Update: A background brief has been published.
The European Council will welcome the launch of Permanent Structured Cooperation, review progress in other fields, notably on EU-NATO cooperation and adopt conclusions on social as well as on education and culture following up to the Gothenburg Social Summit.
A new online register, launched on Tuesday 12 December, will make it easier to find and track EU decisions taken in the form of delegated acts. Delegated acts are used to supplement or amend EU laws.
On 12 December 2017, the Council extended the European fund for strategic investments (EFSI) with a target of half a trillion euros of additional investments. Full article…
On 12 December 2017, the Estonian presidency and the European Parliament reached a provisional deal on the final elements of the Commission proposal for the so-called Omnibus regulation. The regulation will amend the financial regulation governing the implementation of the EU budget as well as a series of sectorial legislative acts. Together these changes constitute a significant revision of the current EU financial rules to make them simpler and more focused on results.
On 12 December, the Council approved the EU’s legislative priorities for 2018-2019 which have been agreed with the European Parliament and the Commission. The priorities are set out in a joint declaration due to be signed by the Presidents of the three institutions on 14 December. The declaration lists the main legislative initiatives on which the three institutions aim to achieve substantial progress and, where possible, agreement, before the 2019 European elections.
The agenda items include examinations of the consolidated text following the trilogue and of the revised recitals on common rules in the field of civil aviation and establishing a European Union Aviation Safety Agency.
The presidency today reached a provisional agreement with the European Parliament on revised rules to modernise training requirements for professional lorry and bus drivers, and to improve recognition of obligatory training received in another EU country. The revision also clarifies minimum age conditions and exemptions from the requirements to follow additional training.
Agenda items concern energy & climate and environment, digital, trade and transport policy.