades, 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.