G7, NATO, gas anxiety and Ukraine lead this WEEK

The world’s most developed nations are meeting in Germany this week to discuss the global economy, Russia’s war on Ukraine, digital transformation and security.

This year’s G7 summit is hosted by the German Presidency at Schloss Elmau in Bavaria.

On Monday June 27, the leaders of the G7 countries will focus on the war in Ukraine, with President Volodymyr Zelensky joining the discussion from a distance.

Ukraine was granted EU candidate status last week, along with Moldova, in a historic response to Russia’s war on Europe’s eastern flank.

Spain will host the NATO summit in Madrid from June 28-30, with bids from Finland and Sweden to join the alliance high on the agenda, but currently blocked by Turkey .

Reinforcing NATO’s presence and personnel on the alliance’s eastern flank is also on the agenda.

European lawmakers will discuss the future of EU enlargement on Monday with parliamentarians from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Moldova, North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine in the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Fight emissions

Europe’s energy concerns will also be on everyone’s mind this week as the bloc faces shortages and a sharp rise in prices due to the war.

On Monday in Luxembourg, EU energy ministers are expected to focus on Europe’s green policies as they try to reach a common position on proposals to amend directives on renewables and energy. energy efficiency as part of the Fit for 55 package.

Ministers are also expected to adopt an earlier European Commission proposal to fill EU gas storage reserves before winter and share them.

The following day, EU environment ministers are expected to meet in a bid to reach a position on the part of the Fit for 55 package which concerns the carbon market, CO2 emissions performance standards for cars and vans and a social climate fund.

The Fit for 55 package aims to put in place legislation that helps achieve the EU’s goal of reducing emissions in the EU by at least 55% by 2030.

In the European Parliament, MEPs will vote on Monday on new rules to increase the use of sustainable aviation fuels by EU aircraft operators and airports, in order to reduce aviation emissions.

Also on Monday, MEPs on the Civil Liberties Committee are expected to debate Greece’s handling of migration with Greek Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarachi.

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