The Foreign Affairs Council will meet on Monday in Brussels to discuss the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Council will also hold a comprehensive discussion on Ukraine, including the upcoming elections, the reform process, and the security situation. In addition, foreign ministers will discuss the situation in Syria, and in particular recent developments on the ground.
Venezuela will also be on the agenda, taking into account the latest developments and the outcome of the first meeting of the international contact group held on Feb. 7.
The Competitiveness Council will gather in Brussels on Monday and Tuesday. Ministers will hold a public debate on the impact of artificial intelligence on the EU’s industry along with a policy debate on the industry-related aspects of environmental policies. The Council will take stock of the progress achieved so far regarding the specific program implementing Horizon Europe - the next EU framework program for research and innovation.
The General Affairs Council will gather on Tuesday in Brussels. Ministers will debate the multi-annual financial framework for 2021-2027. The Council will also review the state of play of the procedures under Article 7(1) TEU (Treaty on European Union) on the rule of law in Poland and in respect of EU values in Hungary.
The European Parliament’s International Trade Committee on Tuesday will agree on input for the Commission's negotiating mandate on future trade negotiations with the U.S. The draft resolution suggests not approving draft-negotiating directives while opposing amendments have also been tabled for a vote.
The Civil Liberties Committee will vote on the funding rules for the EU Asylum and Migration Fund, for 2021-2027 on Tuesday. The fund will provide support to member states to manage migration, particularly on asylum, integration and countering irregular migration
The Civil Liberties Committee will vote on Tuesday on the conclusions made by the working group in respect of the rule and law, and particularly corruption and freedom of the press, which was set up following the murders of journalists Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta and Jan Kuciak in Slovakia.
The European Parliament’s (EP) Foreign Affairs Committee will vote on Wednesday on a report assessing Turkey's progress in 2018.
The Culture and Education Committee will vote on Wednesday on funding rules for the new Erasmus program for 2021-2027. The renewed program aims to help create a European Education Area by 2025 by promoting cross-border learning mobility for students, apprentices
The Environment Committee will give its input to the EU’s long-term climate strategy, proposing the objective of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 on Wednesday. The strategy will shape the way the EU will implement the Paris Agreement on climate change.
EU-wide safety features, to be included on vehicles to limit fatalities and severe injuries due to road accidents, will be up for a vote by the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee on Thursday.