By Ata Ufuk ┼×eker
Brussels letter, Feb. 27

Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council will meet in Brussels on Monday. The Council will debate eight legislative proposals included in the clean energy package. The proposals relate to the five strands of the Energy Union strategy  - energy efficiency, electricity market design, security of supply, renewables, and energy and governance. The Commission will inform ministers on progress made in 2016 in the EU towards Energy Union objectives, in particular the 2020 energy and climate targets. 

Environment Council will gather on Tuesday when ministers will discuss the revision of the emissions trading system (ETS) with the aim of agreeing the Council's position. The ETS is one of the main EU's tools to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Its review is part of the EU's climate action to fulfill its commitment under the Paris Agreement. Ministers will exchange views on what sustainable development means for the EU's environmental policy.

MEPs will vote on a resolution on visa reciprocity on Thursday, which may urge the Commission to temporarily reintroduce visa requirements for U.S. citizens, to encourage Washington to grant citizens of all EU countries visa-free access to the United States. The U.S. currently imposes visas on citizens of Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania.

Following the growing number of reports that the U.K. Home Office is using a restrictive interpretation of the right of EU citizens to stay in the U.K., political groups will debate the issue with the Commission on Wednesday.

The Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS) will vote on its final report on discrepancies between test and real driving emissions of diesel cars, with draft recommendations to the Commission and member states for improvements in applying EU standards on Tuesday.

The Economic and Monetary Affairs and Civil Liberties committees will vote on an update of EU legislation against money laundering, terrorism financing and tax avoidance on Tuesday. The changes aim to close loopholes and strengthen measures against terrorism financing. These include ending secrecy about a company’s true owners and sharing this information between member states.

Civil Liberties MEPs will discuss the fundamental rights situation in Hungary with Justice Minister Laszlo Trocsanyi and civil society representatives on Monday

27 Feb,2017