European Central Bank (ECB) President Christine Lagarde will meet Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee in Brussels on Monday for regular monetary dialogue. MEPs are likely to discuss economic and monetary developments in the euro area, including how major central banks can be held accountable as well as possible avenues to improve the ECB's accountability and future perspectives for the ECB's asset purchase programs.
EU member state transport ministers will gather via videoconference on Monday when they will hold a policy debate to discuss a pandemic contingency plan for the European freight transport sector.
On Tuesday, the Competitiveness Council will meet in Brussels to discuss Horizon Europe, the EU framework program for research and innovation for the years 2021 to 2027 and the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Special European Council summit will take place in Brussels on Thursday and Friday. EU leaders will meet to discuss foreign affairs, in particular relations with Turkey and the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean. The leaders are also expected to address relations with China, the situation in Belarus and the poisoning of Alexei Navalny. The single market, industrial policy and digital transformation are also on the agenda. The summit, initially planned for Sept. 24 and 25, was postponed as European Council President Charles Michel was in quarantine.
Following changes to the Commission, MEPs will examine the trade files of EC candidates; Mairead McGuiness for European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and the Capital Markets Union, and the EC’s Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis, to ascertain if they qualify to carry out their respective duties.