Belgium, (Brussels Morning Newspaper) This week, the European Parliament will convene committee meetings to discuss monetary and fiscal policy with European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde. MEPs will debate the future use of common chargers in the EU, and the plight of the stranded migrants in Belarus and Poland as well as the announcement of the autumn 2021 Parlemeter.
On Monday, MEPs in the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee meet with the European Central Bank’s (ECB) President, Christine Lagarde, for their regular monetary dialogue. They are set to discuss inflation expectations in the euro area, post-pandemic trends and policy implications, as well as the ECB’s monetary policy communication strategy.
Also on Monday, the Committee will review the fiscal content of the 2022 Autumn Package with Commission Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis and Economy Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni. They will discuss how member states should reduce their debts and how to draw on the experience of the Recovery Fund’s management to improve EU economic policy coordination.
The Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee meets on Monday also in order to discuss its draft on the proposed introduction of a common charger for mobile devices. The draft reflects a number of changes relating to interoperability and reducing e-waste, the inclusion of other devices, requirements for wireless charging, and the unbundling of charger sales.
On Monday too, the Civil Liberties Committee is discussing the situation of migrants in Poland and those at the border with Belarus when it meets with Poland’s Deputy Commissioner for Human Rights, Hanna Machińska.
On Tuesday, the EP publishes its autumn 2021 Parlemeter, a special Eurobarometer survey conducted for the European Parliament in the 27 EU member states between November and December 2021.
Batteries and waste batteries
On Thursday, the Environment and Public Health Committee will adopt its position on proposed rules to govern the entire battery product life cycle, from design to end-of-life. MEPs will vote on amendments on sustainability and safety criteria — recycled content and carbon footprint —labelling, due diligence as well as waste management, and other issues.
Conference on the Future of Europe
The European Citizens’ Panel on “EU in the world / Migration” is scheduled to meet from Friday to Sunday at the European Institute for Public Administration in Maastricht and online to deliver its recommendations.
In March, the Panel’s report, which deals with the EU’s self-reliance and stability, its place in the world, and all aspects of migration-related issues, is to be debated in a Conference Plenary session.