The agenda includes preparations for the Coreper meeting on Thursday 18 January 2018.
This in-depth analysis examines the issue of the possible revocation of a withdrawal notification under article 50 TEU. In light of the ongoing negotiations on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, the possibility for the UK to revoke its withdrawal notification has become a significant political and legal/institutional issue. The analysis examines the case of revocation of a withdrawal notification under international law and under the EU law and assesses the various positions expressed so far on the matter.
EU institutions are about to start negotiations on upgrading its transparency register, which lists lobbyists contacting them. Find out why the register matters.
Bulgarian government ministers will present the priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU in their respective areas of responsibility at hearings in the European Parliament committees. The hearings, which will take place during the first and third weeks of January, are a standard procedure at the start of each Presidency.
Social networks and media platforms have existed for 20 years now. Today, in the EU alone, more than one billion posts and tweets, video clips and photos are shared on these platforms every day. Many of them are informative or entertaining, some are disruptive or harmful to minors, others simply illegal and punishable by law. It is time for the European Commission’s leadership to have direct talks with high-level representatives of media platforms and social networks.
This is the second edition of an annual EPRS publication designed to identify key issues and policy areas that are likely to feature prominently on the political agenda of the European Union over the coming year. Topics presented include: the implications for the EU of the terrorism threat, the North Korean issue, the security challenges posed by disinformation, fake news and cyber-crime, the ongoing migration crisis and rising inequalities. Other important policy areas covered are youth empowerment, the EU budget, the future of the euro area, the European elections in 2019 and, last but not least, Brexit.
The College of EU Commissioners and the ministers of the Bulgarian government will have a joint session on 12 January at the National Palace of Culture in Sofia. They will hold three parallel cluster meetings on topics related to the Bulgarian Presidency’s priorities and the European Agenda. Commissioners and ministers will discuss issues in the areas: foreign affairs, security and defence, migration and justice; inclusive and stable Europe, close to the citizens; competitive, innovative and digital Europe. Keynote speakers for the three sessions are Deputy Prime Ministers Ekaterina Zaharieva and Tomislav Donchev, as well as Minister Lilyana Pavlova.