EU ministers in command of European affairs will collect in Brussels on Tuesday (19 October) to organize for the following summit of EU leaders in October. They will even focus on the newest European Commission’s rule-of-law report.
Spain, which at the moment holds the rotating EU presidency, has put a debate on the agenda over its official request to make Catalan, Basque, and Galician into official EU languages.
If profitable, such a choice would assist prime minister Pedro Sánchez to safe help from Catalan separatist events to type a authorities and keep away from repeated elections.
Although Spain goals to undertake a choice on Tuesday, the method behind such an settlement tends to be methodical and sluggish — and some nations equivalent to Ireland, Sweden, and Finland have already raised considerations over the price and authorized implications of such a choice.
“We imagine that it must be investigated extra completely what the authorized and monetary penalties of the proposal are,” the Swedish authorities warned in an announcement.
Instead of on the ministerial degree, an EU diplomat instructed EUobserver that this difficulty ought to be mentioned within the working group and “the consequences ought to be assessed.”
Spanish Greens’ MEP Ana Miranda, a member of the Galician Nationalist Bloc, will maintain a press convention on the identical matter on Monday (18 September).
Also on Monday, MEPs will focus on the human-rights state of affairs in Iran with UN Special Rapporteur Javaid Rehman, one 12 months after the loss of life of Mahsa Amini.
Amini died in a hospital in Tehran after being arrested for ignoring Iran’s veiling legal guidelines. Her loss of life sparked widespread protests in the country and beyond.
Meanwhile, EU fee president Ursula von der Leyen, together with a bunch of commissioners, EU Council president Charles Michel and EU parliament president Roberta Metsola will likely be in New York this week to attend the UN General Assembly.
The world summit will happen amid excessive tensions ensuing from Russia’s warfare in Ukraine, coups within the Sahel area in Africa, and strained relations between the EU and China.
EPP and agriculture
EU agriculture ministers will meet on Monday to debate a current EU proposal to revive and shield soils, the state of affairs concerning imports of Ukraine grain, and fishing alternatives for 2024.
Manfred Weber, the pinnacle of the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP), the biggest group within the European Parliament, will current its imaginative and prescient for agriculture on Tuesday.
Ahead of subsequent 12 months’s European elections, the EPP has portrayed itself as the party of farmers and rural interests — main opposition towards key insurance policies equivalent to pesticide reductions and nature restoration regulation.
Meanwhile, the parliament’s surroundings committee on Wednesday (19 September) will vote on their report on city wastewater guidelines — to replace the present wastewater remedy directive, courting again to 1991.
If authorised, a plenary vote is anticipated in October.
Also on Wednesday, MEPs in numerous committees will current the candidates for this 12 months’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the particular prize the parliament offers out annually to an individual or an organisation.
On the identical day, MEPs within the committee of constitutional affairs could have a debate with a number of specialists in regards to the upcoming European election and EU treaties.
Meanwhile, a number of Spanish ministers will likely be in Brussels this week to debate the priorities of the EU Council presidency.
MEPs from the safety committee will hear the priorities of the EU Spanish presidency from its defence minister Margarita Robles on Monday. Later on Tuesday, they may maintain a dialogue with a defence advisor to missile-maker the MBDA Group.
Also on Tuesday, MEPs within the agriculture committee could have a debate with Spanish agriculture minister Luis Planas. Spain goals to achieve a preliminary compromise on the usage of new genomic techniques in agriculture by the tip of the 12 months.
Spanish minister for gender points Irene Montero will temporary MEPs over the presidency priories on Tuesday.
Nadia Calviño, Spanish financial system minister and one of many candidates to steer the European Investment Bank, will even have an change of views with MEPs on Wednesday.