Agenda: EP AFCO Committee Meeting (28 November 2017)

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At a Glance: Brexit and the EU emissions trading system

Following an amendment voted by the European Parliament, the Commission has drafted a regulation in preparation for the possibility that the United Kingdom leaves the EU without any agreement concerning its continued participation in the EU emissions trading system (ETS). Full article…

Study: UK Withdrawal (‘Brexit’) and the Good Friday Agreement

Upon request by the AFCO Committee, the Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs commissioned this study on UK withdrawal and the Good Friday Agreement (the ‘Agreement’). It provides an overview of the Agreement and an assessment of the potential challenges posed to its implementation by ‘Brexit’. In particular, it examines ways in which – through differentiation and ‘flexible and imaginative solutions’ – the Agreement can be upheld and the context for its effective implementation maintained.

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Brexit and Ireland –Legal, political and economic considerations

This study, commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the AFCO Committee, describes the legal, political and economic relations of the two parts of Ireland and the United Kingdom, and possible arrangements for dealing with “Brexit”. The paper discusses several specific issues, in particular the Common Travel Area between Ireland and the United Kingdom, the consequences of an “invisible” border between the two parts of Ireland, and trade in agricultural products.

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Study: Smart Border 2.0 Avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland for Customs control and the free movement of persons

This study, commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the AFCO Committee, provides background on cross-border movement and trade between Northern Ireland and Ireland and identifies international standards and best practices and provide insights into creating a smooth border experience. The technical solution provided is based on innovative approaches with a focus on cooperation, best practices and technology that is independent of any political agreements on the EU’s exit from the EU and offers a template for future UK-EU border relationships.

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Agenda: Coreper (Art.50) (22 November 2017)

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Press Release: Brexit: European Commission welcomes decision by EU27 Member States to relocate UK-based Agencies

The European Commission welcomes today’s agreement at the General Affairs Council (Article 50 format) to move the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Banking Authority (EBA) to Amsterdam and Paris, respectively. Both Agencies are currently located in London.

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Press Release: European Banking Authority to be relocated to Paris, France

The EU 27 ministers today selected Paris, France, as the new seat for the European Banking Authority (EBA). The selection took place in the margins of the General Affairs Council (Article 50), in accordance with the procedure endorsed by the EU 27 heads of State and Government on 22 June 2017. The two EU agencies currently based in the UK, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Banking Authority (EBA), need to be relocated in the context of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

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Press Release: European Medicines Agency to be relocated to Amsterdam, the Netherlands

The EU 27 ministers today selected Amsterdam, the Netherlands, as the new seat for the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The selection took place in the margins of the General Affairs Council (Article 50), in accordance with the procedure endorsed by the EU 27 heads of State and Government on 22 June 2017. The two EU agencies currently based in the UK, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Banking Authority (EBA), need to be relocated in the context of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

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Question for Written Answer: Transitional period/relationship EU-UK

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Question for Written Answer: Brexit negotiations

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Draft Agenda: European Parliament Plenary Session (11-14 December 2017)

The agenda includes items related to energy & climate, environment, digital, trade and transport policy.

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Study: The Settlement of Disputes Arising from the United Kingdom’s Withdrawal from the European Union

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Agenda: Meeting of the Committee of the Regions SEDEC Commission (21 November 2017)

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UPDATED – Stakeholder Event: UKTiE 7th Annual Forum (Brussels, 28 November 2017)

Update: The Programme is now available.

UKTiE’s Annual Forum is Europe’s largest gathering of senior EU policy and law makers together with the UK’s leading transport organisations. UKTiE’s 7th Annual Forum will take place on November 28th in the European Parliament, kindly hosted by our patron Jacqueline Foster MEP, Conservative spokesman for Transport. The theme for the Forum is “Clean, connected and competitive – how to modernise Europe’s transport system” and we are inviting key senior EU policy and law makers to join us.

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Press Release: Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser: synergy between EEA countries strengthens our common voice

Today, Foreign Minister Sven Mikser chaired the meeting of the European Economic Area Council (EEA) on behalf of the EU. The impact of UK’s withdrawal on the single market, the Eastern Partnership and cooperation in the field of data economy were discussed with the ministers of the EEA EFTA states; Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. Full article…

Event: EP TRAN Committee public hearing on Brexit and the impact on land transport (Brussels, 22 November 2017)

Following a well-attended hearing on “Brexit in aviation” the TRAN committee will hold a second public hearing on the impact of Brexit, this time on land transport. The high-level representatives of the road and rail sectors will share their concerns with MEPs and explain what “soft/hard Brexit” could mean to their industry in terms of daily business, operations, legal structures and development plans. The hearing will take place on Wednesday 22 November 2017 at 10.00 in the József Antall building, room JAN 2Q2, and will be web-streamed.

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Summary Record: Meeting of the Permanent Representatives Committee (Art. 50) (8 November 2017)

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