Week 28 of 2021 has undoubtedly been marked at the EU level by the presentation of the Fit for 55 package by President von der Leyen, Executive Vice President Timmermans and the whole Commission. The proposals include a carbon border adjustment mechanism, a reform of the emissions trading system, a reform of energy systems and a revision of the Energy Taxation Directive, encouraging sustainable transport, and others.
Furthermore, the Commission has proposed a new strategy to protect and restore EU forests, and the Council and the Parliament have reached an agreement on amending the Aarhus Regulation that will allow public scrutiny of EU acts affecting the environment. The EU has also supported Belgium in its flood response.
On other domains, the EU has successfully placed a third issue of NextGenerationEU bonds on the market, as it disburses the first payments to member states. It has also opened infringement procedures against Hungary and Poland over LGBTQI+ rights and reacted to Poland’s judicial contestation of the principle of supremacy in EU law. The Council also agreed its budget position for 2022.
The Commission has published findings of evaluation of Market Definition Notice, the Council has approved conclusions on a globally connected Europe, Eurogroup President Paschal Donohoe delivered remarks after a Eurogroup meeting, and the EU has set up a military training mission in Mozambique.