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This week at the European Parliament

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Political groups will discuss topics on the agenda of the 8-10 July Brussels plenary part-session and prepare for debates with Chancellor Angela Merkel on the programme of the incoming German Council presidency

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Highlights

Committee and political group meetings, Brussels:

EU approach to energy storage. As part of efforts to achieve the goal of a carbon-neutral EU by 2050, the Industry and Energy Committee will vote on proposals on Monday to increase energy storage capacity and guarantee the security of energy supply, with renewables making up an increasingly larger part of Europe’s energy mix. MEPs will present ideas to develop storage through hydrogen, batteries and other solutions.

MFF/EU long-term and recovery budget. The EP’s Multiannual Financial Framework and Own Resources Contact Group, chaired by President Sassoli, will meet on Tuesday morning. They will discuss Parliament’s key conditions and negotiating strategy on the revised proposals for the MFF 2021-2027 and Own Resources as well as for the European Recovery Instrument, ahead of 17 July European Council. Budgets Committee Chair Johan Van Overtveldt will hold a press conference, at around 11:30.

Plenary preparations. Political groups will discuss topics on the agenda of the 8-10 July Brussels plenary part-session and prepare for debates with Chancellor Angela Merkel on the programme of the incoming German Council presidency and with EU Council President Charles Michel on the outcome of the MFF-focused 19 June EU summit. MEPs will also discuss upcoming votes on the mobility package and sectorial COVID-19 measures and prepare their input to debates on the future EU Health Strategy, on the fight against money laundering, on EIB activities, on EU energy networks and storage and on the 2019 Human Rights report.

President’s diary:
EP President David Sassoli will chair the Multiannual Financial Framework - Own Resources Contact Group meeting, hold a video meeting with the German Minister of State for Europe, Michael Roth, and have a phone call with the Speaker of the Israeli Knesset, Yariv Levin, on Tuesday. On Wednesday, het will have a video meeting with the President of the European Trade Union Confederation, Roberto Visentini.

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Covid-19: Digital surveillance, borders and human rights

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Measures against Covid-19 are needed, but their impact on privacy and freedom must be proportionate and temporary, said Maria Arena, the chair of the human rights subcommittee.

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