EU summit and Sakharov Prize This WEEK


European leaders come collectively once more, for the second time in two weeks however this time in Brussels reasonably than Prague, and attempt to handle the safety of vitality provides and the value hikes throughout the continent.

An growing variety of leaders are apprehensive in regards to the social backlash to the will increase in vitality value, plus normal inflation, and the necessity for motion feels ever extra pressing.

The EU Fee is anticipated on Tuesday (18 October) to place ahead emergency measures on vitality, however it’s not clear if it is going to embrace value caps.

The proposal is anticipated to handle the joint purchases of fuel, creating solidarity agreements amongst EU international locations, extra energy-savings targets, and creating a complementary benchmark for fuel costs.

Final week, EU international locations reached a normal settlement to buy fuel by a joint platform earlier than subsequent summer season, and vitality ministers mentioned totally different choices to curb excessive costs.

The European Council on Thursday and Friday (20 and 21 October) will talk about the matter, however they’d merely give political steerage to their ministers in command of the matter.

On Wednesday (19 October) morning, fee president Ursula von der Leyen will transient MEPs within the European Parliament’s plenary sitting in regards to the newest developments.

Leaders are additionally anticipated to “strongly condemn” the acts of sabotage in opposition to vital infrastructure, comparable to these in opposition to the Nord Stream pipelines.

Rule setting

Earlier than leaders collect in Brussels, overseas ministers will meet on Monday (17 October) in Luxembourg.

They’ll handle the most recent developments in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and speak about EU-China relations.

The ministers may even talk about the upcoming UN local weather change convention in Ethiopia.

EU affairs ministers will collect on Tuesday to organize the leaders assembly, and in addition talk about in a public session the potential for revising EU guidelines forward of the 2024 European Parliament elections.

The ministers may even check out rule-of-law developments in Poland, which has been underneath the Article 7 sanctions process since 2017.

MEPs on Tuesday are anticipated to vote on the budgetary discharge of the European Border and Coast Guard Company (Frontex) for the 12 months 2020.

This discharge had been postponed from earlier this 12 months, as a result of allegations associated to the previous administration of the company.


Slovakia’s president Zuzana Čaputová on Wednesday is ready to stipulate her imaginative and prescient for Europe to MEPs in Strasbourg.

On the identical day, the European Parliament’s political leaders anticipated to determine on the laureate for the 2022 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.

The nominees this 12 months embrace the individuals of Ukraine and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and Colombia’s Reality Fee.

The winner might be introduced by parliament president Roberta Metsola within the afternoon.

Nonetheless on Wednesday, MEPs are anticipated to debate what the EU response needs to be to developments in Belarus and the position of the nation’s strongman, Alexander Lukashenka within the battle in opposition to Ukraine.

MEPs on Tuesday are set to handle the social and financial penalties of the battle together with the introduction of a windfall tax, and migration flows to the EU.

On Tuesday, lawmakers are anticipated to quiz the fee on what the EU is doing to shield its vital infrastructure after the alleged assaults on the Nord Stream pipelines and sabotage in opposition to the German railway system.

MEPs are set to demand that car-recharging stations be put in each 60km within the EU and greenhouse-gas emissions from ships be restricted. Lawmakers will vote on a report on this on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, lawmakers are anticipated to debate psychological well being within the EU, because the financial and societal influence of ever-deepening psychological well being points is gigantic.

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