Monday, 8 May
Last-minute press briefing at 16.30
The Parliament’s Spokesperson and the Press Service will hold a press briefing on this week’s plenary session at 16.30. More information here.
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Reduction of methane emissions from the energy sector
After the plenary opening, MEPs will debate draft rules to cut the methane emissions of the energy sector with Commissioner Kadri Simson. The proposal strengthens obligations to detect and repair methane leaks. MEPs also want imported coal, gas and oil to be covered by the new rules as of 2026 and want the Commission to propose reduction targets for 2030. The vote on Parliament’s negotiating mandate – ahead of discussions with the member states - will take place on Tuesday.
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Pressure on the EU budget from rising recovery costs, and new sources of revenue
In a debate with Commissioner Thierry Breton around 19.00, MEPs are expected to warn about the impact of rising recovery borrowing costs on next year’s EU budget, which may put flagship programmes at risk. They are set to stress the urgency of equipping the EU with new, so-called “own resources” to be able to cover all “Next Generation EU” (NGEU) recovery repayments in the coming years. MEPs will vote on two accompanying resolutions on Wednesday.
Debate on the proposed EU Ammunition Act
Starting around 18.00, plenary will give its first reaction to the Commission’s proposal to support and increase ammunition and missile production in the EU, in a debate with Commissioner Breton. Under the Commission’s proposal, the Act in Support of Ammunition Production will have a budget of €500 million.
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Distribution of fruit, vegetables and milk in European schools. MEPs will assess in the evening, starting around 20.30, the results of the EU school scheme for fruit, vegetables and milk. A draft resolution calling for more funds will be voted on by plenary on Tuesday.
Pegasus and other spyware inquiry. The spyware inquiry committee will vote on its final report and recommendations, outlining the findings of its year-long inquiry and the measures it is proposing at the EU level to prevent misuse of this type of software in the future. A press conference by the rapporteur and the Committee chair is scheduled at 14.30 on Tuesday.
For detailed information on the session, please also see our newsletter.
All information regarding plenary, can be found here.