Green acts and data flows in the spotlight this WEEK

Greening the economy, data and tackling climate change will be front and center in the week ahead of the regular summit of EU member state leaders in March.

Eurozone finance ministers will meet on Monday March 13 in Brussels and are expected to discuss fiscal plans and inflation in the eurozone.

Economy ministers will follow the next day and are expected to discuss the reform of economic governance and even agree on conclusions on this subject.

The European Commission is due to publish on Tuesday and Thursday (14 and 16 March) three policies on competitiveness: on industry, critical raw materials and the long-term strategy on competitiveness to stimulate growth in the context of the economic blow that the Europe suffered after Russia invaded Russia. Ukraine, and to stimulate green solutions.

The Commission also plans to present the reform of the design of the EU’s internal electricity market and to launch its Net-Zero Industry Act which aims to speed up authorizations for green projects.

MEPs will gather for a plenary meeting in Strasbourg. One of the topics covered is the energy performance of buildings, where lawmakers will debate Monday (March 13) and vote Tuesday (March 14) on a bill aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption. energy.

MEPs are also expected to adopt on Tuesday new rules on land use, member state emission reductions and an overhaul of the EU’s emissions trading system.

The three laws are part of the EU’s Fit for 55 package, through which the bloc plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030.

On the same day, MEPs will quiz EU Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson on work to ensure energy security this year.

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Also on Tuesday, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda will address MPs in a series of parliamentary speeches by leaders of member states.

On Wednesday 15 March morning, MEPs will have the opportunity to question the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and the President of the European Council Charles Michel in preparation for the European summit on 23 and 24 March.

The EU summit is expected to focus on migration, competitiveness, energy and Russia’s war against Ukraine.

On Tuesday, MEPs will hear from EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell on the deterioration of democracy in Israel and the consequences for the Palestinian territories, the political situation in Georgia and the challenges facing Moldova.

Iranian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi and Italian astronaut and International Space Station Commander Samantha Cristoforetti are due to address MPs on Wednesday as part of a slightly delayed commemoration of Women’s Day by Parliament .

On Tuesday, MEPs are expected to adopt Parliament’s position on rules to strengthen the availability and exchange of industrial digital data under EU data law.


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