Welcome to EPod, our regular podcast on what’s driving the agenda in the European Parliament this week.
The 3 main items on a busy committee week are:
1. Single Market: Commissioner Bienkowska presents the new strategy for goods and services to IMCO but the lack of any initiative to capture the headlines will hardly raise her profile. Report card after one year: could do better.
2. Energy Union: ITRE vote on over 1200 amendments to a non-legislative report but eyes will be on the new priorities to be revealed by VP Sefcovic at the end of the month in his State of the Energy Union address. Renewables and Energy Efficiency will be high on the agenda.
3. Digital Economy: Commissioner Oettinger will set out a tantalising array of initiatives for 2016, including action on copyright, geo-blocking, AV services and ICT standards. Finally some juicy reports to keep bored MEPs occupied.
This week’s MEP to watch is Danuta Hubner, former Commissioner now chairing the Constitutional Affairs Committee, whose draft report on a harmonised law for the 2019 EP elections spells doom for the many fringe parties elected last year.