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The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – April 20, 2018

Summary Next week will be a committee week in the European Parliament. Interesting votes, discussions and events will take place. On Tuesday, the European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade (“INTA”) will debate the draft parliamentary report on the Commission’s proposal for macro-financial assistance to Ukraine.  The Commission proposes that the EU provide additional financial assistance … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – April 13, 2018

Summary Next week, there will be a plenary sitting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Several significant debates, votes and committee meetings will take place. On Monday, Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will debate a report by Norbert Lins MEP (DE, EPP) on the inclusion of greenhouse gas emissions and removals from land … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – March 23, 2018

Summary Next week is a committee week in the European Parliament. Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) are expected to discuss and vote on a number of interesting files before they leave Brussels for a short Easter break. On Monday, the European Parliament’s Budgetary Control Committee (“CONT”) and the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – March 16, 2018

Summary Next week will be very busy in the European Parliament, as it is a committee week. On Tuesday, the Committee on Transport and Tourism (“TRAN”) will vote on a draft report by Markus Pieper (DE, EPP) on safeguarding competition in air transport. The proposed measures would protect European airlines against unfair competition practices adopted … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – March 9, 2018

Summary Next week, there will be a plenary sitting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Several significant debates, votes and committee meetings will take place. On Tuesday, Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will vote on a report on cross-border parcel delivery prices. Under the new proposed legislation, part of the e-commerce package, cross-border … Continue Reading

Off to the races: How will policy shape autonomous vehicles tech in 2018?

This post was originally published on the Covington InsideTechMedia blog on February 12, 2018. At the start of 2018, we find ourselves in the midst of an autonomous vehicles revolution.  In the private sector, leading, and some nascent, autonomous mobility innovators have forged ahead with a surge of investment.  Last year, The Brookings Institution found … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – February 9, 2017

Summary Next week is a constituency week for Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”).  MEPs will go back to their home countries to handle national issues, or convene in their parliamentary delegations to work on matters related to non-EU Member States. This past week was important however, as many significant initiatives were adopted by the … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – February 2, 2018

Summary Next week, there will be a plenary sitting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Several significant debates, votes and committee meetings will take place. On Monday, Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will debate the European Central Bank’s post-crisis bank asset purchase program and its effects with Mario Draghi, President of the European … Continue Reading

EU Policy Update

Brexit Negotiations, Phase 2: Transition, Trade, and Trouble Ahead By Jean De Ruyt, Atli Stannard and Katharina Ewert As we mentioned in our previous reports (here and here), “sufficient progress” in the first phase of the Brexit negotiation could not be achieved before the European Council of October 19-20, 2017 – so the heads of … Continue Reading

Blockchain and Virtual Currency Regulation in the EU

The European Commission (“EC”) has stated that the almost limitless list of potential use cases of distributed ledger technology (“DLT”) makes it both very promising and challenging, and has expressed its support for blockchain and DLT.[1]  However, many European institutions are still of the opinion that the technology is at its early stage of development, … Continue Reading

Brexit Negotiations, Phase 2: Transition, Trade, and Trouble Ahead

As we mentioned in our previous reports (here and here), “sufficient progress” in the first phase of the Brexit negotiation could not be achieved before the European Council of October 19-20, 2017 – so the heads of government decided to wait until their next meeting, on December 14-15, to assess whether the second phase, dealing … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – January 26, 2018

Summary Next week is a mixed committee and political group week in the European Parliament.  Only several committee meetings are scheduled, as Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will spend the majority of their time with their political group, preparing for the plenary week in Strasbourg on February  5 – 8, 2018. On Monday, the … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – January 19, 2018

Summary Next week will be very busy in the European Parliament, as it is a committee week. On Tuesday, the Constitutional Affairs Committee (“AFCO”) will vote on the composition of the European Parliament during the 2019 – 2024 legislative term.  Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will also vote on whether transnational electoral lists should … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – January 12, 2018

Summary Next week, there will be a plenary sitting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Several significant debates, votes and committee meetings will take place. On Monday, Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will debate draft legislation concerning energy consumption. Under the proposed directives on energy efficiency and renewables, consumption of energy would need … Continue Reading

UK Government Consults on EU Cybersecurity Plans

 As we summarized last fall, the EU Commission published a new Cybersecurity Communication in September that, among other things, sets out proposals for an EU cybersecurity certification framework as part of ‎an EU “Cybersecurity Act” (see our post here and a more detailed summary here).  Just before the holidays, on December 20, 2017, the UK Government published a consultation on these proposals, which the … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – December 15, 2017

Summary Next week is constituency week for Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”). MEPs will go back to their home countries to handle national issues or convene in their parliamentary delegations to work on matters related to non-EU Member States. Next week is also the last week of parliamentary activities before the holiday break. MEPs … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – December 8, 2017

Summary Next week, there will be a plenary sitting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Several significant debates, votes and committee meetings will take place. On Tuesday, the plenary session of the European Parliament will debate a report of the Committee of Inquiry into Money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion (“PANA”). The report … Continue Reading

The Brexit Negotiations:  High Drama at Lunch

In its meeting of December 14-15, the European Council should be deciding whether to launch the second phase of the Brexit negotiation which is the discussion on the future relationship between the UK and the European Union after Brexit. This is eighteen months after the Brexit referendum and almost nine months since British Prime Minister … Continue Reading
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