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.
Five Commissioners will meet tomorrow in Brussels with representatives of online platforms to discuss progress made in tackling the spread of illegal content online, including online terrorist propaganda and xenophobic, racist or hate speech as well as breaches of intellectual property rights.
The group will prepare for the Coreper meeting on Wednesday 10 January 2018.
The planning is indicative and proposals are subject to Better Regulation principles, including the requirement to conduct an impact assessment.