Week Ahead: 21 - 25 June 2021

European Climate Law; Public Sector Loan facility mechanism under the Just Transition Fund; Matić Report on sexual and reproductive health and rights; Continuation of the ECR Group’s European Tour: “Europe’s Future: A New Hope”. Eighth stop: Madrid.

European Climate Law

MEPs will debate and vote on the European Climate Law next week. It is considered the flagship legislation for the Commission’s Green Deal agenda. For the first time in law, it enshrines the EU’s collective long-term climate goal of climate neutrality by 2050. Additionally, it puts forward an upward revision of the 2030 CO2 emission reduction goal from 40 per cent to 55 per cent—despite continued concerns about the quality of the accompanying impact assessment. ECR shadow rapporteur Anna Zalewska had firmly opposed a 60 per cent target proposed earlier by the European Parliament and the demand for national net-zero targets, due to concerns over feasibility and costs, especially for coal-dependent economies. In the final agreed text, the climate neutrality objective only applies at the EU level. Thus, the different starting points of the member states in reducing CO2 emissions are now better taken into account. The ECR, however, does not endorse new additions such as a European Board on Climate Change, which risks duplicating the mandates of national advisory committees and the work of the IPCC, or the introduction of an indicative carbon budget that risks prejudging and further politicising work on a future 2040 target. Ms Zalewska, therefore, recommends an abstention on the report given the inclusion of these unnecessary bureaucratic embellishments and the dubious quality of the 2030 impact assessment.

Debate: Thursday @ 8.30

Vote: Thursday @ 14:30

Public Sector Loan facility mechanism under the Just Transition Fund

On Thursday, the European Parliament will debate and vote on the Just Transition Fund’s Public Sector Loan facility mechanism. The Just Transition Mechanism (JTM) comprises three pillars - the Just Transition Fund, a dedicated just transition scheme under Invest EU and, thirdly, a public loan facility. Unlike the first two pillars of the JTM, the Facility specifically targets public entities in the territories most negatively impacted by the EU climate transition, as identified in the Territorial Just Transition Plans. It consists of a combination of grants (1.5 billion euro) from the EU budget and loans (10 billion euros) provided by the European Investment Bank (EIB). With the EIB as the main finance partner, the Facility is expected to mobilise between 25 billion and 30 billion euros of public investments over the next 7 years. ECR Co-Rapporteur Johan Van Overtveldt supported the Commission and Council in their wish to keep the implementation of the Facility simple and not to put a disproportionate administrative burden on the beneficiaries for the Facility to remain attractive.

Debate: Thursday @ 8.30

Vote: Thursday @ 9.30

Matić Report on sexual and reproductive health and rights

The European Parliament will vote on S&D’s Fred Matić’s own initiative report that sees sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) inseparable from other fundamental rights to health. The report states that possible violations or denial of legal access to abortion constitute a breach of fundamental human rights. ECR Shadow Rapporteur Margarita de la Pisa and Jadwiga Wiśniewska, ECR Coordinator in the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality, are of a different opinion. According to the ECR MEPs, the EU would overstep its competences in many aspects, such as health and education, and in particular on abortion, which is in no way an EU competency. Commissioner Helena Dalli has clearly stated this in earlier plenary debates. Ms de la Pisa and Ms Wiśniewska do not consider abortion a human right because no international human rights treaty provides such a right. The draft also violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and contradicts the case law of the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union. Moreover, important problems emerge, for example, regarding the freedom of conscience of physicians.

Debate: Wednesday @ 16:00

Vote: Thursday @ 14:30

Continuation of the ECR Group’s European Tour: “Europe’s Future: A New Hope”. Eighth stop: Madrid

On Friday, the ECR Group’s eighth live broadcast on Europe’s Future will be held in Madrid, Spain. This time, the focus is on the role of Spain and the Iberosphere in Europe, illegal migration, gender ideology in Europe and the future of Europe.

Live-streamed in 5 languages on the ECR Group’s YouTube channel, the live broadcast “Europe’s Future: A New Hope, Madrid” will feature ECR Group Co-Chairman Professor Legutko, President of the ECR Institutional Policy Working Group Prof. Zdzisław Krasnodębski, ECR MEPs Jorge Buxadé, Angel Dzhambazki, Nicola Procaccini, Mazaly Aguilar, Margarita de la Pisa, Hermann Tertsch, Santiago Abascal, President of VOX in Spain and other distinguished guests.

More information is available here.

When: Friday @ 19:00-20:30

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