Sebastian Vos

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The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – Friday, June 26, 2020

Next week will be a committee and political group week for the Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) in Brussels.  Several interesting debates are scheduled to take place. On Monday, the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (“LIBE”) will have an exchange of views on the establishment of an EU Mechanism on Democracy, … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – Friday, June 12, 2020

Next week will be a plenary week for the Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”).  Due to the restrictions in place to tackle COVID-19, the plenary sessions will be held virtually.  Several interesting debates are scheduled to take place. On Wednesday, MEPs will debate with the Council of the EU and European Commission on protecting … Continue Reading

The Brexit Negotiation – In Deadlock?

Last week marked a hand-over from the technical Brexit negotiations back to the negotiators’ political masters.  After four rounds of talks on the future EU-UK relationship, it appears that the UK and the EU are increasingly talking past each other.  With both sides seeming to accept that the transition period will finish at the end … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  Friday, June 5, 2020

Summary Next week will be a committee and political group week in the European Parliament. Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will spend a good portion of their week with their political groups, where they will prepare for the plenary session, scheduled for June 17-19, 2020. They will discuss, among other topics, the upcoming Council … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – Friday, May 29, 2020

Summary Next week will be a short week in the European Parliament.  Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will gather (virtually) in Brussels for committee meetings and political group meetings.  A few interesting debates are scheduled to take place. On Tuesday, the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (“AGRI”) will have an exchange of views … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  Friday, May 22, 2020

Summary Next week, Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will gather in Brussels for a plenary session and committee meetings.  Several important debates and votes are scheduled to take place. On Monday, the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (“ECON”) will have an exchange of views on the Temporary State Aid Framework with Executive Vice-President … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  Friday, May 15, 2020

Summary Due to Ascension Day, next week will be brief in the European Parliament.  A limited number of Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will gather in Brussels for committee meetings.  Several interesting debates and hearings are scheduled to take place. On Monday, Internal Market Commissioner Breton will appear in front of the Parliament’s Committee … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  Friday, May 8, 2020

Summary Next week, many Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will gather in Brussels for committee meetings and plenary sessions.  Due to lockdown measures in many EU Member States, not all MEPs will be attending these sessions.  Nevertheless, appropriate measures will be taken so that business can proceed as usual as much as possible.  For … Continue Reading

The EU Post-COVID-19: Regulating for Recovery and Revival

Every new team entering the Berlaymont to head up the European Commission starts out with bold and ambitious plans. Time after time, reality intervenes, and their plans are upended. This was true for the second Barroso Commission in 2010, when the aftershocks of the Global Financial Crisis and the Greek and Euro crisis that followed … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  March 6, 2020

Summary Next week, there will be a plenary sitting of the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. Although the Treaties provide that the European Parliament’s plenary sessions must take place in Strasbourg, France, due to the extraordinary circumstances caused by coronavirus COVID-19, the plenary session will exceptionally take place in Brussels. Several significant debates and votes … Continue Reading

The Brussels Effect –The EU’s Digital Strategy Goes Global

On February 19, the European Commission laid out its ambitious plans for regulating data, AI, and the digital sphere. These set the stage for the next five years’ work for President von der Leyen’s Commission in this critically important, and ever expanding, domain. Crucially, in its plans the Commission is making a concerted attempt to … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  February 14, 2020

Summary Next week, Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will gather in Brussels for Committee Meetings.  Many interesting votes and debates are scheduled to take place. On Wednesday, during a joint meeting of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (“ITRE”) and the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (“IMCO”), Commissioner for the … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  January 24, 2020

Summary Next week, Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will gather in Brussels for committee meetings and plenary sessions.  Important votes and interesting debates are scheduled to take place. On Tuesday, MEPs of the Committee for Industry, Research and Energy (“ITRE”) will have a structured dialogue with Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton.  It … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  January 17, 2020

Summary Next week, Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will meet in Brussels for Committee Meetings.  Several interesting debates, hearings and votes are scheduled to take place. On Thursday, the Committee on Constitutional Affairs (“AFCO”) will vote on a recommendation to the European Parliament to consent to the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement (also known as the … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  January 10, 2020

Summary Next week, Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will travel to Strasbourg for plenary session.  Several interesting debates and votes are scheduled to take place. On Tuesday, the High Representative of the Union and Vice-President of the Commission Joseph Borrell, who has been in office since December 1, 2019, will make a statement regarding the … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  December 13, 2019

Summary Next week, the Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will travel to Strasbourg for plenary sessions.  This will be the last week of the European Parliament before they recess for the Christmas holidays.  They will return on January 6, 2020. On Monday, MEPs will debate fair taxation in a digitalised and global economy.  In … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  December 6, 2019

Summary Next week will be a mixed week in the European Parliament.  Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will meet in Brussels for political group meetings, several committee meetings, and a plenary session on Wednesday. On Wednesday, during this plenary session, Executive (First) Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans will present his ambitions for … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  November 29, 2019

Summary Next week will be a Committee week in the European Parliament.  Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will gather in Brussels to participate in debates and votes. On Monday, the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (“ECON”) will have its first monetary dialogue with the new President of the European Central Bank (“ECB”), Christine … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  November 15, 2019

Summary Next week is a committee and political group week in the European Parliament. Only a few committee meetings are scheduled, as Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will spend the majority of their time with their political groups, preparing for the plenary week in Strasbourg on November 25-28. That week will be important, as … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  November 8, 2019

Summary Next week will be a mini-plenary week in the European Parliament.  Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) gather in Brussels for Committee meetings and Plenary Sessions. On Wednesday, MEPs will discuss the state of play and rising tensions between Eastern Mediterranean Member States and Turkey due to Turkey’s drilling operations off Cyprus that intensified … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  October 18, 2019

Summary Next week, Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will gather in Strasbourg for plenary sessions.  Important debates and votes are scheduled to take place. What won’t take place next week is a vote to confirm the next European Commission.  A spokesman of the Parliament indicated that the vote will be delayed after three Commissioners-designate … Continue Reading
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