E-democracy, an end to roaming fees in the EU, and visa reciprocity with the US are all on the table in the week ahead. MEPs will also discuss findings and recommendations from the car emissions scandal inquiry.
In keeping with the digital times, Parliament wants to bring the democratic process online. From e-petitions to e-voting, these aim to encourage public participation and improve waning trust in government. MEPs will call for digital access for all EU citizens. Tired of roaming charges? The final piece of the puzzle is in place. The Industry Committee will formalise an agreement with Member States that will mean the end of these charges in the EU by the summer. The inquiry committee will finalise findings and recommendations arising from the car emissions scandal. They want more vigilance in detecting fraud, and stricter monitoring of vehicles - from cars in production to those on the road. The US continues to require visas for citizens of Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania. MEPs want an end to this and are calling for full visa waiver reciprocity with the US as soon as possible.