On Wednesday (July 14th) the EU Commission will drop a mammoth legislative package on energy and climate law in order to convert the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 55 percent by 2030 into concrete new rules for traffic and industry.
The package, titled “Fit for 55”, will be a roadmap to reduce gas emissions that is likely to change the way people commute, how land and forests are managed, and how houses are built. It will also charge a higher pollution fee.
The package consists of 13 legislative proposals that determine who will bear the costs of this major transformation in the European economy.
It is a key moment in the life of the EU Commission headed by Ursula von der Leyen, which has placed the green economic transition at the center of its policy.
MEPs will question Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans in the Environment Committee on Wednesday and the Industry Committee will hear Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson on Thursday on the proposals.
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In the meantime, the Commission will continue to evaluate and approve EU governments’ national Covid-19 recovery plans. Von der Leyen will travel to Ireland on Friday (July 16) to seal approval of the deal.
This month, for the first time in Brussels, the Ministers for Economic Affairs will have the opportunity to discuss and sign the plans approved by the Commission.
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The ministers will meet on Tuesday (July 13th) to approve the first plans.
Treasury secretaries will also meet with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. Talks are expected to focus on economic recovery and banking and financial stability issues.
On Wednesday MEPs from the Budget and Economic Committee will hear from Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis and Economic Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni on the national plans for reconstruction and resilience.
On Wednesday and Thursday Poland’s controversial constitutional court, which is made up of loyalists from the ruling Law and Justice party, will deliver two important rulings that could profoundly affect both Poland’s EU membership and the primacy of European law.
On Wednesday, at the request of Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, the tribunal will decide whether EU law applies in Poland.
On Thursday it will be decided whether Polish courts should apply judgments of the European Court of Justice.
On Tuesday, von der Leyen receives Morawiecki.
The Foreign Ministers will meet in Brussels on Monday (July 12) to discuss Lebanon, Afghanistan and the South Caucasus.
The ministers will also hold a working lunch with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid.
Also on Monday, the members of the Committee on Civil Liberties and Foreign Affairs will discuss the escalating migration pressure on Lithuania’s border with Belarus with Commissioner for Interior Ylva Johansson, Frontex boss Fabrice Leggeri and the Lithuanian Interior Minister Agnlot Bilotait.
The Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko is putting pressure on the Lithuanian border by sending hundreds of migrants to the EU there.
On Wednesday and Thursday, the members of the Foreign Affairs Committee will vote on political relations between the EU and Russia and on the new EU-China strategy.