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EuropeComing up in plenary: digital rules, Ukraine, cost of living

Coming up in plenary: digital rules, Ukraine, cost of living

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Parliament will vote on new digital rules, discuss the priorities of the Czech presidency and look at rising prices during the plenary session on 4-7 July.

Digital Services Package 

On Tuesday, MEPs are set to approve the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act, new rules that aim to regulate the digital landscape and limit unfair practices by digital platforms, increase their accountability and protect users from harmful and illegal content.

Find out more: Digital Markets Act and Digital Services Act explained

Taxonomy

On Wednesday, Parliament will decide whether to block the European Commission’s plan to classify nuclear and gas energy as environmentally sustainable, meaning projects could benefit from EU funding. MEPs from the economic and environment committees objected to the plan. This classification system for sustainable economic activities is known as EU taxonomy.

Ukraine

MEPs will discuss a number of issues related to Ukraine with representatives of the Council and the Commission on Wednesday, including the decision to grant the country EU candidate status and how to ensure the transport of agricultural products.

Ukraine, traditionally one of the large exporters of agricultural products, faces the destruction of its transport infrastructure and blockage of existing routes following the invasion of Russia.

Cost of living and energy prices

In the wake of rising prices, particularly for food and fuel, MEPs will discuss how EU funds could help people cope with the mounting cost of living on Tuesday. On Wednesday, they will look at how a windfall tax could be levied on energy company profits.

Czech presidency

On Wednesday, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala, will discuss the programme and priorities of his country’s presidency with MEPs. The Czech Republic took over the six-month rotating presidency of the EU Council on 1 July.

Find out more: what Czech MEPs expect from their country’s presidency of the Council of the EU

Mental health

On Tuesday, MEPs will discuss a report on mental health in the digital world of work that calls on the Commission and EU countries to recognise mental health as a priority and to ensure that resources are available to provide support.

Other points on the agenda

  • This is Europe: address by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis
  • Opposition to abortion legislation in the US
  • EU enlargement: developments in the Western Balkans
  • Shifting to green aviation fuel
  • Adoption of the euro by Croatia
  • Links between extremist EU parties and Russia
  • National vetoes of the global minimum tax deal
  • Brexit developments
  • Women in poverty in Europe
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