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  • Today - Taxonomy deadline

    EU experts have until 21 January – an extension on the previous 12 January deadline – to pour over the Commission’s plan to include nuclear and gas power within the sustainable investment taxonomy.

  • January 24 - Brexit never ends

    EU Brexit boss Maros Sefcovic will meet UK counterpart Liz Truss for yet another meeting.

  • January 24 - Transport stocktake

    EU transport chief Adina Valean will present the Commission’s recent proposals related to cleaner transport to MEPs on the transport committee. Details here, the session will be livestreamed.

  • January 24 - Ursula in space

    Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will chat live with German astronaut Matthias Maurer – who is currently on the International Space Station – at 15:30 CET. Follow it live here as the two chat space policy.

  • February 1 - Chips are down

    The European Commission will publish its Chips Act in early February, exact date to be confirmed. The plan will detail how Brussels aims to boost domestic microchip production.

  • February 2 - Poland vs Czechia

    EU Court of Justice issues opinion on Poland’s Turow coal mine, which the Czech Republic alleges breaks EU law.

  • February 2 - Defence and space

    EU Commission publishes new strategies for the defence and space sectors, including a plan for critical technologies and management of space traffic.

  • February 7 - EU-US energy

    The EU and US will reportedly hold a joint energy council on 7 February, with the fate of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline set to top the agenda.

  • February 10 - Battery business

    MEPs on the environment committee vote on the Battery Regulation, with a vote in plenary scheduled afterwards for sometime in March.

  • February 17 - Hands across the Med

    Day 1 of the EU-African Union summit.

  • March 1 - EU-China summit

    The EU and China will hold a bilateral summit during March. Exact date to follow.

  • March 17 - Battery business II

    EU environment ministers meet for a council summit. They are scheduled to vote on an agreement on the Battery Regulation review. Trilateral talks can begin once this deal is finalised.

  • March 30 - Circle the wagons

    EU Commission presents its Circular Economy package, a set of rules that will include making ecodesign standards more strict. It is another piece of the Green Deal puzzle.

  • May 12 - Taxonomy troubles

    The European Council and Parliament have until mid-May to object to the draft sustainable taxonomy delegated acts on nuclear and gas power. A majority of MEPs or reverse reinforced qualified majority of the Council (around 20 member states) will be needed to vote it down. They can also request an additional two months to scrutinise the document if needed.

  • July 1 - Czech in

    Czech Republic takes over the rotating EU presidency from France.

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