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A sneak peek into the Belgian Presidency Programme

As the Belgian Presidency approaches, documents presenting the draft programme started to leak. All eyes are now on the priorities Belgium will have during its term of the EU Presidency as of January 2024.


We provide you below with some insights on the files that are expected to progress, according to draft programmes, preliminary speeches and interventions by Belgian ministers.


Belgium expressed willingness:


On transport

  • To strengthen the safe, clean, efficient and smart transport policies

  • To progress on Greening Freight Transport Package

  • To work on improving social responsibility and social conditions in the transport sector.

  • To finalise inter-institutional negotiations on the proposal for a Union certification framework for carbon removals and the review of CO2 emission standards for heavy-duty vehicles.


On Environment / Sustainability

  • To advance negotiations on Packaging and Packaging Waste

  • To progress the review of Air Quality directive and of Urban Waste Treatment Directive

  • To continue to work on the proposed green claims directive

  • To progress on the negotiations on the Soil Monitoring Law

  • To foster discussions on microplastics and PFAS.

  • To facilitate the debate on European Commission Communications on an EU Climate target for 2040 and on climate-related risks as well as on the Industrial Carbon Management Strategy

  • To lead the mid-term review of the 8th Environmental Action programme to stimulate reflection on the future of EU Climate and environmental policies.

  • To progress towards an ambitious legally binding international instrument to tackle plastic pollution


Internal market:

  • To give special consideration to the role of SMEs in the just transition


Belgium also stressed the importance to boost EU's strategic autonomy across sectors and in particular on defence.


The final programme of the Belgian Presidency should be revealed in the upcoming weeks.

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