Czech Presidency and key vote on nuclear and gas this WEEK

As the Czech Republic takes over the rotating EU Council Presidency from France, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala will present MEPs with priorities for the next six months on Wednesday 6 July during the last plenary in Strasbourg before the summer break .

The consequences of the war in Ukraine and energy security will be high on the Presidency’s agenda, but European lawmakers should call on Prague for stronger commitments to the rule of law and implementation of the Conference’s recommendations over Europe.

Also on Wednesday, MEPs will hold a crucial vote on whether to veto the European Commission’s proposal to include nuclear and gas in the list of environmentally sustainable economic activities.

Last month, a cross-party alliance of MEPs from the environment and economy committees managed to win a majority to pass a text opposing the so-called EU taxonomy.

But the vote in plenary will be close since at least 353 deputies (out of a total of 705 deputies) must support the objection to kill the proposal.

The majority of Socialist, Green and left-wing lawmakers are expected to vote against the inclusion of nuclear and gas, while the centre-right European People’s Party, the largest group in the European Parliament with 177 MPs, appears split.

Liberals, for their part, will support the committee’s proposal, although some national delegations have already expressed their opposition. Conservatives strongly oppose the objection.

If passed, some MPs say they will challenge the proposal in court. Austria and Luxembourg have also said they will pursue legal action over the inclusion of gas and nuclear in the bloc’s green finance rules.

The invasion of Ukraine has raised questions about the taxonomy’s impact on EU dependencies on Russian gas – particularly after prominent Ukrainians urged MEPs to reject the text, arguing that such a proposal would benefit the coffers of Moscow.

As part of the fallout from the war, MPs are due to discuss the economic consequences of the war and moves to tax the windfall profits of energy companies on Wednesday.

Digital and green files

On Tuesday July 5, MPs are expected to give the final green light to two landmark policies aimed at enacting consumer rights and online platform transparency: the Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Digital Markets Act (DMA) .

The vote will pave the way for negotiations with EU member states under the Czech Presidency.

Also on Tuesday, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is expected to address MPs and share his vision for the future of the EU.

Following the recent ruling on the constitutional right to abortion in the United States, MPs will hold a debate on women’s reproductive rights on Monday, July 4 — with a resolution expected to pass Thursday.

On Thursday (7 July), the European Parliament will vote on a proposal to increase the use of sustainable fuels in aviation – one of the key proposals in the Fitfor55 package to reduce airline emissions.

On the same day, MEPs are expected to call on the European Council to go beyond unanimity on the global tax deal – bypassing Hungary’s veto.

The global food crisis, currently unfolding due to export disruptions in Ukraine, will be debated in plenary on Tuesday. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will publish its annual report on food security on Wednesday.

In the meantime, the commission is due to present its new innovation strategy on Wednesday.


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