October EU summit. In a debate with Presidents Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday at 15.00, MEPs will assess the outcomes of the European Council meeting of 20 and 21 October, which focussed on Russia’s war against Ukraine, energy, climate change, and Iran as well as relations with China and the upcoming EU-ASEAN summit.

EU Recovery/Secure and green energy. To secure independence from Russian fossil fuels and accelerate the EU’s green transition, Parliament will debate and vote on a draft law that would require EU countries submitting an amended recovery and resilience plan to include energy saving measures, boosts to clean energy production and the diversification of supply, as foreseen in the RePowerEU plan (debate Wednesday, vote Thursday). EP President Metsola and rapporteurs will hold a press conference after the votes, on Thursday.


Cybersecurity. MEPs are set to approve new rules setting more restrictive cybersecurity obligations in terms of risk management, reporting obligations and information sharing for so-called “essential and important sectors” such as energy, transport, banking, health, digital infrastructure, chemicals, food or electronics (debate and vote Thursday).

Protecting the internal market against foreign subsidies. Parliament is expected to give its green light to a new tool that gives the Commission the power to investigate and counteract market-distorting foreign subsidies. The goal is to ensure fair competition between firms active on the EU single market by establishing equality of opportunity (vote Thursday).

Corporate Sustainability. MEPs will give their final green light to new rules on compulsory reporting on environmental, social affairs and governance issues. From 2024, large companies will need to publicly disclose information on the way they operate and manage social and environmental risks (debate Wednesday, vote Thursday).

Schengen/Croatia. Plenary is set to back Croatia’s Schengen accession. MEPs are likely to agree that the country already fulfils the necessary conditions to join the free-travel zone, and the Council must now take a unanimous decision to lift the remaining border controls between the Schengen area and Croatia (debate Wednesday, vote Thursday).


Inquiry on use of Pegasus and other spyware. The draft findings of the EP Committee of Inquiry to investigate the use of Pegasus and equivalent surveillance spyware will be presented by rapporteur Sophie In ‘t Veld in a press conference (Tuesday at 11.00).

President’s diary. EP President Roberta Metsola will be in Poland on Monday to visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau camps and deliver an address at a dinner of the European Jewish Association. On Thursday in Brussels, the President will meet Spain’s Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares Bueno. President Metsola will be in Chișinău, Moldova, on Friday. She will meet Moldova’s President Maia Sandu and participate in a joint press conference, after which she will address a Special Plenary Session of the Parliament, and meet Parliament President Igor Grosu, Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita. President Metsola will also hold a town hall-style discussion with students at the Europa Café.



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