EU Tracker

On the agenda
  • Today - COP27 and a half

    Denmark hosts a climate conference that will include the outgoing COP presidency holder, Egypt, and incoming summit host Abu Dhabi.

  • Today - RED trilogue

    Another round of talks on the renewable energy law update will be held.

  • 23 March - EUCO I

    The first regularly scheduled EUCO summit of the year kicks off on 23 March.

  • 28 March - Energy council

    Energy ministers meet for an energy council, where they will have a first discussion about EU plans to update the electricity market and launch a net zero industry strategy.

  • 29 March - Pill proposal

    The Commission’s pharmaceutical strategy is due to be published.

  • 29 March - Final RED?

    A final round of talks on renewable energy updates is scheduled.

  • 31 March - Hungary and NATO

    Hungary’s parliament will reportedly finally sign off on Finland and Sweden’s NATO bids.

  • 1 April - Greeks vote

    Greece will hold its first national ballot under a new system in the spring, date to be confirmed.

  • 2 April - Bulgaria votes (again)

    Bulgarians will go to the polls for yet another election after political parties failed to put together a working government.

  • 2 April - Finns vote

    Finland organises its general election to vote for a new parliament.

  • 1 May - Latvians vote

    Latvia will vote in May for a new president.

  • 13 May - Eurovision time

    The Eurovision song contest final from Liverpool will be held.

  • 14 May - Turkish elections

    Turks will vote for a new parliament and president.

  • 17 May - Microplastics

    The Commission will publish new guidelines on how to reduce the release of microplastics into the environment.

  • 17 May - Hydrogen bank

    The Commission will propose its plan for a ‘Hydrogen Bank’ as part of a wider strategy to get more of the zero-emission fuel into the energy mix.

  • 1 June - EPC meeting II

    The European Political Community’s second-ever meeting will take place in Moldova on 1 June.

  • 21 June - Space and defence

    The Commission’s space and defence package, which will include an EU space strategy, is due to launch on 21 June (TBC).

  • 30 June - Energy and climate plans

    EU governments have an end of June deadline to update their national energy and climate plans (NECP), which show how countries are going to meet all of the bloc’s energy and climate laws. The Commission will assess their contributions to check that it all adds up to the right result.

  • 1 July - Viva Espana

    Sweden will hand over the reins of the EU presidency to Spain.

  • 11 July - NATO summit

    NATO members meet in Vilnius for 2023’s summit

  • 30 September - Slovakians vote

    Slovakia’s general election will be held (TBC).

  • 31 December - It's coming home

    Spain will hand over the EU presidency to Belgium.

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