By Ata Ufuk ┼×eker
Brussels Letter, week beginning July 4

Brussels Letter, week beginning July 4

NATO Summit

On July 8-9, Poland will host the 2016 NATO Warsaw Summit, which will be held at the National Stadium in Warsaw with the participation of heads of state and heads of governments and chaired by NATO's Secretary General.

Since 1949, there have been 26 NATO summits and the last summit took place on Sept. 4-5, 2014 in the United Kingdom.


European Parliament MEPs will debate the conclusions of the June 28-29 EU summit, where EU leaders digested the U.K. referendum vote to leave the EU and insisted that “there will be no negotiations of any kind until the U.K. formally notifies its intention to withdraw."

Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will start the debate on Tuesday.

Slovakia Presidency

MEPs will debate the priorities of the incoming Slovak Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers with Prime Minister Robert Fico on Wednesday morning. They will also review the achievements of the outgoing Dutch Presidency, with Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Tuesday morning.

EU Coast Guard

Parliament is to vote on common European Border and Coast Guard plans to set up a EU border control system, bringing together the EU’s Frontex border agency and national border management authorities. A debate will be held on Tuesday and a vote will be held on Wednesday.

Energy Efficiency

Parliament will vote on binding new rules on energy efficiency. Parliament will set out its position on the proposed binding new rules for energy efficiency labeling on household appliances in a resolution to be voted on Wednesday, after debating them on Monday. The draft text calls for a clear A to G scale for labeling the energy efficiency of household appliances, to replace the proliferating pluses in today's top class (A+, A++, A+++), within 5 years.

Protecting whistleblowers

Following the conviction of "Luxleaks" whistle blowers Antoine Deltour and Raphael Halet for revealing tax deals granted to multinationals, MEPs will hold a debate with the Commission on Wednesday afternoon on how to better protect whistle blowers in the EU.

Aid for football

The European Commission is to decide whether Spain’s tax breaks and other incentives for football clubs broke EU public funding rules. 

04 Jul,2016